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Welcome to the website of Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Balsall Common. Here you can find details of the parish, our latest newsletter, services and sacraments offered by the Church and, in our parish archive, the events we have held. As a parish we value your privacy. Please follow the link here to learn more about the privacy policy that covers all catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
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In today's Gospel Christ calls us to repentance. It is a call for us to come to our senses - to realise who we really are and to be those people - and through Baptism we are children of God. Repentance is about turning away from all that prevents us from realising our true identity and a turning towards the God who wants us to live in a loving relationship with him and with one another. Repentance is about us realising the abundant life God created us for. It's the reason Christ came to proclaim his message of repentance - for as he said: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" and to that end he calls us to, "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."

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03.04.2019Thanksgiving Mass for Des FoxonA thanksgiving mass to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School is being celebrated on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm. The mass will take place in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge; all former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend.
30.03.2019Lenten BreakfastsThe next breakfast and talk, organised by Churches Together, is Saturday 30th March at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. The theme of 'Big Questions', continues with 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' The speaker is Stig Graham, an ordained priest in the Church of England, who has spent twenty years as a hospital chaplain. Whilst wondering why life is filled with parentheses, he is passionate about science, faith and caring for those in spiritual pain.
28.03.2019Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickEvery last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."
27.03.2019Coffee EveningA last reminder that the Coffee Evening is this Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30pm in our Parish Room. Admission is 50p, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a cake. Louise and Helen will be at the cake stall – they will be most grateful for donations of home-made cakes to sell. Everyone would be most welcome on the evening; do come along and bring a friend or neighbour and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile evening.
25.03.2019The Annunciation of the LordPlease note there will be a Mass on Monday at 10.00am to celebrate this great feast day.
24.03.2019Walk With Me Lent BookletsMaureen has managed to obtain another 12 of these booklets for Lent; if you would like to purchase one, please see her.
24.03.2019Devotions in LentEvery Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00 am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
17.03.2019Pancake EggstravaganzaJoin us next Sunday 17th March after mass to enjoy delicious pancakes with various toppings along with your tea and coffee. Enjoy a tasty treat, meet other parishioners and raise funds for the parish. A donation of £2 is suggested.
12.03.2019Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday begins at 9.30am. Mass will be followed by Stations of the Cross.
10.03.2019Candle of DedicationThis is lit anew each Sunday; you can request a dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. Please complete the details in the diary in the Narthex, indicating if you want the candle to be placed in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or by the Sacred Heart statue (SH), and on the envelope containing your donation (suggested amount: £5). Please hand your completed envelope to the wardens or to either Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
10.03.2019Deanery Prayer for VocationsWe have been invited by the Deanery to join in a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are all asked to select a day in March and to commit to praying on that day for vocations. If you feel you would like to join in please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church against your selected day. Please see Bysshe for further details.
10.03.201925th Anniversary of our ChurchAs part of our celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church, we are considering commissioning a new stained-glass window for the small window at the back of church. We have two painted glass windows on either side of the altar representing Baptism and Confirmation. The new window would represent The Eucharist; the estimated cost is approximately £2,500. We will be approaching Catholic businesses in the area to ask for donations but would also like to offer members of the parish the option to pledge money, either on their own behalf or to remember a loved one. All pledges will be remembered on a plaque next to the new window. Ian and Ellie Clarke will be available after Mass if you would like to know more or wish to pledge money.
10.03.2019Birmingham and Midland VeloFather Hudson's Care has places available for this 100-mile sponsored cycle on 12 May. Anyone interested in riding in aid of our diocesan social care agency should call Father Hudson's on 01675 434059 or e-mail fundraising@fatherhudsons.org.uk before Tuesday 12 March
06.03.2019LentLent begins on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) when there will be a Mass at 7.00pm together with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Let us make every effort to make a good start to the season of Lent and to use this time to renew and deepen our life in Christ. To help us, every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
06.03.2019Get-togetherThis Wednesday, 6th March. We meet at 10.30am in the Parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
04.03.2019Warwick Deanery Evangelisation TeamNext meeting is on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact: Peter Dimambro tel: 01926 428399 email: mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk.
01.03.2019World Day of PrayerOur local celebration of this world-wide ecumenical service is at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email jlgperry@btinternet.com.
01.03.2019First FridayOn the first Friday of every month there is a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Friday the Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might join with the rest of the Archdiocese in praying for vocations to the priesthood. All welcome
24.02.2019ConfirmationConfirmation candidates and any seeking reception into full communion with the Church this year must submit their names and contact details to Fr Frank, by email, (address given at the end of the newsletter) before the end of February 2019.
20.02.2019CTBB Drop In Youth CaféCTBB Drop In Youth Café at 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Wednesday 20th February at the Jubilee Centre, open to year 6 and above. £1 entry, includes cake and a drink. Crafts, games and prizes!
19.02.2019Tuesday ServicePlease note that on Tuesday there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. Fr Frank has to attend a conference for Priests.
17.02.2019Finance CommitteeThere will be a finance meeting after mass today
12.02.2019Tuesday's MassPlease note the earlier start time of 9.30am to the Mass on Tuesday this week. This allows Fr Frank to attend a Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
10.02.2019100 Club subscriptions 2019Many thanks to all who have renewed or taken out a new subscription for this year. This Sunday is your last chance to sign-up for 2019. Once again, John and Chris will be in the hall after Mass today
10.02.2019St George & St Teresa RC Primary School HeadteacherDes Foxon is retiring at the end of this school term after a 39-year career as a teacher, the last 27 years of which have been as Head of St. George and St. Teresa School. Please keep him and the School in your prayers.
06.02.2019Inspiring HopeBishop Kenney shares his experience of CAFOD's work in Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm - 9pm, light refreshments served from 7pm. Venue: St Peter's, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. All are very welcome! To book your place, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at ewignall@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944.
06.02.2019Get-together Our next get-together is this Wednesday, 6th February. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a light lunch and dessert. All are welcome
03.02.2019Choir PracticeThere will be choir practice today after mass, 11 am – 12 noon, to work on music for Easter and beyond. New members are welcome. For more details, please speak to Ian Clarke
03.02.2019Book Signing - Thanks from Tracey McAtamneyThank you to everyone who purchased a copy of my book last week - I was amazed when all 20 copies I had with me were sold. I will leave some copies in a box for purchase after mass at the price of £7.99 each, with all profit going to charity
31.01.2019Parish Council meetingParish Council meeting at 7.45pm on Thursday, 31st January in the Parish Room, to discuss plans for our church's 25th anniversary celebrations. All welcome.
20.01.2019Faith in Politics – Internship for 2019This scheme is for recently graduated Catholics and will run from September 2019 until July 2020. Further information is available at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
16.01.2019Parish Open Meeting for all ParishionersThis Wednesday, 16th January at 7-30pm in the Parish Room. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss what celebration we should have for the church's 25 year's anniversary this year, both religious and social. We hope to get some ideas and form a working party to help organise these events.
15.01.2019Book Launch - Tracey's Memoir, 'Hidden Strength'On 15th January 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mallory Court - Wine - Canapes - Guest Speakers. Profit from the sale of the book to support children and young adults coping with grief.
13.01.2019Christmas RaffleThe Raffle raised £944.00. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets. Tracey; and thanks to Tracey for organising the raffle
13.01.2019Change to Mass times this weekPlease note the changes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to the times of Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
09.01.2019Get-together The next Get-together will be this Wednesday 9th January. Meet in the Parish Room for coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. All are welcome
07.01.2019Evangelisation TeamOur next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 7th January at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us planning how to share the Good News in this New Year. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
06.01.2019Christmas Giving Tree Many thanks for all the gifts donated this Advent. We were able to hand over 60 gifts to Father Hudson’s Care which were gratefully received and were being immediately distributed to those in need. Thanks as well to those who helped distribute the local gifts. It was a great effort from all. Thanks – Claire.
06.01.2019WelcomeWelcome to Fr Chris, from Leamington Spa, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today
30.12.2018Thank youThanks once more for your cards, gifts, kindness and support. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Also, I am grateful for all the work you put in to ensuring that there is a Eucharistic presence in this place. Together, by faithfully assembling week by week, we ensure that we witness to the love, light and hope of Christ and his in-breaking Kingdom. That is the distinctive and incomparable gift we are called to offer to the world through our assembly as the Church, but, in order for this to happen, many have to give of their time and energy in raising funds and being responsible for day to day administration and maintenance. May the Lord bless you for your hard work on behalf of Christ and his Kingdom. It is a privilege and a joy to share with you in this service. Fr Frank.
30.12.2018Father FrankFr Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break from Wednesday of this week, returning on Thursday 10th January 2019.
25.12.2018Father Frank's Christmas Message 2018Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2018
25.12.2018Christmas 2018 Newsletter now availableOur 2018 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the whole of 2018. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2018 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
23.12.2018The FieldThank you to all of you who have represented your opinions and shown support over the matters concerning the field. Apologies for not responding to you individually - it’s been a rather busy time! Father Frank
20.12.2018Confession before ChristmasThere will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after the Mass. During this time people may also make their Confession
18.12.2018Father Hudson’s Care Christmas Carol CelebrationFather Hudson's Care is having their Christmas Carol Celebration this Tuesday December 18th. It will be held in The Parish Church, Sacred Heart & St. Teresa, Coventry Road, Coleshill, B46 3EA. The Celebration will begin at 11.30. It will be led by Archbishop Bernard Longley and will be followed by a Buffet Lunch at St George's House, which is at the back of The Church. You are all invited. If you are thinking of going, please let Maureen know. Her phone number is 01676 533259.
16.12.2018Carol ServiceOur Carol Service will be held on 16th December at 6.30pm. Please come along and enjoy readings, choral music and congregational hymns. Mulled wine, non-alcholoic drinks and mince pies will be available after the service.
16.12.2018Statement from the Archdiocese of BirminghamOver the years Blessed Robert Grissold has generously allowed the local community to use its land when needed despite there never being public access over the site (except the public footpath that runs to Barratts Lane). The parish in conjunction with the Archdiocese has reviewed the future of the site and its security. In those circumstances it has been decided to fence the site. We have no desire to stop legitimate public access and therefore the public footpath remains available for all people wishing to use it. We understand that there may be some inconvenience but we hope that those who are looking for public open space will be able to find it in more formally laid out places in the vicinity.
16.12.2018Carol Service 2We will need some mince pies to eat while we are supping our mulled wine. If you are able to help with these please put your name and quantity on the register in the Narthex. Thank you.
16.12.2018100 Club Final Draw of 2018 - WinnersCongratulations to 1st Prize No 12 £75.00 Calum Bennett, 2nd Prize No 22 £45.00 Ann Dodd, 3rd Prize No 77 £30.00 Margaret McLellan
11.12.2018Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.
09.12.2018Christmas Goodies SaleThank you all for supporting this venture. We collected over £250 for parish funds. Also, HCPT benefitted by £39 from the sale of cards and calendars. Many thanks.
09.12.2018CAFOD - World GivingI have put some "World Gifts" booklets at the back of the church, from which you can choose gifts for everyone who does not really need anything for Christmas! The gifts start at £4 for a queen bee, providing the family with honey! £7 buys a simple mosquito net, treated with strong repellent which will keep families safe from disease. You can buy goats, pigs, llama's or even a cow providing milk, manure, and wool for clothing. Producing piglets, calves etc that can be then given to other families to continue the cycle. There are many more gifts that can help reduce poverty. Please take a booklet or look online at cafod.org.uk/Give/world-gifts. Thanks. Chris Lynn
09.12.2018The FieldThe Diocesan Trustees have ordered the erection of a fence in the land adjacent to the church, in order to identify the ownership of the field, also maintaining the public footpath at its present position.
07.12.2018First Friday DevotionsOn the First Friday of every month there is a Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion. During the Year of Priests, the Mass on the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered up for the Priests of the Archdiocese.
06.12.2018Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing of the SickThere will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick on Thursday 6th December at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ’s work of healing. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and meditations until Benediction at 7.00pm. This week we will be meditating on the readings of the Second Sunday in Advent. All welcome.
05.12.2018No Mass on Wednesday 5th December 2018No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
05.12.2018Get-togetherThis Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.
02.12.2018Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale in the Narthex. All proceeds will go towards Group 83 H.C.P.T's Funds.
02.12.2018Christmas NewsletterDo you fancy yourself as a budding writer or photographer? Have you attended a parish event or been part of something related to the parish that you would love to share? If so, we would welcome your articles and pictures for our bumper Christmas Newsletter! It’s been a busy year and there have been many events to write about including the Get Togethers, 100 Club, Choir, HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, Youth Group, Lenten breakfasts, talks and discussions, First Holy Communions, the May Concert: Choral Energy, Millennium Breakfasts, Parish Cake Sale, Race for Life and the Parish Quiz to name but a few. We need your works of literary genius or art by Sunday 9th December to give us time to edit and add them to the newsletter. If in doubt, have a go as it may be the start of something new for 2019! Please send to Ian Clarke at iehclarke@btinternet.com as soon as you can.
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03.04.2019
A thanksgiving mass to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School is being celebrated on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm. The mass will take place in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge; all former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend.
30.03.2019
The next breakfast and talk, organised by Churches Together, is Saturday 30th March at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. The theme of 'Big Questions', continues with 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' The speaker is Stig Graham, an ordained priest in the Church of England, who has spent twenty years as a hospital chaplain. Whilst wondering why life is filled with parentheses, he is passionate about science, faith and caring for those in spiritual pain.
28.03.2019
Every last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."
27.03.2019
A last reminder that the Coffee Evening is this Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30pm in our Parish Room. Admission is 50p, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a cake. Louise and Helen will be at the cake stall – they will be most grateful for donations of home-made cakes to sell. Everyone would be most welcome on the evening; do come along and bring a friend or neighbour and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile evening.
25.03.2019
Please note there will be a Mass on Monday at 10.00am to celebrate this great feast day.
24.03.2019
Maureen has managed to obtain another 12 of these booklets for Lent; if you would like to purchase one, please see her.
24.03.2019
Every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00 am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
17.03.2019
Join us next Sunday 17th March after mass to enjoy delicious pancakes with various toppings along with your tea and coffee. Enjoy a tasty treat, meet other parishioners and raise funds for the parish. A donation of £2 is suggested.
12.03.2019
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday begins at 9.30am. Mass will be followed by Stations of the Cross.
10.03.2019
This is lit anew each Sunday; you can request a dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. Please complete the details in the diary in the Narthex, indicating if you want the candle to be placed in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or by the Sacred Heart statue (SH), and on the envelope containing your donation (suggested amount: £5). Please hand your completed envelope to the wardens or to either Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
10.03.2019
We have been invited by the Deanery to join in a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are all asked to select a day in March and to commit to praying on that day for vocations. If you feel you would like to join in please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church against your selected day. Please see Bysshe for further details.
10.03.2019
As part of our celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church, we are considering commissioning a new stained-glass window for the small window at the back of church. We have two painted glass windows on either side of the altar representing Baptism and Confirmation. The new window would represent The Eucharist; the estimated cost is approximately £2,500. We will be approaching Catholic businesses in the area to ask for donations but would also like to offer members of the parish the option to pledge money, either on their own behalf or to remember a loved one. All pledges will be remembered on a plaque next to the new window. Ian and Ellie Clarke will be available after Mass if you would like to know more or wish to pledge money.
10.03.2019
Father Hudson's Care has places available for this 100-mile sponsored cycle on 12 May. Anyone interested in riding in aid of our diocesan social care agency should call Father Hudson's on 01675 434059 or e-mail fundraising@fatherhudsons.org.uk before Tuesday 12 March
06.03.2019
Lent begins on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) when there will be a Mass at 7.00pm together with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Let us make every effort to make a good start to the season of Lent and to use this time to renew and deepen our life in Christ. To help us, every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
06.03.2019
This Wednesday, 6th March. We meet at 10.30am in the Parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
04.03.2019
Next meeting is on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact: Peter Dimambro tel: 01926 428399 email: mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk.
01.03.2019
Our local celebration of this world-wide ecumenical service is at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email jlgperry@btinternet.com.
01.03.2019
On the first Friday of every month there is a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Friday the Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might join with the rest of the Archdiocese in praying for vocations to the priesthood. All welcome
24.02.2019
Confirmation candidates and any seeking reception into full communion with the Church this year must submit their names and contact details to Fr Frank, by email, (address given at the end of the newsletter) before the end of February 2019.
20.02.2019
CTBB Drop In Youth Café at 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Wednesday 20th February at the Jubilee Centre, open to year 6 and above. £1 entry, includes cake and a drink. Crafts, games and prizes!
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