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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,
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MASS WEEKEND 11th/12th MAY

There will be no mass next Sunday 12th May. This is due to the closure of roads around the church for Vélo Birmingham.

Mass next weekend will instead be held at 6.30 pm on Saturday 11th May.
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Faith in the God of love can bring us great happiness and confidence for "perfect love casts out all fear." The warnings about the end times in the Scriptures are meant to be a source of hope for us, not fear. All we need to do is to place our trust in Christ, who reassures us in today's Gospel, that the Lord will be with us. Jesus tells us that by our endurance we will gain our lives. This is a call to be constant, to persevere and to be steadfast in faith, hope and love. In this regard St Paul gives us an example to imitate. Simplicity of life, hope and loving trust in the Lord will enable us to face difficult situations and to be confident that "the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing rays" and will enlighten us

Parish Events

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08.12.2019Christmas Newsletter Articles and Pictures Wanted: It's that time of year again when work commences on the Christmas Newsletter. To mark the 25th anniversary of our church, this year's newsletter will be a bumper edition, but this is only possible if you provide pictures and articles about parish life over the last 12 months or so. Please send your words, poetry, pictures etc to Ian Clarke on iehclarke@btinternet,com as soon as possible. If you have any questions or ideas for good articles, please talk to Ian after Mass.
02.12.2019St. George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School St. George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is delighted to welcome all applications for September 2020 Nursery placements. If you would like to look around the school then please do contact us to make an appointment with the Head teacher, Mrs Wright, to visit us during the school day. Call the school office on 01564 774906 to make an appointment. Applications will close on 2nd December 2019.
23.11.2019Charity Christmas FayreCharity Christmas Fayre in Blessed Robert Grissold Church Hall on 23rd November from 10am to 3.30pm in aid of Save the Children and Acorns (Children's Hospices). It's an opportunity to buy handmade presents, cards, jewellery & "environmentally friendly" items. Homemade cakes & cookies on sale too! Offers of cakes / raffle prizes would be welcomed. For more info contact: Julia Greensall - Mob: 07855 843 914 or email: julia@greensall.com
17.11.2019Millennium BreakfastThe total raised at last week's breakfast was £213.20, a brilliant result. Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast and to those who gave a donation. Fr Ed will receive the money in the next week or so and will be delighteda
17.11.2019Christmas RaffleThank you to everyone who has emailed or promised raffle prizes. The Tickets are being printed and should be with us by next week. To donate prizes please email traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or see me after mass. Thank you - Tracey
12.11.2019Early MassPlease note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
10.11.2019Book of RemembranceOur Book of Remembrance will be updated in time for the mass on 10th November. If you wish to add any names into the Book, please could you complete one of the forms at the back of the Book and leave it under the Book by Sunday 3rd November. Please print any names you wish to be added on the form and be sure to include the month and day in which you would like that person to be remembered. Thank you.
10.11.2019Counting RotaWe need an additional member of the team. You will only need to count one Sunday in every ten. Please speak with Bob Jones or Godfrey Chesshire after mass. Thank you
10.11.2019ConfirmationThanks to all who made last Sunday such a special event in our 25th Anniversary year. You can see the photos in our parish archive by clicking on the link to the left
10.11.2019Holy Souls Throughout November Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered when we will pray, by name, for those placed before the altar for All Souls.
10.11.2019LourdesMaureen, together with the rest of Group 83, had a lovely time in Lourdes. She was well looked after. She remembered you all there, and has brought back some Lourdes Holy Water. If anyone would like some, please speak to her.
06.11.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday November 6th. We are meeting at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
03.11.2019Dates for your diary relating to the Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold ChurchSunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
03.11.2019ConfirmationWe welcome Bishop William next week. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates, Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday 3rd November.
03.11.2019Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold ChurchThe church will be providing a buffet after mass on the 3rd of November to celebrate the children's confirmation and blessing of the new window by Bishop William. Could we please have volunteers for making cakes and providing food. Please see Ann Dodd and Louise Perry after mass today if you feel you could help.
03.11.2019Welcome to Sasha WardWelcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
03.11.2019Masses for the Holy SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
02.11.2019All SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
01.11.2019All SaintsThe Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
31.10.2019Christmas RaffleIt's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
31.10.2019The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the Mass on Thursday at 6.00pm. Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer until Benediction at 7.05pm.
27.10.2019October is the month of the Rosary October is the month of the Rosary and we have prayed a decade of the Rosary at each Mass throughout the month of October as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
27.10.2019Memories of Our ChurchAs part of the commemoration of 25 years of our church, we would like to collect your memories and photos of our parish over the last 25 years for a pull out and keep souvenir to be published as part of our Christmas Newsletter. If you would like to share your memories and photos please contact Eleanor Clarke after Mass or email her on iehclarke@btinternet.com
27.10.2019BaptismWe welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.
24.10.2019Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP)Some of you will have known Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP) - better known as Teresa - one of our parishioners who received Holy Communion at home for many years. All are welcome to attend the Requiem Mass to be offered here for her on Thursday.
20.10.2019100 Club Winners1st - £75.00 – Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 – Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 – Sue McGovern. Congratulations!
19.10.2019LourdesMaureen is going to Lourdes on Saturday, 19th October, returning on Friday, 25th October. She is going in a small group and will stay in Hosanna House. She is happy to light a candle if you wish and take petitions with her. Please pray for the group as they will pray for you.
09.10.2019Later Mass on WednesdayPlease note that the Mass (the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman) this Wednesday is at 7.00pm - before the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm.
09.10.2019Parish Pastoral CouncilThere will be a meeting of the Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 9th October to discuss arrangements for the Confirmation and blessing of the anniversary window; and to consider arrangements tor the Episcopal Visitation of Bishop William in February.
08.10.2019Early start TuesdayPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 9.30am. The earlier start is to enable Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
02.10.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday October 2nd. We are meeting in the parish room at 11.30am for a lunch of soup and sausage.
02.10.2019St George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School Open DaysSt George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is hosting Open Days on Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday, 17th October, both between 9.30 and 11.30 am. For further information see the notice board.
29.09.2019Surplus Garden Produce wantedIf you have any surplus garden produce e.g. green tomatoes, onions, plums or currants, please let me know and I'll convert it into parish funds! Judith tel. 01676 534010.
26.09.2019VisitationThe opening service for the Bishop's visitation to our Deanery is on Thursday 26th September at 7.00pm at St Peter's Leamington Spa. The Vicar General has suggested that each parish in the Deanery should be represented by their priest and 10 parishioners (who are representatives of groups or activities in the parish). The order of events is Vespers (Evening Prayer) led by Bishop William, followed by a presentation by the Archbishop. There will be refreshments in the parish hall afterwards. Please let Fr Frank know if you are interested in attending.
25.09.2019Change to MassPlease note that Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday this week in order that Fr Frank and others might attend the visitation service at St Peter’s on Thursday.
15.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
08.09.2019Choir PracticeChoir practice begins again after the Summer break on Sunday 8th September. We will be preparing music for the Confirmation Mass on 3rd November and our Christmas celebrations. Ian and Ellie are on holiday so the first practice will be led by Cathy Grimley. Please make every effort to attend! This is an ideal time to join the choir if you love to sing and have an interest in church music. Auditions or previous experience are not required, and you would be very welcome!
04.09.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 4th September. We are meeting, 10.30am. at Fran and Ian's – 5 , Blythe Avenue. Contact number, if needed, 530 371
02.09.2019Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team The next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on 2nd September 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 could be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
01.09.2019BaptismWe pray for Audrey Eleanor Martin who will be Baptised today after Mass. We pray also for her parents and godparents - that, together with them, we will be faithful to our Baptismal promises
01.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
13.08.2019Mass times this week Please note the start time of the Mass on Tuesday this week is 7.00pm
11.08.2019Commemorative window updateAn initial design for the window has been produced by our stained-glass window artist, Sasha Ward (you can see examples of her work at her website http://www.sashaward.co.uk). This design must be approved by the Archdiocese faculty and will be submitted to their next committee meeting on 19th September. Production of the window will then commence, and we are confident it will be ready for the Bishop’s visit on the 3rd November 2019. The complete text of the dedication will also be available to view after Mass today. Please spend a few minutes over coffee to review it and ensure you are happy with your dedication as it will be submitted for production of the plaque soon. If you still wish to make a pledge or have not yet paid your pledge and still wish to do so, please see Ian Clarke after Mass today.
07.08.2019Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday 7th August. Coach trip to Evesham Valley. Coach leaves BRG at 10 am prompt. All welcome.
04.08.2019Parish Bulletin Rota A further plea for an additional volunteer to help with the parish bulletin rota. The task involves bringing together the week's notices and liturgy arrangements into the standard template that you see each week and takes about 1-2 hrs of time per week. We aim to have 4 people on the rota at any one time so that each editor only does 3 months at a time. No previous editorial experience required! It just needs access to a Computer and email. If you can help or would like to discuss in more detail before committing please speak to one of the current editorial team: David Green, Godfrey Chesshire or Ellie Clarke
07.07.2019Choral SparksA special thank you to all who helped and supported the concert last weekend especially Ian and Ellie for all their hard work arranging it. We raised over £1,000 which is been split between the parish and Gridtones choir charity. Photos of the event can be found by clicking on the link
07.07.2019Pancake Breakfast TodayAfter Mass today there will be a Pancake breakfast in aid of Parish Funds
07.07.2019BaptismBaptism: 11.00 am next Sunday. Baptism of Cormac David Cant.
03.07.2019Get-togetherWe meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
30.06.2019Catenian Association Bursary PresentationAt the end of Mass today parishioner Tom Green will be presented with a bursary by Brian Green, current President of The Redditch Circle of the Catenian Association. The Catenian Bursary Fund aims to support young Catholics who want to work on projects around the world which help communities less fortunate than ourselves. Tom is travelling to Tanzania in January 2020 for 3 months to work with a Christian Charity on rural infrastructure projects. The bursary will help towards the funds Tom has to raise for his trip. The Catenian Bursary is available to all young Catholics. For more info see https://catenianbursary.com/
23.06.2019St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge currently have limited availability for nursery places for September 2019. Please see notice board for full information
23.06.2019Confirmation CandidatesToday our Confirmation candidates, Carys, Erin, Ethan, James and Cloe will make their commitment during the Mass. Please keep them, together with their families, sponsors and catechists in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation on Sunday October 13th.
23.06.2019CAFOD VacancyRequired- a staff member to work with volunteers in parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. For details see cafod.org.uk/jobs. Closing date 1st July
19.06.2019The CateniansThe 10.00am Mass this Wednesday 19th June is for the members and families of Solihull Circle of the Catenian Association. It will be followed by light refreshments. Parishioners are welcome to attend
13.06.2019Parish Council MeetingThe next Parish Council meeting is this Thursday 13th June with the main item on the agenda the forthcoming Music Concert. All welcome
09.06.2019Congratulations Congratulations to James Murtagh and Orla Cole who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday and will be celebrating at church with us this morning
09.06.2019Welcome back Fr ChrisOur thanks to Fr Chris who is covering for Fr Frank who is taking his post-Easter break
09.06.2019June is the month of the Sacred HeartThe Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 28th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ
05.06.2019Get TogetherWe meet this Wednesday 5th June at 10.30 am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and chat. All welcome.
30.05.2019The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: '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 if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
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08.12.2019
Articles and Pictures Wanted: It's that time of year again when work commences on the Christmas Newsletter. To mark the 25th anniversary of our church, this year's newsletter will be a bumper edition, but this is only possible if you provide pictures and articles about parish life over the last 12 months or so. Please send your words, poetry, pictures etc to Ian Clarke on iehclarke@btinternet,com as soon as possible. If you have any questions or ideas for good articles, please talk to Ian after Mass.
02.12.2019
St. George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is delighted to welcome all applications for September 2020 Nursery placements. If you would like to look around the school then please do contact us to make an appointment with the Head teacher, Mrs Wright, to visit us during the school day. Call the school office on 01564 774906 to make an appointment. Applications will close on 2nd December 2019.
23.11.2019
Charity Christmas Fayre in Blessed Robert Grissold Church Hall on 23rd November from 10am to 3.30pm in aid of Save the Children and Acorns (Children's Hospices). It's an opportunity to buy handmade presents, cards, jewellery & "environmentally friendly" items. Homemade cakes & cookies on sale too! Offers of cakes / raffle prizes would be welcomed. For more info contact: Julia Greensall - Mob: 07855 843 914 or email: julia@greensall.com
17.11.2019
The total raised at last week's breakfast was £213.20, a brilliant result. Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast and to those who gave a donation. Fr Ed will receive the money in the next week or so and will be delighteda
17.11.2019
Thank you to everyone who has emailed or promised raffle prizes. The Tickets are being printed and should be with us by next week. To donate prizes please email traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or see me after mass. Thank you - Tracey
12.11.2019
Please note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
10.11.2019
Our Book of Remembrance will be updated in time for the mass on 10th November. If you wish to add any names into the Book, please could you complete one of the forms at the back of the Book and leave it under the Book by Sunday 3rd November. Please print any names you wish to be added on the form and be sure to include the month and day in which you would like that person to be remembered. Thank you.
10.11.2019
We need an additional member of the team. You will only need to count one Sunday in every ten. Please speak with Bob Jones or Godfrey Chesshire after mass. Thank you
10.11.2019
Thanks to all who made last Sunday such a special event in our 25th Anniversary year. You can see the photos in our parish archive by clicking on the link to the left
10.11.2019
Throughout November Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered when we will pray, by name, for those placed before the altar for All Souls.
10.11.2019
Maureen, together with the rest of Group 83, had a lovely time in Lourdes. She was well looked after. She remembered you all there, and has brought back some Lourdes Holy Water. If anyone would like some, please speak to her.
06.11.2019
Get-together this Wednesday November 6th. We are meeting at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
03.11.2019
Sunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
03.11.2019
We welcome Bishop William next week. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates, Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday 3rd November.
03.11.2019
The church will be providing a buffet after mass on the 3rd of November to celebrate the children's confirmation and blessing of the new window by Bishop William. Could we please have volunteers for making cakes and providing food. Please see Ann Dodd and Louise Perry after mass today if you feel you could help.
03.11.2019
Welcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
03.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
02.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
01.11.2019
The Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
31.10.2019
It's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
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