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October is the month of the Rosary and the Rosary is Trinitarian and Christ-centred but it is also a Marian prayer. In the Rosary, we are happy to honour the mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the words of the Archangel Gabriel and her cousin Elizabeth: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.” And in the Rosary, we meditate and reflect on the important events in Our Lord’s life through the eyes of Mary. Another prayer that makes the Rosary Marian is the concluding prayer - the “Hail Holy Queen.” But the two most important prayers of the Rosary are the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary. As St. Louis de Montfort said: “How could there possibly be any more pleasing prayers more to Almighty God and the Blessed Virgin, or any that are easier, more precious or more helpful than these two prayers?”
October is the month of the Rosary and the Rosary is a rich and complete form of prayer. In the first place it is “Trinitarian.” We begin the Rosary with the sign of the Cross as we invoke the three persons of the Most Holy Trinity: “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” We then recite the Apostles Creed, which calls to mind each of the divine persons in turn: “I believe in God the Father Almighty…and in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son…I believe in the Holy Spirit.” And each decade of the Rosary concludes with the Trinitarian prayer: “Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.” The Rosary is also Christ-centred for the mysteries of the Rosary upon which we meditate are the mysteries of Christ’s life. And in every “Hail Mary” prayed we honour Christ by saying: “blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”
In today’s Gospel reading Jesus reminds us of God’s original intention in creation and he does so in response to the question posed concerning marriage and divorce. When St Paul speaks of marriage he says: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” He then goes on to say: “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.” (Ephesians 5:31,32). Christ and the Church is “the great mystery” signified by Christian marriage and by the reference Jesus makes to the book of Genesis in today‘s Gospel, it is also the mystery of God’s original intention in creation.
A reminder that this coming Friday is Family Fast Day on behalf of CAFOD. The Coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions of people around the world into poverty and deepened inequality. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are also the ones who are being hit hardest by climate change. Harvests are failing. Cities are flooding. Entire communities are finding it harder and harder to survive in the place they call home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day, you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis. CAFOD works with local experts to help people around the world to adapt to the changing climate and to protect our common home. What we save by going without for one day can help to save the lives of others. Our offerings should be returned next Sunday 3rd October. There are envelopes available for the offerings.
The Gospel today presents us with a lesson in humility. Whilst the disciples were arguing amongst themselves about who was “the greatest” Jesus was arguing for being “last of all” and “servant of all” and Jesus backs up his words with his actions, for that is exactly what he became. He washes his disciples feet, the work of a slave, and he dies the death of an outcast criminal. And he wants us to share in his way of humility because it is the way of the God who stoops low to gather us into his kingdom.
"Who do people say I am?" - This is the question posed to his disciples by Jesus in today’s Gospel. But more important is the question he poses to Peter: “But you, who do you say I am?” for this is a question posed to all of us too. So who is Jesus for us? Is he just a fine example of what it means to be a thoroughly decent human being or is there more to him than that? Is he, in fact, divine, the Son of God, the Second Person of God, the Most Holy Trinity made flesh? How we answer this question will determine how we respond to him and his message. It will deeply affect the way we live our lives, for if we truly believe that he is the Messiah and Son of God then why wouldn’t we make every effort to get to know him and his will for us and strive to live accordingly?
St. James reminds us in our second reading today that we should not have a higher regard for those who are well-dressed and well-heeled. For him such an attitude is incompatible with faith in the one who washed the feet of his own disciples and who said: “Anyone who wants to become great among you must be your slave.” Discrimination against the poor, or partiality towards the wealthy, is seriously at odds with the teaching of Christ who, though equal with God, made himself poor so that we might be rich.
Jesus’ controversy with the Pharisees, in today’s Gospel, points up his opposition to a cold, formal and exterior religion. Jesus wants us to engage rather with the loving, interior demands of the kingdom of God. Like the prophets of old, he calls for conversion of heart rather than mere conformity to external standards and laws. One way to obscure the joy and truth of the Gospel is to reduce it to a series of formal rules which need to be observed only in an external fashion. The Gospel of Christ, on the other hand, is primarily an affair of the heart.
We see in the Gospel today how Jesus respects people’s freedom of choice. Jesus offers his followers the choice to stay with him or join the ranks of those who turn away from him. But the choice to remain with Jesus has to be kept alive by continually renewing our commitment to follow him. Decisions in faith are never settled once and for all. Like the apostles in today’s Gospel, we must keep on choosing Jesus, the One who has the message of eternal life.
The saints are our models of Christian life. This is especially true of Mary because of the place she occupies in the history of salvation. Mary is the perfect Christian and as such she is the model for the whole Church. She can be seen as the Church in miniature. She shows us that we must be dedicated completely to Christ as she was, that we must be willing to suffer with him, as she did. And she also shows us that loyalty to Christ guarantees immortality, body as well as soul in complete happiness in heaven.
Following Jesus and believing in him mean having eternal life. It is the life of communion uniting the Father with the Son. Jesus is the bread of that life. He nourishes and nurtures this communion by his testimony, his teaching and in the surrender of his life. Death does not put an end to it. The bread of life liberates us from death.
The journey to the God of life is not an easy task. We tend to get lost along the way and we are discouraged by the efforts we have to make. On their way to the promised land, the Jewish people turned against Moses - their difficulties made them yearn for a mediocre but familiar existence. Freedom frightened them, slavery being more familiar seemed more secure. This is the temptation of every believer - to settle for mediocrity rather than the life we were made for. God made us for himself - he made us for life with him for ever and Jesus is the Bread of Life – the bread of eternal life.
Today the Gospel presents the miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. The miracles worked by Jesus are truly divine works. They can lead people to raise their minds from the visible sign they have witnessed to the Godhead who is the power behind them. Yet small account is taken of the miracles that occur always and everywhere. Hardly anyone wonders at God’s marvellous creative power revealed in all the most ordinary things of life. Think of the wisdom and artistry revealed in even the smallest seed. And, of course, creating and governing the entire universe is a greater miracle than feeding five thousand people with five loaves.
Our responsorial psalm today is very well known and begins with the words: ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ and so the very first word “The Lord” is the very first word, thought and desire of the Psalmist in this psalm just as it should be the very first word, thought and desire for us. The Psalm goes on to speak of journeying through dangerous territory and, on our journey through life, each of us can feel threatened by valleys of darkness, but the Psalmist has confidence - ‘no evil would I fear’ - even in the most threatening places, because he is accompanied and protected - ‘You are there with your crook and staff - The presence of God leading and accompanying us on our journey through life transforms threatening places and tough circumstances. With the Lord as our shepherd the shadow of the Cross serves to remind us of the light of the resurrection That’s why the Psalmist can joyfully sing- ‘If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear for you are there - you prepare a banquet for me in the sight of my foes - my cup is overflowing.’ That is how it is with the life of faith - where the Lord is first in our heart and minds - where he is our shepherd.
The disciples had already responded to the Lord’s call to them to “Come” and follow him, now Christ commands them to “Go.” The kingdom of God is at hand and the call is urgent. They are instructed to travel light. They were not to rely on their own resources but on the bountiful providence of God. Their simplicity of life would help them to remain unencumbered by distractions and help them to stay focussed wholly on their mission.
By referring to himself as a prophet in today’s Gospel Jesus identifies himself with the long line of Old Testament prophets who suffered rejection or violence because of the unpopularity of their message. The failure of the people of his home town to accept him and his message anticipates the more general rejection of those who will hand him over to be crucified: “He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.”
Charity is love in terms of sharing, and Jesus shows us the way of love. The readings from the scriptures today remind us that Jesus wants all people to enjoy abundant life. That is why Paul asks the Christians of Corinth to share what they have. He does not command them to give, he simply suggests that giving to those in need will prove the genuineness of their love. To have faith is to have life and to have the desire that all should share in the abundant life of Christ.
The world is the sea upon which we must sail to reach our heavenly homeland. The waves are troubles and temptations. Christ is asleep in us if we lack faith, but if we believe and call on him he will calm every tempest and bring us safely to shore.
In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus telling Parables of the Kingdom. The first declares that the growth of the Kingdom resembles the mysterious process of nature; so too the growth of the Kingdom is equally mysterious, as God’s ways always are. A second parable, that of the Mustard Seed, stresses the enormous potential of the Kingdom in spite of its tiny beginning. A parable, from the Greek word meaning “laid alongside,” can be seen as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.
Today’s feast turns our thoughts to the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist, and one of the peculiarities of the Eucharistic feast is that we, the Church, become the Body of Christ through our partaking of Christ’s Body and the consequence of our assimilation to the Body of Christ is that, like Christ, we become spiritual food for the life of the world, to be broken, given away and consumed. The Eucharist makes the Church, by making the Church Eucharist.
Restriction for Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold in time of COVID-19
Out of care for the welfare of others please social distance, wear a mask and sanitise hands:

Please stay at home if...
+ You are feeling ill or show any symptoms
+ You suspect you may be ill or have been exposed to Covid 19
+ You have a sick family member at home
+ You have come into contact with someone who is infected


Those attending will be asked to supply contact details for track and trace

Please Note:
+ In the first instance, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity has been reached the stewards will prevent entry
+ Wrap up warm (if necessary) - doors and windows will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible
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The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan
You may recall a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley was read out at Mass a few weeks ago. It outlined the vision for the Archdiocese as we move forward. Leaflets explaining The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan will be available to take away this weekend. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and take copies for those who are unable to come to Mass. More information on the Vision is available on the Diocesan website here.

Parish Events

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17.10.2021Wanted – singers! After an 18-month hiatus, we are now looking to restart our choir so that we can begin to provide some of the music at Sunday Mass. This is a fantastic time to join us for the next chapter in the music ministry for our church. No previous experience is necessary, you don’t need to be able to read music; all you need is to enjoy singing and be willing to attend regular choir practices after Sunday Mass. If you are interested, please contact Ian Clarke: iehclarke@btinternet.com or 07976 731471.
17.10.2021First Holy CommunionPlease keep in your prayers our twelve candidates who are preparing for First Holy Communion.
17.10.2021CAFODCongratulations to the people of BRG who managed to raise £471.00 for CAFOD - this is a splendid effort.
12.10.2021Mass time change on TuesdayPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Clergy Meeting
10.10.2021October and the RosaryOctober is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer.
10.10.2021Fr Hudson’s CareThere are booklets giving details of the work of the Fr Hudson’s Society, the Social Care Agency for our Archdiocese, together with pre-paid envelopes for donations at the back of the church. You can also find more information about their work with children and families, adults with complex needs, and community projects, on their website: www.fatherhudsons.org.uk, which includes a link to make your donation online.
10.10.2021Local Coronavirus updatePLease click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
02.10.2021Churches Together Balsall & Berkswell - Coffee TogetherChurches Together will be restarting their “Coffee Together” mornings from 2nd October. These are held at the Jubilee Centre from 10:30 – 12:00, and for the price of £2.00 you can enjoy coffee, a wrapped biscuit and a chat with friends old and new. All are welcome. October’s Coffee Together will be hosted by St Peter’s Church; John and Louise Perry will be asking for volunteers to help when it is our church’s turn to host (date to be confirmed but probably in the New Year).
01.10.2021Family Fast DayA reminder that this coming Friday is Family Fast Day on behalf of CAFOD. The Coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions of people around the world into poverty and deepened inequality. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are also the ones who are being hit hardest by climate change. Harvests are failing. Cities are flooding. Entire communities are finding it harder and harder to survive in the place they call home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day, you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis. CAFOD works with local experts to help people around the world to adapt to the changing climate and to protect our common home. What we save by going without for one day can help to save the lives of others. Our offerings should be returned next Sunday 3rd October. There are envelopes available for the offerings.
28.09.2021Save the Children Social Get-TogetherTuesday 28th September, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at Blessed Robert Grissold Church. Coffee, tea, cake, soup and scones will be available. There will be a “Bring and Buy – lockdown books and jigsaws” (all in good condition!) and greeting cards on sale. No entry fee but donations are welcome – all profits go to Save the Children. All are welcome
05.09.2021BaptismsThose who had to postpone Baptism as a result of the pandemic should contact Fr Frank if they are ready for the Baptism to proceed
15.08.2021Parish Gift Aid Co-ordinatorWe are looking for a new co-ordinator for our parish Gift-Aid. The Parish Gift Aid co-ordinator ensures that the Parish receives a sizeable tax refund each year from the Gift Aided contributions of our parishioners. Every assistance and support will be given to anyone who can take on this responsibility. Please contact Fr Frank if you are interested.
15.08.2021100 Club Co-ordinatorWe are looking for a new co-ordinator for our 100 Club. The 100 Club is a fun way of raising a significant amount of money each year for the Parish. Every assistance and support will be given to anyone who can take on this responsibility. Please contact Fr Frank if you are interested.
01.08.2021Welcome again Fr Michael DolmanA warm welcome to Fr Michael Dolman, Rector of St Mary’s College Oscott, who will say mass for us again today. Father Bernard McDermott of the Columbans will say mass for us next Sunday.
20.06.2021Day for LifeToday is the Day for Life which supports the dignity of human life and the Church’s teaching. This is especially important this year when a Bill has been introduced into the House of Lord’s on assisted suicide. Please click on the link to view the attached poster for further details
13.06.2021First Holy CommunionsInstruction for children not attending a Catholic school will start on or about 13th September with a view to making Communion in November. Children should be at least 7 years old. Please contact Chris Mitchell: 0774 2288722 or Anne Stewart: 07704 210957
06.06.2021June is the month of the Sacred HeartJune is the month of the Sacred Heart. Great benefits are promised to those who practice the devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, who received a vision of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart and whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end please find in ur newsletter, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray daily throughout the month of June.
30.05.2021Praying for the End of the PandemicPope Francis has invited all the faithful to be united in prayer with Our Blessed Lady throughout the month of May in praying for the end of the pandemic. The holy Father has asked us to pray the Rosary daily through the month of May, invoking the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
23.05.2021Pentecost SundaySunday May 2rd is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, on the Church.
13.05.2021Ascension of the LordOn Thursday of this week the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension crowns Christ’s earthly mission - His heavenly Father welcomes him after his victory over sin and death and glorifies him in heaven. The Ascension marks God’s acceptance of Christ’s work of reparation for our sins. His sacrifice on the Cross is accepted and blessed and the spotless Victim ascends into God’s heavenly presence where he will continue to offer and be offered eternally in a heavenly manner. The Good News is that we ascend with Christ to the heavenly places for he assumed our humanity and has taken it with him into the heart of the love that exists eternally between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As St Paul says: ‘God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Ephesians 2:6).
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17.10.2021
After an 18-month hiatus, we are now looking to restart our choir so that we can begin to provide some of the music at Sunday Mass. This is a fantastic time to join us for the next chapter in the music ministry for our church. No previous experience is necessary, you don’t need to be able to read music; all you need is to enjoy singing and be willing to attend regular choir practices after Sunday Mass. If you are interested, please contact Ian Clarke: iehclarke@btinternet.com or 07976 731471.
17.10.2021
Please keep in your prayers our twelve candidates who are preparing for First Holy Communion.
17.10.2021
Congratulations to the people of BRG who managed to raise £471.00 for CAFOD - this is a splendid effort.
12.10.2021
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Clergy Meeting
10.10.2021
October is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer.
10.10.2021
There are booklets giving details of the work of the Fr Hudson’s Society, the Social Care Agency for our Archdiocese, together with pre-paid envelopes for donations at the back of the church. You can also find more information about their work with children and families, adults with complex needs, and community projects, on their website: www.fatherhudsons.org.uk, which includes a link to make your donation online.
10.10.2021
PLease click on the link to see an update from local Coronavirus Community Champion
02.10.2021
Churches Together will be restarting their “Coffee Together” mornings from 2nd October. These are held at the Jubilee Centre from 10:30 – 12:00, and for the price of £2.00 you can enjoy coffee, a wrapped biscuit and a chat with friends old and new. All are welcome. October’s Coffee Together will be hosted by St Peter’s Church; John and Louise Perry will be asking for volunteers to help when it is our church’s turn to host (date to be confirmed but probably in the New Year).
01.10.2021
A reminder that this coming Friday is Family Fast Day on behalf of CAFOD. The Coronavirus pandemic is pushing millions of people around the world into poverty and deepened inequality. The poorest and most vulnerable people in the world are also the ones who are being hit hardest by climate change. Harvests are failing. Cities are flooding. Entire communities are finding it harder and harder to survive in the place they call home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day, you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis. CAFOD works with local experts to help people around the world to adapt to the changing climate and to protect our common home. What we save by going without for one day can help to save the lives of others. Our offerings should be returned next Sunday 3rd October. There are envelopes available for the offerings.
28.09.2021
Tuesday 28th September, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at Blessed Robert Grissold Church. Coffee, tea, cake, soup and scones will be available. There will be a “Bring and Buy – lockdown books and jigsaws” (all in good condition!) and greeting cards on sale. No entry fee but donations are welcome – all profits go to Save the Children. All are welcome
05.09.2021
Those who had to postpone Baptism as a result of the pandemic should contact Fr Frank if they are ready for the Baptism to proceed
15.08.2021
We are looking for a new co-ordinator for our parish Gift-Aid. The Parish Gift Aid co-ordinator ensures that the Parish receives a sizeable tax refund each year from the Gift Aided contributions of our parishioners. Every assistance and support will be given to anyone who can take on this responsibility. Please contact Fr Frank if you are interested.
15.08.2021
We are looking for a new co-ordinator for our 100 Club. The 100 Club is a fun way of raising a significant amount of money each year for the Parish. Every assistance and support will be given to anyone who can take on this responsibility. Please contact Fr Frank if you are interested.
01.08.2021
A warm welcome to Fr Michael Dolman, Rector of St Mary’s College Oscott, who will say mass for us again today. Father Bernard McDermott of the Columbans will say mass for us next Sunday.
20.06.2021
Today is the Day for Life which supports the dignity of human life and the Church’s teaching. This is especially important this year when a Bill has been introduced into the House of Lord’s on assisted suicide. Please click on the link to view the attached poster for further details
13.06.2021
Instruction for children not attending a Catholic school will start on or about 13th September with a view to making Communion in November. Children should be at least 7 years old. Please contact Chris Mitchell: 0774 2288722 or Anne Stewart: 07704 210957
06.06.2021
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. Great benefits are promised to those who practice the devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, who received a vision of Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart and whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end please find in ur newsletter, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray daily throughout the month of June.
30.05.2021
Pope Francis has invited all the faithful to be united in prayer with Our Blessed Lady throughout the month of May in praying for the end of the pandemic. The holy Father has asked us to pray the Rosary daily through the month of May, invoking the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
23.05.2021
Sunday May 2rd is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, on the Church.
13.05.2021
On Thursday of this week the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension crowns Christ’s earthly mission - His heavenly Father welcomes him after his victory over sin and death and glorifies him in heaven. The Ascension marks God’s acceptance of Christ’s work of reparation for our sins. His sacrifice on the Cross is accepted and blessed and the spotless Victim ascends into God’s heavenly presence where he will continue to offer and be offered eternally in a heavenly manner. The Good News is that we ascend with Christ to the heavenly places for he assumed our humanity and has taken it with him into the heart of the love that exists eternally between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As St Paul says: ‘God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (Ephesians 2:6).
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