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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 is the immaculate 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.
There is a lot of talk about faith in today’s second reading and by faith a Christian is called to completely submit his intellect and his will to God – he or she gives their full assent to the God who has revealed his great love for us in Christ. This response to the Divine revelation is what Sacred Scripture calls ‘the obedience of faith’ and Abraham, ‘our father in faith,’ is the model of such obedience and the Blessed Virgin Mary is its most perfect embodiment.
The Gospel calls us to place all our trust in God and his providence. Through prayer and the sacraments, we are to store up treasure for ourselves in heaven. Though we are poor in spiritual things, God makes us rich through his grace, allowing us to be sharers in his life and love.
Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. He was a man of prayer - he knew its value and he wanted his disciples to be people of prayer as well. Prayer opens us up to communication and communion with God. It maintains and deepens our relationship with him so that his light and love can flow into us and out into the world in what we say and do.
The mystery revealed in today’s readings is of God in Christ, our friend and companion - the Divine guest who comes to us and we are invited to welcome him, just as Abraham did at the Oak of Mamre and as Martha and Mary did at Bethany. Both Abraham and Martha welcomed their Divine Guest amidst a flurry of activity; whilst Mary sat at his feet and listened to him in the stillness. However, we receive the God who comes to us, only one thing is needed - a heart open to love.
Jesus is the Good Samaritan - the One who loves his neighbour as himself. The One who puts himself in harm’s way in order to save us. He is moved with compassion - he sees we have fallen into the hands of brigands - of forces which rob us of our true dignity as creatures made in the image and likeness of God - leaving us half dead. Jesus tends to our wounds, pouring upon us the oil and wine of his healing grace. He takes us to the ‘inn’ of the Church where our souls are cared for at his expense. He is prepared to make good the cost. And Jesus is prepared to be utterly spent in service of us, his neighbour.
In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus sending out his Apostles to share in his mission of spreading the Good News of the Kingdom of God and Jesus still sends us out today. Christ’s missionary mandate is still in force. We ascend with Christ in and through the Mass to the heavenly places where we worship the living God with angels and Archangels and all the hosts of heaven. After having fed on heavenly things, shared in the Holy Spirit and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, we are sent out at the end of the Mass for the life of the world. Christ’s missionary mandate to his Church still stands. The Church on earth is missionary by nature - the Church exists for others - in order that they might be drawn into the communion of love which exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that love, revealed fully in the Cross of Christ, urges us on.
In our second reading today, St Paul, in his Letter to the Church in Galatia warns against “self-indulgence” and against sniping and snapping at others. This only results, he says, in ‘tearing each other to pieces’ and dividing the community. To those who indulge in these divisive activities the holy Apostle offers this stern warning: “You had better watch or you will destroy the whole community.” Elsewhere, St Paul tells us that those who cause division in the Church “do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites.” The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is against such divisiveness, for the Holy Spirit is always working to draw all things into unity in Christ. That’s why St Paul says: “If you are guided by the Spirit you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence” then our life in Christ will be spent serving God and our neighbour, rather than self-serving.
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.
SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY:We are not to approach God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God in three Persons; three Persons but one God, as a mathematical puzzle or a philosophical problem but, rather, as the Divine community of love whom we are called to know and enjoy for ever, for the one God, who has revealed Himself as Trinity, has made us for himself - to know, love and serve him forever. That is why, in and through sacred mysteries, which we celebrate in the Eucharist, he gathers us to himself so that, by grace, we might share in the life and love of the Most Holy Trinity.
Today the Church of God throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost. It is God’s Spirit who inspires us to obey God’s commandments. All who love God experience the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. He counsels us and reminds us of what Jesus has said. The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. As we thank God today for the gift of his Holy Spirit let us pray that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God’s Spirit.
June - the Month of the Sacred Heart June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 24th June. 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 at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” May is the month of Our Blessed Lady and these words of Christ, her Son, apply in a special way to her for she is the one who responded faithfully to God’s message saying: “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Mary was the first and perfect disciple of Jesus. She kept his words in her heart and in her life of faithful witness. Because of her loving obedience to Christ, God, the Most Holy Trinity, made its dwelling place in her.
In the Gospel today we see Jesus saying goodbye to his disciples and leaving them a summary of his teachings. He gives them a “new commandment:” “Love one another just as I have loved you.” This is “new,” not because it is the first time Jesus has mentioned it but because love is always fresh and new and makes all things new. Love is creative, transforming, transfiguring - the disciples have witnessed this in the life of Christ. They have seen the love of God in Christ reach out to all - a love which excludes no one and includes all those who are marginalized and oppressed. This is the love we feed on in the Mass and carry to a world hungry for its creative and healing power
Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life and that all believers will be faithful to their baptismal vocation. To follow Christ is to love him, to trust him, to serve him and to do his will - which is also what it means to be faithful to our vocation. Christ, the Good Shepherd, tells us that his sheep follow him “because they recognise his voice.” We have to learn to distinguish the voice of the one true God from the voices of the many false gods and idols which call to us today.
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest, ; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service
Christ has risen: I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the joy of Easter. Today, with the Holy Church of God throughout the world, we proclaim and celebrate the truth which is foundational to our Christian faith, that on the third day Christ rose from the dead. And Christ, the Risen One, does not depart from us but returns to greet us with his peace and to remain with us until the end of time. And we share his peace and rejoice in his presence in the Mass.
Holy Week begins today with Palm Sunday when the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. The Paschal Mystery, the passage from death to life, is the heart of our faith. The account of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus forms the oldest part of the Gospels. It is what the evangelists recorded first. For them, it was the heart and nucleus of the Lord’s witness to the loving purposes of God. That is why the Paschal Mystery is at the heart of our communal celebration as the Church and is at the heart of our lives as Christians and this is why the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter are so important. Through the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we celebrate the greatest mysteries of our redemption keeping, through very special celebrations, the memorial of our Lord’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
We see in the Gospel today how the Jewish Law was interpreted at the time of Jesus such that it prescribed the death penalty for the sin of adultery. Jesus rejects the lack of humility and lack of mercy, shown in the story, by the woman’s accusers. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus’ just authority made her accusers, all men, walk away. Jesus forgives the woman taken in adultery and rejects the cruelty and double standards of her accusers.
Jesus’ parables invite us to reflect on where we find ourselves in the story he is telling. So in today’s Parable of the Prodigal Son who do we most identify with? With the Father, having a care and concern for those in need and having a good nose for when a party is needed? Or do we identify more with the reckless, but eventually repentant, younger son? Do we see something of ourselves in his destructive self-centredness? Or do we see more of our self in the elder son - are we more like him in being full of resentment and making other people pay for our loveless faithfulness? Perhaps we see a little of all the characters in us. Wherever we find our self in the story, Christ invites us to reflect on the journey we have to make to be one with him.
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.”
Today in the Gospel we hear how the apostles Peter, James and John were given a glimpse of Christ’s glory on the Mount of the Transfiguration - the same glimpse of glory that we are all given when we gather for the Mass, for in and through the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist we ascend to the heavenly places where, with Angels and Archangels and all the host of heaven, we worship the Beloved Son of God who sits at the right hand of the Father. God, the Holy Spirit, gathers us into the cloud of his glory. We listen to him in the scriptures. We feed on him in the Sacrament of the altar. No wonder the disciples “kept silence.” “Master, it is wonderful for us to be here.”
Holy Week and Easter are the climax of the Christian liturgical year. The time of the Passion and Resurrection is proceeded by Lent, a lengthy period of preparation for these saving and illuminating mysteries. Lent is a time of penitence. It is a time for us to examine our conscience and seek reconciliation with the Lord. Lent is also a time for spiritual growth and enlightenment. In Lent we are invited to listen, and respond, ever more faithfully to the voice of God. Lent also commemorates Israel’s liberation from slavery in Egypt and their forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Lent relates this to our own spiritual journey, to our liberation, our pilgrimage, our feeding on divine manna and of our meeting with God. And, as we see from today’s Gospel, Lent also recalls the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert during which he contended with Satan, the tempter. And our Lent must be a period of fighting against temptation. From this one can see that Lent is a very rich, a very deep mixture of elements which serve to purify and enlighten us. During the time of Lent the Church leads us towards the radiant glory of the Paschal feast. The more serious our Lenten preparation has been, the deeper we shall enter into the mystery of Easter and gather its fruits.
In today’s Gospel Jesus says: “A man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.” Lent begins on Wednesday - Ash Wednesday - with the Blessing and Imposition of the Ashes. The Church’s season of Lent is an opportunity for us to go deeper into what is at the heart of our lives and what should be first in our hearts. It’s a season in which we are invited to grow in our awareness of those things that blind us to the truth about ourselves and the truth about Christ. Lent is an opportunity to notice the “plank” in our own eye that prevents us seeing clearly how to love God and how to love our neighbour as our self. And it is only by seeing clearly that we can act and speak lovingly. On Ash Wednesday, a day of penance, abstinence and fasting, we enter into the joyful season of Lent - joyful because it is a time established for the purification of our souls and the renewal of our hearts.
In today’s Gospel Jesus calls us to love our enemies - to love like the God in whose image and likeness we were originally created. Humanity has made itself the enemy of God through its sinfulness - our turning our backs on the way of God’s love. This is seen most keenly in the way humanity treated God’s beloved Son. Yet God loves us. He loves us as we are, but he loves us too much to let us stay as we are. His love wants to transform us, more and more, into the likeness of Jesus, who is true the image of God and who loved his enemies - praying for those who crucified him: “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”
In today’s Gospel we are presented with St Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching and life. They express our vocation, as the Baptised, to be united with Christ in his Passion, Cross and Resurrection and they shed light on the actions and attitudes characteristic of the Christian life. The Beatitudes proclaim the blessings and rewards already secured, however dimly, for Christ’s followers and we see their practical outworking in the lives of Our Blessed Lady and the Saints. God calls us to beatitude - to share in His own happiness and joy through our communion with Blessed Persons of the Most Holy Trinity.
After the miraculous catch of fish, which we hear about in the Gospel today, Peter realised, as never before, his own sinfulness and the holiness of Jesus. He asked Jesus to depart from him but Christ showed him that his sins and weaknesses would not prevent him from sharing in his work. While our sinfulness humbles us we should not let it get us down or make us feel that we do not belong to the company of Christ. Christ came to “call sinners.” He is known as the “friend of sinners” - he comes to help us to overcome our sins. That is why, with confidence, we have recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and come before him in the Mass to confess our sins
In the Gospel today we hear how Jesus is rejected by the people of Nazareth and is chased out of the village by an angry mob who are determined to kill him. Why? Because he was telling the truth and they couldn’t bear to hear the truth. The truth can be hard to hear, especially when it exposes uncomfortable and unpleasant things about ourselves. This does not prevent Christ from continuing with his mission - to proclaim the truth that sets us free.
Can we trust the Gospel accounts of what Jesus said and did and of who he claimed to be? Luke, Gentile doctor, Christian convert and missionary companion to St Paul, seems to have no doubts. In the prologue to his Gospel he describes the received teaching as “well founded.” and his confidence is in no small part due to the fact that the accounts of Jesus’ life and mission which had been handed down, were the work of those who, from the outset, were eyewitnesses. So we can reliably learn what Jesus said and did, and about who he claimed to be, by attending to the Gospels.
The week of prayer for Christian unity begins this week. The vision of the Church presented by the scriptures is of Christ’s mystical body - the place where God is gathering into one all peoples, nations, races, and tongues and dissolving all barriers and disagreements. The new humanity of the Church, reborn in and through Christ, can never live separate from others or with hatred or hostility against others. According to the Christian vision the new humanity of the Church must be one for it is out of the one Father that they have been reborn. It is for this unity that we pray this week.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and we leave behind the touching scene of the crib. Jesus has moved from the helpless infant of Bethlehem to a grown man who takes upon himself a tremendous burden and responsibility. The burden is the weight of the sins of humankind. The responsibility is to make reparation for those sins.
Thanks for the generosity you have shown in the gifts, cards and offerings, I have received over Christmas. Ny gratitude also to all of you who work so hard throughout the year to ensure that a worshipping community is viable here at Blessed Robert Grissold.
In today’s Gospel Luke relates the story of the Visitation and it involves the encounter of two pregnant women. Mary, who is from Galilee, journeys to Judea, the place where, one day, the son she is carrying will be cruelly rejected and condemned. At Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child in her womb “leapt for joy!” Joy is the first response to the coming of the Messiah. Preparing for the great celebration of the Nativity of the Lord means experiencing the joy of knowing that our God is the God who comes to us – the God who gives himself for us because he loves us.
Today is Gaudete Sunday and “Gaudete” refers to the joy of the Lord which we find echoed in today’s scripture readings. We also hear about John the Baptist in today’s Gospel and John marks the end of the time of waiting and the beginning of the new age in Jesus. John is the last of the great prophets, For a long time the people had been without a messenger from God but in John the Baptist the people discovered an end to God’s silence. Through John they could hear the word of God. We are told that many went out from the towns and cities to see John - which is testimony to his charismatic power to attract people - such is the powerful attraction of the word of God alive and active in a person.
The invitation to welcome the God who comes to us in Christ and to cast away empty living is repeated in the liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent. The Opening Prayer of the Mass asks that no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet Christ. And today we hear the lonely voice of John the Baptist who exhorts us to prepare a way for the Lord. May our faithfulness to the spirit of Advent create a space so that the Lord can come to us.
The season of Advent begins today - the season of preparation for Christmas. The prayer of this season looks forward in relation to the triple coming of the Lord: in history, in grace and at the end of time. Its tone is one of anticipation, expectation and yearning. As St Charles Borromeo said: ‘This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced to see. This is the season the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. We too should always observe it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery.’
The feast of Christ the King, which the holy Church throughout the world celebrates today, brings to a close the Church’s liturgical year. Our image of a monarch tends to be of one who lives a privileged life and lords it over others. Christ our King is not like that. He came to serve, not to be served and he wants us to imitate him in his loving service of others. That is why, as St. John of the Cross said: “In the evening of life we shall be examined on love.” If to love and to serve our neighbour is heavenly, hell is the suffering of one who can no longer love.
Faith in the God of love can bring 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, for “Christ, by his death and resurrection, has achieved our sanctification.” All we need to do is to place our trust in Christ and so be able to make the words of today’s psalm our own: “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence.”
Today in the Gospel we hear the story of the “Widow’s Mite.” The mite was the tiniest coin in circulation. In the Temple the rich were giving from their loose change, but the widow, out of her extreme poverty, gave everything she had: two small coins. Although poor and in need of the few coppers she had, she never hesitated, never counted the cost. She gave everything to God. The widow became famous, not because she gave so little but because, in her extraordinary generosity, she gave so much.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints when we give thanks to God for all those who are in heaven, both those recognised by the Church as saints and those known only to the Lord. The Church teaches that sanctity is within everyone’s reach and we ask for the intercession of the saints in heaven as we endeavour to follow their example. On Tuesday, the Feast of All Souls, we commemorate all the Faithful Departed when the Church invites us to pray for our beloved deceased.
October is the month of the Rosary and the Rosary is a rich and powerful prayer. Firstly, the Rosary is vocal prayer in that, the fixed words can be prayed aloud, but it also lends itself to meditative prayer as we reflect on each of the mysteries. This enables personal insights that can change our lives and meditation can lead to loving contemplation when our mind is seized by the depth of the mystery we are praying. That’s why Pope St John Paul II wrote: “The Rosary belongs among the finest and most praiseworthy traditions of Christian contemplation.” The words of the Rosary also contain prayers of praise and petition and the faithful often offer up each decade of the Rosary for a special intention. Countless believers, down through the ages have born witness to the fruitful results of praying the Rosary. How could it be otherwise when, as Pope St John Paul II says: “To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ.”
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.
Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in time of the pandemic

The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday obligation.

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

+ Wrap up warm (if necessary) - doors and windows will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible.
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

Looking for the rest of the Parish Event List? We have archived the list from our old site but you can still view them here.
Date
TitleDescription
04.09.2022Children's LiturgyWe are planning to restart Children's Liturgy during term time at the 9.30am Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold. If you have any ideas or are interested in helping please speak to Rosalind (rosalindblewitt@hotmail.com / 07532179704) and Chris Blewitt (chrisblewitt@hotmail.co.uk / 07852721158). All volunteers will need to complete a DBS check via our parish safeguarding representative Monica Green (sg.brg.balsallcommon@rcaob.org.uk / 07788200544). We hope to be in a position to run this from September and any support would be greatly appreciated!
14.08.2022WelcomeA warm welcome this weekend to Monsignor Danny McHugh
14.08.2022Masses through the WeekPlease note, there are no weekday Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold Church this week. Please see the parish website for further updates and information about the return of the midweek Masses in due course.
07.08.2022WelcomeA warm welcome this weekend to Fr Jim Fleming. Fr Frank is very grateful to him for covering for me at short notice.
06.08.2022Coffee TogetherOn Saturday 6th August Blessed Robert Grissold is hosting Coffee Together, as part of Churches Together in Balsall & Berkswell, in the Jubilee Centre 10.30 – 12 noon. All are welcome.
01.08.2022ConfirmationPlease submit the names of any seeking Confirmation next Summer to Fr Frank by 1st August
31.07.2022Notice from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales “The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday obligation.”
31.07.2022Masses during the coming Week (w/c 1st August)There are no Masses through the week until Fr Frank has recovered from COVID. He has arranged cover for the weekend Masses.
31.07.2022WelcomeA warm welcome this weekend to Fr Denis Carter from the Columban Fathers. Fr Frank is very grateful to him for covering for me at short notice.
17.07.2022Call for WardensWe are updating our list of wardens/ welcome team and If you are willing to join these teams to welcome people to church and give out the Mass books and hymn books before and after Mass can you please see Joe Martin after Mass or ring him on 01676 534916.
17.07.2022Flower RotaWe are updating our flower rota and would welcome a couple of new people to help. It is only a couple of times a year. If you are willing to help please ring Pam Martin on 01676 534916.
16.07.2022BaptismPlease keep William Hocking, his parents, Godparents, family and friends in your prayers. William is to be Baptised here on Saturday
10.07.2022Margaret Collins RIPWe have heard that Margaret, a long term and hardworking member of our Parish, has died after a long illness. Please remember Margaret, John and their family in your prayers.
10.07.2022Lant Charity“I am a Trustee of the Lant Charity which is a local charity able to give grants to local residents, including refugees, in Balsall, Berkswell and Temple Balsall parishes to meet specific needs. This can be for specific purchases such as school uniform or equipment, sports kit, assistance with setting up refugee accommodation etc. We may be able to help you so we have asked our Clerk Jane Lytton to message you. Alternatively you can contact her with your request as follows - clerk.lantcharity@gmail.com or 07989 741036." Godfrey
10.07.2022Au RevoirWe say farewell and best wishes to the Hobbs Family (Greg, Nicolette, Cameron & Amelie) as they move later this mont#h to their new home in Exeter, Devon.
06.07.2022Parish Get Together The next Parish Get Together will be at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 6th July. All are welcome.
03.07.2022Thanks from MaureenMaureen would like to thank everyone for the gifts, flowers, cards, good wishes and prayers she received for her 90th birthday. Special thanks to Louise and her team for the wonderful spread on Sunday after mass. It was lovely to see so many people there, who will be remembered in her prayers. Happy memories of her 90th birthday remain with her. Click on the link to the left to see photos!
03.07.2022Counting rota for Sunday collectionFollowing my appeal a couple of weeks ago for volunteers to help with the counting of our Sunday collections let me thank those who volunteered to join or rejoin the rota. This is very very much appreciated. I am happy to say that we are already well on our way to reaching a sensible number of teams to fulfil this very important task. This will ensure that the time commitment required is not too onerous. I still have to contact a few parishioners regarding their participation and I would hope to be able to publish a first draft of the rota later in July when I am back from holiday. Mike
03.07.2022Confirmation TodayA warm welcome to Bishop William who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation here today. Please keep our Candidate, Brian Docherty, his parents, family and friends, in your prayers.
29.06.2022Solemn Feast DaysOn Wednesday 29th June there will be a Mass at 9.00am at St Francis Baddesley Clinton celebrating the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. All welcome
26.06.2022Happy Birthday Maureen Carroll!Maureen Carroll is celebrating her 90th birthday today and she would welcome you all to join her celebration with coffee and a piece of cake after mass.
26.06.2022The Piety Stall returnsThe Piety Stall has been re-stocked with a variety of cards - Birth, baptism, first communion, birthday blessings) and many more. Please take a moment to look, purchase and leave the money in the Piety Box. Thank you.
24.06.2022June is the Month of the Sacred Heart June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 24th June. 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 at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, below, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray during the month of June - Consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Chris: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
08.06.2022Get TogetherOur next Get Together will be on Wed 8th June at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Everyone is welcome!
05.06.2022Trinity SundayNext Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
05.06.2022100 ClubStefan Hunka and Ken Higgins will be sat in the Narthex after Mass ready to deal with 100 Club matters.
05.06.2022PentecostOn the 5th June, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost
04.06.2022Special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
29.05.2022Retiring CollectionThere will be a retiring collection after Mass on on 28th May for Catholic Communications
24.05.2022AscensionThis Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022Quiet Morning‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley HeathSt George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022Maureen CarrollAfter previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022ConfessionFather is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022Our Lady of FatimaA Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022Baptism of Benjamin CowlingPlease pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022Early start Tuesday Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022Bob JonesOur many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022Easter RaffleA big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022WelcomeWe welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022Easter OfferingThank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022Thank youMany thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022Special thanks Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
17.04.2022Tea and coffee after Sunday MassTea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of WitnessGood Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022Ministers of the EucharistRe-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022Save the Children Coffee MorningLast week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022Easter OfferingThe collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
10.04.2022Holy WeekNext week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church’s calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church’s year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
10.04.2022Prayer for the UkraineLet us continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, praying for a lasting peace and an end to war in that land, remembering also the Ukrainian Eparchy, for Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, his clergy and people and the Ukrainian parishes in our own Archdiocese.
10.04.2022Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the Tuesday Mass in Lent here at BRG and on Wednesdays after the 9.00am Mass at St Francis, Baddesley Clinton.
05.04.2022Our next Get-together Our next Get-together will be on Tuesday 5th April at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Come and enjoy coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. Everyone is welcome, so if you have a friend or neighbour who would like to join us, please bring them along. If you need help with transport contact Madeleine (07981 533070) or Fran (01676 530371).
03.04.2022First Holy CommunionWe welcome Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today.
03.04.2022Easter RaffleWe look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
03.04.2022St Mary's College, Oscott - TrusteesOscott College, the diocesan seminary, which forms men for the priesthood and the diaconate from England Wales, Scotland and further afield, is looking for additional trustees. The particular areas of expertise which are needed are:-Diversity and inclusion /Education and academia/HR and training IT and digital/Media/PRTrusteeship is a voluntary role, and is a way to put your skills at the service of the church. If you would like any further information please contact Jackie Hall, College Bursar at Oscott jackie.hall@oscott.org
27.03.2022Mothering SundayToday is Mothering Sunday and so we give thanks to God for our mothers and for all who are mothers in our community. May God bless you in your high calling, remembering that the greatest of the saints, Our Blessed Lady, was, like you, a mother and that through faithfulness and loving devotion to her calling attained to the heights of holiness. May Mary, the holy Mother of the Church, pray for us and all mothers as we continue our journey through Lent.
27.03.2022Lately DeadMartin Dunne – a much loved member of our parish. His funeral will take place here at 12 noon this Wednesday, 30th March
27.03.2022First Holy CommunionPlease keep in your prayers Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today
27.03.2022Easter RaffleWe look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
20.03.2022Enrolment MassElliot Murtagh will be enrolled here at Mass today for reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
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04.09.2022
We are planning to restart Children's Liturgy during term time at the 9.30am Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold. If you have any ideas or are interested in helping please speak to Rosalind (rosalindblewitt@hotmail.com / 07532179704) and Chris Blewitt (chrisblewitt@hotmail.co.uk / 07852721158). All volunteers will need to complete a DBS check via our parish safeguarding representative Monica Green (sg.brg.balsallcommon@rcaob.org.uk / 07788200544). We hope to be in a position to run this from September and any support would be greatly appreciated!
14.08.2022
A warm welcome this weekend to Monsignor Danny McHugh
14.08.2022
Please note, there are no weekday Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold Church this week. Please see the parish website for further updates and information about the return of the midweek Masses in due course.
07.08.2022
A warm welcome this weekend to Fr Jim Fleming. Fr Frank is very grateful to him for covering for me at short notice.
06.08.2022
On Saturday 6th August Blessed Robert Grissold is hosting Coffee Together, as part of Churches Together in Balsall & Berkswell, in the Jubilee Centre 10.30 – 12 noon. All are welcome.
01.08.2022
Please submit the names of any seeking Confirmation next Summer to Fr Frank by 1st August
31.07.2022
“The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday obligation.”
31.07.2022
There are no Masses through the week until Fr Frank has recovered from COVID. He has arranged cover for the weekend Masses.
31.07.2022
A warm welcome this weekend to Fr Denis Carter from the Columban Fathers. Fr Frank is very grateful to him for covering for me at short notice.
17.07.2022
We are updating our list of wardens/ welcome team and If you are willing to join these teams to welcome people to church and give out the Mass books and hymn books before and after Mass can you please see Joe Martin after Mass or ring him on 01676 534916.
17.07.2022
We are updating our flower rota and would welcome a couple of new people to help. It is only a couple of times a year. If you are willing to help please ring Pam Martin on 01676 534916.
16.07.2022
Please keep William Hocking, his parents, Godparents, family and friends in your prayers. William is to be Baptised here on Saturday
10.07.2022
We have heard that Margaret, a long term and hardworking member of our Parish, has died after a long illness. Please remember Margaret, John and their family in your prayers.
10.07.2022
“I am a Trustee of the Lant Charity which is a local charity able to give grants to local residents, including refugees, in Balsall, Berkswell and Temple Balsall parishes to meet specific needs. This can be for specific purchases such as school uniform or equipment, sports kit, assistance with setting up refugee accommodation etc. We may be able to help you so we have asked our Clerk Jane Lytton to message you. Alternatively you can contact her with your request as follows - clerk.lantcharity@gmail.com or 07989 741036." Godfrey
10.07.2022
We say farewell and best wishes to the Hobbs Family (Greg, Nicolette, Cameron & Amelie) as they move later this mont#h to their new home in Exeter, Devon.
06.07.2022
The next Parish Get Together will be at 10.30 am on Wednesday, 6th July. All are welcome.
03.07.2022
Maureen would like to thank everyone for the gifts, flowers, cards, good wishes and prayers she received for her 90th birthday. Special thanks to Louise and her team for the wonderful spread on Sunday after mass. It was lovely to see so many people there, who will be remembered in her prayers. Happy memories of her 90th birthday remain with her. Click on the link to the left to see photos!
03.07.2022
Following my appeal a couple of weeks ago for volunteers to help with the counting of our Sunday collections let me thank those who volunteered to join or rejoin the rota. This is very very much appreciated. I am happy to say that we are already well on our way to reaching a sensible number of teams to fulfil this very important task. This will ensure that the time commitment required is not too onerous. I still have to contact a few parishioners regarding their participation and I would hope to be able to publish a first draft of the rota later in July when I am back from holiday. Mike
03.07.2022
A warm welcome to Bishop William who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation here today. Please keep our Candidate, Brian Docherty, his parents, family and friends, in your prayers.
29.06.2022
On Wednesday 29th June there will be a Mass at 9.00am at St Francis Baddesley Clinton celebrating the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. All welcome
26.06.2022
Maureen Carroll is celebrating her 90th birthday today and she would welcome you all to join her celebration with coffee and a piece of cake after mass.
26.06.2022
The Piety Stall has been re-stocked with a variety of cards - Birth, baptism, first communion, birthday blessings) and many more. Please take a moment to look, purchase and leave the money in the Piety Box. Thank you.
24.06.2022
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 24th June. 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 at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, below, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray during the month of June - Consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Chris: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
08.06.2022
Our next Get Together will be on Wed 8th June at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Everyone is welcome!
05.06.2022
Next Sunday the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
05.06.2022
Stefan Hunka and Ken Higgins will be sat in the Narthex after Mass ready to deal with 100 Club matters.
05.06.2022
On the 5th June, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost
04.06.2022
On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
29.05.2022
There will be a retiring collection after Mass on on 28th May for Catholic Communications
24.05.2022
This Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022
St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022
After previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022
Father is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022
A Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022
Please pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022
Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022
Our many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022
A big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022
We welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022
Thank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022
Many thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022
Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
17.04.2022
Tea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022
Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022
Re-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022
Last week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022
The collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
10.04.2022
Next week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church’s calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church’s year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
10.04.2022
Let us continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, praying for a lasting peace and an end to war in that land, remembering also the Ukrainian Eparchy, for Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, his clergy and people and the Ukrainian parishes in our own Archdiocese.
10.04.2022
Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the Tuesday Mass in Lent here at BRG and on Wednesdays after the 9.00am Mass at St Francis, Baddesley Clinton.
05.04.2022
Our next Get-together will be on Tuesday 5th April at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Come and enjoy coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. Everyone is welcome, so if you have a friend or neighbour who would like to join us, please bring them along. If you need help with transport contact Madeleine (07981 533070) or Fran (01676 530371).
03.04.2022
We welcome Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today.
03.04.2022
We look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
03.04.2022
Oscott College, the diocesan seminary, which forms men for the priesthood and the diaconate from England Wales, Scotland and further afield, is looking for additional trustees. The particular areas of expertise which are needed are:-Diversity and inclusion /Education and academia/HR and training IT and digital/Media/PRTrusteeship is a voluntary role, and is a way to put your skills at the service of the church. If you would like any further information please contact Jackie Hall, College Bursar at Oscott jackie.hall@oscott.org
27.03.2022
Today is Mothering Sunday and so we give thanks to God for our mothers and for all who are mothers in our community. May God bless you in your high calling, remembering that the greatest of the saints, Our Blessed Lady, was, like you, a mother and that through faithfulness and loving devotion to her calling attained to the heights of holiness. May Mary, the holy Mother of the Church, pray for us and all mothers as we continue our journey through Lent.
27.03.2022
Martin Dunne – a much loved member of our parish. His funeral will take place here at 12 noon this Wednesday, 30th March
27.03.2022
Please keep in your prayers Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today
27.03.2022
We look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
20.03.2022
Elliot Murtagh will be enrolled here at Mass today for reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
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