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The Gospel today encourages to “stay awake” - not to allow ourselves to become complacent in our Christian lives. Advent is a penitential season when the Church invites us to prepare for the many ways in which Our Lord Jesus Christ comes to us. We can be assisted in remaining vigilant through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, that’s why these disciplines are recommended in this season. Like the “doorkeeper” in Mark’s Gospel, Christians have to remain ever watchful and be attentive to what the Lord wants to reveal to us in all the circumstances of our everyday lives. I hope that you are all keeping well under these trying and frustrating circumstances and that you are coping with the new lockdown. You continue to be in my prayers daily as I offer the Mass. I will continue to post a weekly Spiritual Communion and reflection on the parish website so that we can still pray together. It has been encouraging to see the generous response to the call for volunteers needed to celebrate Mass. Once again I have cause to be impressed and grateful for your selfless dedication and for the love of Christ and his Church which this shows. Archbishop Bernard has also recognised the diligence and devotion of the volunteers and has asked me to pass on his gratitude and appreciation.
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 refuses to love and serve. I hope that you are all keeping well under these trying and frustrating circumstances and that you are coping with the new lockdown. You continue to be in my prayers daily as I offer the Mass. I will continue to post a weekly Spiritual Communion and reflection on the parish website so that we can still pray together. Due to the current lockdown, Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold church has been suspended until further notice. Please see the bulletin, posted on the parish website, for updates and any news. It has been encouraging to see the generous response to the call for volunteers needed to celebrate Mass. Once again I have cause to be impressed and grateful for your selfless dedication and for the love of Christ and his Church which this shows. Archbishop Bernard has also recognised the diligence and devotion of the volunteers and asked me to pass on his gratitude and appreciation.
I hope that you are all keeping well under these trying and frustrating circumstances and that you are coping with the new lockdown. You continue to be in my prayers daily as I offer the Mass. I will continue to post a weekly Spiritual Communion and reflection on the parish website so that we can still pray together. Due to the current lockdown, Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold church has been suspended until further notice. Please see the bulletin, posted on the parish website, for updates and any news. It has been encouraging to hear from Joe Martin of the generous response to the call for volunteers needed to celebrate Mass. Once again I have cause to be impressed and grateful for your selfless dedication and for the love of Christ and his Church which this shows. In today’s Gospel we hear of a man who returned everything he had ever been given to his master - and yet he was censured. He was blamed, not for misusing the gifts he had been given, but rather for not having used them at all. This Gospel passage encourages us to reflect on how we use the gifts and talents we have received from God. The Parable of the Talents teaches us that true religion - a true response to Christ’s call to be his disciples - involves risk, adventure and enterprise. To use God-given gifts and talents aright is to share in the joy of the kingdom.
I hope that you are all keeping well under these trying and frustrating circumstances and that you are coping with the new lockdown. You continue to be in my prayers daily as I offer the Mass. I will continue to post a weekly Spiritual Communion on the parish website so that we can still pray together. Due to the current lockdown, Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold church has been suspended until further notice. Please see the bulletin, posted on the parish website, for updates and any news. It has been encouraging to hear from Joe Martin of the generous response to the call for volunteers needed to celebrate Mass. Once again I have cause to be impressed and grateful for your selfless dedication and for the love of Christ and his Church which this shows.
I hope that you are all keeping well under these trying and frustrating circumstances. You are in my prayers daily as I offer the Mass. It was good to see so many of you at Mass last Sunday. Once again our thanks go to those who have volunteered to attend to the tasks necessary to keep the church open. It is intended that Mass on Sundays will be celebrated at the usual time of 9.30 a.m. In the first instance attendance at Mass will be on a first-come-first-served basis. There is a maximum capacity of 30. 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. Tomorrow, on the Feast of All Souls, we commemorate all the Faithful Departed when the Church invites us to pray for our beloved deceased. I will continue to post a weekly Spiritual Communion on the parish website and keep you informed of any developments concerning the parish. If you feel anyone would be comforted by knowing that the Church is praying for them, please contact me - I can offer the Mass for them or include them in the prayers of the Mass. With all good wishes and every blessing Fr Frank
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, I trust that you are keeping well. Although we cannot gather for the Mass at the present time, I believe it would be good if we could all be praying together as a community on Sundays, at 9.30 am, the usual time of the Mass praying for one another, for our country and world at this time of disease and sickness. To this end I have suggested below how we might make a Spiritual Communion together. I will say the Mass at 9.30 am on Sundays offering the intentions that have already been requested. I will also offer those intentions that have already been accepted through the week and, of course, it goes without saying that I will be praying especially for our community. Please take the time to read the suggestion below. In this time of quarantine, we might all share in prayer and making a Spiritual Communion on Sunday mornings - joined to the Eucharistic Christ and to one another.
In today's Gospel Jesus speaks of the mysterious water which is capable of 'welling up to eternal life.' This is the life given, in Baptism - a life we are called to cherish and nurture. The elements of Baptism, namely the water of the font and the holy oils, refer us to the stuff of the cosmos - reminding us that everything is caught up in God's loving purposes of making all things new. In the early Church, Baptism took place during the Easter Vigil and Baptism spoke of the new life and the new time of which Easter is the celebration and manifestation. Baptism has always found its fulfilment in the Eucharist which is the sacrament of the Kingdom - the sacrament of the 'eternal life' of the world to come.
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" and then proclaimed "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 joyful mystery of Easter and gather its fruits.
In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of the nature of God's Kingdom which is breaking into this world even now. This is the 'perfect' life of the heavenly kingdom so we should not be surprised that his words sound strange for they are opening up to us a strange and new reality which is not of this world. This eternal life is that dimension of the kingdom which we pray will come on earth. The power and the glory of this eternal dimension of the kingdom which is breaking into our world transforms and renews all things so that discord, hatred and violence are overcome by the love and peace of Christ. It is this life of the kingdom which we see breaking into this world in the words and examples of Jesus and the saints - in the ones who 'love their enemies' and 'pray for those who persecute them.' And it is into this eternal dimension, that makes such strange new things possible, that God gathers us each time he summons us before him in the Mass. For in and through the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit gathers us and makes us one with Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly kingdom, so that, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of his glory.
In the Gospel today, Christ teaches us about the relationships we should nurture and enjoy as members of his Body - the Church. As the baptised we are called to live and act in a way that is caught up in God's love and life. In this way we witness to Christ in the world. We are not to live as those who do not know Christ - those who quarrel and divide over selfish preferences, those who are motivated by self-serving desire. Rather, as members of the Church, we are to live differently, bearing witness to the alternative life Christ brings, for, as members of his Body, we are bound to him in his loving mission to the whole of creation. As co-workers with Christ we are called to enact God's deep love for the world - to get our minds off ourselves and our petty self-interests and to live together harmoniously
In the Gospel today, Jesus teaches that the lives of his followers should have a distinctive quality. Like salt, we should add a peculiar flavour to life because our life in Christ is distinctive and peculiar. This distinctive and peculiar quality of the Christ-life in us should shine like a light in the world, because Christ is the Light of the world. But if we lose our distinctive and peculiar taste - if the light in us is dimmed or hidden from the world - then we are no longer fit for purpose for we are called to witness to the love and light of Christ by our lives so that all may "taste and see that the Lord is good."
Candlemas, which we celebrate today, traditionally concludes the celebration of Christmas. So, with Christmas behind us we look forward to Lent and to that approaching period of prayer when we can reflect on all that is most important to our life of faith in Christ. Simeon and Anna, who we hear about in today's Gospel, are devout and prayerful people who are open to the prompting and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Church has always taught that the way we pray and worship is foundational to what we truly believe and to our Christian life. This vital teaching has been expressed traditionally in the words: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi - As we Worship, So we Believe, So we Live. So the Mass and our life of prayer should not be seen as something we "add on" to our busy lives - it must be seen for what it truly is - as absolutely vital and fundamental to all that we are as the Church and as Christians.
Father Frank’s health continues to improve. Please keep him and his family in your prayers
Thank you for all your prayers, support and kindness. Your generosity to me far outweighs what I deserve. My recovery is slow and I am a poor patient. I am looking forward to being back with you just as soon as possible and I spend my time planning for this - but I am still weak and tire easily. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and please pray especially for Sandra who has to bear the weight of my illness. I miss you all. Be assured of my prayers and love. Fr Frank
Father Frank is unwell and is currently resting. Mass themes will return once he has recovered
In the first reading today, we hear some of the loveliest words in Scripture. The prophet Isaiah, setting aside the fear and gloom of the contemporary political situation, looks forward to a Golden Age when God's salvation will transform every living thing. The barren places of nature will bloom; the weak and the frail will be strong; Jerusalem will be a new centre of creation. And if we listen carefully, we will recognise words used by Handel in his setting of the Messiah - celebrating the God, who comes to us in Jesus, to make all things new.
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.
As we begin Advent our thoughts are guided, through the liturgy, to the coming of Christ - his first coming to us in humility and weakness and his second coming in majesty and power. The description of the Second Coming of Christ should not fill us with fear, rather we should look forward to it and prepare for it through prayer and right living. So, let us resolve to stay close to Christ through our daily prayer. Perhaps praying the rosary daily - even if it is only offering up a decade - and meditating on what Christ wants to say to us in the Gospels. In this way we will learn to discern his voice - calling us to follow him in the way we must walk.
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 us great happiness and confidence for "perfect love casts out all fear." The warnings about the end times in the Scriptures are meant to be a source of hope for us, not fear. All we need to do is to place our trust in Christ, who reassures us in today's Gospel, that the Lord will be with us. Jesus tells us that by our endurance we will gain our lives. This is a call to be constant, to persevere and to be steadfast in faith, hope and love. In this regard St Paul gives us an example to imitate. Simplicity of life, hope and loving trust in the Lord will enable us to face difficult situations and to be confident that "the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing rays" and will enlighten us
In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of the life of the Resurrection and he makes it clear that this is eternal life - a life qualitatively different from our natural life - because 'the children of the Resurrection' 'can no longer die.' We were made children of the Resurrection through Baptism - when we were baptised in the name of God the Holy Trinity in whose eternal life we now share. It is because we are 'children of the resurrection' that we 'dare' to call God 'Our Father' and it is for this same reason that we are presented, at Baptism, with a candle lit from the Easter candle which represents the light and life of the Resurrected Christ, in whose light and life we share. And being children of the Resurrection, we are also children of God - the God who lives and reigns for ever and ever and we are called to shine as lights in the world to the glory of God, our Father.
We welcome Bishop William today. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. We also welcome the families, sponsors and friends of our Confirmation candidates. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates; Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers
Thank you for participating in offering up a decade of the Rosary at each Mass this month. By the end of October, we will have prayed all twenty of the Mysteries of the Rosary as a community and I hope this exercise will inspire us to continue with this prayer at other times. October is the month of the Holy Rosary and so it is fitting that we should reflect on the power of the Rosary as a means of prayer and of the important part it can play in our spiritual life. God's grace comes to us through our praying the Rosary and that is why the saints prayed it faithfully and why Popes have endorsed it through the ages. Our Holy Mother has urged the praying of the Rosary wherever she has appeared in recent times. Surely this should be an encouragement to us to try and pray, at least, a decade of the Rosary daily. To this end, it can be useful to carry a Rosary with us always and to have one at our bedside. If anyone requires instruction on how to pray the Rosary, I will be happy to help.
Thank you for participating in offering up a decade of the Rosary at each Mass this month. By the end of October, we will have prayed all twenty of the Mysteries of the Rosary as a community and I hope this exercise will inspire us to continue with this prayer at other times. October is the month of the Holy Rosary and so it is fitting that we should reflect on the power of the Rosary as a means of prayer and of the important part it can play in our spiritual life. God's grace comes to us through our praying the Rosary and that is why the saints prayed it faithfully and why Popes have endorsed it through the ages. Our Holy Mother has urged the praying of the Rosary wherever she has appeared in recent times. Surely this should be an encouragement to us to try and pray, at least, a decade of the Rosary daily. To this end, it can be useful to carry a Rosary with us always and to have one at our bedside. If anyone requires instruction on how to pray the Rosary, I will be happy to help.
October is the month of the Rosary and we will be praying a decade at Mass through the week as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us.
We hear in the Gospel today of the apostles' desire to grow in faith, "Increase our faith," they say. Jesus' response is to speak of how faith can accomplish great things, even if it is small. What Jesus seems to be saying is that what really matters is that faith is exercised, put into practice - that is how it strengthens and grows. Our faith increases when we put it into practice and our practice is to be that of disciples of Jesus. And when we have proved faithful servants of Christ, all we can rightfully say is: "We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty."
The Bible is unambiguous concerning economic issues. The Biblical injunctions against the exploitation of the poor and the accumulation of wealth are clear and straightforward. Jesus declared war on the selfish materialism of his day and he speaks frequently in the Gospels to the question of economics. If, in a comparatively simple society, Jesus laid such strong emphasis upon the spiritual dangers of wealth, how much more should we, who live in a highly affluent and materialistic culture, take seriously the Bible’s teaching on poverty and riches.
There are notable parallels between the Parable of the Unjust Steward, which we hear in the Gospel today, and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Each story has a noble master who shows amazing grace to his wayward underling. Both stories have a subject who wastes his master's goods, and, in both stories, the wasteful servant or son wake up to their dire situation and then they throw themselves on the mercy of their master. In these two parables the principal concern for Jesus is not financial propriety, rather, through these stories, he is inviting us to reflect prayerfully and deeply on the weightier matters of God, his grace and mercy, and salvation.
Today's Gospel passage speaks to us of the tender and forgiving love of God. It is the love which is at the heart of Christ and which he reveals through his words and actions. He is the friend of sinners. He seeks out the lost and rejoices over their return to the way of love and life. Those who encounter this merciful life-giving love in Christ are transformed for there is no greater treasure than this. St. Paul says that everything else is like so much rubbish compared to the forgiving love of Christ. And it is in this encounter with the sacred and loving heart of Christ that a religion of the heart is born. Not a religion of laws written on tablets of stone but a religion of love written on hearts of flesh.
Regarding discipleship and following Jesus, today's Gospel makes it clear that it is a choice which each of us has to make. Christ calls us to radical commitment to him and for that reason he asks all those who would be followers to first count the cost of discipleship. The cost is great, it demands are all but the reward is inexpressibly greater. We cannot follow him in our own strength. He leads us, he empowers us, he gives us the strength to follow so that we might increasingly immerse ourselves in that incomparable love of his which was revealed in his Passion and Cross - a love that is stronger than death and the love we were created to know and share in forever.
The Gospel today speaks to us of humility and humility is necessary if we wish to be pleasing to God and find entry into his kingdom. Humility is one of the marks of a saint. Because the saints were close to God and deeply aware of his great holiness, they felt their faults, failures and weaknesses more profoundly. We are to be humble, like Jesus and the saints, if we are to find favour with God and humility is about being realistic about who and what we are in the light of the holiness of God.
The teaching of Jesus is clearly opposed to any kind of elitism or exclusivism. As one who was marginalized and excluded by his own people, Jesus identifies with those who are not members of the "in crowd." Always to be left out, always excluded, is a cause for sadness but always to be counted in can be an excuse for smugness and complacency. It was this instinctive desire to belong that prompted the question in today's Gospel: "Sir, will there be only a few saved?" We have no answer to the question of whether many or few will be saved, what we do know is that we cannot afford to be smug or complacent about our own salvation. We must work to do God's will and cooperate with his Fatherly discipline in order that we might squeeze through the narrow door that leads to his kingdom.
In today;s Gospel Jesus says to his disciples: "I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already." The fire he speaks of is the fire of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist spoke of this when he said: "I have baptised you with water; he (Jesus) will baptise you with the Holy Spirit." Jesus wants us to be baptised - that means literally "immersed" - in the fire of the Holy Spirit, in order that the flame of God's love might transform us, so that we might be like him. Jesus speaks of his own baptism of fire when he says: "There is a baptism with which I must be baptised, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!" Christ's baptism finds its consummation in the Cross where he is fully immersed in love and self-emptying humility. "It is accomplished." He who descended into the lower regions of the earth is the one who ascended far above all the heavens and sends the fire of the Holy Spirit upon the earth.
We must be open and ready to receive the God who comes to us in every present moment. God's name, revealed to Moses, is I AM. He is, therefore, the Ever-Present One. Too often, our minds are distracted by what has been or by what might be - by things past, which no longer exist and by things which may or may not come to pass. God, however, the Great I AM, meets us in real time - the only time which is real, the present moment. Prayer and the sacraments - especially the Sacrament of the Eucharist - can help to make us present to the One who is present to us in the sacrament of the present moment
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. In our Wednesday evening meditations, we have learnt how prayer is the rooting and grounding of oneself in God. Prayer seeks to open 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. Our meditations on the Christian prayer life will begin again on Wednesday 10th August - All welcome.
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
As followers of Christ, we are all called to be like the Good Samaritan. We are to love our neighbour as ourselves - serving all people without distinction of race, colour or creed and having a special concern for the poor and marginalized. We are to demonstrate our love of God through being reconcilers, peacemakers and healers in a wounded world.
After Mass today we are pleased to celebrate the Baptism of Cormac David Cant. Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are made members of the Body of Christ - the Church and the members of the Church are 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people' called to glorify God, their heavenly Father, by their life. We pray for Cormac, his parents, godparents and family that, together, they will be faithful to their high calling, in Christ, through Baptism.
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter, the brother of Andrew, the Galilean fisherman who was called by the Lord to be the leader of the Twelve. Paul, the tent-maker from Tarsus, a Pharisee and a Roman citizen who was called to be the Apostle of the Gentiles. Jesus' key question, addressed to Peter and the disciples in today's Gospel, is addressed to all who are called to be Christ's disciples. The key question is who Jesus is for us?
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
We are not to approach God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God in three Persons 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 and enjoy 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 for ever
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 ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God's Spirit.
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 28th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ says: "Peace I give you." Peace is a gift of God that brings wholeness, health, security, well-being and salvation. The peace spoken of by Christ and the scriptures is associated with God's presence with his people. Christ is "God with us" and he is the "Prince of Peace". Christ's peace, which he shares with us, is the peace of the kingdom of God which reconciles, renews and makes all things new by gathering all into unity in Christ.
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.
The consequences of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ do not end with Easter Day. For those for whom the power of the Resurrection was a first-hand experience, it affected the rest of their lives. Today we remember that the Resurrection was a dynamic and transforming experience for the friends of Jesus and we pray that it may be so for us also. For the Resurrection reveals an immense power working in peoples' lives through time and space - a power which overcomes unbelief and doubt - a power at work in all the baptised and made present whenever and wherever they gather for the Eucharist - that same power that raised Jesus from the dead - the mighty power of the resurrection which is in our midst today as we gather for Mass.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Humankind not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." It is to this end that we receive the transforming Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit, who through the power of God's great loving mercy, transforms our interior life in order that it might radiate outwardly and be a transforming power in the world. Thank you, once again for your generous Easter offerings and for the way you contribute to the life of our worshiping community throughout the year. I feel privileged to be part of a church in which so many people give of themselves so selflessly and in so many different ways for the good of the community.
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. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church’s calendar.
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. 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."
We were made by God and created for God - to know him and love him forever. So, we are happy now if we are poor - poor in the sense of knowing our poverty with regard to the riches of the life for which God has created us. We are happy because this knowledge of our poverty allows us to realise our absolute need of God which leads us to turn to him in trust - trusting in his power to save us. And God does not disappoint those who turn to him in trust.
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 can 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 brings liberty, but it does not prevent his opponents responding with violence.
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.
Today is the Sunday within the week of prayer for Christian unity. 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 divisions. 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.
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means "manifestation" and it was made manifest to the Magi, who were led from afar by a bright star, that Jesus came, not just for the people of Israel but for everyone. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the mystery of the Christmas celebration to our own private world and interests. For the Church, Epiphany is a call and a challenge to never become narrow and inward-looking but to remember that, as the baptised, our vocation is to be a light for all people.
The Feast today reminds us that God's revelation and the outworking of his loving purposes takes place in the context of human families. In today's readings we see how God begins a new work in the world through Abraham and Sarah, in the Old Testament and through Mary and Joseph, in the New Testament. Both couples faithfully trusted in God's promises and saw them come to fulfilment - such is the faithfulness and mercy of God.
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 to die. 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.
As we begin Advent our thoughts are guided, through the liturgy, to the coming of Christ - his first coming to us in humility and weakness and his second coming in majesty and power. The description of the Second Coming of Christ should not fill us with fear, rather we should look forward to it and prepare for it through prayer and right living. The "Walk with Me" booklets, available at the back of church, help us to prepare for Christmas by providing daily material for prayer and reflection
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.
God is infinite goodness and because he created us in his own image and likeness he commanded that we must love him with our whole heart and love our neighbour as our self. We love God because he is the supreme and infinite goodness. We love ourselves because we are made in the image and likeness of God and since all people possess this same dignity we love them as ourselves - as holy and living images of the Godhead.
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."
October is the month of the Rosary - a form of prayer which has been practiced and encouraged by saints and Popes down through the ages. More importantly it is a prayer that has been urged by Our Blessed Lady herself. Mary appeared to St Dominic and instructed him to use the Rosary in combating heresy. In the apparitions in Lourdes in 1858, Our Lady appeared with the Rosary in her hand and recited it together with Bernadette. And in Fatima, in 1917, she appeared again holding the Rosary and encouraged the faithful to be diligent in praying the Rosary. It was at Fatima that Mary identified herself as "the Lady of the Rosary" and asked for the "Fatima prayer" to be said after each decade: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy."
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 a matter 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 Gospel reading today points up the vital significance of the Eucharist. The fundamental importance of the Eucharist for the life of the Church can be seen in the words of St Irenaeus: "Our teaching is in accordance with the Eucharist, and the Eucharist, in turn, confirms our teaching." The Fathers of the Church perceived the Eucharist as the revelation and fulfilment of the entire mystery of the salvation of the world by Christ and therefore of the entire content of the Christian faith.
In today's Gospel Jesus is teaching us what he wants us to know concerning the Eucharist and he says things that his followers find hard to accept. Nevertheless, this is his teaching and he insists that he is the "bread of life," that "comes down from heaven," that "anyone who eats this bread will live for ever," and the "bread" he gives is his "flesh" which he gives "for the life of the world." And Christ’s "flesh," his Body, is the "bread from heaven" we feed on in the Mass today
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 and this is why Jesus says to his disciples: "Do not be afraid."
In the Gospel today we hear how all the people eat and yet there is food left over. Love always means abundance and the fragments left over fill twelve baskets. This is a significant number: twelve refers to the twelve tribes of Israel, to the twelve apostles and to the entire people. Jesus' loving sign in sharing the bread reminds us of the Church's mission to continue that gesture through history with all people.
The "sheep without a shepherd" spoken of by Our Lord in the Gospel today are the poor of Palestine. They are considered last by the scribes and Pharisees, by the powerful, but Jesus puts them first. He looks after them first because he has come especially for those who are last according to society. Jesus pays careful attention to them. No one is interested in them, yet they are the ones whom Jesus favours.
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 Church's celebration of the birth of John the Baptist reminds us that God called him from the very first moment of his life. John was the last and the greatest of the prophets who prepared the way for the coming of Christ and, like the prophets before him, John is known and loved by God before he comes to birth - he is known and loved from all eternity. From all eternity, the Baptist is chosen of God, dedicated and set apart by God to a specific calling - just like all the baptised. John was faithful in his response to God's calling - may he pray for us, that we might be faithful too
The Kingdom of God is a mystery even though it is in our midst. The kingdom of God is something altogether new which transforms the old and familiar. Bread becomes the Body of Christ, wine becomes his Blood. And the coming of God's kingdom is God's work - it is a mystery and it comes mysteriously, night and day, while we sleep, when we are awake, making all things new, growing in our midst to produce a harvest that gives glory to God and that harvest is the harvest of our transformed lives, changed, made new, we know not how.
The Gospel of Christ is something so radically good and new that it can be difficult to accept - even by those who are closest to Jesus. The Gospel today tells us that Jesus' own relatives thought he was "out of his mind." And others accuse him of siding with Satan and with those who oppose God. They do not have "eyes to see" or "ears to hear" and so his message seems like foolishness or worse - like blasphemy against God - Such is their blindness and deafness to the true God who lives and speaks in Christ.
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
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 and enjoy 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 ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God’s Spirit.
The Gospel today invites us to celebrate the mystery at the heart of our salvation: God longs for us to be united with him, and with one another, in love. The readings from John typically rejoice at the Good News that we are truly loved by God - the God who is love. And God's great love is revealed most powerfully in the life death, resurrection and ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The Eucharist is the very manifestation and fulfilment of the Church in all her power, sanctity and fullness. By taking part in the Eucharist we are empowered to increase in holiness and fulfil all that we have been called to be and do. The Church, gathered in the Eucharist, even when limited to two or three, is the image and realisation of the body of Christ, and those gathered will be able to partake - be communicants of the body and blood of Christ, because he is manifested, made present, in and through their assembly. Through the Eucharist we make our home in Christ who describes himself in today’s Gospel as 'the true vine.' He is the 'vine' and we are the 'branches' which feed on his life in and through the miracle of the Mass.
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.
The consequences of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ do not end with Easter Day. For those for whom the power of the Resurrection was a first-hand experience, it affected the rest of their lives. Today we remember that the Resurrection was a dynamic and transforming experience for the friends of Jesus and we pray that it may be so for us also
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Humankind not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." It is to this end that we receive the transforming Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit, who through the power of God's great loving mercy, transforms our interior life in order that it might radiate outwardly and be a transforming power in the world
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. 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.
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. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church’s calendar
Jesus calls us to serve him and follow him - to conversion. To turn away from sin - from all that harms our relationship with God and with our neighbour and to turn toward him, to serve him, do his will, to be faithful to our baptismal vocation. Conversion is a gift from God, won for us through the sacrifice of Christ and we must ask for it through fervent prayer in order that we might know the power of Christ's Resurrection working in our lives
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 loving devotion to her calling attained to the heights of holiness. May Mary, the holy Mother of the Church, pray for us as we continue our journey through Lent.
The Father loves and liberates but in today's Gospel we see how his house can become 'a market place' where people are exploited. Jesus' protest and rejection of the trading taking part in the Temple affects powerful interests: the interests of those who have replaced God (without denying God openly) by greed, which Paul calls 'idolatry.' Paradoxically, this subtle and insidious substitution is often justified by religious arguments. None of us is immune from this. The Gospel today invites us to examine our conscience both at the personal level and as members of Christ's Church. Through Christ we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Lent is an opportunity for us to cleanse the temple of our lives from all that harms and diminishes us and those around us.
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."
Today is the First Sunday of Lent, the season when the Church prepares for Easter, the greatest of her celebrations. During the season of Lent we are encouraged to grow in the life of Christ and to deepen and strengthen our relationship with God. The Church leads and assists us in this through encouraging our participation, in an ever more intense and fruitful way, in the liturgies of the Church and in penitential celebrations. In order to aid us in our Lenten endeavours I have arranged for instruction, devotions, times for meditation and prayerful reflection (please see details below). I will also ensure that there is a Penitential Service and opportunities for people to make their confession. I hope that all these will be helpful in the deepening of our faith through this holy season.
At the time of Jesus, lepers were treated as social and ritual outcasts. They were not welcome in society or in the Temple. Therefore the leper in today's Gospel makes a bold move in approaching Jesus. Jesus makes him "clean", enabling him to be accepted as part of the worshipping community and revealing to us how God, in Christ, is reconciling the world to himself. No one is outside the welcoming love of God.
The healings and exorcisms of Jesus are a visible manifestation that the Kingdom of God is breaking into and conquering the world - that all things are being made new in and through Christ. The Gospels see illness as part of our fallen human condition which Jesus comes to heal and make whole
The Gospel today describes the first of many miracles performed by Jesus which reveal his authority and power. Jesus speaks with the same miraculous power by which he acts. This first miracle in Jesus' ministry signifies that Satan's power over the world has come to an end and that the dominion of God has broken into human history.
In today's Gospel reading we see how Jesus begins his public life with an exhortation to repent because the kingdom of heaven, or in Mark's version the kingdom of God, is at hand. This warning prompted by love is addressed to all, for no one is without sin. Yet no matter how many wounds our human nature has sustained, we are never justified in giving way to despair, for the Lord, in his great love for us, pours out his compassion abundantly on all who need it
Today's Gospel conducts us to the River Jordan. This was the holy place where first century Judeans expected to see the Messiah come. It was also at this place that the people, long ago, crossed over into the Promised Land. Today's story finds us here at this holy place, where John the Baptist is proclaiming Jesus to be the Lamb of God - the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One we are to follow.
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means "manifestation" and it was made manifest to the Magi, who were led from afar by a bright star, that Jesus came, not just for the people of Israel but for everyone. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the mystery of the Christmas celebration to our own private world and interests. For the Church, Epiphany is a call and a challenge to never become narrow and inward-looking but to remember that, as the baptised, our vocation is to be a light for all people
The Feast today reminds us that God's revelation and the outworking of his loving purposes takes place in the context of human families. In today's readings we see how God begins a new work in the world through Abraham and Sarah, in the Old Testament and through Mary and Joseph, in the New Testament. Both couples faithfully trusted in God's promises and saw them come to fulfilment - such is the faithfulness and mercy of God.
We see in the Gospels how God fulfils the promises he has made through the people of the Old Covenant and he does this in a bewildering way. The fulfilment of the promises of old comes through a young Jewish girl who accepts the will of God and the work of his Holy Spirit in her. Her husband, Joseph, is confused about the events surrounding the conception and birth of Jesus but such perplexity is to be expected because God's ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts and, according to God's loving purposes, revealed in both the Old and New Testaments, something utterly 'good' and utterly 'new' is breaking into our world with the birth of Christ.
John the Baptist, who we hear about in today's Gospel, 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. UPDATE 12/12: Please note that all midweek masses are cancelled this week due to poor weather. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience.
The Gospel today encourages us to "stay awake" - not to allow ourselves to become complacent in our Christian lives. Advent is a penitential season when the Church invites us to prepare for the many ways in which Our Lord Jesus Christ comes to us. We can be assisted in remaining vigilant through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, that's why these disciplines are recommended in this season. Like the "doorkeeper" in Mark's Gospel, Christians have to remain ever watchful and be attentive to what the Lord wants to reveal to us in all the circumstances of our everyday lives.
Today's Gospel reminds us of what is essential in the conduct of Jesus' followers. We are told in today's Gospel that the Son of Man, Christ the King, will come to judge the nations and the nature and focus of his judgement reveals that his kingdom is not a kingdom of power but of service. As Jesus said of himself: "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve." This is the criterion for judgement. Entering into the eternal life of the kingdom of God presupposes that we, his disciples, are following the path of the Master in serving all people and especially those with the greatest need.
In today's Gospel we hear of a man who returned everything he had ever been given to his master - and yet he was censured. He was blamed, not for misusing the gifts he had been given, but rather for not having used them at all. This Gospel passage encourages us to reflect on how we use the gifts and talents we have received from God. The Parable of the Talents teaches us that true religion - a true response to Christ's call to be his disciples - involves risk, adventure and enterprise. To use God-given gifts and talents aright is to share in the joy of the kingdom.
Today's Gospel reading reminds us to stay alert, to pay attention to the demands of the Gospel. Vigilance is nourished by hope and St Paul reminds us that the basis of this hope is the conviction that Jesus has risen from the dead. Hope enables to leap over the barrier of a life imprisoned by death. Our hope in the resurrection affirms a life that knows no end. Eternal life starts here and now. It is the life we encounter and celebrate in and through the Eucharist.
November is the month the Church especially remembers to pray for the dead. Remembrance Sunday is next week when we will pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives as a result of war and we continue to pray for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Scriptures and the Church teach that we can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them consequently Masses will be offered up for the Holy Souls of our loved ones over the course of November. If you wish for your loved ones to be included in these prayers please find envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the back of the envelope and place them, with your offering, in the tray in front of the altar.
God loves each and every one of us - he loves all his creatures - all that he has created. He wants us to know his love and so to grow in our love of him and of our neighbour and of all his creatures. That is why the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and to love our neighbour as our self. In these two commandments we have a summary of the whole Bible and the teaching of the Church.
In today's Gospel we find two questions: one put to Christ by the Pharisees and the other put to them by Jesus. The Pharisees question: "Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" is born of religion which is the counterfeit of faith and concerns this world alone; whilst Christ's question, concerning the image the coinage of the day bears, speaks of the otherness of the Kingdom of God which is breaking into this world with his presence and makes demands, often taxing demands, upon us. For in his reference to the image on the coin Jesus is reminding his hearers of the image we bear deep in our being, or should bear, for scripture teaches that we have been made in "the image of God." And so we are to be detached, to readily give back to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, to let go of the things of this world that bear the impress of this fallen world, but we, who are made in the image of God, are to give ourselves to him, for we belong to him.
In the scriptures today we hear references to the "banquet" that is the Kingdom of God. The invitation to the Kingdom is open to all, not just to the prosperous and respectable - not just to people who have "farms", "businesses" and who often put their interests ahead of the Kingdom, but also to those who have no home, no steady employment, no businesses - the poor and the outcasts, those who are not respected. Such is God's love, freely lavished upon all his creatures, "good and bad" alike. This is the love lavished upon us in the banquet of the Eucharist - the "wedding feast" of the Kingdom of God where God gathers his creation to himself in order that it may be one with him.
The parable of the Murderous Tenants deals with a vineyard which has failed to deliver the appropriate fruit. Just what the expected fruit should be is alluded to in our first reading from Isaiah today - "justice" and "integrity." God's demand for justice and integrity is a constant theme of the Old Testament. The God of love and life wants all humanity to flourish and enjoy abundant life - he wants justice for all and the rights of all to be respected. These are the fruits that the vineyard, which the Lord planted and nurtured and cared for, should have produced. Taking up one the major themes of the Old Testament, the parable of Jesus challenges us to reflect upon our part in the establishment of justice and integrity in the world
October and the Rosary: On the 7th October the Church celebrates the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and 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.  We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October.   According to tradition, current since the 15th century, the devotion of the Rosary was founded by St. Dominic in the course of his missionary work.  Since then many saints have found the Rosary to be an indispensable aid in their spiritual life.  I will be happy to help anyone who requires any assistance in learning to pray the Rosary
Today's Gospel goes to the heart of Jesus' message and his revelation of God's free and gratuitous love.  Pope St. John Paul II reminds us of Christ's teaching in this parable when he says that the right to work is a manifestation of the right to life.  This fundamental right is not respected when a society and its legal order do not provide full employment for its people in the name of economic laws which coincide only with the profit and privilege of a few.  God's free and gratuitous love respects the dignity and equality of all and encourages us to do the same. 
At the heart of the revelation of God in the scriptures is his gratuitous love and today's Gospel teaches us that this kind of love is to be the norm of our relationship with others.  According to Jesus' teaching forgiveness is a vital part of the daily life of the Christian community.  Peter wants to know just how far our forgiveness should go.  Jesus answers that we must always forgive - that is the meaning of the mysterious expression "seventy-seven times."  This symbolic number indicates that there is to be no limit to forgiveness in the Christian community for love is not compatible with obligations that can be counted, rather it is gratuitous, like the love of God
In the second reading today St. Paul tells us: "Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour" And Jesus, in the Gospel says, "If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him." We should remember that correcting others is a delicate business requiring discernment - we can easily expect too much too soon. People need time and space to grow - and that means time and space to grow through their mistakes. Jesus was blunt, forceful and highly critical in correcting the Pharisees but was patient, with hardly a word of criticism, in his dealings with sinners and humble folk. He wanted to correct all of these, not to hurt them, and he accomplished this because he worked from a discernment informed by love for all people. "Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour."
Jesus never pretended that it would be easy to be a disciple of his. In today's Gospel, Peter refuses to accept Jesus' way - he is not prepared, at this stage, to accept the costliness of discipleship, the price of following him. Jesus strongly rejects Peter's reaction but at the same time he is telling him to take up his place as a disciple again. Jesus knows that discipleship is a process, and, like Peter in the story, none of us is the finished article. So when we stumble and fall, like Peter, we must take our place behind Jesus and follow him in his way of the Cross and Resurrection.
When Jesus' asks "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" some answer that he is a prophet - and that is a fairly good answer because Jesus is situated in the great prophetic tradition of Israel, which is why he does not separate love and worship of God from love of our neighbour. Those who have heard and seen Jesus have understood something important in thinking him to be a prophet - but this is not enough. Jesus' follow-up question is direct and to the point: "But who do you say that I am?" The question is still valid today and is aimed at us. Who is Jesus for each one of us today?
Today's Gospel shows how the Good News of God's Kingdom is for everyone - no one is excluded, for all are equal before God. We must not fall into a narrow-minded mentality where we are inclined to think that we are private owners of the Gospel and to identify our customs and culture with Jesus' message. In the Gospel today Jesus acknowledges the faith of the woman whose customs and culture are far different to those of the community that Matthew is addressing in his Gospel. Jesus not only acknowledges her faith with admiration and joy he also presents her as a model to believers.
In today's Gospel Peter's faith is tested when the going gets tough. When everything is going swimmingly we do not realise how small our faith is. We find out about our insufficiency and our absolute dependency on Christ when we are buffeted by the storms of life. As Thomas Merton says, when we have "nothing of our own to rely on, and nothing in our nature to support us, and nothing in the world to guide us or give us light - then we find out whether we live by faith." But it is when we know our poverty of spirit that we are blessed according to Jesus, for it is then that we are aware that we are not self-sufficient but that our sufficiency is all in him.
The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ took place on Mount Tabor. Christ revealed himself in this glorious light in order to strengthen his disciples for the challenges which lay ahead. It would not be long before the weakness, humiliation and suffering of his Passion and shame of the Cross would become apparent. The Transfiguration reveals that light and glory of Easter - the light of the Resurrection which overcomes the darkness of sin and death. Christ reveals himself on Mount Tabor as the Son of God who is Light from Light and the glory of heaven.
Both the "treasure" and the "pearl" spoken of by Christ in today's Gospel express what the Kingdom of Heaven must be for disciples: something of ultimate worth. The demand of the Kingdom is radical - everything must be relativised in relation to the absolute value of the Kingdom. Finding the "hidden treasure" or the "pearl" is not the outcome of our work or calculation. With the Kingdom we are in the presence of something gratuitous - something freely given, not something we have earned and, therefore deserved. However, when the gift is given, our response has to be selling all we have in exchange for it.
The thirteenth chapter of Matthew's Gospel presents several parables on the Kingdom. All of them emphasise the presence of the Kingdom of God in history - a presence which involves a process. In the parable of the wheat and the darnel Jesus teaches us that that the enemy of souls is at work in the world, seeking to destroy the good seed sown by Christ. It also teaches us how difficult it is to distinguish between those who are in the Kingdom and those who are not and that, therefore, we should not judge others, for God will give the definitive judgement in the end.
Today is the anniversary of the martyrdom of our Patron, Blessed Robert Grissold. Robert Grissold was born around 1575 in Rowington to a Catholic family. When he grew up he became the servant of Mr. Sheldon of Broadway, Worcestershire, in whose service he probably met the priest Fr. John Sugar. Fr. Sugar was once an Anglican priest but, having been received into the Catholic church, went to the English College at Douai to be formed for the Catholic priesthood. Robert and Fr. John came to Rowington and on Sunday 8th July 1603 they were captured in a lane near Baddesley. Both were offered their freedom if they would conform to the Church of England - both refused. On the 16th July both men were taken to Gallow's Hill, outside Warwick, and were executed. Robert was buried beneath the gallows. Almighty God, you gave to John Sugar and Robert Grissold the joy of sharing in the suffering of your only Son, may the lives of your holy ones inspire us to greater endeavour in the service of your people. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
What great condescension and humility is revealed in the Gospel today. The Master comes to console his fallen servants. He shows us pity when we deserve punishment - he addresses the guilty ones with words of kindness and compassion: "Come, learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart." God is humble; we are proud. He bends low in order to raise us up. We can see his gentleness and humility from what he has become. Heaven is his throne, yet he walks among us on the earth in order that we might know his healing and peace and find rest for our souls
Regarding discipleship and following Jesus, Christ calls us to radical commitment to him. The cost is great it demands our all but the reward is inexpressibly greater. We cannot follow him in our own strength. He leads us, he empowers us, he gives us the strength to follow so that we might increasingly immerse ourselves in that incomparable love of his which was revealed in his Passion and Cross - a love that is stronger than death and the love we were created to know and share in forever.
In today's Gospel Jesus tells us: "Do not be afraid," but there is so much fear in the world today. All sorts of harm spring from fear. The world today, its political and economic structures, reflect the fears that our in our hearts - the fears that lead to gross inequalities, injustice, hatred and conflict. Jesus came to show us another way - the way to overcoming fear with that change of heart that desires the love of God and neighbour above all else. This is the perfect love that casts out all fear and marks the coming of God's Kingdom. This is the love we feed on in the Mass. This divine love is the source of that peace that Jesus shares with us - a peace that the world cannot know or give. We are called to be filled with his love that casts out fear so that we can bring its healing influence to a world in much need of healing and peace
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.
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 and enjoy 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 ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God's Spirit.
Today the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. The earthly ministry of our Lord had ended and the time came for him to return to the Father and take his place at the right hand of God. The ascension is a cause of great joy for us for as Christ said: "It is better for you that I go to the Father." The ascension means that he is with us in the most profound sense. He is with us when we gather for the Eucharist. He is with us in the word proclaimed, he is with us in the sacrament of the altar. Jesus is not out of sight and out of mind through the ascension. Through the ascension it is not his absence but his presence with us which makes our hearts grow fonder. And we encounter Our Risen and Ascended Lord in the Eucharist as we ascend to the presence of the One who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
In today's Gospel we are told of the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Lord calls the Spirit 'another Advocate' a term which is difficult to translate from the original Greek but which means something like 'being with' being the defender - one who intercedes for. We can see from this that the Spirit continues Christ's mission for Jesus is with us, at our side as a friend representing us and defending us. The Spirit is sent to be with us forever and we know him because he lives in us. Not only is the Spirit revealed as being with us, he is also 'the Spirit of truth.' Jesus and the Spirit lead the Christian community into communion with the Father and into all truth.
The Gospel today reveals how Jesus is the full expression of God the Father. The invisible God fully manifests himself in the humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the fullest extent that this can be expressed in human nature. That is why he is the "Way" to the Father - to have seen him, to have heard him, is to have seen and heard the Father. And Christ embodies and reveals the "Truth" about existence - the truth that God made us for himself, so that his creatures might know him and love him forever. That is the truth about how and why we were made and that is why, as St Augustine said: "Our souls are restless until they find rest in God." And Christ is our "Life." All things were made through him and for him and he shares his life with us so that the life that is in him may be in us too. That is why he can properly proclaim himself, "the Way , the Truth and the Life."
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
In the Gospel today we hear how the two disciples on the road to Emmaus recognised Jesus in the breaking of bread. At the time the Gospel was written the expression "the breaking of bread" had become synonymous with the celebration of the Eucharist. The risen Christ revealed himself to the two disciples through the scriptures and through the breaking of bread. This same Risen Christ is present to us in word and sacrament every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. We are able to encounter him through hearing his voice in the proclamation of the scriptures and through feeding on him, the Bread of Life, at his table. That is why in the Mass we proclaim the scriptures as the "word of the Lord" and acknowledge with an "Amen" that the Bread we receive from the altar is the "The Body of Christ."
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Humankind not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." It is to this end that we receive the transforming Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit, who through the power of God's great loving mercy, transforms our interior life in order that it might radiate outwardly and be a transforming power in the world.
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. 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
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. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church’s calendar
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.
In the early Church Lent was a time of completing the formation of candidates for the Baptisms which would take place at Easter and the readings of the Sundays in Lent reflect this time of baptismal preparation. Last week the Gospel spoke of the "living water" welling up to eternal life. This week Jesus reveals himself as the "light of the world," and next week, the raising of Lazarus from the dead will proclaim him as the "resurrection and the life." As Pope Emeritus Benedict says: "Water, light and life are symbols of Baptism, the sacrament that "immerses" believers in the mystery of the death and Resurrection of Christ, liberating them from the slavery of sin and giving them eternal life."
In today's Gospel Jesus speaks of the mysterious water which is capable of 'welling up to eternal life.' This is the life given, in Baptism - a life we are called to cherish and nurture. The elements of Baptism, namely the water of the font and the holy oils, refer us to the stuff of the cosmos - reminding us that everything is caught up in God's loving purposes of making all things new. In the early Church Baptism took place during the Easter Vigil and Baptism spoke of the new life and the new time of which Easter is the celebration and manifestation. Baptism has always found its fulfilment in the Eucharist which is the sacrament of the Kingdom - the sacrament of the 'eternal life' of the world to come
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.
Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. The Church orders the season of Lent to our preparation for the celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to, but excluding, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. We are encouraged to participate fully in the Lenten preparation for Easter, approaching the Sacrament of Penance and making our confession during this season. Devotional and spiritual exercises, such as those listed below, can help us to 'Repent and believe in the Gospel' and assist us in our prayerful and penitential preparation for the celebration of Christ's Paschal Mystery.
In the Gospel today Jesus speaks of the nature of God's Kingdom which is breaking into this world even now. This is the 'perfect' life of the heavenly kingdom so we should not be surprised that his words sound strange for they are opening up to us a strange and new reality which is not of this world. This eternal life is that dimension of the kingdom which we pray will come on earth. The power and the glory of this eternal dimension of the kingdom which is breaking into our world transforms and renews all things so that discord, hatred and violence are overcome by the love and peace of Christ. It is this life of the kingdom which we see breaking into this world in the words and examples of Jesus and the saints - in the ones who 'love their enemies' and 'pray for those who persecute them.' And it is into this eternal dimension, that makes such strange new things possible, that God gathers us each time he summons us before him in the Mass. For in and through the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit gathers us and makes us one with Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly kingdom, so that, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of his glory.
In the Gospel today Christ teaches us about the relationships we should nurture and enjoy as members of his Body - the Church. As the baptised we are called to live and act in a way that is caught up in God's love and life. In this way we witness to Christ in the world. We are not to live as those who do not know Christ - those who quarrel and divide over selfish preferences, those who are motivated by self-serving desire. Rather, as members of the Church, we are to live differently, bearing witness to the alternative life Christ brings, for, as members of his Body, we are bound to him in his loving mission to the whole of creation. As co-workers with Christ we are called to enact God's deep love for the world - to get our minds off ourselves and our petty self-interests and to live together harmoniously.
In the Gospel today Jesus teaches that the lives of his followers should have a distinctive quality. Like salt, we should add a peculiar flavour to life because our life in Christ is distinctive and peculiar. This distinctive and peculiar quality of the Christ-life in us should shine like a light in the world, because Christ is the Light of the world. But if we lose our distinctive and peculiar taste - if the light in us is dimmed or hidden from the world - then we are no longer fit for purpose for we are called to witness to the love and light of Christ by our lives so that all may "taste and see that the Lord is good."
The feast of the Presentation of the Lord traditionally concludes the season of Christmas. It commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple - the occasion when old Simeon, who had waited a long time for the coming of the Messiah, gave his famous prophecy, referring to Jesus as 'a light to enlighten the pagans.' Christmas celebrates the coming of the light into the darkness but Simeon also pointed to what the coming of Christ was going to cost him when he says that Jesus is 'destined to be a sign that is rejected.' The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is also known as Candlemas because, as on this coming Thursday, we celebrate this mystery with lighted candles, reflecting the glory of Christ, the light of the world
This is the Sunday within the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity and, as Christians, we must be deeply committed to that unity among believers for which Jesus prayed. The two great commands of Christ, to love God with our whole strength and being and to love our neighbour as our self, show us the way to that unity, for the more we grow in love and unity with God the more we will grow in love and unity with one another. The scriptures proclaim God's great love for the world and of his plan to draw all things together in unity in Christ. It is our great privilege to be caught up in this great love of God which we celebrate in the Eucharist where, by faith, we perceive God drawing and gathering his scattered creation into one in Christ
In today's Gospel we see how John defends the true faith against the error of the Baptist sect who mistakenly believed that the Baptist was the Messiah. John insists that he is but a witness to Jesus, the true light of the world - he is not that light. He is the first of many witnesses to the truth of Christ and later in the Gospel Jesus tells his disciples that when they receive the Spirit of truth, "you too will be my witnesses." And that is the charge we have received through our Baptism - we too are called to witness to the truth of Christ. Through our baptism in the Holy Spirit, we are challenged to lead others to the person of Christ.
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means "manifestation" and it was made manifest to the Magi, who were led from afar by a bright star, that Jesus came, not just for the people of Israel but for everyone. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the mystery of the Christmas celebration to our own private world and interests. For the Church, Epiphany is a call and a challenge to never become narrow and inward-looking but to remember that, as the baptised, our vocation is to be a light for all people.
God wants us to experience the tender love of Mary, our mother, just as we know the love of our Heavenly Father. Jesus gave countless gifts to humankind but the final gift he gave us, when he was dying on the cross, was Mary, his own mother. The love that this good mother bears us is so great that as soon as she perceives our want, she comes to our assistance. We need only show Mary the wounds of our souls and she immediately helps us by her prayers and consoles us. That is why Pope Leo XIII wrote: "Such is Mary's greatness, so powerful is her favour with God, that not to have recourse to her in times of need is like trying to fly without wings."
A blessed and joyful Christmas to you all. At Christmas God gives us a wonderful sign of his love such as we should not have dared to hope for. How could we have expected to see a virgin with child, and to see in this child not only "God with us" but one who would descend into the depths of the earth to seek for the lost in order to ascend again to present us to his heavenly Father? Out of his great love for us he emptied himself to make himself like us in order that he might win us to himself. The Son of God was born on earth out of compassion for the human race for God is love and that love overflows outside of the Holy Trinity enabling his creatures to share in his life. In the manger at Bethlehem God offers himself to us. He discloses himself, shows us what he is like, but does not want to force us. His great power is the power of love and love wants the freedom of the beloved. In the Word made flesh God speaks and at the same time keeps silent; he knocks at the door of our hearts and awaits our response.
We see in today's Gospel how God fulfils the promises he has made through the people of the Old Covenant and he does this in a bewildering way. The fulfilment of the promises of old comes through a young Jewish girl who accepts the will of God and the work of his Holy Spirit in her. Her husband, Joseph, is confused but his perplexity helps him to understand God's action to bring that which is good and new into the world. God's Good News is unexpected, surprising and interrupts our plans
In the first reading today we hear some of the loveliest words in Scripture. The prophet Isaiah, setting aside the fear and gloom of the contemporary political situation, looks forward to a Golden Age when God's salvation will transform every living thing. The barren places of nature will bloom; the weak and the frail will be strong; Jerusalem will be a new centre of creation. And if we listen carefully we will recognise words used by Handel in his setting of the Messiah - celebrating the God, who comes to us in Jesus, to make all things new
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.
There will be a votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday at 10.00am. The devotion to the Sacred Heart was revealed to St Margaret Mary in order that the great love in the Heart of Jesus for us might be more widely known. A relic of the saint was cemented into the altar of our church at its Consecration. Jesus spoke to St Margaret Mary saying: "My Divine heart is so inflamed with love for humankind that, being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, It must needs spread them abroad by your means and manifest Itself to them in order to enrich them with the precious treasures I reveal to you." St Margaret Mary wrote: "I fear all my own weakness and malice, but placing my entire confidence in You, O Heart of Love, I hope all from Your infinite goodness. Imprint Your pure love so deeply in my heart that I may never forget You or be separated from You." Through our First Friday devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus may we grow in the incomparable and unforgettable knowledge and love of Christ our Saviour.
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 us great happiness and confidence for "perfect love casts out all fear." The warnings about the end times in the Scriptures are meant to be a source of hope for us, not fear. All we need to do is to place our trust in Christ, who reassures us in today's Gospel, that the Lord will be with us. Jesus tells us that by our endurance we will gain our lives. This is a call to be constant, to persevere and to be steadfast in hope. In this regard St Paul gives us an example to imitate. Simplicity of life, hope and trust in the Lord will enable us to face difficult situations and to be confident that "the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing rays" and will enlighten us.
In the Gospel today Jesus speaks of the life of the Resurrection and he makes it clear that this is eternal life – a life qualitatively different from our natural life - because 'the children of the Resurrection' 'can no longer die.' We were made children of the Resurrection through Baptism – when we were baptised in the name of God the Holy Trinity in whose eternal life we now share. It is because we are 'children of the resurrection' that we 'dare' to call God 'Our Father' and it is for this same reason that we are presented, at Baptism, with a candle lit from the Easter candle which represents the light and life of the Resurrected Christ, in whose light and life we share. And being children of the Resurrection we are also children of God – the God who lives and reigns for ever and ever and we are called to shine as lights in the world to the glory of God, our Father.
We near the end of our month of the Holy Rosary. St Dominic, a Catholic, did most in the development and the early spreading of the Rosary, nevertheless the Rosary is valued and prayed by members of many different Christian traditions, including Lutherans, Methodists and Anglicans. Richard Baumann, a Lutheran, writes: "When the Rosary is said, truth sinks into the subconscious like a slow and steady downpour…It is a long and persevering gaze, a meditation, a quieting of the spirit in praise of God." J. Neville Ward, a Methodist minister says: The Rosary has a profound message for our times…It is a message of consolation, Scriptural in its background, and reasonable as well as devotional in its content." According to the Reverend Ward, the Christian who has a Rosary in his or her hand is within an ancient tradition, for no other scheme of prayer has been so widely used in the Christian West. And the Anglican Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham write in their handbook: "The Rosary is a devotion of which many people are frightened. But it is quite simple and quite sensible; it is like looking at a picture book on our mother's knee… pictures connected with the Life, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, are shown to us by His Mother and our Mother, who prays with us and for us."
October, the month of the Rosary continues. Through praying the Rosary, we are invited to contemplate the mysteries at the heart of our faith. This leads us to draw closer to Jesus' life and teaching and helps them to become ever more deeply embedded in our hearts and minds. We can also relate the mysteries of the Rosary to our own lives - applying them to our own spiritual journey and needs. Also we can name an intention as we pray the Rosary, dedicating our prayer to someone or something - giving thanks to God or exercising love for others by praying for them or asking God's grace for our own personal needs. If anyone requires instruction on how to pray the Rosary I will be happy to help
In October we find ourselves in the month of the Holy Rosary and so it is fitting, at this time, that we should reflect on the power of the Rosary as a means of prayer and of the important part it can play in our spiritual life. God's grace comes to us through our praying the Rosary and that is why the saints prayed it faithfully and why Popes have endorsed it through the ages. Our Holy Mother has urged the praying of the Rosary wherever she has appeared in recent times. Surely this should be an encouragement to us to try and pray, at least, a decade of the Rosary daily. To this end, it can be useful to carry a Rosary with us always and to have one beside our beds. If anyone requires instruction on how to pray the Rosary I will be happy to help.
October is the month of the Rosary and we will be praying a decade at Mass through the week as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: “I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today.” On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: “Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands.” Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
We hear in the Gospel today of the apostles' desire to grow in faith, "Increase our faith," they say. Jesus' response is to speak of how faith can accomplish great things, even if it is small. What Jesus seems to be saying is that what really matters is that faith is exercised, put into practice - that is how it strengthens and grows. Our faith increases when we put it into practice and our practice is to be that of disciples of Jesus. And when we have proved faithful servants of Christ, all we can rightfully say is: "We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty."
The Bible is unambiguous concerning economic issues. The Biblical injunctions against the exploitation of the poor and the accumulation of wealth are clear and straightforward. Jesus declared war on the selfish materialism of his day and he speaks to the question of economics more than any other single social issue. If, in a comparatively simple society, Jesus laid such strong emphasis upon the spiritual dangers of wealth, how much more should we, who live in a highly affluent and materialistic culture, take seriously the Bible's teaching on poverty and riches.
On Wednesday evenings, after Mass, there is a time for quiet prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. This provides us with an oasis of peace in a busy world. A time when, in the silence, we can open ourselves up to Christ's healing and transforming presence. To help us we will be following meditations on the life and work of St Therese of Lisieux. Pope Pius XII said of St Therese that, “she rediscovered the Gospel itself, the very heart of the Gospel” and the heart of the Gospel is love - a love that inspired Therese's great confidence in God - a love and confidence she wanted everyone to know.
Today's Gospel passage speaks to us of the tender and forgiving love of God. It is the love which is at the heart of Christ and which he reveals through his words and actions. He is the friend of sinners. He seeks out the lost and rejoices over their return to the way of love and life. Those who encounter this merciful life-giving love in Christ are transformed for there is no greater treasure than this. St. Paul says that everything else is like so much rubbish compared to the forgiving love of Christ. And it is in this encounter with the sacred and loving heart of Christ that a religion of the heart is born. Not a religion of laws written on tablets of stone but a religion of love written on hearts of flesh.
Regarding discipleship and following Jesus, today's Gospel makes it clear that it is a choice which each of us has to make. Christ calls us to radical commitment to him and for that reason he asks all those who would be followers to first count the cost of discipleship. The cost is great, it demands are all but the reward is inexpressibly greater. We cannot follow him in our own strength. He leads us, he empowers us, he gives us the strength to follow so that we might increasingly immerse ourselves in that incomparable love of his which was revealed in his Passion and Cross - a love that is stronger than death and the love we were created to know and share in forever
The Gospel today speaks to us of humility and humility is necessary if we wish to be pleasing to God and find entry into his kingdom. Humility is one of the marks of a saint. Because the saints were close to God and deeply aware of his great holiness they felt their faults, failures and weaknesses more profoundly. We are to be humble, like Jesus and the saints, if we are to find favour with God and humility is about being realistic about who and what we are in the light of the holiness of God
The teaching of Jesus is clearly opposed to any kind of elitism or exclusivism. As one who was marginalized and excluded by his own people, Jesus identifies with those who are not members of the "in crowd." Always to be left out, always excluded, is a cause for sadness but always to be counted in can be an excuse for smugness and complacency. It was this instinctive desire to belong that prompted the question in today’s Gospel: "Sir, will there be only a few saved?" We have no answer to the question of whether many or few will be saved, what we do know is that we cannot afford to be smug or complacent about our own salvation. We must work to do God's will and cooperate with his Fatherly discipline in order that we might squeeze through the narrow door that leads to his kingdom
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.
We must be open and ready to receive the God who comes to us in every present moment. God's name, revealed to Moses, is I AM. He is, therefore, the Ever-Present One. Too often, our minds are distracted by what has been or by what might be - by things past, which no longer exist and by things which may or may not come to pass. God, however, the Great I AM, meets us in real time - the only time which is real, the present moment. Prayer and the sacraments - especially the Sacrament of the Eucharist - can help to make us present to the One who is present to us in the sacrament of the present moment.
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. In our Wednesday evening meditations, we have learnt how prayer is the rooting and grounding of oneself in God. Prayer seeks to open 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. Our meditations on the Christian prayer life will begin again on Wednesday 10th August - All welcome
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
As followers of Christ, we are all called to be like the Good Samaritan. We are to love our neighbour as ourselves - serving all people without distinction of race, colour or creed and having a special concern for the poor and marginalized. We are to demonstrate our love of God through being reconcilers, peacemakers and healers in a wounded world
After Mass on Wednesday there will be an opportunity to venerate the relic of St Margaret Mary. This is the relic which will be sealed in the altar during the Consecration of the church on Saturday. St Margaret Mary received from our Lord the famous revelations concerning the great love of His Sacred Heart. In these revelations Our Lord told her that she would be used to spread the truth of the love of his heart and that he would reveal the treasures of its graces through her, his chosen instrument and disciple of his Sacred Heart. His heart was to be honoured under the form of a heart of flesh - in a way familiar now to Catholics throughout the world, as evidenced in our own statue of the Sacred Heart. In one revelation Our Lord said to Margaret Mary: “Behold the heart which has so much loved men that it spared nothing.” May the relic of St Margaret Mary and the devotion to the Sacred Heart which she encouraged, remind us of the great love of God in Christ for us and all humankind
Saint Paul, in the second reading today reminds us that humanity, the sons and daughters of God, are equal before our loving heavenly Father. The foundation of this radical equality is in Jesus Christ. The scriptures teach us that God has a special care for the least, the forgotten, the excluded and despised. This means we have to affirm life wherever poverty, discrimination and violence are sowing death. This requires reliance on God’s spirit of kindness, forgiveness and prayer.
Saint Paul, in the second reading today reminds us that humanity, the sons and daughters of God, are equal before our loving heavenly Father. The foundation of this radical equality is in Jesus Christ. The scriptures teach us that God has a special care for the least, the forgotten, the excluded and despised. This means we have to affirm life wherever poverty, discrimination and violence are sowing death. This requires reliance on God’s spirit of kindness, forgiveness and prayer
The woman in today’s Gospel reveals the power of God’s merciful love to transform and make new. She has encountered and embraced the Lord’s mysterious free gift of forgiveness. She has known the vast love of God which passes human understanding and having known the greatness of his love and mercy is able to accept that “her sins, her many sins” have been forgiven. And knowing God’s great love for her, she is empowered to love greatly
Jesus gives us the best picture of what God is like and in today’s Gospel Christ’s words and actions reveal a loving, merciful and compassionate God. When Jesus sees the widow mourning for her dead son we are told that Jesus “felt sorry for her.” Jesus is moved by the woman’s disconsolate weeping, he suffers with her, revealing a merciful God who is moved by our sorrow and who has compassion on those who suffer.
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.
‘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 and enjoy 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 ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God’s Spirit.’
Today the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. The earthly ministry of our Lord had ended and the time came for him to return to the Father and take his place at the right hand of God. The ascension is a cause of great joy for us for as Christ said: “It is better for you that I go to the Father.” The ascension means that he is with us in the most profound sense. He is with us when we gather for the Eucharist. He is with us in the word proclaimed, he is with us in the sacrament of the altar. Jesus is not out of sight and out of mind through the ascension. Through the ascension it is not his absence but his presence with us which makes our hearts grow fonder.
“Peace I give you.” Peace is a gift of God that brings wholeness, health, security, well-being and salvation. The peace spoken of by Christ and the scriptures is associated with God’s presence with his people. Christ is “God with us” and he is the “Prince of Peace.” Christ’s peace, which he shares with us, is the peace of the kingdom of God which reconciles, renews and makes all things new by gathering all into unity in Christ
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.
The consequences of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ do not end with Easter Day. For those for whom the power of the Resurrection was a first-hand experience, it affected the rest of their lives. Today we remember that the Resurrection was a dynamic and transforming experience for the friends of Jesus and we pray that it may be so for us also
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Humankind not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” It is to this end that we receive the transforming Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit, who through the power of God’s great loving mercy, transforms our interior life in order that it might radiate outwardly and be a transforming power in the world
A happy Easter to you all. Easter is a time of renewal. Jesus died and rose again in spring. In the same way that Christmas coincides with the victory of sunlight over darkness, when the days begin to lengthen, so Easter coincides with the renewal of nature - the universe is a symbol of spiritual realities. Springtime speaks to us - if we have ears to hear and eyes to see - of inner renewal, of the springtime of the soul. Easter, like springtime in nature, brings a message of hope. The Resurrection proclaims that we can be changed and made new.
Holy Week begins today and it is the most important week in the Church’s calendar. Holy Week opens with Palm Sunday when we carry palm crosses in procession to commemorate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). The liturgy of Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper; also there is the Washing of Feet in remembrance of our Lord’s example of humble service. On Good Friday we celebrate the Lord’s Passion and venerate the Cross. The wonderful liturgy of the Easter Vigil is celebrated on Saturday of Holy Week with the blessing and preparation of the Easter Candle and the celebration of Our Lord’s Resurrection. The celebration of Easter Sunday completes the celebrations we have prepared for during Lent. 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 not only the most beautiful liturgies of the Church’s calendar, they are also the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns
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 in the case of a woman. If the adulterous person was a man, the punishment was not death. Jesus rejects such unjust inconsistency, together with the lack of humility and 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 all the accusers, all men, walk away. Jesus forgives the woman taken in adultery and rejects the cruelty and double standards of her accusers."
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 them in their high calling, remembering that the greatest of the saints, Our Blessed Lady, was, like them, a mother and that through loving devotion to her calling attained to the heights of holiness. Mary is also the Mother of Mercy and the Gospel reading today proclaims the great mercy of God, our loving heavenly Father, who is always ready to forgive us and, as Pope Benedict said: "Only by experiencing forgiveness, by recognising one is loved with a freely given love, a love greater than our wretchedness but also than our merit, do we at last enter into a truly filial and free relationship with God."
The fig tree which bore no fruit, which we heard about in today’s Gospel, is a shadow of itself - it is not linked to the world in the way it should be, it is not making the difference to the world that it was made for. And in the Gospel today Jesus makes reference to two historical incidents in order to show how his proclamation of the kingdom and the Gospel way of life is linked, and should be linked, to the everyday world. Similarly, our faith should make a difference to the world we live in
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 painful 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.
The season of Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday with the blessing and imposition of ashes in the Mass at 7.30pm. The Church teaches that Ash Wednesday is to be observed as a day of penance, one of both abstinence and fasting. Lent is a time for preparing for the celebration of Easter and the faithful are encouraged to participate in an ever more intense and fruitful way in the Lenten liturgy and in penitential celebrations. The Church also teaches that the faithful should approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season. A Lent course will run on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, after the 7.00pm Mass, (see notice below) to help us in our preparations for Easter
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 brings liberty and it does not prevent his opponents responding with violence
It seems that God likes to do big things in little ways. At Christmas time we saw the Saviour of the whole world born as a tiny infant in a humble cave in a small, unimportant town. Today in the Gospel, we see the fulfilment of centuries of promises and waiting come to pass in the synagogue of the unassuming village of Nazareth. God is also at work in his Church to do big things with our little lives
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
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means manifestation. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the Christmas celebration to our privacy and it puts it at the crossroads of the paths of history. For men and women travelling these roads, Epiphany is a call and a challenge. Epiphany topples barriers and reiterates that Jesus came for everyone
The Gospel today tells the story of Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem and of the subsequent anxious search of his parents. Scripture relates that they found him in the Temple - not just anywhere, but in the Temple and not just anywhere in the temple but “among the doctors” - that is among the wise and learned teachers of the Jewish religion. This teaches us that we must seek Jesus in the Temple of God - in the Church, among the wise and learned “doctors” of the Church who are faithful in communicating the teaching of Christ. If we seek him there we shall find him. Thank you for your offerings, gifts and cards at Christmas - you are very generous. Once more, I have very much appreciated the preparation for and celebration of Christmas at Blessed Robert Grissold. I am especially grateful to all those who attended the Advent meditations. I hope that like me, you experienced the mutual support and prayers of your brothers and sisters in Christ helpful in getting ready to receive the God who comes to us. Thanks to all of you for the ways you contribute, throughout the year, to the life of this community.
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 to die. 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
John the Baptist, who we hear about in today’s Gospel, 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
As we begin Advent our thoughts are guided, through the liturgy, to the coming of Christ - his first coming to us in humility and weakness and his second coming in majesty and power. The description of the Second Coming of Christ should not fill us with fear, rather we should look forward to it and prepare for it through prayer and right living
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. Tomorrow, on the Feast of All Souls, we commemorate all the Faithful Departed when the Church invites us to pray for our beloved deceased
In today’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus. Jesus heals out of love. Many would claim that love is blind but this is not the case with the love of Christ. Jesus sees us clearly. He sees us as we are and loves us as we are and, because he sees us clearly, he knows what we need and he sees how best to meet our needs. The world stands in great need of Christ’s love, together with the clarity of vision and fruitful action which proceed from it
Today is World Mission Day and today’s celebration reminds us that we are all missionaries by the very nature of our baptismal vocation and that to be a missionary is to have a passion for Jesus and his people. Today the entire Church unites as one universal family so that through our prayer and generosity we can reach the whole world with the joy of the Gospel and the message of Jesus’ love
Talks and discussion on the “Joy Of the Gospel”: Pope Francis, in his document Evangelli Guadium - The Joy of the Gospel, encourages all the Christian faithful “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation” marked by the joy of the Gospel. In response to the Pope’s encouragement Father Frank is running a series of meetings to provide us with an opportunity to read, reflect on and discuss the material in the document in the hope that this will help us to grow in our love and understanding of the Good News and in our desire to bring the joy of the Gospel to others. It will be held on Wednesday each week at 7.30 p.m. after a 7.00p.m. Mass, beginning on Wednesday 21st October and will run for five weeks. Please feel free to bring along those who may be interested in exploring the teaching of the Gospels. All welcome. Joe will be taking names after mass and has copies of “The Joy of the Gospel” (Cost £5) for those who have ordered them.
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.
Last week the Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of England and Wales quoted Evangelli Guadium - The Joy of the Gospel. Pope Francis, in this document, encourages all the Christian faithful “to embark upon a new chapter of evangelisation” marked by the joy of the Gospel. In response to the Pope’s encouragement I propose to run a series of meetings to provide us with an opportunity to read, reflect on and discuss the material in the document in the hope that this will help us to grow in our love and understanding of the Good News and in our desire to bring the joy of the Gospel to others. We will meet on Wednesday each week at 7.30 p.m. after a 7.00p.m. Mass. The meetings will begin on Wednesday 21st October at 7.30 p.m. and will run for five weeks. To acquire a copy of the “The Joy of the Gospel” (Cost £5) please sign the sheet at the back of Church. Please feel free to bring along those who may be interested in exploring the teaching of the Gospels. All are welcome.
Today is Home Mission Sunday and it has been chosen by the bishops to invite every member of the Catholic community to pray for, celebrate and support the work of evangelisation in England & Wales. To aid us in this venture I propose to run a course based on the Pope’s recent document: ‘The Joy of the Gospel.” This will provide us with an opportunity to read, reflect on and discuss the material and to grow in our love and understanding of the Good News and in our desire to bring the joy of the Gospel to others. We will begin on Wednesday 21st Oct starting each week at 7.30 p.m. after a 7.00p.m. Mass, and will run for 5 weeks. To acquire a copy of the “The Joy of the Gospel” and join the course sign the sheet at the back of Church. Please feel free to bring along those who may be interested in exploring the teaching of the Gospels.
Today is Racial Justice Sunday when the Church is invited to work and pray for an end to racism and racial inequality, remembering the inclusive love of God for all people. We pray for all who work to protect the dignity and rights of all people.
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 a matter 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 and this is why Jesus says to his disciples: “Do not be afraid.”
In the Gospel today we hear how all the people eat and yet there is food left over. Love always means abundance and the fragments left over fill twelve baskets. This is a significant number: twelve refers to the twelve tribes of Israel, to the twelve apostles and to the entire people. Jesus’ loving sign in sharing the bread reminds us of the Church’s mission to continue that gesture through history with all people
The “sheep without a shepherd” spoken of by Our Lord in the Gospel today are the poor of Palestine. They are considered last by the scribes and Pharisees, by the powerful, but Jesus puts them first. He looks after them first because he has come especially for those who are last according to society. Jesus pays careful attention to them. No one is interested in them, yet they are the ones whom Jesus favours.
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 focused 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.”
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter, the brother of Andrew, the Galilean fisherman who was called by the Lord to be the leader of the Twelve. Paul, the tent-maker from Tarsus, a Pharisee and a Roman citizen who was called to be the Apostle of the Gentiles. Jesus’ key question, addressed to Peter and the disciples in today’s Gospel, is addressed to all who are called to be Christ’s disciples. The key question is who Jesus is for us.
St Paul, in our second reading today, tells us that, “For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.” Being in Christ requires imagination and creativity placed at the service of others. Christians are people who constantly invent forms of loving, not in formal compliance of a duty but in terms of concrete persons: our neighbours - especially those most in need - today’s poor and oppressed. St. Paul says that the love of Christ overwhelms him and urges him on in the service of others. May we experience this same sense of love and urgency
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, on the great Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord, we welcome Bishop William Kenney who will celebrate Mass and the Confirmation of Daniel Green and Jacob O’Brien. 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
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 and enjoy 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 ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God’s Spirit
Today the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. The earthly ministry of our Lord had ended and the time came for him to return to the Father and take his place at the right hand of God. The ascension is a cause of great joy for us for as Christ said: “It is better for you that I go to the Father.” The ascension means that he is with us in the most profound sense. He is with us when we gather for the Eucharist. He is with us in the word proclaimed; he is with us in the sacrament of the altar. Jesus is not out of sight and out of mind through the ascension. Through the ascension it is not his absence but his presence with us which makes our hearts grow fonder.
Jesus calls us to follow his example in choosing to give ourselves in love, even when it hurts for this is the kind of love that mirrors God’s love. Authentic love is about self-­giving -­ this cannot be accomplished in our own strength -­ but we can choose to try, confident that our efforts will be backed by God’s energetic and all-­conquering love.
We pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Katherine Megan Lloyd who will be baptised here today after Mass
Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations and this year’s theme for Vocation’s Sunday is “Change of Life.” This reflects the dramatic change for anyone who begins to answer their vocation and deepen their relationship with God. We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life in our Archdiocese and that all believers will be faithful to their baptismal vocation. There are Prayer Cards for Vocation’s Sunday available in the narthex - please feel free to take one
The consequences of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ do not end with Easter Day. For those for whom the power of the Resurrection was a first-­hand experience, it affected the rest of their lives. Today we remember that the Resurrection was a dynamic and transforming experience for the friends of Jesus and we pray that it may be so for us also.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. Humankind not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called to practice mercy towards others. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” It is to this end that we receive the transforming Spirit of God - the Holy Spirit, who through the power of God’s great loving mercy, transforms our interior life in order that it might radiate outwardly and be a transforming power in the world
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 again. 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. I am pleased to announce that Archbishop Bernard has formally confirmed my appointment as priest to the community of Blessed Robert Grissold. 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
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. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church?s calendar
Jesus calls us to serve him and follow him -­ to conversion. To turn away from sin -­ from all that harms our relationship with God and with our neighbour and to turn toward him, to serve him, do his will, to be faithful to our baptismal vocation. Conversion is a gift from God, won for us through the sacrifice of Christ and we must ask for it through fervent prayer in order that we might know the power of Christ’s Resurrection working in our lives.
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 loving devotion to her calling attained to the heights of holiness.
The portrait of Jesus in today’s Gospel is a world away from the storybook caricature of him as “gentle Jesus meek and mild,” whose harmlessness can sometimes look indistinguishable from effete weakness. Jesus was a builder -­ a carpenter by trade and, no doubt, he presented an imposing figure in the Temple when he overthrew the moneychangers’ tables and drove out the sellers of cattle, sheep and pigeons. No one was able to resist the power of this gentle and meek man.
Jesus set aside his glory to become human and to suffer for our sins. Yet today we recall how some of the disciples were allowed a glimpse of his heavenly glory. They were graced with a foretaste of what will constitute the happiness of the faithful in heaven. No wonder Peter wanted to stay there. But the journey of faith is not like that ? it’s not confined to mountain top experiences. Christ goes down from the mountain to continue his journey toward the Cross and asks his disciples to follow him, trusting that the Cross leads to the transfiguring light of the Resurrection.
Today is the First Sunday of Lent, the season when the Church prepares for Easter, the greatest of her celebrations. During the season of Lent we are encouraged to participate in an ever more intense and fruitful way in the liturgies of the Church and in penitential celebrations. In order to assist us there are additional Masses and times for instruction, meditation, prayerful reflection and discussion. I will also ensure that there is a Penitential Service and opportunities for people to make their confession. I hope that these arrangements will be helpful to our deepening of faith in this holy season.
At the time of Jesus, lepers were treated as social and ritual outcasts. They were not welcome in society or in the Temple. Therefore the leper in today’s Gospel makes a bold move in approaching Jesus. Jesus makes him “clean” enabling him to be accepted as part of the worshipping community and revealing to us how God, in Christ, is reconciling the world to himself. No one is outside the welcoming love of God.
The healings and exorcisms of Jesus are a visible manifestation that the Kingdom of God is breaking into and conquering the world -­ that all things are being made new in and through Christ. The Gospels see illness as part of our fallen human condition which Jesus comes to heal and make whole.
The Gospel today describes the first of many miracles performed by Jesus which reveal his authority and power. Jesus speaks with the same miraculous power by which he acts. This first miracle in Jesus’ ministry signifies that Satan’s power over the world has come to an end and that the dominion of God has broken into human history.
In today’s Gospel reading we see how Jesus begins his public life with an exhortation to repent because the kingdom of heaven, or in Mark’s version the kingdom of God, is at hand. This warning prompted by love is addressed to all, for no one is without sin. Yet no matter how many wounds our human nature has sustained, we are never justified in giving way to despair, for the Lord, in his great love for us, pours out his compassion abundantly on all who need it.
Today’s Gospel conducts us to the River Jordan. This was the holy place where first century Judeans expected to see the Messiah come. It was also at this place that the people, long ago, crossed over into the Promised Land. Today’s story finds us here at this holy place, where John the Baptist is proclaiming Jesus to be the Lamb of God -­ the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One we are to follow.
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.
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.
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means manifestation. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the Christmas celebration to our privacy and it puts it at the crossroads of the paths of history. For men and women travelling these roads, Epiphany is a call and a challenge. Epiphany topples barriers and reiterates that Jesus came for everyone.
Today, with the holy Church of God throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means manifestation. This feast draws us away from the temptation to confine the Christmas celebration to our privacy and it puts it at the crossroads of the paths of history. For men and women travelling these roads, Epiphany is a call and a challenge. Epiphany topples barriers and reiterates that Jesus came for everyone.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus and we are reminded of how Jesus needed a family in order to grow to maturity. The Church is our wider family. As members of the Christian community we have a common Father and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We cannot attain maturity in isolation from others.
The whole of Advent is a period of waiting and preparation for the coming of the Lord. The last week in Advent might be called a time of invitation, for over the days immediately preceding Christmas the Church issues invitations, especially through the Great Antiphons, which are joined to Magnificat during Evening Prayer. One of the Great Antiphons addresses Him Who Is to Come with the following words: “O Immanuel, you are our king and judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Saviour, O come and save us, Lord, our God.” Immanuel! -­ This is the ultimate invocation and invitation and it also testifies that the invitation has been accepted because “Immanuel” means “God who is with us.
Advent not only reveals God’s coming to us, it is also an invitation to follow that path which leads us to God. The Commandments lead us along this way. It is a way of purification of the soul from attachment to sin -­ a casting away of all that obscures the light of Christ from shining in us and through us. This requires the purifying power of God which, little by little, weakens sinful attachments so that we are filled with the light of Christ’s joy and peace.
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.
Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and we begin the Church’s liturgical year. This gives us a chance to make a fresh start. Advent is not a time for sleep. It is a time to wake up to the ways in which Christ comes to us. It is a time for us to make ourselves ready to receive him, to welcome him as Lord of our life. The Church, in this penitential season, celebrates the triple coming of the Lord: in history, in grace and at the end of time. The tone of its prayer during Advent is one of anticipation, expectancy and yearning.
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.’
In today’s Gospel we hear of a man who returned everything he had ever been given to his master ? and yet he was censured. He was blamed, not for misusing the gifts he had been given, but rather for not having used them at all. This Gospel passage encourages us to reflect on how we use the gifts and talents we have received from God. The Parable of the Talents teaches us that true religion -­ a true response to Christ’s call to be his disciples -­ involves risk, adventure and enterprise. To use God-given gifts and talents aright is to share in the joy of the kingdom.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Although this celebration began in Rome to commemorate the anniversary of the dedication of the Bishop of Rome’s cathedral, the prayers of the liturgy today emphasize the present church built of "living stones". So the emphasis is on the holiness of our lives. God helps us to create the beauty of a spiritual temple by lives which are built upon holiness and the Holy Spirit.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. The Gospel today reminds us what the blessedness of the saints consists in. The saints are those who are poor in spirit, meek, afflicted, hungry and thirsty for justice, merciful, pure of heart, peacemakers and persecuted for the sake of the Gospel. We are called to be like them. God calls us all to the holiness, blessedness and happiness of the saints and he supplies the grace we need to be faithful to such a high calling through the sacred mysteries we celebrate in the Eucharist.
God loves each and every one of us -­ he loves all his creatures -­ all that he has created. He wants us to know his love and so to grow in our love of him and of our neighbour and of all his creatures. That is why the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and to love our neighbour as our self. In these two commandments we have a summary of the whole Bible and the teaching of the Church.
It is not uncommon for Christians to be faced with difficult decisions. But we have an inner voice to guide us, namely, the voice of conscience. We are all responsible for our actions, even though we might try to hide behind others – merely doing our duty. Millions today sell their souls to institutions, companies or corporations. Yet if in the course of so-­??called duty, people lose themselves and their own souls, what does it profit them? Would that every Christian could say what St Thomas More said: ?I die the King's good servant, but God'?s first"
God continually breaks out beyond our conceptualisation of Him. He is always more unlike anything we say and think about Him than He is like what we say and think about Him. If we say He is "?love"? -­ we are right but our concept of love, even at its richest, falls far short of the reality of the love of God. That is why so many images of God are employed in the revelation of scripture. We see this in today's readings and this is because no one image is adequate to the glorious reality of the Godhead. Our God is always new -­?? a God of surprises. If our image of God is bland, boring, tame and domesticated, we have a wrong picture of Him.
On Tuesday we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and October is the month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church commends the Rosary as a devotional practice and as a powerful method of prayer, so there will be an opportunity for us to share in praying the Rosary, before Mass, every Tuesday in October. The Rosary never left the hands of the great saint and stigmatic, Padre Pio, whose power to draw souls to Christ and to an amendment of life was the fruit of his prayer life and especially of the Rosary, which he prayed constantly. When he was asked what inheritance he wished to leave his spiritual children, he answered immediately, “The Rosary.” He also pointed out how the Holy Virgin has urged the recitation of the Rosary wherever she has appeared in recent times. Isn’t that an indication that we should try to pray at least a decade of the Rosary each day – especially in October, the month of the Rosary? Mass this Tuesday at 10.30am – The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – preceded by the Rosary at 10.00am – a good way to commit to the Month of the Rosary.
Today’s Gospel speaks to us of our freedom to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to God. But it also talks about the possibility of change. Jesus obeyed his Father’s will not only in word but also in deed and Christ assures us that it is not too late to turn to God and to do his will.
God's ways are not our ways, and the love and generosity of God cannot be measured. According to human calculation his justice appears foolish. After all, what sensible employer would behave like the man in today?s Gospel? St Paul knew this immeasurable love of God. It caused him to love God so much that he could not decide whether it was better to live and continue his good work or to die and be with Christ
Today we celebrate the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and we are reminded that "?God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life"? (John 3:16). The Cross of Christ reveals God’s great love for us and his creation and in that divine love is all our hope
Reconciliation is at the very heart of Christianity and is at the heart of the Eucharist. Through the sacred mysteries of the Mass Christ gathers us and binds us together as a community. We are responsible for one another
Like Jeremiah in our first reading today we all experience reluctance in offering ourselves completely to Gods will -­ we shrink from accepting the cross. Christ who knew this reluctance of the flesh to accepting the cross and had to struggle to overcome it. He is our brother in all things but sin. He understands our weakness but calls us to get behind him and follow him.
I very much enjoyed being with you all last week. Thank you for the warm welcome and support. I have been working as Assistant Priest at St Augustine’s, Solihull but the Archbishop has asked me to serve you as Priest in Charge until further notice. I am very much looking forward to being with you.
Today's Gospel reminds us that we should remain in Christ's love and he tells us that we remain in his love by keeping his commandments. Obedience to his commandments are not the source of our love but the fruit of it. Keeping Jesus' commandment to love one another is the proof, the outward manifestation, of the fact that we remain in his love. His love comes first. When we do keep God's commandments it is not something we do in order to make God love us; rather it is the result of his having loved us first. "We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the performance of good works" and because we are 'God's handiwork' it is to the Father's glory that we should bear abundant spiritual fruit.
Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in Time of COVID-19 - We are reopening for Mass on Sunday 6th December. Click here for important information
Re-Opening for Mass From Sunday 6th December Mass will resume as before the lockdown. Please observe the directions given below.

Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in Time of COVID-19
+ Attendees must wear a mask
+ Remain 2 metres apart
+ Sanitise hands on entering and exiting the Church
+ Follow the signs
+ Always follow the stewards’ instructions

Holy Communion
+ All responses during the Mass to be whispered
+ Single file queue for Holy Communion (in one kind only) - please follow Steward’s guidance.
+ The Host to be received in silence, on outstretched hand
+ Masks to be worn to receive the Host
+ Leave the church immediately after consuming the Host
Please do not congregate in the car park after leaving the church

During Mass there will be no:
+ Altar servers
+ Readers
+ Children’s liturgy
+ Offertory procession
+ Sign of peace
+ Parish missals, misalettes or hymn books
+ Singing
+ Passing of collection bags
+ No flowers

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:
+ The Church will be cleaned after each Mass
+ In the first instance, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity (30 persons) has been reached the stewards will prevent entry
+ Wrap up warm - doors will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible
+ All areas of the church, apart from the narthex and hall area during Mass, are out of bounds until further notice
Making a Spiritual Communion - 22nd November 2020 - Click here

Making a Spiritual Communion *

29th November 2020
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
People of the Parish

Create a prayerful setting through the placing of a crucifix, Bible, statues, icons, etc Then follow this order of service:

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Read the
Entrance Antiphon

To you I lift up my soul, O my God.
In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame.
Nor let my enemies exult over me;
and none that hope in you be put to shame.

In silent prayer call to mind your sins then make the following penitential act:

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart: Lord have mercy
You came to call sinners: Christ have mercy
You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us:
Lord have mercy

Pray the Collect (the Opening Prayer of the Mass of the day)

Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God,
the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ
with righteous deeds at his coming,
so that, gathered at his right hand,
they may be worthy to possess the heavenly Kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

First Reading: From the prophet Isaiah, 63: 16-17; 64: 1, 3-8

Responsorial Psalm:

R. God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

O shepherd of Israel, hear us, shine forth from your cherubim throne.
O Lord, rouse up your might, O Lord, come to our help.
R.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore, look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it, the vine your right hand has planted.
R.

May your hand be on the man you have chosen, the man you have given your strength.
And we shall never forsake you again: give us life that we may call upon your name.
R.

Second Reading:
From the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 1, verses: 3-9

Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he come unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!’

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection

Today is the first Sunday in Advent and the central theme of Advent is the coming to us of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is, of course, already present to us, he is at hand, in our midst, within us, but the grace of Advent
allows us a more concentrated, vivid and renewed awareness of his presence among us.

During this liturgical season Christ makes himself known to us, in a special way, as the One who is God yet who wants to be with us for he is the God who wants us to know him and love him.
He is the God who comes to us, in Christ, and makes himself one with us, in order that he might wed himself to us in love so that the two become one. Never has there been such a love story to compare with that of the love of God in Christ for us. No wonder the Psalmists praises God by saying: ‘Your loving kindness is better than life’
and elsewhere: ‘I will sing forever of your love O Lord!’

And that’s why Christian prayer during this season of Advent might be summed up in those words which close the last book of the Bible: ‘Amen - so be it - Come to us Lord Jesus.’ And he does come to us, to reveal the otherwise hidden mystery of the Godhead to us. So that we might know God and love him forever. It for this we were made. God made us for himself. We are the beloved bride whom he comes to win in Christ. Mere creatures, yes, but through divine grace to be made one with God through that same Spirit of love working in us which binds the persons of the Holy Trinity in unity. That is why Christ prayed for us saying: “May they all be one, as you Father are in me and I in you, that they may be in us.’

And out of his great love for us, Christ comes to us in many ways every moment of our lives and the season of Advent reminds us to stay awake
so that we don’t miss him. He stands at the door of our lives and knocks
and he graciously waits for us to let him in but if we are distracted with other things, - if our will is divided and our desires dispersed - if our lives are too cluttered and filled with other things - if there is no time for the God who comes to us - if there is no room for him then he will not impose himself on us. He is humble and gentle of heart. He will enter and make his home with us
only when he is invited as our chief love and desire and as he is the
supreme being, infinitely surpassing all others in excellence, it is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation that he should have the first place in our hearts. His loving perfection is such that
it is right and just that he is not prepared to be treated as second best, that he refuses to be an afterthought,
- a life-style accessory, - a comfort blanket, - a God of the gaps. When he is number one in our lives - when we desire him above all else
then he will enter and sup with us, become one with us and we with him.

Staying awake is therefore also about being aware of all that prevents Christ from entering into our lives, - being aware of all that prevents us from recognising not only Christ’s presence in the sacrament of the altar but prevents us from recognising him as he comes to us in the sacrament of every present moment.

So, through our wholehearted observance and celebration of Advent,
may we learn to stay awake in order that our desire for the God who comes to us in Christ may increase and so drive away all those things in our lives
which are incompatible with our knowing God and loving him forever.

Amen, so be it,
Come to us Lord Jesus.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, have mercy on us

Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, pray for us

St Andrew, pray for us

St Edmund Campion, pray for us

St Francis Xavier, pray for us

St Birinus, pray for us

Blessed Robert Grissold, pray for us

Pray the Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen

Offer up Prayers of Intercession for the Church, for the world, for our community, for the sick and for those who have died - and offer up your own intentions.

A Prayer in time of sickness and disease:

All powerful and merciful God,
our refuge and our shield,
bring healing to all those suffering as a result of sickness and disease.
Guard and protect us from all harm
and assist those whose skill and art can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.

Ask for Our Lady’s prayers, saying the Hail Mary…

Pray the
Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…

Pray the Agnus Dei:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Make a Spiritual Communion* - asking Our Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and feed you with heavenly grace so that you might be one with Him. You can use the following prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori:

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Ask for God’s blessing and protection:

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Make the sign of the Cross saying:

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Finish with the Prayer to St Michael:

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down into hell Satan and all other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen




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* A Spiritual Communion can be made if one has a deep desire to receive Our Lord and to be one with him - even if one cannot, for whatever reason, receive him sacramentally. Spiritual Communion is an act of love and desire to be united with Christ and is a means of drawing on the life of the Holy Spirit dwelling within our souls.

The Church teaches us that we can receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in spiritual communion if we have a great desire to receive him and to feed on him, the spiritual heavenly bread, through our longing for the Blessed Sacrament. In spiritual communion we invite Our Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts.

In this way we can receive the graces and blessings of the Blessed Sacrament even in those circumstances where we are unable to receive Christ in Holy Communion. And the good news is that we can make a spiritual communion several times a day. Indeed, St Maximillian Kolbe endeavoured to make a spiritual communion - asking Our Eucharistic Lord - to come to him every fifteen minutes - every time his clock chimed.

St Teresa said: “Spiritual Communion is very profitable, therefore do not omit it for by it the Lord learns how much you love him.”

I will post the Sunday Collects, and Readings week by week on the parish website.

I hope this has proved helpful. Please don’t feel bound by these suggestions
- if you have your own better way of staying in prayerful and close spiritual communion with Our Lord then, of course, follow it.

Be assured of my prayers - please keep me in yours. Remember that the Rosary is a most powerful means of prayer.

With all good wishes and every blessing

Fr Frank

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Weekday Spiritual Communion

You can use the format for Sunday’s Spiritual Communion for daily worship and prayer. The Sunday Collect and scripture readings can be used throughout the week but if you prefer you might like to use the Gospel of the day - I will supply the scripture references for these. Also, please don’t forget the supreme value of praying the Rosary daily.

Gospel readings for the First Week of Advent

Mon 30 Nov Feast of St Andrew
Matthew 4: 18-22
Phoebe Stevens (Birthday)
Tues 1 Dec
Feast of St Edmund Campion
Luke 9: 23-26
Wed 2 Luke 10: 21-24
Thurs 3
Memorial of St Francis Xavier
Matthew 7: 21, 24-27
Fri 4 Matthew 9: 27-31
Sat 5
Feast of St Birinius
Matthew 9: 35-37
Sun 6
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Update on Coronavirus restrictions in Solihull Borough as of 11th November 2020
Parish Giving Tree 2020

Our annual giving tree has to take a different form this year.  Rather than buying and wrapping gifts for different age groups, Fr Hudson’s society has asked that we donate cash or store vouchers instead.  COVID has hit us all this year but, as with any crisis, the people who were already disadvantaged will have been most affected.  We are therefore asking the parish to come together, in a safely socially distanced way, to make a Christmas offering for this.  We will be collecting cash, cheques, or store vouchers (please include a receipt with these) outside the church between 9.00am and 9.30am on Sunday 6th and 13th December. There will be an additional collection in the car park on Saturday 12th December 10.00am-11.00am .  

Some of the funds collected will be used to send Christmas cheer to members of the parish who are unable to come to church during the pandemic.  If you would like to help with distributing a local gift please leave your contact details for Kathryn Driffield  at one of the collections
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Happy 75th Birthday Father Sebastian Arikat
Father Sebastian Arikat was our Priest in charge from 2004 to 2010. On the 5th November 2020 he will reaching his retirement age of 75 years and on 5th January 2021 he will beginning his golden jubilee year as a priest. Friends of Father Sebastian in India are putting together a "Appreciation to Father Sebastian Arikat" and we were asked to provide an article remembering his time and ministry with us.

The article is reproduced below and is based on an original article written by Godfrey Chesshire with some additions by Ellie Clarke.

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August 2004 was a memorable day for the parishioners of the parish of Blessed Robert Grissold in Balsall Common. It was on that day that Father Sebastian Arikat became our Priest in Charge. It is possible that few of his new parishioners were then aware of the state of Kerala let alone where about in the Indian Sub-Continent it was.

Soon we had the pleasure of meeting some of the Keralan people who had come to live and work in the UK, as our small but modern church building became a base for some of the prayer meetings, training events and retreats that Father Sebastian organised. In addition to his duties as our priest, and as chaplain to the Catholic secondary school in the nearby town of Solihull, Father Sebastian had come to the UK to be Spiritual Director for the Jesus Youth – a missionary movement that was well-established in India, but which was still in its infancy in the UK when he arrived.

In addition to the events held at our church, Father offered immense support to night vigils, prayer meetings and retreats for Keralans in the UK, often travelling across the country in his tiny car to participate in them. To support the young families in the ministry, for whom travel was difficult, Father Sebastian would drive over and visit them, to offer support. Particularly, he would visit families experiencing sickness or awaiting the birth of a child. In the later years, the ministry required to be registered as a charity, and Father played a vital role in this process as well. Father’s home next to our church was always open to members for personal retreats, meetings and pit-stops on journeys, and he showed great hospitality, cooking meals and praying for and with them.

In our own parish, Father Sebastian also gave an enormous amount of pastoral care and influence. He is still fondly remembered for his inspiring and thoughtful homilies – many of which began with a joke or an amusing story, which Father clearly enjoyed telling as much as we enjoyed hearing them. Many of our sick and older housebound parishioners were deeply moved by the peace and tranquillity he has brought into their homes. We have seen the joy and pleasure in his eyes as he receives the offerings from the children after they have participated in their liturgy group or when our young children’s choir sang at mass.

Under Father Sebastian’s guidance, the parish thrived. His ministry included “CaFE (Catholic Faith Exploration) courses to get small groups of Catholics thinking, talking and praying about their faith, house masses during Lent. A parish website was created, and Seasonal newsletters at Christmas and Easter were produced, featuring news and photos from the parish, and always started with a seasonal message from Father himself. Father was even a podcaster before it became fashionable! – his Advent and Lent sermons were recorded, along with the gospel reading, and made available to download from the parish website.

Our parish benefitted in many ways from Father’s work with his Keralan community. It was a pleasure to welcome some of his many guests to our Sunday masses, and, on occasions, to enjoy music provided by some of the members of Jesus Youth. Several Keralan priests (mostly former students of Father Sebastian) celebrated with us, and we were even honoured with a visit from Father Sebastian’s bishop. When Jesus Youth needed to undertake fund-raising, Fr Sebastian organised popular “curry nights” for our parishioners, with food and entertainment provided by the Keralan community.

Of course, combining all of these different responsibilities was a great deal of work, but Father Sebastian undertook his duties with joy and enthusiasm, focussing on pastoral care and delegating other tasks where he could. He enlisted many willing helpers – as one member of our parish commented “When Father gives you a job to do, he does it with such grace that you’re not only happy to do it, you feel honoured that he chose you!”

At the end of 2010 Father Sebastian was called back to Kerala by his bishop, and Father Soji Olikkal took over his duties at our church and for the Keralans in the UK. We were delighted to welcome Father Sebastian back to our church for a visit in 2014, and the joyful mass he concelebrated was a tribute to the gratitude and great affection our parishioners still feel for him.

Ellie Clarke, October 2020 (based on an original article by Godfrey Chesshire)
Offertory Collections
Although there have been no services during lockdown, the usual expenses of maintaining the church have had to be met. Having been unable to attend church during this time, it has not been possible for those of us using envelopes or loose cash to contribute in the usual way. Standing orders have, however, continued as before and we are very grateful to those contributors for their ongoing support.

Envelopes/ Cash
When church attendance is possible again you may wish , but only if your circumstances permit, to catch up on missed offertory donations. You can do this by putting your cash/ cheque in your envelope or the loose plate. If you prefer you can pass a cheque to any of those listed below or post it in the church post box. If you bank on-line you could catch up with a one-off transfer on-line using the bank details shown below.

Standing Orders
In view of the continuing uncertain times and possibility of further lockdowns, you may consider switching to a standing order and not have to worry about having cash etc when coming to church or if ,perhaps, we are again unable to attend Mass. If you bank on-line, then it is probably easier and quicker to set up a standing order on-line. The parish bank account details are:

  • Natwest Bank
  • Sort Code 60- 19 – 14 Account No. 05960711
  • showing Blessed Robert Grissold (236) as recipient.

It does help if you let Bob Jones, Ciaran McSorley or John McLellan know what you have done, to make sure your standing order is reaching us alright. Alternatively you can download and complete the Standing Order/Gift Aid form
here. Only complete the Gift Aid section if you pay income tax and you are not already registered for Gift Aid Donations. When completed please pass the form to any of us listed below.

Finally
If you have any questions about church giving whether by envelope ,cash or standing order or if you need more information about Gift Aid, please don’t hesitate to contact any of us. Thank you for your past support of the parish and in anticipation of the future!
John McLellan (07908 089816)
Bob Jones (01676 532475)
Ciaran McSorley ( 01676 534784)
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Bethany Food Bank Appeal

Please find below information about an appeal from G&T SVP. Can you please bring it to the attention of all the parishioners you are in contact with, and if they can donate any food etc it would great. It can be delivered to Lesley Murtagh at 36 Arden Close Balsall Common. If they can't get there if they let Joe Martin know he will go and collect it and take it around. There is also a collection box in Tesco in the Village. Please help us to help disadvantaged families in the area.

The Bethany Food Bank Appeal has produced a weekly newsletter showing their progress. You can find there below:





MASS STREAMED ON THE INTERNET

Mass can be streamed directly from the internet. A number of churches in England and Ireland are available. Please visit this link to find out more.

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
29.11.2020Parish Giving Tree 2020Our annual giving tree has to take a different form this year.  Rather than buying and wrapping gifts for different age groups, Fr Hudson’s society has asked that we donate cash or store vouchers instead.  COVID has hit us all this year but, as with any crisis, the people who were already disadvantaged will have been most affected.  We are therefore asking the parish to come together, in a safely socially distanced way, to make a Christmas offering for this.  We will be collecting cash, cheques, or store vouchers (please include a receipt with these) outside the church between 9.00am and 9.30am on Sunday 6th and 13th December. There will be an additional collection in the car park on Saturday 12th December 10.00am-11.00am. Some of the funds collected will be used to send Christmas cheer to members of the parish who are unable to come to church during the pandemic.  If you would like to help with distributing a local gift please leave your contact details for Kathryn Driffield  at one of the collections
22.11.2020Normal Weekly OfferingThe Finance committee would like to let any parishioners who wish to catch up with their normal weekly offering know that this can be done safely and easily by dropping a cheque payable to Blessed Robert Grissold Church to Bob Jones at 58 Balsall Street East or give it to one the Finance team who will pass it on. Bob will always ensure that you have a receipt. If you prefer to provide cash that is no problem.
04.11.2020Sunday Mass will not be available for the next four weeksAs I am sure you now realise with the latest government announcement, we will not be holding Mass for at least the next four weeks. We would like to thank all members of the parish for offering to help with the cleaning and opening the church for mass for the last two Sundays which went very well. We had over 20 helpers and considering the size of our congregation we so lucky to have so much help thank you. We will keep you all informed what is happening as soon as more information becomes available. A weekly Spiritual Communion will be available on this website if you wish to use it.
31.10.2020Balsall Common Coronavirus Community HelpPlease be aware of the following service available in Balsall Common. Please use the phone number or email address if you need any support.
17.10.2020St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School Virtual Open DayNotification of virtual open mornings at St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath, Solihull. You can find out more at www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
10.10.2020Midland Charities Association Christmas card shopsDue to the ongoing Covid19 situation, we have reluctantly decided not to open the Midland Charities Association Christmas card shop in Balsall Common or Allesley Park libraries this year. We are hoping to be able to sell cards from home for a limited number of charities as well as some sundry items such as wrapping paper, gift tags, money wallets etc. In order to do this, we would need to take orders in advance. If you would be interested in buying your cards in this way, please speak to Janice or Bob on 01676 534407 or email mcacards20@yahoo.com. I would like to thank both volunteers and customers for all your support over the years. We will make every effort to open the shops as normal in 2021 if the situation allows. Best wishes, Janice
06.09.2020100 ClubJohn McLellan and Chris Burleigh have just done a Zoom draw for the 100 Club, the results of the 3rd 100 Club draw for 2020, conducted using a random generator on a Zoom call with John McLellan, as follows: 1st 19 Tracey McAtammney (£75), 2nd 78 Kathy Jones (£45), 3rd 82 Judith Gibbs (£30). Congratulations to the winners!
17.03.2020Solemnity of St JosephOn Thursday at 10:00 am we celebrate the Feast of a very great saint of the Church: St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00am.
15.03.2020Coronavirus Diocesean response - please readPlease make every effort to read about the changes that the Diocese have asked us to make in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can click the link to the left or use the one at the top of this page.
15.03.2020100 ClubThank you to all who have renewed or taken out a subscription this year. The first draw of 2020 will take place after Mass today. Prizes are £75, £45 and £30.
15.03.2020Please pray for Eleanor Rose Orme Please pray for Eleanor Rose Orme who is to be baptised here today, for her parents and godparents, her friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises.
12.03.2020Mass and Stations of the CrossThere will be a Mass at 10:00am on Tuesday 17 Mar morning (Feast of St. Patrick) followed by Stations of the Cross.
12.03.2020Parish meetingThere is a parish meeting next Thursday 12th March in the parish room after Mass to plan events for the coming year. All are very welcome to attend
11.03.2020First Holy CommunionsMeeting in the parish room on Wednesday 11th March at 4.30pm for parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion this year. Contact Chris Mitchell if any queries - 07742288722
08.03.2020Please pray for Brian Bernard Stokes Please pray for Brian Bernard Stokes who is to be baptised here today, for his parents and godparents, his friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises
08.03.2020Thanks from Solihull Cooperative Funeral CareOur visitors from Solihull Cooperative Funeral Care were overwhelmed by the welcome and support which they received here last Sunday and by your generosity. With your help they raised £165.00 for Dementia UK. They have asked me to pass on their thanks.
08.03.2020Thanks from Father FrankFather Frank would like to thank those who are responsible for cleaning the church.
06.03.2020World Day of PrayerWomen's World Day of Prayer on Friday 6th March at 10.30am, St Swithin's Church, Barston. Prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe. All welcome, please contact Louise Perry if you can take part in the service.
04.03.2020Get-togetherGet-together on Wednesday 4th March at 11.30am in the parish room for soup and dessert. All welcome.
01.03.2020Kneelers - Safety ConsiderationsFollowing a recent incident in the church, a risk assessment and inspection of the kneelers has been carried out (by the Parish Maintenance Committee). While the kneelers are in good condition and did not require repairs, the inspection concluded that keeping the kneelers in the 'down' position is more hazardous than in the upright position. The Committee would like to remind everyone to take care when entering and exiting the pews.
01.03.2020Second CollectionThere will be a second collection on Sunday 1st March for Cathedral Maintenance
01.03.2020March 'Prayer Calendar' for VocationsWe have been invited by the Deanery again, this year, to contribute a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are each asked to choose one day in March and to commit to saying on that day, a prayer - short or long - for increasing numbers of vocations. If you would like to support this, please sign your selected day on the sheet at the back of church. We hope to have one or more people praying this every day of the month. For further details, see Bysshe Gibbs.
26.02.2020Ash WednesdayLent begins this week with Ash Wednesday with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. The Church orders the season of Lent to our preparation for the celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to, but excluding, the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. We are encouraged to participate fully in the Lenten preparation for Easter, approaching the Sacrament of Penance and making our confession during this season. The season of Lent also presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our prayer life and to give ourselves over to meditation upon the scriptures or some other spiritual reading.
23.02.2020Thank youThe sale of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Candles in 2018 and 2019 amounted to £139.70. Proceeds went to HCPT Group 83. Thank you for your support, it was much appreciated.
23.02.2020Lately deadPlease pray for the Repose of the Soul of Columban Father Joe Flanagan, who died recently in Ireland. Fr Joe celebrated Mass for us here on many occasions before we had our own Parish Priest. And also, for Peggy Anderton, a neighbour, friend & supporter of Group 83
23.02.2020Walk with MeWalk with Me Booklets for Lent £1 each will be available this weekend. Please put your donation in the wall box. Thank you
16.02.2020Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation 2020This weekend we welcomed Bishop William Kenney for the Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation to our parish. Click on the link to learn more about it and read the parish report presented to the Bishop
16.02.2020Welcome to Bishop William Welcome to Bishop William who is carrying out his Visitation this weekend. He will celebrate Mass and preach today.
16.02.2020Tom Green's Cake sale fundraiserA huge thank you to everyone who supported my cake sale last Sunday. The response was fantastic, and I raised an amazing £282. This money will all go directly towards my projects in Tanzania. I am volunteering with Christian charity 'Go Make a Difference Tanzania' for 3 months from the 21st March. I will be working on rural community projects such as a reforestation scheme and building goat sheds. Many thanks again. Tom
09.02.2020Two volunteers required for Church CleaningDue to the resignation of two volunteers for church cleaning a vacancy has arisen for two people to join our dynamic team. The honour of cleaning our lovely church comes around every 8 weeks. No previous experience needed. Please apply in person to Louise Perry.
05.02.2020Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday 5th February. We meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
02.02.2020Parish AccountsThere will be a Finance Committee meeting after mass next Sunday, 2nd February, when the 2019 accounts will be presented.
01.02.2020Father Frank and his recoveryI am grateful to you for all for the support and kindness, shown both to my family and myself during my recent period of illness. Until I have regained more strength, I will only be celebrating Sunday Masses and the Baptisms that I have agreed to. After the regular daily round of prayer, meditation and study, I have more than enough to keep me busy at my desk and in the seemingly endless task of unpacking after our recent move. I look forward to returning to celebrating the weekday Masses, visiting and other parish duties when I am sufficiently recovered. I would like to give special thanks to Joe, Bob and Chris who made repeated trips to the tip in order to dispose of the mountain of waste which built up during the move. Also, to those of you who have ensured on-going prayer, during the week in the church. Thank you all for your patience and continuing prayers. Fr Frank
01.02.2020BaptismWe pray for Milo Kristian McKeever who is to be Baptised after Mass here today - we pray also for his parents and godparents, friends and family.
26.01.2020Choir returnsOur choir practice begins after Mass next Sunday 26th January. If you have ever thought that you would like to join our choir, this is an ideal point to join in! We are going to start work on music for Lent and Easter. Everyone is welcome!
19.01.2020100 ClubThank you for your support each year, which contributes at least £600 towards church funds. Subscriptions for 2020 are now due and Chris and John will be in the hall for the next few Sundays to collect your subscriptions. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30, each quarter. You may take out more than one subscription, thereby increasing your chances of winning! New members are always welcome. If you can, it helps our admin if you set up a standing order. We can provide the necessary form. Good luck for 2020!
19.01.2020New diary for Candle of dedication is now available for 2020If you would like to have the Candle of Dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion for a week of your choice, please find at the back of church the diary and envelopes for your name and donation (suggested amount is £5) for you to fill in. You may select to have the candle in front of our Lady (OL) or Sacred Heart (SH)statues. Please give your envelope to the Warden, Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison.
12.01.2020Christmas giving treeThank you so much for all your generosity in giving the lovely gifts you donated to Fr Hudson's Society and local parishioners this Christmas, via the giving tree. They were gratefully received. A big thanks also to all the families who delivered the local gifts. Claire
08.01.2020Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 8th. January. We will meet at 10.30am in the parish room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
05.01.2020Christmas RaffleMany thanks to everyone who donated prizes or who bought/sold tickets, resulting in an outstanding result of £1,051. Most particular thanks to Tracey
25.12.2019Father Frank's Christmas Message 2019Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2019
25.12.2019Christmas 2019 Newsletter now availableOur 2019 Christmas newsletter is now available. This bumper issue covers the whole of 2019 and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2019 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
15.12.2019CAFOD at Christmas I have put some CAFOD "World Gift" Catalogues at the back of the church. Please take one. Please consider giving a present at Christmas that will really change the lives of people of all ages living in extreme poverty. We often buy presents for friends that really have everything they need, and they may like to think that they are giving to others in need instead! You can use the website to cafod.org.uk/worldgifts if you prefer. Thank You Chris Lynn.
15.12.2019Carol ServiceOur carol service will be held this Sunday on the 15th December at 6.30pm. Come along to listen to Christmas readings, music from our choir and sing Christmas carols. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the parish room
15.12.2019Christmas Goodies SaleA grand total of £250 for parish funds was achieved last Sunday. Thanks to all those who contributed in any way.
08.12.2019Walk with Me BookletsWalk with Me Booklets for Advent are available. Price £1.00 each. Please put money in the wall box.
08.12.2019HCPT ChristmasChristmas cards, calendars & candles are on sale. All proceed will go to HCPT Group 83.
04.12.2019Get togetherGet together: This Wednesday, 4th December. We are going to Wyndley Garden Centre. Meet in BRG car park at 10.30am in order to sort out transport.
03.12.2019Cancellation of daytime masses until Sunday 8th DecemberPlease note that all Masses for the rest of this week are cancelled as Father Frank is preparing to move house. Sunday Mass on 8th December will be celebrated as normal at 9:30 am
01.12.2019Charity Christmas FayreI would like to thank all those who supported the Fayre on Saturday. It was an enjoyable day and a total of £1,548 was made, to be divided equally between Acorns and Save the Children. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you also to Father Frank for allowing the use of the Hall and to all those who helped make the day run smoothly. Julia Greensall
01.12.2019BaptismPlease pray for Liam Joseph Hunt, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for his parents, godparents, family and friends.
01.12.2019Christmas RaffleRaffle Tickets, for the draw after Mass next Sunday, are available to sell at the back of the church. Please take away and sell to friends, colleagues and family. We have some fantastic prizes including £150 cash prize to cover the cost of Christmas Lunch! Christmas Hamper, Lunch for 2 at Mallory Court, Sunday Lunch for 4 at The Counting House Leamington Spa, Afternoon Tea for 2 at Whittles Restaurant, Binswood Hall, Vouchers, Bottles, Christmas Cake, Chocolates & much more.... Many thanks – Tracey
01.12.2019Advent Advent begins today. During Advent, the evening Mass on Thursdays will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction. The meditations accompanying Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Advent and Christmas will reflect the themes of those holy seasons. In addition, there will be an opportunity to make your Confession prior to Christmas, after Mass on Thursday 19th December
01.12.2019Thursday Evening Mass Thursday Evening Mass will begin at 6.00pm every week unless otherwise notified in the bulletin.
01.12.2019Christmas giving treeEvery year we decorate our Christmas tree with tags for presents that we, as a parish donate to others. Some will be given to local parishioners and the rest are given to Fr Hudson's charity. They have many projects (I have added their newsletter to the notice board) and our gifts will be given to those who use their projects. This year they are asking us to identify what is in the present to ensure it gets to the right person. They have said they find gift packs of toiletries and winter gifts (eg slippers) useful. Selection boxes, food hampers (see noticeboard) and tins of biscuits are also very welcome, they don't need wrapping. Please give whatever you can, wrap it and place it back under the tree with the tag. Many thanks.
24.11.2019BaptismPlease pray for Cora Beatrice Noonan, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for her parents, godparents, family and friends
17.11.2019Millennium BreakfastThe total raised at last week's breakfast was £213.20, a brilliant result. Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast and to those who gave a donation. Fr Ed will receive the money in the next week or so and will be delighteda
12.11.2019Early MassPlease note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
10.11.2019Book of RemembranceOur Book of Remembrance will be updated in time for the mass on 10th November. If you wish to add any names into the Book, please could you complete one of the forms at the back of the Book and leave it under the Book by Sunday 3rd November. Please print any names you wish to be added on the form and be sure to include the month and day in which you would like that person to be remembered. Thank you.
10.11.2019Counting RotaWe need an additional member of the team. You will only need to count one Sunday in every ten. Please speak with Bob Jones or Godfrey Chesshire after mass. Thank you
10.11.2019ConfirmationThanks to all who made last Sunday such a special event in our 25th Anniversary year. You can see the photos in our parish archive by clicking on the link to the left
10.11.2019Holy Souls Throughout November Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered when we will pray, by name, for those placed before the altar for All Souls.
10.11.2019LourdesMaureen, together with the rest of Group 83, had a lovely time in Lourdes. She was well looked after. She remembered you all there, and has brought back some Lourdes Holy Water. If anyone would like some, please speak to her.
06.11.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday November 6th. We are meeting at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
03.11.2019Dates for your diary relating to the Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold ChurchSunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
03.11.2019ConfirmationWe welcome Bishop William next week. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates, Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday 3rd November.
03.11.2019Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold ChurchThe church will be providing a buffet after mass on the 3rd of November to celebrate the children's confirmation and blessing of the new window by Bishop William. Could we please have volunteers for making cakes and providing food. Please see Ann Dodd and Louise Perry after mass today if you feel you could help.
03.11.2019Welcome to Sasha WardWelcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
03.11.2019Masses for the Holy SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
02.11.2019All SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
01.11.2019All SaintsThe Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
31.10.2019Christmas RaffleIt's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
31.10.2019The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the Mass on Thursday at 6.00pm. Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer until Benediction at 7.05pm.
27.10.2019October is the month of the Rosary October is the month of the Rosary and we have prayed a decade of the Rosary at each Mass throughout the month of October as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
27.10.2019Memories of Our ChurchAs part of the commemoration of 25 years of our church, we would like to collect your memories and photos of our parish over the last 25 years for a pull out and keep souvenir to be published as part of our Christmas Newsletter. If you would like to share your memories and photos please contact Eleanor Clarke after Mass or email her on iehclarke@btinternet.com
27.10.2019BaptismWe welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.
24.10.2019Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP)Some of you will have known Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP) - better known as Teresa - one of our parishioners who received Holy Communion at home for many years. All are welcome to attend the Requiem Mass to be offered here for her on Thursday.
20.10.2019100 Club Winners1st - £75.00 – Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 – Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 – Sue McGovern. Congratulations!
19.10.2019LourdesMaureen is going to Lourdes on Saturday, 19th October, returning on Friday, 25th October. She is going in a small group and will stay in Hosanna House. She is happy to light a candle if you wish and take petitions with her. Please pray for the group as they will pray for you.
09.10.2019Later Mass on WednesdayPlease note that the Mass (the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman) this Wednesday is at 7.00pm - before the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm.
09.10.2019Parish Pastoral CouncilThere will be a meeting of the Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 9th October to discuss arrangements for the Confirmation and blessing of the anniversary window; and to consider arrangements tor the Episcopal Visitation of Bishop William in February.
08.10.2019Early start TuesdayPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 9.30am. The earlier start is to enable Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
02.10.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday October 2nd. We are meeting in the parish room at 11.30am for a lunch of soup and sausage.
02.10.2019St George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School Open DaysSt George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is hosting Open Days on Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday, 17th October, both between 9.30 and 11.30 am. For further information see the notice board.
29.09.2019Surplus Garden Produce wantedIf you have any surplus garden produce e.g. green tomatoes, onions, plums or currants, please let me know and I'll convert it into parish funds! Judith tel. 01676 534010.
26.09.2019VisitationThe opening service for the Bishop's visitation to our Deanery is on Thursday 26th September at 7.00pm at St Peter's Leamington Spa. The Vicar General has suggested that each parish in the Deanery should be represented by their priest and 10 parishioners (who are representatives of groups or activities in the parish). The order of events is Vespers (Evening Prayer) led by Bishop William, followed by a presentation by the Archbishop. There will be refreshments in the parish hall afterwards. Please let Fr Frank know if you are interested in attending.
25.09.2019Change to MassPlease note that Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday this week in order that Fr Frank and others might attend the visitation service at St Peter’s on Thursday.
15.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
08.09.2019Choir PracticeChoir practice begins again after the Summer break on Sunday 8th September. We will be preparing music for the Confirmation Mass on 3rd November and our Christmas celebrations. Ian and Ellie are on holiday so the first practice will be led by Cathy Grimley. Please make every effort to attend! This is an ideal time to join the choir if you love to sing and have an interest in church music. Auditions or previous experience are not required, and you would be very welcome!
04.09.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 4th September. We are meeting, 10.30am. at Fran and Ian's – 5 , Blythe Avenue. Contact number, if needed, 530 371
02.09.2019Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team The next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on 2nd September at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish could be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
01.09.2019BaptismWe pray for Audrey Eleanor Martin who will be Baptised today after Mass. We pray also for her parents and godparents - that, together with them, we will be faithful to our Baptismal promises
01.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
13.08.2019Mass times this week Please note the start time of the Mass on Tuesday this week is 7.00pm
11.08.2019Commemorative window updateAn initial design for the window has been produced by our stained-glass window artist, Sasha Ward (you can see examples of her work at her website http://www.sashaward.co.uk). This design must be approved by the Archdiocese faculty and will be submitted to their next committee meeting on 19th September. Production of the window will then commence, and we are confident it will be ready for the Bishop’s visit on the 3rd November 2019. The complete text of the dedication will also be available to view after Mass today. Please spend a few minutes over coffee to review it and ensure you are happy with your dedication as it will be submitted for production of the plaque soon. If you still wish to make a pledge or have not yet paid your pledge and still wish to do so, please see Ian Clarke after Mass today.
07.08.2019Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday 7th August. Coach trip to Evesham Valley. Coach leaves BRG at 10 am prompt. All welcome.
04.08.2019Parish Bulletin Rota A further plea for an additional volunteer to help with the parish bulletin rota. The task involves bringing together the week's notices and liturgy arrangements into the standard template that you see each week and takes about 1-2 hrs of time per week. We aim to have 4 people on the rota at any one time so that each editor only does 3 months at a time. No previous editorial experience required! It just needs access to a Computer and email. If you can help or would like to discuss in more detail before committing please speak to one of the current editorial team: David Green, Godfrey Chesshire or Ellie Clarke
07.07.2019Choral SparksA special thank you to all who helped and supported the concert last weekend especially Ian and Ellie for all their hard work arranging it. We raised over £1,000 which is been split between the parish and Gridtones choir charity. Photos of the event can be found by clicking on the link
07.07.2019Pancake Breakfast TodayAfter Mass today there will be a Pancake breakfast in aid of Parish Funds
07.07.2019BaptismBaptism: 11.00 am next Sunday. Baptism of Cormac David Cant.
03.07.2019Get-togetherWe meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
30.06.2019Catenian Association Bursary PresentationAt the end of Mass today parishioner Tom Green will be presented with a bursary by Brian Green, current President of The Redditch Circle of the Catenian Association. The Catenian Bursary Fund aims to support young Catholics who want to work on projects around the world which help communities less fortunate than ourselves. Tom is travelling to Tanzania in January 2020 for 3 months to work with a Christian Charity on rural infrastructure projects. The bursary will help towards the funds Tom has to raise for his trip. The Catenian Bursary is available to all young Catholics. For more info see https://catenianbursary.com/
23.06.2019St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge currently have limited availability for nursery places for September 2019. Please see notice board for full information
23.06.2019Confirmation CandidatesToday our Confirmation candidates, Carys, Erin, Ethan, James and Cloe will make their commitment during the Mass. Please keep them, together with their families, sponsors and catechists in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation on Sunday October 13th.
23.06.2019CAFOD VacancyRequired- a staff member to work with volunteers in parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. For details see cafod.org.uk/jobs. Closing date 1st July
19.06.2019The CateniansThe 10.00am Mass this Wednesday 19th June is for the members and families of Solihull Circle of the Catenian Association. It will be followed by light refreshments. Parishioners are welcome to attend
13.06.2019Parish Council MeetingThe next Parish Council meeting is this Thursday 13th June with the main item on the agenda the forthcoming Music Concert. All welcome
09.06.2019Congratulations Congratulations to James Murtagh and Orla Cole who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday and will be celebrating at church with us this morning
09.06.2019Welcome back Fr ChrisOur thanks to Fr Chris who is covering for Fr Frank who is taking his post-Easter break
09.06.2019June is the month of the Sacred HeartThe Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 28th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ
05.06.2019Get TogetherWe meet this Wednesday 5th June at 10.30 am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and chat. All welcome.
30.05.2019The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
30.05.2019Solemnity of the Ascension of the LordThursday is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should attend Mass, if we are able.
29.05.2019Solemnity of DedicationOn Wednesday this week we celebrate the consecration of this church
26.05.2019Millennium breakfast updateThank you to everyone for supporting the breakfast last Sunday. The amount raised was £181.50, an excellent result. Fr Ed will be delighted
26.05.2019Memorial WindowMany thanks to everyone who pledged money towards the cost of our new stained glass window to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church. If you have not yet done so, there is still time to make a pledge - please see Ian Clarke after mass today. We would like to begin collecting your pledges from next Sunday (26th May), Ian will be in the parish room after mass to receive your donations and will ask you to complete a form with the words you would like adding to the plaque that will be placed next to the new window. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, we would welcome you doing so. Please make cheques payable to Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church.
25.05.2019Nurses, your diocese needs you!More nurses are needed to accompany sick pilgrims on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 25 to 31 May this year. Details are available on the diocesan website: www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.
19.05.2019Devotions in the Month of MayMay is the month of Our Blessed Lady and we will honour her by saying a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Masses and after every weekday Mass in May
19.05.2019The Great AmenAs you will have noticed, most weeks, we are singing the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. Some confusion has been expressed as to whether we should stand or kneel for the singing of the Great Amen. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal tells us that the people should remain kneeling until after the completion of the Great Amen. After the Great Amen we stand in readiness for the Lord’s Prayer. I hope this is helpful. Father Frank.
19.05.2019Parish Bulletin Rota - Thanks and Help neededAfter many years of being the stalwart of the parish bulletin editorial rota, John Perry has now hung up his editorial pen. Many thanks to John for his years of service to this task for the parish. The rota team now needs a replacement! The task involves bringing together the week's notices and liturgy arrangements into the standard template that you see each week and takes about 1-2 hrs of time per week. We aim to have 4 people on the rota at any one time so that each editor only does 3 months at a time. No previous editorial experience required! It just needs access to a Computer and email. If you can help or would like to discuss in more detail before committing please speak to one of the current editorial team: David Green, Godfrey Chesshire or Ellie Clarke.
19.05.2019Scholarship opportunity at Maryvale Institute Scholarship opportunity at Maryvale Institute available to all applying to join the Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity course, degree validated by The Ecclesiastical Theology Faculty of The Ecole Cathédrale, Paris. It covers half a year's of tuition fees. The deadline for all application submission is June 24th, 2019. For more information and application forms, please contact: headmin@maryvale.ac.uk
14.05.2019Early start TuesdayMass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
13.05.2019Christian Aid Week13th – 20th May is Christian Aid week. Instead of asking you to help with the door to door collection, we have decided, as an alternative, to have a second collection specifically for Christian Aid on next Sunday, 19th May. As well as making a donation you will also have an opportunity to Gift Aid it. Please give generously. Thank you.
13.05.2019Evangelisation TeamThe next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 13th May at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish could be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
12.05.2019No Mass on Sunday 12th MayThis is due to the closure of roads approaching the church for Vélo Birmingham and Midlands, including the junction of Meeting House Lane with Station Road. Mass that weekend will be held at 6.30 pm on Saturday 11th May.
12.05.2019IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MASS NEXT WEEKENDThere will be no mass next Sunday 12th May. This is due to the closure of roads around the church for Vélo Birmingham. Mass next weekend will instead be held at 6.30 pm on Saturday 11th May
12.05.2019Easter CardsThe Sale of Easter Cards for H.C.P.T. Group 83 amounted to £14.40. Grateful thanks to all supported this very worthy cause.
01.05.2019Get TogetherThis Wednesday 1st May - we meet at BRG at 10.30 am for onward trip to Rosebourne Garden Centre (formerly known as Blooms).
01.05.2019Parish Council MeetingThe next prish council meeting is this Wednesday 1st May in the Parish room at 7.30pm (after mass).
28.04.2019Divine Mercy Sunday DevotionsDivine Mercy Devotions, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions, will be held today from 3pm to 4pm in St Peter Apostle Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. For parking please use St Peter's multi storey car park.
21.04.2019Father Frank - Thank youThank 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.
20.04.2019HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust Group 83Group 83 left for Lourdes yesterday (at a reasonable time). They return next Saturday. While there, they will meet up with groups from 11 other countries – all part of HCPT. All will spend one week together. Please do remember them all in your prayers. Do pray that they all have a safe and happy week together and return next Saturday full of joy, peace and happiness. They will remember your kindness and generosity to them.
19.04.2019Walk of WitnessOur traditional Good Friday 'Walk of Witness', will commence in St Peter's Church at 10.30 am. We will walk past the primary and secondary Schools, The White Horse, BRG, the Cooperative store, and the village centre, ending at the Methodist Church, for a frugal lunch. All are welcome
18.04.2019The Watch on Holy ThursdayAfter the Mass of the Lord's Supper there is an opportunity to join in the watch before the Blessed Sacrament. If you intend to stay, please sign the sheet at the back of the church - in this way we ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended
18.04.2019Renewal of CommitmentOur Eucharistic Ministers will renew their commitment, and new special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled, during the Liturgy of Holy Thursday
14.04.2019Holy 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.
14.04.2019HCPT Coffee EveningThe result of recent Coffee Evening is £1392.15 – a brilliant result. This includes donations (some of which will be Gift Aided), items sold after the evening and Maureen's Lourdes Fund (this money has accumulated since the previous Coffee Evening in 2017.) This year the cost for each young person going to Lourdes this Easter is £850 – a lot of money, so the amount raised at the Coffee Evening will go towards their fares. Again many, many thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy cause. May God bless you all.
14.04.2019The Sacred Paschal TriduumThe liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday have a peculiar beauty and dignity as they celebrate the greatest and most sacred mysteries of the Church. The Paschal Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening when we are reminded of our Lord's institution of the Eucharist and of how he washed his disciples' feet. After the Last Supper, Jesus retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer and asked his disciples to watch in prayer with him. We do these things in remembrance of him on Holy Thursday. On Good Friday we read the Passion Narrative and venerate the Cross as we celebrate the great love Christ showed in laying down his life for us. The Easter Vigil takes place on Holy Saturday, in the night of Easter. The darkness of the tomb is overcome by the lighting of the Easter fire and the Paschal candle. The darkened church is filled with the light of the Risen Christ as the light of the Easter candle is shared among us. The joyful Easter Proclamation is sung in celebration of the mystery of Christ's glorious victory and of our salvation. The Liturgy of the Word traces salvation history and leads us to renew our Baptismal promises after the Blessing of the Waters of the font. There is no dismissal at the end of the liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday; that is because the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum constitute a single rite - a sacred rite in which it is our great privilege and joy to participate.
14.04.2019Easter cardsThese are on sale today until Holy Saturday, raising funds for HCPT Group 83
14.04.2019Millennium ProjectOur thanks to Joe Martin who emptied the Bottle and deposited £119.80 in the bank. A cheque will be paid into Fr Ed's account in the coming days to help with his projects in Lima. It is now 20 years since we first began helping. Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed so faithfully over all these years. Our next breakfast is scheduled for Sunday 19th May.
11.04.2019Sacrament of ReconciliationFr Frank will be available to hear confessions after mass on Thursday, or by appointment.
07.04.2019Devotions in LentEvery Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00 am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions.
07.04.2019Easter cardsThese will be on sale in the Narthex from this Sunday onwards, raising funds for HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust
07.04.2019Gift for Des FoxonA "My Donate" page is open until 8th May for donations (via the school PTA) for a gift for Des Foxon who is retiring after 27 years as Head Teacher of St George & St Teresa School. Donations can be made at this website: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stgeorgestteresaprimaryschool3
06.04.2019Lenten BreakfastsThe series of breakfasts and talks organised by Churches Together concludes next Saturday 6th April at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. Over five weeks we have been looking at five 'Big Questions', the fifth being, "Has science displaced religion?" The speaker will be Revd Alan Bayes, Chaplain to the Whitgift school in Croydon. He has been interfaith adviser to the Bishops of Durham and Swansea & Brecon respectively. Before ordination he studied physics at Imperial College London, followed by postgraduate work in Astrophysics at University College, London.
05.04.2019First Friday DevotionsOn the First Friday of every month there is a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion.
03.04.2019Thanksgiving Mass for Des FoxonThere will be thanksgiving mass on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School. All former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend. A "My Donate" page is open until 8th April for donations to the school PTA in honour of Mr Foxon’s retirement: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stgeorgestteresaprimaryschool3.
03.04.2019Get TogetherGet-together this Wednesday, 3rd April. We meet at 10.30 am in the parish room for tea, coffee , cakes and a chat. All welcome.
31.03.2019BaptismPlease pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Sophie Krystyna Donnelly who will be baptised here today after Mass.
31.03.2019100 ClubThe winners of the first draw of 2019 are Ann Crossley (1st prize), Margaret McLellan (2nd prize) and Conor McSorley (3rd prize).
28.03.2019Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickEvery last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."
27.03.2019Coffee EveningA last reminder that the Coffee Evening is this Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30pm in our Parish Room. Admission is 50p, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a cake. Louise and Helen will be at the cake stall – they will be most grateful for donations of home-made cakes to sell. Everyone would be most welcome on the evening; do come along and bring a friend or neighbour and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile evening.
25.03.2019The Annunciation of the LordPlease note there will be a Mass on Monday at 10.00am to celebrate this great feast day.
24.03.2019Walk With Me Lent BookletsMaureen has managed to obtain another 12 of these booklets for Lent; if you would like to purchase one, please see her.
17.03.2019Pancake EggstravaganzaJoin us next Sunday 17th March after mass to enjoy delicious pancakes with various toppings along with your tea and coffee. Enjoy a tasty treat, meet other parishioners and raise funds for the parish. A donation of £2 is suggested.
12.03.2019Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday begins at 9.30am. Mass will be followed by Stations of the Cross.
10.03.2019Candle of DedicationThis is lit anew each Sunday; you can request a dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. Please complete the details in the diary in the Narthex, indicating if you want the candle to be placed in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or by the Sacred Heart statue (SH), and on the envelope containing your donation (suggested amount: £5). Please hand your completed envelope to the wardens or to either Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
10.03.2019Deanery Prayer for VocationsWe have been invited by the Deanery to join in a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are all asked to select a day in March and to commit to praying on that day for vocations. If you feel you would like to join in please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church against your selected day. Please see Bysshe for further details.
10.03.201925th Anniversary of our ChurchAs part of our celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church, we are considering commissioning a new stained-glass window for the small window at the back of church. We have two painted glass windows on either side of the altar representing Baptism and Confirmation. The new window would represent The Eucharist; the estimated cost is approximately £2,500. We will be approaching Catholic businesses in the area to ask for donations but would also like to offer members of the parish the option to pledge money, either on their own behalf or to remember a loved one. All pledges will be remembered on a plaque next to the new window. Ian and Ellie Clarke will be available after Mass if you would like to know more or wish to pledge money.
10.03.2019Birmingham and Midland VeloFather Hudson's Care has places available for this 100-mile sponsored cycle on 12 May. Anyone interested in riding in aid of our diocesan social care agency should call Father Hudson's on 01675 434059 or e-mail fundraising@fatherhudsons.org.uk before Tuesday 12 March
06.03.2019LentLent begins on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) when there will be a Mass at 7.00pm together with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Let us make every effort to make a good start to the season of Lent and to use this time to renew and deepen our life in Christ. To help us, every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
06.03.2019Get-togetherThis Wednesday, 6th March. We meet at 10.30am in the Parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
04.03.2019Warwick Deanery Evangelisation TeamNext meeting is on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact: Peter Dimambro tel: 01926 428399 email: mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk.
01.03.2019World Day of PrayerOur local celebration of this world-wide ecumenical service is at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email jlgperry@btinternet.com.
01.03.2019First FridayOn the first Friday of every month there is a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Friday the Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might join with the rest of the Archdiocese in praying for vocations to the priesthood. All welcome
24.02.2019ConfirmationConfirmation candidates and any seeking reception into full communion with the Church this year must submit their names and contact details to Fr Frank, by email, (address given at the end of the newsletter) before the end of February 2019.
20.02.2019CTBB Drop In Youth CaféCTBB Drop In Youth Café at 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Wednesday 20th February at the Jubilee Centre, open to year 6 and above. £1 entry, includes cake and a drink. Crafts, games and prizes!
19.02.2019Tuesday ServicePlease note that on Tuesday there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. Fr Frank has to attend a conference for Priests.
17.02.2019Finance CommitteeThere will be a finance meeting after mass today
12.02.2019Tuesday's MassPlease note the earlier start time of 9.30am to the Mass on Tuesday this week. This allows Fr Frank to attend a Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
10.02.2019100 Club subscriptions 2019Many thanks to all who have renewed or taken out a new subscription for this year. This Sunday is your last chance to sign-up for 2019. Once again, John and Chris will be in the hall after Mass today
10.02.2019St George & St Teresa RC Primary School HeadteacherDes Foxon is retiring at the end of this school term after a 39-year career as a teacher, the last 27 years of which have been as Head of St. George and St. Teresa School. Please keep him and the School in your prayers.
06.02.2019Inspiring HopeBishop Kenney shares his experience of CAFOD's work in Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm - 9pm, light refreshments served from 7pm. Venue: St Peter's, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. All are very welcome! To book your place, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at ewignall@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944.
06.02.2019Get-together Our next get-together is this Wednesday, 6th February. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a light lunch and dessert. All are welcome
03.02.2019Choir PracticeThere will be choir practice today after mass, 11 am – 12 noon, to work on music for Easter and beyond. New members are welcome. For more details, please speak to Ian Clarke
03.02.2019Book Signing - Thanks from Tracey McAtamneyThank you to everyone who purchased a copy of my book last week - I was amazed when all 20 copies I had with me were sold. I will leave some copies in a box for purchase after mass at the price of £7.99 each, with all profit going to charity
31.01.2019Parish Council meetingParish Council meeting at 7.45pm on Thursday, 31st January in the Parish Room, to discuss plans for our church's 25th anniversary celebrations. All welcome.
20.01.2019Faith in Politics – Internship for 2019This scheme is for recently graduated Catholics and will run from September 2019 until July 2020. Further information is available at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
16.01.2019Parish Open Meeting for all ParishionersThis Wednesday, 16th January at 7-30pm in the Parish Room. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss what celebration we should have for the church's 25 year's anniversary this year, both religious and social. We hope to get some ideas and form a working party to help organise these events.
15.01.2019Book Launch - Tracey's Memoir, 'Hidden Strength'On 15th January 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mallory Court - Wine - Canapes - Guest Speakers. Profit from the sale of the book to support children and young adults coping with grief.
13.01.2019Christmas RaffleThe Raffle raised £944.00. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets. Tracey; and thanks to Tracey for organising the raffle
13.01.2019Change to Mass times this weekPlease note the changes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to the times of Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
09.01.2019Get-together The next Get-together will be this Wednesday 9th January. Meet in the Parish Room for coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. All are welcome
07.01.2019Evangelisation TeamOur next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 7th January at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us planning how to share the Good News in this New Year. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
06.01.2019Christmas Giving Tree Many thanks for all the gifts donated this Advent. We were able to hand over 60 gifts to Father Hudson’s Care which were gratefully received and were being immediately distributed to those in need. Thanks as well to those who helped distribute the local gifts. It was a great effort from all. Thanks – Claire.
06.01.2019WelcomeWelcome to Fr Chris, from Leamington Spa, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today
30.12.2018Thank youThanks once more for your cards, gifts, kindness and support. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Also, I am grateful for all the work you put in to ensuring that there is a Eucharistic presence in this place. Together, by faithfully assembling week by week, we ensure that we witness to the love, light and hope of Christ and his in-breaking Kingdom. That is the distinctive and incomparable gift we are called to offer to the world through our assembly as the Church, but, in order for this to happen, many have to give of their time and energy in raising funds and being responsible for day to day administration and maintenance. May the Lord bless you for your hard work on behalf of Christ and his Kingdom. It is a privilege and a joy to share with you in this service. Fr Frank.
30.12.2018Father FrankFr Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break from Wednesday of this week, returning on Thursday 10th January 2019.
25.12.2018Father Frank's Christmas Message 2018Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2018
25.12.2018Christmas 2018 Newsletter now availableOur 2018 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the whole of 2018. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2018 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
23.12.2018The FieldThank you to all of you who have represented your opinions and shown support over the matters concerning the field. Apologies for not responding to you individually - it’s been a rather busy time! Father Frank
20.12.2018Confession before ChristmasThere will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after the Mass. During this time people may also make their Confession
18.12.2018Father Hudson’s Care Christmas Carol CelebrationFather Hudson's Care is having their Christmas Carol Celebration this Tuesday December 18th. It will be held in The Parish Church, Sacred Heart & St. Teresa, Coventry Road, Coleshill, B46 3EA. The Celebration will begin at 11.30. It will be led by Archbishop Bernard Longley and will be followed by a Buffet Lunch at St George's House, which is at the back of The Church. You are all invited. If you are thinking of going, please let Maureen know. Her phone number is 01676 533259.
16.12.2018Carol ServiceOur Carol Service will be held on 16th December at 6.30pm. Please come along and enjoy readings, choral music and congregational hymns. Mulled wine, non-alcholoic drinks and mince pies will be available after the service.
16.12.2018Statement from the Archdiocese of BirminghamOver the years Blessed Robert Grissold has generously allowed the local community to use its land when needed despite there never being public access over the site (except the public footpath that runs to Barratts Lane). The parish in conjunction with the Archdiocese has reviewed the future of the site and its security. In those circumstances it has been decided to fence the site. We have no desire to stop legitimate public access and therefore the public footpath remains available for all people wishing to use it. We understand that there may be some inconvenience but we hope that those who are looking for public open space will be able to find it in more formally laid out places in the vicinity.
16.12.2018Carol Service 2We will need some mince pies to eat while we are supping our mulled wine. If you are able to help with these please put your name and quantity on the register in the Narthex. Thank you.
16.12.2018100 Club Final Draw of 2018 - WinnersCongratulations to 1st Prize No 12 £75.00 Calum Bennett, 2nd Prize No 22 £45.00 Ann Dodd, 3rd Prize No 77 £30.00 Margaret McLellan
11.12.2018Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.
09.12.2018Christmas Goodies SaleThank you all for supporting this venture. We collected over £250 for parish funds. Also, HCPT benefitted by £39 from the sale of cards and calendars. Many thanks.
09.12.2018CAFOD - World GivingI have put some "World Gifts" booklets at the back of the church, from which you can choose gifts for everyone who does not really need anything for Christmas! The gifts start at £4 for a queen bee, providing the family with honey! £7 buys a simple mosquito net, treated with strong repellent which will keep families safe from disease. You can buy goats, pigs, llama's or even a cow providing milk, manure, and wool for clothing. Producing piglets, calves etc that can be then given to other families to continue the cycle. There are many more gifts that can help reduce poverty. Please take a booklet or look online at cafod.org.uk/Give/world-gifts. Thanks. Chris Lynn
09.12.2018The FieldThe Diocesan Trustees have ordered the erection of a fence in the land adjacent to the church, in order to identify the ownership of the field, also maintaining the public footpath at its present position.
07.12.2018First Friday DevotionsOn the First Friday of every month there is a Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion. During the Year of Priests, the Mass on the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered up for the Priests of the Archdiocese.
06.12.2018Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing of the SickThere will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick on Thursday 6th December at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ’s work of healing. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and meditations until Benediction at 7.00pm. This week we will be meditating on the readings of the Second Sunday in Advent. All welcome.
05.12.2018No Mass on Wednesday 5th December 2018No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
05.12.2018Get-togetherThis Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.
02.12.2018Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale in the Narthex. All proceeds will go towards Group 83 H.C.P.T's Funds.
02.12.2018Christmas NewsletterDo you fancy yourself as a budding writer or photographer? Have you attended a parish event or been part of something related to the parish that you would love to share? If so, we would welcome your articles and pictures for our bumper Christmas Newsletter! It’s been a busy year and there have been many events to write about including the Get Togethers, 100 Club, Choir, HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, Youth Group, Lenten breakfasts, talks and discussions, First Holy Communions, the May Concert: Choral Energy, Millennium Breakfasts, Parish Cake Sale, Race for Life and the Parish Quiz to name but a few. We need your works of literary genius or art by Sunday 9th December to give us time to edit and add them to the newsletter. If in doubt, have a go as it may be the start of something new for 2019! Please send to Ian Clarke at iehclarke@btinternet.com as soon as you can.
02.12.2018CRMC Winter Clothing AppealOnce in a while, it’s nice to be able to make a difference; even nicer to be in a community where so many shares that sentiment – thank you all. Ian Lester
02.12.2018Parish Quiz - The ResultMany thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!
29.11.2018AdventWe prepare for Christmas with half hour Meditations on the scriptures for each of the Sundays in Advent. This series of reflections begins on Thursday 29th November after the 6.00pm Mass, which will incorporate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. After the Meditations on the last Thursday of Advent (20th December) there will be an opportunity also to make your Confession before Christmas.
27.11.2018Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson will take place at St George and St Teresa this Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.00 pm followed by refreshments. All welcome. Please let Fr Frank know if you intend to attend in order that G&T can be advised of numbers.
25.11.2018Adoration of the Blessed SacramentAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening provides an opportunity for us all to learn of Christ and grow in his life as we pray silently before him in the Blessed Sacrament and meditate on the readings of the First Sunday in Advent.
25.11.2018Millennium BreakfastMany thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast last week and to those who gave donations. We raised £225.80. A brilliant effort! A cheque will be sent to Fr Ed's account soon
25.11.2018Walk with Me Booklets The Walk with Me Booklets are now available at £1 each. Please put your donation in the box in the Wall marked Piety Stall
25.11.2018Advent Giving TreeThe Advent Giving Tree will go up before next Sunday. There are gift tags for presents for those who have been going through difficult times. The parish gifts will be delivered by hand by children in the parish. The gifts we donate to Father Hudson's care will be picked up after the carol service. They are always gratefully received. Father Hudson's specifically need gifts of family selection boxes as they want to ensure that all families who attend their projects receive one. They value all winter gifts e.g. slippers, socks, warm nightwear and gift vouchers can be donated. They also want children's gifts but over the age of 8 only. Thank you so much for all your donations this advent.
24.11.2018Parish QuizOur Parish Quiz is on Saturday 24th November. Please arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be Baked Potato with Sausages. Bring your own drinks. Teams of up to six players - £8.00 per player. Please register your team with Godfrey or Linda Chesshire
22.11.2018No Mass on ThursdayNo Mass on Thursday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is moved to Wednesday for this week.
18.11.2018Baptism Please pray for Edward who will be baptised here after Mass today and pray for his parents and godparents that, God may bless, guide and protect them and that by his grace they may be faithful to their Baptismal promises.
18.11.2018Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Archdiocese Thanks to those who attended and supported the priests of the Deanery who met here for Mass on Tuesday. As always, they were grateful for the hospitality and welcome shown to them - and the cake that went down so well!
12.11.2018Evangelisation TeamOur next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 12th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
11.11.2018All SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in the envelope provided, together with your Mass offering. I will name those listed at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar from this Sunday to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November.
11.11.2018100 Club – 3rd Draw winners1st 69 £75.00 Bob Jones, 2nd 18 £45.00 Nuala Fulham 3rd 39 £30.00 Helen Woods
11.11.2018Pastoral LetterIf you would like a hard copy of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, please see Fr Frank
07.11.2018Eucharistic Service Eucharistic Service on Wednesday morning, 7th November at 10.00am when Fr Frank will be saying Mass in St Peter's School.
07.11.2018Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday November 7th. We meet at 10-30am in BRG car park for onward trip to Melbicks garden centre
04.11.2018Book of RemembranceWe are updating the parish Book of Remembrance in preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November. If you would like someone who has died recently to be added to our Book of Remembrance, please complete one of the forms on the lectern on which the Book of Remembrance sits and leave it in the back of the Book. The Book of Remembrance will be updated after Mass on Sunday 4th November so please ensure you have completed the form before then
04.11.2018Johnson AssociationToday there is a second collection, for the Johnson Association. This charity exists for the support of the Secular Clergy of the Archdiocese who, on account of age, infirmity or sickness, need financial help.
28.10.2018October 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. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October.
28.10.2018A Request from Pope FrancisAs I said last week, Pope Francis has asked us to pray more intensely for the Church, especially during this month of October. He asks us to pray the Rosary every day with the intention that the Blessed Virgin Mary will help the Church and defend her against the attacks of the Devil. Pope Francis invites us to conclude our recitation of the Rosary with an ancient invocation to Our Lady - the Sub tuum praesidium, as well as reciting the prayer to St Michael, the Archangel. We will add these prayers to our Rosary prayers at Mass this month and, I hope, retain them thereafter as we continue to offer up these prayers daily. To assist us I have printed the prayers below: We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
28.10.2018A Message from Archbishop BernardAs many of you will already be aware, the Archdiocese of Birmingham will be participating in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) at a hearing next month (Nov) in London. IICSA was set up some years ago by the government following a number of high profile and serious cases of historic child abuse. Through its investigations, IICSA is seeking to understand "what went wrong, and why". The Archdiocese has been asked to participate in IICSA's investigations along with other organisations within the Catholic Church. A Pastoral Letter will be read out in all churches next weekend on this matter. If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church's work, please call 0121 230 6240 or emergency out-of-hours on 07976 516629. Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry
25.10.2018Last Thursday in the monthThere will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick on Thursday 25th October at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ's work of healing. All are welcome to attend.
20.10.2018LourdesMaureen Carroll, Ros Cawley and Chris Mitchell are off to Lourdes on Saturday October 20th. They are part of Group 524 and will be staying at Hosanna House, a House owned by H.C.P.T. it is situated about 3 miles outside Lourdes. They return on Friday October 26th. While they are there, they will remember you all. Please do remember them in your prayers. They are willing to take your petitions and light candles for you. £5 is enough. We must have them at the very latest by Thursday October 18th. We have a very, very early start on the Saturday.
19.10.2018Requiem MassFriday, 19th October at 1.45pm, Requiem Mass for Daniel Webster. (RIP)
16.10.2018Tuesday's Mass Tuesday's Mass commemorates St Margaret Mary, whose relic was placed in the altar at the Consecration of our church. Margaret Mary was the saint who received mystical revelations concerning the Sacred Heart of Jesus leading to a devotion which has spread throughout the world.
14.10.2018BaptismPlease pray for Patrick Noonan and Viola Fulham who will be baptised here today after Mass. Also pray for their family and friends, especially their parents and godparents.
14.10.2018A Diocesan Celebration TODAYA Diocesan Celebration of some of the main events in the life of the Church this year, including The World Meeting of Families, Adoremus, the Synod on Young People, Vocational Discernment, Canonisations of Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and others. FROM 1.15pm TODAY. Testimonies, talks, exhibitions and theatrical performance, finishing with praise and worship at 3.30 – 4.00pm The events take place at Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School in Coventry.
12.10.2018One World Week Dinner Churches Together Balsall & Berkswell One World Week Dinner Churches Together Balsall & Berkswell to be held in our church hall on 12 October 7.30pm. Indian buffet meal £12.50, bring your own drinks. The speaker will be Dr. Issam Ghana MD, Chairman Solihull Islamic Education Academy, "Religion, Charity and Global Economy." Tickets available from John & Louise Perry. See poster on notice board.
11.10.2018Parish Council MeetingThe Next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 11th October at 8pm after the Mass and Benediction in the Parish Room. All are welcome
09.10.2018Tuesday Deanery MeetingPlease note the earlier time of the Mass on Tuesday (0930) to enable me to get to Warwick for the Deanery Meeting of Clergy. Father Frank
07.10.2018Monsignor McHugh Farewell and Thank YouAfter 17 years as Parish Priest, Mgr McHugh will be retiring from Ss George and Teresa on 16th September. In order to thank him and wish him well, the parish has organised a farewell celebration on Sunday 7th October, 3.00-5.00pm, in the Dorridge Parish Centre, to include light refreshments. This will be followed by Benediction at 5.00pm. Blessed Robert Grissold parishioners are cordially invited to join this celebration
07.10.2018Help neededThe school playground and car park at St George and St Teresa School is in desperate need of resurfacing. The Board of Governors would like some help, as there are no funds in the school budget to pay for this. Does anyone know or have contact with a company that could tarmac some, if not all, of the areas required free of charge? This could possibly be as part of a community project. If so, could they get in touch with Alan Devoy (Parent Governor) 07792318061
07.10.2018Christmas RaffleIt's that time of year again! As you are aware the Christmas Raffle is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we would be very grateful for the donation of Raffle Prizes. We have already been promised some excellent prizes, including meals, afternoon teas and hampers and will happily accept bottles, chocolates, toiletries and vouchers of any description. Please see or email Tracey McAtamney traceymcatamney@btconnect.com Tel: 01676 532940 Mobile 0791 8191560
05.10.2018CAFOD Family Fast DayA reminder that this coming Friday is Family Fast Day on behalf of CAFOD. What we save by going without for one day can help to save the lives of others. Our offerings should be returned next Sunday 7th October. There are envelopes available for the offerings
05.10.2018First Friday DevotionsOn the First Friday of every month there is a Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion. During the Year of Priests the Mass on the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered up for the Priests of the Archdiocese.
03.10.2018Get-togetherThis Wednesday October 3rd. We meet at 10.30am in the parish room for tea ,coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
27.09.2018Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick There will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick this Thursday 27the September at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ’s work of healing. All are welcome to attend.
23.09.2018Harvest ThanksgivingOfferings for Harvest Thanksgiving made today are going to help refugees in Coventry. There are boxes in the narthex to receive your gifts of food. Thank you for your generosity to those in need of our assistance
02.09.2018BaptismsPlease pray for Lenny Joseph Farmer and Alba Violet Guest who will be baptised today after Mass. Also pray for their families and friends, especially their parents and godparents
02.09.2018First Friday DevotionsOn the First Friday of every month there is a Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion
26.08.2018Year for PriestsThe Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, marked the start of a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for priests of this diocese, in preparation for a national celebration of priesthood to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 2019. A prayer card is available in the narthex in order that we might join in this year of prayer.
23.08.2018Adoration of the Blessed SacramentAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament returns this Thursday evening at 7.00pm with meditations and silent prayer. We will continue to reflect on our ongoing conversion and the deepening of our intimacy with God. All welcome.
19.08.2018Candle of Dedication The candle is lit this week for Dana Turner (RIP).
19.08.2018Cleaning rota reviewThe cleaning rota is being updated and we could do with some additional individuals or teams to join the rota. At present it's a commitment every 7 weeks but if more people join this would be less. Please contact Louise Perry after mass or call on 01676 533357 if you think you can help. Thank you in anticipation
16.08.2018Mass with The Adoration of the Blessed SacramentMass with The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Thursday evening at 7.00pm with meditations and silent prayer. We will continue to reflect on our ongoing conversion and the deepening of our intimacy with God. All welcome.
12.08.2018Warwick Pilgrimage Walk/Drive TODAY!Leave St Mary Immaculate, Warwick at 2.30pm; 1.5 miles; arrive Gallows Hill about 3.15. See map on BRG notice board for parking details (or speak to Bysshe Gibbs)
05.08.2018Prayers for the recently deceasedPlease remember in your prayers Norma Edmiston, a parishioner who died last Sunday in Solihull hospital whose funeral was held in our church last Friday, and baby Maureen Samantha Docherty who died last week. Her funeral is being held in our church this Monday, 6th August at 11.30am. Please remember both families in your prayers.
01.08.2018Get TogetherA coach will leave BRG at 10am. for our trip to Coughton Court. We have three spare seats , so contact Judith or Maureen if you would like to join us.
29.07.2018Local Issues(a) Last week Parishioners were invited to consider responding to Berkswell Parish Council's request to have our field declared as Local Green Space, which might have implications for our plans for its future development and consequences for BRG's finances. There are still copies of the points to be considered in the narthex. Please write to Berkswell Parish Council on this matter. (b) In addition, please consider commenting to Solihull MBC on the proposal to move the current civil parish boundary to the proposed route of High Speed 2 (HS2), which will bring the whole of Balsall Common Village under a single parish council. (See www.solihull.gov.uk/cgr/balsallandberkswell).
17.07.2018Patronal FeastWe will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
08.07.2018Changes to Mass timesPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday will begin at 9.30am to allow Father Frank's attendance at the Deanery Meeting at Whitnash. Also, the Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday
04.07.2018Get TogetherThis Wednesday July 4th. We are meeting at 2, Byfield Place, Windmill Lane from 10.30am onwards for tea, coffee, cakes and scones. Pray for good weather!
01.07.2018Race for LifeOn 1st July, Hannah and Ellie Clarke are taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life, a sponsored 5 km run. In doing so they are keeping a promise they made to each other over a year ago, while Ellie was being treated for breast cancer. If you can, please sponsor them; every pound they raise will help to fund vital research into all types of cancer. Ellie will have the sponsorship form with her after mass today and next week, or you can donate online at their page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/ellie-and-hannah. Thank you.
01.07.2018Father GeorgeOur thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
30.06.2018Celebrate!Catholic Charismatic Family Weekend on Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July at St Mary's College, Oscott. Leaflets with full details are available at the back of the church or www.celebrateconference.org
24.06.2018WelcomeWe welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today
24.06.2018Parish Cake Sale - The ResultThe parish cake sale raised £194.00 - a wonderful result! Very sincere thanks to all those who made cakes and bought them. Everything was sold including the Marmalade & Jam! All proceeds given to Parish Funds
24.06.2018Simply Purple & FriendsSimply Purple & Friends present ‘A Summer Serenade’, at St Peter’s Church Hall today 24 June 3.00pm. In aid of 'Zoe’s Place', a Baby Hospice in Coventry and 'St Peter's Church'. Tickets £10.00 each including A SRAWBERRY TEA, available from Linda Chesshire (532352).
17.06.2018Father GeorgeOur thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
17.06.2018Race for LifeOn 1st July, Hannah and I are taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life, a sponsored 5 km run. In doing so we are keeping a promise we made to each other over a year ago, while I was being treated for breast cancer. If you can, please sponsor us; every pound we raise will help to fund vital research into all types of cancer. I'll have the sponsorship form with me after mass today and next week, or you can donate online at our page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/ellie-and-hannah. Thank you. Ellie Clarke
12.06.2018Coventry Circle of The Newman Association This coming Tuesday the Coventry Circle of The Newman Association is holding its A.G.M. in our Church. There will be Mass beforehand at 6pm. You are all invited to join us for Mass
10.06.2018First Holy CommunionPlease pray for Cameron, Cherish, Jake and Reece who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion here on Sunday 10th June. Please pray also, for their parents and families and for their catechists, Ann and Chris. We also pray for Daniel McDermott who will make his First Holy Communion with the school this week but wishes to mark his first communion with us, his worshipping community, next Sunday.
10.06.2018Candle of Dedication The candle is lit this week for Norah Flynn (RIP).
10.06.2018Year for PriestsThe Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, last Friday, marked the start of a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for priests of this diocese, in preparation for a national celebration of priesthood to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 2019. A prayer card is available in the narthex in order that we might join in this year of prayer.
10.06.2018Parish Cake SaleThis will be held after Mass next Sunday. Judith & Maureen will be most grateful for home-made cakes. If you can make one, please bring it to Mass with you and hand it in before Mass begins. Thank you. All proceeds are for Parish Funds.
08.06.2018Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of JesusOn Friday, we celebrate this Solemnity. St Margaret Mary received the vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which led to the devotions which followed. During the Consecration of our church a holy relic of St Margaret Mary was placed in our altar
06.06.2018Get-togetherThis Wednesday 6th June. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for a trip to Yew Tree Craft Centre, Wootton Wawen. All welcome to join us.
03.06.2018June - the Month of the Sacred HeartJune is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 8th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, in this week's newsletter, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray daily throughout the month of June and especially before the Mass.
03.06.2018Millennium BreakfastThanks to all those who supported the breakfast which raised £167, a wonderful effort! Special thanks to those who helped tidy away afterwards
03.06.2018Grass in front of the churchWe are looking for a volunteer to cut the grass in front of the church over the summer months. If you are willing to help can you please speak to Joe Martin after Mass. Thank you
31.05.2018Mass this Thursday with Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickEvery last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."
24.05.2018Mass this ThursdayPlease note the time of the Mass on Thursday for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest is 7.00 pm
20.05.2018Millennium BreakfastOur first breakfast of 2018 will be on Sunday 20 May. There will be the usual fare of warm croissants, toast, butter and jam with tea, coffee or orange juice, all for a suggested donation of £2. All proceeds to help Columban Father Ed O'Connell with his projects in Lima. Special thanks to Joe Martin who emptied the Coca Cola bottle. The splendid sum of £201.35 has been transferred to Fr Ed's account
20.05.2018Choral Energy!Our Choral Energy concert last week was a great success. A full house enjoyed music from The National Grid UK choir 'The Gridtones', our own choir, The Cecilias and other singing groups and soloists. The interval bar was complemented by a sale of baked goods courtesy of The Gridtones' own Misha Bruce. We made a total of £1267.70 which will be split between our parish and National Grid's chosen charity, The Alzheimer's Society UK. National Grid will take that donation and double it so well done to everyone involved.
20.05.2018CTBB Youth Group CTBB Youth Group meeting tonight and we are going bowling at Acocks Green. For details contact Kathryn Driffield (07969 927262) or check out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CTBByouthgroup/
13.05.2018World Communication Day Next Sunday is World Communication Day and there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Network.
12.05.2018Volunteers to help with Choral Energy ConcertWe need volunteers to help in various ways in preparation and on the night of the concert. Please see Ian Clarke after mass or contact him on 01676 533 931
08.05.2018Early start to Tuesday MassDue to the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 a.m
06.05.2018Choral Energy! concert 12th May at 7.00pmOur fundraising concert on 12th May at 7pm is now next week! See the posters in the parish room and noticeboard for more information. Tickets are still available after Mass. You can also purchase them from the ticket office on 01676 532475 or email tickets@brgparish.org.uk. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!
06.05.2018Churches Together CTBBAn Ecumenical Choral Evensong and Christian Aid Exhibition: St Peter's Church, Balsall Common is hosting an evening service on Sunday 6 May at 6 pm to which all the local churches have been invited. Also attending are the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis and the Mayoress, Mrs Sarah Walker. The service will be taken by Revd Peter Thomas, Vicar of the Parish. Speaking at the service will be John Cooper, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. There will also be a Christian Aid photo exhibition in St Peter’s Church which highlights the position of displaced people from Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. See notice board for more details.
06.05.2018The CTBB Youth GroupThe CTBB Youth Group will be meeting at Blessed Robert Grissold in May. The first session will be on 6th May at 6.30pm, when we will be playing some improved games. On 20th May we are going bowling at Acocks Green. For details please contact Kathryn Driffield (07969 927262) or check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CTBByouthgroup/
06.05.2018Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Jake and Bridget Brookes (RIP)
29.04.2018Changes to MassesPlease note the changes to the Masses this week due to Fr Frank being on retreat. There will be a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 10.00am
26.04.2018Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Every last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."
22.04.2018Our Field & Berkswell Parish CouncilLast week we asked you to reject Berkswell Parish Council’s request (via their Neighbourhood Development Plan) to have the field designated as ‘Local Green Space’. If you have not already done so, today being the last day for making a response to the proposal, please go onto their website www.berkswell.org . Thank you. For further information, please speak with Godfrey or Joe.
22.04.2018The children's liturgy team are looking for new recruitsWhether you want to run a session or just sit in, your help will be greatly appreciated. All helpers need to complete safeguarding paperwork, which we can complete with you after Mass. Please see Kathryn Driffield or Monica Green if you are interested!
15.04.2018Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Ann Cotterill RIP
15.04.2018100 Club Draw1st Chris Mitchell (37), 2nd Nigel Driffield (58), 3rd Eileen Selby (99).
15.04.2018HCPT Group 83The sale of Easter Cards amounted to £16.38 Thank you to all who bought them. Your generosity was remembered by all in Group 83 in Lourdes during Easter Week
15.04.2018HERO - Heart of England Retirement OrganisationHERO - Heart of England Retirement Organisation is a locally based Trust that may provide financial assistance for the older members of the community in Balsall Common, Berkswell, Meriden and surrounding areas. For more information or an application form, please go to www.balsallcom.com/hero or phone Ann Crossley 01676 533056. Please see the notice board and there are also a few leaflets at the back of church.
15.04.2018Child Contact Centres at Hall Green and Smith’s Wood, Volunteers wantedA Child Contact Centre is a safe and friendly place, run by volunteers, where a child spends time with a parent (or other family members) with whom they do not live. The role of the volunteer includes assisting with setting out and tidying up toys and games, and welcoming and supporting centre users. For further details please refer to the websites - Hall Green Child Contact Centre or Smith's Wood Child Contact Centre or Phone 0121 777 9873 or 07746 532261. Please also see the notice board.
12.04.2018PCC Special Parish MeetingPCC Special Parish Meeting will be held at church on Thursday 12 April at 7:30pm The main object of the meeting is to plan our Parish Concert on 12 May. If anyone is willing to help please come along to the meeting.
10.04.2018Get-togetherThe next meeting is NOT this week, but is postponed until Wednesday April 10th. at 10.30 am in the parish room, for tea, coffee and cakes.
01.04.2018CAFODAn enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's CAFOD Family Fast Day collection. A total of £372.60 was donated, which the Government has matched, making £745.20. Also £279 of the contributions were Gift Aided, adding on an extra £70 – so the final total comes to over £815 which will greatly transform the lives of many. Thank you!
01.04.2018Masses this weekPlease note that there will be no Mass this Thursday but there is a Mass for the first Friday of the month. Weekday mass times are on the back of this bulletin.
01.04.2018HCPT The Pilgrimage TrustGroup 83 left Birmingham Airport yesterday morning to spend a week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday afternoon. While they are there, everyone in the Group (9 adults & 4 young people) will remember your love and kindness to them. Please do remember them in your prayers, as they will remember you in theirs. May they all return full of joy and happiness and hopefully bring back a little of Lourdes which they will share with their family and friends.
01.04.2018Walk With MeThere are a few of these booklets left for the season of Easter; please take one if you have not already done so. A donation of £1 to cover the cost can be put in the Piety Box.
30.03.2018Churches Together Walk of WitnessThe walk of witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am on Good Friday. The route will include Balsall Common Primary School, Heart of England School, The White Horse Inn, Blessed Robert Grissold Church, the Co-op and village shops – you are welcome to join at any point. The walk will be followed by a simple lunch at the Methodist Church at 12 noon.
29.03.2018The Watch on Holy ThursdayAfter the Mass of the Lord's Supper there is an opportunity to join in the watch before the Blessed Sacrament. If you intend to stay please sign the sheet at the back of the church - in this way we ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended. The Watch concludes at midnight.
29.03.2018Eucharistic MinistersNew special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled and existing ministers will renew their commitment, during the liturgy of Holy Thursday.
25.03.2018Holy WeekThis begins next week with Palm Sunday when the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. 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. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church's calendar which are central to our understanding, celebration and practice of our faith throughout the year.
25.03.2018Mass times for EasterMass times for our Easter services can be found here
21.03.2018Penitential ServiceThere will be an opportunity to make your Confession before Easter this Thursday evening. After Mass at 7.00pm, when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick also will be offered, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and an opportunity to make your Confession.
19.03.2018Mass tomorrow has been CANCELLEDMonday 19th March is the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We had planned to hold a mass at 10.00am but please note that, due to the weather, this mass has now been CANCELLED.
18.03.2018Church Cleaning BlitzVolunteers are required for church cleaning between 18th and 28th March to ready the church for Easter. Please see Louise Perry for details
18.03.2018Urgently Needed – items for Easter newsletterFor the past 11 years we have produced a colour newsletter at both Christmas and Easter, containing photographs and articles related to parish life. We cannot do this without your help – and despite appeals in recent newsletters, we have so far received no contributions for this year's Easter newsletter. We urgently require your photos and articles (however brief!) as without them the newsletter will not go ahead. Please email your contribution to iehclarke@btinternet.com by Saturday 24th March at the latest – but preferably as soon as possible.
18.03.2018Lent talks and discussionsOur Lent talks on Thursdays are completed for this year. Thanks to all who took part and made them such a rich experience
17.03.2018Lenten Breakfasts 1Breakfast and talks, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell; on the theme of ‘What does Christianity have to say about…?’ The The next breakfast is this Saturday, 17th March at 8.30am in the Methodist Hall. See the leaflets in the Narthex for more details.
16.03.2018Women’s World Day of Prayer - New DateThe service has been re-arranged for this Friday, 16th March at 7.00 pm, at St Peter’s Church. Everyone welcome – men, women and children! The service has been prepared by women from Suriname, on the theme “All God’s Creation is Very Good!” All are welcome.
13.03.2018Early start to the Mass this Tuesday morningMass this Tuesday will start at 9.30 am, due to a Deanery meeting that Fr Frank has to attend. Stations of the Cross will still follow the mass.
12.03.2018Week of Prayer for Dementia 12th-19th MarchBishop David McGough invites us to join in a week of prayer for those suffering from dementia. Loving Father, You are close to the broken hearted. Look with compassion on those whose lost memories have robbed them of home and belonging. Comfort and strengthen them. May they make their home in You. This we ask through Christ our Lord
12.03.2018Concert 12th May at 7.00pmWe are proud to announce a night of music and fun on Saturday 12th May to raise money for the parish and the charity Alzheimer's UK. The evening will feature our choir, soloists and singing groups from our parish along with special guests The Gridtones, the National Grid UK choir. If you would like to assist with organising the event or help out on the day, please join us at the next parish council meeting on 20th March. For more information contact Ian Clarke on iehclarke@btinternet.com
11.03.2018Wednesdays in LentAfter Mass there will be the usual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditations and silent prayer for half an hour, leading up to Benediction. The meditations on Wednesday evenings during Lent will be concerned with our growing in the life of Christ. All welcome.
11.03.2018Thursdays in LentLent talks and discussions will take place in the church hall at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in Lent, after the 7.00 p.m. Mass. We will reflect together on the Parable of the Lost Son (The Prodigal Son), which is a model for the Church’s understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). In preparation for the Easter Triduum, these talks and discussions are designed to help us to go deeper into our appreciation of the love of God. No specialist knowledge is required (just bring a Bible if you can). Why not make attendance a Lenten discipline? Come and enjoy prayerful reflection, discussion, fellowship and a cup of tea - All welcome.
11.03.2018Easter NewsletterWould you like to see your name or photos in print? You could write an article or send us pictures of parish life or events since Christmas, for inclusion in our Easter newsletter. Please email your contributions to iehclarke@btinternet.com by Sunday 25th March at the latest. Thank you!
07.03.2018Get-togetherWe meet on Wednesday, 7th March, at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and dessert. All welcome.
04.03.2018Preparation for First Holy CommunionClasses take place at 4.15pm on Mondays in the church hall. If you have a child (aged 8 or above) who wants to attend these classes please speak to Fr. Frank today
04.03.2018CAFOD World GiftsAlternative charity gifts that make a difference to families living in poverty – great for Mothering Sunday and Easter! Search for “World Gifts” on the CAFOD website www.cafod.org.uk
04.03.2018Parish accountsBob Jones will present a brief summary of the accounts after mass today
03.03.2018Lenten Breakfasts 2It is our church’s turn to ‘host’ the Lenten breakfast on 3rd March at the Methodist Church. Volunteers are required – please see John and Louise Perry or Godfrey Chesshire
01.03.2018Thursday Mass and Talks and Friday Mass are cancelled this weekDue to the poor weather Father Frank has cancelled this evening’s Mass and talk and tomorrow morning's mass have been cancelled.
25.02.2018Finance Meeting todayThere will be a Finance meeting (only about 10 minutes!) after mass today when Bob will run through the figures.
25.02.2018Pancake ExtravaganzaThank you to everyone who supported the recent Pancake Extravaganza which raised £145 for parish funds. Special thanks are due to Terry Biles, who supplied the food, and to Dominic Green and John McLellan who joined Terry to prepare and serve it all.
18.02.2018ConfirmationWe pray for David, Joel and Toby, our Confirmation candidates today and we welcome their family and friends.
18.02.2018Tuesdays in LentStations of the Cross will be prayed after the 10.00am Masses on Tuesdays during Lent
18.02.2018The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'.
14.02.2018LentLent begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 14th February with the customary imposition of ashes at Mass. After Mass there will be the usual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with meditations and silent prayer for half an hour, leading up to Benediction. The meditations on Wednesday evenings during Lent will be concerned with our growing in the life of Christ. All welcome
14.02.2018Stations of the CrossStations of the Cross will be prayed after the 10.00am Masses on Tuesdays during Lent. All welcome.
11.02.2018100 ClubLast Chance! This Sunday is the last chance to renew your membership for 2018, or to join for this year. Chris will be available during pancakes. A ticket costs £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30 in each of our four draws in the year.
11.02.2018Lent talks and discussionsThese will take place in the church hall at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in Lent, after the 7.00 p.m. Mass. We will reflect together on the Parable of the Lost Son (The Prodigal Son) which is a model for the Church's understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). Please bring your Bible. All welcome.
11.02.2018Pancake Eggstravaganza!Why wait till Shrove Tuesday? Come and enjoy pancakes, with various fillings, with your tea or coffee after Mass on Sunday 11th February. You'll also be helping church funds with a suggested donation of £2.
11.02.2018Lent "Walk With Me" BookletsThe booklets, along with the Walk with Me calendars for young people are now available in the Narthex. A suggested offering of £1 to cover the cost of these items may be placed in the slot next to the Piety Shop in the Narthex. Thank you
11.02.2018Candle of Dedication this weekThe candle is lit this week for Emily and Jack McLellan (RIP).
11.02.2018Lenten BreakfastsBreakfast and talks, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell; this year's theme is 'What does Christianity have to say about…Equality / Freedom democracy / Rule of law / Tolerance?' The first session (Equality) is this Saturday, 17th February at 8.30am in the Methodist Hall. For further details please see the leaflets in the Narthex.
11.02.2018Children’s LiturgyThe children's liturgy team is looking for people to act as session chaperones a couple of times a term. There's no need to commit to leading a session (unless you want to!). You just need to be over age 18 and happy to provide a couple of references for the volunteer safeguarding process. We usually have great fun with our children's liturgy group - it's a lovely way to contribute to the running of the church!
11.02.2018Preparing for MassI hope that you have found praying the Rosary before Mass has been useful in instilling the discipline of preparing prayerfully for the Holy Sacrament but I understand that some may prefer to prepare for the Eucharist in silence - So from the beginning of Lent, let us prepare for the Mass with silent prayer. Those who still wish to pray the Rosary can continue to do so in silence. The important thing is for us not to lose the habit of quietly and prayerfully preparing for the Mass. Please help one another to do this, by keeping as quiet as possible when we enter church. Thank you for your cooperation in helping one another to prepare properly for the Sacrament of Christ‘s Body and Blood.
07.02.2018Get-TogetherWe meet on Wednesday 7th February at 10.30am in the Parish Room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
04.02.2018Candle of Dedication this weekThe candle is lit this week for Becky Hulme (RIP).
04.02.2018Youth GroupThe CTBB Youth Group (for year 6 and above) will be meeting today, Sunday 4th February at Blessed Robert Grissold from 6.30pm until 7.45pm. We will be hosting a "Minute to Win It Games Challenge", featuring cups, chocolates and cookies!
04.02.2018Children’s LiturgyThe children's liturgy team is looking for people to act as session chaperones a couple of times a term. There's no need to commit to leading a session (unless you want to!). You just need to be over age 18 and happy to provide a couple of references for the volunteer safeguarding process. We usually have great fun with our children's liturgy group - it's a lovely way to contribute to the running of the church!
28.01.2018Volunteers needed (2)The Children's Liturgy team are looking for new members! If you would like to have fun teaching the Word to our growing church, please speak to Kathryn Driffield.
28.01.2018Volunteers needed (1)Volunteers needed to ensure there is oil in our lamps and they keep burning! Please let Father Frank know if you are able to give a little time each month to top up the oil in the candles in church
28.01.2018Confirmation Mass postponedDue to Father Frank being unwell, the confirmation mass on Sunday 28th January has been posponed. A normal mass will be celebrated instead. Please check the weekly newsletter and here for further announcements.
28.01.2018H.C.P.T. The Pilgrimage Trust Group 83Grateful thanks to all who bought Advent calendars, Christmas cards & calendars. They realised £261.58. Your generosity and support will be remembered by the helpers and youngsters of Group 83 when in Lourdes this Easter.
28.01.2018Fr Frank's illnessApologies for my absence. I am ill with the flu. I am hoping to return to work this week but please watch the website for news of any Mass cancellations should it prove necessary. I am grateful to Fr Bernard for covering for me today. I know he will find a warm welcome here at BRG.
23.01.2018Father Frank is unwellFather Frank is suffering from the flu at the moment so all masses this week have been cancelled. Please check back here for further announcements regarding masses next week.
21.01.2018Service for Christian UnityTheme: "That all may be free". This year's service, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell, will take place at 3 pm in Sunday 21st January in St Mary the Virgin Church, Temple Balsall. All are welcome.
21.01.2018ChoirChoir practice will re-commence on Sunday 21st January after mass, when we will start to work on music for Lent and Easter. If you enjoy singing, why not come and join us? You don’t need previous experience, you don’t even need to be able to read music! For more information, please speak to Ian Clarke or email iehclarke@btinternet.com.
21.01.2018Candle of Dedication for 2018Our Candle of Dedication is available to go in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or the Sacred Heart (SH) your choice. This is lit anew on Sunday and burns for seven days in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. The dedication is included in the bulletin each week. You can request a Dedication by completing the details on the special envelopes and filling in the diary at the back of the church; a donation of £5 is suggested. Completed envelopes and donations can be handed in to the wardens or Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
18.01.2018Parochial Church CouncilThe next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, 18th January. All parishioners are welcome to attend and help plan the year ahead for the parish.
18.01.2018Octave of Prayer for Christian UnityThis begins on Thursday 18th January. Let us remember to pray for that unity Christ willed when he prayed that we might all be one.
14.01.2018December 100 ClubThe winners are 96 £75.00 Conor McSorley, 42 £45.00 Sylvia Clifford and 44 £30.00 Charles Keane
10.01.2018Get-togetherThe next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th January at 12 noon for a buffet lunch in the Parish Room. All are welcome.
07.01.2018Welcome Welcome to Father George, from the Columban Fathers, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today
06.01.2018Coffee TogetherCoffee Together: Saturday, 6th January 10.30 - 12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. BRG is hosting the event. Please let Judith, Louise or Linda know if you can provide a cake or help on the day. Thank you
01.01.2018Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of GodWhat better way to begin the New Year than to celebrate this great Marian feast and to commend ourselves and the world to the powerful intercession of Our Blessed Lady.
31.12.2017Thanks, from Father Frank Thanks once more for your cards, gifts, kindness and support. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Also, I am grateful for all the work you put in to ensuring that there is a Eucharistic presence in this place. Together, by faithfully assembling week by week, we ensure that we witness to the love, light and hope of Christ and his in-breaking Kingdom. That is the distinctive and incomparable gift we are called to offer to the world through our assembly as the Church, but, in order for this to happen, many have to give of their time and energy in raising funds and being responsible for day to day administration and maintenance. May the Lord bless you for your hard work on behalf of Christ and his Kingdom. It is a privilege and a joy to share with you in this service. Father Frank.
31.12.2017Father Frank post-Christmas BreakFather Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break this week, returning on Wednesday 10th January.
31.12.2017Volunteers neededVolunteers needed to ensure there is oil in our lamps and they keep burning! Please let Fr Frank know if you are able to give a little time each month to top up the oil in the candles in church.
25.12.2017Christmas 2017 Newsletter now availableOur 2017 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the period between Easter and Christmas 2017. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2017 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
25.12.2017Father Frank's Christmas Message 2017Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2017
24.12.2017The Raffle DrawThanks to all those involved in making this year’s raffle such a success. We raised £890.00 - a marvelous effort! Well done everyone!
24.12.2017Advent Parish Giving Tree"A big thank you to all who contributed to the Christmas giving tree. 53 presents were given, and these were distributed this week. Hudson’s Care were very grateful for the gifts": Claire
20.12.2017ConfessionThere will be an opportunity to make your confession this Wednesday evening after the 7.00 pm Mass. Mass will be followed by a short meditation then by silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament whilst confessions are being heard in private.
17.12.2017Carol Service – Sunday, 17th December. at 6.30pm. – please note the change of timeCarol Service – Sunday, 17th December. at 6.30pm. It is always followed by refreshments including mince pies. If you are able and willing to contribute, please put you name on the paper at the back of the church today
17.12.2017Raffle TicketsThe draw will take place after Mass this morning. There are still a few tickets left. Please make sure you have put all of your ticket stubs and money in the box provided. Thank you
12.12.2017Midweek Masses cancelled this week due to poor weatherPlease note that all midweek Masses are cancelled this week due to poor weather. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
10.12.2017Christmas Goodies SaleThank you all for supporting this venture. We collected over £230 for Parish Funds. Also, HCPT benefitted by £55 from the sale of cards and calendars. Many thanks
10.12.2017HCPTChristmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale until 24th December. All proceeds will go towards the expenses of Group 83.
10.12.2017Advent Parish Giving TreeThe tree is now up at the back of church. The gifts we collect will be given to those who are struggling this Christmas either through illness or difficult social situations. Many of the children's gifts will be distributed via "Hudsons care" Birmingham. Please take one or more tags and leave your present with the tag under the tree on or before next Sunday, 17th December.
10.12.2017Raffle TicketsRaffle Tickets are available at the back of the Church today. The tickets are £1.00 each or £5.00 for a book. There are great prizes. Please collect your tickets today and sell as many as you can. The stubs and money can be returned each week after Mass. Please return any unsold tickets in order that they might be sold - Time is short for us to make a success of this - hopefully this will serve to concentrate our efforts. Thank you for your efforts. The draw will take place after mass next Sunday
09.12.2017Church MaintenanceWe are looking for some help to clear the gutters on the church on Saturday 9th December at 10-00 am for about an hour, ready for the Gardner to clear the leaves the following week. If you can spare an hour it would be very much appreciated. Please contact Joe Martin.
07.12.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is usually offered on the last Thursday evening of every month - it has been moved this month to the Thursday morning of 7th December. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them' (The Letter of James 5: 14-15).
06.12.2017Advent and Christmas MeditationsYou are invited to share in these Wednesday evening meditations which will focus on the last things heralded by the coming of Christ at the end of time. In the Eucharist we have a foretaste of the future gathering of all things in unity in Christ. Why not use the Wednesdays of Advent and Christmastide to reflect on the mystery of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord who comes to us in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar? This will also help us to "stay awake" and be more watchful and aware of the ways in which Our Lord comes to us always and everywhere in the sacrament of each present moment. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer will take place after the 7.00pm Wednesday Mass and will finish with Benediction at 8.00pm. All welcome.
06.12.2017Get TogetherGet together this Wednesday, 6th December. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for onward visit to Melbicks Garden Centre.
03.12.2017Congratulations!Sara, Simon and Sophia are so pleased to announce that Phoebe Catharine Maria was born 30th November at 2.10pm, weighing 8lb 3ozs. Father Frank and Sandra are delighted to have another grandchild.
03.12.2017Migrants Day. An Appeal on behalf of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre www.covrefugee.org. Asylum seekers, looking to obtain refugee status, need the Centre, a mix of paid staff and volunteers, to help them negotiate the many forms and demands confronting them. They may need financial support to attend immigration interviews in London or Liverpool, signposting to food banks or receiving help in getting a hot meal, when their £36.95/week for food and personal needs doesn't quite stretch. Immigration and Asylum Law support is available along with Men’s and Women's Groups and help in learning English to support their integration. Being alone in a foreign land can test the most resilient. Some, who have endured things we cannot imagine, may need specialist help. Those already here who have met verbal and physical abuse, or are at risk, may also need support from the Safeguarding Unit. Having achieved refugee status, together with migrants from other countries, they may need help in finding work or accommodation – the Work and Wellbeing Group and the Housing Group are there for them. No matter what their need, the Centre tries to help them. The Centre is heavily dependent on donations from people like you; please be as generous as you can – thank you.
03.12.2017Advent Parish Giving TreeThe tree is now up at the back of church. The gifts we collect will be given to those who are struggling this Christmas either through illness or difficult social situations. Many of the"children's gifts will be distributed via "Hudsons care" Birmingham. Please take one or more tags and leave your present with the tag under the tree on or before 17th December. Many thanks to the children from the Children's Liturgy Group who decorated the tags for the children.
03.12.2017Balsall Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development PlanThe Plan is currently underway and during the month of November every household in Balsall Parish and Balsall Common received a Household Questionnaire which we were encouraged to complete and return. The questionnaire seeks ideas and opinions on a variety of issues within the Balsall Parish and Balsall Common area. Their ideas and opinions will create the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, a planning policy document which will state which community facilities should be developed, upgraded or enhanced from 2019 to 2033. If you have not completed the questionnaire, the deadline having been extended, you are invited to complete the document within the next couple of days.
30.11.2017Eucharistic Service There is no Mass on Thursday this week but there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. The Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is transferred to Thursday 7th December at 10.00am.
29.11.2017Quiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist MassQuiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist Mass, as is usual on a Wednesday, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with meditations on the Holy Eucharist and silent prayer until Benediction at 8.00 p.m. In our busy lives it is essential to come apart with Christ from time to time - to be with him, to wait upon him and to listen for his voice speaking in the depths of our hearts.
26.11.2017Holly for Advent WreathIf anyone has any holly we can have for the advent wreath it would be very much appreciated, variegated would be a bonus. Please contact Pam Martin.
26.11.2017Walk with MeWalk with Me booklets available at the back of church to help us to reflect and pray through Advent in preparation for Christmas.
26.11.2017Raffle TicketsRaffle Tickets: Available at the back of the Church today. The tickets are £1.00 each or five pounds for a book. There are great prizes. Please collect you tickets today and sell as many as you can. The stubs and money can be returned each week after Mass - Time is short for us to make a success of this - hopefully this will serve to concentrate our efforts.
26.11.2017A message from His Grace, Archbishop BernardDo you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for "Catholic Education" in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools
25.11.2017Columbans' CentenaryWe are all invited to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban mission on Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.00am at St Catherine of Siena church, Birmingham. The Mass will be followed by light refreshments. If you would like to attend please send your name, address and contact telephone number to: sharing gospeljoy@columbans.co.uk
24.11.2017CAFOD 2Mass of Remembrance. Please join us on Friday 24 November, 7pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Bee Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 6LE
19.11.2017Millennium BreakfastOur next Breakfast, no 64, is today. Everyone is welcome, and we hope you will enjoy the warm Croissant, Toast, Jam, Tea, Coffee and Orange Juice. Fr Ed O'Connell has spent many years helping the people of Lima in Peru. Many people live in extreme poverty and in consequence they have health problems. He is dealing with social and community problems that are not provided by the state
19.11.2017Gift Aid Donations 2016/17The usual letters from the Gift Aid Office have not yet been received. If anyone needs details of their donations for the year to 5th April 2017, e.g. for Tax Returns etc, please contact John McLellan (Phone 01676 533657).
19.11.2017"Eucharist & the Family" daysOver the next few months around the Archdiocese of Birmingham, there will be a day consisting of keynote speakers and workshops, in preparation for two large events next year in the life of the Church: the World Meeting of Families (21st - 26th Aug) and the Adoremus: Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress (7th - 9th Sept) 2018. The days begin at 10am and finish at 3.30pm and our prayer is that attendees will return to their parishes with a greater love for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and a desire to share that particularly with families in the parish. There will be opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration during the day and people are asked to bring a packed lunch. For more information contact Paul Northam at fieldevang@maryvale.ac.uk or Sr Gillian Murphy at parishesmv@maryvale.ac.uk or call 0121 360 8118.
18.11.2017Journey to JusticeA CAFOD retreat exploring how the life and work of Oscar Romero can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. 10am-4pm Saturday 18th November. Columbans Centre, Blyth Hall, Widney Manor Road, Solihull, B93 9AB. Call 0303 303 3030 to book your free place.
17.11.2017The CTBB Youth GroupThe CTBB Youth Group will be meeting at Blessed Robert Grissold this evening from 6.30 until 7.45. We will be conducting a Magic & Miracles Workshop. All secondary school students are welcome to come along and learn how to perform their own cool magic tricks (which they will be able to take away and practise at home!) It's free to attend and there will be refreshments available.
12.11.2017Month of RemembranceNovember is the month the Church especially remembers to pray for the dead. Today is Remembrance Sunday when we pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives as a result of war and we continue to pray for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Scriptures and the Church teach that we can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them, consequently Masses will be offered up for the Holy Souls of our loved ones over the course of November. If you wish for your loved ones to be included in these prayers, please find envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the back of the envelope and place them, with your offering, in the tray in the sanctuary.
12.11.2017HCPT Coffee EveningThe total for The Coffee Evening held on October 13th. is now £1,343.43. This is due to some late donations. Sincere thanks to all for your generosity and support, which is much appreciated. Group 83 will remember you all when in Lourdes next Easter.
12.11.2017HCPT Christmas cards and Advent calendarsChristmas Cards and Advent Calendars will be on sale as from this Sunday until December 24th. All proceeds will go towards the expenses of Group 83.
06.11.2017Evangelisation TeamOur next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 6th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us share the Good News. Contact Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
05.11.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday eveningsMeditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass this Wednesday. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
05.11.2017LourdesChris & Maureen have returned from their week in Lourdes. They and the people who went with them (15 in total) had a very happy, prayerful and fulfilling week together. They remembered you all and lit a candle for you all. They placed your petitions in The Grotto and lit your candles. If anyone would like some Lourdes Water, please do mention it to Chris or Maureen
05.11.2017Balsall Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development PlanThe Plan is currently underway and during the month of November every household in Balsall Parish and Balsall Common will receive a Household Questionnaire which we would encourage them to complete and return in the Freepost envelope to Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council. The questionnaire seeks their ideas and opinions on a variety of issues within the Balsall Parish and Balsall Common area. Their ideas and opinions will create the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. A planning policy document which will state which community facilities should be developed, upgraded or enhanced from 2019 to 2033.
02.11.2017All Souls Thursday 2nd November 7.00 p.m. The Church, after rejoicing on Wednesday with those who are in heaven, prays on Thursday for all who, in the purification of purgatory, await the day when they too will join the company of the saints. We can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them. There our envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the back of the envelope and place them, with your offering, in the tray in front of the altar. The Mass will be offered up for all your loved ones which you have named at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses throughout the month of November
01.11.2017Solemnity of All SaintsWednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation - that is a day when all, if possible, should present themselves at Mass. The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates the feast of all the saints who are now in heaven. Mass, as is usual on a Wednesday, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with meditations on the Holy Eucharist until Benediction at 8.00 p.m. You can leave quietly after Mass is concluded, but all are welcome to stay
01.11.2017Get-togetherThis Wednesday, 1st November in the Parish Room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat
31.10.2017Talks and Discussions on the Faith Talks and Discussions on the Faith will resume on this Tuesday 31st October, after the 6.30pm Mass
29.10.2017October and the RosaryOn the 7th October the Church celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and 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. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October. According to tradition, current since the 15th century, the devotion of the Rosary was founded by St. Dominic in the course of his missionary work. Since then many saints have found the Rosary to be an indispensable aid in their spiritual life. I will be happy to help anyone who requires any assistance in learning to pray the Rosary.
29.10.2017CAFOD 1An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the CAFOD collection two weeks ago. The final total collected is an amazing £377.00 and this is without the added gift aid that will bring the total up to over £400. I am sure that this money with all the money collected from other parishes will really help. Chris
26.10.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
24.10.2017Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 10.00 am this week. It will revert to 6.30pm next week when the Confirmation preparation resumes.
22.10.2017Parish QuizThanks to all who attended last week’s event. Winners and losers, all appeared to have enjoyed this annual general knowledge test, and we raised £187.50. Well done!
22.10.2017HCPTThe result at the moment is £1,287.43, which includes donations, receipts before the evening and sale of goods after mass on Sunday. A wonderful result, which is due to your support and greatly appreciated. You will all be remembered by all in Group 83 when in Lourdes at Easter next year. One raffle prize has yet to be claimed – blue ticket, 426-430. If you have this, please contact Maureen after her return from Lourdes on 27th October.
20.10.2017One World WeekThe theme this year is 'My world depends on you', when we are encouraged to explore how we can become good neighbours, both locally and globally. The Dinner will be held here at Blessed Robert Grissold Church this coming Friday, 20th October at 7.30pm. The Speaker will be Godfrey Armitage from A Rocha UK, a Christian Charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. He is also Coventry Diocesan Environmental Officer. Tickets for the Buffet Dinner, supplied by Bengal Brasserie, are £12.50 per person and are available from Godfrey Chesshire after mass today.
17.10.2017No Mass on Tuesday this weekPlease note there will be no Mass on Tuesday this week. I have transferred my day off this week from Monday to Tuesday in order to give us the chance to celebrate St Margaret Mary’s feast day on Monday 16th at 10.00am. St Margaret Mary received mystical revelations concerning the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, through Christ working in her, devotion to the Sacred Heart has spread throughout the world. A relic of St Margaret Mary was placed in the altar of our church at its consecration.
15.10.2017Harvest CelebrationThis year’s celebration in thanksgiving for the gifts of the harvest will be at mass on Sunday 15th October.  As in previous years, parishioners are invited to donate items to a charity to be distributed to those in need - this year our donations will be given to Helping Hands Food Bank in Solihull. Children and young people (and even the not-so-young!) are invited to decorate a box with a harvest theme, so that the donations can be put in boxes and brought in during church. Please bring your donation of any of the following to mass on 15th October - even one item will make a difference to a family in need.  Tins: stew, casseroles, soup, corned beef, chicken or steak pies, Spam, fish, vegetables, puddings, baked beans. Packets: tea bags, long-life milk, sugar, breakfast cereal, biscuits, pasta, rice. Jars: pasta sauce, sandwich spread, jam.  No fresh vegetables or other perishable items, please.
15.10.2017Talks and Discussions on the FaithTalks and Discussions on the Faith will resume on Tuesday 31st October after the 6.30pm Mass
15.10.2017HCPT 1Very many thanks to all who supported the Coffee Evening on Friday. It was very much appreciated. The final total will be in next week’s bulletin.
15.10.2017HCPT 2Chris Mitchell & Maureen Carroll are going to Lourdes next Friday. They and their group will be staying in Hosanna House which is situated about 3 miles from Lourdes. They return the following Friday. They are willing to take your petitions and will light a candle for you if you so wish; £5 per candle. Please may they have them by Wednesday. Thank you.
14.10.2017Parish QuizOur annual parish quiz will be held on Saturday, 14th October. 7.00 for 7.30pm: Tables of up to 6 players. £8.00 each player, including ‘Fish & Chip Supper’. Bring your own drinks. Please book your table with Godfrey or Linda after mass.
14.10.2017St Peter’s Catholic School Class of ’77 Re-UnionWere you one of the teachers or pupils who left St. Peter’s in 1977? Many of those pupils and teachers are meeting in Solihull on 14 October for a drink and buffet to celebrate. See poster on noticeboard for more details
13.10.2017HCPT Coffee EveningThe next coffee evening will be held on Friday 13 October at church. More details to follow soon.
13.10.2017Coffee Evening - Group 83A Coffee evening will on Friday 13 October in Our Parish Room at 7.30p.m. Admission is 50p. which includes Refreshments. There will be the usual stalls, Cake, Preserves, Presents for All, Christmas Cards, Tombola and Raffle. Contributions for the stalls will be much appreciated and may be brought to the church before the day. Do put the date in your dairy and do tell your friends. It is always a very enjoyable evening. All proceeds will go towards the youngsters going to Lourdes next Easter with Group 83.
13.10.2017Fatima News13 October marks the centenary of Our Lady’s last apparition and great miracle at Fatima. St Peter’s, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year and there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9.30am to 12.20pm and 5pm to 6pm. This will be the last chance to gain the special indulgence when you visit St Peter’s on that day. There will be a special votive Mass for Our Lady of Fatima at 12.30pm. Please see the pilgrim leaflet by the Fatima display area opposite the piety shop for details of the indulgence and other resources. For other information contact Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
08.10.2017Meetings after Sunday MassOver the coming weeks Father Frank will meet briefly with a number of groups after the Sunday Mass in order to discuss matters arising out of the various ministries we exercise in the church community.  He looka forward to meeting with you on the following dates: Sunday 8th October: Musicians, choir, organists Sunday 15th October: Readers Sunday 22nd October: Servers Sunday 29th October: Wardens Sunday 5th November: Eucharistic Ministers If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please feel free to attend the meetings and speak to Father Frank.
06.10.2017CAFODIt is the Harvest Family Day on Friday 6 October and I will be collecting for CAFOD next Sunday 9 October. Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated and will certainly transform lives. Thank you in advance for your continual generosity. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me teddies or soft toys to go out to war-torn areas of the world. In July, I took a car load bursting at the seams (including your donations) to the "Teddies Trust" in Wales. From there, In August 10,000 teddies and soft toys have been shipped to Syria to towns and villages all over the country. These teddies will bring comfort and hopefully some joy to otherwise very bleak lives. This is an ongoing charity and if anyone would like to support it, then please leave teddies and soft toys at the back of church and I will collect them and take them on the first part of their journey. Chris Lynn.
04.10.2017Get TogetherGet Together this Wednesday 4 October. Meet at Bracey's Garden Centre for lunch at 12.30pm. Transport to be arranged
01.10.2017Counting RotaWe are looking for more volunteers to join our existing teams. Your turn should come around about every six weeks. If you are willing to help please give your name to Bob Jones after Mass
01.10.2017Christmas RaffleIt is coming up to that time of the year once again! Dominic Green will be making an appeal at Mass today – you have been warned!
01.10.2017Photos and articles wantedDo you have any photos of parish events this year?  Would you like to write a few words about an event or part of parish life?  We are already looking for items to go in our seasonal Christmas newsletter, in an attempt to avoid the usual last-minute rush!  Please email any items to Ian Clarke at: iehclarke@btinternet.com. 
28.09.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month.  All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing.  This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you?  Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
26.09.2017Talks and discussions on the FaithThe series of talks and discussions on the faith continue this Tuesday evening, beginning at 7.00pm.  We will meet in the church hall on Tuesdays after Mass at 6.30pm until the end of Advent. The sessions will last about 45 minutes and will address all aspects of our faith. All are welcome to attend in order to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the Church's teaching, but those preparing for Confirmation (adults and children), or for reception into full Communion with the Church, should attend because these sessions will serve as a means of their formation
25.09.2017Important! Drainage WorksAs many of you will be aware repair and replacement works are being undertaken outside our church between tomorrow 25 September and Friday 6 October, 8.30am to 5pm. and the road adjacent to the church will be closed. We have received assurance that access to the church car park will be maintained over the weekend. However, on other days, if you are driving to church, you should approach from the direction of Kelsey Lane and park in the car park adjacent to the Tennis Club. The work is scheduled to last approx. 10 days although we are hoping it will be completed in less time.
24.09.2017Monsignor McHugh Ordination Golden Jubilee On Sunday 24th September, Monsignor celebrates his ordination Golden Jubilee and this very special occasion will be marked on the day with a Mass at 3 pm celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne, followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre. Blessed Robert Grissold parishioners are cordially invited to the celebration. If you are able to come, please sign up on the board at the back of church by Sunday 17th September in order to assist with organisation and catering. If you wish to contribute towards a gift there are special collection envelopes also available at the back of church.
24.09.2017Village boundary reviewYou may be aware of the article in the Bugle and Communicator to ask SMBC for a boundary review. At present the border between Balsall Parish Council and Berkswell PC lies on Meeting House Lane. With the changes and development, the village faces the question is whether these boundaries are still appropriate and if there is a better way of managing our village more effectively? Your signatures on the form in the Bugle could trigger the progress in order to look at the various options. Please read the article and return your form to Angela Jayne by the end of September, alternatively there is a form at the back of the church
21.09.2017Maryvale Institute CoursesMaryvale Institute offers a range of part-time, distant learning courses e.g. in Catechesis, Parish Mission & Ministry and Healthcare Chaplaincy, among others. These are designed to enable adults to continue their own faith formation and equip themselves for collaborative ministry with the clergy in their Parishes. For more information, come along to an informal meeting in the Flint Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, 21st September at 7.30pm.
21.09.2017PCC Parish Council MeetingThere will be a PCC Parish Council Meeting on Thursday evening, 21 September 7.30pm. after Mass. All are Welcome
17.09.2017Maintenance MeetingThere will be a meeting after Mass on Sunday 17 September
16.09.2017CAFOD in El Salvador, a talk by Tania DaltonOn Saturday 16 September, 11.15am-1pm. St Peter the Apostle parish, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. You are warmly invited to join us for Mass at 10am and light refreshments from 10.45am. Tania is CAFOD's Communications Officer for Latin America& the Caribbean. There will be the opportunity to find out more about CAFOD's work in El Salvador and how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day. All very welcome. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at ewignall@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944. Please see poster on notice board
16.09.2017Quiet 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. Saturday, 16 September. Coffee available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. For the Season of Advent, The Revd Jane Braund, Minister at Balsall Common & Meriden Methodist Churches 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.
10.09.2017ChoirThere will be a short meeting of the choir after mass today (15 mins only!) to review the music we will be preparing for Advent and Christmas. We will begin our normal rehearsals after Mass on 17th September. This is a great 'stepping on' point for anyone who would like to join our choir, you don't need to be qualified or be able to read music just to enjoy singing! Come along after mass or to our rehearsal on the 17th or contact Ian or Ellie Clarke on iehclarke@btinternet.com or 01676 533 931 if you think you might be interested.
06.09.2017Get TogetherWe meet this Wednesday September 6th. in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
03.09.2017Annual Pilgrimage to Harvington HallAnnual Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall (Shrine of the English Martyrs) will take place next Sunday 3rd September 2017. Principal celebrant and preacher: Rt. Rev Robert Byrne. Mass 3.00pm. Confessions from 1.45-2.30pm. See the poster on the notice board for further details.
27.08.2017Rosary RallyThere will be a Rosary Rally on Sunday 27th August commencing with Mass at 2.00pm at Mount St Bernard's Abbey, Leicestershire. Please see the poster in the porch for further details.
27.08.2017First FridayOn the first Friday of every month it is customary to celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart. We can still pray the prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart daily and at the monthly Votive Masses. The prayer is shown below: 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.
27.08.2017100 CLUB 2nd Draw 2017Congratulations to 1st Jean Henser (62), 2nd Anne O’Brien (30) and 3rd Ann Crossley (66).
20.08.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday eveningsMeditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. This Wednesday we reflect on the significance of the altar in church and on our ascent to the heavenly places in and through the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
20.08.2017Masses this weekPlease note the Masses for Tuesday 10.00am, Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.
20.08.2017Talks and discussions on the FaithA series of talks and discussions on the faith begin in September and continue until Advent. We will meet after an evening Mass each Thursday. The sessions will last about 45 minutes and will address all aspects of our faith. All are welcome to attend but those preparing for Confirmation or for reception into full Communion with the Church should attend because these sessions will serve as a means of their formation.
20.08.2017A message from Father Sebastian's grand nephewI am Fr. Sijo Jose Arikkat, Grand Nephew of Fr. Sebastian Arikkat. I had visited there [at Blessed Robert Grissold] earlier in 2008 and celebrated Holy Mass for the Parishioners community. I happened to see this website while doing my work and was happy to remember all of you. I would also like to convey my prayers and regards to all especially those who are sick and in need of prayers. Hope they might remember me. I am now in a parish named Vellanikode, Archdiocese of Trichur, India. On August 27th & 28th we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine in my parish. Do keep us in prayers too. Also you might have known about Fr. Sebastian who has become the Monsignor (Vicar General) of Canada. Keep him too in your prayers. God bless you all.
13.08.2017WelcomeWelcome to Fr Stefan, the Chaplain to Birmingham University who will Preside at the Mass today
13.08.2017Masses this weekPlease note the Masses for Tuesday 7.00pm (The Assumption), Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.
13.08.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Frances Carroll and Brian Carroll (RIP).
07.08.2017Open The Book Open The Book is a wonderful resource, bringing Bible stories to children at school in their primary years. Through a series of weekly presentations for Collective Worship/Assembly, they'll get to hear many wonderful Bible stories – not only about well-known characters, but also about important values like faith, courage, patience and selflessness. To do this, volunteers are needed to become storytellers, and become part of a team to go into local schools and put on OPEN THE BOOK Bible story presentations. There will be a meeting at St. Peters church on Monday or Tuesday 7th/8th August, (date to be confirmed), if you are interested please let Louise, John or Godfrey know. There are a few leaflets available at the back of church or for more information please visit: openthebook.net.
06.08.2017Balsall Volunteer Transport ServiceSince it was formed in 1988 the BVTS has been helping local people by taking them to hospitals and various medical clinics in the area for appointments they would otherwise find difficult to attend due to lack of public transport. With the relocation of the Balsall Common Health Centre, the withdrawal of the bus service and taxi bus, the service has been under increasing pressure to satisfy the requests it receives. It is felt that the BVTS provides a worthwhile service to the local community and health service, which has proved successful due to a much-needed demand and the kind, caring qualities of its drivers. There is a desperate need of new drivers – it is totally voluntary so your commitment can be to suit you – perhaps just one trip a week, or even one a month would be much appreciated. Drivers are asked to donate their time but as the service is run on voluntary donations from passengers the service can reimburse fuel costs to drivers. If you think you might be able to help and would like to know more please contact Michal or Jessica Hudson on 02476 466220, Edna Quinton-Tulloch on 01676 535758 or Margaret Royle on 01676 532592.
06.08.2017WelcomeWelcome back to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today
06.08.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Francis Carroll (RIP) and Brian Carroll (RIP)
05.08.2017Coffee TogetherCoffee Together - this Saturday 5 August at the Jubilee Centre. BRG are hosting and volunteers are wanted, also donations of cakes will be appreciated. See Louise & John
02.08.2017Get TogetherGet Together this Wednesday 2nd August. Coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. Meet at BRG at 9.45am for departure at 10am.  We leave Alrewas at 3pm and should arrive back about 3.45pm.  If anyone who has signed up to go is unable to, please let Judith know on 01676 534010
30.07.2017WelcomeWelcome to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today
23.07.2017Millennium BreakfastThe total raised for our 63rd breakfast last week amounted to £205.10
16.07.2017Millennium BreakfastNumber 63 is today after Mass. The usual fare of hot croissants, toast, jam, orange juice, tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome and it is a chance for our community to meet for a chat and also to welcome new parishioners to our Church. Donations will be sent to Fr. Ed O'Connell (a Columban Priest) who has spent most his life helping the poor people of Lima, Peru. Our parish has been helping Fr Ed. since 2000
16.07.2017Churches Together Youth GroupYouth Group meets tonight at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
13.07.2017Tabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless peopleTabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless people, is opening in September. Could you volunteer as a host or mentor? Please come along to an open evening on Thursday 13 July, 6-9pm, at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 96 Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0PY. Contact Christy Acton on 01675 434064 to find out more
13.07.2017Electrical TestingThe electrician will be in church all day Thursday 13 July from 9am to carry out periodic testing. Please be aware when entering and leaving the church.
09.07.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Celebration of the Consecration of our Church
02.07.2017Churches Together Youth GroupYouth Group meets tonight at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome
02.07.2017BaptismWe pray for Jack Power who is to be baptised here today after Mass. May God bless, guide and protect Jack, his parents and godparents.
02.07.2017Free training for CatechistsThe Catenians are offering to cover the fees of training to be a Catechist in the parish. Once trained you would prepare candidates for First Communion and Confirmation. Please contact Fr Frank if you are interested.
29.06.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
25.06.2017Peters PenceThere will be a second collection for Peter’s Pence during Mass on Sunday 25th June 2017
25.06.2017Churches Together Youth GroupNext week the Youth Group meets at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
23.06.2017June – the Month of the Sacred HeartThe Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 23rd June - which we will celebrate with a Mass. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have provided a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray daily throughout the month of June and especially before the Mass. To assist us in our devotion I intend us to pray this Act of Consecration after every weekday Mass during June. Please keep the separate sheet to hand when attending mass this month. Prayer: 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
18.06.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday eveningsMeditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. This Wednesday we explore the relationship between the Eucharist, the Church and the Kingdom of God. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome.
18.06.2017Churches Together Youth GroupTonight the Youth Group meets at the St. Peters’s Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
15.06.2017Parish Council Meeting cancelledThe meeting on Thursday 15th June has had to be cancelled. The new date of the meeting will be circulated soon
11.06.2017Masses this weekPlease note the changes to the Mass times this week due to Fr Frank having to attend a funeral in Devon. On Tuesday we are invited to share in the Mass at 6.00 pm when we welcome members of the Newman Society and Canon Stewart, the celebrant.
11.06.2017First Holy CommunionsToday we congratulate Saoirse Cole and Hannah McDermott on making their First Holy Communion at St George and Teresa's on Saturday and we welcome them and their families at Mass this morning when they will be receiving their first Communion with us, their regular worshipping community. They would like to welcome all parishioners to join them after Mass today in the Parish room for tea and cake to celebrate this occasion.
07.06.2017Get togetherWill meet this Wednesday June 7th at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee and cakes. All welcome to join in.
04.06.2017Churches Together Youth GroupTonight the Youth Group meets at the St. Peters's Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
04.06.2017Golden Wedding AnniversaryMargaret and John McLellan recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They will receive a blessing during Mass today to mark the occasion and invite everyone to join them in the Parish Room after Mass for some cake.
02.06.2017First FridayThere will be a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday morning at 10.00am.
01.06.2017No Mass on ThursdayDue to the Solemnity on Monday 29th please note that there will be no Mass this Thursday.
29.05.2017Solemnity of DedicationIn keeping with the practice in the Archdiocese there will be a Mass at 7.00pm this Monday 29th May in celebration of the Consecration of our church
28.05.2017Church CommunicationsThere will be a second collection today for Church Communications
28.05.2017Adults wishing to be receivedIf you are interested in exploring being received into full communion with the Catholic church please contact Fr Frank.
28.05.2017Baptism of Sarah Emily LloydPlease pray for God’s blessing on Sarah Emily Lloyd, her parents and godparents. Sarah is to be baptised here today after the Mass.
28.05.2017Parish SupperA big thank you to all helped support the Parish Supper with the food the music and setting out and clearing up. It was a real parish effort. The grand sum of £627 was raised towards parish funds. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
28.05.2017Candle of DedicationPlease note that there are weeks available for this and that the  diary and envelopes are at the back of the church to fill in.
21.05.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday eveningsThis is an opportunity to continue the reflections on the Eucharist which we began in Lent. Meditations on the great treasure which we have in the Mass will be accompanied by silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
21.05.2017Mass IntentionsIt has been suggested that it would be helpful if the initials of those who have requested a Mass Intention could appear in the Bulletin - so that one would know when the Mass which you have requested is being said. If you would like your initials to be included, please indicate this on the envelopes, that you will find in the foyer, which are provided for your Mass intention requests and accompanying offerings.
21.05.2017Candle of dedicationThis week’s dedication is for Margaret and John McLellan.
21.05.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
21.05.2017Candidates for First Holy Communion or ConfirmationCan those wishing to be formed for First Holy Communion or Confirmation, and who are not being prepared through their school, please submit their names to Fr Frank by the end of May 2017.
21.05.2017Fatima NewsLast Saturday at St Peter's, Leamington the start of the Fatima Centenary Year was celebrated. St Peter's is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during this time. A new church statue of Our Lady of Fatima was crowned and an Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was made. Everyone is welcome to visit St Peter’s over the year and more especially on the 13th of each month for the special indulgence.
21.05.2017H.C.P.T. The Pilgrimage Trust Group 83Easter Cards sold during Lent amounted to £31.40. Many sincere thanks to all who bought & supported this worthy cause.
21.05.2017Churches Together Youth GroupTonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
20.05.2017Parish SupperLast chance to book your place at the annual Parish Supper on Saturday 20th May 7.30pm for 8pm. This will consist of a 2 course meal with entertainment from the Ivy Leaf Ceilidh Band. Price £10 per head. Bring your own drink. Please give your name to Chris after Mass. If you have booked already please give your choice of main course to Chris
19.05.2017Churches TogetherChurches Together have arranged a 'Meet the Candidates' evening for the General Election in order to provide an opportunity to question candidates on Friday 19th May, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church. If you wish to have a question asked please contact Godfrey Chesshire by 16th May on 01676 532352
18.05.2017Grid's Got Talent!Fancy a night out for a really good cause to see the National Grid UK choir and friends (including our own Ian and Hannah Clarke) perform in a variety evening in Warwick? You do, well read on! Our parish music director sings with the UK National Grid choir who have decided to step in when Round Oak school's Music of Life programme was a casualty of government funding cuts. Round Oak school works with children with special educational needs and this programme is essential in helping them build confidence, presentation, public speaking and team work skills. It also helps with memory and is great for positive mental health. Click on the link to find out more and book your tickets!
14.05.2017Christian Aid WeekNext Week (14th – 20th May) is Christian Aid Week. The more people willing to collect on behalf of this worthy cause the easier it would be for the village as a whole. Please consider during mass today whether you could spend a couple of hours to deliver and collect envelopes from a road near to you. Then before you leave church put your name on the sheet in the Narthex. Alternatively give Godfrey Chesshire a call during this week (532352). Thank you.
14.05.2017Candle of dedicationThis week’s dedication is for Frank Clements (RIP).
14.05.2017Silver Wedding AnniversaryIan and Ellie Clarke celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary earlier this week. They will receive a blessing during Mass today to mark the occasion, and would like to invite everyone to join them in the Parish Room after mass for a slice of cake.
14.05.2017CAFOD Lent Fast DayThe amount received was £362.28. Thank you and all the parishioners at BRG for your support. You generous gift will enable partners to work with people and communities across the world, wherever the need is greatest. Best wishes, Chris Funnel, CAFOD, Head of Supporter Donations. And our thanks too, to our own Chris, who is parish co-ordinator for CAFOD
14.05.2017Employment Opportunities with the Archdiocese of BirminghamHead of Communications and Community Engagement, and Press and Media Relations Officer, Applications by June 2nd. For further details call 0121 230 6224.
14.05.2017Warwick Catholic Deanery WebsiteFor those not aware there is a website used to share information across the Deanery. This can be found at: www.warwick-catholicdeanery.org.uk
09.05.2017Mass this TuesdayPlease note that Tuesday Mass this week begins at the earlier time of 9.30am in order that Fr Frank might attend the Deanery Meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon
08.05.2017Evangelisation TeamOur next Meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 8th May at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact 01926 428399
07.05.2017Clergy Training FundThere will be a second collection today for the Clergy Training Fund
07.05.2017May, the Month of Our LadyDuring May we will pray a decade of the Rosary after each midweek Mass to honour Our Blessed Lady and to encourage us to have recourse to this powerful means of prayer.
07.05.2017100 Club DrawWinners from last Sundays draw are 1st No. 30 (Anne O'Brien), 2nd No. 58 (Nigel Driffield), 3rd No. 48 (Kathryn Driffield).
07.05.2017Churches Together Youth GroupTonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome
07.05.2017Warwick Catholic Deanery WebsiteFor those not aware there is a website used to share information across the Deanery. This can be found at: www.warwick-catholicdeanery.org.uk
05.05.2017First FridayOn the first Friday of every month we celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a special devotion to this practice at Blessed Robert Grissold because the relic of St Margaret Mary, who received a vision of Christ’s Sacred Heart, was placed in our altar at the consecration of our church. Great benefits are promised to those who are faithful in their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
05.05.2017Tea and CakesChurches Together are holding a tea and cakes afternoon for Save the Children’s Syrian Project at 2.30-4.30pm on Friday 5th May at Barnfield Cottage, Fen End Road, CV8 1NW. All welcome.
04.05.2017English MartyrsOn Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the English Martyrs many of whom, like our own Blessed Robert Grissold, had associations with the Midlands. Their courageous witness to the faith and their prayers are still a source of great strength for us. We give thanks to God for them on their Feast.
03.05.2017Get-togetherWednesday, May 3rd. Meet at BRG at 10.30am and then on to visit Hatton Country Park
30.04.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday eveningsMeditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Curia. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on "hope" in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment for his faith, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. In this week's meditations Van Thuan reflects on the beautiful mystery of the Church. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can find healing and peace and be present to the Christ who is present to us and feeds us with the life of heaven in and through the Eucharist - the Sacrament which forms the Church. All welcome.
23.04.2017School Bus ServiceSolihull MBC is currently consulting on proposals to cut the school bus service that connects Balsall Common to St George & Teresa, St Peter’s and Arden Schools. This will have a negative long term impact on the ability of children from Balsall Common to access the Borough’s Catholic Schools (as well as increasing car journeys, congestion and pollution). We would urge parishioners to respond to the Council’s consultation either on-line at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation or in writing to either School Transport, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB or via email edtrans@solihull.gov.uk . The deadline for comments is 28th April
23.04.2017Mother & Toddler GroupThe parish is trying to set up a Mother & Toddler Group, probably on a Friday morning. If anyone is interested please speak to Maria Pulley (Tel: 07799 431573).
23.04.2017Thank youThank you for your cards and once again for your generous Easter offerings and for the way you contribute to the life of our worshipping community, so facilitating our mutual upbuilding in faith. I am taking my post-Easter break this week therefore there will not be the usual weekday Masses. There is, however, a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 1000am. Fr Frank.Welcome
23.04.2017Welcome Fr Chris GreaneyToday we welcome back Fr Chris to Blessed Robert Grissold to celebrate Mass
23.04.2017Candle of dedicationThis week’s dedication is for HCPT Group 83
23.04.2017Cakes for the ColumbansAn amazing £335.79 was raised for the Columban Missionaries from the cake sales during Lent and on Easter Sunday. Thank you again for your overwhelming generosity and for buying cakes
23.04.2017Churches Together Youth GroupThe Youth Group returns this evening to Blessed Robert Grissold, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. No need to book, just come along and have fun. Tonight the group will be bringing along board games and will also be marbling Easter Eggs, as well as the usual activities of table tennis, a short bible discussion, and cake! Any cakes donations for this evening would me most welcome. Please speak to Kathryn Driffield or Claire Keane. The Group generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays on the month during term time and rotates around the Churches.
18.04.2017Jean O’Reilly (RIP)We pray for the repose of the soul of Jean O’Reilly and we pray for Danny, her husband, Jean’s family and friends and for all who mourn her passing. Jean’s body will be received into church on Tuesday 18th April at 6.00p.m., followed by a Requiem Mass on Wednesday 19th at 1.00p.m
16.04.2017Easter 2017 Newsletter launchedThe Easter 2017 Newsletter is now available! Paper copies will be available at the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday masses but you can download a pdf version here by clicking on the link to the left and scrolling down to the Easter newsletters.
16.04.2017Candle of DedicationThis week's dedication is for Kathleen, Ann and Tony Martin
16.04.2017HCPT Group 83HCPT Group 83 left for Lourdes in the early hours of yesterday morning to spend one week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday in the evening. While they are there they will remember your kindness and generosity. Please do remember them in your prayers during the week. May they have a safe and happy week and return home with many blessings and joys
16.04.2017Cakes for the ColumbansEaster Sunday will be the final Lenten cake sale for the Columban missionaries. Thank you so much for your generosity in baking and buying cakes, helping with setting up, washing and cleaning up. Total amount raised to be confirmed next week.
16.04.2017Father Frank's Easter MessageRead Father Frank's Easter message by folowing the link
14.04.2017Good Friday 'Walk of Witness'The traditional Churches Together ‘Walk of Witness’ will leave St Peter’s Church at 10.30am and process to the village via Blessed Robert Grissold Church. It will be followed by a Frugal Lunch in the Methodist Church Hall.
12.04.2017Sacrament of ReconciliationThere will be an opportunity for silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession on Wednesday evening immediately after Mass
09.04.2017Spring FayreA huge thank you to Tracey McAtamney and her team of helpers for the work put into organising a very successful Spring Fayre, and thank you to everyone who donated prizes and gifts etc. The event raised £794, a terrific result.
05.04.2017Get–togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday April 5th at 11am. We will meet at Maureen Carroll's house, 14 Arden Close, Balsall Common for tea, coffee and cakes
02.04.2017Easter CardsEaster Cards are now on sale at the back of church. All proceeds to HCPT.
02.04.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth Group Balsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above, 6.30-7.45pm. This week it is Blessed Robert Grissold’s turn to host and the activities will include making bath bombs, games and cake! Please speak to Claire Keane/Kathryn Driffield for more information. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
01.04.2017Spring Fayre - Urgent Help NeededThis will be held on Sat 1st April 1- 3.30pm. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this, we now have some lovely items for the Fayre.  We are still in need of Easter Eggs, bottles etc. All donations to Tracey McAtamney at 86 Meeting House Lane (Tel: 01676 532940). Special Thanks to Nailcote Hall who has donated Sunday Lunch for 4 people in the Oak Room. Also to Haigs Hotel, The SnowDome, The Butterfly Farm, Hatton Adventure World and many others who have donated raffle prizes. For the children - Decorate Egg Competition - Bring along to the Fayre. Simply boil an egg and decorate!  There will be three prizes and each child will receive a chocolate egg for entering!
26.03.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Patrick Flynn (RIP).
26.03.2017Pancake ExtravaganzaMany thanks to the men of the parish for the pancake extravaganza last Sunday which was a great success and raised £90 for Church funds
25.03.2017Churches Together Lenten BreakfastsChurches Together Lenten Breakfasts are being held on Saturday mornings during Lent at the Methodist church from the 4th March to the 1st April. Each church hosts the breakfasts and Blessed Robert Grissold will be hosting on the 25 March. We need volunteers on this occasion. See notice board for more information or speak to Louise or John Perry.
23.03.2017Parish CouncilThe next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 in the Parish Room. All welcome
19.03.2017Pancake ExtravaganzaOn Sunday 19th March, after 9:30 mass, the men of the parish will provide a pancake breakfast (as a change to the usual bacon butties). A variety of toppings will tantalize your taste buds, so put the date in your diary and come along to support the event!
19.03.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth Group Balsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above at St. Peters 6.30-7.45pm. Please speak to Claire Keane/Kathryn Driffield for more info. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
12.03.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on WednesdaysMeditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Curia. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on "hope" in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment for his faith, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. This Wednesday's meditations continue to explore the great blessing of coming into the present moment - the place where God - the eternally present 'I AM' - is to be found. We are greatly assisted in this by having Christ present to us, in the sacrament of the altar. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can be present to the One who is ever present. All welcome.
12.03.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).
12.03.2017Activities in LentIn order to help us to prepare prayerfully for Easter there will be Stations of the Cross on Tuesday mornings after Mass at 10am. Also, there will be Lent talks on the Eucharist after 7pm Mass on Wednesdays. The course is open and accessible to all, wherever you are on your Christian journey. (Please bring a Bible if you can). We begin with coffee at 7.30pm and finish before 9pm. Also there will be a Mass at 7pm on Thursdays followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations on the spiritual life, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction.
12.03.2017Dementia Prayer Week "During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." Bishop David McGough. Prayer cards available at the back of the church.
12.03.2017Cakes for the ColumbansCake will be available after Mass every Sunday in Lent - a joyful and enjoyable way of giving the seasonal alms. All donations will go to support the Columban’s missionary work. Thanks for the cakes already offered. If you would like to contribute cakes, please see Sara Stevens.
12.03.2017Millennium BreakfastThank you to everyone who came to the Breakfast last week. We hope you all enjoyed the chatter with friends and meeting new parishioners. Everyone was very generous and we raised £200 which will be sent to help Fr. Ed. O'Connell in the shanty towns of Peru.
10.03.2017CAFOD Lent Fast DayA message from CAFOD “Florence is a hard-working mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future – she was able to send them to school”. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing
05.03.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)
05.03.2017Millennium BreakfastAfter Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.
05.03.2017Columban Centenary Altar ClothTo coincide with today’s parish ‘breakfast’ for Fr. Ed O’Connell, the Columban missionaries invite members of the parish to add their names to an altar cloth that is being created for their centenary year in 2018. The altar cloth is being taken to places of special significance to the Columbans in Britain.
05.03.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth GroupBalsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above at St. Peters 6.30-7.45pm. Please speak to Claire Keane/Kathryn Driffield for more info. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
05.03.2017ConfirmationsCould parents of children from Year 5 up interested in making their Confirmation contact Fr. Frank to register interest. Instruction would start from September with the ceremony itself in the early part of 2018.
05.03.2017100 ClubSubscriptions for 2017 are now due. Chris Burleigh will be available after Mass. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30 each quarter. Last year the 100 Club contributed £645 towards church funds.
04.03.2017Coffee TogetherBRG will be hosting the next ‘Coffee Together’ on Sat. 4 March 10.30-12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. We are in urgent need of more helpers. Please see Louise or John Perry for more info
04.03.2017Baptism We pray for Henry Joseph Wilson Ramsay, who was baptised here yesterday, for his godparents, family and friends, that together they will grow into the fullness of life in Christ.
03.03.2017Women's world day of prayerWomen's world day of prayer is to be held at Temple Balsall Church on Fri 3rd March at 11 followed by lunch at 12.30 in the Old Hall. Please give your name to Louise Perry for catering purposes if you plan to attend.
01.03.2017Forty Days for Life - Prayerful WitnessForty Days for Life - Prayerful Witness 1/3/17 – 9/4/17. Prep. launch event 26/2/17 2.30-4pm: “Spiritual Warfare Boot Camp.” An opportunity to deepen your faith this Lent by coming to learn the spiritual essentials under the guidance of 7 local priests at the. For info: 07773 501 721 or izzyvs@gmail.com
01.03.2017Ash WednesdayThis Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is the day that we receive the imposition of ashes - a sign that we are wholeheartedly entering into the penitential season of Lent when we look to turn away from sin and return to the Gospel. It is a day of abstinence and fasting. Mass is at 7pm.
01.03.2017Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday March 1st.  Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome
26.02.2017Walk with Me Lenten Booklets ‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.
26.02.2017ConfirmationsCould any children from Year 5 upwards who may be interested in making their Confirmation in 2018 contact Father Frank to register their interest. It would be starting in the new academic year from September with the ceremony itself in the early part of 2018.
26.02.2017Parish FinancesAt last week's presentation Bob emphasised the importance of keeping the offertories increasing. Many people have not increased their giving for at least three years. An extra £1/week would make a significant contribution to Parish finances. For those who can, Gift Aiding donations gives the Parish an extra 23% at no cost to the donor. Any new or existing parishioners who do not gift aid can do so by completing a simple form. Members of the Finance team will be available after mass today with forms.
23.02.2017Inspiring HopeBishop Kenney shares his experience of Iraq and South Sudan and CAFOD’s work there. Thursday 23rd February 7.30-9.00pm, St John the Evangelist, 25 South Bar Street, BANBURY, OX16 9AF. For further information call 01922 722944
19.02.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Bacon Breakfast
19.02.2017Group 83 HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust Amazon Wish listThis year there is a new way you can support Group 83 as they prepare for the annual Easter visit to Lourdes. They have opened up an ‘Amazon wish list’! These are items identified for this year's pilgrimage which supporters can buy for the Group.  If you would like to buy something off the list simply go to http://amzn.eu/hgeB513, choose an item to buy and either have it sent to the group leader direct or to you for passing on through Maureen or Louise. Thanks for your support.
19.02.2017Parish FinancesThere will be a brief resume given to the Parish on last years finances. The reward for staying to listen is that it’s also Bacon Breakfast day!
19.02.2017ChoirChoir practice will recommence on Sunday 19th February after mass. This will be an ideal stepping on point for anyone who has wondered about joining the choir as we will be learning a new piece of music for Easter. All welcome!
19.02.2017Becky Hulme (RIP)We pray for the repose of the soul of Becky Hulme, John and Margaret McLellan's granddaughter, whose funeral service is at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd February at Blessed Robert Grissold. We also keep Anne, Ian and Katy and all Becky’s family and friends in our prayers.
19.02.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth Group Balsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above at the Methodist church 6.30 -7.45pm. All Youth welcome. Please speak to Claire Keane or Kathryn Driffield for more information. Future dates are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month alternating around the Churches
19.02.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ’s healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
12.02.2017Reception into full CommunionThe talks on Wednesday evenings in Lent are an opportunity for all us to go deeper into our knowledge and love of that sacrament which forms, nurtures and nourishes us as the Church. These talks will be especially useful, also, for those who are considering being received into full Communion with the Church.
12.02.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Eileen Innes (RIP) and Mary Cotton (RIP).
12.02.2017Legacy Leaflets Legacy Leaflets are available at the back of the church inviting us to consider leaving a legacy to the Church in our wills
12.02.2017Parish Finance Committee meetingThere will be a short Finance Committee meeting after mass today.
12.02.2017100 ClubSubscriptions for 2017 are now due. If you have not yet renewed your subscription and would like to do so, Chris Burleigh will be available after Mass today, and for the next few Sundays. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30 each quarter. Last year the 100 Club contributed £645 towards church funds. Many thanks for your support.
12.02.2017The Christmas Giving TreeA letter has been received from Mr. Andy Quinn, The Chief Executive of Father Hudson's Care, Coleshill thanking you all for the Christmas Gifts you very kindly donated. They were much appreciated. They were distributed along with many others to various parts of Our Diocese
05.02.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Emily & Jack McLellan (RIP) and Jim Hickman (RIP).
05.02.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on WednesdaysMeditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Vatican staff. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on “hope” in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment for his faith, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. This Wednesday’s meditations focus on what Jesus called the ‘one thing necessary,’ or as Van Thuan puts it “Choosing God and not the works of God.” Archbishop Van Thuan found hope in the presence of Christ, even amidst severe trials and deprivation. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can find that same hope. All welcome.
05.02.2017Princethorpe CollegeInvigilators wanted at Princethorpe College. Contact 01926 634220
04.02.2017Coffee TogetherThis Saturday, 4th February, 10.30-12 noon, in the Jubilee Centre. All are welcome
03.02.2017The Blessing of ThroatsThe Mass on Friday is a Mass of the Sacred Heart. It is also the day the Church commemorates St Blaise, consequently, as is the custom in the Church, the Blessing of Throats will take place at this Mass
01.02.2017Get TogetherWe meet this Wednesday, 1st February at 12 noon in the parish room for soup and dessert
29.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the Becky Hulme & Family
28.01.2017Deanery Readers DayThe Deanery Readers Day is on Sat 28th January 2017 at 10.30-16.30 at St Gregory's Stratford-Upon-Avon, exploring the ministry and spirituality of being a Reader. If you are interested, please phone 01926 314077
26.01.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ’s healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: 'Are there any who are sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and let the priests pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick persons, and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
22.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Frank Clements RIP
22.01.2017Eileen Innes RIPEileen passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loved ones last Sunday. We keep Eileen and her family and friends in our prayers. There will be a Requiem Mass for her here, at Blessed Robert Grissold church, this Tuesday 24th January at 1.00pm
22.01.2017Week of Prayer for Christian UnityThe Churches Together Service will take place this afternoon at 4.00pm in St Peter’s Church.
22.01.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose him to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Vatican staff. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on “hope” in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. The hope he discovered in Communist prisons, where he was incarcerated for his faith, is also hope for the Church and the world. Faced with any darkness, we have a reason for confidence and that reason is Christ our Lord, the Hope of the world.
19.01.2017Parish Pastoral CouncilOur first parish council meeting for 2017 is being held on Thursday, 19th January at 7:30 pm in the Parish Room when we will be planning our programme for the year. We would be delighted to have some new members please come and join us and give us your views and support
15.01.2017Youth GroupComing up in 2017 a new churches together youth group will start. It will be on alternate Sunday nights for year 7 and older and starts on 15th January. It is being run jointly between the churches and will involve a mix of games, discussion and cake. Kathryn Driffield and Claire Keane are involved from our parish so please have a chat with them if you want to get involved.
15.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the John Hughes
15.01.2017Churches Together Youth Fellowship GroupThe first session will be held at the Methodist Church hall this evening from 6.45 until 7.45. All secondary school students of any faith will be very welcome. The session on 2nd April is going to be hosted by Blessed Robert Grissold and we are hoping that some of the BRG adults will come along to help out on the evening. Please ask Claire Keane or Kathryn Driffield for details
15.01.2017Christmas RaffleThank you to all those that supported the parish Christmas Raffle this year and congratulations to those lucky enough to win one of the prizes. We raised an impressive total of £1,130 for parish funds
11.01.2017Adoration of the Blessed SacramentOn Wednesday evenings, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Meditations and silent prayer will follow the 7.00pm Mass, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction. Why not be still and silent in the presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar? We so need silence in our busy, noisy lives, especially if we are to listen to the Holy Spirit within - then the Holy Spirit inspires us and fills us with his love. This is what it meant when it says in Holy Scripture that the Holy Spirit prays within us in sighs too deep for words. All welcome
08.01.2017Candle of Dedication for 2017The diary for 2017 is now available at the back of the church. Our candle of Dedication next to the statue of the Sacred Heart, is lit anew each Sunday and burns for a week (Sunday to Saturday) in remembrance of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. The Dedication is included each week in our bulletin. Donation offers of £5 are suggested. You can request a Dedication by completing the details on the special envelopes at the back of the church and also filling in the name on the dates in the dairy. These can be handed to Bridget Harrison or Ann Ostler, if not, one of the wardens
08.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the People of the Parish
08.01.2017Christmas Giving TreeMany thanks for those who gave gifts. Altogether there were 57, of which 29 for Children. These were sent to Father Hudson's Care at Coleshill. The others were distributed among the local housebound, the sick & elderly of our Parish by our young people and in some cases their parents. A big and sincere thank you to all who did this. It was greatly appreciated
03.01.2017Get togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 3rd January. Meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a buffet lunch. All welcome.
01.01.2017Thank You"Thank you for your generous offerings, gifts and cards. Once again, I have very much appreciated the prayerful preparation for, and celebration of, Christmas at Blessed Robert Grissold. I am especially grateful to all those who attended the Advent meditations, talks and discussions. I hope, that like me, you experienced the mutual support and prayers of your brothers and sisters in Christ helpful in getting ready to receive the God who comes to us in Christ. Thank you, to all of you, for the many different ways in which you contribute, throughout the year, to the life of the community at Blessed Robert Grissold. With all good wishes for 2017." Fr Frank
01.01.2017Father Frank is awayFather Frank is on his post-Christmas break from Monday. There will be a Eucharistic Service this Tuesday (3rd January). We welcome Fr Christopher Greaney to Blessed Robert Grissold next Sunday when he will celebrate the Mass of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
01.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Baby Clara
28.12.2016Christmas Meditations Christmas meditations will accompany adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10.00am Mass on Wednesday. Meditations, silent reflection and prayer will last for half an hour after Mass finishing with Benediction at 11.00am.
26.12.20162016 Carol Service now available online!For those of you who were unable to attend our carol service this year or who would like to listen to it again, click on the link to be taken to our carol services page then navigate to the bottom of the page and click on 2016. A full recording of the service is available there.
25.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the Ian Stewart RIP and next week for Baby Clara
25.12.2016SafeguardingMonica Green is the new Safeguarding Representative (children and adults) for Blessed Robert Grissold, with Louise Perry being her deputy. A new requirement is for all children under 18 to have parental/ guardian consent for their photographs to be used by the Parish, on the website, display boards in the Church or published Parish newsletters etc. Monica will be at the back of Church after Mass over the next few weeks with the relevant form. If you have any questions about this, please speak to Monica or Louise
25.12.2016Christmas 2016 Newsletter now availableOur bumper 2016 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the period between Easter and Christmas 2016 and has a special extended article about the consecration of our church earlier this year. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2016 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December
25.12.2016Friends of the Holy LandWe raised £176 from the collection taken at the Carol service last Sunday and this well be sent to The Friends of the Holy Land to support their work. Thank you all who supported the appeal.
18.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish
18.12.2016Carol ServiceThis evening at 6.00pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. There will be a collection for The Friends of the Holy Land, for which we are also selling olive wood items after mass.
18.12.2016The Christmas Giving TreeThanks for all the gifts you have brought in. If you have forgotten your gift, please bring it in before the carol service tonight. They will be distributed tomorrow, Monday
12.12.2016Earlier Tuesday MassEarlier Tuesday Mass due to Fr Frank attending a Deanery meeting of clergy in Leamington
11.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish
08.12.2016Immaculate ConceptionPlease note that Thursday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and there will be a Mass at 7.00pm which will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and Advent Meditations until 8.00pm when there will be Benediction
04.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish
04.12.2016Christmas Goodies SaleThank you for your support last Sunday. Total sales to date, £192. Xmas Cake Raffle - winning ticket, ' 505'. Please contact Judith, 534 010, before next Sunday or a re-draw will take place after Mass
04.12.2016The Christmas Giving Tree is now upPlease choose gift tags and return the presents under the tree so they can be given to those in need of extra support this Christmas. Father Hudson's Society have specifically requested the children's presents for children of different ages. Please help as much as you can. The Society is going to let us have a list of commonly requested items to give us ideas for gifts. This will be on the notice board when received
30.11.2016Wednesday meditations after Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 8.00p.mThe series of meditations continue this week, drawing on the life and writings of St. Therese of Lisieux. Therese’s "Little Way" of confidence and trust in God's love and mercy is a way to God for everyone. One Jesuit writer says: "There is only one way for people to confront themselves and that is through silence. All of us need to develop a tolerance for silence, a place to touch the wellsprings of life inside of us." We can find this silence before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. All welcome.
29.11.2016Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 1.00pmRequiem Mass on Tuesday at 1.00pm. Please note the change in time to the Mass on Tuesday. The Funeral Mass is for David Doyle, Rose Doyle’s son. You are welcome to add your prayerful support to the Mass through your attendance.
27.11.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Dennis Clifford RIP & Family
27.11.2016AdventAdvent begins next Sunday. There will be a Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesdays with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following until 8.00pm. The meditations accompanying Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Advent and Christmas will reflect the themes of those holy seasons. In addition, during Advent, there will be Mass on Thursdays at 7.00pm followed at 7.30pm by talks and discussion on the scriptural stories of Jesus' conception, birth and childhood. We will aim to finish around 8.45pm. It would be helpful if you would bring a Bible to these Thursday sessions
27.11.2016Change in plans for AdventThe Advent Talks and discussions in Advent will follow the 7.00pm Mass on Wednesdays. We will aim to finish around 8.45pm. It would be helpful if you could bring a Bible to these Wednesday evening sessions. Advent meditations will accompany adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the 10.00am Mass on Thursdays. Meditations, silent reflection and prayer will finish at 11.00am with Benediction. No specialist knowledge required for these Advent devotions. All welcome
27.11.2016Christmas Goodies SaleAfter mass today. Includes mince pies, small Christmas cakes, jams, chutneys and pickled onions, cards and gifts. Proceeds for Parish funds. We are also selling olive wood carvings, cribs and tree decorations, all made in the Holy Land. Proceeds for these will be sent there via Friends of the Holy Land in Kenilworth
27.11.2016The Christmas Giving Tree is now upPlease choose gift tags and return the presents under the tree so they can be given to those in need of extra support this Christmas. Father Hudson's Society have specifically requested the children's presents for children of different ages. Please help as much as you can. The Society is going to let us have a list of commonly requested items to give us ideas for gifts. This will be on the notice board when received.
27.11.2016School GovernorSt George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School is looking for a governor from Balsall Common. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a vital part of the Catholic community in this area. If you are interested, please see Father Frank.
27.11.2016Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Ordinary Calendars Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Ordinary Calendars are on sale from this Sunday. Proceeds to HCPT Group 83
20.11.2016A Slice of Cake for the Children of SyriaThe total donated was £300.39, which was an amazing result. Many thanks to all who made a donation and to those who helped with the baking
13.11.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Jean Clarke RIP and Ann Greenwood
13.11.2016Congratulations Congratulations to Sophie Wilson Ramsay (née Dodd) and Mark on the birth of Henry Joseph.
13.11.2016Millennium Breakfast Our Millennium Breakfast No. 61 was a great success and we can now send £211 to help Fr Ed in Peru. This amount is the most we have made for a Breakfast and we thank everyone for your generosity. Fr Ed will be delighted and he will be able to help some of the poor living in shanty towns in Peru.
13.11.2016Project HostProject Host. Please remember that the provision of cakes with tea and coffee after mass next Sunday will give you an opportunity to make a donation to the joint Save the Children & Churches Together Project supporting the children of Syria.
13.11.2016Consecration memoriesAs part of a special feature in the Christmas newsletter about the Consecration of our church, we would like as many parishioners as possible to share their memories of the special day and the work that went into preparing for it. We will be handing out slips at mass next week, 20th November, for you to write a sentence or two (or more if you wish!) on your own particular experiences. If you prefer, you can email us instead - iehclarke@btinternet.com. Thank you.
13.11.2016Christmas Newsletter We need your contributions of articles and photos for our Christmas newsletter. If you’ve never written for the newsletters before, this would be an ideal time to try it as we’ve had such a busy year! Perhaps you could give a behind-the scenes look at some of the preparations for the consecration, or review a parish event, or share your experience of the weekly meditations and reflections after mass, or write about some other aspect of parish life. All items, long or short, will be very welcome. Please email them to Ian and Ellie Clarke: iehclarke@btinternet.com.
08.11.2016Mass on Tuesday 8th NovemberMass on Tuesday this week will begin at the earlier time of 9.30am to allow for Father to attend the Deanery Clergy meeting
06.11.2016Millennium ProjectOur 61st Breakfast will be on Sunday November 6th after Mass.  There will be the usual menu of orange juice, warm croissants, toast, butter, jam, tea & coffee all for a donation of £2.  Everyone is welcome, so please come and join us. There will be a chance to meet and chat with other parishioners
06.11.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Graham Jones RIP
06.11.2016Project HostIf anyone is willing to participate in this Save the children/Churches Together Project for the children of Syria, please speak with Godfrey or Linda.
02.11.2016All SoulsA tray will be placed in front of the altar from this Sunday to receive Mass intentions for your loved ones to be prayed for at the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed which will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 2nd November. There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the envelope and place them in the tray in front of the altar. We will pray for those named at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses throughout the month of November.
02.11.2016Get-togetherGet-together. This Wednesday 2nd November. Meet at BRG 10.30am, then on to Melbicks Garden Centre for coffee and shopping!
30.10.2016Parish Dinner - Pictures!Our parish event archive has now been updated with pictures (and lyrics to 'Our Church'!) from our parish dinner on the 15th October 2016. Follow the link to see more
30.10.2016Kathryn's African AdventureKathryn Green's adventures in South Africa are now online in our Parish Archive. Follow the link to learn more about Kathryn's visit to South Africa to team in a primary school, see the pictures and watch the video of her experience
30.10.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Tom Murray RIP
30.10.2016ThanksThanks to all those who shared in the praying of the Rosary together in church during the Month of October - the Month of the Holy Rosary. Our gratitude, also, to Kathryn for sharing with us her experience in Africa and for the love and joy her team brought to the children there
28.10.2016Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Douai Abbey, 28th-30th October 2016An opportunity for those 18-40 to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions, meet like-minded people and have fun. For more information click on the link. Prices start from £12. http//www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm for more information
23.10.2016Parish DinnerThank you to everyone for supporting the Parish Dinner, especially all who helped to make this such a great evening. We raised the magnificent sum of £778.50. Watch out for pictures from the evening appearing soon. Pam and Chris
23.10.2016100 Club – October WinnersCongratulations to the October winners of out 100 Club: Number 78 £75 Kathy Jones, Number 67 £45 Ros Cawley, Number 95 £30 John McLellan
16.10.2016Can you help? - Church WardensWe are looking for some more volunteers to be church wardens and join our existing teams. The main duties are to welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass and help with the collections. Your turn only comes round about every eight weeks. If you are willing to help please give your name to Joe Martin after Mass.
16.10.2016Can you help? - Children's Liturgy RotaPlease can parishioners (particularly parents of young children) give some thought to joining our children's liturgy rota? You are welcome to volunteer as a leader or a helper, or both! New child protection rules mean that we need to have two vetted people in every session we run, and without more volunteers we will have weeks when we are not able to run a session. The vetting procedure is very simple - please ask Louise Perry or Kathryn Driffield for the paperwork
15.10.2016Parish Dinner Last Call for Parish Dinner. Next Saturday,15th October, and if anyone else would like to come, please see Pam after Mass. It is a four course meal including a glass of wine and entertainment, all for only £20 per person. Dinner is 7:30pm for 8:00pm. Please remember to bring your own drinks
09.10.2016BaptismWe pray that God will bless and guide Wyatt Bobby Chesshire-Ramon, who is to be baptised here today, and will strengthen his parents and Godparents to nurture him in the faith of Christ
07.10.2016One World Week DinnerOur church will once again be hosting the dinner and speaker on Friday 7 October at 7 for 7.30pm. The Indian buffet meal will be provided by the Bengal Brasserie, bring your own drinks. Tickets are £12.50 available from John & Louise Perry
07.10.2016CAFOD Harvest Fast Day This Harvest Day we are invited to join 32-year-old Nicanora from Bolivia, on her journey from poverty to abundance. We can stand alongside Nicanora as she learns new skills and receives materials and seeds that will enable her to grow enough food to feed her family. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope and give what you can.
05.10.2016Get-togetherWe are meeting this Wednesday, 5th October at 10.30am in the parish room for tea and coffee
02.10.2016October and the RosaryOctober is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary at every weekday Mass throughout the month of October. On Friday 7th October we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and we will pray 5 decades of the Rosary after Mass. All welcome
25.09.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Joe Sheen
25.09.2016Quavers Children’s ChoirThe children’s choir practice will restart this week after mass. All welcome
25.09.2016IntinctionIt has been brought to my attention that some are dipping the consecrated host into the precious blood of Christ at Holy Communion. This practice is forbidden. If you do not wish to drink from the chalice then just receive Communion in one kind. To receive Communion in one kind is to receive a full Communion. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Father Frank
25.09.2016Family Ministry Project WorkerThe Archdiocese wishes to appoint someone to this full-time post based at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham. For further details contact 0121 360 8118
24.09.2016Balsall Common Festival Tombola SaturdayWe urgently need more bottles for our stall. At the moment we only have 102 and have only two weeks to make up the number to 300. Can you please support us over the next two Sundays and bring whatever you can. Thank you
18.09.2016Baptism todayThe Baptism of Oliver Westwood will take place today at 11 am today
18.09.2016LourdesChris, Ros & Maureen returned back last Friday having had a very good week at Hoanna House in Lourdes. We did remember you all there. We thank you for your prayers. Maureen did light your candles that you asked her at Easter. Apologies for the delay!
15.09.2016Parish Council MeetingThere is a meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th September in the church hall.
11.09.2016Children's Liturgy Rota (Help needed)Please can parishioners (particularly parents of young children) give some thought to joining our children's liturgy rota? You are welcome to volunteer as a leader or a helper, or both! New child protection rules mean that we need to have two vetted people in every session we run, and without more volunteers we will have weeks when we are not able to run a session. The vetting procedure is very simple. Please speak to Louise Perry or Kathryn Driffield if you can help
10.09.2016Deanery Readers' Day Saturday 10th September 10am – 4pm, Leamington SpaFor Readers and anyone interested in becoming a Reader. This is a chance to explore in more detail, the Ministry of Reader and your place in it. For more details, please see the notice board or contact Kate Tennyson on 01926 314077, or email kate.tennyson@googlemail.com. There is a letter of invitation for all readers, at the back of church. If you are not yet a reader but wish to attend, please contact Kate as above to obtain detail
04.09.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Joanna Gibbs and Hosanna House Group 524
28.08.2016Lourdes VisitRos Cawley, Chris Mitchell & Maureen Carroll are going to Lourdes next Friday. They will be staying at Hosanna House, a House owned by H.C.P.T. in Bartres near Lourdes. During their week's stay they will remember you all. Do remember them in your prayers. If you have a petition you wish them to take, please give it to either Ros or Chris. Thank you
21.08.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Delia Murray and Diana Turner
21.08.2016Finance Committee MeetingThere will be a meeting of the Finance Committee after Mass today
21.08.2016100 Club WinnersAugust's draw winners are: 1st: No. 56 (Rory Murtagh) - £75; 2nd: No. 11 (Kathy Jones) - £45; 3rd: No. 26 (Eileen Innes) - £30
14.08.2016Please pray forAdrian Stewart and Frank Clements, recently departed and for all those who mourn their passing. Their Requiem Masses will be held at Blessed Robert Grissold on Thursday and Friday of this week at 11.30 a.m.
14.08.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Delia Murray and Diana Turner
07.08.2016Father EdA warm welcome to Father Ed O'Connell, a Columban Father, who will be presiding at the Mass today. Father Ed will also talk to us about the work he is doing with the poor in Lima, Peru. Our Parish have been helping Fr. Ed for 16 years with our Breakfasts and money from our Bottle.
07.08.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst
07.08.2016Services this weekPlease note that there is a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesday and normal weekday Mass service is resumed on Wednesday 10th August with Mass at 7.00pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations until 8.00pm. There will be a 10.00am Mass on Thursday.
03.08.2016Get-togetherThis Wednesday 3 August. We are off to Harvington Hall on a coach trip. Leaving BRG at 10 o'clock sharp!
31.07.2016Fr Martin Newell CPWe look forward to welcoming Fr Martin who will celebrate Mass here next Sunday.
31.07.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst
31.07.2016Fr Frank on holiday Please NoteWhilst Fr. Frank is away the only celebration through the week will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesday. Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday 10th August with Mass, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations until 8.00pm. There will be no First Friday Mass in August
24.07.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst
24.07.2016Consecration candlesWe would like to thank those who donated the four consecration candles put up in the church. These are in memory of the following. Bridge and Perry family, Cotterill family, McLean family, Daniel Mark Lester and Amy Pullen
24.07.2016Fr Frank on holidayFather Frank is on holiday this week. There will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesdays while he is away. There will be no Mass with the Anointing of the Sick in July and no First Friday Mass in August.
24.07.2016Baptism of Eve Elizabeth RyderWe pray for Eve and for her family, godparents and friends as they gather, after Mass today, for her Baptism.CAFOD Collection
24.07.2016CAFOD CollectionThank you so much for the generous CAFOD donations collected in the last two weeks. An exceptional total of £382 was raised and that is without the Gift Aid extra reimbursement which will make the final total well in excess of £400. Thank you especially to all who took the time to fill in their details
17.07.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is Richard Brennan
17.07.2016Car ParkThank you to Paul Ryan for his generous donation of time and materials in repairing the gulley in the car park. If anyone would like to talk to Paul about driveways, paving or landscaping please call him on 07831 386621
12.07.2016Mass time change for this weekPlease note that this week's Tuesday Mass is earlier than usual and will be at 9.30 am to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy
10.07.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is Francis Clements
10.07.2016Prayer LifeThe meditations and instruction on prayer in the Christian spiritual life continue on Wednesday during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.07.2016Ethiopia Appeal and CollectionThere is a serious food crisis in Ethiopia. Extreme weather shifts, part of the El Nino effect, mean severe drought has left millions of people in need of emergency food aid. 400,000 children are already suffering from malnutrition and we need to act now to prevent a far more terrible crisis. Please give to the collection today for CAFOD's emergency humanitarian response. And please pray for those who are suffering.
10.07.2016Consecration A huge thank you to all those who worked to make the Consecration of our church such a blessed occasion yesterday. There will be a more in depth write up of the mass and celebrations soon!
10.07.2016Consecration PicturesPictures of the consecration celebration are now available by clinking on the link or accessing the Parish Archive via the menu.
09.07.2016Church ConsecrationThis is a very special year in the life of our parish, as our church will be consecrated on 9th July by Archbishop Bernard Longley. Preparations are already underway, both for the consecration service itself, and for various fund-raising activities. Updates on our progress so far are published in our Easter newsletter available online (along with our weekly Sunday bulletin) on this website For more details of how you can be involved, please speak to Joe Martin or Ian Clarke, or email enquiries@brgparish.org.uk.
30.11.-1Lent Breakfasts & TalksThe breakfast talks continue throughout Lent at the Methodist church hosted by local churches. This week (29th) the speaker is Rev Dr Stuart Jennings "The Godliness of the Puritans". Saturday 7th March at 8.30am, Blessed Robert Grissold is hosting the Lenten breakfast at the Methodist church. Cost £2.00 and consists of cereals, croissants, and toast followed by the Lenten talk. The theme this year is "Moving forward by looking back". New visions for the future of Christianity. Speaker Mr Peter Larkin "The drama of Catholicism". All welcome.
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29.11.2020
Our annual giving tree has to take a different form this year.  Rather than buying and wrapping gifts for different age groups, Fr Hudson’s society has asked that we donate cash or store vouchers instead.  COVID has hit us all this year but, as with any crisis, the people who were already disadvantaged will have been most affected.  We are therefore asking the parish to come together, in a safely socially distanced way, to make a Christmas offering for this.  We will be collecting cash, cheques, or store vouchers (please include a receipt with these) outside the church between 9.00am and 9.30am on Sunday 6th and 13th December. There will be an additional collection in the car park on Saturday 12th December 10.00am-11.00am. Some of the funds collected will be used to send Christmas cheer to members of the parish who are unable to come to church during the pandemic.  If you would like to help with distributing a local gift please leave your contact details for Kathryn Driffield  at one of the collections
22.11.2020
The Finance committee would like to let any parishioners who wish to catch up with their normal weekly offering know that this can be done safely and easily by dropping a cheque payable to Blessed Robert Grissold Church to Bob Jones at 58 Balsall Street East or give it to one the Finance team who will pass it on. Bob will always ensure that you have a receipt. If you prefer to provide cash that is no problem.
04.11.2020
As I am sure you now realise with the latest government announcement, we will not be holding Mass for at least the next four weeks. We would like to thank all members of the parish for offering to help with the cleaning and opening the church for mass for the last two Sundays which went very well. We had over 20 helpers and considering the size of our congregation we so lucky to have so much help thank you. We will keep you all informed what is happening as soon as more information becomes available. A weekly Spiritual Communion will be available on this website if you wish to use it.
31.10.2020
Please be aware of the following service available in Balsall Common. Please use the phone number or email address if you need any support.
17.10.2020
Notification of virtual open mornings at St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath, Solihull. You can find out more at www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
10.10.2020
Due to the ongoing Covid19 situation, we have reluctantly decided not to open the Midland Charities Association Christmas card shop in Balsall Common or Allesley Park libraries this year. We are hoping to be able to sell cards from home for a limited number of charities as well as some sundry items such as wrapping paper, gift tags, money wallets etc. In order to do this, we would need to take orders in advance. If you would be interested in buying your cards in this way, please speak to Janice or Bob on 01676 534407 or email mcacards20@yahoo.com. I would like to thank both volunteers and customers for all your support over the years. We will make every effort to open the shops as normal in 2021 if the situation allows. Best wishes, Janice
06.09.2020
John McLellan and Chris Burleigh have just done a Zoom draw for the 100 Club, the results of the 3rd 100 Club draw for 2020, conducted using a random generator on a Zoom call with John McLellan, as follows: 1st 19 Tracey McAtammney (£75), 2nd 78 Kathy Jones (£45), 3rd 82 Judith Gibbs (£30). Congratulations to the winners!
17.03.2020
On Thursday at 10:00 am we celebrate the Feast of a very great saint of the Church: St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00am.
15.03.2020
Please make every effort to read about the changes that the Diocese have asked us to make in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can click the link to the left or use the one at the top of this page.
15.03.2020
Thank you to all who have renewed or taken out a subscription this year. The first draw of 2020 will take place after Mass today. Prizes are £75, £45 and £30.
15.03.2020
Please pray for Eleanor Rose Orme who is to be baptised here today, for her parents and godparents, her friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises.
12.03.2020
There will be a Mass at 10:00am on Tuesday 17 Mar morning (Feast of St. Patrick) followed by Stations of the Cross.
12.03.2020
There is a parish meeting next Thursday 12th March in the parish room after Mass to plan events for the coming year. All are very welcome to attend
11.03.2020
Meeting in the parish room on Wednesday 11th March at 4.30pm for parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion this year. Contact Chris Mitchell if any queries - 07742288722
08.03.2020
Please pray for Brian Bernard Stokes who is to be baptised here today, for his parents and godparents, his friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises
08.03.2020
Our visitors from Solihull Cooperative Funeral Care were overwhelmed by the welcome and support which they received here last Sunday and by your generosity. With your help they raised £165.00 for Dementia UK. They have asked me to pass on their thanks.
08.03.2020
Father Frank would like to thank those who are responsible for cleaning the church.
06.03.2020
Women's World Day of Prayer on Friday 6th March at 10.30am, St Swithin's Church, Barston. Prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe. All welcome, please contact Louise Perry if you can take part in the service.
04.03.2020
Get-together on Wednesday 4th March at 11.30am in the parish room for soup and dessert. All welcome.
01.03.2020
Following a recent incident in the church, a risk assessment and inspection of the kneelers has been carried out (by the Parish Maintenance Committee). While the kneelers are in good condition and did not require repairs, the inspection concluded that keeping the kneelers in the 'down' position is more hazardous than in the upright position. The Committee would like to remind everyone to take care when entering and exiting the pews.
01.03.2020
There will be a second collection on Sunday 1st March for Cathedral Maintenance
01.03.2020
We have been invited by the Deanery again, this year, to contribute a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are each asked to choose one day in March and to commit to saying on that day, a prayer - short or long - for increasing numbers of vocations. If you would like to support this, please sign your selected day on the sheet at the back of church. We hope to have one or more people praying this every day of the month. For further details, see Bysshe Gibbs.
26.02.2020
Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. The Church orders the season of Lent to our preparation for the celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to, but excluding, the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. We are encouraged to participate fully in the Lenten preparation for Easter, approaching the Sacrament of Penance and making our confession during this season. The season of Lent also presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our prayer life and to give ourselves over to meditation upon the scriptures or some other spiritual reading.
23.02.2020
The sale of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Candles in 2018 and 2019 amounted to £139.70. Proceeds went to HCPT Group 83. Thank you for your support, it was much appreciated.
23.02.2020
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Columban Father Joe Flanagan, who died recently in Ireland. Fr Joe celebrated Mass for us here on many occasions before we had our own Parish Priest. And also, for Peggy Anderton, a neighbour, friend & supporter of Group 83
23.02.2020
Walk with Me Booklets for Lent £1 each will be available this weekend. Please put your donation in the wall box. Thank you
16.02.2020
This weekend we welcomed Bishop William Kenney for the Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation to our parish. Click on the link to learn more about it and read the parish report presented to the Bishop
16.02.2020
Welcome to Bishop William who is carrying out his Visitation this weekend. He will celebrate Mass and preach today.
16.02.2020
A huge thank you to everyone who supported my cake sale last Sunday. The response was fantastic, and I raised an amazing £282. This money will all go directly towards my projects in Tanzania. I am volunteering with Christian charity 'Go Make a Difference Tanzania' for 3 months from the 21st March. I will be working on rural community projects such as a reforestation scheme and building goat sheds. Many thanks again. Tom
09.02.2020
Due to the resignation of two volunteers for church cleaning a vacancy has arisen for two people to join our dynamic team. The honour of cleaning our lovely church comes around every 8 weeks. No previous experience needed. Please apply in person to Louise Perry.
05.02.2020
Get-together this Wednesday 5th February. We meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
02.02.2020
There will be a Finance Committee meeting after mass next Sunday, 2nd February, when the 2019 accounts will be presented.
01.02.2020
I am grateful to you for all for the support and kindness, shown both to my family and myself during my recent period of illness. Until I have regained more strength, I will only be celebrating Sunday Masses and the Baptisms that I have agreed to. After the regular daily round of prayer, meditation and study, I have more than enough to keep me busy at my desk and in the seemingly endless task of unpacking after our recent move. I look forward to returning to celebrating the weekday Masses, visiting and other parish duties when I am sufficiently recovered. I would like to give special thanks to Joe, Bob and Chris who made repeated trips to the tip in order to dispose of the mountain of waste which built up during the move. Also, to those of you who have ensured on-going prayer, during the week in the church. Thank you all for your patience and continuing prayers. Fr Frank
01.02.2020
We pray for Milo Kristian McKeever who is to be Baptised after Mass here today - we pray also for his parents and godparents, friends and family.
26.01.2020
Our choir practice begins after Mass next Sunday 26th January. If you have ever thought that you would like to join our choir, this is an ideal point to join in! We are going to start work on music for Lent and Easter. Everyone is welcome!
19.01.2020
Thank you for your support each year, which contributes at least £600 towards church funds. Subscriptions for 2020 are now due and Chris and John will be in the hall for the next few Sundays to collect your subscriptions. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30, each quarter. You may take out more than one subscription, thereby increasing your chances of winning! New members are always welcome. If you can, it helps our admin if you set up a standing order. We can provide the necessary form. Good luck for 2020!
19.01.2020
If you would like to have the Candle of Dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion for a week of your choice, please find at the back of church the diary and envelopes for your name and donation (suggested amount is £5) for you to fill in. You may select to have the candle in front of our Lady (OL) or Sacred Heart (SH)statues. Please give your envelope to the Warden, Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison.
12.01.2020
Thank you so much for all your generosity in giving the lovely gifts you donated to Fr Hudson's Society and local parishioners this Christmas, via the giving tree. They were gratefully received. A big thanks also to all the families who delivered the local gifts. Claire
08.01.2020
Get-together this Wednesday, 8th. January. We will meet at 10.30am in the parish room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
05.01.2020
Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes or who bought/sold tickets, resulting in an outstanding result of £1,051. Most particular thanks to Tracey
25.12.2019
Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2019
25.12.2019
Our 2019 Christmas newsletter is now available. This bumper issue covers the whole of 2019 and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2019 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
15.12.2019
I have put some CAFOD "World Gift" Catalogues at the back of the church. Please take one. Please consider giving a present at Christmas that will really change the lives of people of all ages living in extreme poverty. We often buy presents for friends that really have everything they need, and they may like to think that they are giving to others in need instead! You can use the website to cafod.org.uk/worldgifts if you prefer. Thank You Chris Lynn.
15.12.2019
Our carol service will be held this Sunday on the 15th December at 6.30pm. Come along to listen to Christmas readings, music from our choir and sing Christmas carols. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the parish room
15.12.2019
A grand total of £250 for parish funds was achieved last Sunday. Thanks to all those who contributed in any way.
08.12.2019
Walk with Me Booklets for Advent are available. Price £1.00 each. Please put money in the wall box.
08.12.2019
Christmas cards, calendars & candles are on sale. All proceed will go to HCPT Group 83.
04.12.2019
Get together: This Wednesday, 4th December. We are going to Wyndley Garden Centre. Meet in BRG car park at 10.30am in order to sort out transport.
03.12.2019
Please note that all Masses for the rest of this week are cancelled as Father Frank is preparing to move house. Sunday Mass on 8th December will be celebrated as normal at 9:30 am
01.12.2019
I would like to thank all those who supported the Fayre on Saturday. It was an enjoyable day and a total of £1,548 was made, to be divided equally between Acorns and Save the Children. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you also to Father Frank for allowing the use of the Hall and to all those who helped make the day run smoothly. Julia Greensall
01.12.2019
Please pray for Liam Joseph Hunt, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for his parents, godparents, family and friends.
01.12.2019
Raffle Tickets, for the draw after Mass next Sunday, are available to sell at the back of the church. Please take away and sell to friends, colleagues and family. We have some fantastic prizes including £150 cash prize to cover the cost of Christmas Lunch! Christmas Hamper, Lunch for 2 at Mallory Court, Sunday Lunch for 4 at The Counting House Leamington Spa, Afternoon Tea for 2 at Whittles Restaurant, Binswood Hall, Vouchers, Bottles, Christmas Cake, Chocolates & much more.... Many thanks – Tracey
01.12.2019
Advent begins today. During Advent, the evening Mass on Thursdays will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction. The meditations accompanying Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Advent and Christmas will reflect the themes of those holy seasons. In addition, there will be an opportunity to make your Confession prior to Christmas, after Mass on Thursday 19th December
01.12.2019
Thursday Evening Mass will begin at 6.00pm every week unless otherwise notified in the bulletin.
01.12.2019
Every year we decorate our Christmas tree with tags for presents that we, as a parish donate to others. Some will be given to local parishioners and the rest are given to Fr Hudson's charity. They have many projects (I have added their newsletter to the notice board) and our gifts will be given to those who use their projects. This year they are asking us to identify what is in the present to ensure it gets to the right person. They have said they find gift packs of toiletries and winter gifts (eg slippers) useful. Selection boxes, food hampers (see noticeboard) and tins of biscuits are also very welcome, they don't need wrapping. Please give whatever you can, wrap it and place it back under the tree with the tag. Many thanks.
24.11.2019
Please pray for Cora Beatrice Noonan, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for her parents, godparents, family and friends
17.11.2019
The total raised at last week's breakfast was £213.20, a brilliant result. Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast and to those who gave a donation. Fr Ed will receive the money in the next week or so and will be delighteda
12.11.2019
Please note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
10.11.2019
Our Book of Remembrance will be updated in time for the mass on 10th November. If you wish to add any names into the Book, please could you complete one of the forms at the back of the Book and leave it under the Book by Sunday 3rd November. Please print any names you wish to be added on the form and be sure to include the month and day in which you would like that person to be remembered. Thank you.
10.11.2019
We need an additional member of the team. You will only need to count one Sunday in every ten. Please speak with Bob Jones or Godfrey Chesshire after mass. Thank you
10.11.2019
Thanks to all who made last Sunday such a special event in our 25th Anniversary year. You can see the photos in our parish archive by clicking on the link to the left
10.11.2019
Throughout November Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered when we will pray, by name, for those placed before the altar for All Souls.
10.11.2019
Maureen, together with the rest of Group 83, had a lovely time in Lourdes. She was well looked after. She remembered you all there, and has brought back some Lourdes Holy Water. If anyone would like some, please speak to her.
06.11.2019
Get-together this Wednesday November 6th. We are meeting at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
03.11.2019
Sunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
03.11.2019
We welcome Bishop William next week. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates, Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday 3rd November.
03.11.2019
The church will be providing a buffet after mass on the 3rd of November to celebrate the children's confirmation and blessing of the new window by Bishop William. Could we please have volunteers for making cakes and providing food. Please see Ann Dodd and Louise Perry after mass today if you feel you could help.
03.11.2019
Welcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
03.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
02.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
01.11.2019
The Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
31.10.2019
It's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
31.10.2019
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the Mass on Thursday at 6.00pm. Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer until Benediction at 7.05pm.
27.10.2019
October is the month of the Rosary and we have prayed a decade of the Rosary at each Mass throughout the month of October as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
27.10.2019
As part of the commemoration of 25 years of our church, we would like to collect your memories and photos of our parish over the last 25 years for a pull out and keep souvenir to be published as part of our Christmas Newsletter. If you would like to share your memories and photos please contact Eleanor Clarke after Mass or email her on iehclarke@btinternet.com
27.10.2019
We welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.
24.10.2019
Some of you will have known Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP) - better known as Teresa - one of our parishioners who received Holy Communion at home for many years. All are welcome to attend the Requiem Mass to be offered here for her on Thursday.
20.10.2019
1st - £75.00 – Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 – Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 – Sue McGovern. Congratulations!
19.10.2019
Maureen is going to Lourdes on Saturday, 19th October, returning on Friday, 25th October. She is going in a small group and will stay in Hosanna House. She is happy to light a candle if you wish and take petitions with her. Please pray for the group as they will pray for you.
09.10.2019
Please note that the Mass (the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman) this Wednesday is at 7.00pm - before the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm.
09.10.2019
There will be a meeting of the Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 9th October to discuss arrangements for the Confirmation and blessing of the anniversary window; and to consider arrangements tor the Episcopal Visitation of Bishop William in February.
08.10.2019
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 9.30am. The earlier start is to enable Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
02.10.2019
Get-together this Wednesday October 2nd. We are meeting in the parish room at 11.30am for a lunch of soup and sausage.
02.10.2019
St George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is hosting Open Days on Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday, 17th October, both between 9.30 and 11.30 am. For further information see the notice board.
29.09.2019
If you have any surplus garden produce e.g. green tomatoes, onions, plums or currants, please let me know and I'll convert it into parish funds! Judith tel. 01676 534010.
26.09.2019
The opening service for the Bishop's visitation to our Deanery is on Thursday 26th September at 7.00pm at St Peter's Leamington Spa. The Vicar General has suggested that each parish in the Deanery should be represented by their priest and 10 parishioners (who are representatives of groups or activities in the parish). The order of events is Vespers (Evening Prayer) led by Bishop William, followed by a presentation by the Archbishop. There will be refreshments in the parish hall afterwards. Please let Fr Frank know if you are interested in attending.
25.09.2019
Please note that Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday this week in order that Fr Frank and others might attend the visitation service at St Peter’s on Thursday.
15.09.2019
There are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
08.09.2019
Choir practice begins again after the Summer break on Sunday 8th September. We will be preparing music for the Confirmation Mass on 3rd November and our Christmas celebrations. Ian and Ellie are on holiday so the first practice will be led by Cathy Grimley. Please make every effort to attend! This is an ideal time to join the choir if you love to sing and have an interest in church music. Auditions or previous experience are not required, and you would be very welcome!
04.09.2019
Get-together this Wednesday, 4th September. We are meeting, 10.30am. at Fran and Ian's – 5 , Blythe Avenue. Contact number, if needed, 530 371
02.09.2019
The next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on 2nd September at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish could be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
01.09.2019
We pray for Audrey Eleanor Martin who will be Baptised today after Mass. We pray also for her parents and godparents - that, together with them, we will be faithful to our Baptismal promises
01.09.2019
There are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
13.08.2019
Please note the start time of the Mass on Tuesday this week is 7.00pm
11.08.2019
An initial design for the window has been produced by our stained-glass window artist, Sasha Ward (you can see examples of her work at her website http://www.sashaward.co.uk). This design must be approved by the Archdiocese faculty and will be submitted to their next committee meeting on 19th September. Production of the window will then commence, and we are confident it will be ready for the Bishop’s visit on the 3rd November 2019. The complete text of the dedication will also be available to view after Mass today. Please spend a few minutes over coffee to review it and ensure you are happy with your dedication as it will be submitted for production of the plaque soon. If you still wish to make a pledge or have not yet paid your pledge and still wish to do so, please see Ian Clarke after Mass today.
07.08.2019
Next meeting is this Wednesday 7th August. Coach trip to Evesham Valley. Coach leaves BRG at 10 am prompt. All welcome.
04.08.2019
A further plea for an additional volunteer to help with the parish bulletin rota. The task involves bringing together the week's notices and liturgy arrangements into the standard template that you see each week and takes about 1-2 hrs of time per week. We aim to have 4 people on the rota at any one time so that each editor only does 3 months at a time. No previous editorial experience required! It just needs access to a Computer and email. If you can help or would like to discuss in more detail before committing please speak to one of the current editorial team: David Green, Godfrey Chesshire or Ellie Clarke
07.07.2019
A special thank you to all who helped and supported the concert last weekend especially Ian and Ellie for all their hard work arranging it. We raised over £1,000 which is been split between the parish and Gridtones choir charity. Photos of the event can be found by clicking on the link
07.07.2019
After Mass today there will be a Pancake breakfast in aid of Parish Funds
07.07.2019
Baptism: 11.00 am next Sunday. Baptism of Cormac David Cant.
03.07.2019
We meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
30.06.2019
At the end of Mass today parishioner Tom Green will be presented with a bursary by Brian Green, current President of The Redditch Circle of the Catenian Association. The Catenian Bursary Fund aims to support young Catholics who want to work on projects around the world which help communities less fortunate than ourselves. Tom is travelling to Tanzania in January 2020 for 3 months to work with a Christian Charity on rural infrastructure projects. The bursary will help towards the funds Tom has to raise for his trip. The Catenian Bursary is available to all young Catholics. For more info see https://catenianbursary.com/
23.06.2019
St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge currently have limited availability for nursery places for September 2019. Please see notice board for full information
23.06.2019
Today our Confirmation candidates, Carys, Erin, Ethan, James and Cloe will make their commitment during the Mass. Please keep them, together with their families, sponsors and catechists in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation on Sunday October 13th.
23.06.2019
Required- a staff member to work with volunteers in parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. For details see cafod.org.uk/jobs. Closing date 1st July
19.06.2019
The 10.00am Mass this Wednesday 19th June is for the members and families of Solihull Circle of the Catenian Association. It will be followed by light refreshments. Parishioners are welcome to attend
13.06.2019
The next Parish Council meeting is this Thursday 13th June with the main item on the agenda the forthcoming Music Concert. All welcome
09.06.2019
Congratulations to James Murtagh and Orla Cole who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday and will be celebrating at church with us this morning
09.06.2019
Our thanks to Fr Chris who is covering for Fr Frank who is taking his post-Easter break
09.06.2019
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 28th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ