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.
|04.02.2017||Coffee Together||This Saturday, 4th February, 10.30-12 noon, in the Jubilee Centre. All are welcome|
|03.02.2017||The Blessing of Throats||The 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|
|01.02.2017||Get Together||We meet this Wednesday, 1st February at 12 noon in the parish room for soup and dessert|
|29.01.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for the Becky Hulme & Family|
|28.01.2017||Deanery Readers Day||The 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|
|26.01.2017||The 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.'|
|22.01.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Frank Clements RIP|
|22.01.2017||Eileen Innes RIP||Eileen 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|
|22.01.2017||Week of Prayer for Christian Unity||The Churches Together Service will take place this afternoon at 4.00pm in St Peter’s Church.|
|22.01.2017||Meditations 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.|
|19.01.2017||Parish Pastoral Council||Our 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|
|15.01.2017||Youth Group||Coming 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.|
|15.01.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for the John Hughes|
|15.01.2017||Churches Together Youth Fellowship Group||The 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|
|15.01.2017||Christmas Raffle||Thank 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|
|11.01.2017||Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament||On 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|
|08.01.2017||Candle of Dedication for 2017||The 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|
|08.01.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for the People of the Parish|
|08.01.2017||Christmas Giving Tree||Many 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|
|03.01.2017||Get together||Get-together this Wednesday, 3rd January. Meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a buffet lunch. All welcome.|
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.
Meditations 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.
The candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).
In 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.
"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.
Cake 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.
Thank 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.
A 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
Dates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)
After Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.
To 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.
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
Could 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.
Subscriptions 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.
BRG 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
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.
Women'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.
Forty 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 email@example.com
This 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.
Next meeting is this Wednesday March 1st. Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome