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.
|10.11.2019||Holy 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.|
|10.11.2019||Lourdes||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||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||Dates for your diary relating to the Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold Church||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||Confirmation||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||Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold Church||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||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||Masses for the Holy Souls||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||All Souls||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||All Saints||The Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm|
|31.10.2019||Christmas Raffle||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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01676 532940. Thank you Tracey.|
|31.10.2019||The 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.|
|27.10.2019||October 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|
|27.10.2019||Memories of Our Church||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 email@example.com|
|27.10.2019||Baptism||We welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.|
|24.10.2019||Mary 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.|
|20.10.2019||100 Club Winners||1st - £75.00 Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 Sue McGovern. Congratulations!|
|19.10.2019||Lourdes||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||Later Mass on Wednesday||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||Parish Pastoral Council||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.|
Our carol service will be held next 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
Walk with Me Booklets for Advent are available. Price £1.00 each. Please put money in the wall box.
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 (e.g. slippers) useful. Selection boxes, food hampers (see noticeboard) and tins of biscuits are also very welcome, they dont need wrapping. Please give whatever you can, wrap it and place it back under the tree with the tag. Many thanks. Charles and Claire Keane.
Christmas cards, calendars & candles are on sale. All proceed will go to HCPT Group 83.
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.
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
St. George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is delighted to welcome all applications for September 2020 Nursery placements. If you would like to look around the school then please do contact us to make an appointment with the Head teacher, Mrs Wright, to visit us during the school day. Call the school office on 01564 774906 to make an appointment. Applications will close on 2nd December 2019.
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
Please pray for Liam Joseph Hunt, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for his parents, godparents, family and friends.
Raffle Tickets 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
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
After mass today. Sale of mince pies, pickled onions, chutney, preserves, cakes and gifts. Proceeds for parish funds.
Thursday Evening Mass will begin at 6.00pm every week unless otherwise notified in the bulletin.
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.
Please pray for Cora Beatrice Noonan, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for her parents, godparents, family and friends
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
Please note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
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.
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
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