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."
|12.02.2017||Parish Finance Committee meeting||There will be a short Finance Committee meeting after mass today.|
|12.02.2017||100 Club||Subscriptions 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.|
|12.02.2017||The Christmas Giving Tree||A 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|
|05.02.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Emily & Jack McLellan (RIP) and Jim Hickman (RIP).|
|05.02.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays||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 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.|
|05.02.2017||Princethorpe College||Invigilators wanted at Princethorpe College. Contact 01926 634220|
|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.|
|01.01.2017||Thank 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|
|01.01.2017||Father Frank is away||Father 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.|
|01.01.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Baby Clara|
|28.12.2016||Christmas 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.|
|26.12.2016||2016 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.|
|25.12.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for the Ian Stewart RIP and next week for Baby Clara|
|25.12.2016||Safeguarding||Monica 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|
|25.12.2016||Christmas 2016 Newsletter now available||Our 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|
|25.12.2016||Friends of the Holy Land||We 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.|
|18.12.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish|
|18.12.2016||Carol Service||This 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.|
|18.12.2016||The Christmas Giving Tree||Thanks 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|
|12.12.2016||Earlier Tuesday Mass||Earlier Tuesday Mass due to Fr Frank attending a Deanery meeting of clergy in Leamington|
|11.12.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish|
Dates for your diary: Celebration of the Consecration of our Church
Dates for your diary: Parish Supper
This 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!
The candle is lit this week for Patrick Flynn (RIP).
Many thanks to the men of the parish for the pancake extravaganza last Sunday which was a great success and raised £90 for Church funds
Churches 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.
The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 in the Parish Room. All welcome
On 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!
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.
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.