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Welcome to the website of Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Balsall Common. Here you can find details of the parish, our latest newsletter, services and sacraments offered by the Church and, in our parish archive, the events we have held. As a parish we value your privacy. Please follow the link here to learn more about the privacy policy that covers all catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
Stop Press! Our parish church was consecrated on 9th July 2016. Come back soon to see a full report on the preparations and the Consecration Mass presided over by Archbishop Bernard Longley here

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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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.

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.
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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.
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12.10.2018
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.
07.10.2018
After 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
27.09.2018
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.
23.09.2018
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: on Thursday evenings is 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 spiritual teaching of the Church. All welcome.
23.09.2018
Offerings 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
02.09.2018
Please 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
02.09.2018
On 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
26.08.2018
The 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.
23.08.2018
Adoration 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.
19.08.2018
The candle is lit this week for Dana Turner (RIP).
19.08.2018
The 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
16.08.2018
Mass 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.
12.08.2018
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)
05.08.2018
Please 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.
01.08.2018
A 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.
29.07.2018
(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).
17.07.2018
We will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
08.07.2018
Please 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
04.07.2018
This 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!
01.07.2018
On 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.
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