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.
|26.08.2018||Year for Priests||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||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||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Dana Turner (RIP).|
|19.08.2018||Cleaning rota review||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||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||Warwick 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)|
|05.08.2018||Prayers for the recently deceased||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||Get Together||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||Local 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).|
|17.07.2018||Patronal Feast||We will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.|
|08.07.2018||Changes to Mass times||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||Get Together||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||Race for Life||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.|
|01.07.2018||Father George||Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today|
|30.06.2018||Celebrate!||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|
|24.06.2018||Welcome||We welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today|
|24.06.2018||Parish Cake Sale - The Result||The 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|
|24.06.2018||Simply Purple & Friends||Simply 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).|
|17.06.2018||Father George||Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today|
|17.06.2018||Race for Life||On 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|
|12.06.2018||Coventry 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|
|10.06.2018||First Holy Communion||Please 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.|
|10.06.2018||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Norah Flynn (RIP).|
|10.06.2018||Year for Priests||The 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.|
|10.06.2018||Parish Cake Sale||This 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.|
|08.06.2018||Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus||On 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|
|06.06.2018||Get-together||This 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.|
|03.06.2018||June - the Month of the Sacred Heart||June 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.|
|03.06.2018||Millennium Breakfast||Thanks to all those who supported the breakfast which raised £167, a wonderful effort! Special thanks to those who helped tidy away afterwards|
|03.06.2018||Grass in front of the church||We 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|
|31.05.2018||Mass this Thursday with 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."|
|24.05.2018||Mass this Thursday||Please note the time of the Mass on Thursday for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest is 7.00 pm|
|20.05.2018||Millennium Breakfast||Our 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|
|20.05.2018||Choral 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.|
|20.05.2018||CTBB 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/|
|13.05.2018||World Communication Day||Next Sunday is World Communication Day and there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Network.|
|12.05.2018||Volunteers to help with Choral Energy Concert||We 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|
|08.05.2018||Early start to Tuesday Mass||Due to the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 a.m|
|06.05.2018||Choral Energy! concert 12th May at 7.00pm||Our 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 email@example.com. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!|
|06.05.2018||Churches Together CTBB||An 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.|
|06.05.2018||The CTBB Youth Group||The 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/|
|06.05.2018||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Jake and Bridget Brookes (RIP)|
|29.04.2018||Changes to Masses||Please 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|
|26.04.2018||Mass 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."|
|22.04.2018||Our Field & Berkswell Parish Council||Last 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.|
|22.04.2018||The children's liturgy team are looking for new recruits||Whether 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!|
|15.04.2018||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Ann Cotterill RIP|
|15.04.2018||100 Club Draw||1st Chris Mitchell (37), 2nd Nigel Driffield (58), 3rd Eileen Selby (99).|
|15.04.2018||HCPT Group 83||The 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|
|15.04.2018||HERO - Heart of England Retirement Organisation||HERO - 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.|
|15.04.2018||Child Contact Centres at Hall Green and Smith’s Wood, Volunteers wanted||A 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.|
|12.04.2018||PCC Special Parish Meeting||PCC 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.|
|10.04.2018||Get-together||The 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.|
|01.04.2018||CAFOD||An 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!|
|01.04.2018||Masses this week||Please 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.|
|01.04.2018||HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust||Group 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.|
|01.04.2018||Walk With Me||There 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.|
|30.03.2018||Churches Together Walk of Witness||The 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.|
|29.03.2018||The Watch on Holy Thursday||After 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.|
|29.03.2018||Eucharistic Ministers||New special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled and existing ministers will renew their commitment, during the liturgy of Holy Thursday.|
There will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after the Mass. During this time people may also make their Confession
Father 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.
Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes including: Sylvia Clifford - The Counting House, Leamington Spa, Haig’s Hotel, Nailcote Hall, Whittles Restaurant @ Binswood Hall, Mallory Court, Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre & Ladies First. We have sold £500 worth of tickets so far – please return any ticket money, stubs as soon as possible. Bysshe and Judith will be collecting the money after mass and after the Carol Service today. The Draw will take place after mass next Sunday 23rd December.
Our 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.
Over 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.
We 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.
Congratulations 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
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.
Thank 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.
The Advent Giving Tree is now up. 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.
I 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
The 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.
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. 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.
There 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.
No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
This Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.
Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale in the Narthex. All proceeds will go towards Group 83 H.C.P.T's Funds.
Do 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 firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can.
Once 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
Many thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!