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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,
Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan
As you may know, our field at Meeting House Lane has been identified by the parish, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Solihull MBC for development, but Berkswell Parish Council are seeking to allocate it as Local Green Space to thwart our efforts.
In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have responded to the formal, technical exercise being run by Solihull MBC to formally object to the "plan being made with Meeting House Lane being allocated as Local Green Space in policy B4 of the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan."
There is quite a campaign to oppose our development, and whilst the decision will not a be popularity competition, nevertheless it will do no harm for parishioners to let Solihull MBC know that there is support for our scheme for assisted living to provide for local residents so that they will not have to leave the village to have such accommodation.
If you feel able to, please email psp@solihull.gov.uk titled "Berkswell NDP Reg 16 Representation" and support the representation made on 10th December 2018 on behalf of the parish. Please note that the deadline for your emails is Friday 21st December 2018
Christmas 2018 Mass times

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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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.

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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29.11.2018AdventWe prepare for Christmas with half hour Meditations on the scriptures for each of the Sundays in Advent. This series of reflections begins on Thursday 29th November after the 6.00pm Mass, which will incorporate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. After the Meditations on the last Thursday of Advent (20th December) there will be an opportunity also to make your Confession before Christmas.
27.11.2018Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson will take place at St George and St Teresa this Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.00 pm followed by refreshments. All welcome. Please let Fr Frank know if you intend to attend in order that G&T can be advised of numbers.
25.11.2018Adoration of the Blessed SacramentAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening provides 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 readings of the First Sunday in Advent.
25.11.2018Millennium BreakfastMany thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast last week and to those who gave donations. We raised £225.80. A brilliant effort! A cheque will be sent to Fr Ed's account soon
25.11.2018Walk with Me Booklets The Walk with Me Booklets are now available at £1 each. Please put your donation in the box in the Wall marked Piety Stall
25.11.2018Advent Giving TreeThe Advent Giving Tree will go up before next Sunday. 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 so much for all your donations this advent.
24.11.2018Parish QuizOur Parish Quiz is on Saturday 24th November. Please arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be Baked Potato with Sausages. Bring your own drinks. Teams of up to six players - £8.00 per player. Please register your team with Godfrey or Linda Chesshire
22.11.2018No Mass on ThursdayNo Mass on Thursday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is moved to Wednesday for this week.
18.11.2018Baptism Please pray for Edward who will be baptised here after Mass today and pray for his parents and godparents that, God may bless, guide and protect them and that by his grace they may be faithful to their Baptismal promises.
18.11.2018Deanery Mass for Deceased Clergy of the Archdiocese Thanks to those who attended and supported the priests of the Deanery who met here for Mass on Tuesday. As always, they were grateful for the hospitality and welcome shown to them - and the cake that went down so well!
12.11.2018Evangelisation TeamOur next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 12th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peterís Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
11.11.2018All SoulsThere are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in the envelope provided, together with your Mass offering. I will name those listed at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar from this Sunday to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November.
11.11.2018100 Club Ė 3rd Draw winners1st 69 £75.00 Bob Jones, 2nd 18 £45.00 Nuala Fulham 3rd 39 £30.00 Helen Woods
11.11.2018Pastoral LetterIf you would like a hard copy of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, please see Fr Frank
07.11.2018Eucharistic Service Eucharistic Service on Wednesday morning, 7th November at 10.00am when Fr Frank will be saying Mass in St Peter's School.
07.11.2018Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday November 7th. We meet at 10-30am in BRG car park for onward trip to Melbicks garden centre
04.11.2018Book of RemembranceWe are updating the parish Book of Remembrance in preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November. If you would like someone who has died recently to be added to our Book of Remembrance, please complete one of the forms on the lectern on which the Book of Remembrance sits and leave it in the back of the Book. The Book of Remembrance will be updated after Mass on Sunday 4th November so please ensure you have completed the form before then
04.11.2018Johnson AssociationToday there is a second collection, for the Johnson Association. This charity exists for the support of the Secular Clergy of the Archdiocese who, on account of age, infirmity or sickness, need financial help.
28.10.2018October and the RosaryOctober is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October.
28.10.2018A Request from Pope FrancisAs I said last week, Pope Francis has asked us to pray more intensely for the Church, especially during this month of October. He asks us to pray the Rosary every day with the intention that the Blessed Virgin Mary will help the Church and defend her against the attacks of the Devil. Pope Francis invites us to conclude our recitation of the Rosary with an ancient invocation to Our Lady - the Sub tuum praesidium, as well as reciting the prayer to St Michael, the Archangel. We will add these prayers to our Rosary prayers at Mass this month and, I hope, retain them thereafter as we continue to offer up these prayers daily. To assist us I have printed the prayers below: We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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20.12.2018
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
18.12.2018
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.
16.12.2018
Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes including: Sylvia Clifford - The Counting House, Leamington Spa, Haigís Hotel, Nailcote Hall, Whittles Restaurant @ Binswood Hall, Mallory Court, Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre & Ladies First. We have sold £500 worth of tickets so far Ė 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.
16.12.2018
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.
16.12.2018
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.
16.12.2018
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.
16.12.2018
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
11.12.2018
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.
09.12.2018
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.
09.12.2018
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.
09.12.2018
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
09.12.2018
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.
07.12.2018
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. 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.
06.12.2018
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 Christís 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.
05.12.2018
No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
05.12.2018
This Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.
02.12.2018
Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale in the Narthex. All proceeds will go towards Group 83 H.C.P.T's Funds.
02.12.2018
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! Itís 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 iehclarke@btinternet.com as soon as you can.
02.12.2018
Once in a while, itís nice to be able to make a difference; even nicer to be in a community where so many shares that sentiment Ė thank you all. Ian Lester
02.12.2018
Many thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!
29.11.2018
We prepare for Christmas with half hour Meditations on the scriptures for each of the Sundays in Advent. This series of reflections begins on Thursday 29th November after the 6.00pm Mass, which will incorporate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. After the Meditations on the last Thursday of Advent (20th December) there will be an opportunity also to make your Confession before Christmas.
27.11.2018
Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson will take place at St George and St Teresa this Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.00 pm followed by refreshments. All welcome. Please let Fr Frank know if you intend to attend in order that G&T can be advised of numbers.
25.11.2018
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening provides 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 readings of the First Sunday in Advent.
25.11.2018
Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast last week and to those who gave donations. We raised £225.80. A brilliant effort! A cheque will be sent to Fr Ed's account soon
25.11.2018
The Walk with Me Booklets are now available at £1 each. Please put your donation in the box in the Wall marked Piety Stall
25.11.2018
The Advent Giving Tree will go up before next Sunday. 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 so much for all your donations this advent.
24.11.2018
Our Parish Quiz is on Saturday 24th November. Please arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be Baked Potato with Sausages. Bring your own drinks. Teams of up to six players - £8.00 per player. Please register your team with Godfrey or Linda Chesshire
22.11.2018
No Mass on Thursday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is moved to Wednesday for this week.
18.11.2018
Please pray for Edward who will be baptised here after Mass today and pray for his parents and godparents that, God may bless, guide and protect them and that by his grace they may be faithful to their Baptismal promises.
18.11.2018
Thanks to those who attended and supported the priests of the Deanery who met here for Mass on Tuesday. As always, they were grateful for the hospitality and welcome shown to them - and the cake that went down so well!
12.11.2018
Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 12th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peterís Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
11.11.2018
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in the envelope provided, together with your Mass offering. I will name those listed at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar from this Sunday to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November.
11.11.2018
1st 69 £75.00 Bob Jones, 2nd 18 £45.00 Nuala Fulham 3rd 39 £30.00 Helen Woods
11.11.2018
If you would like a hard copy of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, please see Fr Frank
07.11.2018
Eucharistic Service on Wednesday morning, 7th November at 10.00am when Fr Frank will be saying Mass in St Peter's School.
07.11.2018
Get-together this Wednesday November 7th. We meet at 10-30am in BRG car park for onward trip to Melbicks garden centre
04.11.2018
We are updating the parish Book of Remembrance in preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November. If you would like someone who has died recently to be added to our Book of Remembrance, please complete one of the forms on the lectern on which the Book of Remembrance sits and leave it in the back of the Book. The Book of Remembrance will be updated after Mass on Sunday 4th November so please ensure you have completed the form before then
04.11.2018
Today there is a second collection, for the Johnson Association. This charity exists for the support of the Secular Clergy of the Archdiocese who, on account of age, infirmity or sickness, need financial help.
28.10.2018
October is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October.
28.10.2018
As I said last week, Pope Francis has asked us to pray more intensely for the Church, especially during this month of October. He asks us to pray the Rosary every day with the intention that the Blessed Virgin Mary will help the Church and defend her against the attacks of the Devil. Pope Francis invites us to conclude our recitation of the Rosary with an ancient invocation to Our Lady - the Sub tuum praesidium, as well as reciting the prayer to St Michael, the Archangel. We will add these prayers to our Rosary prayers at Mass this month and, I hope, retain them thereafter as we continue to offer up these prayers daily. To assist us I have printed the prayers below: We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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