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.
|29.11.2018||Advent||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||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||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||Millennium Breakfast||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||Walk 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|
|25.11.2018||Advent Giving Tree||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||Parish Quiz||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||No Mass on Thursday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is moved to Wednesday for this week.|
|18.11.2018||Baptism||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||Deanery 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!|
|12.11.2018||Evangelisation Team||Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 12th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|11.11.2018||All Souls||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||100 Club – 3rd Draw winners||1st 69 £75.00 Bob Jones, 2nd 18 £45.00 Nuala Fulham 3rd 39 £30.00 Helen Woods|
|11.11.2018||Pastoral Letter||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||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||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||Book of Remembrance||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||Johnson Association||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 and the Rosary||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||A Request from Pope Francis||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.|
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.
"During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." Bishop David McGough. Prayer cards available at the back of the church.
Cake will be available after Mass every Sunday in Lent - a joyful and enjoyable way of giving the seasonal alms. All donations will go to support the Columban’s missionary work. Thanks for the cakes already offered. If you would like to contribute cakes, please see Sara Stevens.
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.
BRG will be hosting the next ‘Coffee Together’ on Sat. 4 March 10.30-12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. We are in urgent need of more helpers. Please see Louise or John Perry for more info
We pray for Henry Joseph Wilson Ramsay, who was baptised here yesterday, for his godparents, family and friends, that together they will grow into the fullness of life in Christ.
Women's world day of prayer is to be held at Temple Balsall Church on Fri 3rd March at 11 followed by lunch at 12.30 in the Old Hall. Please give your name to Louise Perry for catering purposes if you plan to attend.
Forty Days for Life - Prayerful Witness 1/3/17 – 9/4/17. Prep. launch event 26/2/17 2.30-4pm: “Spiritual Warfare Boot Camp.” An opportunity to deepen your faith this Lent by coming to learn the spiritual essentials under the guidance of 7 local priests at the. For info: 07773 501 721 or email@example.com
This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is the day that we receive the imposition of ashes - a sign that we are wholeheartedly entering into the penitential season of Lent when we look to turn away from sin and return to the Gospel. It is a day of abstinence and fasting. Mass is at 7pm.
Next meeting is this Wednesday March 1st. Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome
‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.