Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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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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26.02.2017ConfirmationsCould any children from Year 5 upwards who may be interested in making their Confirmation in 2018 contact Father Frank to register their interest. It would be starting in the new academic year from September with the ceremony itself in the early part of 2018.
26.02.2017Parish FinancesAt last week's presentation Bob emphasised the importance of keeping the offertories increasing. Many people have not increased their giving for at least three years. An extra £1/week would make a significant contribution to Parish finances. For those who can, Gift Aiding donations gives the Parish an extra 23% at no cost to the donor. Any new or existing parishioners who do not gift aid can do so by completing a simple form. Members of the Finance team will be available after mass today with forms.
23.02.2017Inspiring HopeBishop Kenney shares his experience of Iraq and South Sudan and CAFOD’s work there. Thursday 23rd February 7.30-9.00pm, St John the Evangelist, 25 South Bar Street, BANBURY, OX16 9AF. For further information call 01922 722944
19.02.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Bacon Breakfast
19.02.2017Group 83 HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust Amazon Wish listThis year there is a new way you can support Group 83 as they prepare for the annual Easter visit to Lourdes. They have opened up an ‘Amazon wish list’! These are items identified for this year's pilgrimage which supporters can buy for the Group.  If you would like to buy something off the list simply go to http://amzn.eu/hgeB513, choose an item to buy and either have it sent to the group leader direct or to you for passing on through Maureen or Louise. Thanks for your support.
19.02.2017Parish FinancesThere will be a brief resume given to the Parish on last years finances. The reward for staying to listen is that it’s also Bacon Breakfast day!
19.02.2017ChoirChoir practice will recommence on Sunday 19th February after mass. This will be an ideal stepping on point for anyone who has wondered about joining the choir as we will be learning a new piece of music for Easter. All welcome!
19.02.2017Becky Hulme (RIP)We pray for the repose of the soul of Becky Hulme, John and Margaret McLellan's granddaughter, whose funeral service is at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd February at Blessed Robert Grissold. We also keep Anne, Ian and Katy and all Becky’s family and friends in our prayers.
19.02.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth Group Balsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above at the Methodist church 6.30 -7.45pm. All Youth welcome. Please speak to Claire Keane or Kathryn Driffield for more information. Future dates are the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month alternating around the Churches
19.02.2017The 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.'
12.02.2017Reception into full CommunionThe talks on Wednesday evenings in Lent are an opportunity for all us to go deeper into our knowledge and love of that sacrament which forms, nurtures and nourishes us as the Church. These talks will be especially useful, also, for those who are considering being received into full Communion with the Church.
12.02.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Eileen Innes (RIP) and Mary Cotton (RIP).
12.02.2017Legacy Leaflets Legacy Leaflets are available at the back of the church inviting us to consider leaving a legacy to the Church in our wills
12.02.2017Parish Finance Committee meetingThere will be a short Finance Committee meeting after mass today.
12.02.2017100 ClubSubscriptions 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.
12.02.2017The Christmas Giving TreeA 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
05.02.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Emily & Jack McLellan (RIP) and Jim Hickman (RIP).
05.02.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on WednesdaysMeditations 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.
05.02.2017Princethorpe CollegeInvigilators wanted at Princethorpe College. Contact 01926 634220
04.02.2017Coffee TogetherThis Saturday, 4th February, 10.30-12 noon, in the Jubilee Centre. All are welcome
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12.03.2017
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.
12.03.2017
The candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).
12.03.2017
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.
12.03.2017
"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.
12.03.2017
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.
12.03.2017
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.
10.03.2017
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
05.03.2017
Dates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)
05.03.2017
After Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.
05.03.2017
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.
05.03.2017
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
05.03.2017
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.
05.03.2017
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.
04.03.2017
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
04.03.2017
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.
03.03.2017
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.
01.03.2017
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 izzyvs@gmail.com
01.03.2017
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.
01.03.2017
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
26.02.2017
‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.
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