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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07.03.2018Get-togetherWe meet on Wednesday, 7th March, at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and dessert. All welcome.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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, 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.
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 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.
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! 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 iehclarke@btinternet.com as soon as you can.
02.12.2018
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
02.12.2018
Many thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!
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