In today's Gospel Christ calls us to repentance. It is a call for us to come to our senses - to realise who we really are and to be those people - and through Baptism we are children of God. Repentance is about turning away from all that prevents us from realising our true identity and a turning towards the God who wants us to live in a loving relationship with him and with one another. Repentance is about us realising the abundant life God created us for. It's the reason Christ came to proclaim his message of repentance - for as he said: "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" and to that end he calls us to, "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."
|19.03.2017||Pancake Extravaganza||On Sunday 19th March, after 9:30 mass, the men of the parish will provide a pancake breakfast (as a change to the usual bacon butties). A variety of toppings will tantalize your taste buds, so put the date in your diary and come along to support the event!|
|19.03.2017||Balsall Common Christian Youth Group||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.|
|12.03.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays||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||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).|
|12.03.2017||Activities in Lent||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||Dementia Prayer Week||"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||Cakes for the Columbans||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||Millennium Breakfast||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||CAFOD Lent Fast Day||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||Dates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)|
|05.03.2017||Millennium Breakfast||After Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.|
|05.03.2017||Columban Centenary Altar Cloth||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||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||Confirmations||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||100 Club||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||Coffee Together||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||Baptism||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||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||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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|01.03.2017||Ash Wednesday||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.|
A thanksgiving mass to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School is being celebrated on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm. The mass will take place in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge; all former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend.
The next breakfast and talk, organised by Churches Together, is Saturday 30th March at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. The theme of 'Big Questions', continues with 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' The speaker is Stig Graham, an ordained priest in the Church of England, who has spent twenty years as a hospital chaplain. Whilst wondering why life is filled with parentheses, he is passionate about science, faith and caring for those in spiritual pain.
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."
A last reminder that the Coffee Evening is this Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30pm in our Parish Room. Admission is 50p, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a cake. Louise and Helen will be at the cake stall – they will be most grateful for donations of home-made cakes to sell. Everyone would be most welcome on the evening; do come along and bring a friend or neighbour and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile evening.
Please note there will be a Mass on Monday at 10.00am to celebrate this great feast day.
Maureen has managed to obtain another 12 of these booklets for Lent; if you would like to purchase one, please see her.
Every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00 am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
Join us next Sunday 17th March after mass to enjoy delicious pancakes with various toppings along with your tea and coffee. Enjoy a tasty treat, meet other parishioners and raise funds for the parish. A donation of £2 is suggested.
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday begins at 9.30am. Mass will be followed by Stations of the Cross.
This is lit anew each Sunday; you can request a dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. Please complete the details in the diary in the Narthex, indicating if you want the candle to be placed in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or by the Sacred Heart statue (SH), and on the envelope containing your donation (suggested amount: £5). Please hand your completed envelope to the wardens or to either Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
We have been invited by the Deanery to join in a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are all asked to select a day in March and to commit to praying on that day for vocations. If you feel you would like to join in please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church against your selected day. Please see Bysshe for further details.
As part of our celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church, we are considering commissioning a new stained-glass window for the small window at the back of church. We have two painted glass windows on either side of the altar representing Baptism and Confirmation. The new window would represent The Eucharist; the estimated cost is approximately £2,500. We will be approaching Catholic businesses in the area to ask for donations but would also like to offer members of the parish the option to pledge money, either on their own behalf or to remember a loved one. All pledges will be remembered on a plaque next to the new window. Ian and Ellie Clarke will be available after Mass if you would like to know more or wish to pledge money.
Father Hudson's Care has places available for this 100-mile sponsored cycle on 12 May. Anyone interested in riding in aid of our diocesan social care agency should call Father Hudson's on 01675 434059 or e-mail email@example.com before Tuesday 12 March
Lent begins on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) when there will be a Mass at 7.00pm together with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Let us make every effort to make a good start to the season of Lent and to use this time to renew and deepen our life in Christ. To help us, every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
This Wednesday, 6th March. We meet at 10.30am in the Parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
Next meeting is on Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact: Peter Dimambro tel: 01926 428399 email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our local celebration of this world-wide ecumenical service is at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email email@example.com.
On the first Friday of every month there is a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Friday the Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might join with the rest of the Archdiocese in praying for vocations to the priesthood. All welcome
Confirmation candidates and any seeking reception into full communion with the Church this year must submit their names and contact details to Fr Frank, by email, (address given at the end of the newsletter) before the end of February 2019.
CTBB Drop In Youth Café at 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Wednesday 20th February at the Jubilee Centre, open to year 6 and above. £1 entry, includes cake and a drink. Crafts, games and prizes!