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,

Father Frank continues to improve after his minor stroke. He is now celebrating Mass on Sundays again. Please continue to remember Father, Sandra and their family in your prayers.

Please be aware that there will be a eucharistic service on Tuesdays at 10am. No other weekday masses will be held for the foreseeable future.
Christmas 2019 Services

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of the nature of God's Kingdom which is breaking into this world even now. This is the 'perfect' life of the heavenly kingdom so we should not be surprised that his words sound strange for they are opening up to us a strange and new reality which is not of this world. This eternal life is that dimension of the kingdom which we pray will come on earth. The power and the glory of this eternal dimension of the kingdom which is breaking into our world transforms and renews all things so that discord, hatred and violence are overcome by the love and peace of Christ. It is this life of the kingdom which we see breaking into this world in the words and examples of Jesus and the saints - in the ones who 'love their enemies' and 'pray for those who persecute them.' And it is into this eternal dimension, that makes such strange new things possible, that God gathers us each time he summons us before him in the Mass. For in and through the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit gathers us and makes us one with Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly kingdom, so that, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of his glory.

Parish Events

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18.12.2016The Christmas Giving TreeThanks for all the gifts you have brought in. If you have forgotten your gift, please bring it in before the carol service tonight. They will be distributed tomorrow, Monday
12.12.2016Earlier Tuesday MassEarlier Tuesday Mass due to Fr Frank attending a Deanery meeting of clergy in Leamington
11.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish
08.12.2016Immaculate ConceptionPlease note that Thursday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and there will be a Mass at 7.00pm which will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and Advent Meditations until 8.00pm when there will be Benediction
04.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the People of the Parish
04.12.2016Christmas Goodies SaleThank you for your support last Sunday. Total sales to date, £192. Xmas Cake Raffle - winning ticket, ' 505'. Please contact Judith, 534 010, before next Sunday or a re-draw will take place after Mass
04.12.2016The Christmas Giving Tree is now upPlease choose gift tags and return the presents under the tree so they can be given to those in need of extra support this Christmas. Father Hudson's Society have specifically requested the children's presents for children of different ages. Please help as much as you can. The Society is going to let us have a list of commonly requested items to give us ideas for gifts. This will be on the notice board when received
30.11.2016Wednesday meditations after Mass with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 8.00p.mThe series of meditations continue this week, drawing on the life and writings of St. Therese of Lisieux. Therese’s "Little Way" of confidence and trust in God's love and mercy is a way to God for everyone. One Jesuit writer says: "There is only one way for people to confront themselves and that is through silence. All of us need to develop a tolerance for silence, a place to touch the wellsprings of life inside of us." We can find this silence before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. All welcome.
29.11.2016Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 1.00pmRequiem Mass on Tuesday at 1.00pm. Please note the change in time to the Mass on Tuesday. The Funeral Mass is for David Doyle, Rose Doyle’s son. You are welcome to add your prayerful support to the Mass through your attendance.
27.11.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Dennis Clifford RIP & Family
27.11.2016AdventAdvent begins next Sunday. There will be a Mass at 7.00pm on Wednesdays with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following until 8.00pm. The meditations accompanying Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Advent and Christmas will reflect the themes of those holy seasons. In addition, during Advent, there will be Mass on Thursdays at 7.00pm followed at 7.30pm by talks and discussion on the scriptural stories of Jesus' conception, birth and childhood. We will aim to finish around 8.45pm. It would be helpful if you would bring a Bible to these Thursday sessions
27.11.2016Change in plans for AdventThe Advent Talks and discussions in Advent will follow the 7.00pm Mass on Wednesdays. We will aim to finish around 8.45pm. It would be helpful if you could bring a Bible to these Wednesday evening sessions. Advent meditations will accompany adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after the 10.00am Mass on Thursdays. Meditations, silent reflection and prayer will finish at 11.00am with Benediction. No specialist knowledge required for these Advent devotions. All welcome
27.11.2016Christmas Goodies SaleAfter mass today. Includes mince pies, small Christmas cakes, jams, chutneys and pickled onions, cards and gifts. Proceeds for Parish funds. We are also selling olive wood carvings, cribs and tree decorations, all made in the Holy Land. Proceeds for these will be sent there via Friends of the Holy Land in Kenilworth
27.11.2016The Christmas Giving Tree is now upPlease choose gift tags and return the presents under the tree so they can be given to those in need of extra support this Christmas. Father Hudson's Society have specifically requested the children's presents for children of different ages. Please help as much as you can. The Society is going to let us have a list of commonly requested items to give us ideas for gifts. This will be on the notice board when received.
27.11.2016School GovernorSt George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School is looking for a governor from Balsall Common. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a vital part of the Catholic community in this area. If you are interested, please see Father Frank.
27.11.2016Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Ordinary Calendars Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Ordinary Calendars are on sale from this Sunday. Proceeds to HCPT Group 83
20.11.2016A Slice of Cake for the Children of SyriaThe total donated was £300.39, which was an amazing result. Many thanks to all who made a donation and to those who helped with the baking
13.11.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for Jean Clarke RIP and Ann Greenwood
13.11.2016Congratulations Congratulations to Sophie Wilson Ramsay (née Dodd) and Mark on the birth of Henry Joseph.
13.11.2016Millennium Breakfast Our Millennium Breakfast No. 61 was a great success and we can now send £211 to help Fr Ed in Peru. This amount is the most we have made for a Breakfast and we thank everyone for your generosity. Fr Ed will be delighted and he will be able to help some of the poor living in shanty towns in Peru.
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There will be a second collection on Sunday 1st March for Cathedral Maintenance
We have been invited by the Deanery again, this year, to contribute a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are each asked to choose one day in March and to commit to saying on that day, a prayer - short or long - for increasing numbers of vocations. If you would like to support this, please sign your selected day on the sheet at the back of church. We hope to have one or more people praying this every day of the month. For further details, see Bysshe Gibbs.
Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. The Church orders the season of Lent to our preparation for the celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to, but excluding, the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. We are encouraged to participate fully in the Lenten preparation for Easter, approaching the Sacrament of Penance and making our confession during this season. The season of Lent also presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our prayer life and to give ourselves over to meditation upon the scriptures or some other spiritual reading.
The sale of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Candles in 2018 and 2019 amounted to £139.70. Proceeds went to HCPT Group 83. Thank you for your support, it was much appreciated.
Please pray for the Repose of the Soul of Columban Father Joe Flanagan, who died recently in Ireland. Fr Joe celebrated Mass for us here on many occasions before we had our own Parish Priest. And also, for Peggy Anderton, a neighbour, friend & supporter of Group 83
Walk with Me Booklets for Lent £1 each will be available this weekend. Please put your donation in the wall box. Thank you
Please contact Fr Frank with details of those children wishing to prepare for First Holy Communion this year.
This weekend we welcomed Bishop William Kenney for the Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation to our parish. Click on the link to learn more about it and read the parish report presented to the Bishop
Welcome to Bishop William who is carrying out his Visitation this weekend. He will celebrate Mass and preach today.
A huge thank you to everyone who supported my cake sale last Sunday. The response was fantastic, and I raised an amazing £282. This money will all go directly towards my projects in Tanzania. I am volunteering with Christian charity 'Go Make a Difference Tanzania' for 3 months from the 21st March. I will be working on rural community projects such as a reforestation scheme and building goat sheds. Many thanks again. Tom
Due to the resignation of two volunteers for church cleaning a vacancy has arisen for two people to join our dynamic team. The honour of cleaning our lovely church comes around every 8 weeks. No previous experience needed. Please apply in person to Louise Perry.
Get-together this Wednesday 5th February. We meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
There will be a Finance Committee meeting after mass next Sunday, 2nd February, when the 2019 accounts will be presented.
I am grateful to you for all for the support and kindness, shown both to my family and myself during my recent period of illness. Until I have regained more strength, I will only be celebrating Sunday Masses and the Baptisms that I have agreed to. After the regular daily round of prayer, meditation and study, I have more than enough to keep me busy at my desk and in the seemingly endless task of unpacking after our recent move. I look forward to returning to celebrating the weekday Masses, visiting and other parish duties when I am sufficiently recovered. I would like to give special thanks to Joe, Bob and Chris who made repeated trips to the tip in order to dispose of the mountain of waste which built up during the move. Also, to those of you who have ensured on-going prayer, during the week in the church. Thank you all for your patience and continuing prayers. Fr Frank
We pray for Milo Kristian McKeever who is to be Baptised after Mass here today - we pray also for his parents and godparents, friends and family.
Our choir practice begins after Mass next Sunday 26th January. If you have ever thought that you would like to join our choir, this is an ideal point to join in! We are going to start work on music for Lent and Easter. Everyone is welcome!
Thank you for your support each year, which contributes at least £600 towards church funds. Subscriptions for 2020 are now due and Chris and John will be in the hall for the next few Sundays to collect your subscriptions. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30, each quarter. You may take out more than one subscription, thereby increasing your chances of winning! New members are always welcome. If you can, it helps our admin if you set up a standing order. We can provide the necessary form. Good luck for 2020!
If you would like to have the Candle of Dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion for a week of your choice, please find at the back of church the diary and envelopes for your name and donation (suggested amount is £5) for you to fill in. You may select to have the candle in front of our Lady (OL) or Sacred Heart (SH)statues. Please give your envelope to the Warden, Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison.
Thank you so much for all your generosity in giving the lovely gifts you donated to Fr Hudson's Society and local parishioners this Christmas, via the giving tree. They were gratefully received. A big thanks also to all the families who delivered the local gifts. Claire
Get-together this Wednesday, 8th. January. We will meet at 10.30am in the parish room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes or who bought/sold tickets, resulting in an outstanding result of £1,051. Most particular thanks to Tracey
Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2019
Our 2019 Christmas newsletter is now available. This bumper issue covers the whole of 2019 and celebrates the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2019 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
I have put some CAFOD "World Gift" Catalogues at the back of the church. Please take one. Please consider giving a present at Christmas that will really change the lives of people of all ages living in extreme poverty. We often buy presents for friends that really have everything they need, and they may like to think that they are giving to others in need instead! You can use the website to if you prefer. Thank You Chris Lynn.
Our carol service will be held this Sunday on the 15th December at 6.30pm. Come along to listen to Christmas readings, music from our choir and sing Christmas carols. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the parish room
A grand total of £250 for parish funds was achieved last Sunday. Thanks to all those who contributed in any way.
Walk with Me Booklets for Advent are available. Price £1.00 each. Please put money in the wall box.
Christmas cards, calendars & candles are on sale. All proceed will go to HCPT Group 83.
Get together: This Wednesday, 4th December. We are going to Wyndley Garden Centre. Meet in BRG car park at 10.30am in order to sort out transport.
Please note that all Masses for the rest of this week are cancelled as Father Frank is preparing to move house. Sunday Mass on 8th December will be celebrated as normal at 9:30 am
I would like to thank all those who supported the Fayre on Saturday. It was an enjoyable day and a total of £1,548 was made, to be divided equally between Acorns and Save the Children. Your generosity is much appreciated. Thank you also to Father Frank for allowing the use of the Hall and to all those who helped make the day run smoothly. Julia Greensall
Please pray for Liam Joseph Hunt, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for his parents, godparents, family and friends.
Raffle Tickets, for the draw after Mass next Sunday, are available to sell at the back of the church. Please take away and sell to friends, colleagues and family. We have some fantastic prizes including £150 cash prize to cover the cost of Christmas Lunch! Christmas Hamper, Lunch for 2 at Mallory Court, Sunday Lunch for 4 at The Counting House Leamington Spa, Afternoon Tea for 2 at Whittles Restaurant, Binswood Hall, Vouchers, Bottles, Christmas Cake, Chocolates & much more.... Many thanks – Tracey
Advent begins today. During Advent, the evening Mass on Thursdays will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Benediction. The meditations accompanying Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Advent and Christmas will reflect the themes of those holy seasons. In addition, there will be an opportunity to make your Confession prior to Christmas, after Mass on Thursday 19th December
Thursday Evening Mass will begin at 6.00pm every week unless otherwise notified in the bulletin.
Every year we decorate our Christmas tree with tags for presents that we, as a parish donate to others. Some will be given to local parishioners and the rest are given to Fr Hudson's charity. They have many projects (I have added their newsletter to the notice board) and our gifts will be given to those who use their projects. This year they are asking us to identify what is in the present to ensure it gets to the right person. They have said they find gift packs of toiletries and winter gifts (eg slippers) useful. Selection boxes, food hampers (see noticeboard) and tins of biscuits are also very welcome, they don't need wrapping. Please give whatever you can, wrap it and place it back under the tree with the tag. Many thanks.
Please pray for Cora Beatrice Noonan, who is to be baptised today after Mass. Also, pray for her parents, godparents, family and friends
The total raised at last week's breakfast was £213.20, a brilliant result. Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast and to those who gave a donation. Fr Ed will receive the money in the next week or so and will be delighteda
Please note Early Mass on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery meeting
Our Book of Remembrance will be updated in time for the mass on 10th November. If you wish to add any names into the Book, please could you complete one of the forms at the back of the Book and leave it under the Book by Sunday 3rd November. Please print any names you wish to be added on the form and be sure to include the month and day in which you would like that person to be remembered. Thank you.
We need an additional member of the team. You will only need to count one Sunday in every ten. Please speak with Bob Jones or Godfrey Chesshire after mass. Thank you
Thanks to all who made last Sunday such a special event in our 25th Anniversary year. You can see the photos in our parish archive by clicking on the link to the left
Throughout November Masses for the Holy Souls will be offered when we will pray, by name, for those placed before the altar for All Souls.
Maureen, together with the rest of Group 83, had a lovely time in Lourdes. She was well looked after. She remembered you all there, and has brought back some Lourdes Holy Water. If anyone would like some, please speak to her.
Get-together this Wednesday November 6th. We are meeting at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
Sunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
We welcome Bishop William next week. He will celebrate the Mass, preach and Confirm our candidates. He will also bless our commemorative window. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass - to which all are welcome. Please keep the Confirmation Candidates, Chloe, Ethan, Carys, Erin and James, in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday 3rd November.
The church will be providing a buffet after mass on the 3rd of November to celebrate the children's confirmation and blessing of the new window by Bishop William. Could we please have volunteers for making cakes and providing food. Please see Ann Dodd and Louise Perry after mass today if you feel you could help.
Welcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
The Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
It's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the Mass on Thursday at 6.00pm. Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer until Benediction at 7.05pm.
October is the month of the Rosary and we have prayed a decade of the Rosary at each Mass throughout the month of October as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
As part of the commemoration of 25 years of our church, we would like to collect your memories and photos of our parish over the last 25 years for a pull out and keep souvenir to be published as part of our Christmas Newsletter. If you would like to share your memories and photos please contact Eleanor Clarke after Mass or email her on
We welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.
Some of you will have known Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP) - better known as Teresa - one of our parishioners who received Holy Communion at home for many years. All are welcome to attend the Requiem Mass to be offered here for her on Thursday.
1st - £75.00 – Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 – Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 – Sue McGovern. Congratulations!
Maureen is going to Lourdes on Saturday, 19th October, returning on Friday, 25th October. She is going in a small group and will stay in Hosanna House. She is happy to light a candle if you wish and take petitions with her. Please pray for the group as they will pray for you.
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