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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,
Stop Press! Our parish church was consecrated on 9th July 2016. Come back soon to see a full report on the preparations and the Consecration Mass presided over by Archbishop Bernard Longley here

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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The "sheep without a shepherd" spoken of by Our Lord in the Gospel today are the poor of Palestine. They are considered last by the scribes and Pharisees, by the powerful, but Jesus puts them first. He looks after them first because he has come especially for those who are last according to society. Jesus pays careful attention to them. No one is interested in them, yet they are the ones whom Jesus favours.

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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10.03.2017CAFOD Lent Fast DayA 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
05.03.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)
05.03.2017Millennium BreakfastAfter Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.
05.03.2017Columban Centenary Altar ClothTo 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.
05.03.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth GroupBalsall 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
05.03.2017ConfirmationsCould 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.
05.03.2017100 ClubSubscriptions 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.
04.03.2017Coffee TogetherBRG 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
04.03.2017Baptism 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.
03.03.2017Women's world day of prayerWomen'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.
01.03.2017Forty Days for Life - Prayerful WitnessForty 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
01.03.2017Ash WednesdayThis 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.
01.03.2017Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday March 1st.  Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome
26.02.2017Walk with Me Lenten Booklets ‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.
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
03.02.2017The Blessing of ThroatsThe Mass on Friday is a Mass of the Sacred Heart. It is also the day the Church commemorates St Blaise, consequently, as is the custom in the Church, the Blessing of Throats will take place at this Mass
01.02.2017Get TogetherWe meet this Wednesday, 1st February at 12 noon in the parish room for soup and dessert
29.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the Becky Hulme & Family
28.01.2017Deanery Readers DayThe Deanery Readers Day is on Sat 28th January 2017 at 10.30-16.30 at St Gregory's Stratford-Upon-Avon, exploring the ministry and spirituality of being a Reader. If you are interested, please phone 01926 314077
26.01.2017The Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickThe 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.'
22.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Frank Clements RIP
22.01.2017Eileen Innes RIPEileen passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loved ones last Sunday. We keep Eileen and her family and friends in our prayers. There will be a Requiem Mass for her here, at Blessed Robert Grissold church, this Tuesday 24th January at 1.00pm
22.01.2017Week of Prayer for Christian UnityThe Churches Together Service will take place this afternoon at 4.00pm in St Peter’s Church.
22.01.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose him 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, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. The hope he discovered in Communist prisons, where he was incarcerated for his faith, is also hope for the Church and the world. Faced with any darkness, we have a reason for confidence and that reason is Christ our Lord, the Hope of the world.
19.01.2017Parish Pastoral CouncilOur first parish council meeting for 2017 is being held on Thursday, 19th January at 7:30 pm in the Parish Room when we will be planning our programme for the year. We would be delighted to have some new members please come and join us and give us your views and support
15.01.2017Youth GroupComing up in 2017 a new churches together youth group will start. It will be on alternate Sunday nights for year 7 and older and starts on 15th January. It is being run jointly between the churches and will involve a mix of games, discussion and cake. Kathryn Driffield and Claire Keane are involved from our parish so please have a chat with them if you want to get involved.
15.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the John Hughes
15.01.2017Churches Together Youth Fellowship GroupThe first session will be held at the Methodist Church hall this evening from 6.45 until 7.45. All secondary school students of any faith will be very welcome. The session on 2nd April is going to be hosted by Blessed Robert Grissold and we are hoping that some of the BRG adults will come along to help out on the evening. Please ask Claire Keane or Kathryn Driffield for details
15.01.2017Christmas RaffleThank you to all those that supported the parish Christmas Raffle this year and congratulations to those lucky enough to win one of the prizes. We raised an impressive total of £1,130 for parish funds
11.01.2017Adoration of the Blessed SacramentOn Wednesday evenings, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Meditations and silent prayer will follow the 7.00pm Mass, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction. Why not be still and silent in the presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar? We so need silence in our busy, noisy lives, especially if we are to listen to the Holy Spirit within - then the Holy Spirit inspires us and fills us with his love. This is what it meant when it says in Holy Scripture that the Holy Spirit prays within us in sighs too deep for words. All welcome
08.01.2017Candle of Dedication for 2017The diary for 2017 is now available at the back of the church. Our candle of Dedication next to the statue of the Sacred Heart, is lit anew each Sunday and burns for a week (Sunday to Saturday) in remembrance of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. The Dedication is included each week in our bulletin. Donation offers of £5 are suggested. You can request a Dedication by completing the details on the special envelopes at the back of the church and also filling in the name on the dates in the dairy. These can be handed to Bridget Harrison or Ann Ostler, if not, one of the wardens
08.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for the People of the Parish
08.01.2017Christmas Giving TreeMany thanks for those who gave gifts. Altogether there were 57, of which 29 for Children. These were sent to Father Hudson's Care at Coleshill. The others were distributed among the local housebound, the sick & elderly of our Parish by our young people and in some cases their parents. A big and sincere thank you to all who did this. It was greatly appreciated
03.01.2017Get togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 3rd January. Meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a buffet lunch. All welcome.
01.01.2017Thank You"Thank you for your generous offerings, gifts and cards. Once again, I have very much appreciated the prayerful preparation for, and celebration of, Christmas at Blessed Robert Grissold. I am especially grateful to all those who attended the Advent meditations, talks and discussions. I hope, that like me, you experienced the mutual support and prayers of your brothers and sisters in Christ helpful in getting ready to receive the God who comes to us in Christ. Thank you, to all of you, for the many different ways in which you contribute, throughout the year, to the life of the community at Blessed Robert Grissold. With all good wishes for 2017." Fr Frank
01.01.2017Father Frank is awayFather Frank is on his post-Christmas break from Monday. There will be a Eucharistic Service this Tuesday (3rd January). We welcome Fr Christopher Greaney to Blessed Robert Grissold next Sunday when he will celebrate the Mass of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
01.01.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Baby Clara
28.12.2016Christmas Meditations Christmas meditations will accompany adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10.00am Mass on Wednesday. Meditations, silent reflection and prayer will last for half an hour after Mass finishing with Benediction at 11.00am.
26.12.20162016 Carol Service now available online!For those of you who were unable to attend our carol service this year or who would like to listen to it again, click on the link to be taken to our carol services page then navigate to the bottom of the page and click on 2016. A full recording of the service is available there.
25.12.2016Candle of DedicationThe dedication for this week is for the Ian Stewart RIP and next week for Baby Clara
25.12.2016SafeguardingMonica Green is the new Safeguarding Representative (children and adults) for Blessed Robert Grissold, with Louise Perry being her deputy. A new requirement is for all children under 18 to have parental/ guardian consent for their photographs to be used by the Parish, on the website, display boards in the Church or published Parish newsletters etc. Monica will be at the back of Church after Mass over the next few weeks with the relevant form. If you have any questions about this, please speak to Monica or Louise
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12.08.2018
On Sunday 12 August, there will be a pilgrimage walk from St Mary Immaculate church, Warwick, to the site 2 miles away on Gallows Hill where three Catholics were martyred, including Blessed Robert Grissold in 1604. The open site of the gallows is believed to be known to be within about 100m and is destined to be built on unless good reason can be found to prevent it. The pilgrimage will be on foot, with some parking at St Mary's - and street parking off Gallows Hill for anyone going direct by car. More details to follow.
21.07.2018
The Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick will resume on Thursday 30th August at 6.00pm
17.07.2018
We will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
08.07.2018
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday will begin at 9.30am to allow Father Frank's attendance at the Deanery Meeting at Whitnash. Also, the Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday
04.07.2018
This Wednesday July 4th. We are meeting at 2, Byfield Place, Windmill Lane from 10.30am onwards for tea, coffee, cakes and scones. Pray for good weather!
01.07.2018
On 1st July, Hannah and Ellie Clarke are taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life, a sponsored 5 km run. In doing so they are keeping a promise they made to each other over a year ago, while Ellie was being treated for breast cancer. If you can, please sponsor them; every pound they raise will help to fund vital research into all types of cancer. Ellie will have the sponsorship form with her after mass today and next week, or you can donate online at their page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/ellie-and-hannah. Thank you.
01.07.2018
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
30.06.2018
Catholic Charismatic Family Weekend on Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July at St Mary's College, Oscott. Leaflets with full details are available at the back of the church or www.celebrateconference.org
24.06.2018
We welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today
24.06.2018
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, marked the start of a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for priests of this diocese, in preparation for a national celebration of priesthood to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 2019. A prayer card is available in the narthex in order that we might join in this year of prayer.
24.06.2018
The parish cake sale raised £194.00 - a wonderful result! Very sincere thanks to all those who made cakes and bought them. Everything was sold including the Marmalade & Jam! All proceeds given to Parish Funds
24.06.2018
Simply Purple & Friends present ‘A Summer Serenade’, at St Peter’s Church Hall today 24 June 3.00pm. In aid of 'Zoe’s Place', a Baby Hospice in Coventry and 'St Peter's Church'. Tickets £10.00 each including A SRAWBERRY TEA, available from Linda Chesshire (532352).
17.06.2018
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
17.06.2018
On 1st July, Hannah and I are taking part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life, a sponsored 5 km run. In doing so we are keeping a promise we made to each other over a year ago, while I was being treated for breast cancer. If you can, please sponsor us; every pound we raise will help to fund vital research into all types of cancer. I'll have the sponsorship form with me after mass today and next week, or you can donate online at our page: https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/ellie-and-hannah. Thank you. Ellie Clarke
12.06.2018
This coming Tuesday the Coventry Circle of The Newman Association is holding its A.G.M. in our Church. There will be Mass beforehand at 6pm. You are all invited to join us for Mass
10.06.2018
Please pray for Cameron, Cherish, Jake and Reece who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion here on Sunday 10th June. Please pray also, for their parents and families and for their catechists, Ann and Chris. We also pray for Daniel McDermott who will make his First Holy Communion with the school this week but wishes to mark his first communion with us, his worshipping community, next Sunday.
10.06.2018
The candle is lit this week for Norah Flynn (RIP).
10.06.2018
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, last Friday, marked the start of a year of thanksgiving, prayer and celebration for priests of this diocese, in preparation for a national celebration of priesthood to coincide with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 2019. A prayer card is available in the narthex in order that we might join in this year of prayer.
10.06.2018
This will be held after Mass next Sunday. Judith & Maureen will be most grateful for home-made cakes. If you can make one, please bring it to Mass with you and hand it in before Mass begins. Thank you. All proceeds are for Parish Funds.
08.06.2018
On Friday, we celebrate this Solemnity. St Margaret Mary received the vision of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which led to the devotions which followed. During the Consecration of our church a holy relic of St Margaret Mary was placed in our altar
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