Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life and that all believers will be faithful to their baptismal vocation. To follow Christ is to love him, to trust him, to serve him and to do his will - which is also what it means to be faithful to our vocation. Christ, the Good Shepherd, tells us that his sheep follow him "because they recognise his voice." We have to learn to distinguish the voice of the one true God from the voices of the many false gods and idols which call to us today.
|08.10.2017||Meetings after Sunday Mass||Over the coming weeks Father Frank will meet briefly with a number of groups after the Sunday Mass in order to discuss matters arising out of the various ministries we exercise in the church community. He looka forward to meeting with you on the following dates: Sunday 8th October: Musicians, choir, organists Sunday 15th October: Readers Sunday 22nd October: Servers Sunday 29th October: Wardens Sunday 5th November: Eucharistic Ministers If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please feel free to attend the meetings and speak to Father Frank.|
|06.10.2017||CAFOD||It is the Harvest Family Day on Friday 6 October and I will be collecting for CAFOD next Sunday 9 October. Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated and will certainly transform lives. Thank you in advance for your continual generosity. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me teddies or soft toys to go out to war-torn areas of the world. In July, I took a car load bursting at the seams (including your donations) to the "Teddies Trust" in Wales. From there, In August 10,000 teddies and soft toys have been shipped to Syria to towns and villages all over the country. These teddies will bring comfort and hopefully some joy to otherwise very bleak lives. This is an ongoing charity and if anyone would like to support it, then please leave teddies and soft toys at the back of church and I will collect them and take them on the first part of their journey. Chris Lynn.|
|04.10.2017||Get Together||Get Together this Wednesday 4 October. Meet at Bracey's Garden Centre for lunch at 12.30pm. Transport to be arranged|
|01.10.2017||Counting Rota||We are looking for more volunteers to join our existing teams. Your turn should come around about every six weeks. If you are willing to help please give your name to Bob Jones after Mass|
|01.10.2017||Christmas Raffle||It is coming up to that time of the year once again! Dominic Green will be making an appeal at Mass today – you have been warned!|
|01.10.2017||Photos and articles wanted||Do you have any photos of parish events this year? Would you like to write a few words about an event or part of parish life? We are already looking for items to go in our seasonal Christmas newsletter, in an attempt to avoid the usual last-minute rush! Please email any items to Ian Clarke at: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|28.09.2017||The 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.'|
|26.09.2017||Talks and discussions on the Faith||The series of talks and discussions on the faith continue this Tuesday evening, beginning at 7.00pm. We will meet in the church hall on Tuesdays after Mass at 6.30pm until the end of Advent. The sessions will last about 45 minutes and will address all aspects of our faith. All are welcome to attend in order to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the Church's teaching, but those preparing for Confirmation (adults and children), or for reception into full Communion with the Church, should attend because these sessions will serve as a means of their formation|
|25.09.2017||Important! Drainage Works||As many of you will be aware repair and replacement works are being undertaken outside our church between tomorrow 25 September and Friday 6 October, 8.30am to 5pm. and the road adjacent to the church will be closed. We have received assurance that access to the church car park will be maintained over the weekend. However, on other days, if you are driving to church, you should approach from the direction of Kelsey Lane and park in the car park adjacent to the Tennis Club. The work is scheduled to last approx. 10 days although we are hoping it will be completed in less time.|
|24.09.2017||Monsignor McHugh Ordination Golden Jubilee||On Sunday 24th September, Monsignor celebrates his ordination Golden Jubilee and this very special occasion will be marked on the day with a Mass at 3 pm celebrated by Bishop Robert Byrne, followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre. Blessed Robert Grissold parishioners are cordially invited to the celebration. If you are able to come, please sign up on the board at the back of church by Sunday 17th September in order to assist with organisation and catering. If you wish to contribute towards a gift there are special collection envelopes also available at the back of church.|
|24.09.2017||Village boundary review||You may be aware of the article in the Bugle and Communicator to ask SMBC for a boundary review. At present the border between Balsall Parish Council and Berkswell PC lies on Meeting House Lane. With the changes and development, the village faces the question is whether these boundaries are still appropriate and if there is a better way of managing our village more effectively? Your signatures on the form in the Bugle could trigger the progress in order to look at the various options. Please read the article and return your form to Angela Jayne by the end of September, alternatively there is a form at the back of the church|
|21.09.2017||Maryvale Institute Courses||Maryvale Institute offers a range of part-time, distant learning courses e.g. in Catechesis, Parish Mission & Ministry and Healthcare Chaplaincy, among others. These are designed to enable adults to continue their own faith formation and equip themselves for collaborative ministry with the clergy in their Parishes. For more information, come along to an informal meeting in the Flint Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, 21st September at 7.30pm.|
|21.09.2017||PCC Parish Council Meeting||There will be a PCC Parish Council Meeting on Thursday evening, 21 September 7.30pm. after Mass. All are Welcome|
|17.09.2017||Maintenance Meeting||There will be a meeting after Mass on Sunday 17 September|
|16.09.2017||CAFOD in El Salvador, a talk by Tania Dalton||On Saturday 16 September, 11.15am-1pm. St Peter the Apostle parish, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. You are warmly invited to join us for Mass at 10am and light refreshments from 10.45am. Tania is CAFOD's Communications Officer for Latin America& the Caribbean. There will be the opportunity to find out more about CAFOD's work in El Salvador and how you can get involved this Harvest Fast Day. All very welcome. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at email@example.com or on 01922 722944. Please see poster on notice board|
|16.09.2017||Quiet Morning||'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest'. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall. Saturday, 16 September. Coffee available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. For the Season of Advent, The Revd Jane Braund, Minister at Balsall Common & Meriden Methodist Churches will help direct our thoughts before we find our 'own individual space' within the beautiful grounds and buildings. In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.|
|10.09.2017||Choir||There will be a short meeting of the choir after mass today (15 mins only!) to review the music we will be preparing for Advent and Christmas. We will begin our normal rehearsals after Mass on 17th September. This is a great 'stepping on' point for anyone who would like to join our choir, you don't need to be qualified or be able to read music just to enjoy singing! Come along after mass or to our rehearsal on the 17th or contact Ian or Ellie Clarke on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01676 533 931 if you think you might be interested.|
|06.09.2017||Get Together||We meet this Wednesday September 6th. in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome|
|03.09.2017||Annual Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall||Annual Pilgrimage to Harvington Hall (Shrine of the English Martyrs) will take place next Sunday 3rd September 2017. Principal celebrant and preacher: Rt. Rev Robert Byrne. Mass 3.00pm. Confessions from 1.45-2.30pm. See the poster on the notice board for further details.|
|27.08.2017||Rosary Rally||There will be a Rosary Rally on Sunday 27th August commencing with Mass at 2.00pm at Mount St Bernard's Abbey, Leicestershire. Please see the poster in the porch for further details.|
Our fundraising concert on 12th May at 7pm is now only 3 weeks away! See the posters in the parish room and noticeboard for more information. Tickets are available after Mass. You can also purchase them from the ticket office on 01676 532475 or email email@example.com. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!
We need volunteers to help in various ways in preparation and on the night of the concert. Please see Ian Clarke after mass or contact him on 01676 533 931
An Ecumenical Choral Evensong and Christian Aid Exhibition: St Peter's Church, Balsall Common is hosting an evening service on Sunday 6 May at 6 pm to which all the local churches have been invited. Also attending are the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis and the Mayoress, Mrs Sarah Walker. The service will be taken by Revd Peter Thomas, Vicar of the Parish. Speaking at the service will be John Cooper, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. There will also be a Christian Aid photo exhibition in St Peter’s Church which highlights the position of displaced people from Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. See notice board for more details.
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."
Last week we asked you to reject Berkswell Parish Council’s request (via their Neighbourhood Development Plan) to have the field designated as ‘Local Green Space’. If you have not already done so, today being the last day for making a response to the proposal, please go onto their website www.berkswell.org . Thank you. For further information, please speak with Godfrey or Joe.
Whether you want to run a session or just sit in, your help will be greatly appreciated. All helpers need to complete safeguarding paperwork, which we can complete with you after Mass. Please see Kathryn Driffield or Monica Green if you are interested!
The candle is lit this week for Ann Cotterill RIP
1st Chris Mitchell (37), 2nd Nigel Driffield (58), 3rd Eileen Selby (99).
The sale of Easter Cards amounted to £16.38 Thank you to all who bought them. Your generosity was remembered by all in Group 83 in Lourdes during Easter Week
HERO - Heart of England Retirement Organisation is a locally based Trust that may provide financial assistance for the older members of the community in Balsall Common, Berkswell, Meriden and surrounding areas. For more information or an application form, please go to www.balsallcom.com/hero or phone Ann Crossley 01676 533056. Please see the notice board and there are also a few leaflets at the back of church.
A Child Contact Centre is a safe and friendly place, run by volunteers, where a child spends time with a parent (or other family members) with whom they do not live. The role of the volunteer includes assisting with setting out and tidying up toys and games, and welcoming and supporting centre users. For further details please refer to the websites - Hall Green Child Contact Centre or Smith's Wood Child Contact Centre or Phone 0121 777 9873 or 07746 532261. Please also see the notice board.
PCC Special Parish Meeting will be held at church on Thursday 12 April at 7:30pm The main object of the meeting is to plan our Parish Concert on 12 May. If anyone is willing to help please come along to the meeting.
The next meeting is NOT this week, but is postponed until Wednesday April 10th. at 10.30 am in the parish room, for tea, coffee and cakes.
An 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!
Please note that there will be no Mass this Thursday but there is a Mass for the first Friday of the month. Weekday mass times are on the back of this bulletin.
Group 83 left Birmingham Airport yesterday morning to spend a week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday afternoon. While they are there, everyone in the Group (9 adults & 4 young people) will remember your love and kindness to them. Please do remember them in your prayers, as they will remember you in theirs. May they all return full of joy and happiness and hopefully bring back a little of Lourdes which they will share with their family and friends.
There are a few of these booklets left for the season of Easter; please take one if you have not already done so. A donation of £1 to cover the cost can be put in the Piety Box.
The 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.
After 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.
New special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled and existing ministers will renew their commitment, during the liturgy of Holy Thursday.