In the scriptures today we hear references to the "banquet" that is the Kingdom of God. The invitation to the Kingdom is open to all, not just to the prosperous and respectable - not just to people who have "farms", "businesses" and who often put their interests ahead of the Kingdom, but also to those who have no home, no steady employment, no businesses - the poor and the outcasts, those who are not respected. Such is God's love, freely lavished upon all his creatures, "good and bad" alike. This is the love lavished upon us in the banquet of the Eucharist - the "wedding feast" of the Kingdom of God where God gathers his creation to himself in order that it may be one with him.
|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.|
|01.03.2017||Get-together||Next meeting is this Wednesday March 1st. Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome|
|26.02.2017||Walk with Me Lenten Booklets||‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.|
|26.02.2017||Confirmations||Could 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.|
|26.02.2017||Parish Finances||At 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.|
|23.02.2017||Inspiring Hope||Bishop 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|
|19.02.2017||Dates for your diary||Dates for your diary: Bacon Breakfast|
|19.02.2017||Group 83 HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust Amazon Wish list||This 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.|
|19.02.2017||Parish Finances||There 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!|
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.'
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
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.
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.
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
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.
There will be a PCC Parish Council Meeting on Thursday evening, 21 September 7.30pm. after Mass. All are Welcome
There will be a meeting after Mass on Sunday 17 September
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
'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.
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.
We meet this Wednesday September 6th. in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
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.
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.
On the first Friday of every month it is customary to celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart. We can still pray the prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart daily and at the monthly Votive Masses. The prayer is shown below: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Congratulations to 1st Jean Henser (62), 2nd Anne O’Brien (30) and 3rd Ann Crossley (66).
Meditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. This Wednesday we reflect on the significance of the altar in church and on our ascent to the heavenly places in and through the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
Please note the Masses for Tuesday 10.00am, Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.
A series of talks and discussions on the faith begin in September and continue until Advent. We will meet after an evening Mass each Thursday. The sessions will last about 45 minutes and will address all aspects of our faith. All are welcome to attend but those preparing for Confirmation or for reception into full Communion with the Church should attend because these sessions will serve as a means of their formation.
I am Fr. Sijo Jose Arikkat, Grand Nephew of Fr. Sebastian Arikkat. I had visited there [at Blessed Robert Grissold] earlier in 2008 and celebrated Holy Mass for the Parishioners community. I happened to see this website while doing my work and was happy to remember all of you. I would also like to convey my prayers and regards to all especially those who are sick and in need of prayers. Hope they might remember me. I am now in a parish named Vellanikode, Archdiocese of Trichur, India. On August 27th & 28th we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine in my parish. Do keep us in prayers too. Also you might have known about Fr. Sebastian who has become the Monsignor (Vicar General) of Canada. Keep him too in your prayers. God bless you all.