The invitation to welcome the God who comes to us in Christ and to cast away empty living is repeated in the liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent. The Opening Prayer of the Mass asks that no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet Christ. And today we hear the lonely voice of John the Baptist who exhorts us to prepare a way for the Lord. May our faithfulness to the spirit of Advent create a space so that the Lord can come to us. UPDATE 12/12: Please note that all midweek masses are cancelled this week due to poor weather. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience.
|07.05.2017||May, the Month of Our Lady||During May we will pray a decade of the Rosary after each midweek Mass to honour Our Blessed Lady and to encourage us to have recourse to this powerful means of prayer.|
|07.05.2017||100 Club Draw||Winners from last Sundays draw are 1st No. 30 (Anne O'Brien), 2nd No. 58 (Nigel Driffield), 3rd No. 48 (Kathryn Driffield).|
|07.05.2017||Churches Together Youth Group||Tonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome|
|07.05.2017||Warwick Catholic Deanery Website||For those not aware there is a website used to share information across the Deanery. This can be found at: www.warwick-catholicdeanery.org.uk|
|05.05.2017||First Friday||On the first Friday of every month we celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a special devotion to this practice at Blessed Robert Grissold because the relic of St Margaret Mary, who received a vision of Christ’s Sacred Heart, was placed in our altar at the consecration of our church. Great benefits are promised to those who are faithful in their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|05.05.2017||Tea and Cakes||Churches Together are holding a tea and cakes afternoon for Save the Children’s Syrian Project at 2.30-4.30pm on Friday 5th May at Barnfield Cottage, Fen End Road, CV8 1NW. All welcome.|
|04.05.2017||English Martyrs||On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the English Martyrs many of whom, like our own Blessed Robert Grissold, had associations with the Midlands. Their courageous witness to the faith and their prayers are still a source of great strength for us. We give thanks to God for them on their Feast.|
|03.05.2017||Get-together||Wednesday, May 3rd. Meet at BRG at 10.30am and then on to visit Hatton Country Park|
|30.04.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings 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. In this week's meditations Van Thuan reflects on the beautiful mystery of the Church. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can find healing and peace and be present to the Christ who is present to us and feeds us with the life of heaven in and through the Eucharist - the Sacrament which forms the Church. All welcome.|
|23.04.2017||School Bus Service||Solihull MBC is currently consulting on proposals to cut the school bus service that connects Balsall Common to St George & Teresa, St Peter’s and Arden Schools. This will have a negative long term impact on the ability of children from Balsall Common to access the Borough’s Catholic Schools (as well as increasing car journeys, congestion and pollution). We would urge parishioners to respond to the Council’s consultation either on-line at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation or in writing to either School Transport, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB or via email email@example.com . The deadline for comments is 28th April|
|23.04.2017||Mother & Toddler Group||The parish is trying to set up a Mother & Toddler Group, probably on a Friday morning. If anyone is interested please speak to Maria Pulley (Tel: 07799 431573).|
|23.04.2017||Thank you||Thank you for your cards and once again for your generous Easter offerings and for the way you contribute to the life of our worshipping community, so facilitating our mutual upbuilding in faith. I am taking my post-Easter break this week therefore there will not be the usual weekday Masses. There is, however, a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 1000am. Fr Frank.Welcome|
|23.04.2017||Welcome Fr Chris Greaney||Today we welcome back Fr Chris to Blessed Robert Grissold to celebrate Mass|
|23.04.2017||Candle of dedication||This week’s dedication is for HCPT Group 83|
|23.04.2017||Cakes for the Columbans||An amazing £335.79 was raised for the Columban Missionaries from the cake sales during Lent and on Easter Sunday. Thank you again for your overwhelming generosity and for buying cakes|
|23.04.2017||Churches Together Youth Group||The Youth Group returns this evening to Blessed Robert Grissold, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. No need to book, just come along and have fun. Tonight the group will be bringing along board games and will also be marbling Easter Eggs, as well as the usual activities of table tennis, a short bible discussion, and cake! Any cakes donations for this evening would me most welcome. Please speak to Kathryn Driffield or Claire Keane. The Group generally meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays on the month during term time and rotates around the Churches.|
|18.04.2017||Jean O’Reilly (RIP)||We pray for the repose of the soul of Jean O’Reilly and we pray for Danny, her husband, Jean’s family and friends and for all who mourn her passing. Jean’s body will be received into church on Tuesday 18th April at 6.00p.m., followed by a Requiem Mass on Wednesday 19th at 1.00p.m|
|16.04.2017||Easter 2017 Newsletter launched||The Easter 2017 Newsletter is now available! Paper copies will be available at the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday masses but you can download a pdf version here by clicking on the link to the left and scrolling down to the Easter newsletters.|
|16.04.2017||Candle of Dedication||This week's dedication is for Kathleen, Ann and Tony Martin|
|16.04.2017||HCPT Group 83||HCPT Group 83 left for Lourdes in the early hours of yesterday morning to spend one week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday in the evening. While they are there they will remember your kindness and generosity. Please do remember them in your prayers during the week. May they have a safe and happy week and return home with many blessings and joys|
We are all invited to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban mission on Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.00am at St Catherine of Siena church, Birmingham. The Mass will be followed by light refreshments. If you would like to attend please send your name, address and contact telephone number to: sharing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass of Remembrance. Please join us on Friday 24 November, 7pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Bee Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 6LE
Our next Breakfast, no 64, is today. Everyone is welcome, and we hope you will enjoy the warm Croissant, Toast, Jam, Tea, Coffee and Orange Juice. Fr Ed O'Connell has spent many years helping the people of Lima in Peru. Many people live in extreme poverty and in consequence they have health problems. He is dealing with social and community problems that are not provided by the state
The usual letters from the Gift Aid Office have not yet been received. If anyone needs details of their donations for the year to 5th April 2017, e.g. for Tax Returns etc, please contact John McLellan (Phone 01676 533657).
Over the next few months around the Archdiocese of Birmingham, there will be a day consisting of keynote speakers and workshops, in preparation for two large events next year in the life of the Church: the World Meeting of Families (21st - 26th Aug) and the Adoremus: Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress (7th - 9th Sept) 2018. The days begin at 10am and finish at 3.30pm and our prayer is that attendees will return to their parishes with a greater love for Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and a desire to share that particularly with families in the parish. There will be opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration during the day and people are asked to bring a packed lunch. For more information contact Paul Northam at email@example.com or Sr Gillian Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 360 8118.
A CAFOD retreat exploring how the life and work of Oscar Romero can inspire and challenge us and transform our world. 10am-4pm Saturday 18th November. Columbans Centre, Blyth Hall, Widney Manor Road, Solihull, B93 9AB. Call 0303 303 3030 to book your free place.
The CTBB Youth Group will be meeting at Blessed Robert Grissold this evening from 6.30 until 7.45. We will be conducting a Magic & Miracles Workshop. All secondary school students are welcome to come along and learn how to perform their own cool magic tricks (which they will be able to take away and practise at home!) It's free to attend and there will be refreshments available.
November is the month the Church especially remembers to pray for the dead. Today is Remembrance Sunday when we pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives as a result of war and we continue to pray for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Scriptures and the Church teach that we can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them, consequently Masses will be offered up for the Holy Souls of our loved ones over the course of November. If you wish for your loved ones to be included in these prayers, please find envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the back of the envelope and place them, with your offering, in the tray in the sanctuary.
The total for The Coffee Evening held on October 13th. is now £1,343.43. This is due to some late donations. Sincere thanks to all for your generosity and support, which is much appreciated. Group 83 will remember you all when in Lourdes next Easter.
Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars will be on sale as from this Sunday until December 24th. All proceeds will go towards the expenses of Group 83.
Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 6th November at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us share the Good News. Contact Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 email@example.com
Meditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass this Wednesday. 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
Chris & Maureen have returned from their week in Lourdes. They and the people who went with them (15 in total) had a very happy, prayerful and fulfilling week together. They remembered you all and lit a candle for you all. They placed your petitions in The Grotto and lit your candles. If anyone would like some Lourdes Water, please do mention it to Chris or Maureen
The Plan is currently underway and during the month of November every household in Balsall Parish and Balsall Common will receive a Household Questionnaire which we would encourage them to complete and return in the Freepost envelope to Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council. The questionnaire seeks their ideas and opinions on a variety of issues within the Balsall Parish and Balsall Common area. Their ideas and opinions will create the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. A planning policy document which will state which community facilities should be developed, upgraded or enhanced from 2019 to 2033.
Thursday 2nd November 7.00 p.m. The Church, after rejoicing on Wednesday with those who are in heaven, prays on Thursday for all who, in the purification of purgatory, await the day when they too will join the company of the saints. We can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them. There our envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the back of the envelope and place them, with your offering, in the tray in front of the altar. The Mass will be offered up for all your loved ones which you have named at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses throughout the month of November
Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation - that is a day when all, if possible, should present themselves at Mass. The Solemnity of All Saints celebrates the feast of all the saints who are now in heaven. Mass, as is usual on a Wednesday, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with meditations on the Holy Eucharist until Benediction at 8.00 p.m. You can leave quietly after Mass is concluded, but all are welcome to stay
This Wednesday, 1st November in the Parish Room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat
Talks and Discussions on the Faith will resume on this Tuesday 31st October, after the 6.30pm Mass
On the 7th October the Church celebrated the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and October is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time, therefore, to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October. According to tradition, current since the 15th century, the devotion of the Rosary was founded by St. Dominic in the course of his missionary work. Since then many saints have found the Rosary to be an indispensable aid in their spiritual life. I will be happy to help anyone who requires any assistance in learning to pray the Rosary.
An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to the CAFOD collection two weeks ago. The final total collected is an amazing £377.00 and this is without the added gift aid that will bring the total up to over £400. I am sure that this money with all the money collected from other parishes will really help. Chris