Today the Church of God throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost. It is God's Spirit who inspires us to obey God's commandments. All who love God experience the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. He counsels us and reminds us of what Jesus has said. The Holy Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control. As we thank God today for the gift of his Holy Spirit let us ensure that our Christian discipleship manifests these fruits of God’s Spirit.
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|12.03.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays||Meditations 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 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. This Wednesday's meditations continue to explore the great blessing of coming into the present moment - the place where God - the eternally present 'I AM' - is to be found. We are greatly assisted in this by having Christ present to us, in the sacrament of the altar. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can be present to the One who is ever present. All welcome.|
|12.03.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).|
|12.03.2017||Activities in Lent||In order to help us to prepare prayerfully for Easter there will be Stations of the Cross on Tuesday mornings after Mass at 10am. Also, there will be Lent talks on the Eucharist after 7pm Mass on Wednesdays. The course is open and accessible to all, wherever you are on your Christian journey. (Please bring a Bible if you can). We begin with coffee at 7.30pm and finish before 9pm. Also there will be a Mass at 7pm on Thursdays followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations on the spiritual life, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction.|
|12.03.2017||Dementia Prayer Week||"During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." Bishop David McGough. Prayer cards available at the back of the church.|
|12.03.2017||Cakes for the Columbans||Cake will be available after Mass every Sunday in Lent - a joyful and enjoyable way of giving the seasonal alms. All donations will go to support the Columban’s missionary work. Thanks for the cakes already offered. If you would like to contribute cakes, please see Sara Stevens.|
|12.03.2017||Millennium Breakfast||Thank you to everyone who came to the Breakfast last week. We hope you all enjoyed the chatter with friends and meeting new parishioners. Everyone was very generous and we raised £200 which will be sent to help Fr. Ed. O'Connell in the shanty towns of Peru.|
|19.03.2017||Pancake Extravaganza||On Sunday 19th March, after 9:30 mass, the men of the parish will provide a pancake breakfast (as a change to the usual bacon butties). A variety of toppings will tantalize your taste buds, so put the date in your diary and come along to support the event!|
|19.03.2017||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.|
|23.03.2017||Parish Council||The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 in the Parish Room. All welcome|
|25.03.2017||Churches Together Lenten Breakfasts||Churches Together Lenten Breakfasts are being held on Saturday mornings during Lent at the Methodist church from the 4th March to the 1st April. Each church hosts the breakfasts and Blessed Robert Grissold will be hosting on the 25 March. We need volunteers on this occasion. See notice board for more information or speak to Louise or John Perry.|
|26.03.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Patrick Flynn (RIP).|
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.
Please note the time of the Mass on Thursday for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest is 7.00 pm
Our first breakfast of 2018 will be on Sunday 20 May. There will be the usual fare of warm croissants, toast, butter and jam with tea, coffee or orange juice, all for a suggested donation of £2. All proceeds to help Columban Father Ed O'Connell with his projects in Lima. Special thanks to Joe Martin who emptied the Coca Cola bottle. The splendid sum of £201.35 has been transferred to Fr Ed's account
Our Choral Energy concert last week was a great success. A full house enjoyed music from The National Grid UK choir 'The Gridtones', our own choir, The Cecilias and other singing groups and soloists. The interval bar was complemented by a sale of baked goods courtesy of The Gridtones' own Misha Bruce. We made a total of £1267.70 which will be split between our parish and National Grid's chosen charity, The Alzheimer's Society UK. National Grid will take that donation and double it so well done to everyone involved.
CTBB Youth Group meeting tonight and we are going bowling at Acocks Green. For details contact Kathryn Driffield (07969 927262) or check out on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CTBByouthgroup/
Next Sunday is World Communication Day and there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Network.
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
Due to the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 a.m
Our fundraising concert on 12th May at 7pm is now next week! See the posters in the parish room and noticeboard for more information. Tickets are still available after Mass. You can also purchase them from the ticket office on 01676 532475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!
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.
The CTBB Youth Group will be meeting at Blessed Robert Grissold in May. The first session will be on 6th May at 6.30pm, when we will be playing some improved games. On 20th May we are going bowling at Acocks Green. For details please contact Kathryn Driffield (07969 927262) or check out the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CTBByouthgroup/
The candle is lit this week for Jake and Bridget Brookes (RIP)
Please note the changes to the Masses this week due to Fr Frank being on retreat. There will be a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 10.00am
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.