"Who do people say I am?" - This is the question posed to his disciples by Jesus in today’s Gospel. But more important is the question he poses to Peter: "But you, who do you say I am?" for this is a question posed to all of us too. So who is Jesus for us? Is he just a fine example of what it means to be a thoroughly decent human being or is there more to him than that? Is he, in fact, divine, the Son of God, the Second Person of God, the Most Holy Trinity made flesh? How we answer this question will determine how we respond to him and his message. It will deeply affect the way we live our lives, for if we truly believe that he is the Messiah and Son of God then why wouldn't we make every effort to get to know him and his will for us and strive to live accordingly?
|06.12.2017||Advent and Christmas Meditations||You are invited to share in these Wednesday evening meditations which will focus on the last things heralded by the coming of Christ at the end of time. In the Eucharist we have a foretaste of the future gathering of all things in unity in Christ. Why not use the Wednesdays of Advent and Christmastide to reflect on the mystery of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord who comes to us in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar? This will also help us to "stay awake" and be more watchful and aware of the ways in which Our Lord comes to us always and everywhere in the sacrament of each present moment. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer will take place after the 7.00pm Wednesday Mass and will finish with Benediction at 8.00pm. All welcome.|
|06.12.2017||Get Together||Get together this Wednesday, 6th December. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for onward visit to Melbicks Garden Centre.|
|03.12.2017||Congratulations!||Sara, Simon and Sophia are so pleased to announce that Phoebe Catharine Maria was born 30th November at 2.10pm, weighing 8lb 3ozs. Father Frank and Sandra are delighted to have another grandchild.|
|03.12.2017||Migrants Day. An Appeal on behalf of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre||www.covrefugee.org. Asylum seekers, looking to obtain refugee status, need the Centre, a mix of paid staff and volunteers, to help them negotiate the many forms and demands confronting them. They may need financial support to attend immigration interviews in London or Liverpool, signposting to food banks or receiving help in getting a hot meal, when their £36.95/week for food and personal needs doesn't quite stretch. Immigration and Asylum Law support is available along with Men’s and Women's Groups and help in learning English to support their integration. Being alone in a foreign land can test the most resilient. Some, who have endured things we cannot imagine, may need specialist help. Those already here who have met verbal and physical abuse, or are at risk, may also need support from the Safeguarding Unit. Having achieved refugee status, together with migrants from other countries, they may need help in finding work or accommodation – the Work and Wellbeing Group and the Housing Group are there for them. No matter what their need, the Centre tries to help them. The Centre is heavily dependent on donations from people like you; please be as generous as you can – thank you.|
|03.12.2017||Advent Parish Giving Tree||The tree is now up at the back of church. The gifts we collect will be given to those who are struggling this Christmas either through illness or difficult social situations. Many of the"children's gifts will be distributed via "Hudsons care" Birmingham. Please take one or more tags and leave your present with the tag under the tree on or before 17th December. Many thanks to the children from the Children's Liturgy Group who decorated the tags for the children.|
|03.12.2017||Balsall Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development Plan||The Plan is currently underway and during the month of November every household in Balsall Parish and Balsall Common received a Household Questionnaire which we were encouraged to complete and return. The questionnaire seeks 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. If you have not completed the questionnaire, the deadline having been extended, you are invited to complete the document within the next couple of days.|
|30.11.2017||Eucharistic Service||There is no Mass on Thursday this week but there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. The Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is transferred to Thursday 7th December at 10.00am.|
|29.11.2017||Quiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist Mass||Quiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist Mass, as is usual on a Wednesday, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with meditations on the Holy Eucharist and silent prayer until Benediction at 8.00 p.m. In our busy lives it is essential to come apart with Christ from time to time - to be with him, to wait upon him and to listen for his voice speaking in the depths of our hearts.|
|26.11.2017||Holly for Advent Wreath||If anyone has any holly we can have for the advent wreath it would be very much appreciated, variegated would be a bonus. Please contact Pam Martin.|
|26.11.2017||Walk with Me||Walk with Me booklets available at the back of church to help us to reflect and pray through Advent in preparation for Christmas.|
|26.11.2017||Raffle Tickets||Raffle Tickets: Available at the back of the Church today. The tickets are £1.00 each or five pounds for a book. There are great prizes. Please collect you tickets today and sell as many as you can. The stubs and money can be returned each week after Mass - Time is short for us to make a success of this - hopefully this will serve to concentrate our efforts.|
|26.11.2017||A message from His Grace, Archbishop Bernard||Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for "Catholic Education" in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools|
|25.11.2017||Columbans' Centenary||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|
|24.11.2017||CAFOD 2||Mass of Remembrance. Please join us on Friday 24 November, 7pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Bee Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 6LE|
|19.11.2017||Millennium Breakfast||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|
|19.11.2017||Gift Aid Donations 2016/17||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).|
|19.11.2017||"Eucharist & the Family" days||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.|
|18.11.2017||Journey to Justice||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.|
|17.11.2017||The CTBB Youth Group||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.|
|12.11.2017||Month of Remembrance||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.|
One World Week Dinner Churches Together Balsall & Berkswell to be held in our church hall on 12 October 7.30pm. Indian buffet meal £12.50, bring your own drinks. The speaker will be Dr. Issam Ghana MD, Chairman Solihull Islamic Education Academy, "Religion, Charity and Global Economy." Tickets available from John & Louise Perry. See poster on notice board.
After 17 years as Parish Priest, Mgr McHugh will be retiring from Ss George and Teresa on 16th September. In order to thank him and wish him well, the parish has organised a farewell celebration on Sunday 7th October, 3.00-5.00pm, in the Dorridge Parish Centre, to include light refreshments. This will be followed by Benediction at 5.00pm. Blessed Robert Grissold parishioners are cordially invited to join this celebration
Please note that for this week Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place after the 10.00am Wednesday morning Mass. This is an opportunity for us all to learn of Christ and grow in his life as we pray silently before him in the Blessed Sacrament and meditate on the spiritual teaching of the Church. All welcome.
Offerings for Harvest Thanksgiving are going to help refugees in Coventry. There are boxes in the narthex to receive your gifts of food. Thank you for your generosity to those in need of our assistance.
Please pray for Lenny Joseph Farmer and Alba Violet Guest who will be baptised today after Mass. Also pray for their families and friends, especially their parents and godparents
On the First Friday of every month there is a Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion
The Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick will resume on Thursday 30th August at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ's work of healing. All are welcome to attend
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.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament returns this Thursday evening at 7.00pm with meditations and silent prayer. We will continue to reflect on our ongoing conversion and the deepening of our intimacy with God. All welcome.
The candle is lit this week for Dana Turner (RIP).
The cleaning rota is being updated and we could do with some additional individuals or teams to join the rota. At present it's a commitment every 7 weeks but if more people join this would be less. Please contact Louise Perry after mass or call on 01676 533357 if you think you can help. Thank you in anticipation
Mass with The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Thursday evening at 7.00pm with meditations and silent prayer. We will continue to reflect on our ongoing conversion and the deepening of our intimacy with God. All welcome.
Leave St Mary Immaculate, Warwick at 2.30pm; 1.5 miles; arrive Gallows Hill about 3.15. See map on BRG notice board for parking details (or speak to Bysshe Gibbs)
Please remember in your prayers Norma Edmiston, a parishioner who died last Sunday in Solihull hospital whose funeral was held in our church last Friday, and baby Maureen Samantha Docherty who died last week. Her funeral is being held in our church this Monday, 6th August at 11.30am. Please remember both families in your prayers.
A coach will leave BRG at 10am. for our trip to Coughton Court. We have three spare seats , so contact Judith or Maureen if you would like to join us.
(a) Last week Parishioners were invited to consider responding to Berkswell Parish Council's request to have our field declared as Local Green Space, which might have implications for our plans for its future development and consequences for BRG's finances. There are still copies of the points to be considered in the narthex. Please write to Berkswell Parish Council on this matter. (b) In addition, please consider commenting to Solihull MBC on the proposal to move the current civil parish boundary to the proposed route of High Speed 2 (HS2), which will bring the whole of Balsall Common Village under a single parish council. (See www.solihull.gov.uk/cgr/balsallandberkswell).
We will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
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
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!
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.
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
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
We welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today
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
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).
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
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
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
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.
The candle is lit this week for Norah Flynn (RIP).
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.
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.
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
This Wednesday 6th June. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for a trip to Yew Tree Craft Centre, Wootton Wawen. All welcome to join us.
June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 8th June - which we will celebrate with a Mass at 10.00am. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, in this week's newsletter, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray daily throughout the month of June and especially before the Mass.
Thanks to all those who supported the breakfast which raised £167, a wonderful effort! Special thanks to those who helped tidy away afterwards
We are looking for a volunteer to cut the grass in front of the church over the summer months. If you are willing to help can you please speak to Joe Martin after Mass. Thank you
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."
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