Today is Gaudete Sunday and "Gaudete" refers to the joy of the Lord which we find echoed in today's scripture readings. We also hear about John the Baptist in today's Gospel and John marks the end of the time of waiting and the beginning of the new age in Jesus. John is the last of the great prophets. For a long time, the people had been without a messenger from God but in John the Baptist the people discovered an end to God's silence. Through John they could hear the word of God. We are told that many went out from the towns and cities to see John - which is testimony to his charismatic power to attract people - such is the powerful attraction of the word of God alive and active in a person.
|20.12.2018||Confession before Christmas||There will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after the Mass. During this time people may also make their Confession|
|18.12.2018||Father Hudson’s Care Christmas Carol Celebration||Father Hudson's Care is having their Christmas Carol Celebration this Tuesday December 18th. It will be held in The Parish Church, Sacred Heart & St. Teresa, Coventry Road, Coleshill, B46 3EA. The Celebration will begin at 11.30. It will be led by Archbishop Bernard Longley and will be followed by a Buffet Lunch at St George's House, which is at the back of The Church. You are all invited. If you are thinking of going, please let Maureen know. Her phone number is 01676 533259.|
|16.12.2018||Christmas Raffle||Thank you to everyone who has donated prizes including: Sylvia Clifford - The Counting House, Leamington Spa, Haig’s Hotel, Nailcote Hall, Whittles Restaurant @ Binswood Hall, Mallory Court, Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre & Ladies First. We have sold £500 worth of tickets so far – please return any ticket money, stubs as soon as possible. Bysshe and Judith will be collecting the money after mass and after the Carol Service today. The Draw will take place after mass next Sunday 23rd December.|
|16.12.2018||Carol Service||Our Carol Service will be held on 16th December at 6.30pm. Please come along and enjoy readings, choral music and congregational hymns. Mulled wine, non-alcholoic drinks and mince pies will be available after the service.|
|16.12.2018||Statement from the Archdiocese of Birmingham||Over the years Blessed Robert Grissold has generously allowed the local community to use its land when needed despite there never being public access over the site (except the public footpath that runs to Barratts Lane). The parish in conjunction with the Archdiocese has reviewed the future of the site and its security. In those circumstances it has been decided to fence the site. We have no desire to stop legitimate public access and therefore the public footpath remains available for all people wishing to use it. We understand that there may be some inconvenience but we hope that those who are looking for public open space will be able to find it in more formally laid out places in the vicinity.|
|16.12.2018||Carol Service 2||We will need some mince pies to eat while we are supping our mulled wine. If you are able to help with these please put your name and quantity on the register in the Narthex. Thank you.|
|16.12.2018||100 Club Final Draw of 2018 - Winners||Congratulations to 1st Prize No 12 £75.00 Calum Bennett, 2nd Prize No 22 £45.00 Ann Dodd, 3rd Prize No 77 £30.00 Margaret McLellan|
|11.12.2018||Tuesday's Mass||Please note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.|
|09.12.2018||Christmas Goodies Sale||Thank you all for supporting this venture. We collected over £250 for parish funds. Also, HCPT benefitted by £39 from the sale of cards and calendars. Many thanks.|
|09.12.2018||Advent Giving Tree||The Advent Giving Tree is now up. There are gift tags for presents for those who have been going through difficult times. The parish gifts will be delivered by hand by children in the parish. The gifts we donate to Father Hudson's care will be picked up after the carol service. They are always gratefully received. Father Hudson's specifically need gifts of family selection boxes as they want to ensure that all families who attend their projects receive one. They value all winter gifts e.g. slippers, socks, warm nightwear and gift vouchers can be donated. They also want children's gifts but over the age of 8 only. Thank you.|
|09.12.2018||CAFOD - World Giving||I have put some "World Gifts" booklets at the back of the church, from which you can choose gifts for everyone who does not really need anything for Christmas! The gifts start at £4 for a queen bee, providing the family with honey! £7 buys a simple mosquito net, treated with strong repellent which will keep families safe from disease. You can buy goats, pigs, llama's or even a cow providing milk, manure, and wool for clothing. Producing piglets, calves etc that can be then given to other families to continue the cycle. There are many more gifts that can help reduce poverty. Please take a booklet or look online at cafod.org.uk/Give/world-gifts. Thanks. Chris Lynn|
|09.12.2018||The Field||The Diocesan Trustees have ordered the erection of a fence in the land adjacent to the church, in order to identify the ownership of the field, also maintaining the public footpath at its present position.|
|07.12.2018||First Friday Devotions||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. During the Year of Priests, the Mass on the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart will be offered up for the Priests of the Archdiocese.|
|06.12.2018||Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing of the Sick||There will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick on Thursday 6th December at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christ’s work of healing. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and meditations until Benediction at 7.00pm. This week we will be meditating on the readings of the Second Sunday in Advent. All welcome.|
|05.12.2018||No Mass on Wednesday 5th December 2018||No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese|
|05.12.2018||Get-together||This Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.|
|02.12.2018||Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars||Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale in the Narthex. All proceeds will go towards Group 83 H.C.P.T's Funds.|
|02.12.2018||Christmas Newsletter||Do you fancy yourself as a budding writer or photographer? Have you attended a parish event or been part of something related to the parish that you would love to share? If so, we would welcome your articles and pictures for our bumper Christmas Newsletter! It’s been a busy year and there have been many events to write about including the Get Togethers, 100 Club, Choir, HCPT Pilgrimage Trust, Youth Group, Lenten breakfasts, talks and discussions, First Holy Communions, the May Concert: Choral Energy, Millennium Breakfasts, Parish Cake Sale, Race for Life and the Parish Quiz to name but a few. We need your works of literary genius or art by Sunday 9th December to give us time to edit and add them to the newsletter. If in doubt, have a go as it may be the start of something new for 2019! Please send to Ian Clarke at email@example.com as soon as you can.|
|02.12.2018||CRMC Winter Clothing Appeal||Once in a while, it’s nice to be able to make a difference; even nicer to be in a community where so many shares that sentiment – thank you all. Ian Lester|
|02.12.2018||Parish Quiz - The Result||Many thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!|
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.
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
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.
This week's dedication is for Kathleen, Ann and Tony Martin
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
Easter Sunday will be the final Lenten cake sale for the Columban missionaries. Thank you so much for your generosity in baking and buying cakes, helping with setting up, washing and cleaning up. Total amount raised to be confirmed next week.
Read Father Frank's Easter message by folowing the link
The traditional Churches Together ‘Walk of Witness’ will leave St Peter’s Church at 10.30am and process to the village via Blessed Robert Grissold Church. It will be followed by a Frugal Lunch in the Methodist Church Hall.
There will be an opportunity for silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Confession on Wednesday evening immediately after Mass
A huge thank you to Tracey McAtamney and her team of helpers for the work put into organising a very successful Spring Fayre, and thank you to everyone who donated prizes and gifts etc. The event raised £794, a terrific result.
Next meeting is this Wednesday April 5th at 11am. We will meet at Maureen Carroll's house, 14 Arden Close, Balsall Common for tea, coffee and cakes
Easter Cards are now on sale at the back of church. All proceeds to HCPT.
Balsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above, 6.30-7.45pm. This week it is Blessed Robert Grissold’s turn to host and the activities will include making bath bombs, games and cake! Please speak to Claire Keane/Kathryn Driffield for more information. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.
This will be held on Sat 1st April 1- 3.30pm. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this, we now have some lovely items for the Fayre. We are still in need of Easter Eggs, bottles etc. All donations to Tracey McAtamney at 86 Meeting House Lane (Tel: 01676 532940). Special Thanks to Nailcote Hall who has donated Sunday Lunch for 4 people in the Oak Room. Also to Haigs Hotel, The SnowDome, The Butterfly Farm, Hatton Adventure World and many others who have donated raffle prizes. For the children - Decorate Egg Competition - Bring along to the Fayre. Simply boil an egg and decorate! There will be three prizes and each child will receive a chocolate egg for entering!
The candle is lit this week for Patrick Flynn (RIP).
Many thanks to the men of the parish for the pancake extravaganza last Sunday which was a great success and raised £90 for Church funds
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.
The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 in the Parish Room. All welcome
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!
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.