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Welcome to the website of Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Balsall Common. Here you can find details of the parish, our latest newsletter, services and sacraments offered by the Church and, in our parish archive, the events we have held. As a parish we value your privacy. Please follow the link here to learn more about the privacy policy that covers all catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
Stop Press! Our parish church was consecrated on 9th July 2016. Come back soon to see a full report on the preparations and the Consecration Mass presided over by Archbishop Bernard Longley here

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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The "sheep without a shepherd" spoken of by Our Lord in the Gospel today are the poor of Palestine. They are considered last by the scribes and Pharisees, by the powerful, but Jesus puts them first. He looks after them first because he has come especially for those who are last according to society. Jesus pays careful attention to them. No one is interested in them, yet they are the ones whom Jesus favours.

Parish Events

Looking for the rest of the Parish Event List? We have archived the list from our old site but you can still view them here.
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12.08.2018Pilgrimage walkOn Sunday 12 August, there will be a pilgrimage walk from St Mary Immaculate church, Warwick, to the site 2 miles away on Gallows Hill where three Catholics were martyred, including Blessed Robert Grissold in 1604. The open site of the gallows is believed to be known to be within about 100m and is destined to be built on unless good reason can be found to prevent it. The pilgrimage will be on foot, with some parking at St Mary's - and street parking off Gallows Hill for anyone going direct by car. More details to follow.
21.07.2018Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick The Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick will resume on Thursday 30th August at 6.00pm
17.07.2018Patronal FeastWe will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
08.07.2018Changes to Mass timesPlease 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
04.07.2018Get TogetherThis 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!
01.07.2018Race for LifeOn 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.
01.07.2018Father GeorgeOur thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
30.06.2018Celebrate!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
24.06.2018WelcomeWe welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today
24.06.2018Year for PriestsThe 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.
24.06.2018Parish Cake Sale - The ResultThe 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
24.06.2018Simply Purple & FriendsSimply 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).
17.06.2018Father GeorgeOur thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
17.06.2018Race for LifeOn 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
12.06.2018Coventry Circle of The Newman Association 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
10.06.2018First Holy CommunionPlease 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.
10.06.2018Candle of Dedication The candle is lit this week for Norah Flynn (RIP).
10.06.2018Year for PriestsThe 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.
10.06.2018Parish Cake SaleThis 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.
08.06.2018Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of JesusOn 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
06.06.2018Get-togetherThis 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.
03.06.2018June - the Month of the Sacred HeartJune 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.
03.06.2018Millennium BreakfastThanks to all those who supported the breakfast which raised £167, a wonderful effort! Special thanks to those who helped tidy away afterwards
03.06.2018Grass in front of the churchWe 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
31.05.2018Mass this Thursday with Sacrament of the Anointing of the SickEvery 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."
24.05.2018Mass this ThursdayPlease note the time of the Mass on Thursday for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest is 7.00 pm
20.05.2018Millennium BreakfastOur 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
20.05.2018Choral Energy!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.
20.05.2018CTBB Youth Group 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/
13.05.2018World Communication Day Next Sunday is World Communication Day and there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Network.
12.05.2018Volunteers to help with Choral Energy ConcertWe 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
08.05.2018Early start to Tuesday MassDue to the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy the Mass on Tuesday this week will be at 9.30 a.m
06.05.2018Choral Energy! concert 12th May at 7.00pmOur 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 tickets@brgparish.org.uk. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!
06.05.2018Churches Together CTBBAn 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.
06.05.2018The CTBB Youth GroupThe 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/
06.05.2018Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Jake and Bridget Brookes (RIP)
29.04.2018Changes to MassesPlease 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
26.04.2018Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick 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."
22.04.2018Our Field & Berkswell Parish CouncilLast 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.
22.04.2018The children's liturgy team are looking for new recruitsWhether 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!
15.04.2018Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Ann Cotterill RIP
15.04.2018100 Club Draw1st Chris Mitchell (37), 2nd Nigel Driffield (58), 3rd Eileen Selby (99).
15.04.2018HCPT Group 83The 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
15.04.2018HERO - Heart of England Retirement OrganisationHERO - 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.
15.04.2018Child Contact Centres at Hall Green and Smith’s Wood, Volunteers wantedA Child Contact Centre is a safe and friendly place, run by volunteers, where a child spends time with a parent (or other family members) with whom they do not live. The role of the volunteer includes assisting with setting out and tidying up toys and games, and welcoming and supporting centre users. For further details please refer to the websites - Hall Green Child Contact Centre or Smith's Wood Child Contact Centre or Phone 0121 777 9873 or 07746 532261. Please also see the notice board.
12.04.2018PCC Special Parish MeetingPCC Special Parish Meeting will be held at church on Thursday 12 April at 7:30pm The main object of the meeting is to plan our Parish Concert on 12 May. If anyone is willing to help please come along to the meeting.
10.04.2018Get-togetherThe next meeting is NOT this week, but is postponed until Wednesday April 10th. at 10.30 am in the parish room, for tea, coffee and cakes.
01.04.2018CAFODAn enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's CAFOD Family Fast Day collection. A total of £372.60 was donated, which the Government has matched, making £745.20. Also £279 of the contributions were Gift Aided, adding on an extra £70 – so the final total comes to over £815 which will greatly transform the lives of many. Thank you!
01.04.2018Masses this weekPlease note that there will be no Mass this Thursday but there is a Mass for the first Friday of the month. Weekday mass times are on the back of this bulletin.
01.04.2018HCPT The Pilgrimage TrustGroup 83 left Birmingham Airport yesterday morning to spend a week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday afternoon. While they are there, everyone in the Group (9 adults & 4 young people) will remember your love and kindness to them. Please do remember them in your prayers, as they will remember you in theirs. May they all return full of joy and happiness and hopefully bring back a little of Lourdes which they will share with their family and friends.
01.04.2018Walk With MeThere are a few of these booklets left for the season of Easter; please take one if you have not already done so. A donation of £1 to cover the cost can be put in the Piety Box.
30.03.2018Churches Together Walk of WitnessThe walk of witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am on Good Friday. The route will include Balsall Common Primary School, Heart of England School, The White Horse Inn, Blessed Robert Grissold Church, the Co-op and village shops – you are welcome to join at any point. The walk will be followed by a simple lunch at the Methodist Church at 12 noon.
29.03.2018The Watch on Holy ThursdayAfter the Mass of the Lord's Supper there is an opportunity to join in the watch before the Blessed Sacrament. If you intend to stay please sign the sheet at the back of the church - in this way we ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended. The Watch concludes at midnight.
29.03.2018Eucharistic MinistersNew special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled and existing ministers will renew their commitment, during the liturgy of Holy Thursday.
25.03.2018Holy WeekThis begins next week with Palm Sunday when the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. Through the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday we celebrate the greatest mysteries of our redemption keeping, through very special celebrations, the memorial of our Lord's crucifixion, burial and resurrection. I hope as many of us as possible will gather for these key celebrations in the Church's calendar which are central to our understanding, celebration and practice of our faith throughout the year.
25.03.2018Mass times for EasterMass times for our Easter services can be found here
21.03.2018Penitential ServiceThere will be an opportunity to make your Confession before Easter this Thursday evening. After Mass at 7.00pm, when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick also will be offered, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, silent prayer and an opportunity to make your Confession.
19.03.2018Mass tomorrow has been CANCELLEDMonday 19th March is the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We had planned to hold a mass at 10.00am but please note that, due to the weather, this mass has now been CANCELLED.
18.03.2018Church Cleaning BlitzVolunteers are required for church cleaning between 18th and 28th March to ready the church for Easter. Please see Louise Perry for details
18.03.2018Urgently Needed – items for Easter newsletterFor the past 11 years we have produced a colour newsletter at both Christmas and Easter, containing photographs and articles related to parish life. We cannot do this without your help – and despite appeals in recent newsletters, we have so far received no contributions for this year's Easter newsletter. We urgently require your photos and articles (however brief!) as without them the newsletter will not go ahead. Please email your contribution to iehclarke@btinternet.com by Saturday 24th March at the latest – but preferably as soon as possible.
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22.01.2017
Eileen passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loved ones last Sunday. We keep Eileen and her family and friends in our prayers. There will be a Requiem Mass for her here, at Blessed Robert Grissold church, this Tuesday 24th January at 1.00pm
22.01.2017
The Churches Together Service will take place this afternoon at 4.00pm in St Peter’s Church.
22.01.2017
Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose him to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Vatican staff. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on “hope” in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. The hope he discovered in Communist prisons, where he was incarcerated for his faith, is also hope for the Church and the world. Faced with any darkness, we have a reason for confidence and that reason is Christ our Lord, the Hope of the world.
19.01.2017
Our first parish council meeting for 2017 is being held on Thursday, 19th January at 7:30 pm in the Parish Room when we will be planning our programme for the year. We would be delighted to have some new members please come and join us and give us your views and support
15.01.2017
Coming up in 2017 a new churches together youth group will start. It will be on alternate Sunday nights for year 7 and older and starts on 15th January. It is being run jointly between the churches and will involve a mix of games, discussion and cake. Kathryn Driffield and Claire Keane are involved from our parish so please have a chat with them if you want to get involved.
15.01.2017
The candle is lit this week for the John Hughes
15.01.2017
The first session will be held at the Methodist Church hall this evening from 6.45 until 7.45. All secondary school students of any faith will be very welcome. The session on 2nd April is going to be hosted by Blessed Robert Grissold and we are hoping that some of the BRG adults will come along to help out on the evening. Please ask Claire Keane or Kathryn Driffield for details
15.01.2017
Thank you to all those that supported the parish Christmas Raffle this year and congratulations to those lucky enough to win one of the prizes. We raised an impressive total of £1,130 for parish funds
11.01.2017
On Wednesday evenings, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Meditations and silent prayer will follow the 7.00pm Mass, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction. Why not be still and silent in the presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar? We so need silence in our busy, noisy lives, especially if we are to listen to the Holy Spirit within - then the Holy Spirit inspires us and fills us with his love. This is what it meant when it says in Holy Scripture that the Holy Spirit prays within us in sighs too deep for words. All welcome
08.01.2017
The diary for 2017 is now available at the back of the church. Our candle of Dedication next to the statue of the Sacred Heart, is lit anew each Sunday and burns for a week (Sunday to Saturday) in remembrance of a loved one, or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. The Dedication is included each week in our bulletin. Donation offers of £5 are suggested. You can request a Dedication by completing the details on the special envelopes at the back of the church and also filling in the name on the dates in the dairy. These can be handed to Bridget Harrison or Ann Ostler, if not, one of the wardens
08.01.2017
The candle is lit this week for the People of the Parish
08.01.2017
Many thanks for those who gave gifts. Altogether there were 57, of which 29 for Children. These were sent to Father Hudson's Care at Coleshill. The others were distributed among the local housebound, the sick & elderly of our Parish by our young people and in some cases their parents. A big and sincere thank you to all who did this. It was greatly appreciated
03.01.2017
Get-together this Wednesday, 3rd January. Meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a buffet lunch. All welcome.
01.01.2017
"Thank you for your generous offerings, gifts and cards. Once again, I have very much appreciated the prayerful preparation for, and celebration of, Christmas at Blessed Robert Grissold. I am especially grateful to all those who attended the Advent meditations, talks and discussions. I hope, that like me, you experienced the mutual support and prayers of your brothers and sisters in Christ helpful in getting ready to receive the God who comes to us in Christ. Thank you, to all of you, for the many different ways in which you contribute, throughout the year, to the life of the community at Blessed Robert Grissold. With all good wishes for 2017." Fr Frank
01.01.2017
Father Frank is on his post-Christmas break from Monday. There will be a Eucharistic Service this Tuesday (3rd January). We welcome Fr Christopher Greaney to Blessed Robert Grissold next Sunday when he will celebrate the Mass of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.
01.01.2017
The candle is lit this week for Baby Clara
28.12.2016
Christmas meditations will accompany adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after 10.00am Mass on Wednesday. Meditations, silent reflection and prayer will last for half an hour after Mass finishing with Benediction at 11.00am.
26.12.2016
For those of you who were unable to attend our carol service this year or who would like to listen to it again, click on the link to be taken to our carol services page then navigate to the bottom of the page and click on 2016. A full recording of the service is available there.
25.12.2016
The dedication for this week is for the Ian Stewart RIP and next week for Baby Clara
25.12.2016
Monica Green is the new Safeguarding Representative (children and adults) for Blessed Robert Grissold, with Louise Perry being her deputy. A new requirement is for all children under 18 to have parental/ guardian consent for their photographs to be used by the Parish, on the website, display boards in the Church or published Parish newsletters etc. Monica will be at the back of Church after Mass over the next few weeks with the relevant form. If you have any questions about this, please speak to Monica or Louise
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