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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,
Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan
As you may know, our field at Meeting House Lane has been identified by the parish, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Solihull MBC for development, but Berkswell Parish Council are seeking to allocate it as Local Green Space to thwart our efforts.
In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have responded to the formal, technical exercise being run by Solihull MBC to formally object to the "plan being made with Meeting House Lane being allocated as Local Green Space in policy B4 of the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan."
There is quite a campaign to oppose our development, and whilst the decision will not a be popularity competition, nevertheless it will do no harm for parishioners to let Solihull MBC know that there is support for our scheme for assisted living to provide for local residents so that they will not have to leave the village to have such accommodation.
If you feel able to, please email psp@solihull.gov.uk titled "Berkswell NDP Reg 16 Representation" and support the representation made on 10th December 2018 on behalf of the parish. Please note that the deadline for your emails is Friday 21st December 2018
Christmas 2018 Mass times

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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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.

Parish Events

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20.12.2018Confession before ChristmasThere will be an opportunity for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday after the Mass. During this time people may also make their Confession
18.12.2018Father Hudsonís Care Christmas Carol CelebrationFather 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.
16.12.2018Christmas RaffleThank you to everyone who has donated prizes including: Sylvia Clifford - The Counting House, Leamington Spa, Haigís Hotel, Nailcote Hall, Whittles Restaurant @ Binswood Hall, Mallory Court, Belgrade Theatre, Albany Theatre & Ladies First. We have sold £500 worth of tickets so far Ė 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.
16.12.2018Carol ServiceOur 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.
16.12.2018Statement from the Archdiocese of BirminghamOver 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.
16.12.2018Carol Service 2We 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.
16.12.2018100 Club Final Draw of 2018 - WinnersCongratulations 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
11.12.2018Tuesday's MassPlease note that the Mass on Tuesday this week begins at 9.30am to allow Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Leamington.
09.12.2018Christmas Goodies SaleThank 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.
09.12.2018Advent 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.
09.12.2018CAFOD - World GivingI 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
09.12.2018The FieldThe 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.
07.12.2018First Friday DevotionsOn 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.
06.12.2018Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing of the SickThere 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 Christís 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.
05.12.2018No Mass on Wednesday 5th December 2018No Mass on Wednesday as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
05.12.2018Get-togetherThis Wednesday December 5th. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for soup, rolls and desert. All welcome.
02.12.2018Christmas 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.
02.12.2018Christmas NewsletterDo 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! Itís 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 iehclarke@btinternet.com as soon as you can.
02.12.2018CRMC Winter Clothing AppealOnce in a while, itís nice to be able to make a difference; even nicer to be in a community where so many shares that sentiment Ė thank you all. Ian Lester
02.12.2018Parish Quiz - The ResultMany thanks to all who took part in the Parish Quiz. We raised £420.00. Well done!
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28.10.2018
As many of you will already be aware, the Archdiocese of Birmingham will be participating in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) at a hearing next month (Nov) in London. IICSA was set up some years ago by the government following a number of high profile and serious cases of historic child abuse. Through its investigations, IICSA is seeking to understand "what went wrong, and why". The Archdiocese has been asked to participate in IICSA's investigations along with other organisations within the Catholic Church. A Pastoral Letter will be read out in all churches next weekend on this matter. If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church's work, please call 0121 230 6240 or emergency out-of-hours on 07976 516629. Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry
25.10.2018
There will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick on Thursday 25th October 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.
20.10.2018
Maureen Carroll, Ros Cawley and Chris Mitchell are off to Lourdes on Saturday October 20th. They are part of Group 524 and will be staying at Hosanna House, a House owned by H.C.P.T. it is situated about 3 miles outside Lourdes. They return on Friday October 26th. While they are there, they will remember you all. Please do remember them in your prayers. They are willing to take your petitions and light candles for you. £5 is enough. We must have them at the very latest by Thursday October 18th. We have a very, very early start on the Saturday.
19.10.2018
Friday, 19th October at 1.45pm, Requiem Mass for Daniel Webster. (RIP)
16.10.2018
Tuesday's Mass commemorates St Margaret Mary, whose relic was placed in the altar at the Consecration of our church. Margaret Mary was the saint who received mystical revelations concerning the Sacred Heart of Jesus leading to a devotion which has spread throughout the world.
14.10.2018
Please pray for Patrick Noonan and Viola Fulham who will be baptised here today after Mass. Also pray for their family and friends, especially their parents and godparents.
14.10.2018
A Diocesan Celebration of some of the main events in the life of the Church this year, including The World Meeting of Families, Adoremus, the Synod on Young People, Vocational Discernment, Canonisations of Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and others. FROM 1.15pm TODAY. Testimonies, talks, exhibitions and theatrical performance, finishing with praise and worship at 3.30 Ė 4.00pm The events take place at Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School in Coventry.
12.10.2018
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.
11.10.2018
The Next Parish Council meeting will be held on Thursday 11th October at 8pm after the Mass and Benediction in the Parish Room. All are welcome
09.10.2018
Please note the earlier time of the Mass on Tuesday (0930) to enable me to get to Warwick for the Deanery Meeting of Clergy. Father Frank
07.10.2018
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
07.10.2018
The school playground and car park at St George and St Teresa School is in desperate need of resurfacing. The Board of Governors would like some help, as there are no funds in the school budget to pay for this. Does anyone know or have contact with a company that could tarmac some, if not all, of the areas required free of charge? This could possibly be as part of a community project. If so, could they get in touch with Alan Devoy (Parent Governor) 07792318061
07.10.2018
It's that time of year again! As you are aware the Christmas Raffle is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we would be very grateful for the donation of Raffle Prizes. We have already been promised some excellent prizes, including meals, afternoon teas and hampers and will happily accept bottles, chocolates, toiletries and vouchers of any description. Please see or email Tracey McAtamney traceymcatamney@btconnect.com Tel: 01676 532940 Mobile 0791 8191560
05.10.2018
A reminder that this coming Friday is Family Fast Day on behalf of CAFOD. What we save by going without for one day can help to save the lives of others. Our offerings should be returned next Sunday 7th October. There are envelopes available for the offerings
05.10.2018
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.
03.10.2018
This Wednesday October 3rd. We meet at 10.30am in the parish room for tea ,coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome
27.09.2018
There will be a Mass with the Sacrament for the Anointing for the Sick this Thursday 27the September at 6.00pm. The Sacrament of Anointing supports the sick in their struggle against illness and continues Christís work of healing. All are welcome to attend.
23.09.2018
Offerings for Harvest Thanksgiving made today 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
02.09.2018
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
02.09.2018
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
26.08.2018
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.
23.08.2018
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.
19.08.2018
The candle is lit this week for Dana Turner (RIP).
19.08.2018
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
16.08.2018
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.
12.08.2018
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)
05.08.2018
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.
01.08.2018
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.
29.07.2018
(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).
17.07.2018
We will commemorate Blessed Robert Grissold, our patron, at the 10.00am Mass on Tuesday 17th July.
08.07.2018
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
04.07.2018
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!
01.07.2018
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.
01.07.2018
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
30.06.2018
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
24.06.2018
We welcome Fr. Ed, Columban Father, and thank him for saying Mass today
24.06.2018
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
24.06.2018
Simply Purple & Friends present ĎA Summer Serenadeí, at St Peterís Church Hall today 24 June 3.00pm. In aid of 'Zoeís Place', a Baby Hospice in Coventry and 'St Peter's Church'. Tickets £10.00 each including A SRAWBERRY TEA, available from Linda Chesshire (532352).
17.06.2018
Our thanks to Fr. George, from the Columban Fathers, for covering for Fr. Frank today
17.06.2018
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
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