In today's Gospel Peter's faith is tested when the going gets tough. When everything is going swimmingly we do not realise how small our faith is. We find out about our insufficiency and our absolute dependency on Christ when we are buffeted by the storms of life. As Thomas Merton says, when we have "nothing of our own to rely on, and nothing in our nature to support us, and nothing in the world to guide us or give us light - then we find out whether we live by faith." But it is when we know our poverty of spirit that we are blessed according to Jesus, for it is then that we are aware that we are not self-sufficient but that our sufficiency is all in him.
|13.10.2017||HCPT Coffee Evening||The next coffee evening will be held on Friday 13 October at church. More details to follow soon.|
|27.08.2017||Rosary Rally||There will be a Rosary Rally on Sunday 27th August commencing with Mass at 2.00pm at Mount St Bernard's Abbey, Leicestershire. Please see the poster in the porch for further details.|
|13.08.2017||Welcome||Welcome to Fr Stefan, the Chaplain to Birmingham University who will Preside at the Mass today|
|13.08.2017||Masses this week||Please note the Masses for Tuesday 7.00pm (The Assumption), Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.|
|13.08.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Frances Carroll and Brian Carroll (RIP).|
|07.08.2017||Open The Book||Open The Book is a wonderful resource, bringing Bible stories to children at school in their primary years. Through a series of weekly presentations for Collective Worship/Assembly, they'll get to hear many wonderful Bible stories – not only about well-known characters, but also about important values like faith, courage, patience and selflessness. To do this, volunteers are needed to become storytellers, and become part of a team to go into local schools and put on OPEN THE BOOK Bible story presentations. There will be a meeting at St. Peters church on Monday or Tuesday 7th/8th August, (date to be confirmed), if you are interested please let Louise, John or Godfrey know. There are a few leaflets available at the back of church or for more information please visit: openthebook.net.|
|06.08.2017||Balsall Volunteer Transport Service||Since it was formed in 1988 the BVTS has been helping local people by taking them to hospitals and various medical clinics in the area for appointments they would otherwise find difficult to attend due to lack of public transport. With the relocation of the Balsall Common Health Centre, the withdrawal of the bus service and taxi bus, the service has been under increasing pressure to satisfy the requests it receives. It is felt that the BVTS provides a worthwhile service to the local community and health service, which has proved successful due to a much-needed demand and the kind, caring qualities of its drivers. There is a desperate need of new drivers – it is totally voluntary so your commitment can be to suit you – perhaps just one trip a week, or even one a month would be much appreciated. Drivers are asked to donate their time but as the service is run on voluntary donations from passengers the service can reimburse fuel costs to drivers. If you think you might be able to help and would like to know more please contact Michal or Jessica Hudson on 02476 466220, Edna Quinton-Tulloch on 01676 535758 or Margaret Royle on 01676 532592.|
|06.08.2017||Welcome||Welcome back to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today|
|06.08.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Francis Carroll (RIP) and Brian Carroll (RIP)|
|05.08.2017||Coffee Together||Coffee Together - this Saturday 5 August at the Jubilee Centre. BRG are hosting and volunteers are wanted, also donations of cakes will be appreciated. See Louise & John|
|02.08.2017||Get Together||Get Together this Wednesday 2nd August. Coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. Meet at BRG at 9.45am for departure at 10am. We leave Alrewas at 3pm and should arrive back about 3.45pm. If anyone who has signed up to go is unable to, please let Judith know on 01676 534010|
|30.07.2017||Welcome||Welcome to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today|
|23.07.2017||Millennium Breakfast||The total raised for our 63rd breakfast last week amounted to £205.10|
|16.07.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings||Meditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. This Wednesday we reflect on the significance of the altar in church and on our ascent to the heavenly places in and through the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome|
|16.07.2017||Millennium Breakfast||Number 63 is today after Mass. The usual fare of hot croissants, toast, jam, orange juice, tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome and it is a chance for our community to meet for a chat and also to welcome new parishioners to our Church. Donations will be sent to Fr. Ed O'Connell (a Columban Priest) who has spent most his life helping the poor people of Lima, Peru. Our parish has been helping Fr Ed. since 2000|
|16.07.2017||Churches Together Youth Group||Youth Group meets tonight at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.|
|13.07.2017||Tabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless people||Tabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless people, is opening in September. Could you volunteer as a host or mentor? Please come along to an open evening on Thursday 13 July, 6-9pm, at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 96 Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0PY. Contact Christy Acton on 01675 434064 to find out more|
|13.07.2017||Electrical Testing||The electrician will be in church all day Thursday 13 July from 9am to carry out periodic testing. Please be aware when entering and leaving the church.|
|09.07.2017||Dates for your diary||Dates for your diary: Celebration of the Consecration of our Church|
|02.07.2017||Churches Together Youth Group||Youth Group meets tonight at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome|
A big thank you to all helped support the Parish Supper with the food the music and setting out and clearing up. It was a real parish effort. The grand sum of £627 was raised towards parish funds. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
Please note that there are weeks available for this and that the diary and envelopes are at the back of the church to fill in.
This is an opportunity to continue the reflections on the Eucharist which we began in Lent. Meditations on the great treasure which we have in the Mass will be accompanied by silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
It has been suggested that it would be helpful if the initials of those who have requested a Mass Intention could appear in the Bulletin - so that one would know when the Mass which you have requested is being said. If you would like your initials to be included, please indicate this on the envelopes, that you will find in the foyer, which are provided for your Mass intention requests and accompanying offerings.
This week’s dedication is for Margaret and John McLellan.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered on the last Thursday of every month. All those who are challenged by their suffering in body, mind or spirit are welcome to receive this sacrament of Christ's healing. This is a practice which dates back to the earliest Church and is encouraged in scripture, where it is written: '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 if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.'
Can those wishing to be formed for First Holy Communion or Confirmation, and who are not being prepared through their school, please submit their names to Fr Frank by the end of May 2017.
Last Saturday at St Peter's, Leamington the start of the Fatima Centenary Year was celebrated. St Peter's is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during this time. A new church statue of Our Lady of Fatima was crowned and an Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was made. Everyone is welcome to visit St Peter’s over the year and more especially on the 13th of each month for the special indulgence.
Easter Cards sold during Lent amounted to £31.40. Many sincere thanks to all who bought & supported this worthy cause.
Tonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
Last chance to book your place at the annual Parish Supper on Saturday 20th May 7.30pm for 8pm. This will consist of a 2 course meal with entertainment from the Ivy Leaf Ceilidh Band. Price £10 per head. Bring your own drink. Please give your name to Chris after Mass. If you have booked already please give your choice of main course to Chris
Churches Together have arranged a 'Meet the Candidates' evening for the General Election in order to provide an opportunity to question candidates on Friday 19th May, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church. If you wish to have a question asked please contact Godfrey Chesshire by 16th May on 01676 532352
Fancy a night out for a really good cause to see the National Grid UK choir and friends (including our own Ian and Hannah Clarke) perform in a variety evening in Warwick? You do, well read on! Our parish music director sings with the UK National Grid choir who have decided to step in when Round Oak school's Music of Life programme was a casualty of government funding cuts. Round Oak school works with children with special educational needs and this programme is essential in helping them build confidence, presentation, public speaking and team work skills. It also helps with memory and is great for positive mental health. Click on the link to find out more and book your tickets!
Next Week (14th – 20th May) is Christian Aid Week. The more people willing to collect on behalf of this worthy cause the easier it would be for the village as a whole. Please consider during mass today whether you could spend a couple of hours to deliver and collect envelopes from a road near to you. Then before you leave church put your name on the sheet in the Narthex. Alternatively give Godfrey Chesshire a call during this week (532352). Thank you.
This week’s dedication is for Frank Clements (RIP).
Ian and Ellie Clarke celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary earlier this week. They will receive a blessing during Mass today to mark the occasion, and would like to invite everyone to join them in the Parish Room after mass for a slice of cake.
The amount received was £362.28. Thank you and all the parishioners at BRG for your support. You generous gift will enable partners to work with people and communities across the world, wherever the need is greatest. Best wishes, Chris Funnel, CAFOD, Head of Supporter Donations. And our thanks too, to our own Chris, who is parish co-ordinator for CAFOD
Head of Communications and Community Engagement, and Press and Media Relations Officer, Applications by June 2nd. For further details call 0121 230 6224.
For those not aware there is a website used to share information across the Deanery. This can be found at: www.warwick-catholicdeanery.org.uk
Please note that Tuesday Mass this week begins at the earlier time of 9.30am in order that Fr Frank might attend the Deanery Meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon
Our next Meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 8th May at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented. Contact 01926 428399
There will be a second collection today for the Clergy Training Fund
During May we will pray a decade of the Rosary after each midweek Mass to honour Our Blessed Lady and to encourage us to have recourse to this powerful means of prayer.
Winners from last Sundays draw are 1st No. 30 (Anne O'Brien), 2nd No. 58 (Nigel Driffield), 3rd No. 48 (Kathryn Driffield).
Tonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome
For those not aware there is a website used to share information across the Deanery. This can be found at: www.warwick-catholicdeanery.org.uk
On the first Friday of every month we celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We have a special devotion to this practice at Blessed Robert Grissold because the relic of St Margaret Mary, who received a vision of Christ’s Sacred Heart, was placed in our altar at the consecration of our church. Great benefits are promised to those who are faithful in their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Churches Together are holding a tea and cakes afternoon for Save the Children’s Syrian Project at 2.30-4.30pm on Friday 5th May at Barnfield Cottage, Fen End Road, CV8 1NW. All welcome.
On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the English Martyrs many of whom, like our own Blessed Robert Grissold, had associations with the Midlands. Their courageous witness to the faith and their prayers are still a source of great strength for us. We give thanks to God for them on their Feast.
Wednesday, May 3rd. Meet at BRG at 10.30am and then on to visit Hatton Country Park
Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings 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. In this week's meditations Van Thuan reflects on the beautiful mystery of the Church. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can find healing and peace and be present to the Christ who is present to us and feeds us with the life of heaven in and through the Eucharist - the Sacrament which forms the Church. All welcome.
Solihull MBC is currently consulting on proposals to cut the school bus service that connects Balsall Common to St George & Teresa, St Peter’s and Arden Schools. This will have a negative long term impact on the ability of children from Balsall Common to access the Borough’s Catholic Schools (as well as increasing car journeys, congestion and pollution). We would urge parishioners to respond to the Council’s consultation either on-line at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation or in writing to either School Transport, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB or via email email@example.com . The deadline for comments is 28th April
The parish is trying to set up a Mother & Toddler Group, probably on a Friday morning. If anyone is interested please speak to Maria Pulley (Tel: 07799 431573).
Thank you for your cards and once again for your generous Easter offerings and for the way you contribute to the life of our worshipping community, so facilitating our mutual upbuilding in faith. I am taking my post-Easter break this week therefore there will not be the usual weekday Masses. There is, however, a Eucharistic Service on Tuesday at 1000am. Fr Frank.Welcome
Today we welcome back Fr Chris to Blessed Robert Grissold to celebrate Mass
This week’s dedication is for HCPT Group 83
An amazing £335.79 was raised for the Columban Missionaries from the cake sales during Lent and on Easter Sunday. Thank you again for your overwhelming generosity and for buying cakes
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.