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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,
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING MASS WEEKEND 11th/12th MAY

There will be no mass next Sunday 12th May. This is due to the closure of roads around the church for Vélo Birmingham.

Mass next weekend will instead be held at 6.30 pm on Saturday 11th May.
Easter 2019 Services

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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There are notable parallels between the Parable of the Unjust Steward, which we hear in the Gospel today, and the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Each story has a noble master who shows amazing grace to his wayward underling. Both stories have a subject who wastes his master's goods, and, in both stories, the wasteful servant or son wake up to their dire situation and then they throw themselves on the mercy of their master. In these two parables the principal concern for Jesus is not financial propriety, rather, through these stories, he is inviting us to reflect prayerfully and deeply on the weightier matters of God, his grace and mercy, and salvation.

Parish Events

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03.11.2019Dates for your diary relating to the Silver Anniversary Year of Blessed Robert Grissold ChurchSunday 3rd November: Confirmation, together with the Blessing of our commemorative window by Bishop William. Wednesday 25th December: Christmas Day - the 25th anniversary of the first Mass at Blessed Robert Grissold
26.09.2019VisitationThe opening service for the Bishop's visitation to our Deanery is on Thursday 26th September at 7.00pm at St Peter's Leamington Spa. The Vicar General has suggested that each parish in the Deanery should be represented by their priest and 10 parishioners (who are representatives of groups or activities in the parish). The order of events is Vespers (Evening Prayer) led by Bishop William, followed by a presentation by the Archbishop. There will be refreshments in the parish hall afterwards. Please let Fr Frank know if you are interested in attending.
25.09.2019Change to MassPlease note that Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Wednesday this week in order that Fr Frank and others might attend the visitation service at St Peter’s on Thursday.
15.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
08.09.2019Choir PracticeChoir practice begins again after the Summer break on Sunday 8th September. We will be preparing music for the Confirmation Mass on 3rd November and our Christmas celebrations. Ian and Ellie are on holiday so the first practice will be led by Cathy Grimley. Please make every effort to attend! This is an ideal time to join the choir if you love to sing and have an interest in church music. Auditions or previous experience are not required, and you would be very welcome!
04.09.2019Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 4th September. We are meeting, 10.30am. at Fran and Ian's – 5 , Blythe Avenue. Contact number, if needed, 530 371
02.09.2019Warwick Deanery Evangelisation Team The next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on 2nd September at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter's Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish could be represented to help us plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
01.09.2019BaptismWe pray for Audrey Eleanor Martin who will be Baptised today after Mass. We pray also for her parents and godparents - that, together with them, we will be faithful to our Baptismal promises
01.09.2019Training SessionsThere are a number of Training Sessions being run by the Archdiocese at various times and places over the coming weeks and months for those with responsibility in the Parish for: Safeguarding; GDPR; Property and Finance. For full details of the times and venues please see the notice board or Fr Frank.
13.08.2019Mass times this week Please note the start time of the Mass on Tuesday this week is 7.00pm
11.08.2019Commemorative window updateAn initial design for the window has been produced by our stained-glass window artist, Sasha Ward (you can see examples of her work at her website http://www.sashaward.co.uk). This design must be approved by the Archdiocese faculty and will be submitted to their next committee meeting on 19th September. Production of the window will then commence, and we are confident it will be ready for the Bishop’s visit on the 3rd November 2019. The complete text of the dedication will also be available to view after Mass today. Please spend a few minutes over coffee to review it and ensure you are happy with your dedication as it will be submitted for production of the plaque soon. If you still wish to make a pledge or have not yet paid your pledge and still wish to do so, please see Ian Clarke after Mass today.
07.08.2019Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday 7th August. Coach trip to Evesham Valley. Coach leaves BRG at 10 am prompt. All welcome.
04.08.2019Parish Bulletin Rota A further plea for an additional volunteer to help with the parish bulletin rota. The task involves bringing together the week's notices and liturgy arrangements into the standard template that you see each week and takes about 1-2 hrs of time per week. We aim to have 4 people on the rota at any one time so that each editor only does 3 months at a time. No previous editorial experience required! It just needs access to a Computer and email. If you can help or would like to discuss in more detail before committing please speak to one of the current editorial team: David Green, Godfrey Chesshire or Ellie Clarke
07.07.2019Choral SparksA special thank you to all who helped and supported the concert last weekend especially Ian and Ellie for all their hard work arranging it. We raised over £1,000 which is been split between the parish and Gridtones choir charity. Photos of the event can be found by clicking on the link
07.07.2019Pancake Breakfast TodayAfter Mass today there will be a Pancake breakfast in aid of Parish Funds
07.07.2019BaptismBaptism: 11.00 am next Sunday. Baptism of Cormac David Cant.
03.07.2019Get-togetherWe meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
30.06.2019Catenian Association Bursary PresentationAt the end of Mass today parishioner Tom Green will be presented with a bursary by Brian Green, current President of The Redditch Circle of the Catenian Association. The Catenian Bursary Fund aims to support young Catholics who want to work on projects around the world which help communities less fortunate than ourselves. Tom is travelling to Tanzania in January 2020 for 3 months to work with a Christian Charity on rural infrastructure projects. The bursary will help towards the funds Tom has to raise for his trip. The Catenian Bursary is available to all young Catholics. For more info see https://catenianbursary.com/
23.06.2019St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge currently have limited availability for nursery places for September 2019. Please see notice board for full information
23.06.2019Confirmation CandidatesToday our Confirmation candidates, Carys, Erin, Ethan, James and Cloe will make their commitment during the Mass. Please keep them, together with their families, sponsors and catechists in your prayers as they prepare for Confirmation on Sunday October 13th.
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06.04.2019
The series of breakfasts and talks organised by Churches Together concludes next Saturday 6th April at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. Over five weeks we have been looking at five 'Big Questions', the fifth being, "Has science displaced religion?" The speaker will be Revd Alan Bayes, Chaplain to the Whitgift school in Croydon. He has been interfaith adviser to the Bishops of Durham and Swansea & Brecon respectively. Before ordination he studied physics at Imperial College London, followed by postgraduate work in Astrophysics at University College, London.
05.04.2019
On the First Friday of every month there is a Votive 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.
03.04.2019
There will be thanksgiving mass on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School. All former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend. A "My Donate" page is open until 8th April for donations to the school PTA in honour of Mr Foxon’s retirement: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stgeorgestteresaprimaryschool3.
03.04.2019
Get-together this Wednesday, 3rd April. We meet at 10.30 am in the parish room for tea, coffee , cakes and a chat. All welcome.
31.03.2019
Please pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Sophie Krystyna Donnelly who will be baptised here today after Mass.
31.03.2019
The winners of the first draw of 2019 are Ann Crossley (1st prize), Margaret McLellan (2nd prize) and Conor McSorley (3rd prize).
28.03.2019
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."
27.03.2019
A last reminder that the Coffee Evening is this Wednesday, 27th March, at 7.30pm in our Parish Room. Admission is 50p, which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a cake. Louise and Helen will be at the cake stall – they will be most grateful for donations of home-made cakes to sell. Everyone would be most welcome on the evening; do come along and bring a friend or neighbour and make it an enjoyable and worthwhile evening.
25.03.2019
Please note there will be a Mass on Monday at 10.00am to celebrate this great feast day.
24.03.2019
Maureen has managed to obtain another 12 of these booklets for Lent; if you would like to purchase one, please see her.
17.03.2019
Join us next Sunday 17th March after mass to enjoy delicious pancakes with various toppings along with your tea and coffee. Enjoy a tasty treat, meet other parishioners and raise funds for the parish. A donation of £2 is suggested.
12.03.2019
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday begins at 9.30am. Mass will be followed by Stations of the Cross.
10.03.2019
This is lit anew each Sunday; you can request a dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. Please complete the details in the diary in the Narthex, indicating if you want the candle to be placed in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or by the Sacred Heart statue (SH), and on the envelope containing your donation (suggested amount: £5). Please hand your completed envelope to the wardens or to either Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison
10.03.2019
We have been invited by the Deanery to join in a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are all asked to select a day in March and to commit to praying on that day for vocations. If you feel you would like to join in please put your name on the sheet at the back of the church against your selected day. Please see Bysshe for further details.
10.03.2019
As part of our celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church, we are considering commissioning a new stained-glass window for the small window at the back of church. We have two painted glass windows on either side of the altar representing Baptism and Confirmation. The new window would represent The Eucharist; the estimated cost is approximately £2,500. We will be approaching Catholic businesses in the area to ask for donations but would also like to offer members of the parish the option to pledge money, either on their own behalf or to remember a loved one. All pledges will be remembered on a plaque next to the new window. Ian and Ellie Clarke will be available after Mass if you would like to know more or wish to pledge money.
10.03.2019
Father Hudson's Care has places available for this 100-mile sponsored cycle on 12 May. Anyone interested in riding in aid of our diocesan social care agency should call Father Hudson's on 01675 434059 or e-mail fundraising@fatherhudsons.org.uk before Tuesday 12 March
06.03.2019
Lent begins on Wednesday 6th March (Ash Wednesday) when there will be a Mass at 7.00pm together with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. Let us make every effort to make a good start to the season of Lent and to use this time to renew and deepen our life in Christ. To help us, every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions
06.03.2019
This Wednesday, 6th March. We meet at 10.30am in the Parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
04.03.2019
Next meeting is on Monday 4th March 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: Peter Dimambro tel: 01926 428399 email: mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk.
01.03.2019
Our local celebration of this world-wide ecumenical service is at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email jlgperry@btinternet.com.
01.03.2019
On the first Friday of every month there is a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This Friday the Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order that we might join with the rest of the Archdiocese in praying for vocations to the priesthood. All welcome
24.02.2019
Confirmation candidates and any seeking reception into full communion with the Church this year must submit their names and contact details to Fr Frank, by email, (address given at the end of the newsletter) before the end of February 2019.
20.02.2019
CTBB Drop In Youth Café at 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, Wednesday 20th February at the Jubilee Centre, open to year 6 and above. £1 entry, includes cake and a drink. Crafts, games and prizes!
19.02.2019
Please note that on Tuesday there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. Fr Frank has to attend a conference for Priests.
17.02.2019
There will be a finance meeting after mass today
12.02.2019
Please note the earlier start time of 9.30am to the Mass on Tuesday this week. This allows Fr Frank to attend a Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
10.02.2019
Many thanks to all who have renewed or taken out a new subscription for this year. This Sunday is your last chance to sign-up for 2019. Once again, John and Chris will be in the hall after Mass today
10.02.2019
Des Foxon is retiring at the end of this school term after a 39-year career as a teacher, the last 27 years of which have been as Head of St. George and St. Teresa School. Please keep him and the School in your prayers.
06.02.2019
Bishop Kenney shares his experience of CAFOD's work in Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm - 9pm, light refreshments served from 7pm. Venue: St Peter's, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. All are very welcome! To book your place, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at ewignall@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944.
06.02.2019
Our next get-together is this Wednesday, 6th February. We meet at 12 noon in the parish room for a light lunch and dessert. All are welcome
03.02.2019
There will be choir practice today after mass, 11 am – 12 noon, to work on music for Easter and beyond. New members are welcome. For more details, please speak to Ian Clarke
03.02.2019
Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of my book last week - I was amazed when all 20 copies I had with me were sold. I will leave some copies in a box for purchase after mass at the price of £7.99 each, with all profit going to charity
31.01.2019
Parish Council meeting at 7.45pm on Thursday, 31st January in the Parish Room, to discuss plans for our church's 25th anniversary celebrations. All welcome.
20.01.2019
This scheme is for recently graduated Catholics and will run from September 2019 until July 2020. Further information is available at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
16.01.2019
This Wednesday, 16th January at 7-30pm in the Parish Room. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss what celebration we should have for the church's 25 year's anniversary this year, both religious and social. We hope to get some ideas and form a working party to help organise these events.
15.01.2019
On 15th January 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mallory Court - Wine - Canapes - Guest Speakers. Profit from the sale of the book to support children and young adults coping with grief.
13.01.2019
The Raffle raised £944.00. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets. Tracey; and thanks to Tracey for organising the raffle
13.01.2019
Please note the changes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to the times of Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
09.01.2019
The next Get-together will be this Wednesday 9th January. Meet in the Parish Room for coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. All are welcome
07.01.2019
Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 7th January at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peter’s Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us planning how to share the Good News in this New Year. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
06.01.2019
Many thanks for all the gifts donated this Advent. We were able to hand over 60 gifts to Father Hudson’s Care which were gratefully received and were being immediately distributed to those in need. Thanks as well to those who helped distribute the local gifts. It was a great effort from all. Thanks – Claire.
06.01.2019
Welcome to Fr Chris, from Leamington Spa, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today
30.12.2018
Thanks once more for your cards, gifts, kindness and support. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Also, I am grateful for all the work you put in to ensuring that there is a Eucharistic presence in this place. Together, by faithfully assembling week by week, we ensure that we witness to the love, light and hope of Christ and his in-breaking Kingdom. That is the distinctive and incomparable gift we are called to offer to the world through our assembly as the Church, but, in order for this to happen, many have to give of their time and energy in raising funds and being responsible for day to day administration and maintenance. May the Lord bless you for your hard work on behalf of Christ and his Kingdom. It is a privilege and a joy to share with you in this service. Fr Frank.
30.12.2018
Fr Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break from Wednesday of this week, returning on Thursday 10th January 2019.
25.12.2018
Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2018
25.12.2018
Our 2018 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the whole of 2018. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2018 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
23.12.2018
Thank you to all of you who have represented your opinions and shown support over the matters concerning the field. Apologies for not responding to you individually - it’s been a rather busy time! Father Frank
20.12.2018
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 as Fr Frank has to attend a conference in Bicester for the priests of the Archdiocese
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