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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,
UPDATE ON FATHER FRANK

Father Frank continues to improve after his minor stroke. He is now celebrating Mass on Sundays again. Please continue to remember Father, Sandra and their family in your prayers.

Please be aware that there will be a eucharistic service on Tuesdays at 10am. No other weekday masses will be held for the foreseeable future.
Christmas 2019 Services

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of the nature of God's Kingdom which is breaking into this world even now. This is the 'perfect' life of the heavenly kingdom so we should not be surprised that his words sound strange for they are opening up to us a strange and new reality which is not of this world. This eternal life is that dimension of the kingdom which we pray will come on earth. The power and the glory of this eternal dimension of the kingdom which is breaking into our world transforms and renews all things so that discord, hatred and violence are overcome by the love and peace of Christ. It is this life of the kingdom which we see breaking into this world in the words and examples of Jesus and the saints - in the ones who 'love their enemies' and 'pray for those who persecute them.' And it is into this eternal dimension, that makes such strange new things possible, that God gathers us each time he summons us before him in the Mass. For in and through the Eucharist, the Holy Spirit gathers us and makes us one with Christ who sits at the right hand of the Father in the heavenly kingdom, so that, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of his glory.

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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01.03.2020Second CollectionThere will be a second collection on Sunday 1st March for Cathedral Maintenance
01.03.2020March 'Prayer Calendar' for VocationsWe have been invited by the Deanery again, this year, to contribute a month of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. We are each asked to choose one day in March and to commit to saying on that day, a prayer - short or long - for increasing numbers of vocations. If you would like to support this, please sign your selected day on the sheet at the back of church. We hope to have one or more people praying this every day of the month. For further details, see Bysshe Gibbs.
26.02.2020Ash WednesdayLent begins this week with Ash Wednesday with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes. The Church orders the season of Lent to our preparation for the celebration of Easter. The forty days of Lent run from Ash Wednesday up to, but excluding, the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. We are encouraged to participate fully in the Lenten preparation for Easter, approaching the Sacrament of Penance and making our confession during this season. The season of Lent also presents us with an opportunity to reflect on our prayer life and to give ourselves over to meditation upon the scriptures or some other spiritual reading.
23.02.2020Thank youThe sale of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and Candles in 2018 and 2019 amounted to £139.70. Proceeds went to HCPT Group 83. Thank you for your support, it was much appreciated.
23.02.2020Lately deadPlease pray for the Repose of the Soul of Columban Father Joe Flanagan, who died recently in Ireland. Fr Joe celebrated Mass for us here on many occasions before we had our own Parish Priest. And also, for Peggy Anderton, a neighbour, friend & supporter of Group 83
23.02.2020Walk with MeWalk with Me Booklets for Lent £1 each will be available this weekend. Please put your donation in the wall box. Thank you
23.02.2020First Holy CommunionsPlease contact Fr Frank with details of those children wishing to prepare for First Holy Communion this year.
16.02.2020Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation 2020This weekend we welcomed Bishop William Kenney for the Warwick Deanery Parish Visitation to our parish. Click on the link to learn more about it and read the parish report presented to the Bishop
16.02.2020Welcome to Bishop William Welcome to Bishop William who is carrying out his Visitation this weekend. He will celebrate Mass and preach today.
16.02.2020Tom Green's Cake sale fundraiserA huge thank you to everyone who supported my cake sale last Sunday. The response was fantastic, and I raised an amazing £282. This money will all go directly towards my projects in Tanzania. I am volunteering with Christian charity 'Go Make a Difference Tanzania' for 3 months from the 21st March. I will be working on rural community projects such as a reforestation scheme and building goat sheds. Many thanks again. Tom
09.02.2020Two volunteers required for Church CleaningDue to the resignation of two volunteers for church cleaning a vacancy has arisen for two people to join our dynamic team. The honour of cleaning our lovely church comes around every 8 weeks. No previous experience needed. Please apply in person to Louise Perry.
05.02.2020Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday 5th February. We meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
02.02.2020Parish AccountsThere will be a Finance Committee meeting after mass next Sunday, 2nd February, when the 2019 accounts will be presented.
01.02.2020Father Frank and his recoveryI am grateful to you for all for the support and kindness, shown both to my family and myself during my recent period of illness. Until I have regained more strength, I will only be celebrating Sunday Masses and the Baptisms that I have agreed to. After the regular daily round of prayer, meditation and study, I have more than enough to keep me busy at my desk and in the seemingly endless task of unpacking after our recent move. I look forward to returning to celebrating the weekday Masses, visiting and other parish duties when I am sufficiently recovered. I would like to give special thanks to Joe, Bob and Chris who made repeated trips to the tip in order to dispose of the mountain of waste which built up during the move. Also, to those of you who have ensured on-going prayer, during the week in the church. Thank you all for your patience and continuing prayers. Fr Frank
01.02.2020BaptismWe pray for Milo Kristian McKeever who is to be Baptised after Mass here today - we pray also for his parents and godparents, friends and family.
26.01.2020Choir returnsOur choir practice begins after Mass next Sunday 26th January. If you have ever thought that you would like to join our choir, this is an ideal point to join in! We are going to start work on music for Lent and Easter. Everyone is welcome!
19.01.2020100 ClubThank you for your support each year, which contributes at least £600 towards church funds. Subscriptions for 2020 are now due and Chris and John will be in the hall for the next few Sundays to collect your subscriptions. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30, each quarter. You may take out more than one subscription, thereby increasing your chances of winning! New members are always welcome. If you can, it helps our admin if you set up a standing order. We can provide the necessary form. Good luck for 2020!
19.01.2020New diary for Candle of dedication is now available for 2020If you would like to have the Candle of Dedication in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion for a week of your choice, please find at the back of church the diary and envelopes for your name and donation (suggested amount is £5) for you to fill in. You may select to have the candle in front of our Lady (OL) or Sacred Heart (SH)statues. Please give your envelope to the Warden, Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison.
12.01.2020Christmas giving treeThank you so much for all your generosity in giving the lovely gifts you donated to Fr Hudson's Society and local parishioners this Christmas, via the giving tree. They were gratefully received. A big thanks also to all the families who delivered the local gifts. Claire
08.01.2020Get-togetherGet-together this Wednesday, 8th. January. We will meet at 10.30am in the parish room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
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09.10.2019
Please note that the Mass (the Feast of Blessed John Henry Newman) this Wednesday is at 7.00pm - before the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm.
09.10.2019
There will be a meeting of the Council at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 9th October to discuss arrangements for the Confirmation and blessing of the anniversary window; and to consider arrangements tor the Episcopal Visitation of Bishop William in February.
08.10.2019
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 9.30am. The earlier start is to enable Fr Frank to attend the Deanery Meeting in Warwick.
02.10.2019
Get-together this Wednesday October 2nd. We are meeting in the parish room at 11.30am for a lunch of soup and sausage.
02.10.2019
St George & St Teresa Catholic Primary School is hosting Open Days on Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday, 17th October, both between 9.30 and 11.30 am. For further information see the notice board.
29.09.2019
If you have any surplus garden produce e.g. green tomatoes, onions, plums or currants, please let me know and I'll convert it into parish funds! Judith tel. 01676 534010.
26.09.2019
The 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.
25.09.2019
Please 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.
15.09.2019
There 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.
08.09.2019
Choir 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!
04.09.2019
Get-together this Wednesday, 4th September. We are meeting, 10.30am. at Fran and Ian's – 5 , Blythe Avenue. Contact number, if needed, 530 371
02.09.2019
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
01.09.2019
We 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
01.09.2019
There 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.
13.08.2019
Please note the start time of the Mass on Tuesday this week is 7.00pm
11.08.2019
An 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.
07.08.2019
Next meeting is this Wednesday 7th August. Coach trip to Evesham Valley. Coach leaves BRG at 10 am prompt. All welcome.
04.08.2019
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
07.07.2019
A 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
07.07.2019
After Mass today there will be a Pancake breakfast in aid of Parish Funds
07.07.2019
Baptism: 11.00 am next Sunday. Baptism of Cormac David Cant.
03.07.2019
We meet this Wednesday 3rd July at 10.30am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.
30.06.2019
At 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/
23.06.2019
St George and Teresa Primary School Dorridge currently have limited availability for nursery places for September 2019. Please see notice board for full information
23.06.2019
Today 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.
23.06.2019
Required- a staff member to work with volunteers in parishes and schools of the Archdiocese. For details see cafod.org.uk/jobs. Closing date 1st July
19.06.2019
The 10.00am Mass this Wednesday 19th June is for the members and families of Solihull Circle of the Catenian Association. It will be followed by light refreshments. Parishioners are welcome to attend
13.06.2019
The next Parish Council meeting is this Thursday 13th June with the main item on the agenda the forthcoming Music Concert. All welcome
09.06.2019
Congratulations to James Murtagh and Orla Cole who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday and will be celebrating at church with us this morning
09.06.2019
Our thanks to Fr Chris who is covering for Fr Frank who is taking his post-Easter break
09.06.2019
The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 28th 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 Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ
05.06.2019
We meet this Wednesday 5th June at 10.30 am in the parish room for tea, coffee, cakes and chat. All welcome.
30.05.2019
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.'
30.05.2019
Thursday is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should attend Mass, if we are able.
29.05.2019
On Wednesday this week we celebrate the consecration of this church
26.05.2019
Thank you to everyone for supporting the breakfast last Sunday. The amount raised was £181.50, an excellent result. Fr Ed will be delighted
26.05.2019
Many thanks to everyone who pledged money towards the cost of our new stained glass window to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the construction of our church. If you have not yet done so, there is still time to make a pledge - please see Ian Clarke after mass today. We would like to begin collecting your pledges from next Sunday (26th May), Ian will be in the parish room after mass to receive your donations and will ask you to complete a form with the words you would like adding to the plaque that will be placed next to the new window. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation, we would welcome you doing so. Please make cheques payable to Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church.
25.05.2019
More nurses are needed to accompany sick pilgrims on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from 25 to 31 May this year. Details are available on the diocesan website: www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk.
19.05.2019
May is the month of Our Blessed Lady and we will honour her by saying a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Masses and after every weekday Mass in May
19.05.2019
As you will have noticed, most weeks, we are singing the Great Amen at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer. Some confusion has been expressed as to whether we should stand or kneel for the singing of the Great Amen. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal tells us that the people should remain kneeling until after the completion of the Great Amen. After the Great Amen we stand in readiness for the Lord’s Prayer. I hope this is helpful. Father Frank.
19.05.2019
After many years of being the stalwart of the parish bulletin editorial rota, John Perry has now hung up his editorial pen. Many thanks to John for his years of service to this task for the parish. The rota team now needs a replacement! 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.
19.05.2019
Scholarship opportunity at Maryvale Institute available to all applying to join the Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity course, degree validated by The Ecclesiastical Theology Faculty of The Ecole Cathédrale, Paris. It covers half a year's of tuition fees. The deadline for all application submission is June 24th, 2019. For more information and application forms, please contact: headmin@maryvale.ac.uk
14.05.2019
Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
13.05.2019
13th – 20th May is Christian Aid week. Instead of asking you to help with the door to door collection, we have decided, as an alternative, to have a second collection specifically for Christian Aid on next Sunday, 19th May. As well as making a donation you will also have an opportunity to Gift Aid it. Please give generously. Thank you.
13.05.2019
The next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 13th May 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
12.05.2019
This is due to the closure of roads approaching the church for Vélo Birmingham and Midlands, including the junction of Meeting House Lane with Station Road. Mass that weekend will be held at 6.30 pm on Saturday 11th May.
12.05.2019
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
12.05.2019
The Sale of Easter Cards for H.C.P.T. Group 83 amounted to £14.40. Grateful thanks to all supported this very worthy cause.
01.05.2019
This Wednesday 1st May - we meet at BRG at 10.30 am for onward trip to Rosebourne Garden Centre (formerly known as Blooms).
01.05.2019
The next prish council meeting is this Wednesday 1st May in the Parish room at 7.30pm (after mass).
28.04.2019
Divine Mercy Devotions, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions, will be held today from 3pm to 4pm in St Peter Apostle Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. For parking please use St Peter's multi storey car park.
21.04.2019
Thank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
20.04.2019
Group 83 left for Lourdes yesterday (at a reasonable time). They return next Saturday. While there, they will meet up with groups from 11 other countries – all part of HCPT. All will spend one week together. Please do remember them all in your prayers. Do pray that they all have a safe and happy week together and return next Saturday full of joy, peace and happiness. They will remember your kindness and generosity to them.
19.04.2019
Our traditional Good Friday 'Walk of Witness', will commence in St Peter's Church at 10.30 am. We will walk past the primary and secondary Schools, The White Horse, BRG, the Cooperative store, and the village centre, ending at the Methodist Church, for a frugal lunch. All are welcome
18.04.2019
After 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
18.04.2019
Our Eucharistic Ministers will renew their commitment, and new special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled, during the Liturgy of Holy Thursday
14.04.2019
Next week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church's calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church's year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
14.04.2019
The result of recent Coffee Evening is £1392.15 – a brilliant result. This includes donations (some of which will be Gift Aided), items sold after the evening and Maureen's Lourdes Fund (this money has accumulated since the previous Coffee Evening in 2017.) This year the cost for each young person going to Lourdes this Easter is £850 – a lot of money, so the amount raised at the Coffee Evening will go towards their fares. Again many, many thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy cause. May God bless you all.
14.04.2019
The liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday have a peculiar beauty and dignity as they celebrate the greatest and most sacred mysteries of the Church. The Paschal Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening when we are reminded of our Lord's institution of the Eucharist and of how he washed his disciples' feet. After the Last Supper, Jesus retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer and asked his disciples to watch in prayer with him. We do these things in remembrance of him on Holy Thursday. On Good Friday we read the Passion Narrative and venerate the Cross as we celebrate the great love Christ showed in laying down his life for us. The Easter Vigil takes place on Holy Saturday, in the night of Easter. The darkness of the tomb is overcome by the lighting of the Easter fire and the Paschal candle. The darkened church is filled with the light of the Risen Christ as the light of the Easter candle is shared among us. The joyful Easter Proclamation is sung in celebration of the mystery of Christ's glorious victory and of our salvation. The Liturgy of the Word traces salvation history and leads us to renew our Baptismal promises after the Blessing of the Waters of the font. There is no dismissal at the end of the liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday; that is because the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum constitute a single rite - a sacred rite in which it is our great privilege and joy to participate.
14.04.2019
These are on sale today until Holy Saturday, raising funds for HCPT Group 83
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