Today's Gospel conducts us to the River Jordan. This was the holy place where first century Judeans expected to see the Messiah come. It was also at this place that the people, long ago, crossed over into the Promised Land. Today's story finds us here at this holy place, where John the Baptist is proclaiming Jesus to be the Lamb of God - the One who takes away the sins of the world, the One we are to follow.
|28.01.2018||Confirmation||Confirmations will take place at Mass on Sunday 28th January|
|21.01.2018||Service for Christian Unity||Theme: "That all may be free". This year's service, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell, will take place at 3 pm in Sunday 21st January in St Mary the Virgin Church, Temple Balsall. All are welcome.|
|18.01.2018||Parochial Church Council||The next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, 18th January. All parishioners are welcome to attend and help plan the year ahead for the parish.|
|18.01.2018||Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity||This begins on Thursday 18th January. Let us remember to pray for that unity Christ willed when he prayed that we might all be one.|
|14.01.2018||100 Club||Many thanks to everyone who had a subscription last year. £675 was raised towards parish funds. Subscriptions for 2018 are now due, and Chris and John will be available after Mass for the next few Sundays. A ticket costs £15 for the year and there is a chance to win £75, £45, or £30, in each of the four draws in the year. The next draw will take place at Mass on Sunday January 28th.|
|10.01.2018||Get-together||The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th January at 12 noon for a buffet lunch in the Parish Room. All are welcome.|
|07.01.2018||Welcome||Welcome to Father George, from the Columban Fathers, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today|
|06.01.2018||Coffee Together||Coffee Together: Saturday, 6th January 10.30 - 12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. BRG is hosting the event. Please let Judith, Louise or Linda know if you can provide a cake or help on the day. Thank you|
|01.01.2018||Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God||What better way to begin the New Year than to celebrate this great Marian feast and to commend ourselves and the world to the powerful intercession of Our Blessed Lady.|
|31.12.2017||Thanks, from Father Frank||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. Father Frank.|
|31.12.2017||Father Frank post-Christmas Break||Father Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break this week, returning on Wednesday 10th January.|
|31.12.2017||Volunteers needed||Volunteers needed to ensure there is oil in our lamps and they keep burning! Please let Fr Frank know if you are able to give a little time each month to top up the oil in the candles in church.|
|25.12.2017||Christmas 2017 Newsletter now available||Our 2017 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the period between Easter and Christmas 2017. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2017 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.|
|25.12.2017||Father Frank's Christmas Message 2017||Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2017|
|24.12.2017||The Raffle Draw||Thanks to all those involved in making this year’s raffle such a success. We raised £890.00 - a marvelous effort! Well done everyone!|
|24.12.2017||Advent Parish Giving Tree||"A big thank you to all who contributed to the Christmas giving tree. 53 presents were given, and these were distributed this week. Hudson’s Care were very grateful for the gifts": Claire|
|20.12.2017||Confession||There will be an opportunity to make your confession this Wednesday evening after the 7.00 pm Mass. Mass will be followed by a short meditation then by silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament whilst confessions are being heard in private.|
|17.12.2017||Carol Service – Sunday, 17th December. at 6.30pm. – please note the change of time||Carol Service – Sunday, 17th December. at 6.30pm. It is always followed by refreshments including mince pies. If you are able and willing to contribute, please put you name on the paper at the back of the church today|
|17.12.2017||Raffle Tickets||The draw will take place after Mass this morning. There are still a few tickets left. Please make sure you have put all of your ticket stubs and money in the box provided. Thank you|
|12.12.2017||Midweek Masses cancelled this week due to poor weather||Please note that all midweek Masses are cancelled this week due to poor weather. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.|
Thank you all for supporting this venture. We collected over £230 for Parish Funds. Also, HCPT benefitted by £55 from the sale of cards and calendars. Many thanks
Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale until 24th December. All proceeds will go towards the expenses of Group 83.
The tree is now up at the back of church. The gifts we collect will be given to those who are struggling this Christmas either through illness or difficult social situations. Many of the children's gifts will be distributed via "Hudsons care" Birmingham. Please take one or more tags and leave your present with the tag under the tree on or before next Sunday, 17th December.
Raffle Tickets are available at the back of the Church today. The tickets are £1.00 each or £5.00 for a book. There are great prizes. Please collect your tickets today and sell as many as you can. The stubs and money can be returned each week after Mass. Please return any unsold tickets in order that they might be sold - Time is short for us to make a success of this - hopefully this will serve to concentrate our efforts. Thank you for your efforts. The draw will take place after mass next Sunday
We are looking for some help to clear the gutters on the church on Saturday 9th December at 10-00 am for about an hour, ready for the Gardner to clear the leaves the following week. If you can spare an hour it would be very much appreciated. Please contact Joe Martin.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is usually offered on the last Thursday evening of every month - it has been moved this month to the Thursday morning of 7th December. 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' (The Letter of James 5: 14-15).
You are invited to share in these Wednesday evening meditations which will focus on the last things heralded by the coming of Christ at the end of time. In the Eucharist we have a foretaste of the future gathering of all things in unity in Christ. Why not use the Wednesdays of Advent and Christmastide to reflect on the mystery of our crucified, risen and ascended Lord who comes to us in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar? This will also help us to "stay awake" and be more watchful and aware of the ways in which Our Lord comes to us always and everywhere in the sacrament of each present moment. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer will take place after the 7.00pm Wednesday Mass and will finish with Benediction at 8.00pm. All welcome.
Get together this Wednesday, 6th December. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for onward visit to Melbicks Garden Centre.
Sara, Simon and Sophia are so pleased to announce that Phoebe Catharine Maria was born 30th November at 2.10pm, weighing 8lb 3ozs. Father Frank and Sandra are delighted to have another grandchild.
www.covrefugee.org. Asylum seekers, looking to obtain refugee status, need the Centre, a mix of paid staff and volunteers, to help them negotiate the many forms and demands confronting them. They may need financial support to attend immigration interviews in London or Liverpool, signposting to food banks or receiving help in getting a hot meal, when their £36.95/week for food and personal needs doesn't quite stretch. Immigration and Asylum Law support is available along with Men’s and Women's Groups and help in learning English to support their integration. Being alone in a foreign land can test the most resilient. Some, who have endured things we cannot imagine, may need specialist help. Those already here who have met verbal and physical abuse, or are at risk, may also need support from the Safeguarding Unit. Having achieved refugee status, together with migrants from other countries, they may need help in finding work or accommodation – the Work and Wellbeing Group and the Housing Group are there for them. No matter what their need, the Centre tries to help them. The Centre is heavily dependent on donations from people like you; please be as generous as you can – thank you.
The tree is now up at the back of church. The gifts we collect will be given to those who are struggling this Christmas either through illness or difficult social situations. Many of the"children's gifts will be distributed via "Hudsons care" Birmingham. Please take one or more tags and leave your present with the tag under the tree on or before 17th December. Many thanks to the children from the Children's Liturgy Group who decorated the tags for the children.
The Plan is currently underway and during the month of November every household in Balsall Parish and Balsall Common received a Household Questionnaire which we were encouraged to complete and return. The questionnaire seeks ideas and opinions on a variety of issues within the Balsall Parish and Balsall Common area. Their ideas and opinions will create the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, a planning policy document which will state which community facilities should be developed, upgraded or enhanced from 2019 to 2033. If you have not completed the questionnaire, the deadline having been extended, you are invited to complete the document within the next couple of days.
There is no Mass on Thursday this week but there will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am. The Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is transferred to Thursday 7th December at 10.00am.
Quiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist Mass, as is usual on a Wednesday, will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, with meditations on the Holy Eucharist and silent prayer until Benediction at 8.00 p.m. In our busy lives it is essential to come apart with Christ from time to time - to be with him, to wait upon him and to listen for his voice speaking in the depths of our hearts.
If anyone has any holly we can have for the advent wreath it would be very much appreciated, variegated would be a bonus. Please contact Pam Martin.
Walk with Me booklets available at the back of church to help us to reflect and pray through Advent in preparation for Christmas.
Raffle Tickets: Available at the back of the Church today. The tickets are £1.00 each or five pounds for a book. There are great prizes. Please collect you tickets today and sell as many as you can. The stubs and money can be returned each week after Mass - Time is short for us to make a success of this - hopefully this will serve to concentrate our efforts.
Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for "Catholic Education" in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools
We are all invited to attend the Mass of Thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban mission on Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.00am at St Catherine of Siena church, Birmingham. The Mass will be followed by light refreshments. If you would like to attend please send your name, address and contact telephone number to: sharing firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass of Remembrance. Please join us on Friday 24 November, 7pm at St Anthony’s Parish, Bee Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 6LE