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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, I trust that you are keeping well. Although we cannot gather for the Mass at the present time, I believe it would be good if we could all be praying together as a community on Sundays, at 9.30 am, the usual time of the Mass praying for one another, for our country and world at this time of disease and sickness. To this end I have suggested below how we might make a Spiritual Communion together. I will say the Mass at 9.30 am on Sundays offering the intentions that have already been requested. I will also offer those intentions that have already been accepted through the week and, of course, it goes without saying that I will be praying especially for our community. Please take the time to read the suggestion below. In this time of quarantine, we might all share in prayer and making a Spiritual Communion on Sunday mornings - joined to the Eucharistic Christ and to one another.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
29th March 2020


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, friends,

I trust that you are keeping well. Although we cannot gather for the Mass at the present time, I believe it would be good if we could all be praying together as a community on Sundays, at 9.30 am, the usual time of the Mass
- praying for one another, for our country and world at this time of disease and sickness. To this end I have suggested below how we might make a Spiritual Communion together. I will say the Mass at 9.30 am on Sundays
- offering the intentions that have already been requested - I will also offer those intentions that have already been accepted through the week and, of course, it goes without saying that I will be praying especially for our community.

So here is a suggestion how, in this time of quarantine, we might all share in prayer and making a Spiritual Communion on Sunday mornings - joined to the Eucharistic Christ and to one another.

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Making a Spiritual Communion

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
29th March 2020
Mass Intention: Maura Green (RIP)


Create a prayerful setting through the placing of a crucifix, Bible, statues, icons, etc Then follow this order of service:

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In silent prayer call to mind your sins then make the following penitential act:

You were sent to heal the contrite of heart: Lord have mercy
You came to call sinners: Christ have mercy
You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us:
Lord have mercy


Pray the
Collect (the Opening Prayer of the Mass of the day)

By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God,
may we walk eagerly in that same charity
with which, out of love for the world,
your Son handed himself over to death.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

First Reading: Ezekiel chapter 37, verses: 12-14

Responsorial Psalm:

With the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
O, let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.
R.

If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.
R.

My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
(Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.
R.

Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.
R.

Second Reading: The Letter of St Paul to the Romans, chapter 8,
verses: 8-11

Gospel: The holy Gospel according to John

The sisters sent this message to Jesus, ‘Lord, the man you love is ill.’ On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory, and through it the Son of God will be glorified.

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, yet when he heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed where he was for two more days before saying to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judaea.’

On arriving, Jesus found that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days already. When Martha heard that Jesus had come she went out to meet him. Mary remained sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but know that, even now, whatever you ask of God, he will grant you.’ ‘Your brother’ said Jesus to her ‘will rise again.’ Martha said, ‘I know he will rise again at the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ‘Yes Lord,’ she said ‘I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who has come into this world.’

Jesus said in great distress, with a sigh that came straight from the heart, ‘Where have you put him?’ They said, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept; and the Jews said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But there were some who remarked, ‘He opened the eyes of the blind man, could he not have prevented this man’s death?’ Still sighing, Jesus reached the tomb: it was a cave with a stone to close the opening. Jesus said, ‘Take the stone away.’ Martha said to him, Lord, by now he will smell; this is the fourth day.’ Jesus replied, ‘Have I not told you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. Then Jesus lifted up his eyes and said: ‘Father, I thank you for hearing my prayer. I knew indeed that you always hear me, but I speak for the sake of all these who stand round me, so that they may believe it was you who sent me.’

When he had said this, he cried in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, here! Come out!’ The dead man came out, his feet and hands bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, let him go free.’

Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary and had seen what he did believed in him.

Reflection

There is a saying that “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and being without the Eucharist in this time when we are absent from the Altar can help us to grow in our love and appreciation of the incomparable gift we have in Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Mass. Hopefully, being deprived of gathering for the Eucharist will increase our desire to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and it is this desire for Our Eucharistic Lord which enables us to make a spiritual communion.

Let us pray that this enforced absence from Holy Communion will give the Blessed Sacrament a greater prominence in our lives - helping us to realise, more and more, the matter of ultimate concern that it truly is - helping us to realise what we are missing. Then we will be less inclined to diminish the supreme value of this Holy Sacrament in which is contained the whole mystery of our salvation. Let us hope that this period of absence from the Mass will lead to our treasuring the Eucharist more and more, so that we may never take it for granted but, instead, grow in that spirit of reverence and godly fear which is so appropriate and so necessary to our approaching the Blessed Sacrament.

And there is hope here, for we know that, over the course of history, the Church flourished most in times of the greatest reverence and godly fear in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, which is what the Angel of Fatima was calling us to when he prostrated himself to the ground before the chalice and the host praying:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences with which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.”

If angels prostrate themselves before Our Lord in the holy Eucharist then we have much to learn about how we should approach the Chalice and the Host in the Mass. Perhaps this period of absence from the Altar is a time for our hearts to grow fonder of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to humble ourselves, making acts of penance and reparation for the ways in which Our Eucharistic Lord is offended because his Divine Presence in the chalice and host is taken for granted, met with indifference and even with outrage and sacrilege. And maybe, through God’s grace, this period of penance and reparation may bear fruit in our deeper conversion, which in turn will lead to the conversion of poor sinners.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us

Immaculate Heart of Mary, have mercy on us

Saints Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, pray for us

All holy Guardian Angels watch over, guard and protect us.

Blessed Robert Grissold, pray for us

Pray the Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen

Offer up Prayers of Intercession for the Church, for the world, for our community, for the sick and for those who have died - and offer up your own intentions.

A Prayer in time of sickness and disease:

All powerful and merciful God,
our refuge and our shield,
bring healing to all those suffering as a result of sickness and disease.
Guard and protect us from all harm
and assist those whose skill and art can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.

Ask for Our Lady’s prayers, saying the Hail Mary…

Pray the
Lord’s Prayer

Pray the Agnus Dei:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

Make a Spiritual Communion* - asking Our Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart and feed you with heavenly grace so that you might be one with Him. You can use the following prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori:

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Ask for God’s blessing and protection:

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen

Make the sign of the Cross saying:

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Finish with the Prayer to St Michael:

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down into hell Satan and all other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen

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* A Spiritual Communion can be made if one has a deep desire to receive Our Lord and to be one with him - even if one cannot, for whatever reason, receive him sacramentally. Spiritual Communion is an act of love and desire to be united with Christ and is a means of drawing on the life of the Holy Spirit dwelling within our souls.

The Church teaches us that we can receive Our Lord Jesus Christ in spiritual communion if we have a great desire to receive him and to feed on him, the spiritual heavenly bread, through our longing for the Blessed Sacrament. In spiritual communion we invite Our Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts.

In this way we can receive the graces and blessings of the Blessed Sacrament even in those circumstances where we are unable to receive Christ in Holy Communion. And the good news is that we can make a spiritual communion several times a day. Indeed, St Maximillian Kolbe endeavoured to make a spiritual communion - asking Our Eucharistic Lord - to come to him every fifteen minutes - every time his clock chimed.

St Teresa said: “Spiritual Communion is very profitable, therefore do not omit it for by it the Lord learns how much you love him.”

I will post the Sunday Collects, and Readings week by week on the parish website.

I hope this has proved helpful. Please don’t feel bound by these suggestions
- if you have your own better way of staying in prayerful and close spiritual communion with Our Lord then, of course, follow it.

Be assured of my prayers - please keep me in yours. Remember that the Rosary is a most powerful means of prayer.

With all good wishes and every blessing

Fr Frank

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Weekday Spiritual Communion

You can use the format for Sunday’s Spiritual Communion for daily worship and prayer. The Sunday Collect and scripture readings can be used throughout the week but if you prefer you might like to use the Gospel of the day - I will supply the scripture references for these. Also, please don’t forget the supreme value of praying the Rosary daily.

Gospel readings for the Fifth Week of Lent

Mon 30 Mar John chapter 8, verses 1-11
Tues 31 John chapter 8, verses 21-30
Anna Marie Higgins (RIP)
Wed 1 April John chapter 8, verses 31-42

Thurs2 John chapter 8, verses 51-59
Fri 3 John chapter 10, verses 31-42
Sat 4 John chapter 11, verses 45-56
Sun 5
PALM SUNDAY
John O’Regan (RIP)

Balsall Common Coronavirus Community Help

Please be aware of the following service available in Balsall Common. Please use the phone number or email address if you need any support.

covid support
UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

The UK government has moved into Stage 2 of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Diocese has provided guidance on changes we need to make to safeguard the health of our parish. Please click on this
link to learn more. These changes will be made with immediate effect and will be in place for the foreseeable future.
Important notice from the Archdiocese concerning Safeguarding for all those supporting others in the community through this crisis

Email sent on behalf of Alan Hassall, Head of Safeguarding

Hello,

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and need for some households and those in certain high risk groups to self-isolate, we are aware of the good work that parishes may be undertaking to support parishioners through this crisis. I email today because there have been some questions about whether those volunteering need to have DBS checks so I wanted to provide some clarity.

The laws still apply as usual and so those working closely with those who are ill, elderly or disabled would still require DBS checks. However, where you are providing basic support such as dropping off food etc and this is not because the person themselves would be unable to do this but simply because they are following advice to self-isolate, then this would not require a DBS check. I would advise that volunteers keep minimal contact both for safeguarding and virus control measures and do not enter houses but leave shopping etc on the doorstep. Doing such activities in pairs can also offer reassurance, although again follow virus control guidance. Any payments for shopping etc must be very carefully managed and recorded.

Where parishioners have more complex needs and these are tasks which they are themselves unable to do, irrespective of the request to self-isolate, then, as with such activities under normal circumstances, a DBS check would be required. Volunteers who already have such a check (eg Parish Visitors) should be used to assist these groups.

We absolutely want to support the good activities in parishes to help those in need at this time and we can take a common sense approach as long as we stick to these safeguards, remember there could be some unscrupulous individuals who may wish to exploit such opportunities which is why the above needs to be followed. Think carefully about who is being asked do what and make sure everyone knows the expectations.

I hope this offers some clarity.

Regards,

Alan

Alan Hassall

Head of Safeguarding
Archdiocese of Birmingham
Cathedral House
St Chad’s
Queensway
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6EX
UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

The UK government has moved into Stage 2 of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Diocese has provided guidance on changes we need to make to safeguard the health of our parish. Please click on this
link to learn more. These changes will be made with immediate effect and will be in place for the foreseeable future.
Diocesan Liturgical Guidelines in the light of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Until further notice THE CELEBRATION OF MASS WILL NOT BE PUBLIC IN ANY SETTING

Therefore there will be no Sunday or weekday Masses open to parishioners at Blessed Robert Grissold church from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

Priests will celebrate the Mass privately. Mass intentions already accepted will be honoured and offered. ONLY PRIESTS MAY BE PRESENT FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE MASS

The obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation is removed until further notice. All the faithful are asked to make a Spiritual Communion during this time. To help with this there will be live-streaming of Masses on the Diocesan website:
www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk. Please visit this website regularly for further updates.

As a Catholic community we should treasure the power of prayer during these challenging times and pray for the world and its needs; pray for our country at this time of uncertainty and sickness; pray for families and communities to which we belong; and pray for ourselves.

Merciful God,
come to the help of your people.
Be our shelter in this time of peril
and strengthen the bonds of our community.
Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease
and assist those whose skill and art
can put an end to this affliction.
Through Christ our Lord.
UPDATE ON CORONAVIRUS

The UK government has moved into Stage 2 of its response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Diocese has provided guidance on changes we need to make to safeguard the health of our parish. Please click on this
link to learn more. These changes will be made with immediate effect and will be in place for the foreseeable future.

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.
Date
TitleDescription
17.03.2020Solemnity of St JosephOn Thursday at 10:00 am we celebrate the Feast of a very great saint of the Church: St Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:00am.
15.03.2020Coronavirus Diocesean response - please readPlease make every effort to read about the changes that the Diocese have asked us to make in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can click the link to the left or use the one at the top of this page.
15.03.2020100 ClubThank you to all who have renewed or taken out a subscription this year. The first draw of 2020 will take place after Mass today. Prizes are £75, £45 and £30.
15.03.2020Please pray for Eleanor Rose Orme Please pray for Eleanor Rose Orme who is to be baptised here today, for her parents and godparents, her friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises.
12.03.2020Mass and Stations of the CrossThere will be a Mass at 10:00am on Tuesday 17 Mar morning (Feast of St. Patrick) followed by Stations of the Cross.
12.03.2020Parish meetingThere is a parish meeting next Thursday 12th March in the parish room after Mass to plan events for the coming year. All are very welcome to attend
11.03.2020First Holy CommunionsMeeting in the parish room on Wednesday 11th March at 4.30pm for parents who would like their children to make their First Holy Communion this year. Contact Chris Mitchell if any queries - 07742288722
08.03.2020Please pray for Brian Bernard Stokes Please pray for Brian Bernard Stokes who is to be baptised here today, for his parents and godparents, his friends and family - that together with them we will grow ever more faithful to our baptismal promises
08.03.2020Thanks from Solihull Cooperative Funeral CareOur visitors from Solihull Cooperative Funeral Care were overwhelmed by the welcome and support which they received here last Sunday and by your generosity. With your help they raised £165.00 for Dementia UK. They have asked me to pass on their thanks.
08.03.2020Thanks from Father FrankFather Frank would like to thank those who are responsible for cleaning the church.
06.03.2020World Day of PrayerWomen's World Day of Prayer on Friday 6th March at 10.30am, St Swithin's Church, Barston. Prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe. All welcome, please contact Louise Perry if you can take part in the service.
04.03.2020Get-togetherGet-together on Wednesday 4th March at 11.30am in the parish room for soup and dessert. All welcome.
01.03.2020Kneelers - Safety ConsiderationsFollowing a recent incident in the church, a risk assessment and inspection of the kneelers has been carried out (by the Parish Maintenance Committee). While the kneelers are in good condition and did not require repairs, the inspection concluded that keeping the kneelers in the 'down' position is more hazardous than in the upright position. The Committee would like to remind everyone to take care when entering and exiting the pews.
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
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
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03.11.2019
Welcome to Sasha Ward, the artist who has produced our window commemorating the 25th anniversary of our church. Thanks to Ian Clarke who coordinated this project.
03.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. I will offer the Mass for those named at the Masses for Holy Souls during the month of November - they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses during this month of remembrance. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings.
02.11.2019
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your departed loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in one of the envelopes provided, together with your offering. Fr. Frsnk will offer the Mass for those named on All Souls' Day and they will be named in the intercessions at the Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 10.00am on Saturday 2nd November.
01.11.2019
The Solemnity of all Saints will be celebrated on Friday 1st November at 7.00pm
31.10.2019
It's that time of year again when I am looking for the donation of Raffle Prizes for the Christmas Raffle. As you are aware the raffle is one of our biggest fundraisers each year made possible by your generosity in donating prizes, buying the raffle tickets and selling to friends and family. In particular, I will need to know the first three prizes before the end of October when the tickets go to print. There will be a list at the back of the church, or you can contact me directly, traceymcatamney@btconnect.com or 01676 532940. Thank you – Tracey.
31.10.2019
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered in the Mass on Thursday at 6.00pm. Mass is followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations and silent prayer until Benediction at 7.05pm.
27.10.2019
October is the month of the Rosary and we have prayed a decade of the Rosary at each Mass throughout the month of October as a gentle reminder, if it is needed, of the great riches that are to be had in this form of prayer. Padre Pio, the holy saint who received the stigmata, loved to pray the Rosary. He always kept his Rosary beads in his hand. Because he prayed it almost constantly, he was known as the 'living Rosary.' One day his superior asked him how many Rosaries he had prayed that day. Wanting to be respectful and honest with his superior he told him: "I have prayed thirty-four Rosaries today." On another occasion a follower asked him to teach him a prayer that was most pleasing to our Blessed Lady. Without hesitation, he insisted that none is more beautiful or pleasing than the Rosary. And he further instructed him: "Always say the Rosary. The Rosary is a weapon in our hands." Near the end of his life he didn't talk much and when people sought his advice or help he would simply show them the Rosary. Let us follow St Pio's example and always have our Rosary with us
27.10.2019
As part of the commemoration of 25 years of our church, we would like to collect your memories and photos of our parish over the last 25 years for a pull out and keep souvenir to be published as part of our Christmas Newsletter. If you would like to share your memories and photos please contact Eleanor Clarke after Mass or email her on iehclarke@btinternet.com
27.10.2019
We welcome and pray for the parents, godparents, family and friends of Eleanor Irwin who is to be baptised here today.
24.10.2019
Some of you will have known Mary Teresa Petropoulos (RIP) - better known as Teresa - one of our parishioners who received Holy Communion at home for many years. All are welcome to attend the Requiem Mass to be offered here for her on Thursday.
20.10.2019
1st - £75.00 – Father Smith; 2nd - £45.00 – Kathy Jones; 3rd - £30.00 – Sue McGovern. Congratulations!
19.10.2019
Maureen is going to Lourdes on Saturday, 19th October, returning on Friday, 25th October. She is going in a small group and will stay in Hosanna House. She is happy to light a candle if you wish and take petitions with her. Please pray for the group as they will pray for you.
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.
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