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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,
Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan
As you may know, our field at Meeting House Lane has been identified by the parish, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Solihull MBC for development, but Berkswell Parish Council are seeking to allocate it as Local Green Space to thwart our efforts.
In conjunction with the Archdiocese of Birmingham, we have responded to the formal, technical exercise being run by Solihull MBC to formally object to the "plan being made with Meeting House Lane being allocated as Local Green Space in policy B4 of the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan."
There is quite a campaign to oppose our development, and whilst the decision will not a be popularity competition, nevertheless it will do no harm for parishioners to let Solihull MBC know that there is support for our scheme for assisted living to provide for local residents so that they will not have to leave the village to have such accommodation.
If you feel able to, please email psp@solihull.gov.uk titled "Berkswell NDP Reg 16 Representation" and support the representation made on 10th December 2018 on behalf of the parish. Please note that the deadline for your emails is Friday 21st December 2018
Christmas 2018 Mass times

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Father Frank writes on this week’s Mass
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Today is Gaudete Sunday and "Gaudete" refers to the joy of the Lord which we find echoed in today's scripture readings. We also hear about John the Baptist in today's Gospel and John marks the end of the time of waiting and the beginning of the new age in Jesus. John is the last of the great prophets. For a long time, the people had been without a messenger from God but in John the Baptist the people discovered an end to God's silence. Through John they could hear the word of God. We are told that many went out from the towns and cities to see John - which is testimony to his charismatic power to attract people - such is the powerful attraction of the word of God alive and active in a person.

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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12.03.2017Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on WednesdaysMeditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays continue to reflect on the writings of Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan who in 2000 Pope John Paul II chose to preach a course of Spiritual Exercises for himself and the Curia. Archbishop Van Thuan majors on "hope" in his addresses - a hope that he discovered during his 13 years imprisonment for his faith, nine of which were spent in solitary confinement. This Wednesday's meditations continue to explore the great blessing of coming into the present moment - the place where God - the eternally present 'I AM' - is to be found. We are greatly assisted in this by having Christ present to us, in the sacrament of the altar. In our prayerful stillness and reflection before Christ in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar we can be present to the One who is ever present. All welcome.
12.03.2017Candle of DedicationThe candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).
12.03.2017Activities in LentIn order to help us to prepare prayerfully for Easter there will be Stations of the Cross on Tuesday mornings after Mass at 10am. Also, there will be Lent talks on the Eucharist after 7pm Mass on Wednesdays. The course is open and accessible to all, wherever you are on your Christian journey. (Please bring a Bible if you can). We begin with coffee at 7.30pm and finish before 9pm. Also there will be a Mass at 7pm on Thursdays followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations on the spiritual life, finishing at 8.00pm with Benediction.
12.03.2017Dementia Prayer Week "During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." Bishop David McGough. Prayer cards available at the back of the church.
12.03.2017Cakes for the ColumbansCake will be available after Mass every Sunday in Lent - a joyful and enjoyable way of giving the seasonal alms. All donations will go to support the Columban’s missionary work. Thanks for the cakes already offered. If you would like to contribute cakes, please see Sara Stevens.
12.03.2017Millennium BreakfastThank you to everyone who came to the Breakfast last week. We hope you all enjoyed the chatter with friends and meeting new parishioners. Everyone was very generous and we raised £200 which will be sent to help Fr. Ed. O'Connell in the shanty towns of Peru.
10.03.2017CAFOD Lent Fast DayA message from CAFOD “Florence is a hard-working mother who is devoted to her family. A few years ago, she was only just making enough to feed her family. However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish. By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future – she was able to send them to school”. Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing
05.03.2017Dates for your diaryDates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban Father)
05.03.2017Millennium BreakfastAfter Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.
05.03.2017Columban Centenary Altar ClothTo coincide with today’s parish ‘breakfast’ for Fr. Ed O’Connell, the Columban missionaries invite members of the parish to add their names to an altar cloth that is being created for their centenary year in 2018. The altar cloth is being taken to places of special significance to the Columbans in Britain.
05.03.2017Balsall Common Christian Youth GroupBalsall Common Christian Youth Group meets tonight for years 7 and above at St. Peters 6.30-7.45pm. Please speak to Claire Keane/Kathryn Driffield for more info. The Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month
05.03.2017ConfirmationsCould parents of children from Year 5 up interested in making their Confirmation contact Fr. Frank to register interest. Instruction would start from September with the ceremony itself in the early part of 2018.
05.03.2017100 ClubSubscriptions for 2017 are now due. Chris Burleigh will be available after Mass. The cost is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30 each quarter. Last year the 100 Club contributed £645 towards church funds.
04.03.2017Coffee TogetherBRG will be hosting the next ‘Coffee Together’ on Sat. 4 March 10.30-12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. We are in urgent need of more helpers. Please see Louise or John Perry for more info
04.03.2017Baptism We pray for Henry Joseph Wilson Ramsay, who was baptised here yesterday, for his godparents, family and friends, that together they will grow into the fullness of life in Christ.
03.03.2017Women's world day of prayerWomen's world day of prayer is to be held at Temple Balsall Church on Fri 3rd March at 11 followed by lunch at 12.30 in the Old Hall. Please give your name to Louise Perry for catering purposes if you plan to attend.
01.03.2017Forty Days for Life - Prayerful WitnessForty Days for Life - Prayerful Witness 1/3/17 – 9/4/17. Prep. launch event 26/2/17 2.30-4pm: “Spiritual Warfare Boot Camp.” An opportunity to deepen your faith this Lent by coming to learn the spiritual essentials under the guidance of 7 local priests at the. For info: 07773 501 721 or izzyvs@gmail.com
01.03.2017Ash WednesdayThis Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is the day that we receive the imposition of ashes - a sign that we are wholeheartedly entering into the penitential season of Lent when we look to turn away from sin and return to the Gospel. It is a day of abstinence and fasting. Mass is at 7pm.
01.03.2017Get-togetherNext meeting is this Wednesday March 1st.  Meet in the Parish room at 10.30am for tea, coffee, cakes and a chat. Newcomers very welcome
26.02.2017Walk with Me Lenten Booklets ‘Walk with Me’ Lenten Booklets are now available at the back of Church. £1 Donations please in the pot.
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29.11.2018
We prepare for Christmas with half hour Meditations on the scriptures for each of the Sundays in Advent. This series of reflections begins on Thursday 29th November after the 6.00pm Mass, which will incorporate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. After the Meditations on the last Thursday of Advent (20th December) there will be an opportunity also to make your Confession before Christmas.
27.11.2018
Induction of Fr Rob Taylerson will take place at St George and St Teresa this Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 7.00 pm followed by refreshments. All welcome. Please let Fr Frank know if you intend to attend in order that G&T can be advised of numbers.
25.11.2018
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening provides an opportunity for us all to learn of Christ and grow in his life as we pray silently before him in the Blessed Sacrament and meditate on the readings of the First Sunday in Advent.
25.11.2018
Many thanks to everyone who supported the breakfast last week and to those who gave donations. We raised £225.80. A brilliant effort! A cheque will be sent to Fr Ed's account soon
25.11.2018
The Walk with Me Booklets are now available at £1 each. Please put your donation in the box in the Wall marked Piety Stall
25.11.2018
The Advent Giving Tree will go up before next Sunday. There are gift tags for presents for those who have been going through difficult times. The parish gifts will be delivered by hand by children in the parish. The gifts we donate to Father Hudson's care will be picked up after the carol service. They are always gratefully received. Father Hudson's specifically need gifts of family selection boxes as they want to ensure that all families who attend their projects receive one. They value all winter gifts e.g. slippers, socks, warm nightwear and gift vouchers can be donated. They also want children's gifts but over the age of 8 only. Thank you so much for all your donations this advent.
24.11.2018
Our Parish Quiz is on Saturday 24th November. Please arrive at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments will be Baked Potato with Sausages. Bring your own drinks. Teams of up to six players - £8.00 per player. Please register your team with Godfrey or Linda Chesshire
22.11.2018
No Mass on Thursday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is moved to Wednesday for this week.
18.11.2018
Please pray for Edward who will be baptised here after Mass today and pray for his parents and godparents that, God may bless, guide and protect them and that by his grace they may be faithful to their Baptismal promises.
18.11.2018
Thanks to those who attended and supported the priests of the Deanery who met here for Mass on Tuesday. As always, they were grateful for the hospitality and welcome shown to them - and the cake that went down so well!
12.11.2018
Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 12th November 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 plan how to share the Good News. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 mdimambro@hotmail.co.uk
11.11.2018
There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones clearly on a piece of paper and enclose it in the envelope provided, together with your Mass offering. I will name those listed at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses for the Holy Souls that will be offered throughout the month of November. A tray will be placed by the altar from this Sunday to receive your Mass intentions and offerings. The Commemoration of All Souls will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 2nd November.
11.11.2018
1st 69 £75.00 Bob Jones, 2nd 18 £45.00 Nuala Fulham 3rd 39 £30.00 Helen Woods
11.11.2018
If you would like a hard copy of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, please see Fr Frank
07.11.2018
Eucharistic Service on Wednesday morning, 7th November at 10.00am when Fr Frank will be saying Mass in St Peter's School.
07.11.2018
Get-together this Wednesday November 7th. We meet at 10-30am in BRG car park for onward trip to Melbicks garden centre
04.11.2018
We are updating the parish Book of Remembrance in preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November. If you would like someone who has died recently to be added to our Book of Remembrance, please complete one of the forms on the lectern on which the Book of Remembrance sits and leave it in the back of the Book. The Book of Remembrance will be updated after Mass on Sunday 4th November so please ensure you have completed the form before then
04.11.2018
Today there is a second collection, for the Johnson Association. This charity exists for the support of the Secular Clergy of the Archdiocese who, on account of age, infirmity or sickness, need financial help.
28.10.2018
October is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to our Lord and our Blessed Lady through this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary before the Sunday Mass and after every weekday Mass throughout the month of October.
28.10.2018
As I said last week, Pope Francis has asked us to pray more intensely for the Church, especially during this month of October. He asks us to pray the Rosary every day with the intention that the Blessed Virgin Mary will help the Church and defend her against the attacks of the Devil. Pope Francis invites us to conclude our recitation of the Rosary with an ancient invocation to Our Lady - the Sub tuum praesidium, as well as reciting the prayer to St Michael, the Archangel. We will add these prayers to our Rosary prayers at Mass this month and, I hope, retain them thereafter as we continue to offer up these prayers daily. To assist us I have printed the prayers below: We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard 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, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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