The invitation to welcome the God who comes to us in Christ and to cast away empty living is repeated in the liturgy of the Second Sunday of Advent. The Opening Prayer of the Mass asks that no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet Christ. And today we hear the lonely voice of John the Baptist who exhorts us to prepare a way for the Lord. May our faithfulness to the spirit of Advent create a space so that the Lord can come to us. UPDATE 12/12: Please note that all midweek masses are cancelled this week due to poor weather. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience.
|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|
|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.|
|10.12.2017||Christmas Goodies Sale||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|
|10.12.2017||HCPT||Christmas Cards and Advent Calendars are on sale until 24th December. All proceeds will go towards the expenses of Group 83.|
|10.12.2017||Advent Parish Giving Tree||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.|
|10.12.2017||Raffle Tickets||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|
|09.12.2017||Church Maintenance||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.|
|07.12.2017||The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick||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).|
|06.12.2017||Advent and Christmas Meditations||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.|
|06.12.2017||Get Together||Get together this Wednesday, 6th December. We meet at 10.30am in BRG car park for onward visit to Melbicks Garden Centre.|
|03.12.2017||Congratulations!||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.|
|03.12.2017||Migrants Day. An Appeal on behalf of the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre||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.|
|03.12.2017||Advent Parish Giving Tree||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.|
|03.12.2017||Balsall Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development Plan||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.|
|30.11.2017||Eucharistic Service||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.|
|29.11.2017||Quiet reflection on the miracle of the Eucharist Mass||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.|
|26.11.2017||Holly for Advent Wreath||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.|
|26.11.2017||Walk with Me||Walk with Me booklets available at the back of church to help us to reflect and pray through Advent in preparation for Christmas.|
|26.11.2017||Raffle Tickets||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.|
|26.11.2017||A message from His Grace, Archbishop Bernard||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|
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.'
Please note that the Mass on Tuesday is at 10.00 am this week. It will revert to 6.30pm next week when the Confirmation preparation resumes.
Thanks to all who attended last week’s event. Winners and losers, all appeared to have enjoyed this annual general knowledge test, and we raised £187.50. Well done!
The result at the moment is £1,287.43, which includes donations, receipts before the evening and sale of goods after mass on Sunday. A wonderful result, which is due to your support and greatly appreciated. You will all be remembered by all in Group 83 when in Lourdes at Easter next year. One raffle prize has yet to be claimed – blue ticket, 426-430. If you have this, please contact Maureen after her return from Lourdes on 27th October.
The theme this year is 'My world depends on you', when we are encouraged to explore how we can become good neighbours, both locally and globally. The Dinner will be held here at Blessed Robert Grissold Church this coming Friday, 20th October at 7.30pm. The Speaker will be Godfrey Armitage from A Rocha UK, a Christian Charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. He is also Coventry Diocesan Environmental Officer. Tickets for the Buffet Dinner, supplied by Bengal Brasserie, are £12.50 per person and are available from Godfrey Chesshire after mass today.
Please note there will be no Mass on Tuesday this week. I have transferred my day off this week from Monday to Tuesday in order to give us the chance to celebrate St Margaret Mary’s feast day on Monday 16th at 10.00am. St Margaret Mary received mystical revelations concerning the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, through Christ working in her, devotion to the Sacred Heart has spread throughout the world. A relic of St Margaret Mary was placed in the altar of our church at its consecration.
This year’s celebration in thanksgiving for the gifts of the harvest will be at mass on Sunday 15th October. As in previous years, parishioners are invited to donate items to a charity to be distributed to those in need - this year our donations will be given to Helping Hands Food Bank in Solihull. Children and young people (and even the not-so-young!) are invited to decorate a box with a harvest theme, so that the donations can be put in boxes and brought in during church. Please bring your donation of any of the following to mass on 15th October - even one item will make a difference to a family in need. Tins: stew, casseroles, soup, corned beef, chicken or steak pies, Spam, fish, vegetables, puddings, baked beans. Packets: tea bags, long-life milk, sugar, breakfast cereal, biscuits, pasta, rice. Jars: pasta sauce, sandwich spread, jam. No fresh vegetables or other perishable items, please.
Talks and Discussions on the Faith will resume on Tuesday 31st October after the 6.30pm Mass
Very many thanks to all who supported the Coffee Evening on Friday. It was very much appreciated. The final total will be in next week’s bulletin.
Chris Mitchell & Maureen Carroll are going to Lourdes next Friday. They and their group will be staying in Hosanna House which is situated about 3 miles from Lourdes. They return the following Friday. They are willing to take your petitions and will light a candle for you if you so wish; £5 per candle. Please may they have them by Wednesday. Thank you.
Our annual parish quiz will be held on Saturday, 14th October. 7.00 for 7.30pm: Tables of up to 6 players. £8.00 each player, including ‘Fish & Chip Supper’. Bring your own drinks. Please book your table with Godfrey or Linda after mass.
Were you one of the teachers or pupils who left St. Peter’s in 1977? Many of those pupils and teachers are meeting in Solihull on 14 October for a drink and buffet to celebrate. See poster on noticeboard for more details
The next coffee evening will be held on Friday 13 October at church. More details to follow soon.
A Coffee evening will on Friday 13 October in Our Parish Room at 7.30p.m. Admission is 50p. which includes Refreshments. There will be the usual stalls, Cake, Preserves, Presents for All, Christmas Cards, Tombola and Raffle. Contributions for the stalls will be much appreciated and may be brought to the church before the day. Do put the date in your dairy and do tell your friends. It is always a very enjoyable evening. All proceeds will go towards the youngsters going to Lourdes next Easter with Group 83.
13 October marks the centenary of Our Lady’s last apparition and great miracle at Fatima. St Peter’s, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during the Fatima Centenary Year and there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 9.30am to 12.20pm and 5pm to 6pm. This will be the last chance to gain the special indulgence when you visit St Peter’s on that day. There will be a special votive Mass for Our Lady of Fatima at 12.30pm. Please see the pilgrim leaflet by the Fatima display area opposite the piety shop for details of the indulgence and other resources. For other information contact Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the coming weeks Father Frank will meet briefly with a number of groups after the Sunday Mass in order to discuss matters arising out of the various ministries we exercise in the church community. He looka forward to meeting with you on the following dates: Sunday 8th October: Musicians, choir, organists Sunday 15th October: Readers Sunday 22nd October: Servers Sunday 29th October: Wardens Sunday 5th November: Eucharistic Ministers If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please feel free to attend the meetings and speak to Father Frank.
It is the Harvest Family Day on Friday 6 October and I will be collecting for CAFOD next Sunday 9 October. Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated and will certainly transform lives. Thank you in advance for your continual generosity. Thank you so much to everyone who gave me teddies or soft toys to go out to war-torn areas of the world. In July, I took a car load bursting at the seams (including your donations) to the "Teddies Trust" in Wales. From there, In August 10,000 teddies and soft toys have been shipped to Syria to towns and villages all over the country. These teddies will bring comfort and hopefully some joy to otherwise very bleak lives. This is an ongoing charity and if anyone would like to support it, then please leave teddies and soft toys at the back of church and I will collect them and take them on the first part of their journey. Chris Lynn.
Get Together this Wednesday 4 October. Meet at Bracey's Garden Centre for lunch at 12.30pm. Transport to be arranged
We are looking for more volunteers to join our existing teams. Your turn should come around about every six weeks. If you are willing to help please give your name to Bob Jones after Mass
It is coming up to that time of the year once again! Dominic Green will be making an appeal at Mass today – you have been warned!