Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life and that all believers will be faithful to their baptismal vocation. To follow Christ is to love him, to trust him, to serve him and to do his will - which is also what it means to be faithful to our vocation. Christ, the Good Shepherd, tells us that his sheep follow him "because they recognise his voice." We have to learn to distinguish the voice of the one true God from the voices of the many false gods and idols which call to us today.
|12.05.2018||Choral Energy! concert 12th May at 7.00pm||Our fundraising concert on 12th May at 7pm is now only 3 weeks away! See the posters in the parish room and noticeboard for more information. Tickets are available after Mass. You can also purchase them from the ticket office on 01676 532475 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a lot of interest!|
|12.05.2018||Volunteers to help with Choral Energy Concert||We need volunteers to help in various ways in preparation and on the night of the concert. Please see Ian Clarke after mass or contact him on 01676 533 931|
|06.05.2018||Churches Together CTBB||An Ecumenical Choral Evensong and Christian Aid Exhibition: St Peter's Church, Balsall Common is hosting an evening service on Sunday 6 May at 6 pm to which all the local churches have been invited. Also attending are the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis and the Mayoress, Mrs Sarah Walker. The service will be taken by Revd Peter Thomas, Vicar of the Parish. Speaking at the service will be John Cooper, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. There will also be a Christian Aid photo exhibition in St Peter’s Church which highlights the position of displaced people from Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. See notice board for more details.|
|26.04.2018||Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick||Every last Thursday in the month there is an opportunity for those who are sick to partake of this sacrament. The practice of being anointed with oil as a powerful prayer for strengthening and healing dates back to the earliest Church. Scripture bears witness to this when it says: "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 the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins their sins will be forgiven them."|
|22.04.2018||Our Field & Berkswell Parish Council||Last week we asked you to reject Berkswell Parish Council’s request (via their Neighbourhood Development Plan) to have the field designated as ‘Local Green Space’. If you have not already done so, today being the last day for making a response to the proposal, please go onto their website www.berkswell.org . Thank you. For further information, please speak with Godfrey or Joe.|
|22.04.2018||The children's liturgy team are looking for new recruits||Whether you want to run a session or just sit in, your help will be greatly appreciated. All helpers need to complete safeguarding paperwork, which we can complete with you after Mass. Please see Kathryn Driffield or Monica Green if you are interested!|
|15.04.2018||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Ann Cotterill RIP|
|15.04.2018||100 Club Draw||1st Chris Mitchell (37), 2nd Nigel Driffield (58), 3rd Eileen Selby (99).|
|15.04.2018||HCPT Group 83||The sale of Easter Cards amounted to £16.38 Thank you to all who bought them. Your generosity was remembered by all in Group 83 in Lourdes during Easter Week|
|15.04.2018||HERO - Heart of England Retirement Organisation||HERO - Heart of England Retirement Organisation is a locally based Trust that may provide financial assistance for the older members of the community in Balsall Common, Berkswell, Meriden and surrounding areas. For more information or an application form, please go to www.balsallcom.com/hero or phone Ann Crossley 01676 533056. Please see the notice board and there are also a few leaflets at the back of church.|
|15.04.2018||Child Contact Centres at Hall Green and Smith’s Wood, Volunteers wanted||A Child Contact Centre is a safe and friendly place, run by volunteers, where a child spends time with a parent (or other family members) with whom they do not live. The role of the volunteer includes assisting with setting out and tidying up toys and games, and welcoming and supporting centre users. For further details please refer to the websites - Hall Green Child Contact Centre or Smith's Wood Child Contact Centre or Phone 0121 777 9873 or 07746 532261. Please also see the notice board.|
|12.04.2018||PCC Special Parish Meeting||PCC Special Parish Meeting will be held at church on Thursday 12 April at 7:30pm The main object of the meeting is to plan our Parish Concert on 12 May. If anyone is willing to help please come along to the meeting.|
|10.04.2018||Get-together||The next meeting is NOT this week, but is postponed until Wednesday April 10th. at 10.30 am in the parish room, for tea, coffee and cakes.|
|01.04.2018||CAFOD||An enormous thank you to everyone who contributed to this year's CAFOD Family Fast Day collection. A total of £372.60 was donated, which the Government has matched, making £745.20. Also £279 of the contributions were Gift Aided, adding on an extra £70 – so the final total comes to over £815 which will greatly transform the lives of many. Thank you!|
|01.04.2018||Masses this week||Please note that there will be no Mass this Thursday but there is a Mass for the first Friday of the month. Weekday mass times are on the back of this bulletin.|
|01.04.2018||HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust||Group 83 left Birmingham Airport yesterday morning to spend a week in Lourdes. They return next Saturday afternoon. While they are there, everyone in the Group (9 adults & 4 young people) will remember your love and kindness to them. Please do remember them in your prayers, as they will remember you in theirs. May they all return full of joy and happiness and hopefully bring back a little of Lourdes which they will share with their family and friends.|
|01.04.2018||Walk With Me||There are a few of these booklets left for the season of Easter; please take one if you have not already done so. A donation of £1 to cover the cost can be put in the Piety Box.|
|30.03.2018||Churches Together Walk of Witness||The walk of witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am on Good Friday. The route will include Balsall Common Primary School, Heart of England School, The White Horse Inn, Blessed Robert Grissold Church, the Co-op and village shops – you are welcome to join at any point. The walk will be followed by a simple lunch at the Methodist Church at 12 noon.|
|29.03.2018||The Watch on Holy Thursday||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. The Watch concludes at midnight.|
|29.03.2018||Eucharistic Ministers||New special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled and existing ministers will renew their commitment, during the liturgy of Holy Thursday.|
On the first Friday of every month it is customary to celebrate a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart. We can still pray the prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart daily and at the monthly Votive Masses. The prayer is shown below: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Congratulations to 1st Jean Henser (62), 2nd Anne O’Brien (30) and 3rd Ann Crossley (66).
Meditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. This Wednesday we reflect on the significance of the altar in church and on our ascent to the heavenly places in and through the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ and his Church and to find peace in the presence of Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
Please note the Masses for Tuesday 10.00am, Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.
A series of talks and discussions on the faith begin in September and continue until Advent. We will meet after an evening Mass each Thursday. The sessions will last about 45 minutes and will address all aspects of our faith. All are welcome to attend but those preparing for Confirmation or for reception into full Communion with the Church should attend because these sessions will serve as a means of their formation.
I am Fr. Sijo Jose Arikkat, Grand Nephew of Fr. Sebastian Arikkat. I had visited there [at Blessed Robert Grissold] earlier in 2008 and celebrated Holy Mass for the Parishioners community. I happened to see this website while doing my work and was happy to remember all of you. I would also like to convey my prayers and regards to all especially those who are sick and in need of prayers. Hope they might remember me. I am now in a parish named Vellanikode, Archdiocese of Trichur, India. On August 27th & 28th we celebrate the feast of St. Augustine in my parish. Do keep us in prayers too. Also you might have known about Fr. Sebastian who has become the Monsignor (Vicar General) of Canada. Keep him too in your prayers. God bless you all.
Welcome to Fr Stefan, the Chaplain to Birmingham University who will Preside at the Mass today
Please note the Masses for Tuesday 7.00pm (The Assumption), Wednesday 7.00pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Meditations, and the Thursday morning Mass at 10.00am.
The candle is lit this week for Frances Carroll and Brian Carroll (RIP).
Open The Book is a wonderful resource, bringing Bible stories to children at school in their primary years. Through a series of weekly presentations for Collective Worship/Assembly, they'll get to hear many wonderful Bible stories – not only about well-known characters, but also about important values like faith, courage, patience and selflessness. To do this, volunteers are needed to become storytellers, and become part of a team to go into local schools and put on OPEN THE BOOK Bible story presentations. There will be a meeting at St. Peters church on Monday or Tuesday 7th/8th August, (date to be confirmed), if you are interested please let Louise, John or Godfrey know. There are a few leaflets available at the back of church or for more information please visit: openthebook.net.
Since it was formed in 1988 the BVTS has been helping local people by taking them to hospitals and various medical clinics in the area for appointments they would otherwise find difficult to attend due to lack of public transport. With the relocation of the Balsall Common Health Centre, the withdrawal of the bus service and taxi bus, the service has been under increasing pressure to satisfy the requests it receives. It is felt that the BVTS provides a worthwhile service to the local community and health service, which has proved successful due to a much-needed demand and the kind, caring qualities of its drivers. There is a desperate need of new drivers – it is totally voluntary so your commitment can be to suit you – perhaps just one trip a week, or even one a month would be much appreciated. Drivers are asked to donate their time but as the service is run on voluntary donations from passengers the service can reimburse fuel costs to drivers. If you think you might be able to help and would like to know more please contact Michal or Jessica Hudson on 02476 466220, Edna Quinton-Tulloch on 01676 535758 or Margaret Royle on 01676 532592.
Welcome back to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today
The candle is lit this week for Francis Carroll (RIP) and Brian Carroll (RIP)
Coffee Together - this Saturday 5 August at the Jubilee Centre. BRG are hosting and volunteers are wanted, also donations of cakes will be appreciated. See Louise & John
Get Together this Wednesday 2nd August. Coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. Meet at BRG at 9.45am for departure at 10am. We leave Alrewas at 3pm and should arrive back about 3.45pm. If anyone who has signed up to go is unable to, please let Judith know on 01676 534010
Welcome to Fr Chris Greaney who will Preside at the Mass today
The total raised for our 63rd breakfast last week amounted to £205.10
Number 63 is today after Mass. The usual fare of hot croissants, toast, jam, orange juice, tea and coffee. Everyone is welcome and it is a chance for our community to meet for a chat and also to welcome new parishioners to our Church. Donations will be sent to Fr. Ed O'Connell (a Columban Priest) who has spent most his life helping the poor people of Lima, Peru. Our parish has been helping Fr Ed. since 2000
Youth Group meets tonight at our Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
Tabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless people, is opening in September. Could you volunteer as a host or mentor? Please come along to an open evening on Thursday 13 July, 6-9pm, at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 96 Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0PY. Contact Christy Acton on 01675 434064 to find out more