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.
|30.11.-1||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday evenings||Meditations on the Eucharist, Church and mission continue after Mass on Wednesdays. 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.|
|30.11.-1||Millennium Project 'The Bottle'||The money collected in our Bottle was counted and amounted to £110 which will go to the Columban Fathers. Thanks to Carol and Sue.|
|30.11.-1||Migrants Day||Last week’s appeal raised £237.79. Thank you for your generosity, the Centre will be delighted- Ian Lester.|
|09.07.2016||Church Consecration||This is a very special year in the life of our parish, as our church will be consecrated on 9th July by Archbishop Bernard Longley. Preparations are already underway, both for the consecration service itself, and for various fund-raising activities. Updates on our progress so far are published in our Easter newsletter available online (along with our weekly Sunday bulletin) on this website For more details of how you can be involved, please speak to Joe Martin or Ian Clarke, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|10.07.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is Francis Clements|
|10.07.2016||Prayer Life||The meditations and instruction on prayer in the Christian spiritual life continue on Wednesday during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament|
|10.07.2016||Ethiopia Appeal and Collection||There is a serious food crisis in Ethiopia. Extreme weather shifts, part of the El Nino effect, mean severe drought has left millions of people in need of emergency food aid. 400,000 children are already suffering from malnutrition and we need to act now to prevent a far more terrible crisis. Please give to the collection today for CAFOD's emergency humanitarian response. And please pray for those who are suffering.|
|10.07.2016||Consecration||A huge thank you to all those who worked to make the Consecration of our church such a blessed occasion yesterday. There will be a more in depth write up of the mass and celebrations soon!|
|10.07.2016||Consecration Pictures||Pictures of the consecration celebration are now available by clinking on the link or accessing the Parish Archive via the menu.|
|12.07.2016||Mass time change for this week||Please note that this week's Tuesday Mass is earlier than usual and will be at 9.30 am to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting of clergy|
|17.07.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is Richard Brennan|
|17.07.2016||Car Park||Thank you to Paul Ryan for his generous donation of time and materials in repairing the gulley in the car park. If anyone would like to talk to Paul about driveways, paving or landscaping please call him on 07831 386621|
|24.07.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst|
|24.07.2016||Consecration candles||We would like to thank those who donated the four consecration candles put up in the church. These are in memory of the following. Bridge and Perry family, Cotterill family, McLean family, Daniel Mark Lester and Amy Pullen|
|24.07.2016||Fr Frank on holiday||Father Frank is on holiday this week. There will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesdays while he is away. There will be no Mass with the Anointing of the Sick in July and no First Friday Mass in August.|
|24.07.2016||Baptism of Eve Elizabeth Ryder||We pray for Eve and for her family, godparents and friends as they gather, after Mass today, for her Baptism.CAFOD Collection|
|24.07.2016||CAFOD Collection||Thank you so much for the generous CAFOD donations collected in the last two weeks. An exceptional total of £382 was raised and that is without the Gift Aid extra reimbursement which will make the final total well in excess of £400. Thank you especially to all who took the time to fill in their details|
|31.07.2016||Fr Martin Newell CP||We look forward to welcoming Fr Martin who will celebrate Mass here next Sunday.|
|31.07.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst|
|31.07.2016||Fr Frank on holiday Please Note||Whilst Fr. Frank is away the only celebration through the week will be a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesday. Normal service will be resumed on Wednesday 10th August with Mass, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations until 8.00pm. There will be no First Friday Mass in August|
|03.08.2016||Get-together||This Wednesday 3 August. We are off to Harvington Hall on a coach trip. Leaving BRG at 10 o'clock sharp!|
|07.08.2016||Father Ed||A warm welcome to Father Ed O'Connell, a Columban Father, who will be presiding at the Mass today. Father Ed will also talk to us about the work he is doing with the poor in Lima, Peru. Our Parish have been helping Fr. Ed for 16 years with our Breakfasts and money from our Bottle.|
|07.08.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Jo Nijst|
|07.08.2016||Services this week||Please note that there is a Eucharistic Service at 10.00am on Tuesday and normal weekday Mass service is resumed on Wednesday 10th August with Mass at 7.00pm followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and meditations until 8.00pm. There will be a 10.00am Mass on Thursday.|
|14.08.2016||Please pray for||Adrian Stewart and Frank Clements, recently departed and for all those who mourn their passing. Their Requiem Masses will be held at Blessed Robert Grissold on Thursday and Friday of this week at 11.30 a.m.|
|14.08.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Delia Murray and Diana Turner|
|21.08.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Delia Murray and Diana Turner|
|21.08.2016||Finance Committee Meeting||There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee after Mass today|
|21.08.2016||100 Club Winners||August's draw winners are: 1st: No. 56 (Rory Murtagh) - £75; 2nd: No. 11 (Kathy Jones) - £45; 3rd: No. 26 (Eileen Innes) - £30|
|28.08.2016||Lourdes Visit||Ros Cawley, Chris Mitchell & Maureen Carroll are going to Lourdes next Friday. They will be staying at Hosanna House, a House owned by H.C.P.T. in Bartres near Lourdes. During their week's stay they will remember you all. Do remember them in your prayers. If you have a petition you wish them to take, please give it to either Ros or Chris. Thank you|
|04.09.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Joanna Gibbs and Hosanna House Group 524|
|10.09.2016||Deanery Readers' Day Saturday 10th September 10am – 4pm, Leamington Spa||For Readers and anyone interested in becoming a Reader. This is a chance to explore in more detail, the Ministry of Reader and your place in it. For more details, please see the notice board or contact Kate Tennyson on 01926 314077, or email email@example.com. There is a letter of invitation for all readers, at the back of church. If you are not yet a reader but wish to attend, please contact Kate as above to obtain detail|
|11.09.2016||Children's Liturgy Rota (Help needed)||Please can parishioners (particularly parents of young children) give some thought to joining our children's liturgy rota? You are welcome to volunteer as a leader or a helper, or both! New child protection rules mean that we need to have two vetted people in every session we run, and without more volunteers we will have weeks when we are not able to run a session. The vetting procedure is very simple. Please speak to Louise Perry or Kathryn Driffield if you can help|
|15.09.2016||Parish Council Meeting||There is a meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th September in the church hall.|
|18.09.2016||Baptism today||The Baptism of Oliver Westwood will take place today at 11 am today|
|18.09.2016||Lourdes||Chris, Ros & Maureen returned back last Friday having had a very good week at Hoanna House in Lourdes. We did remember you all there. We thank you for your prayers. Maureen did light your candles that you asked her at Easter. Apologies for the delay!|
|24.09.2016||Balsall Common Festival Tombola Saturday||We urgently need more bottles for our stall. At the moment we only have 102 and have only two weeks to make up the number to 300. Can you please support us over the next two Sundays and bring whatever you can. Thank you|
|25.09.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Joe Sheen|
|25.09.2016||Quavers Children’s Choir||The children’s choir practice will restart this week after mass. All welcome|
|25.09.2016||Intinction||It has been brought to my attention that some are dipping the consecrated host into the precious blood of Christ at Holy Communion. This practice is forbidden. If you do not wish to drink from the chalice then just receive Communion in one kind. To receive Communion in one kind is to receive a full Communion. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Father Frank|
|25.09.2016||Family Ministry Project Worker||The Archdiocese wishes to appoint someone to this full-time post based at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham. For further details contact 0121 360 8118|
|02.10.2016||October and the Rosary||October is the month of the Rosary and it is a good time therefore to renew our devotion to this rich source of prayer. We will offer up a decade of the Rosary at every weekday Mass throughout the month of October. On Friday 7th October we celebrate the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary and we will pray 5 decades of the Rosary after Mass. All welcome|
|05.10.2016||Get-together||We are meeting this Wednesday, 5th October at 10.30am in the parish room for tea and coffee|
|07.10.2016||One World Week Dinner||Our church will once again be hosting the dinner and speaker on Friday 7 October at 7 for 7.30pm. The Indian buffet meal will be provided by the Bengal Brasserie, bring your own drinks. Tickets are £12.50 available from John & Louise Perry|
|07.10.2016||CAFOD Harvest Fast Day||This Harvest Day we are invited to join 32-year-old Nicanora from Bolivia, on her journey from poverty to abundance. We can stand alongside Nicanora as she learns new skills and receives materials and seeds that will enable her to grow enough food to feed her family. Please pick up a Fast Day envelope and give what you can.|
|09.10.2016||Baptism||We pray that God will bless and guide Wyatt Bobby Chesshire-Ramon, who is to be baptised here today, and will strengthen his parents and Godparents to nurture him in the faith of Christ|
|15.10.2016||Parish Dinner||Last Call for Parish Dinner. Next Saturday,15th October, and if anyone else would like to come, please see Pam after Mass. It is a four course meal including a glass of wine and entertainment, all for only £20 per person. Dinner is 7:30pm for 8:00pm. Please remember to bring your own drinks|
|16.10.2016||Can you help? - Church Wardens||We are looking for some more volunteers to be church wardens and join our existing teams. The main duties are to welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass and help with the collections. Your turn only comes round about every eight weeks. If you are willing to help please give your name to Joe Martin after Mass.|
|16.10.2016||Can you help? - Children's Liturgy Rota||Please can parishioners (particularly parents of young children) give some thought to joining our children's liturgy rota? You are welcome to volunteer as a leader or a helper, or both! New child protection rules mean that we need to have two vetted people in every session we run, and without more volunteers we will have weeks when we are not able to run a session. The vetting procedure is very simple - please ask Louise Perry or Kathryn Driffield for the paperwork|
|23.10.2016||Parish Dinner||Thank you to everyone for supporting the Parish Dinner, especially all who helped to make this such a great evening. We raised the magnificent sum of £778.50. Watch out for pictures from the evening appearing soon. Pam and Chris|
|23.10.2016||100 Club – October Winners||Congratulations to the October winners of out 100 Club: Number 78 £75 Kathy Jones, Number 67 £45 Ros Cawley, Number 95 £30 John McLellan|
|28.10.2016||Young Catholic Adult Weekend at Douai Abbey, 28th-30th October 2016||An opportunity for those 18-40 to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions, meet like-minded people and have fun. For more information click on the link. Prices start from £12. http//www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm for more information|
|30.10.2016||Parish Dinner - Pictures!||Our parish event archive has now been updated with pictures (and lyrics to 'Our Church'!) from our parish dinner on the 15th October 2016. Follow the link to see more|
|30.10.2016||Kathryn's African Adventure||Kathryn Green's adventures in South Africa are now online in our Parish Archive. Follow the link to learn more about Kathryn's visit to South Africa to team in a primary school, see the pictures and watch the video of her experience|
|30.10.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Tom Murray RIP|
|30.10.2016||Thanks||Thanks to all those who shared in the praying of the Rosary together in church during the Month of October - the Month of the Holy Rosary. Our gratitude, also, to Kathryn for sharing with us her experience in Africa and for the love and joy her team brought to the children there|
|02.11.2016||All Souls||A tray will be placed in front of the altar from this Sunday to receive Mass intentions for your loved ones to be prayed for at the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed which will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 2nd November. There are envelopes for your prayer intentions and offerings at the back of the church. Please write the names of your loved ones on the envelope and place them in the tray in front of the altar. We will pray for those named at the Mass of the Solemnity of All Souls and at Masses throughout the month of November.|
|02.11.2016||Get-together||Get-together. This Wednesday 2nd November. Meet at BRG 10.30am, then on to Melbicks Garden Centre for coffee and shopping!|
|06.11.2016||Millennium Project||Our 61st Breakfast will be on Sunday November 6th after Mass. There will be the usual menu of orange juice, warm croissants, toast, butter, jam, tea & coffee all for a donation of £2. Everyone is welcome, so please come and join us. There will be a chance to meet and chat with other parishioners|
|06.11.2016||Candle of Dedication||The dedication for this week is for Graham Jones RIP|
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
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