Christ has risen. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the joy of Easter. Today, with the Holy Church of God throughout the world, we proclaim and celebrate the truth which is foundational to our Christian faith, that on the third day Christ rose from the dead. And Christ, the Risen One, does not depart from us but returns to greet us with his peace and to remain with us until the end of time. And we share his peace and rejoice in his presence in the Mass.
|01.01.2018||Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God||What better way to begin the New Year than to celebrate this great Marian feast and to commend ourselves and the world to the powerful intercession of Our Blessed Lady.|
|06.01.2018||Coffee Together||Coffee Together: Saturday, 6th January 10.30 - 12 noon in the Jubilee Centre. BRG is hosting the event. Please let Judith, Louise or Linda know if you can provide a cake or help on the day. Thank you|
|07.01.2018||Welcome||Welcome to Father George, from the Columban Fathers, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today|
|10.01.2018||Get-together||The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th January at 12 noon for a buffet lunch in the Parish Room. All are welcome.|
|14.01.2018||December 100 Club||The winners are 96 £75.00 Conor McSorley, 42 £45.00 Sylvia Clifford and 44 £30.00 Charles Keane|
|18.01.2018||Parochial Church Council||The next meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday, 18th January. All parishioners are welcome to attend and help plan the year ahead for the parish.|
|18.01.2018||Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity||This begins on Thursday 18th January. Let us remember to pray for that unity Christ willed when he prayed that we might all be one.|
|21.01.2018||Service for Christian Unity||Theme: "That all may be free". This year's service, organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell, will take place at 3 pm in Sunday 21st January in St Mary the Virgin Church, Temple Balsall. All are welcome.|
|21.01.2018||Choir||Choir practice will re-commence on Sunday 21st January after mass, when we will start to work on music for Lent and Easter. If you enjoy singing, why not come and join us? You don’t need previous experience, you don’t even need to be able to read music! For more information, please speak to Ian Clarke or email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|21.01.2018||Candle of Dedication for 2018||Our Candle of Dedication is available to go in front of the statue of Our Lady (OL) or the Sacred Heart (SH) your choice. This is lit anew on Sunday and burns for seven days in remembrance of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a special occasion. The dedication is included in the bulletin each week. You can request a Dedication by completing the details on the special envelopes and filling in the diary at the back of the church; a donation of £5 is suggested. Completed envelopes and donations can be handed in to the wardens or Ann Ostler or Bridget Harrison|
|23.01.2018||Father Frank is unwell||Father Frank is suffering from the flu at the moment so all masses this week have been cancelled. Please check back here for further announcements regarding masses next week.|
|28.01.2018||Volunteers needed (2)||The Children's Liturgy team are looking for new members! If you would like to have fun teaching the Word to our growing church, please speak to Kathryn Driffield.|
|28.01.2018||Volunteers needed (1)||Volunteers needed to ensure there is oil in our lamps and they keep burning! Please let Father Frank know if you are able to give a little time each month to top up the oil in the candles in church|
|28.01.2018||Confirmation Mass postponed||Due to Father Frank being unwell, the confirmation mass on Sunday 28th January has been posponed. A normal mass will be celebrated instead. Please check the weekly newsletter and here for further announcements.|
|28.01.2018||H.C.P.T. The Pilgrimage Trust Group 83||Grateful thanks to all who bought Advent calendars, Christmas cards & calendars. They realised £261.58. Your generosity and support will be remembered by the helpers and youngsters of Group 83 when in Lourdes this Easter.|
|28.01.2018||Fr Frank's illness||Apologies for my absence. I am ill with the flu. I am hoping to return to work this week but please watch the website for news of any Mass cancellations should it prove necessary. I am grateful to Fr Bernard for covering for me today. I know he will find a warm welcome here at BRG.|
|04.02.2018||Candle of Dedication this week||The candle is lit this week for Becky Hulme (RIP).|
|04.02.2018||Youth Group||The CTBB Youth Group (for year 6 and above) will be meeting today, Sunday 4th February at Blessed Robert Grissold from 6.30pm until 7.45pm. We will be hosting a "Minute to Win It Games Challenge", featuring cups, chocolates and cookies!|
|04.02.2018||Children’s Liturgy||The children's liturgy team is looking for people to act as session chaperones a couple of times a term. There's no need to commit to leading a session (unless you want to!). You just need to be over age 18 and happy to provide a couple of references for the volunteer safeguarding process. We usually have great fun with our children's liturgy group - it's a lovely way to contribute to the running of the church!|
|07.02.2018||Get-Together||We meet on Wednesday 7th February at 10.30am in the Parish Room for coffee, cakes and a chat. All welcome.|
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.
Next Sunday 28th April, the Second Sunday of Easter, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy Devotions, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions, will be held from 3pm to 4pm in St Peter Apostle Church, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AE. For parking please use St Peter’s multi storey car park.
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."
Thank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
Group 83 left for Lourdes yesterday (at a reasonable time). They return next Saturday. While there, they will meet up with groups from 11 other countries – all part of HCPT. All will spend one week together. Please do remember them all in your prayers. Do pray that they all have a safe and happy week together and return next Saturday full of joy, peace and happiness. They will remember your kindness and generosity to them.
Our traditional Good Friday 'Walk of Witness', will commence in St Peter's Church at 10.30 am. We will walk past the primary and secondary Schools, The White Horse, BRG, the Cooperative store, and the village centre, ending at the Methodist Church, for a frugal lunch. All are welcome
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
Our Eucharistic Ministers will renew their commitment, and new special ministers of Holy Communion will be enrolled, during the Liturgy of Holy Thursday
Next week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church's calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church's year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
The result of recent Coffee Evening is £1392.15 – a brilliant result. This includes donations (some of which will be Gift Aided), items sold after the evening and Maureen's Lourdes Fund (this money has accumulated since the previous Coffee Evening in 2017.) This year the cost for each young person going to Lourdes this Easter is £850 – a lot of money, so the amount raised at the Coffee Evening will go towards their fares. Again many, many thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy cause. May God bless you all.
The liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Saturday have a peculiar beauty and dignity as they celebrate the greatest and most sacred mysteries of the Church. The Paschal Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening when we are reminded of our Lord's institution of the Eucharist and of how he washed his disciples' feet. After the Last Supper, Jesus retreated to the Garden of Gethsemane for prayer and asked his disciples to watch in prayer with him. We do these things in remembrance of him on Holy Thursday. On Good Friday we read the Passion Narrative and venerate the Cross as we celebrate the great love Christ showed in laying down his life for us. The Easter Vigil takes place on Holy Saturday, in the night of Easter. The darkness of the tomb is overcome by the lighting of the Easter fire and the Paschal candle. The darkened church is filled with the light of the Risen Christ as the light of the Easter candle is shared among us. The joyful Easter Proclamation is sung in celebration of the mystery of Christ's glorious victory and of our salvation. The Liturgy of the Word traces salvation history and leads us to renew our Baptismal promises after the Blessing of the Waters of the font. There is no dismissal at the end of the liturgies of Holy Thursday and Good Friday; that is because the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum constitute a single rite - a sacred rite in which it is our great privilege and joy to participate.
These are on sale today until Holy Saturday, raising funds for HCPT Group 83
Our thanks to Joe Martin who emptied the Bottle and deposited £119.80 in the bank. A cheque will be paid into Fr Ed's account in the coming days to help with his projects in Lima. It is now 20 years since we first began helping. Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed so faithfully over all these years. Our next breakfast is scheduled for Sunday 19th May.
Fr Frank will be available to hear confessions after mass on Thursday, or by appointment.
Every Tuesday in Lent, after the 10.00 am Mass, there will be an opportunity to pray the Stations of the Cross. On Thursday evenings of Lent, after Mass, there will Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, together with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to join in these devotions.
These will be on sale in the Narthex from this Sunday onwards, raising funds for HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust
A "My Donate" page is open until 8th May for donations (via the school PTA) for a gift for Des Foxon who is retiring after 27 years as Head Teacher of St George & St Teresa School. Donations can be made at this website: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stgeorgestteresaprimaryschool3
The series of breakfasts and talks organised by Churches Together concludes next Saturday 6th April at 8.30am in the Methodist Church. Over five weeks we have been looking at five 'Big Questions', the fifth being, "Has science displaced religion?" The speaker will be Revd Alan Bayes, Chaplain to the Whitgift school in Croydon. He has been interfaith adviser to the Bishops of Durham and Swansea & Brecon respectively. Before ordination he studied physics at Imperial College London, followed by postgraduate work in Astrophysics at University College, London.
On the First Friday of every month there is a Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St Margaret Mary received the vision of Christ which led to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. At the Consecration of our church a relic of Saint Margaret Mary was sealed in our altar giving us a special connection with this holy devotion.
There will be thanksgiving mass on Wednesday 3rd April at 7.00 pm in St George & Teresa Church, Dorridge to mark the retirement of Des Foxon after 27 years as head of St George and Teresa School. All former pupils, parents and staff of the school are invited to attend. A "My Donate" page is open until 8th April for donations to the school PTA in honour of Mr Foxon’s retirement: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stgeorgestteresaprimaryschool3.