Today the Church throughout the world celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. The earthly ministry of our Lord had ended and the time came for him to return to the Father and take his place at the right hand of God. The ascension is a cause of great joy for us for as Christ said: "It is better for you that I go to the Father." The ascension means that he is with us in the most profound sense. He is with us when we gather for the Eucharist. He is with us in the word proclaimed, he is with us in the sacrament of the altar. Jesus is not out of sight and out of mind through the ascension. Through the ascension it is not his absence but his presence with us which makes our hearts grow fonder. And we encounter Our Risen and Ascended Lord in the Eucharist as we ascend to the presence of the One who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
|05.03.2017||Millennium Breakfast||After Mass today, with usual breakfast offering, all welcome so please join us.|
|05.03.2017||Columban Centenary Altar Cloth||To 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.|
|05.03.2017||Balsall Common Christian Youth Group||Balsall 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|
|05.03.2017||Confirmations||Could 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.|
|05.03.2017||100 Club||Subscriptions 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.|
|10.03.2017||CAFOD Lent Fast Day||A 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|
|12.03.2017||Meditations before the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays||Meditations 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.|
|12.03.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Maureen and Joe Martin (RIP).|
|12.03.2017||Activities in Lent||In 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.|
|12.03.2017||Dementia 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.|
|12.03.2017||Cakes for the Columbans||Cake 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.|
|12.03.2017||Millennium Breakfast||Thank 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.|
|19.03.2017||Pancake Extravaganza||On Sunday 19th March, after 9:30 mass, the men of the parish will provide a pancake breakfast (as a change to the usual bacon butties). A variety of toppings will tantalize your taste buds, so put the date in your diary and come along to support the event!|
|19.03.2017||Balsall Common Christian Youth Group||Balsall 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.|
|23.03.2017||Parish Council||The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 23rd March at 7:30 in the Parish Room. All welcome|
|25.03.2017||Churches Together Lenten Breakfasts||Churches Together Lenten Breakfasts are being held on Saturday mornings during Lent at the Methodist church from the 4th March to the 1st April. Each church hosts the breakfasts and Blessed Robert Grissold will be hosting on the 25 March. We need volunteers on this occasion. See notice board for more information or speak to Louise or John Perry.|
|26.03.2017||Candle of Dedication||The candle is lit this week for Patrick Flynn (RIP).|
|26.03.2017||Pancake Extravaganza||Many thanks to the men of the parish for the pancake extravaganza last Sunday which was a great success and raised £90 for Church funds|
|01.04.2017||Spring Fayre - Urgent Help Needed||This will be held on Sat 1st April 1- 3.30pm. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this, we now have some lovely items for the Fayre. We are still in need of Easter Eggs, bottles etc. All donations to Tracey McAtamney at 86 Meeting House Lane (Tel: 01676 532940). Special Thanks to Nailcote Hall who has donated Sunday Lunch for 4 people in the Oak Room. Also to Haigs Hotel, The SnowDome, The Butterfly Farm, Hatton Adventure World and many others who have donated raffle prizes. For the children - Decorate Egg Competition - Bring along to the Fayre. Simply boil an egg and decorate! There will be three prizes and each child will receive a chocolate egg for entering!|
|02.04.2017||Easter Cards||Easter Cards are now on sale at the back of church. All proceeds to HCPT.|
Dates for your diary: Celebration of the Consecration of our Church
There will be a votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday morning at 10.00am.
Due to the Solemnity on Monday 29th please note that there will be no Mass this Thursday.
In keeping with the practice in the Archdiocese there will be a Mass at 7.00pm this Monday 29th May in celebration of the Consecration of our church
There will be a second collection today for Church Communications
If you are interested in exploring being received into full communion with the Catholic church please contact Fr Frank.
Please pray for God’s blessing on Sarah Emily Lloyd, her parents and godparents. Sarah is to be baptised here today after the Mass.
A big thank you to all helped support the Parish Supper with the food the music and setting out and clearing up. It was a real parish effort. The grand sum of £627 was raised towards parish funds. A most enjoyable evening was had by all.
Please note that there are weeks available for this and that the diary and envelopes are at the back of the church to fill in.
This is an opportunity to continue the reflections on the Eucharist which we began in Lent. Meditations on the great treasure which we have in the Mass will be accompanied by silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge and love of Christ in the Sacrament of the Altar. All welcome
It has been suggested that it would be helpful if the initials of those who have requested a Mass Intention could appear in the Bulletin - so that one would know when the Mass which you have requested is being said. If you would like your initials to be included, please indicate this on the envelopes, that you will find in the foyer, which are provided for your Mass intention requests and accompanying offerings.
This week’s dedication is for Margaret and John McLellan.
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.'
Can those wishing to be formed for First Holy Communion or Confirmation, and who are not being prepared through their school, please submit their names to Fr Frank by the end of May 2017.
Last Saturday at St Peter's, Leamington the start of the Fatima Centenary Year was celebrated. St Peter's is a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese during this time. A new church statue of Our Lady of Fatima was crowned and an Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was made. Everyone is welcome to visit St Peter’s over the year and more especially on the 13th of each month for the special indulgence.
Easter Cards sold during Lent amounted to £31.40. Many sincere thanks to all who bought & supported this worthy cause.
Tonight the Youth Group meets at the Methodist Church, 6.30pm to 7.45 pm. This is open to all Secondary School Children, as well as those in Year 6. All welcome.
Last chance to book your place at the annual Parish Supper on Saturday 20th May 7.30pm for 8pm. This will consist of a 2 course meal with entertainment from the Ivy Leaf Ceilidh Band. Price £10 per head. Bring your own drink. Please give your name to Chris after Mass. If you have booked already please give your choice of main course to Chris
Churches Together have arranged a 'Meet the Candidates' evening for the General Election in order to provide an opportunity to question candidates on Friday 19th May, 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church. If you wish to have a question asked please contact Godfrey Chesshire by 16th May on 01676 532352
Fancy a night out for a really good cause to see the National Grid UK choir and friends (including our own Ian and Hannah Clarke) perform in a variety evening in Warwick? You do, well read on! Our parish music director sings with the UK National Grid choir who have decided to step in when Round Oak school's Music of Life programme was a casualty of government funding cuts. Round Oak school works with children with special educational needs and this programme is essential in helping them build confidence, presentation, public speaking and team work skills. It also helps with memory and is great for positive mental health. Click on the link to find out more and book your tickets!