Today's Gospel reading reminds us to stay alert, to pay attention to the demands of the Gospel. Vigilance is nourished by hope and St Paul reminds us that the basis of this hope is the conviction that Jesus has risen from the dead. Hope enables to leap over the barrier of a life imprisoned by death. Our hope in the resurrection affirms a life that knows no end. Eternal life starts here and now. It is the life we encounter and celebrate in and through the Eucharist.
|04.03.2017||Baptism||We pray for Henry Joseph Wilson Ramsay, who was baptised here yesterday, for his godparents, family and friends, that together they will grow into the fullness of life in Christ.|
|05.03.2017||Dates for your diary||Dates for your diary: Millennium Breakfast (Visit by a Columban 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|
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 email@example.com
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!
Do you have any photos of parish events this year? Would you like to write a few words about an event or part of parish life? We are already looking for items to go in our seasonal Christmas newsletter, in an attempt to avoid the usual last-minute rush! Please email any items to Ian Clarke at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.'