Today is the Sunday within the week of prayer for Christian unity. The vision of the Church presented by the scriptures is of Christ's mystical body - the place where God is gathering into one all peoples, nations, races, and tongues and dissolving all barriers and divisions. The new humanity of the Church, reborn in and through Christ, can never live separate from others or with hatred or hostility against others. According to the Christian vision the new humanity of the Church must be one for it is out of the one Father that they have been reborn. It is for this unity that we pray this week.
|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 donít need previous experience, you donít even need to be able to read music! For more information, please speak to Ian Clarke or email email@example.com.|
|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||Childrenís 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.|
Our local celebration of this global, ecumenical service will be held at 10.30am on Friday 1st March at Balsall Common Methodist Church. Please put the date in your diary! If you are willing to help on the day, please contact Louise Perry on 01676 533357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bishop Kenney shares his experience of CAFOD's work in Sudan and South Sudan. Wednesday 6 February, 7.30pm - 9pm, light refreshments served from 7pm. Venue: St Peter's, 3a Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA. All are very welcome! To book your place, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at email@example.com or on 01922 722944.
Parish Council meeting at 7.45pm on Thursday, 31st January in the Parish Room, to discuss plans for our church's 25th anniversary celebrations. All welcome.
Choir practice starts again next Sunday, 27th January, 11 am Ė 12 noon. New members are always welcome. For more details, please speak to Ian Clarke.
Tracey McAtamney will be signing copies of her book, "Hidden Strength", on 27th January after mass. All profits from sales of the book go to support children and young adults coping with grief.
Many thanks to all those who have a subscription to our 100 Club, which raises over £700 annually towards church funds. Subscriptions are now due for 2019. New members are always welcome. The cost for one subscription is £15 for the year, with the chance to win £75, £45, or £30 quarterly. Chris and John will be in the hall after Mass for the next few Sundays to collect subscriptions.
This scheme is for recently graduated Catholics and will run from September 2019 until July 2020. Further information is available at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
This Wednesday, 16th January at 7-30pm in the Parish Room. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss what celebration we should have for the church's 25 year's anniversary this year, both religious and social. We hope to get some ideas and form a working party to help organise these events.
On 15th January 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mallory Court - Wine - Canapes - Guest Speakers. Profit from the sale of the book to support children and young adults coping with grief.
The Raffle raised £944.00. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes or bought raffle tickets. Tracey; and thanks to Tracey for organising the raffle
Please note the changes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to the times of Masses and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
The next Get-together will be this Wednesday 9th January. Meet in the Parish Room for coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. All are welcome
Our next meeting for the Warwick Deanery parishes is on Monday 7th January at 7.30pm in the upper Davenport Room, St Peterís Parish Centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5AE. It is hoped that each parish will be represented to help us planning how to share the Good News in this New Year. Contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for all the gifts donated this Advent. We were able to hand over 60 gifts to Father Hudsonís Care which were gratefully received and were being immediately distributed to those in need. Thanks as well to those who helped distribute the local gifts. It was a great effort from all. Thanks Ė Claire.
Welcome to Fr Chris, from Leamington Spa, who is the Celebrant at the Mass today
Thanks once more for your cards, gifts, kindness and support. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. Also, I am grateful for all the work you put in to ensuring that there is a Eucharistic presence in this place. Together, by faithfully assembling week by week, we ensure that we witness to the love, light and hope of Christ and his in-breaking Kingdom. That is the distinctive and incomparable gift we are called to offer to the world through our assembly as the Church, but, in order for this to happen, many have to give of their time and energy in raising funds and being responsible for day to day administration and maintenance. May the Lord bless you for your hard work on behalf of Christ and his Kingdom. It is a privilege and a joy to share with you in this service. Fr Frank.
Fr Frank will be taking his post-Christmas break from Wednesday of this week, returning on Thursday 10th January 2019.
Click on the link to read Father Frank's Christmas message for 2018
Our 2018 Christmas newsletter is now available. It covers the whole of 2018. Click on the link to access our special newsletters page and then click on the Christmas 2018 link to access the newsletter. Alternatively paper copies will be available at both of our Christmas services on 24th and 25th December.
Thank you to all of you who have represented your opinions and shown support over the matters concerning the field. Apologies for not responding to you individually - itís been a rather busy time! Father Frank