Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church

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Welcome to the website of Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Balsall Common. Here you can find details of the parish, our latest newsletter, services and sacraments offered by the Church and, in our parish archive, the events we have held. As a parish we value your privacy. Please follow the link here to learn more about the privacy policy that covers all catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Birmingham,
Father Frank writes
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The chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind is labouring and the widespread evil in the world, are due to the fact that the majority of people today disregard Our Lord Jesus Christ and his holy law of love. Christ and his teaching finds no place in people’s private lives or in the public arena. And as long as individuals and states refuse to submit to the rule of Christ the King there is no real prospect of lasting peace among nations. Christ, the King of the Universe is seated on his throne of glory and the criterion used by him in his judgement is the law of love. “In the twilight of life we will be judged on love alone.”
Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in time of the pandemic

The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday obligation.

Please stay at home if...

+ You are feeling ill or show any symptoms
+ You suspect you may be ill or have been exposed to Covid 19
+ You have a sick family member at home
+ You have come into contact with someone who is infected

+ Wrap up warm (if necessary) - doors and windows will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible.
Safeguarding
The Parish follows the safeguarding standards advised by The Archdiocese of Birmingham. You can view these standards by following the link here.

A link to the Archdiocese safeguarding website can be found
here.

Safespaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales. If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger. To contact Safespaces, please follow the link to their website here.

The Isaiah Journey The Isaiah Journey is a working group of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales which has grown out of the need for a pastoral-spiritual response to the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse in the Church. It provides A Guide for Survivors of Abuse that can be found here.

The Safeguarding Rep for our Parish is Monica Green and she can be contacted via email at sg.brg.balsallcommon@rcaob.org.uk.

Parish Events

Looking for the rest of the Parish Event List? We have archived the list from our old site but you can still view them here.
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17.12.2023Carol Service - Readers Wanted!Our carol service this year is at 6.30pm on Sunday 17th December, and we need readers for the lessons. We’ll give you a copy of your reading well in advance so you can practice. Please contact Ellie Clarke: iehclarke@btinternet.com if you can help.
07.12.2023Val Tims RIPOur good friend’s funeral will be at our church at 11.15am on 7th December. Please keep Val and her family in your prayers.
03.12.2023Advent talksFr Frank will be happy to present Advent talks on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels on Friday mornings at St Francis Baddesley Clinton after 9am Mass providing there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in attending, please email or message Fr Frank before Advent Sunday 3rd December.
02.12.2023Christmas TogetherChristmas Together: Saturday, 2nd December 10.30am to 12 noon. The Jubilee Centre. Coffee and carols. Everyone welcome.
26.11.2023Christmas TreeMonica Green and Claire Keane will be organising Christmas tree gifts for Father Hudson’s Society this year. Please take a tag from the Christmas tree from next week, buy the relevant gift and return it under the tree in time for the Carol Service on 17th December so that they can be sent to Fr Hudson’s on time to distribute. Thanks very much
26.11.2023100 ClubKen Higgins and Stefan Hunka will be in the Narthex after Mass ready to take any further subscriptions for the 100 Club. It is likely that this will be the final opportunity for parishioners to participate this year before the draw is made.
25.11.2023Save the Children: Charity Christmas FayreThere will be a charity Christmas Fayre from 10:00am to 3:00pm on 25th November at Blessed Robert Grissold Church. An opportunity to buy hand-made crafts, jewellery and environmentally friendly products - ideal for Christmas presents. Refreshements, delicious home-made cakes and cookies will be available. All proceeds to Save the Children. For further information contact Linda Chesshire on 07974 932286
24.11.2023Church CleaningOn Friday 24th November from 9.30am onwards we have organised a church cleaning blitz. This is an opportunity to give the church a good clean especially as Christmas is looming. We are looking for more volunteers. Cleaning materials will be provided, and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available! Please join us.
19.11.2023Holy SoulsThere will be Masses offered for the Holy Souls at both BRG and St Francis throughout the month of November. The names of those who have been presented will be named in the Intercessions
19.11.2023CAFODAn enormous thank you to everyone who donated to CAFOD in the collection recently! I am delighted to tell you that we raised £485.80! An amazing sum! Can I thank you all on behalf of all the desperate people out there who will be immensely grateful! Thank you. Chris Lynn
18.11.2023Day of Renewal"Come to me all who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest" (Mtt. 11:28) A day of Refreshment, Renewal and Healing. Speaker - Ross Powell. Saturday 18th November from 10.00am to 4.30pm at St Thomas More Church, Knoll Drive, Coventry. Mass at 5.00pm. All are welcome. Tea and cofee will be provided: please bring your own lunch.
12.11.2023Remembrance SundayToday is Remembrance Sunday when we pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives as a result of war
12.11.2023Book of RemembranceWe are updating our Book of Remembrance in the church and on our website. If you would like the name of a loved one to be added, please complete one of the forms on the lectern next to the Book of Remembrance and leave it in the back of the book today. Alternatively, please email the name and the date of their anniversary (day and month only) to iehclarke@btinternet.com.
12.11.2023Month of RemembranceNovember is the month the Church especialy remembers to pray for the dead and we continue ot pray for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Scriptures and the Church teach that we can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them, consequently Masses will be offered up for the Holy Souls of our loved ones over the course of November.
08.11.2023Get TogetherOur next Get Together will be on Wednesday 8th November, at 10.30am in the parish room. Please come and join us. Everyone is very welcome.
07.11.2023Deanery VisitationThe opening Service of the Visitation – Vespers and Benediction with Archbishop Bernard – is on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm at St Peter’s, Leamington Spa. Bicester parish will host closing Vespers.
05.11.2023Second collection todayThere will be a second collection this Sunday (5th November) for the Johnson Association
05.11.2023Parish CouncilAs agreed at our previous meeting, we will have a Parish Council Meeting in November/December. Watch the bulletin for further details
05.11.2023Adoration of the Blessed SacramentThere is an opportunity for us all to spend time with Our Lord in silent prayer and meditation every Thursday at Saint Francis, Baddesley Clinton. Christ has chosen to be with us in the Eucharist until the end of time. We can reverence the love and humility of Christ, who comes to us in this way, by being with Him, listening to Him and opening our hearts to Him as he is presented to us in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after the 9.00am Mass on Thursday and ends at 10.30am, with Benediction (a blessing with the Blessed Sacrament). This is a very powerful means of growing in prayer and devotion to Christ. Stay for as long as you like - use the opportunity to pray, meditate, say the Rosary, to engage with the Holy Scriptures or spiritual reading, or simply to be still in the presence of our Blessed Lord. Feel free to leave when you are ready - think about making this a regular part of your prayer life in order to grow in your knowledge and love of God and be a witness to that love in the world.
05.11.2023Holy RosaryThere is an opportunity to pray the Holy Rosary together every Wednesday immediately after 9am Mass at St Francis Church.
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17.12.2023
Our carol service this year is at 6.30pm on Sunday 17th December, and we need readers for the lessons. We’ll give you a copy of your reading well in advance so you can practice. Please contact Ellie Clarke: iehclarke@btinternet.com if you can help.
07.12.2023
Our good friend’s funeral will be at our church at 11.15am on 7th December. Please keep Val and her family in your prayers.
03.12.2023
Fr Frank will be happy to present Advent talks on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels on Friday mornings at St Francis Baddesley Clinton after 9am Mass providing there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in attending, please email or message Fr Frank before Advent Sunday 3rd December.
02.12.2023
Christmas Together: Saturday, 2nd December 10.30am to 12 noon. The Jubilee Centre. Coffee and carols. Everyone welcome.
26.11.2023
Monica Green and Claire Keane will be organising Christmas tree gifts for Father Hudson’s Society this year. Please take a tag from the Christmas tree from next week, buy the relevant gift and return it under the tree in time for the Carol Service on 17th December so that they can be sent to Fr Hudson’s on time to distribute. Thanks very much
26.11.2023
Ken Higgins and Stefan Hunka will be in the Narthex after Mass ready to take any further subscriptions for the 100 Club. It is likely that this will be the final opportunity for parishioners to participate this year before the draw is made.
25.11.2023
There will be a charity Christmas Fayre from 10:00am to 3:00pm on 25th November at Blessed Robert Grissold Church. An opportunity to buy hand-made crafts, jewellery and environmentally friendly products - ideal for Christmas presents. Refreshements, delicious home-made cakes and cookies will be available. All proceeds to Save the Children. For further information contact Linda Chesshire on 07974 932286
24.11.2023
On Friday 24th November from 9.30am onwards we have organised a church cleaning blitz. This is an opportunity to give the church a good clean especially as Christmas is looming. We are looking for more volunteers. Cleaning materials will be provided, and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available! Please join us.
19.11.2023
There will be Masses offered for the Holy Souls at both BRG and St Francis throughout the month of November. The names of those who have been presented will be named in the Intercessions
19.11.2023
An enormous thank you to everyone who donated to CAFOD in the collection recently! I am delighted to tell you that we raised £485.80! An amazing sum! Can I thank you all on behalf of all the desperate people out there who will be immensely grateful! Thank you. Chris Lynn
18.11.2023
"Come to me all who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest" (Mtt. 11:28) A day of Refreshment, Renewal and Healing. Speaker - Ross Powell. Saturday 18th November from 10.00am to 4.30pm at St Thomas More Church, Knoll Drive, Coventry. Mass at 5.00pm. All are welcome. Tea and cofee will be provided: please bring your own lunch.
12.11.2023
Today is Remembrance Sunday when we pray for the repose of the souls of all those who have lost their lives as a result of war
12.11.2023
We are updating our Book of Remembrance in the church and on our website. If you would like the name of a loved one to be added, please complete one of the forms on the lectern next to the Book of Remembrance and leave it in the back of the book today. Alternatively, please email the name and the date of their anniversary (day and month only) to iehclarke@btinternet.com.
12.11.2023
November is the month the Church especialy remembers to pray for the dead and we continue ot pray for our deceased loved ones throughout the month of November. Scriptures and the Church teach that we can help the departed through the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for them, consequently Masses will be offered up for the Holy Souls of our loved ones over the course of November.
08.11.2023
Our next Get Together will be on Wednesday 8th November, at 10.30am in the parish room. Please come and join us. Everyone is very welcome.
07.11.2023
The opening Service of the Visitation – Vespers and Benediction with Archbishop Bernard – is on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm at St Peter’s, Leamington Spa. Bicester parish will host closing Vespers.
05.11.2023
There will be a second collection this Sunday (5th November) for the Johnson Association
05.11.2023
As agreed at our previous meeting, we will have a Parish Council Meeting in November/December. Watch the bulletin for further details
05.11.2023
There is an opportunity for us all to spend time with Our Lord in silent prayer and meditation every Thursday at Saint Francis, Baddesley Clinton. Christ has chosen to be with us in the Eucharist until the end of time. We can reverence the love and humility of Christ, who comes to us in this way, by being with Him, listening to Him and opening our hearts to Him as he is presented to us in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after the 9.00am Mass on Thursday and ends at 10.30am, with Benediction (a blessing with the Blessed Sacrament). This is a very powerful means of growing in prayer and devotion to Christ. Stay for as long as you like - use the opportunity to pray, meditate, say the Rosary, to engage with the Holy Scriptures or spiritual reading, or simply to be still in the presence of our Blessed Lord. Feel free to leave when you are ready - think about making this a regular part of your prayer life in order to grow in your knowledge and love of God and be a witness to that love in the world.
05.11.2023
There is an opportunity to pray the Holy Rosary together every Wednesday immediately after 9am Mass at St Francis Church.
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