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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,
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The Gospel of Christ is something so radically good and new that it can be difficult to accept - even by those who are closest to Jesus. The Gospel today tells us that Jesus’ own relatives thought he was “out of his mind.” And others accuse him of siding with Satan and with those who oppose God. They do not have “eyes to see” or “ears to hear” and so his message seems like foolishness or worse - like blasphemy against God - Such is their blindness and deafness to the true God who lives and speaks in Christ.
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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TitleDescription
19.05.2024Maggie EllisMaggie sends her best wishes to her friends and parishioners at BRG and would welcome visits from them. Although Fr Frank is taking Communion to her during the week, she would appreciate one of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion taking it to her on Sundays.
19.05.2024Deanery Pastoral Council RepresentativeI am grateful to Iain Butlin-Moran for taking on the responsibility of Deanery Representative of the Parish. Along with Fr Frank, he is responsible for conveying Parish concerns to the Deanery and for reporting back on Deanery meetings.
19.05.2024Could you be a seed of hope? The Archdiocese of Birmingham is inviting enthusiastic individuals to create a network of Environment Champions. To celebrate Laudato Si week (19-26 May), please help us get as many parish/cluster/deanery Environment Champions as we can. Your mission is to be a channel of communication between the Archdiocese and your parish, cluster or deanery, to promote Care of Creation and to enthuse others to help in responding to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to a spirituality which supports an ecological conversion. You will receive the full support of the Care for Creation Committee as part of the diocesan effort to act as stewards of creation. For details, please see https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/seedofhope
19.05.2024Pilgrimage to WalsinghamPilgrimage to Walsingham: as part of the Jubilee Year 2025. If you are interested please see information website: Come to Walsingham for the Jubilee Year 2025! - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady
19.05.2024Parish CouncilPlease print your name on the sheet provided at the back of the church if you would like to serve on the Parish Council for Blessed Robert Grissold.
15.05.2024Parish Coffee Morning This month’s gathering will be held this Wednesday 15th May. All welcome for tea, coffee and cakes a plenty at 10:30 in the Narthex.
12.05.2024Retiring Collection todayRetiring Collection today for Catholic Communications
12.05.2024Deanery Pastoral Council Further to the Archbishops Pastoral letter during Lent, the Banbury and Warwick Deanery is in the process of establishing a Deanery Pastoral Council and a couple of preparation meetings have been held which a number of our parishioners have attended. The first Deanery Council meeting is planned for June. More information to follow in due course.
09.05.2024Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord to be celebrated on Thursday 9th May at 9.00am at Saint Francis. This Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. All welcome.
08.05.2024First meeting of the Banbury and Warwick Deanery Pastoral Council (DPC) Over 40 lay representatives and parish priests/ deacons met for the first meeting in Bicester. The minutes will appear on the Deanery website soon. Meanwhile, the main agenda item was around the grouping of the parishes into 5 possible clusters, known as Leamington, Rugby, Bicester & Banbury, Stratford and Kenilworth. It was agreed that the representatives of the parishes on the Deanery PC should meet with the parish priests before the next meeting on 19th September, to discuss the proposed clusters, recommend any improvements and share how parishes within the cluster can support each other in fulfilling the Diocesan Vision.
07.05.2024Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the 7.00pm Mass on Tuesday at BRG on 07/05/24 and every first Tuesday of each month, followed by Benediction at 8.00pm. All welcome.
05.05.2024Opportunity for Pilgrimage to Walsingham as part of the Jubilee Year 2025 If you are interested in visiting Walsingham as part of the Jubilee Year please see information on their website: Come to Walsingham for the Jubilee Year 2025! - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady https://www.walsingham.org.uk/come-to-walsingham-for-the-jubilee-year-2025/
05.05.2024Urgent appeal for VolunteersThere is an urgent need for volunteers to come forward to assist the small team who are currently managing all aspects of Church maintenance, finance, hall hire, cleaning etc. We would be so grateful to anyone who can offer their time or skills to lighten their load. Please email Fr Frank at fr.frank.smith@rcaob.org.uk if you can help.
05.05.2024Baptism of Roman James Martin The Baptism of Roman James Martin will take place on Sunday 5th May at 1pm. Please keep Stephen, his Parents and Godparents in your prayers.
04.05.2024Thanksgiving Mass for MarriageAn invitation is extended to married couples, those celebrating a milestone anniversary and those preparing to marry this year, to an annual Mass for Marriage at St Chad's Cathedral at Midday on Sat 4th May, followed by refreshments. Visit www.vocations.org.uk/marriage-mass
04.05.2024A Year of EncounterWith a UK general election due sometime this year, politicians will be looking for our votes. We have a responsibility as Catholics to make sure that parties commit to tackling issues such as poverty and injustice. Raising our voices and contacting parliamentary candidates as a parish community will send a strong signal to those standing for election in our local constituencies. A Year of Encounter is a joint initiative between CAFOD and St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), equipping Catholics to ask key questions of local candidates at the key moments. Please see cafod.org.uk/encounter for more information, including an online sessions on Saturday 4th May to learn more.
28.04.2024Job vacancy Friends of the Holy Land Friends of the Holy Land are looking for an energetic, dedicated individual to join our fast-moving, growing charity making a difference to Christians in the Holy Land. The successful candidate must have office experience, excellent oral and written communication skills and be a ‘people person’; social media experience is also desirable. Full details are available at https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/jobs. Closing date for applications is 29th April. Please send your CV and covering letter to Jen Hill at office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
27.04.2024True devotion to Jesus and MaryThe Warwickshire group would welcome anyone from the deanery to join. This devotion is a perfect renewal of baptismal promises and is based on the teachings and spirituality of St Louis Marie de Montfort. Please bring your rosary for our first meeting: Upper Room St Peter’s parish centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA on Saturday 27th April at 11am. Parish website: catholicleamington.org.uk. Local contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399. Email: rcia.cathleam@gmail.com
21.04.2024Second collection this SundayThere will be a second collection today for the Clergy Training Fund
21.04.2024Adults seeking receptionAdults seeking to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church should email Fr Frank by the end of February.
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19.05.2024
Maggie sends her best wishes to her friends and parishioners at BRG and would welcome visits from them. Although Fr Frank is taking Communion to her during the week, she would appreciate one of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion taking it to her on Sundays.
19.05.2024
I am grateful to Iain Butlin-Moran for taking on the responsibility of Deanery Representative of the Parish. Along with Fr Frank, he is responsible for conveying Parish concerns to the Deanery and for reporting back on Deanery meetings.
19.05.2024
The Archdiocese of Birmingham is inviting enthusiastic individuals to create a network of Environment Champions. To celebrate Laudato Si week (19-26 May), please help us get as many parish/cluster/deanery Environment Champions as we can. Your mission is to be a channel of communication between the Archdiocese and your parish, cluster or deanery, to promote Care of Creation and to enthuse others to help in responding to Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to a spirituality which supports an ecological conversion. You will receive the full support of the Care for Creation Committee as part of the diocesan effort to act as stewards of creation. For details, please see https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/seedofhope
19.05.2024
Pilgrimage to Walsingham: as part of the Jubilee Year 2025. If you are interested please see information website: Come to Walsingham for the Jubilee Year 2025! - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady
19.05.2024
Please print your name on the sheet provided at the back of the church if you would like to serve on the Parish Council for Blessed Robert Grissold.
15.05.2024
This month’s gathering will be held this Wednesday 15th May. All welcome for tea, coffee and cakes a plenty at 10:30 in the Narthex.
12.05.2024
Retiring Collection today for Catholic Communications
12.05.2024
Further to the Archbishops Pastoral letter during Lent, the Banbury and Warwick Deanery is in the process of establishing a Deanery Pastoral Council and a couple of preparation meetings have been held which a number of our parishioners have attended. The first Deanery Council meeting is planned for June. More information to follow in due course.
09.05.2024
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord to be celebrated on Thursday 9th May at 9.00am at Saint Francis. This Mass will be followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. All welcome.
08.05.2024
Over 40 lay representatives and parish priests/ deacons met for the first meeting in Bicester. The minutes will appear on the Deanery website soon. Meanwhile, the main agenda item was around the grouping of the parishes into 5 possible clusters, known as Leamington, Rugby, Bicester & Banbury, Stratford and Kenilworth. It was agreed that the representatives of the parishes on the Deanery PC should meet with the parish priests before the next meeting on 19th September, to discuss the proposed clusters, recommend any improvements and share how parishes within the cluster can support each other in fulfilling the Diocesan Vision.
07.05.2024
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the 7.00pm Mass on Tuesday at BRG on 07/05/24 and every first Tuesday of each month, followed by Benediction at 8.00pm. All welcome.
05.05.2024
If you are interested in visiting Walsingham as part of the Jubilee Year please see information on their website: Come to Walsingham for the Jubilee Year 2025! - Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady https://www.walsingham.org.uk/come-to-walsingham-for-the-jubilee-year-2025/
05.05.2024
There is an urgent need for volunteers to come forward to assist the small team who are currently managing all aspects of Church maintenance, finance, hall hire, cleaning etc. We would be so grateful to anyone who can offer their time or skills to lighten their load. Please email Fr Frank at fr.frank.smith@rcaob.org.uk if you can help.
05.05.2024
The Baptism of Roman James Martin will take place on Sunday 5th May at 1pm. Please keep Stephen, his Parents and Godparents in your prayers.
04.05.2024
An invitation is extended to married couples, those celebrating a milestone anniversary and those preparing to marry this year, to an annual Mass for Marriage at St Chad's Cathedral at Midday on Sat 4th May, followed by refreshments. Visit www.vocations.org.uk/marriage-mass
04.05.2024
With a UK general election due sometime this year, politicians will be looking for our votes. We have a responsibility as Catholics to make sure that parties commit to tackling issues such as poverty and injustice. Raising our voices and contacting parliamentary candidates as a parish community will send a strong signal to those standing for election in our local constituencies. A Year of Encounter is a joint initiative between CAFOD and St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), equipping Catholics to ask key questions of local candidates at the key moments. Please see cafod.org.uk/encounter for more information, including an online sessions on Saturday 4th May to learn more.
28.04.2024
Friends of the Holy Land are looking for an energetic, dedicated individual to join our fast-moving, growing charity making a difference to Christians in the Holy Land. The successful candidate must have office experience, excellent oral and written communication skills and be a ‘people person’; social media experience is also desirable. Full details are available at https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/jobs. Closing date for applications is 29th April. Please send your CV and covering letter to Jen Hill at office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
27.04.2024
The Warwickshire group would welcome anyone from the deanery to join. This devotion is a perfect renewal of baptismal promises and is based on the teachings and spirituality of St Louis Marie de Montfort. Please bring your rosary for our first meeting: Upper Room St Peter’s parish centre, Dormer Place, Leamington Spa, CV32 5AA on Saturday 27th April at 11am. Parish website: catholicleamington.org.uk. Local contact: Peter Dimambro 01926 428399. Email: rcia.cathleam@gmail.com
21.04.2024
There will be a second collection today for the Clergy Training Fund
21.04.2024
Adults seeking to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church should email Fr Frank by the end of February.
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