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June - the Month of the Sacred Heart June is the month of the Sacred Heart. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 24th June. Great benefits are promised to those who practice this devotion. Also, during this month, we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Masses at Blessed Robert Grissold in time of the pandemic

Out of care for the welfare of others please social distance, wear a mask and sanitise hands:

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


Those attending will be asked to supply contact details for track and trace

Please Note:
+ In the first instance, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once capacity has been reached the stewards will prevent entry
+ Wrap up warm (if necessary) - doors and windows will be left open to increase ventilation wherever possible
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The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan
You may recall a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Bernard Longley was read out at Mass a few weeks ago. It outlined the vision for the Archdiocese as we move forward. Leaflets explaining The Diocesan Vision: Unfolding God’s Plan will be available to take away this weekend. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and take copies for those who are unable to come to Mass. More information on the Vision is available on the Diocesan website here.

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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24.06.2022June is the Month of the Sacred Heart During June we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, below, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray during the month of June - Consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Chris: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
08.06.2022Get TogetherOur next Get Together will be on Wed 8th June at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Everyone is welcome!
05.06.2022PentecostOn the 5th June, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost
04.06.2022Special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
29.05.2022Retiring CollectionThere will be a retiring collection after Mass on on 28th May for Catholic Communications
29.05.2022Notice from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales “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.”
24.05.2022AscensionThis Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022Quiet Morning‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley HeathSt George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022Maureen CarrollAfter previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022ConfessionFather is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022Our Lady of FatimaA Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022Baptism of Benjamin CowlingPlease pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022Early start Tuesday Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022Bob JonesOur many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022Easter RaffleA big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022WelcomeWe welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022Easter OfferingThank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022Thank youMany thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022Special thanks Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
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24.06.2022
During June we can seek to deepen our devotion to the love of God revealed in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - a devotion encouraged by St Margaret Mary, whose relic rests in our altar at Blessed Robert Grissold church. We might even consider consecrating ourselves to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. To this end I have printed, below, a Prayer of Consecration, written by St Margaret Mary, which we could pray during the month of June - Consecration to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Chris: I give and consecrate to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my whole life, all my actions, my trials, my sufferings, devoting every portion of my being to loving, honouring, and glorifying him, to working for his love alone, renouncing with all my heart whatever may be displeasing to him. I take you, then, O Sacred Heart, for the one object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, the remedy of my inconstancy, the redeemer of all my faults, and my sure refuge in the hour of death. O Heart of all goodness, be my justification before God the Father, and shield me from the effects of his just anger. O Heart, overflowing with love, I place all my confidence in you, for I dread my own weakness, while I hope everything from your goodness. Destroy in me whatever displeases you or goes against your will. May pure love of you be so deeply imprinted in my heart that I may never forget you nor be separated from you. I implore you by all your love that my name be graven upon you. May it be my happiness to live and die as your slave. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
08.06.2022
Our next Get Together will be on Wed 8th June at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Everyone is welcome!
05.06.2022
On the 5th June, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Pentecost
04.06.2022
On Saturday 4th June, there will be a special Jubilee Coffee Together at Jubilee Centre from 10 30 – 12 o’clock. Coffee, tea, soft drinks with home-made cakes and pre-wrapped biscuits. All refreshments free to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Special for the Jubilee - Come and have a try at decorating a biscuit with a regal theme (biscuits and icing sugar provided). All welcome. Organised by Churches Together in Balsall and Berkswell.
29.05.2022
There will be a retiring collection after Mass on on 28th May for Catholic Communications
29.05.2022
“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.”
24.05.2022
This Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, is a Holy Day of Obligation when we should be at Mass if we are able. There will be a 9.00 am Mass at St Francis, , Baddesley Clinton. All welcome
15.05.2022
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’. Mark 6 v 31. Meet at the Old Hall, Temple Balsall (adjacent to the church). Saturday, 21st May. Coffee will be available at 9.30am as we arrive for a prompt 10.00am start; finishing at 12 noon. In the Season of between Easter and Pentecost, The Revd Jane Braund, Methodist Minister – Balsall Common, will help direct our thoughts before we find our ‘own individual space’ within the beautiful grounds and buildings.“In order for the morning to be helpful to those attending we can only take a maximum of 30 people. Please submit your name to Doug Timmis (01676 534346) as soon as possible.
15.05.2022
St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School in Bentley Heath is a caring and inclusive school. We have a few remaining Nursery and Reception places available for September 2022. Please feel free to make an appointment with the Head Teacher Nicola Wright, who would be delighted to show you round the school to meet our wonderful staff team and children. Please visit our website for further information www.stgandt.solihull.sch.uk or call / email the school office on 01564 774906 / office@stgandt.solihull.sch.uk
15.05.2022
After previously receiving an award from the Queen, Maureen Carroll was at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday as a guest at the Queen’s Garden Party. Maureen is going into St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill on Monday 16th May for two weeks respite.
15.05.2022
Father is available every Saturday between 5:15-5.45 pm at St Francis Baddesley Clinton, or by arrangement.
13.05.2022
A Mass commemorating Our Lady of Fatima will be celebrated at 9.00am at St Francis church, Baddesley Clinton on Friday 13th May. All welcome.
13.05.2022
Please pray for Benjamin who will be baptised here on Saturday and also for his parents and Godparents that, together with them, we may be obedient to the voice of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10.05.2022
Mass will be at 9.30am on Tuesday to allow Fr Frank to attend the monthly Deanery Meeting.
08.05.2022
Our many thanks to Bob Jones who is taking a deserved rest from his duties as Parish Treasurer. He has served the Parish in this capacity for a great many years and the excellent way he has exercised his duties has been recognised by Archdiocese and auditors. I am also very grateful to Mike Fairbrother for being willing to take on this role - I’m sure we all wish him well and will give him our support.
01.05.2022
A big thank-you to everyone who donated chocolates/bought raffle tickets. The response was great, and we managed to raise the sum of £220, which will be added to parish funds. The winners were Judith & Bysshe Gibbs, Chris Mitchell & Celine Burley. Many thanks to all. Teresa.
24.04.2022
We welcome Father Fleming from the Columban Fathers, who will celebrate Mass for us today and next Sunday.
17.04.2022
Thank you for the collection today which is the customary Easter offering to your priest. I am grateful for the generosity of spirit which is shown in so many ways in the life of the Parish.
17.04.2022
Many thanks to the members of our choir for their hard work in preparing the music for our Easter services. This year has been particularly challenging due to illness, holidays and a reduction in the number of people in the choir post lockdown. Special thanks to Linda Chesshire for her hard work in rehearsing the choir whilst Ellie and I were away; and to Nick Pitarello, Adam Rolleston and Goodwill Nkomo from our community choir ‘Synergy’ who stepped in to sing with our church choir at short notice to ensure we had enough voices to sing the Easter pieces. Our choir really need some new members so if you enjoy singing and might be interested in joining us, or would like to join our new Community Choir, Synergy, please contact me on iehclarke@btinternet.com or call me on 07976731471. Ian & Ellie Clarke.
17.04.2022
Special thanks To Ian, the choir and Linda, our organist, who have enhanced the liturgies of the Easter Triduum so well. Also, thanks to all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can celebrate the Sacred Liturgies. Fr Frank
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