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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Today’s feast turns our thoughts to the sacred mysteries of the Eucharist, and one of the peculiarities of the Eucharistic feast is that we, the Church, become the Body of Christ through our partaking of Christ’s Body and the consequence of our assimilation to the Body of Christ is that, like Christ, we become spiritual food for the life of the world, to be broken, given away and consumed. The Eucharist makes the Church, by making the Church Eucharist.
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.
Date
TitleDescription
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
17.04.2022Tea and coffee after Sunday MassTea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of WitnessGood Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022Ministers of the EucharistRe-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022Save the Children Coffee MorningLast week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022Easter OfferingThe collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
10.04.2022Holy WeekNext week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church’s calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church’s year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
10.04.2022Prayer for the UkraineLet us continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, praying for a lasting peace and an end to war in that land, remembering also the Ukrainian Eparchy, for Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, his clergy and people and the Ukrainian parishes in our own Archdiocese.
10.04.2022Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the Tuesday Mass in Lent here at BRG and on Wednesdays after the 9.00am Mass at St Francis, Baddesley Clinton.
05.04.2022Our next Get-together Our next Get-together will be on Tuesday 5th April at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Come and enjoy coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. Everyone is welcome, so if you have a friend or neighbour who would like to join us, please bring them along. If you need help with transport contact Madeleine (07981 533070) or Fran (01676 530371).
03.04.2022First Holy CommunionWe welcome Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today.
03.04.2022Easter RaffleWe look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
03.04.2022St Mary's College, Oscott - TrusteesOscott College, the diocesan seminary, which forms men for the priesthood and the diaconate from England Wales, Scotland and further afield, is looking for additional trustees. The particular areas of expertise which are needed are:-Diversity and inclusion /Education and academia/HR and training IT and digital/Media/PRTrusteeship is a voluntary role, and is a way to put your skills at the service of the church. If you would like any further information please contact Jackie Hall, College Bursar at Oscott jackie.hall@oscott.org
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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
17.04.2022
Tea and coffee after mass will resume on Easter Sunday. A rota will be sent to all concerned shortly. Best wishes Louise.
15.04.2022
Good Friday - Churches Together Walk of Witness will start at St Peter’s Church at 10.30 am and end with a Simple Lunch at the Methodist Church
14.04.2022
Re-commissioning of the Ministers will take place during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday. All Ministers are asked to make every effort to attend, if possible.
10.04.2022
Last week’s Coffee Morning in Berkswell raised £960. Thanks for your support
10.04.2022
The collection at Mass at Easter is the customary Easter Offering for your parish priest. If you are away this Easter you can make this offering to your priest at any time by leaving a cheque payable to Rev Frank Smith or cash in an envelope marked ‘Easter Offering.’ Thank you for your support.
10.04.2022
Next week marks the beginning of Holy Week - the most important week in the Church’s calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. During Holy Week we celebrate the Easter Triduum, comprising the liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday evening). These sacred liturgies shine forth as the high point of the Church’s year. The Paschal Triduum is at the heart of all that it means to be the Church and we owe it to ourselves as Christians to be present at these key moments in the life of the worshipping community, for the sacred mysteries, which we celebrate on these three days, are the axle on which the rest of the liturgical year turns.
10.04.2022
Let us continue to pray for the people of Ukraine, praying for a lasting peace and an end to war in that land, remembering also the Ukrainian Eparchy, for Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, his clergy and people and the Ukrainian parishes in our own Archdiocese.
10.04.2022
Stations of the Cross will be prayed after the Tuesday Mass in Lent here at BRG and on Wednesdays after the 9.00am Mass at St Francis, Baddesley Clinton.
05.04.2022
Our next Get-together will be on Tuesday 5th April at 10.30 in the parish meeting room. Come and enjoy coffee, tea, cakes and a chat. Everyone is welcome, so if you have a friend or neighbour who would like to join us, please bring them along. If you need help with transport contact Madeleine (07981 533070) or Fran (01676 530371).
03.04.2022
We welcome Megan and Joseph who are to make their First Holy Communion here today.
03.04.2022
We look forward to receiving lots of prizes for our Grand Easter Raffle.
03.04.2022
Oscott College, the diocesan seminary, which forms men for the priesthood and the diaconate from England Wales, Scotland and further afield, is looking for additional trustees. The particular areas of expertise which are needed are:-Diversity and inclusion /Education and academia/HR and training IT and digital/Media/PRTrusteeship is a voluntary role, and is a way to put your skills at the service of the church. If you would like any further information please contact Jackie Hall, College Bursar at Oscott jackie.hall@oscott.org
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