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Dear Brothers and Sisters

We welcome all those who are visiting our parish this Sunday. We hope that you have a blessed time wherever you are staying and return home safely, relaxed and refreshed. All of those who are on holiday or planning to go to holiday, we hope and pray that you have a safe journey and an enjoyable time and be back home rested and reinvigorated.

A HUMOUR: Johnny was on a trip in a lifetime to Europe. He reached Paris and he saw in the church, an old style phone with the sign: "Direct line to Heaven, Phone– only 5,000. He was fascinated but couldn't afford that kind of money. Unfortunately, the same price applied in churches in Germany, Italy and Spain. Then he arrived back in England, where he found the same phone.... but this time the sign read: "Direct line to heaven, Phone only £10. Delighted, he asked the Parish priest why the price was so cheap? "Because you're in England of course, it's a local call"

God Bless.. 

 

​​​​​Fr. Wilfred Pereppad​an SCJ

SACRED HEART COMMUNITY NEWS—The Annual Sponsored Walk in aid of the Sacred Heart Fathers & Brothers Indian Mission takes place on Saturday 30th September at 1.30 pm.  Thank you to those who have promised to sponsor members of the Companions of Betharram & Sacred Heart Community, also to those who are going to enjoy a Saturday afternoon walk in Sandwell Valley.

PARISH PANTOMIME February 2019 – Our first panto was in 1983, two years after the Friars left. We have missed a few years but did produce twenty nine shows.  Nothing happened this year presumably for lack of support? There will be a meeting in term time on Wednesday 20th September at 7 pm in the Garicoit's room here at the Friary to see if there are sufficient helpers interested in organising number 30. We need a group to organise the shows, apart from those who actually go on stage. If interested in joining us but unable to attend this meeting, please let us know on info@oltonfriary.org.uk

LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE-A parish barbeque & concert night to celebrate the end of summer.  Music & food & good cheer. Bring own drinks.  Saturday Sept 9th at 7pm in Parish Hall.  Tickets Adults £10.  Children £3. On sale this w/e. (All proceeds for new Hall Kitchen).

WELCOMERS - New lists of the rota are now available. The current list is due to finish on August 27th. Please collect your envelope from the Narthex. 

BAPTISM REQUEST—If you wish to arrange for your child to be Baptised, please firstly seek permission by speaking to Fr Wilfred, Parish Priest after attending Mass on Sunday.

VISITORS-If you wish to gift aid your offertory donation, white visitor envelopes are available in the narthex.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 20th August Group E.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY has always been an important part of the 9 am children's Sunday Mass. The Tiny Church and Little Church Teams are a small but dedicated group of volunteers who aim to give a prayerful and meaningful experience to our children every Sunday. As a team we are very keen to enlarge our group of Leaders and Helpers and we are sure that in our congregation there are some people who could add a great deal to what we currently do- now is the time we need you ! Some of our current team are over 14 years in the group! Male or Female, we are looking for over 18 year olds who are comfortable talking to young children about our Faith.  Support and training is given, the amount of time you need to dedicate is on average one Sunday Mass a month. All our Helpers are CRB /Disclosure checked, although we do not at any time work alone with the children.  Please contact Clare Webster via the Parish Office for more information.

TINY CHURCH AND LITTLE CHURCH—there will be Colouring Packs available in the narthex for children to borrow during Mass while we are away.   We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Sunday 10th September, including some new additions; some of the children might like to move up to Little Church.

ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS FOR THE SICK—There will be no Peregrine meeting in August but there will however be two meetings in September, Friday 1st September and Friday 29th September at the usual time of 2.30 pm.  Praying especially for any of our sick brothers or sisters.  If you would like a prayer mentioned or any special intentions, please leave a message with the Parish Office and these will be included in the prayers.

PRAYER GROUP—Prayer Group will meet again in September, Wednesdays at 2 pm.

13th BIRMINGHAM DIOCESAN JUSTICE AND PEACE ASSEMBLY—Saturday 14th October 2017 10:30a.m. to 4:15p.m. at St Peter's Catholic School, Whitefields Road, Solihull, B91 3NZ.  Guest Speakers: Pat Gaffney - Pax Christi and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, James Trewby – Columbans - J&P Education, with afternoon workshops led by J&P organisations.  Cost: £8 (low income and students £5) Please bring your own lunch again this year, sharing if you wish. Booking form and further details from:  Janet Vaughan, Administrator, Birmingham J&P Commission. Email: bham.jandp@gmail.com To download a Registration Form go to www.birminghamjandp.org.uk On-line form https://goo.gl/forms/hAc2zhfbqa66gJfg1

CAFOD in El Salvador talk by Clare Dixon Monday 18 September, 3pm, The Masterson Room at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, B4 6EX.  Clare is the long-time head of CAFOD's work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and will be speaking about CAFOD's work in El Salvador. All very welcome.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Wignall at ewignall@cafod.org.uk or on 01922 722944.

​SVP BIRMINGHAM CENTRAL COUNCIL ANNUAL MASS AND FESTIVAL GATHERING 23rd September 2017.  Bishop Robert Byrne will celebrate the SVP Birmingham Central Council Annual Mass and Festival Gathering on Saturday 23rd September 2017.  Mass will take place at 12 noon in St Chad's Cathedral followed by the Festival Gathering in the adjacent Grimshaw Room, where a light buffet will be served.  The principal speaker will be the Rt Hon Ann Widdecome.  This event is open to all members of the SVP and also to non-members.  

VEHICLE CRIME ALERT—The neighbourhood Policing Team would like to draw your attention to an increase in vehicle crime in the area.  5 crime reduction tips—ALWAYS close the windows and doors in your vehicle, DON'T leave any valuables on display and where possible do not leave ANY valuables in the vehicle such as Satnavs, Mobile Phones, Wallets, Purses, Bags or iPods, ENSURE your registration plates are fixed using 'anti tamper screws', KEEP your car keys in a safe place in your house.

​​SAFEGUARDINGIn this parish there have been strict guidelines in place for several years for the protection of children and vulnerable persons.  Anyone with a concern about safeguarding issues should ring the Diocesan Safeguarding Office on  0121 230 6240.

GOING INTO HOSPITAL -Please do let the parish priest know if you are going into hospital. Furthermore, it is ESSENTIAL that you ask for the Catholic chaplain when in hospital. Chaplains are often no longer automatically given the names of Catholic patients. Many health care providers (e.g. Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Mental Health Units) apportion resources for chaplaincy in line with how many requests are made so you are actually doing the Church a favour by requesting the chaplaincy and sacraments whilst in hospital.

​​​AFTER MASS COFFEE DURING THE WEEK—Would parishioners kindly remember to use the Day Chapel entrance to access the lounge for refreshments if Mass has taken place in the Church?  Use the intercom for enquires to the Parish office or if you have mobility difficulties.

​CAR PARK—Please be considerate when parking/manoeuvring your car and please note there is no parking in either the Community and Staff designated areas and the front & rear of The Friary Residential block.  When parking on a Sunday, please do not park on or drive over the grass adjacent to the gate leading into the graveyard.

​​​SUPPORT FOR YOUR PARISH; THE GIFT AID OPTIONAs a member of this parish, if you pay tax on income - be it on wages, salaries, pensions or dividends on investments - it is easy, to increase the value of your weekly parish donation/contribution at no additional cost to yourself.  So, if you have not yet signed up for the Gift Aid option please will you consider opting in to the Gift Aid Scheme now?  All you have to do to begin the process is to call to the parish Office on 0121 706 0505 indicating your intention.  Thank you.  Members of the scheme are asked to update any changes to address or tax situation, in order that accurate records may be kept.

KEEP YOUR VALUABLES SAFE-Please do not leave bags unattended in Church, even at Communion time.  Bags and valuables should not be left on display in cars as this can present a target for thieves.

​200 CLUB -The 200 Club is a monthly draw with prizes up to £100 each month, the annual subscription is £24 a year/£2 per month and provides a valuable source of funds for the parish.  To join, please complete an application form and return it to the Parish Office.​

OPEN HOUSE GROUP - Are you new to the Parish and aged 30+? Do you want to get more involved in Parish Life, but don't know where to start? The Open House Group has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and its members are involved in various parish activities such as Traidcraft, Christian Aid, the Fast Supper, Welcome and Coffee Bar rotas.  We also have regular meetings in parishioners' homes for spiritual reflection and discussion of topical issues.  If you are interested in joining us please contact the Parish Office for more information.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PARISH NEWSLETTER & NOTICEBOARD—Please forward submissions for Parish newsletter by Wednesday for inclusion in Sunday's newsletter.  Posters & leaflets should be submitted to Fr Wilfred for approval through the Parish office, and will be added to noticeboards or left in the narthex for you, as appropriate.