Dear Brothers and Sisters
The last week of September 2017, I had a privilege of attending a priest's retreat in France organised by society of St. John Marie Vianney. It was a very fruitful retreat. The place of retreat was near Ars. It is a village in the countryside of France. This is also called The Curè of Ars. This place was named after St. John Marie Vianney. The word Curè is a French word meaning the Pastor. St John Marie Vianney was a poor seminarian of average intelligence. He twice failed the examination required before Ordination. At last, at the age of 30, he managed to complete the studies and was ordained. The Bishop of Lyon sent John Vianney to the tiny village of Ars there he began his priestly life. When he arrived near the village, he didn't know the way to the church, he saw a shepherd boy and he asked the way to Ars. The boy guided him to the village church, St. John Marie Vianney told the boy, "You have showed me the way to Ars. I will show you the way to heaven." He brought the whole village to the faith and people from all over Europe started to come to Ars to visit and listen to him, seek his blessing and be converted. He was a great confessor. He was canonised by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is also known as the Patron Saint of Parish Priests. I prayed for your intentions on the last day of the retreat when we had Mass near the tomb of St. John Marie Vianney. In a special way, we shall remember the priests who have inspired us and shown us the way to heaven in our faith journey and also pray for priestly and religious vocations.
Fr. Wilfred Pereppadan SCJ
This week the Church will be floodlit in memory of
HALL KITCHEN RENOVATION—A Fundraising Campaign to modernise the parish hall kitchen. A possible way that you can support this is by signing and sponsoring items in the Hall Kitchen project list. Please support this Restoration Appeal to help our Parish Hall continue to provide a safe home for Church & Community Groups in Olton. At the back of the Church Paul and Steve are there with Plans and the project list.
PARISH VISITATION by Bishop Robert Byrne CO to our Parish on Sunday 4th February 2018. Please save the date.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST—New rotas are available in the Sacristy for you to collect. Thank you.
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. Baptisms usually take place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
CHARITY COLLECTION BOXES—Please return any full St Basil's and/or Sacred Heart Missions boxes as soon as possible so that your collections containing the old 'round pound' can be banked and forwarded to the charities. Thank you.
CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY— Today the retiring collection is for the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. Gift aid envelopes are available at the back of Church. More information at cafod.org.uk/harvest
LECTIO DIVINA- Praying with Scripture, will take place in the Lounge at 7.30pm on Oct 11th and 25th, Nov 8th and 22nd, Dec 13th and 27th. ALL ARE WELCOME.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 8th October Group F.
JOURNEY IN FAITH starts tomorrow, Monday 9th October, 8pm in the Friary Library. JIF is a programme of talks and discussions which is held each Monday evening during school terms. We aim to explore the major aspects of Catholic teaching in a friendly environment that is open to anyone interested, practising Catholics who wish to deepen their Faith, those who are interested in joining the church, or anyone who wishes to explore and learn more.
Date Topic Speaker
09/10/17 Journey in Faith Carol Foster
16/10/17 Baptism: The threshold of God's Family Fr. George Mathew SCJ
30/10/17 Can science and Faith Co-exist Happily? John Wilson
06/11/17 A Journey with Blessed John Henry Newman Michael Hake
VACANCY—Lunch time supervisor, OLC school, hours are 11.50am – 1.20pm Monday – Friday, anyone interested please contact the school office on 0121 706 9508.
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT—Thank you for your support for the Big Coffee Morning. You helped to raise £1272.60 plus gift aid. All raffle prizes have now been claimed.
OLTON AND DISTRICT U3a welcomes all those who are retired or semi retired to come along and visit us. We hold general meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm in the Friary hall, except July, where we have speakers and interest group facilitators discussing their group. Next meeting this Tuesday 10th October.
CHENGETA SCHOOL PROJECT - Eddie Treanor will be running the Birmingham Marathon on Sunday 15 October 2017 on behalf of Jim Noonan's Chengeta School Project. If you would like to sponsor Eddie he is usually at 6pm Mass on Sundays or contact on 07977 596084. Alternatively please speak to Jim Noonan. Thanking you all in advance.
AUTUMN QUIZ at Maryvale Institute on Saturday 21st October, 7.30 pm- organised by the Friends of Maryvale. All are welcome!
TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE- Sun 22nd October, 7.30-8.30 pm, St Mary's Wythall (Coppice Primary School, Shawhurst Lane, B47 5JN). All are welcome for this ecumenical service of peace, light and song. More info: Graham 07747036785 or Michelle 0121 246 5482
VISITORS-If you wish to gift aid your offertory donation, white visitor envelopes are available in the narthex.
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.
SAFEGUARDING—In 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 OPTION—As 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.