Dear Brothers and Sisters
Today, we celebrate Father's Day. It is also a time to remember the incredible love our Father in heaven has for us. In the context of celebrating and promoting good Christian and strong families, fathers carry out their role as a shepherd who tries to fulfil those duties. Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals. Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. We ask the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that Christ offered us all. Hence we pray for our fathers today who have served us in that role as a biological father and father figure in our lives. May God guide them and inspire them.
A prayer of Blessings for Father's Day
God Our Father bless these men, that they may find strength as fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honour them always with a spirit of profound respect. - Author Unknown
Smile on Father's Day: Who is the Winner?
The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle. He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present. "Who is the most obedient?" he asked.
"Who never talks back to mother? And "Who does everything mother says?"
Five small voices replied in unison. "Okay daddy! You get the toy."
Fr. Wilfred Pereppadan SCJ
PASTORAL LETTER from the Archbishop will be available to collect the narthex.
THE SUMMER FAYRE—Thank you to all who worked so hard to prepare the Church & School summer Fayre and to those who attended and contributed yesterday.
CATHOLIC PUBLICATIONS—Please support our Catholic publications. A range of weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines can be found for sale in the narthex. Publications we subscribe to on your behalf include: The Universe, Catholic Herald, Catholic Times, Irish Post, Ireland's Own, St Martins, Sacred Heart Messenger, Tablet, Catholic Life, Novena. Payment into the coin slot provided please.
LOST PROPERTY will be on display in the last chapel on the right as you leave Church. Please check to see if you have any property there.
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.
MASS INTENTIONS/OFFERTORY PROCESSION—If anybody has submitted a Mass intention and would like to do the Offertory Procession on the day the Mass is celebrated please make yourself known to the Sacristan.
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 18th June, Group B.
DAY FOR LIFE—Today the retiring collection is for Day for Life. Proceeds of the collection assist the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (formerly the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics), as well as projects which work to protect life at every stage and in every condition More information at www.dayforlife.org Please take a prayer card from the narthex.
SVP UPDATE-Do you know of anyone in the Parish who would be glad of a visit from a member of SVP? Perhaps someone who is housebound and doesn't get out to meet people as often as they would like to. We are always available for a friendly visit! Please contact Mary Scott or speak to Father Wilfred or any member of SVP
200 CLUB JUNE DRAW—1st: £100, 28 MR P J WILLIAMS, 2nd: £50, 32 MR P J HOLT, 3rd: £20, 21 MR S ROPER, 4th: £10, 209 MRS L SIMPSON, 5th: £10, 86 MR KIT MORTON, 6th: £10, 79 MR F B IWANCIW,
ST BERNARD'S IN BLOOM - 11 gardens on St Bernard's Road will be open from 1.00 to 5.30 pm on Sunday June 25. Tea room, Pimms garden, children's bug hunt and plants galore. Adults £5 for entry to all gardens. Children free. In aid of the Stroke Association.
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING/ADVICE FOR PARISH VOLUNTEERS Monday 26 June 7-8.30pm St Ambrose Barlow parish hall, Lakey Lane, Hall Green. The above event is being led by the Diocesan Safeguarding team and is being designed as a training/advisory event for all people who volunteer in the parish, particularly those who have contact with children or vulnerable adults. If you are altar servers over 18, church wardens, youth club workers, Communion ministers, catechists, children liturgy helpers or any other voluntary role in the parish, this will be an opportunity for you to learn and understand the issues around safeguarding individuals as well as what to look out for whilst doing your role. Additionally, if you do not fulfil one of these roles but would like to know what our Diocesan Safeguarding team are doing to ensure the safety our parish's children and vulnerable adults, you would be more than welcome to come along to the meeting. For more information please contact: Safeguarding Team on 0121 230 6240 or email: email@example.com
PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE -Lectio Divina will continue in the Friary Lounge on Wednesday and June 28th, July 12th and 26th. No Lectio Divina during the month of August. For more information, please ring Anne Cartwright via the Parish Office. ALL ARE WELCOME.
SUMMER FEVER HCPT CONCERT– 30th June, 7pm. Music & buffet night in support of Lourdes Children's special needs pilgrimage. Music, Fun, Pictures & Food for all tastes. Tickets £10 on sale after Mass today.
FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND are holding a Strawberry Tea on Sunday 9th July from 2.30 pm at the home of Jo & Kit Morton. All are welcome. Donations to the FHL.
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.
CELEBRATE BIRMINGHAM—On 1st & 2nd July at St Mary's College Oscott, Birmingham will be hosting a weekend charismatic family conference "Celebrate Birmingham". The theme for the conference is "Seek First His Kingdom" (Mat 6:33) A lively catholic faith filled weekend for the whole family. See the poster and leaflets at the back of church. For information and bookings go to www.celebrateconference.org
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.
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.
VISITORS-If you wish to gift aid your donation, white visitor envelopes are available in the narthex.
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.