Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means "rejoice. "This day takes its name from the Entrance Antiphon of the Mass which is taken from the book of Isaiah (66:10-11); 'Rejoice, Jerusalem and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.' The antiphon and the readings of today both express the Church's joy in anticipation of the Resurrection. The Gospel passage of today reminds us that we are called to live as children of the light. We do that by seeking what is good and right and true. Our Lenten observances help us to serve to heal our darkness so that we may be able to see light in our brothers and sisters.
We also celebrate Mothering Sunday today. We pray for all Mothers who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love. We pray for mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them. We pray for mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom. Amen
Fr. Wilfred Pereppadan SCJ
DEANERY VISITATION—The closing ceremony for the Visitation of the Deanery is to take place on Thursday 22 March at St Augustine's Church Solihull at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.
SPECIAL MINISTERS OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST—Please collect your new Hospital Rota and Eucharistic Ministers Day of Recollection letter from the narthex. Thank you.
CHILDREN'S WAY OF THE CROSS— Through prayer, readings, music and drama we invite young people (age 4+) to retell the Passion Story on Good Friday (Friday 30th March). If your child is interested in participating please email email@example.com Meeting after Mass today at 10 am.
EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACREMENT-There will be exposition after Mass until 11.45 am, to celebrate the 40th Birthday of Mario Paul RIP on Friday 16th March. As a parish we support Cancer Research, we pray for all those who have recently passed away in our Parish and those who are suffering from Cancer that a cure may be found.
WARDENS/COLLECTORS—Please collect your next rota from the narthex. Thank you.
JOURNEY IN FAITH continues on Monday, 8pm in the Friary Library.
Date Topic Speaker
12/03/18 Catholic Social Teaching Mary Scott
19/03/18 Way of Cross JIF Group Led
26/03/08 Lenten Penitential Service
Easter Holidays 1st April to 15th April
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 11th March, Group D.
ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS FOR THE SICK—The next meeting will take place on 23rd March at 2.30 pm. There will be no meeting on Good Friday.
GIFT AID ENVELOPES—Members, if you haven't already done so, please collect your new box of envelopes from the narthex and inform the Parish Office of any changes to address or tax situation in order that accurate records may be kept. If you wish to join the Gift Aid Scheme, forms are available at the back of Church, or please contact Rheann Byrne 706 0505.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK—Olton Friary are blessed to have not one, but two collecting teams during Christian Aid Week, led by Tom Conway and Judith Morley. Tom's team covers the Friary side of St. Bernard's Road (between Grange Road and Streetsbrook Road) and all the other roads between these three and the railway line. Judith's team covers the other side of St. Bernard's Road and the roads towards Olton. Both teams have been collecting for many years, and would always welcome new members. If you can spare a couple of evenings during Christian Aid Week (13-19 May), then please get in touch with Tom on 07719 386349 or Judith on 0121 6820611. Thank you.
CWL members please note, the March monthly meeting is the 'Day of Recollection' on Thursday 15th March at the Columban Fathers, Widney Manor Road, Knowle 10 am—3.30 pm. Cost £5. Please bring a packed lunch. Everyone welcome.
ST BERNARD'S ROAD PANTOMIME will be showing Alice's Misadventures in Oltonland on Friday and Saturday evening March 16/17 at Our Lady of Compassion School in aid of Breast Haven and cureleukemia. Tickets available from firstname.lastname@example.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.
SOLIHULL CHURCHES ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 12.30pm in the Meeting Place@Christ Church, Warwick Road, Solihull (opposite House of Fraser). Papers and further information www.scah.org.uk
NATIONAL CATHONLIC MEN'S PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM Sunday 22nd April 2018, 10.30-17.30. A warm invitation to the first, annual pilgrimage for Catholic men. Meet, talk and share the faith with other men; listen to speakers, celebrate confession and Mass, pray for families and for the country; process to the old Abbey grounds for Benediction. We welcome lay and religious, single and married, young and old, fathers and sons. "When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England". Pope Leo XIII, 1887. In partnership with the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady and Catholic Man UK. For more information visit www.catholicman.co.uk
BAPTISM REQUESTS—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.
PAYMENTS BY CHEQUE-To help us pay in cheques at the bank, please note that cheques for Mass Intentions or members of the Community should be made out to 'Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers'. All other payments for the Parish should be made out to 'Olton Friary Church'. Thank you.
ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS A time to offer prayers for anyone who is sick and needs help and consolation. There has been a prayer group here at the Friary over the last few years to support our brothers and sisters who are, or know anyone who is suffering from illness. We meet every last Friday in the month at 2.30 pm in the Chapel at the Friary when we offer our prayers and petitions to St Peregrine. St. Peregrine himself lived in the 14th Century in Italy and was cured of cancer after a night of prayer before an image of Christ crucified. You will be most welcome to join us as we pray together. In true Catholic tradition we always finish with tea and a chat. Please contact Stella, if you would like any more information.
SUBMISSIONS FOR PARISH NEWSLETTER —Please forward submissions for the Parish newsletter (preferably by email to Rheann.email@example.com) by Wednesday for inclusion in Sunday's newsletter.
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.
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.