Parish Notices

Dear Brothers & Sisters

On Tuesday 16th July at 12 noon we welcome two new Auxiliary Bishops: Mgr Timothy Menezes and Canon Richard Walker. We kindly ask people do not turn up on the day as sadly there will be no space to accommodate extra visitors, but all are welcome to join online via thSt Chad's Cathedral - Birmingham - Roman Catholic ( . Please keep Bishop-elect Timothy and Bishop-elect Richard in your thoughts and prayers as they begin their new ministry.

St. Bernard’s in Bloom Many thanks to all who supported the Open Gardens event on 30th June.  The total raised for the Stroke Association is expected to be just over £11,000 and a record of over 1000 paying visitors!

We are very grateful to the Friary Garden Team who all worked so hard to make our grounds look beautiful, marshalled in the car park and welcomed visitors into the church and graveyard.  

There were many appreciative comments from people who often drive past, but had never stepped inside before.  A great success all round!

The school year is almost over and soon some families will be going away for a summer break. This is an opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our teachers who work so hard to do their best for all our children and their families.

Particular thanks go to Mr Emery and the staff of Our Lady of Compassion school who have been through 2 Ofsteds this year (both religious & secular), and have passed both with flying colours. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

Saint Peter's staff and teachers have also worked extremely hard for the good of our children. And we say a ‘big thank you’ to them as well. St. Peter’s school mission of this last week give children the opportunity to nourish their spiritual lives as well as their academic success.

Fr.Biju scj  Parish Priest 


SCJ News: 

International Session for Perpetual Profession started last Monday in Betharram, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. There are nine brothers preparing for Final Vows including Br Aurelien who was with us for four months.



C.W.L. Monthly Meeting is on Thursday 18th July at 2pm in the Garicoits Room

Youth Gathering: Youth Group meeting.. Friday 19 July 6.30–8.30pm (Y6 upwards) Joint event with Our Lady of the Wayside, Enjoy fun, football, bouncy castle, barbecue & more. £3 entry includes barbecue.

Football’s coming Home! …………..

* Sunday 14th July Our Friary Fundraising Social committee has  an inter-parish event!

* On European Cup final day we catch the football fever with our football contest

* All for fun & can raise money for charity

* Each local parish team to be at the Friary for 2pm kick-off Sunday 14 July

* 7 a-side with rolling substitutes.

* £2 per player .. No limit on numbers!

* Each match 20 minutes in length in a tournament style.

Health & Safety: the Diocese has told us:

* to review all the key H & S areas covered by law by July 31.  A huge task!

* These include 1. General Risk Assessment 2. Fire Risk 3. Asbestos  4. Electrics 5. Gas 6. Legionella 7. Tree Safety  8. Oil Heating 9. H & S Training.

* Before seeking outside firms we’d like to know if we’ve any parishioners qualified &  suitable insured who’d be in a position to help. Tom Stockwell is  Diocesan H & S Manager (0121 230 6289 or 07787 988 453) * But please speak with Fr.Biju first if you are qualified in one of these areas. With prayers & good wishes, Fr Biju Antony SCJ and Steve Roper Health & Safety Officer


Marriage matters: Fifteenth Sunday in ordinary time

(Amos 7:12-15 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:7-13). Sent out in pairs.

Sending pairs out to proclaim the Good News is repeated in other parts of the New Testament, including accounts of up to forty being sent out in pairs; it is even possible this included married couples. Jesus obviously thought pairs work well together. Married couples can draw spiritual strength from their Sacrament, particularly when they’re working together for the Church.

Big thanks to the secret army of cleaners who unseen keep our church tidy during the year: Week beginning July 14th Group E

LIFE says “thank you for funds received towards education and housing, from the Coffee mornings and Crib Donations.. £513.59 has been raised. Our deepest thanks to all concerned”

LIFEcurrently runs (i) 3 Life Houses for homeless women: Northampton, Oxford  & Walsall (ii) Pregnancy Matters Centre providing helpline & online advisory services (iii) charity shops needing donated goods & volunteers. 

    * Last year over 40,000 women received help, and could face pregnancy with courage and dignity. 

* LIFE wants to recruit a volunteer Church & Community Champion. Would you like to support expectant & new mums via local activity, Interested? Please contact Matt Feeley or 07867 785039.

We need more ministers! Can you help? We’d like to commission new Eucharistic Ministers (both for church & for the sick) plus Readers & Welcomers at Sunday

masses. If you’d like to know more please speak to Fr.Biju or contact parish office.

Maryvale Institute….What’s happening? * A new venture between the Diocese & St Mary’s University, Twickenham, (SMU) * 3 Maryvale courses validated by Open University & Liverpool Hope University will migrate to Twickenham

OLAAS job vacancies. Learning support Assistant, Our Lady of the Wayside, Cover Supervisor and ICT Support Assistant at St Peter’s. Vacancies are advertised on WM jobs and website and My NewTerm with Associated documentation

Please pray for  David Marshall RIP - 1st August at 10.15am and Reigan Jose RIP May they rest in peace. 

Flame of Love of The Immaculate Heart of Mary UK Conference. This year we are in Ampleforh Abbey in Yorkshire, 2nd to 4th August. Full weekend cost £200 - £220, meals and accommodation included (bring packed lunch). Register here:

The House Birmingham Rep - Stories of Hope and Home is a project focused around building a community and creating safe space in which Asylum Seekers and Refugees can explore and share their stories. It encourages and empowers them to discover their voice, allowing them to share their narrative in their own words, and helping to realise that their stories, individually and collectively have worth and value. Thursday 18th July, 4.30pm, Ticets are available on the REP website and are FREE with the promotion code COMMUNITYLR running time 45 minutes. Stories of Hope and Home | Birmingham Rep (



Monday Zumba 1.30 - 2.30 & 7 - 8pm

Tuesday Latin & Ballroom Dancing 10.30 -12 noon & 7.30 - 9.30pm. Yoga 5:45 - 7:00pm

Tuesday U3A (2nd Tuesday, monthly)

Wednesday Stroke Club 9am - 1.30pm. Slimming World 2.30 - 8.30

Thursday Zumba 11am - 12 Noon.  U3A Quiz (2nd Thursday monthly) Fitness Pilates (term time) 6.30 - 8.30pm

Friday Yoga 10.45am - 12.00 noon


PARISH CENSUS: Please fill in details online or manually. Info? Email: or call office 0121 706 0505.

Safeguarding: Our Parish follows correct safeguarding policy & practice at all times. Safeguarding Parish Reps: Carol Foster & Maureen Treanor: Diocese Rep: Claire Reay: Call 0121 230 6240 for any concern or query

The Parish operates in accordance with Statutory Safeguarding Guidance and the National and Archdioceses policies & procedures at all times. Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Carol Foster and  Maureen Treanor. They can be contacted at: or alternatively the Diocesan Safeguarding team can be contacted on 0121 230 6240 if you have any concern.


Security Please do not leave any belongings unattended in the benches while receiving Holy Communion as there has been a recent incident.


PARISH GROUPS—Please check your information posted on the Parish website.  Any updates/corrections/alterations, please email the parish office.

SOLIHULL/HEARTLANDS HOSPITAL Please ask hospital Switchboard for on-call Catholic Priest 0121 424 2000, & they will call the duty Priest. Catholic Chaplain at Solihull & Heartlands is Fr Roger Raven. Data Protection law means visit from  priest must be actively sought. He doesn't have access to patient files.

CAR PARK - Please be considerate when parking/manoeuvring your car and please note the disabled parking bays are for the use of those with disabled badges, 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.  Only authorised cars to park at other times, by arrangement with the Parish Priest.

HALL BOOKINGS from external groups, particularly regular users are a useful income toward the upkeep of the Church. If access is needed to hall or kitchen during these times, please liaise with the Parish office or Community first.

CREMATION PLOTS (newer area) Following previous notes re- borders & stones barred for H&S danger to graveyard volunteers; please also note that plots are set out in vertical strips, in plots for two.  So borders & stones added around memorial tablets are encroaching on the space of a loved one, and should be removed.

GOING TO HOSPITAL -Please let your parish priest know if you’re going into hospital. On admission ask for the Catholic chaplain as Chaplains no longer receive names of Catholic patients unless they opt in.

SECURITY NOTICE - Please ensure Friary doors are kept closed & locked when necessary.  If you attend a meeting please make sure that the last one out has secured the outside doors.  The front door should not be left on the hook unattended.  Besides Church security, the Friary is home to priests & brothers who need to know they are safe.

CHARITY COLLECTION BOXES for SVP and St Basil’s charities are built into the left and right hand sides, at the back of the Church.  Built-in boxes can be found in the narthex for St Anthony’s bread (used to help the poor in the local area) and Holy Souls (used for Mass intentions for Holy Souls).

FLOODLIGHT DEDICATION—You are able to have the Church floodlit in memory of someone.  A suggested donation is £10 a week, the name of the person in whose memory it is in would appear in the newsletter.  Forms are available in  narthex, or from parish office.

THE SICK OF OUR PARISH - If your name or the name of a friend or relative was on the parish list of prayers for the sick, and you would like that name to remain on the list, would you please contact the Parish Office on 0121 706 0505.  Data protection law obliges us to ensure that you or your friend or family member has consented to being on the list, as it can be seen by many, (e.g. church notice board) and is available for anyone to pick up.  We make great efforts to ensure the church abides by new data protection and privacy law.

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.

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.

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