SACRED HEART IN BETHARRAM The feast of the Sacred Heart began in Betharram in the afternoon of June 28 with a presentation by Fr. Laurent Bacho scj (Superior of France & Spain) on the virtues of the Heart of Jesus, "love, humility and gentleness", a reflection continued by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St Michael Garicoïts Singers a small lay choir, led vespers and sang at Mass led by Fr. Gustavo Superior General. Fr. Jean-Luc Morin scj (Regional Superior) gave a passionate homily on the parable of the Good Shepherd. Lunch & social time followed. Then a music-prayer session was led by the St Michael Garicoïts Singers followed by a torchlight procession in the monastery courtyard, and ending with the Salve Regina.

THE SACRED HEART IN DROITWICH On Friday, June 28th in a packed church we kept the centenary of laying the Sacred Heart Church foundation stone. Fr.Enrico our Regional Superior presided, joined by brothers & fathers of the England Vicariate. (esp Fr. George Mathew PP & Fr. Wilfred Regional Vicar in England). The 3 parish choirs joined for the event which will lead to the centenary of the Church consecration in 2021. At the start of Mass, a parishioner revisited the stages of the construction of the church, the role played by benefactors & parishioners & Betharram community. A buffet followed in the beautiful parish hall.

CHIMES IN CHIANG MAI    On June 28 the bells rang out at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Chiang Mai for the priestly ordination two young Betharramites Br. Andrew Manop Kaengkhiao SCJ and Br. Stephen Banjerd Chuensuklerttaweekul SCJ. Bishop Francis-Xavier Vira Arpondratana presided and also ordained candidates from the Chiang Mai Diocese, the Jesuits Congregation & Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Fr. Andrew Manop celebrated a thanks-giving mass in his home village, Ban Pangtong on July 1. And the next day Fr. Stephen Banjerd did the same at his own native village, Ban Maehaenua.

Thai names: Our Thai brothers normally have a short name given by their family, and a long surname given by the state to all tribal peoples. They also have a saints name, and among their friends have a short nickname too. Can be confusing!

BELLS IN BENIN Then on 6 July, the bells rang in St. Luke’s church for the ordination of Habib Yelouwassi SCJ. in Godomey Togoudo, Bénin. Benin is one of the smaller countries of old French West Africa, but one of the most sophisticated. And although we do not have a community there, several of our priests in neighbouring Ivory Coast (including Fr.Sylvain) have their roots in Benin. Bp Vincent Landel scj, recently retired as Archbp of Morocco, presided We thank God for these 3 new pastors

CONGREGATION FEAST—On 26th July we are celebrating the Feast of Our Mother of Betharram & the Jubilee of Br. Andrew with a Mass starting at 7 pm followed by refreshments in the hall.

BLESSING OF THE GRAVES Annual Outdoor Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday 27th July 2019 for the departed souls of our loved ones.  The service will begin 10.15 in the cemetery (weather permitting), followed by the blessing of graves.  All are welcome so please pass on the message to your friends and relatives whose loved ones are buried in the Friary Cemetery.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS—Further to the meeting with the Hospital Chaplain, please register your interest in attending the new course with Fr Biju by 31st July.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 14th July, Group B.

SEA SUNDAY—Today Sea Sunday, the Church prays for all who live & work at sea, without whom we wouldn't have most of the goods in our shops.  Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the church’s official maritime welfare agency, which supports seafarers practically & spiritually.  The collection enables it to do its work, so please be generous & remember seafarers in you prayers. Donate online?  Visit

MANY THANKS for retiring collection last week for Friary Building Fund:  £91.30

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019/20 Parents of children not at OLC School but coming to Y3 in September & who wish their child to make First Holy Communion in 2020 should collect a letter & form at the back of church. Completed forms to reach The Friary by Sunday 28 July deadline.

CONFIRMATION 2019—We provide a Confirmation Programme for children currently in year 5 and older.  If your child attends a school where they are not prepared for Confirmation, please collect an enrolment letter from the back of church and return it to the office by the closing date of Sunday  4th August.

BAPTISED & SENT: MISSIONARY DISCIPLES Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly 2019 Sat 12 October, 10am-5pm, at St. Peter’s School, Solihull. To celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month, declared by Pope Francis for October 2019, we invite you to reflect & share on your own experiences, celebrate & act on the call to mission for justice, peace & care for creation. Join Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Columban Missionaries and people from across the diocese to explore our call to be missionary disciples. Register on-line at or email:

ST JOSEPH'S HOME Coleshill offers residential care to older people & those living with dementia with daily Mass in a Catholic setting. Respite bedrooms available for those who’d benefit from short stay. If someone you know might benefit from care offered here, please call Father Hudson’s Care on 01675 434500 for an informal chat or arrange a visit.

TINS FOR THE NEEDY-Thank you for continuing to bring tins, they are sent to ANAWIM, a women’s centre based in Balsall Heath who offer help to vulnerable women & their children around the Birmingham area.  You will find a box in the Narthex marked ‘Tins for the Needy’.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND -  Grateful thanks to all who supported the Strawberry Tea on Sunday and donated towards the cause of Christians living under extreme difficulty in the HOLY Land.  Your generosity raised a magnificent £1050.

NEWSPAPERS—To cover costs, please ensure you are paying the correct amount.

Universe £1.50      Catholic Today 50p.

Irish Post £1.50   Catholic Herald £2.50 Ireland’s Own £2.50 (this week)  Tablet £3.20  Sacred Heart Messenger £1.60

Novena £3.50,                    Many thanks.

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).

VACANCY—St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre have a vacancy for an Attendance Officer, (closing date 15 July 2019).  Application Pack and details at or by contacting Mary Finnegan: 0121 464 7040.

HOUSEBLESSING/HOUSEMASS If you’d like your house blessed or a house Mass this summer esp. if housebound or for special occasion, please arrange with Fr Biju.

GOING TO HOSPITAL -Please let the 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.

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.

SOLIHULL STROKE CLUB -  Solihull Stroke Club now meets at The Friary Parish Hall every Wednesday.  The Stroke Club has been operating for over forty years and provides a meeting place for people who have suffered a stroke to come together for a day of social interaction with other people similarly affected.

Volunteers: The Club is run by a dedicated team of voluntary helpers, two of whom have been helping since the Club’s inauguration! New volunteers from our parish will always be welcome. Tasks? to cover for holidays, etc, either as drivers, kitchen helpers or just to sit and talk with those less fortunate than themselves.  Reg. Charity No. 517408 – (affiliated to the Stroke Association).

BAPTISM REQUESTS—If you wish to arrange for your child to be Baptised, please firstly seek permission by speaking to Fr Biju Antony, Parish Priest after attending Mass on Sunday.  Dates for the Preparation session & Baptism are arranged via the parish office once the completed ‘Request Form’ is received.

ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS: A time to offer prayer for anyone who is sick and needs help and consolation, especially someone suffering from cancer. The St.Peregrine Prayer Group has met here at the Friary over the last few years to support our brothers and sisters who suffer from illness. We meet every last Friday each month at 2.30 pm in the Day Chapel and offer our prayers and petitions to St Peregrine. St. Peregrine  lived in 14th Cent 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.

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.

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.  Only authorised cars to park at other times, by arrangement with the Parish Priest.

A HELPING HAND - Many thanks for your kind help and support to keep the Church tidy after each Sunday Mass by placing your hymns books (and other sheets if taken) back on the trolley in the narthex, please also take your newsletter home with you!

SUBMISSIONS FOR PARISH NEWSLETTER - Please forward submissions for the Parish newsletter (preferably by email to 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.

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.

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.