SCJ NEWS- St.Anthony of the Child Jesus: In Portugal he is known as St.Anthony of Lisbon where he was born. Elsewhere he is St.Anthony of Padua where he spent his later life. Either way he is a hugely popular Franciscan saint in all parts of the world. Near our House of Studies in Bangalore is a three acre ‘Miracle park of St.Anthony’ where his life story and miracles are depicted in larger than life statues forming 15 stations. Pilgrims come to pray from all over South India, especially Tamil Nadu.

In the Birmingham Diocese sadly his feast was eclipsed this year by the new feast of Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest. So in our parish we will celebrate St.Anthony tomorrow (Monday) in thanksgiving for all the many graces he gives to us.

DAY FOR LIFE—Today the retiring collection is for Day for Life.  Information leaflets are available in the narthex.

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.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS We now know that Solihull Hospital has new GDPR and ministry rules. So our Sunday ministry to take Holy Communion is temporarily on hold. But this work is vital to sick people in hospital. If anyone who is used to visiting the hospital regularly would like to train as a Hospital Chaplaincy Volunteer, please give your name to the Parish Office. A meeting will be arranged with hospital Chaplain Fr Roger Raven, for a training session so that this valuable hospital communion ministry can resume.

CHOIR- Britain’s got talent: 2 good male voices have been heard at 11 am Mass recently! Please come & join our choir where you’d be most welcome!  Info from Jo or any choir member

MANY THANKS for retiring collection last week for Friary Building Fund:  £92.24

CEMETERY MASS will take place on Saturday 27th July 2019.

J&P PENTECOST SEMINAR- sincere thanks to those who participated, making it a prayerful and insightful open event. J&P was viewed not primarily as a list of charitable activities to do, but as a process of spreading the effects of Christ’s healing power & how it gives life to our worship. One outcome implies need for better intra-parish communica-, tion combining verbal, written (email/text/posters) and shared learning. For info, including the J&P Audit result, call or text J&P Group @ 07752 424578.

ST BERNARD'S IN BLOOM 13 gardens open 23 June on St Bernard’s Road 1.00-5.30 pm. Tea & cakes. Pimms. Live music. Children’s activity. A great afternoon in aid of the Stroke Association.

CHURCHES TOGETHER OLTON Parklife Saturday 29th June Langley Hall Park 12.00 - 4pm. A chance for residents of Olton to join to share an afternoon of fun. Info on poster in Narthex. Churches Together in Olton will have a stand to promote the Church in Olton.  We’d be grateful for gifts of cakes (no nuts or nut derivatives) to give to visitors. Please bring to CTO stand on the day Thankyou

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 16th June, Group D.

COLUMBAN Summer School for inter-religious Dialogue 16, 17 &1 8 July 2019 Visit different B’ham places of worship, 3 evenings in July. Discussion on catholic take on inter-religious dialogue (IRD) and get to meet IRD practitioners from other faiths. For info call 07847 281 190. or email:

SAFETY: LAST CALL Post 2019 Cemetery H&S survey some older headstones were found unstable & a risk to visitors. It’s a sensitive issue but we must prioritise safety.

Please see the list of names in the narthex.   If your family owns one of the memorials identified and/or you are worried about its stability & wish to seek a permit for repair work please ring the Parish Office 0121 706 0505 for advice how to proceed. We’ll update ownership records & include you as owner of memorial. Then we can consult you if we need to do further work (H&S or other reasons) in the graveyard.

Memorials not scheduled for repair will be laid down by 30th June.

Church Cemetery Rules state: ‘Monuments that fall into serious disrepair or become a danger will be removed or buried on site after a period of 1 year, or immediately if posing H&S risk, if  relatives or personal representatives cannot be contacted.’

CWL  monthly meeting Thursday 20 June 7.45pm with ‘Friends of the Holy Land’ speaker Maris McCaffery.  Names & monies £5 will be collected for the Mid Summer Supper to be held on Thursday 18th July 7.15 pm.  Please note early start!

BAPTISED & SENT: MISSIONARY DISCIPLES Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly 2019 Saturday 12th October, 10am-5pm, at St. Peter’s RC School, Solihull will celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month, declared by Pope Francis for October 2019. We invite you to reflect & share on your own experiences, to celebrate and act on the call to mission for justice, peace and 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:

THANK YOU LETTER received from CAFOD for parish Lent donation of £378.54

DOWRY TOUR AT ST CHAD'S-  The Slipper Chapel statue of Our Lady of Walsingham along with the Dowry Tour Exhibition will tour each English Catholic Diocese & Cathedral 2018 - 2020 in prep for rededication of England as Dowry of Mary. At St Chad's the Shrine & Exhibition will open at 5pm Thursday 20 June, followed by events all evening, & all day Friday 21 & through to 1.30pm on Saturday 22.

LAST CHANCE today to see Flower Festival. at St.Chads. Ends with concert at 5.00 pm by  Birmingham Schools Wind Orchestra. The Friary display is by the VIth station of cross: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus 

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).

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER Non Resident W/E at Saint Mary’s on the Hill, Wednesbury 29th-30th June 2019.  This is an enrichment weekend for normal, ordinary marriages (NOT counselling). M.E. weekends have proved time and time again to be of immense value to couples however long they have been married.  All discussions are private to participating couples; no group work.  Take advantage of this local weekend! For further information go to or contact  Phil & Rita Jackson 

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.