Parish Notices

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Election fever is with us now, not only in the UK and the USA but in several countries around the world. India had elections last week. (Result not entirely clear) And in the next few weeks Iran, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Syria, Bulgaria, Chad and Rwanda will all go to the polls. May God send a spirit of wisdom to the voters and a holy spirit of honesty to the candidates.  

People can be sceptical about politicians  these days and focus on those who are only in it for themselves. But Pope Francis insisted back in 2020 in Fratelli Tutti that politics can be a noble calling, and urged people of good character to enter public life & serve the Common Good. 

Our bishops this week have given some helpful guidelines for the Westminster elections on July 4. They ask us to be aware of Catholic Social Teaching, which takes account of the poor, the pilgrim and the planet. And they caution us against ‘single-issue’ politics. 

The Columban Missionaries too, offer some down-to-earth guidance for voters, with a stress on Catholic Social Teaching. Their website can also be accessed via a QR code. Columbans in recent years have been a leading voice in helping parishes to find practical ways to care for the earth.

The second collection today is for the Columban Missionaries. Their magazine ‘Far East’ & Gift Aid envelopes are in the narthex. To know more about their work see

May Mary our Mother watch over us all this week and protect us from all harm.

Fr.Biju scj  Parish Priest 


SCJ News: Birmingham, England :  

VOCATIONS TASTER WEEKEND The Sacred Heart Fathers & Brothers (Betharram) are running a ‘Come & See Weekend’ for young men intrigued by Religious Community or Priesthood

* Explore the Gift of Vocation to Religious Life & Priesthood.

* Friday evening 21 June - Sunday 23 June

* Dupuis Retreat Centre St. Paul's Convent, 94 Selly Park Rd Birmingham B29 7LL

* For more information please contact: Br.Andrew Ferris scj or Fr Wilfred scj  or:



Friary snippets

New Lectionary — using English Standard Version - & Abbey Psalms & Canticles— will come into use in England & Wales on the First Sunday of Advent, 2024.

Cost of the Lectionary? £695.00 (church) and £395.00 (Day Chapel), £395.00 Book of the Gospels, £395.00. These are large amounts. Would anyone would like to sponsor a lectionary? Please call the Parish Office 0121 706 0505

Olton Friary Cemetery Mass & Blessing of Graves: Saturday 13th July at 10.15am.

Justice and Peace Retreat Day  led by Ann Farr, June 29 at St Pauls’ Convent B29 7LL Please book a.s.a.p. so we can let St Paul’s know how many to expect. Light refreshments given but bring your own lunch. 10:30—4:30

Meanwhile…Our Summer Fayre is this Saturday (15th June, 12pm-3pm): Only a few days left to bring in donations of good quality toys, teddies, fancy goods, bottles, sweets & chocolates. They can be left in a basket in the narthex.


Marriage matters: Corpus Christi

Gen 3:9-15 2 Cor 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35

Blaming each other is easy when pressures and emotions are running high. We too can feel exposed and naked in our hurry to justify ourselves, just like Adam & Eve when they were ‘in trouble’. Never forget God’s grace is continually being poured upon us via our Sacrament of Marriage and the sacramental life of the Church.

Please pray for couples getting married in June, esp Melvin Thoppill & Sharin Abraham who were married yesterday; Liam Pettigrew & Hayley McCaugherty to marry on Saturday 22nd June; Harry Smith & Ceri Flanagan to marry Sat. 29thJune. Congratulations to those couples and all good wishes for their future happiness

Big thanks to the secret army of cleaners who unseen keep our church tidy during the year: Week beginning June 9th Group F

Please pray for Lucy Doherty-funeral June 19 Beryl O’Brien-funeral 21st June; Philip Neyolo-Wilkinson-funeral June 28; & Margaret Cronin May they rest in peace. 

Fr Hudson’s Care Week starting 17 June is the start of National Refugee Week.

* Our Refugee Group is to host a Zoom meeting 7pm  Monday 17 June.

* Several speakers to share what is happening across the archdiocese.

* Your opportunity to ask questions.

* See the link, active 6.45pm Meeting ID: 898 6351 7023,Passcode: 808460 Tell us if you can attend so we can manage numbers

READERS & EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Please pick up new rotas from trolley in NARTHEX

LIFE the movement founded in Leamington Spa decades ago to support pregnant women in difficult circumstances, is always generously supported at the Friary.

Due to rising cost of living life urgently needs £300,000 to continue its work. A one-off gift of £20 makes a big difference.

Call 01926 312272 to make a donation or see

Clients witness that the cost of living is the single largest factor pushing women in the direction of abortion. Last year Emily said: “I’m so grateful that I got Life’s help. You listen without judgment & provide a safe place. I was afraid while pregnant and abandoned by my child’s father how I would be able to provide for my child & have a future. But the help & donations from supporters have given me hope for the future. I cannot thank you all enough”

Last year LIFE supported more than 1,045 women like Emily.

200 CLUB MAY 1st £125 39 Mrs A McSkeane; 2nd £50 185 Hannah O’Dwyer; 3rd £25 100 Mrs S.J. Bradley

DAY FOR CATECHISTS Birmingham East & North Deanery. Focus on new Catechists & renewal of established Catechists

* Saturday 15 June 10.30am to 4pm, 

* St.Ambrose Barlow Hall Green B28 8QU * DONATION £5 to cover tea/coffee etc

* BOOKINGS TO: Mgr Daniel McHugh or call: 07812 110640. Meeting ID: 898 6351 7023,Passcode: 808460 Tell us if you can attend so we can manage numbers



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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