This week the Church will be floodlit in memory of Norman Foster RIP

SCJ NEWS FROM HOME & ABROAD-

ORDINATION IN FRANCE: On Sunday, November 25, Feast of Christ King, one of our Ivory Coast brothers Habib Yelouwassi scj was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Bayonne, Mgr. Marc Aillet. This took place at St.Marie Church Oloron, a large historic church popularly known as ‘The cathedral’. Nearby St.Michael once founded a school. We wish Br. Habib a fruitful diaconal ministry. Please keep him in your prayers.

PARISH CHRISTMAS CARD please collect your card, giving dates of services over Christmas.

WALK WITH ME—Advent Walk with Me booklet, a prayerful and scriptural journey for the Season of Advent is available in the narthex.  Cost £1.00.

COMMISIONING OF READERS will take place today (Bible Sunday).  Readers please report to the Sacristy at the Mass normally attended, at least 10 minutes before Mass commences.

READERS/COLLECTORS ROTAS—new rotas starting 16th December now ready for collection from the narthex.

CAROLS FOR COMMUTERS—Thursday 20th December outside Olton Station from 5pm Let’s have a really good turnout this year and beat last year’s numbers.

ADVENT: THE GIVING TREE- Every year at The Giving Tree by the baptismal font we invite people to give presents for needy children, all channelled via Fr.Hudson’s Care. This year we particularly need gifts for children over 8 years old. The tags on the branches show what is needed. We need to have gifts ready in early December so that they can be delivered in time for Christmas.

JOURNEY IN FAITH – Continues 8.00 pm on Monday in the Friary Library. For all interested in being received into the Catholic Church, for family & friends & sponsors & all   interested in deepening their faith.  10th Dec: The Word became flesh: he pitched his tent among us. (Fr. Enrico). 17th: Parish Reconciliation Service.  Restart after Christmas  7th January

SOLIHULL WELCOME a Churches Together project run by volunteers offers hospitality friendship, clothes & basic items to people seeking asylum when they report to the Home Office in Solihull. Right now they need  basic toiletries - e.g. toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shower gel and toothbrushes - and our parish is arranging a collection of these to help those in need. Please take a brown paper bag from the narthex and return it with your donated items on today, Sunday 9th or 16th December. Thank you! Like to volunteer? Call Barbara Hylton via the parish office.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA—The Christmas posters from the Knights of St Columba are available as you leave Church.  Please take one and display it in your front window during the Christmas season. “Proclaiming Christ as the True Reason for the Season.”.

DIOCESAN DIRECTORY– Archdiocese of Birmingham 2019 Year Book directory is now available in the narthex, priced £3.

KERALA FLOOD RELIEF PhysioToday a local charity formed by physiotherapists is giving walk-in Physio sessions at Corpus Christi Church Stechford 2-6 pm Dec 15th. Donations go to the Flood Victim Appeal. Call 07861408509 or 07877688059

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 9th December, Group A.  The new 2019 rota is ready for collection from the narthex. Please notify your group leader of any changes to your contact details.  Thank you for your continued work.

PARISH CAROL SERVICE—16th December at 7.30 pm. Gifts of mince pies or apple pies will be gratefully received. Please leave in Hall Kitchen Sat 15th or Sun 16th.

ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS FOR THE SICK  will takes place Friday 21st Dec 2.30 pm.

200 CLUB RENEWALS—Renewal letters for next year are now available for collection from the Sacristy.  Some 200 club numbers are available if you wish to join.  Alternatively if you are stuck for a Christmas gift idea, have you considered a gift subscription?  See gift application form.

TEN TIMES TABLES- When the Parish Hall Kitchen was refurbished in April a very kind parishioner donated 14 strong new tables. This week we are looking to add 10 smaller lighter tables, and we invite kind sponsors to give £50 per table. Please contact the parish office this week.

FREE COLUMBAN CALENDARS for 2019 are now available in the Narthex. Please take one for yourself, for family members and friends - www.columbans.co.uk

THANKS FROM ZIMBABWE –A huge thank you to all who attended our Chengeta School project dinner. A great turnout of 106 people; great food; great atmosphere—you helped raise just over £3000.  Taking the 2018 total to £26000.  God bless you all.  Jim Noonan.

ROOM AT THE INN? Chiara from House of the Open Door, catholic retreat, near Evesham seeks to rent a room (kitchen access if poss.) near St Ambrose Barlow school where she will be teaching. Usually out 7.30am to 5pm Mon-Thurs. Will go home weekends. Can you help? Please call 07543611090 or email pelazzac@gmail.com

JOBS FOR THE BOYS...AND THE GIRLS There are several key jobs going for senior management and head teachers in catholic schools in the Diocese at present. Please see Diocesan Education website for details. http://www.bdes.org.uk/vacancies.html

PARISH GIFT AID —Members please inform Parish Office of any changes to your address or tax situation in order that accurate records may be kept.  If you wish to join the Gift Aid Scheme, the forms are available at the back of Church, or please contact Rheann Byrne 0121 706 0505.

LOOKING AHEAD … We will begin 2019 with a prayer vigil like last year. Meditation time 9.00 pm Dec 31 followed by mass at 10.00 pm. This still leaves time for partygoers to make their Hogmanay Feast!

GRAVES & CREMATION PLOTS – This is a sensitive issue, but please be advised that borders and stones etc. around memorial tablets pose a safety risk to maintenance staff and are still prohibited. 

Please arrange removal if appropriate so that the area can be maintained.  A copy of our graveyard regulations is now displayed on the parish noticeboard for your information.  Ref. item no. 15:  The cremation plot size is a standard 51” X 18” or 130 cm X 46 cm.  If you need any clarification of what is allowed in the graveyard, or wish to receive a copy of the graveyard regulations, please do not hesitate to contact Rheann Byrne, Parish Administrator. 

VISITORS– If you wish to gift aid your offertory donation, white visitor envelopes are available in the narthex.

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!

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.byrne@oltonfriary.org.uk ) 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.

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.

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.