SCJ NEWS - Visit to India: Fr.Enrico is currently in India visiting our SCJ communities and giving them encouragement. Sadly the present Hindu-nationalist government makes things very uncomfortable for other religions, and Christians often suffer a persecution that goes little-noticed elsewhere. Current tensions in Jamnu-Kashmir are one facet of this religious nationalism.

A WELCOME IN OLTON: This month we welcome Fr.Andrew McCann to our community for a few weeks. Many will already know Fr.Andrew from his previous service at St.Augustine’s a few years ago.

VISITING BISHOP: For this week only we also welcome Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi from Malta. Bp. Joseph, brother of one of our parishioners has visited us  as a priest before, but last year Pope Francis appointed him auxiliary bishop of Malta. Tradition has it that this diocese was founded by St.Paul back in 60 AD.

SCJ SPONSORED WALK: This year as an experiment the annual sponsored walk for Sacred Heart Missions will take place  in Clifton Woods near Fr.Wilfred’s parish in Nottingham. Begins September 28th at 2.00 pm outside Corpus Christi Church.

WEBSITE— Please can Parish Groups check their details & contact the office with any changes or amendments to their info so that the website can be kept up to date. 


* September 29: Following the success of the Easter Sunday meal for the house-bound, we are planning a summer meal on Sunday Sept 29 Michaelmas day

* September 30: Journey in Faith will begin a little earlier this year. Fr.Austin to lead session 1: What are you looking for?

*  October 13: Cardinal Newman will be declared a saint in Rome today. The 6.00 pm Sunday Mass will be offered in thanksgiving. Afterwards parish members are invited to the Friary Library for a 20 minute presentation on the Newman-Olton connection. With refreshments.

*  October 14: To celebrate the new Saint John Henry Newman. We plan to hold a thanksgiving Mass with the JIF group at 7.30pm  Monday Oct 14. All welcome.

NEWMAN AT OLTON When The Friary was first opened as St.Bernards Seminary for Diocesan priests, the guest preacher was Dr. John Henry Newman (not yet  cardinal) on October 2nd 1873. No chapel had yet been built so the library served as a temporary chapel for some years. Faded gold latin lettering is still visible on some wooden beams.

He preached a homily on The Infidelity of the Future, in which he correctly foretold that the threat to Christian belief in years to come would not be from overt persecution, but from a culture that claimed to explain the world without any reference to God.    

BAPTISM REQUESTS—If you wish to arrange your child’s baptism, please first seek permission from Fr Biju Antony PP after Sunday Mass. Dates for Preparation session & Baptism are arranged through the parish office once the completed request form is received.

PATRON SAINT OF OUR STREET? - The feast of Bernard of Clairvaux falls soon, August 20. He was the patron saint of Bishop Ullathorne. St.Bernards Seminary (now The Friary) was named after him, likewise St.Bernards Rd. 

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 11th Aug, Group F.  Thanks be to God for this secret army of helpers!

MANY THANKS for retiring collection last week for the work of SVP (St Vincent de Paul):  £97.43. SVP are the unassuming good shepherds who tend the needy on our own doorstep.

THANKS AGAIN from the Little Sisters of the Poor. Their appeal two weeks ago raised over £833 on the day, but subsequent gifts boosted this to well over £1,000.

HCPT Today's second collection goes to the work of HCPT the Lourdes Special needs Children’s Group

CHILDREN’S LITURGY—Tiny church and Little church will start back on Sunday 8th September at 9 am Mass. 

LEGACY-A Legacy is a way to continue your generosity to the Church & express your love for our Catholic Faith. Why not think of our Parish when making a Will?

BAPTISED & SENT: MISSIONARY DISCIPLES Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly 2019 Sat 12 October, 10am-5pm, at St. Peter’s School Solihull. For the Extraordinary Missionary Month, declared by Pope Francis for October 2019, we invite you to reflect & share your own experiences, & 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:

KEY JOB—Our Lady & All Saints Multi Academy Company Development Project Manager. (£60k) This Academy will include OLC & St Peter’s. See notice board for details. Closing date 6th September.

AUGUST WEDDINGS– Please pray for couples from our parish who are getting married this month ...

*  Richard Murphy & Stephanie Heath at The Friary on August 17

*  Neethu Sebastian & Jerrin Tottapily at The Friary (Syro-Malabar rite) August 24

*  Simon Bath & Megan O’Donnell in Eglise S.Martin, Besse, Dordogne, August 25

*  Bashir Sona & Celeste Nkuena will marry (in French) at The Friary August 31.

EXAM RESULTS Arrived? Make Campion your next step: Sixth Form Enrolment Day to be held at St Edmund Campion Catholic School & Sixth Form Centre, Thursday 22 August 2019 from 9.30 am.  You will be very welcome to come along, tour our Sixth Form and facilities and find out what we can offer to you.  Please see our   website

TRANSFER OF THE FRIARY: Please pray for the ongoing transactions between the Diocese and the Capuchins about ownership & status of The Friary. These negotiations have been continuing fitfully since Sept 1980. But God willing we should have good news to announce very soon.

HYMN BOOKS - Please take good care of our hymn books & remember to pray for the person named inside the front cover. Strangely a few books do go missing each year so please check your home & car and return any stray books a.s.a.p. to Church. 

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.

CEMETERY HEALTH & SAFETY NB raised borders & stones around cremation memorial tablets pose a safety risk to maintenance staff & visitors and are thus  prohibited. Please arrange removal if appropriate, so that the area can be safely maintained.  Thanks for your help.

VISITORS – If you wish you can gift aid your offertory donation. White visitor envelopes available in narthex.

PARISH GROUPS—Please inform the Parish Office if your group will be away (especially over the summer) so that the diary and newsletter can be kept up to date and the Community can be made aware who will or will not be on site.  Rooms are also on occasion rebooked where there is availability.  Thank you.

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, Tablet £3.20, Sacred Heart Messenger £1.60, Novena £3.50.               Many thanks

PILGRIMAGE: ROME & ASSISI Fr.John Peyton is leading a pilgrimage June 1-8 2020.  £997 pp. HB. A few places left. Booking deadline August 19. For details contact All Saints Travel 01793 608844, 0800 627975.

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’.

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).

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.

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.