All the priests & brothers of our England communities were on retreat last week at Nympsfield the centre run by the Marist Sisters near Stroud. Led by Fr.Eamonn Mulcahy they focussed on Jesus' desert experience on Day 1; The message of Pope Francis on Day 2; then the SCJ approach to mission on Day 3. At 90 yrs, Fr.Ted was the oldest present, with Fr.George the youngest at 38.

TO ALL MARRIED COUPLES: Did you mark a big Wedding Anniversary in 2019? 25yrs–Silver, 40yrs–Ruby, 45yrs– Sapphire, 50yrs–Gold, 60yrs–Diamond, 65yrs–Star Sapphire, 70yrs–Platinum. If so we we’d love to know! Please tell  the parish Office or contact the Wedding Team:

CHURCH WARDEN  - please contact the Sacristan (or the parish office) if you are able to volunteer as a Church Warden/Collector.  Our wardens give valuable service acting as ‘good shepherds’ to the congregation.  We are particularly short of help at 6.00 pm Mass and we can’t really function without them. Thank you.

CARDINAL NEWMAN will be declared a Saint in Rome today. Today's 6.00 pm Mass will be offered in thanksgiving. Afterwards parishioners are invited to the Friary Library for a short presentation on the Newman-Olton connection. With refreshments.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING next Sunday (Oct 20) we keep Harvest Thanksgiving day, and all gifts of food will be offered in church and then distributed to the needy during the following week. Our Lady of Compassion School synchronises with the parish by having harvest thanksgiving on Friday 18th feast of St. Luke, whose gospel focuses on the needy


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

* October 19: Mission event at St.Chad’s Cathedral 6.00 pm. Details on next page.

* October 20th: Autumn lunch we invite those housebound or living alone to share a meal with others in a similar situation on Sunday October 20th at 1.30pm in the parish hall.  The cost is £10 for freshly cooked 3 course meal with drinks.  A carer is invited if this is helpful.  Please sign up at parish office tomorrow latest.

* November 9th: Celebration of Life Mass.  10.15am

* November 9th: HCPT Concert.  7.00pm.

* November 14th: Confirmations 7pm.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (JIF) - Monday: 14th Oct, 7.30pm Thanksgiving Mass for St John Henry Newman, light refreshments in lounge. 21st Oct: Different Paths: Other Paths & the Uniqueness of Jesus.

GROTTO—The Gardeners intend to improve this area.  Any comments/ideas/suggestions please, to the Parish Office.

REMEMBRANCE CONCERT for HCPT coming up on November 9 at 7.00 pm. Tickets on sale next week at £10. Includes buffet supper. Proceeds for the Lourdes Special Needs Children's Pilgrimage.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 13th October, Group C. 

MANY THANKS for collection last week for CAFOD £205.77.

BAPTISED & SENT: 19th October 6.00 pm St Chad’s Cathedral event for Mission Month  in Grimshaw Room.  All invited (esp mission groups) to an evening exploring mission. Experiences of young people will be shared, encouraging us in our own Catholic missionary identity.

MASS in Cathedral with Bp Kenney CP follows at 7.30pm for World Mission Sunday. Bp Kenny will give a Solemn Blessing for all attending, to make mission a key part of their Catholic discipleship.

FORTHCOMING WEDDINGS– Please pray for couples from our parish who are getting married over the next few weeks ...

*Peter Eccles & Beverly William: Oct 26

*Alexander Evans & Helen Smart: Nov 30

CWL Monthly meeting Thursday 17th October 7.45pm.  Speaker Molly Murray ‘Everyone Loves a Wedding’.  If you want a good laugh, make sure you come to this meeting.  Everyone welcome.

MARIAN PROCESSION DOUAI ABBEY BERKS  High Mass of Our Lady (EF) 11am Sat 26th Oct Parish Church, Douai Abbey (RG75TQ) followed at 12.00 by Procession honouring Our Lady of Fatima in Abbey grounds. All Welcome. Also Mass of Christ the King (EF) Sunday 27 Oct 10:30am Douai Abbey. Both organised by YCA.  Music provided by Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

CARE MANAGER needed at Fr.Hudson’s, Coleshill. StJoseph’s Care Home for the elderly and people with dementia is seeking a deputy manager. 39 hrs p.w. Salary £33,286 - £35,375. Closing date 5 p.m. 25th October 2019. Info at 01675 434018 or:

NEWSPAPERS: To cover costs please do pay the correct amount.   Universe £1.50; Irish Post £1.50;   Catholic Herald £2.70; Ireland’s Own £1.50; Tablet £3.60; Sacred Heart Messenger £1.60.  Many thanks.


   God our Father, when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make  disciples of all nations’.

  Through our Baptism you send us out to continue this mission among all peoples.

   Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and enthusiastic in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to us, which is still far from completion, may bring life and light to the world.

   May all peoples experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives &reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever & ever


CREMATION PLOTS (new 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.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND keep their 10th Anniversary with an ecumenical service at Coventry Cathedral  on 16th Nov 10.30 am followed by a National Conference with light lunch at Welcome Centre 12.30pm See: www.friendsoftheholyland. anniversary

ST CHAD'S PRIMARY SCHOOL, Birmingham are looking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher from January 2020.  For further information and an application pack, please contact the school on 0121 464 6554 or email the Business Manager, Karen Robinson at   Closing date 15 Oct.

SOLIHULL/HEARTLANDS HOSPITAL emergencies Please ask hospital Switch-board for the on-call Catholic Priest on 0121 424 2000, they will then phone the duty Priest. The Catholic Chaplain at Solihull & Heartlands Hospital is Fr Roger Raven. Data protection law now means that a visit from a Priest must be actively requested. He has no access to patient files.

A HELPING HAND-Many thanks for your support in keeping the Church tidy each Sunday by placing your hymns books (& other sheets) back on the trolley in the narthex. Please also be sure to take your newsletter home with you!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.