Newsletter 14 October 2018

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection: Our riches are not bad unless they prevent our hearts from showing love and sharing our good fortune with those around us. Wealth can stunt love because we are so afraid of losing it.  We can easily get attached to material things, money, property, good looks, having the most up to-date clothes. It is real love that nourishes us and helps us grow in God’s love.

In today’s Gospel Jesus looked at the man with a real love.  Not the love of affection or attraction.  It is the love of agape (‘agaph), a love which desires the best possible thing for the other.  This man was good but Jesus wanted him to be even better.

God shares his eternal life of happiness with us.  He shares the love of his heart. A grateful heart will encourage us to share and to remain human and humble. Lord helps me be poor in heart, knowing that all I am is from you.

Please Pray for the Sick: Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman. Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 13/10 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Nicholas Nelson (RIP)
Sun 14/10 11 am


28th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Dr Carmel McCrann (RIP)
Tues 16/10 6 pm Feria Wozniak Family
Wed 17/10 2 pm


Late Nicholas Nelson Funeral (Crematorium at 3:30 pm) Nicholas Nelson (RIP)
Thurs 18/10 6 pm Feast of St Luke Anonymous (Private Intention)
Fri 19/10 11 am Feria Sam Davis
Sat 20/10 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Nicholas Nelson (RIP)
Sun 21/10 11 am


29th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Shantel Charlery (Thank`sgiving)
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for Church repairs and a new Conference Centre.  Next Sunday there will be a collection for World Mission Day.

Funeral Announcement

The burial arrangement of Late Mr Nicholas Nelson is going to be on the Wednesday 17th of October 2018, at 2 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church, followed by Crematorium at 3:30 pm. For further information please contact Fr. Mario.

Confessions and October Devotions

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Journey in Faith

Are you interested in learning more about your Faith?

There will be a new group starting to learn more about the Catholic Faith. Anyone interested in attending, please speak to Fr Mario or write your contact details on the contact sheet at the doors of Church. All welcome, so feel free to invite others along.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 30th of November 2018; at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel. Before attending the course please complete and return a baptism preparation form available on the notice board in the church.

Mass Intentions

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

Tabor House, Birmingham’s permanent night shelter

Are you ready to give a hand? Tabor House has been open since September last year offering short term accommodation and support to people living on the street in Birmingham. We are looking for more volunteers to support the project. To find out more call Christy Acton on 07464 928691.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

SPUC is urging people to send a postcard to the Home Secretary urging him not to recommend or promote legislation to outlaw peaceful pro-life vigils, which have helped many women to choose life for their unborn baby. The freedom to oppose abortion and offer help in public places is at risk. Postcards are available at the doors of the Church. For more information, please call SPUC on 020 7091 7091.

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Archbishop Bernard Longley has commissioned a review of our current safeguarding/child protection practices in light of the National Catholic Policies and Procedures. This review is to be welcomed as a means of ensuring that our systems to protect our children and young people are as effective as possible. This review is being conducted by an independent charity called SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence). As part of the review, SCIE would like to speak with any individuals who have experience of working with our parish safeguarding representatives and the safeguarding team at the Archdiocese. Anyone who is impacted by abuse issues can contact the safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 (emergency out of hours 07976 516629).

If you are able to contribute to this important review and share your experiences with SCIE then please contact Hugh Constant ( or 020 7766 7374 or 07872 602207).

Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT

Fundraising ideas welcomed

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