Newsletter 13 May 2018


Reflection: We know John is correct when he writes about love of neighbour.  In our more sentimental moods we may be led to wonder why it sometimes seems that everyone doesn’t agree with him.  Then comes the times when our own love of neighbour is unexpectedly challenged by unattractive realities.  Perhaps we happen on a filthy, mad person on the street.  Doesn’t our sentimentality often turn into disdain?  Or an older person or parent tests the strong resolutions we have made.  Don’t we often become impatient; begin to grumble about our hard lot, our difficult circumstances – when things are not the way we want?  Christianity is not an easy religion to live.  If we think it is, it is because we have never really faced the consequences of practicing it. Serving others is not easy, and sometimes others resent our service.  Nonetheless, we must make a positive contribution to serve and love others especially in the defense of human dignity and the promotion of community (unity – oneness).

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

St Francis of Assisi Handsworth B19 1EB, 7th May to 16th May 2018.  Weekday Services 9.15 am 12 noon, 6.30 pm and 8 pm. Special mass for the sick and housebound 12th May at 10 am


We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon.

Masses This Week.

Sat 12/05 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Chiara and Matteo (Thanksgiving)
Sun 13/05 11:00 am 7th Sunday of Easter World Communication Day
Tues 15/05 6:15 pm Easter Feria Goldrick and Fox Family
Wed 16/05 10 am Easter Feria  
Thurs 17/05 10: am Easter Feria Thanksgiving (Private Intention)
Fri 18/05 10 am Easter Feria  
Sat 19/05 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Chiara and Matteo (Thanksgiving)
Sun 20/05 11:00 am Pentecost Sunday We Pray for the church


May Devotion 2018 :  Rosary will be said during the month of May, every Sunday at 10:30 am, please join us.

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

Mass Intentions please take an envelope in the church entrance and return to the office.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.


Donations to CAFOD:  ‘Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal. Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. To donate please go to’ CAFOD.

Pilgrimage To MedjugorjeDeparture dates for 2018 Pilgrimages are 06th May To 13th May and 07th October To 14th October. See poster for details.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage– 26th May to 1st June led by Archbishop Bernard. See posters for details.

National Justice  and Peace Network– 40th Annual Conference, with programme for children and young people. Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 201. See poster for details

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage– 26th May to 1st June led by Archbishop Bernard. See posters for details.


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