Newsletter 16 September 2018

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: The closer we draw to Christ, the more he reveals himself to us.  In today’s Gospel Jesus makes it clear to Peter and the disciples that he is the Messiah, not the political liberator who will cast off the Roman dominion and make life “easy.” Rather, he is the Redeemer of the human person, the Suffering Servant of Yahweh, who must suffer greatly and be rejected.

What does it mean for us to draw closer to Christ and follow him, to truly participate in the kingdom he proclaims and the work to which he calls us? It means to expect the same consequences he faced in life and in death.

Lord Jesus, help me love you above all things and be especially ready to follow you when it means a personal sacrifice or discomfort for me. Sustain me, Lord in my efforts to follow in your footstep

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 15/09 5:30 pm Memorial of our Lady of Sorrows No Intention
Sun 16 /09 11 am


24th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Anne O’ Reilly (RIP)
Tues 18/09 6 pm Feria No Intention
Wed 19/09 11 am


Feria Ciara’s Intention
Thurs 20/09 6 pm Memorial of St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Ha-sang and Companion Martyrs No Intention
Fri 21/09 11 am Feast of St. Matthew No Intention
Sat 22/09 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Lionel Jefferies (RIP)
Sun 23 /09 11 am


25th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Nicholas Nelson
Second Collection

Next weekend there’s a collection for Father Hudson’s care.

Confessions and Rosary

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.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme

For children attending non-Catholic schools and have registered interest, the first meeting will be held on the 16th of Sept 2018, at 10:45 am in the Lady Chapel.  Please email your child’s details to the church office if you want your child to join.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 21st of September and 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.

St Paul’s School for Girls, Vernon Road, Edgbaston, B16 9SL Will be holding an Open Evening for Secondary Transfers 2019 on Thursday, 20th September 2018 from 6pm-9pm.  The Head teacher will give a talk at 6:15pm and 7:30pm.  We look forward to meeting Year 6 and Year 5 girls along with their parents.

Mass Intentions

As you can see above, there are some Masses this week with no intention. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church.

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 £46,000 + VAT

Fundraising ideas welcomed

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