Newsletter 28 October 2018

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection: We’re not good at asking for help but today’s Gospel can teach us a great deal about how to handle suffering in our own lives and the lives of those around us. God never meant for us to suffer alone and Jesus’ response to Bartimaeus shows us this. Too often in our society people who need help are not given it. Today Jesus goes against the grain of what was expected. Bartimaeus shows all of us that we can exuberantly let our request be made known to God because he hears our cries and will respond to them. God our healer, the one who hears our loud and silent cries, please help us to boldly come to you in all our needs. Help us to be a community that allows those in pain to be transparent, help us to encourage our brothers and sisters with the knowledge that even in their pain you are calling them to come to 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 27/10 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Nicholas Nelson (RIP)
Sun 28/10 11 am


30th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Susan Agada (Birthday Celebration)
Tues 30/10 6 pm Feria No Intention
Wed 31/10 11 am Feria No Intention


01/11 11 am Solemnity  of All Saints (There is also 6 pm mass) Tina Christopher
Fri 02/11 11 am Commemoration of All the Faithfull Departed (There is also 6 pm mass) All the Faithfull Departed
Sat 03/11 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Ebiama Asu Bernard Andaowei (RIP)
Sun 04/11 11 am


30th  Sunday in Ordinary Time Jacqueline Daly (28yrs Remembrance)
Second Collections

Next Sunday, there is a collection for the Johnson Association.

Confessions and October Devotions

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

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Commemoration of All the Faithfull Departed

In the month of November, masses will be offered for the Holy Souls, please use the envelope at the back of the church.

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.

Church Fund Raising

On the 25th of November 2018, Christ the King Sunday, there will be ‘Bring and Share/ Raffle Draw’ after mass, Donations are required, Boxes are at the back of the church, Please be generous


All are welcome to a morning of speakers and discussion surrounding women in faith and equality, organised by the Columban missionaries, from 10.00 am on Saturday 10th November at Christ Church in Sparkbrook B11 1LS. The event is free to attend and concludes with lunch at 1.00pm. For more details and to confirm your attendance email Catherine to


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. 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


Church Repairs and Conference Centre Monthly Collection Report


Date Amount
05/08/2018 £  31.00
01/09/2018 £ 188.69
14/10/2018 £   68.50
Total £ 218.19

Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed

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