Newsletter- 6 May 2018


Reflection: Jesus loved us so deeply that he lay down his life for us. We in turn lay down little parts of ourselves in small, unforgotten ways, in the many things were we give of ourselves, the hours spent with a sick child or parent, years caring for someone ill. Through love and care we experience joy. Jesus’ commandment is to love and be loved. Even when the love costs us something. Jesus calls us to be his friends. We are full partners with him in the redemption and reconciling the world to God. We are his partner, his ambassadors.
God is the true vine and our connectedness is to be part of this wonderful vine as we remain/abide in Christ. God has chosen us to for his divine purpose, namely for Joy, for expressing acts of love, to be his friends. May we, as friends and partners, rooted in Christ bear much fruit as we obey the command to love. Let us abide in Christ and bring forth the richest fruits of his blessing.

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 05/05 5:30 pm Easter Feria
Sun 06/05 11:00 am 6th Sunday of Easter
Tues 08/05 6:15 pm Easter Feria
Wed 09/05 10 am Easter Feria
Thurs 10/05 10: am Ascension of the Lord Thanksgiving (Private Intention)
Fri 11/05 10 am Easter Feria
Sat 12/05 5:30 pm Easter Feria
Sun 13/05 11:00 am 7th Sunday of Easter

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 Medjugorje– Departure 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.

Second Collection: There is a Collection today for the Catholic Communication Network.

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 courses will be held on Friday 11th May 2018 and 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.

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