Bulletin for the week beginning 18th August – The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass 6.00pm  Oliver Dignam 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop. / Bernie Mills and Lucy Cassidy.

Monday 7.00pm Feria Julia Doherty. Tuesday 10.00am St Bernard Special intention (DM). Wednesday 9.00am St Pius X Stephen Turner. Thursday 7.00pm Queenship of Mary Rita Joseph. Friday 7.00pm St John Wall Frances Bremmer.  Saturday 10.00am St Bartholomew Humphrey Shields

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND Vigil Mass 6.00pm Bridie and Jim Smith 8.30am & 10.30am  Pro. pop. / Edmund McCabe

SATURDAY CONFESSIONS 10.30am – 11.30am & 5.30pm – 5.45pm

HOLY CROSS GUILD – For 70 years there has been a ladies’ group in this parish. With the changes in society and after consultation, it has been decided that the now defunct Ladies’ Guild will become the ‘Holy Cross Guild’ and will welcome all men and women who are currently not in full time employment.  The inaugural meeting will be a meal at The Toby Carvery in Sutton Park on Wednesday August 28th at 12.30pm. If you are interested and wish to join us, please sign the list in the porch.

BLUE GIFT AID ENVELOPES – When your supply runs out, please collect your new box from the parish office.

SAINT JOSEPH’S HOME, COLESHILL – The home offers residential care to older people and those living with dementia.  Respite rooms are available for those who could benefit from a short stay. Daily Mass is celebrated in the chapel. For more information contact Father Hudson’s Care on 01675 434500.

LIAISON YOUTH WORKER PROJECT – Your prayers are requested for the above project  which is being piloted within the John Paul II Multi Academy and the Sutton Coldfield parishes.  Mr Dominic Cotter will work with students from Bishop Walsh School to keep in touch with the Church and the Social activities in our area. 

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND  – 6.00pm        Reader 1  S Craske &  Reader 2  R Craske.  8.30am Reader 1  M Campbell  &  Reader 2  T Egan. 10.30am Reader 1  R Parslow & Reader 2  V Parslow

MASS ATTENDANCE   August 10th / 11th   6.00pm 169   8.30am 136 10.30am 151   Total 456

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – To all our parishioners and their families we wish an enjoyable Summer break at home or away.  May you all enjoy a well deserved rest with family and friends …….. remember there is no holiday / escape from God.

BAPTISED AND SENT: OUR CALL TO BE MISSIONARY DISCIPLES – Saturday October 12th.  10.00am to 5.00pm at Saint Peter’s School, Solihull. This is the Diocesan Justice and Peace Assembly which is celebrating the Extraordinary Missionary Month declared by Pope Francis for October 2019, by inviting you to reflect on your experiences, celebrating and putting in to action the call to mission for justice, peace and care for creation. Join Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Columban Missionaries and people from across the diocese to explore our call to be missionary disciples. Register on-line at http:bit.ly/JandP  Assembly2019 or email events@columbans.co.uk

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations to Emma and James Hayes who were married here last week.

YOUTH OUTING THIS TUESDAY AUGUST 20th. – This is an open invitation to all young people in the parish. They must be aged 9-13 (school years 5 -8). The outing will be  (dependant upon weather) either to the triangular Lodge in Rushton followed by an afternoon at Wickstead Park – if good weather or if not to the aero-museum at Cosford. The only cost will be £5 for fuel. Fr Neil will drive the minibus. Parents/guardians are asked to come with their permission and contact details(in writing) with their children to the 10am Mass on Tuesday after which we will depart. Return will be around 4pm traffic permitting.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Pius X (1835 – 1914) was born near Venice to a very humble family.  He was distinguished for his continuous service to the Church and to all souls, first as priest, later as bishop and patriarch of Venice, and finally as Roman Pontiff.  He strongly defended the purity of Catholic doctrine against modern heretics.  He instilled dignity to sacred liturgy and he extended the practice of frequent communion. His feast is celebrated on August 21st.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Violet Nash, Elizabeth Carberry, Kathleen Emily Bailey, Raymond John Turnpenny, William Joseph Condron, Alexander Burke and Doreen O’Brien.

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