Bulletin for the week beginning 1st September – the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass 6.00pm Michael Brunnock 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop. / Seamus Leydon.

Monday 9.00am Feria Mary and Fred Phillips. Tuesday 10.00am St Gregory the Great Johnson Fund. Wednesday 9.00am Feria Special intention (DM). Thursday 9.15am in Holy Cross School Johnson Fund. Friday 10.00am Feria Bridget Lavin.  Saturday 10.00am Feria Bridget Munroe.

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND Vigil Mass 6.00pm Tom Walsh. 8.30am & 10.30am  Pro. pop. / Finbarr Neville

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

FRIDAY IS THE FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – This year Canon David Evans, Episcopal Visitor for Birmingham, will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 27th February 2020. Parents who have children in Year 6 at Holy Cross School or any other school and wish their child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in February 2020, must register their child at a meeting in church at 7.00pm on Thursday October 3rd 2019.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 – First Holy Communions will take place in the parish on Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th June 2020. Parents who have children in Year 3 at Holy Cross School  or any other school and wish their child to receive their First Holy Communion in June 2020, must register their child at a meeting in church at 7.00pm on Thursday October 17th 2019.

RED MISSION BOXES – Please bring in your Red Mission Box for emptying. It will be returned to you before the end of this month.

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

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND – 6.00pm Reader 1  F Boxwell,  Reader 2  C Witcutt.  8.30am  Reader 1  M Doohan, Reader 2  J Eilbeck. 10.30am Reader 1  R Griffith, Reader 2  G Griffith.

MASS ATTENDANCE  August 24th / 25th 6.00pm 166, 8.30am 127, 10.30am 198, Total 491.

HOLY CROSS GUILD – There was a brilliant inaugural meeting of the Guild last Wednesday, some 38 people turned up and a further 20 indicated that they would like to join. The next event is to visit the Winterbourne Gardens 25th September, arrive for 11.30am entrance and guided tour will cost £10. See Martin or June for further details.

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

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.

NEW PARISHIONERS – If you are new to the parish, please complete a Parish Registration Form which can be found on the table in the porch.  When completed, please return to Father Neil.  Thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS BISHOP WALSH SCHOOL – Once again this year the students and staff at BWS have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication by another set of excellent results both in GCSE’s and A- levels.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Pope Saint Gregory l also known as Saint Gregory the Great was born in Rome around 540 and died in Rome on March 12th 604. He was elected Pope in 590 and is remembered as a reformer and an excellent administrator ‘’founder’’ of the medieval papacy, which exercised both secular and spiritual power. His epithet, ‘’the Great’’ reflects his status as a writer as well as a ruler. As the fourth and final of the traditional Latin ‘’Fathers of the Church’’, Gregory was the first exponent of truly medieval, sacramental spirituality. His feast day is celebrated on September 3rd.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Elizabeth Barber, Bride Williams, William Edwards, Christopher Noel Rigney, Patricia Mary O’Sullivan, William Tomlinson, Monica McSweeney, Agnes Docherty, Francis James Whelan, Theresa Carr and Mary Catherine Felles.

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