This week the Church will be floodlit in memory of Eileen Allcock

SCJ COMMUNITY NEWS HOME AND ABROAD —  Paraguay:  On Sunday 8 April Brother Cristian Ismael Romero SCJ made his perpetual vows in the presence of 2 retired Betharram bishops:  Fr. Ignacio Gogorza SCJ and Fr. Claudio Silverio SCJ (both former Bishops of Encarnación)  Bro. Cristian was accompanied to the altar by his parents and by a great number of laypeople who did not want to miss this event, so meaningful for Bro. Cristian and the parish community. The Paraguayan communities are new experiencing a big revival after some years of decline.

Central Africa: Fr. Shaju who spent 2004-5 in Olton as a student will be finishing his mission with migrants in Bangalore shortly to take up a challenging post in Central African Republic. The civil war there that flares up every few months or so often catches the SCJ medical mission in the crossfire, so Fr. Shaju is going to a potential war zone. Central Africa has about 500,000 Catholics about 17% of the population. Pope Francis’ visit two year ago did much to try and alleviate tensions between rival tribal and religious groups. Fr. Shaju, while fluent in Malayalam, Hindi and English will now have to learn both Sango and French!

WALK WITH ME - ‘An Eastertide journey of Prayer for 2018’ booklets are available in the narthex, £1 each.

MASS INTENTIONS/OFFERTORY PROCESSION—If anybody has submitted a Mass intention and would like to do the Offertory Procession on the day the Mass is celebrated please make yourself known to the Sacristan.

SVP- Can anyone offer a parishioner a lift to 9 am Mass? This parishioner lives in Shirley.  Please contact the Parish Office if you can help.

SUMMER FAYRE—We are looking for 2 Parish Representatives to join the Parish/School steering group to organise the Summer fayre.  It involves the planning, preparation, organisation of this annual event.  If you are interested please contact the parish office.

KITCHEN RENOVATION—Nearing completion.  Many thanks to the skilled hard workers and the contributors who have made this possible.  Grand opening to be announced shortly.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 15th April, Group C. 

JOURNEY IN FAITH continues on Monday, 8pm in the Friary Library. 





The Freedom of Confession

Fr Austin Hughes SCJ


To Live as Jesus Taught Us

Bill Johnson


Confirmation: Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Fr George Mathew SCJ



Bank Holiday


LECTIO DIVINA— Praying with Scripture, will take place in the Lounge at 7.30pm on April 25th, May 9th, 23rd and June 13th, 27th.  All are welcome.

CWL monthly meting Thursday 19th April 7.45 pm.  Speaker Bernie Townsend ‘Gurkha Welfare Trust’. Everyone welcome.

DONATION BOXES FOR CHARITY-You will find wall boxes in the Narthex for St Basil’s Centre, who support Homeless Young People and Adults, and also for the Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers Missions; thank you for your continued support.

CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY APPEAL  - Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal.  Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government.  We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition - and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people.  But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen.  You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet! To donate please go to 

A HELPING HAND - Many thanks for your kind help and support to keep the Church tidy after each Sunday Mass by placing your hymns books (and other sheets if taken) back on the trolley in the narthex, please also take your newsletter home with you!

BAPTISM REQUESTS - If you wish to arrange for your child to be Baptised, please firstly seek permission by speaking to Fr Austin, Parish Priest after attending Mass on Sunday.

PAYMENTS BY CHEQUE - To help us pay in cheques at the bank, please note that cheques for Mass Intentions or members of the Community should be made out to 'Sacred Heart Fathers and Brothers'.  All other payments for the Parish should be made out to 'Olton Friary Church'.  Thank you.

ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS  A time to offer prayers for anyone who is sick and needs help and consolation.  There has been a prayer group here at the Friary over the last few years to support our brothers and sisters who are, or know anyone who is suffering from illness.  We meet every last Friday in the month at 2.30 pm in the Chapel at the Friary when we offer our prayers and petitions to St Peregrine.  St. Peregrine himself lived in the 14th Century in Italy and was cured of cancer after a night of prayer before an image of Christ crucified.  You will be most welcome to join us as we pray together.  In true Catholic tradition we always finish with tea and a chat.  Please contact Stella, if you would like any more information.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PARISH NEWSLETTER - Please forward submissions for the Parish newsletter (preferably by email to by Wednesday for inclusion in Sunday's newsletter. 

VISITORS - If you wish to gift aid your offertory donation, white visitor envelopes are available in the narthex.

VEHICLE CRIME ALERT - The neighbourhood Policing Team would like to draw your attention to an increase in vehicle crime in the area.  5 crime reduction tips—ALWAYS close the windows and doors in your vehicle, DON'T leave any valuables on display and where possible do not leave ANY valuables in the vehicle such as Satnavs, Mobile Phones, Wallets, Purses, Bags or iPods, ENSURE your registration plates are fixed using 'anti tamper screws', KEEP your car keys in a safe place in your house.

SAFEGUARDING - In this parish there have been strict guidelines in place for several years for the protection of children and vulnerable persons.  Anyone with a concern about safeguarding issues should ring the Diocesan Safeguarding Office on  0121 230 6240.

AFTER MASS COFFEE DURING THE WEEK - Would parishioners kindly remember to use the Day Chapel entrance to access the lounge for refreshments if Mass has taken place in the Church?  Use the intercom for enquires to the Parish office or if you have mobility difficulties.

CAR PARK - Please be considerate when parking/manoeuvring your car and please note there is no parking in either the Community and Staff designated areas and the front & rear of The Friary Residential block.  When parking on a Sunday, please do not park on or drive over the grass adjacent to the gate leading into the graveyard.

SUPPORT FOR YOUR PARISH; THE GIFT AID OPTION - As a member of this parish, if you pay tax on income - be it on wages, salaries, pensions or dividends on investments - it is easy, to increase the value of your weekly parish donation/contribution at no additional cost to yourself.  So, if you have not yet signed up for the Gift Aid option please will you consider opting in to the Gift Aid Scheme now?  All you have to do to begin the process is to call to the parish Office on 0121 706 0505 indicating your intention.  Thank you.  Members of the scheme are asked to update any changes to address or tax situation, in order that accurate records may be kept.

KEEP YOUR VALUABLES SAFE - Please do not leave bags unattended in Church, even at Communion time.  Bags and valuables should not be left on display in cars as this can present a target for thieves.

200 CLUB - The 200 Club is a monthly draw with prizes up to £100 each month, the annual subscription is £24 a year/£2 per month and provides a valuable source of funds for the parish.  To join, please complete an application form and return it to the Parish Office. 

OPEN HOUSE GROUP - Are you new to the Parish and aged 30+? Do you want to get more involved in Parish Life, but don't know where to start? The Open House Group has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and its members are involved in various parish activities such as Traidcraft, Christian Aid, the Fast Supper, Welcome and Coffee Bar rotas.  We also have regular meetings in parishioners' homes for spiritual reflection and discussion of topical issues.  If you are interested in joining us please contact the Parish Office for more information.