NEWS FROM SACRED HEART COMMUNITIES AT HOME AND ABROAD  -

FAREWELL to Fr.George this week as he heads to a new post in the Nottingham Diocese accompanying Fr Wilfred at Corpus Christi, Clifton. Fr.George has been a quiet but warm presence among us for over a year now, and we ask God’s blessing on him as he takes up a new ministry.

THE LORD TAKES AND THE LORD GIVES - In his place we have Fr.Biju, destined to become our parish priest in 2019.

MEANWHILE IN THE EAST… we have two priestly ordinations on the horizon in August in India: Fr.Shamon in Iddiki, Kerala and Fr.Reagan in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. In Thailand Fr.Andrew Manop and Fr.Stephan will be ordained deacon around the same time.

AT BETHARRAM ITSELF in June & July we have  a 40 day prep session for all those making final vows this year, finishing on the feast of Our Lady of Betharram on July 28.

CONFIRMATION LAST CALL- For Confirmation children who are not at OLC school the cut-off date for enrolment is upon us.  First meeting for both Parents and Children: Sunday July 1st at 5.00 pm.  The Inscription Mass will follow at 6.00 pm.

EXPOSITION– There is an opportunity each Thursday to ‘watch’ before the Blessed Sacrament between 11am and 2 pm in the Day Chapel at the Friary.  Since June 2000, we have been able to continue this devotion.  We are short of people to spend time with the Lord.  Could you possibly manage perhaps twenty minutes, between the times above, once a week?

Another opportunity to pray before the Blessed Sacrament happens weekly on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in The Friary Day Chapel

AN OUTDOOR MEMORIAL MASS will be held in the Friary cemetery for the departed souls of our loved ones on Saturday 7th July at 10.15 am.  The service will begin in the cemetery (weather permitting), followed by the blessing of graves.  All are welcome, so please pass on the message to your friends and relatives whose loved ones are buried in the Friary Cemetery.

DAY FOR LIFE 2018- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Sunday 17 June 2018- This year’s Day for Life will remember all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery. Day for Life is celebrated yearly by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning  and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. The proceeds of the Day for Life collection to be held in parishes is used for the promotion of the dignity of the human person.  Money collected for Day for Life will be used to fund projects that support work in this area by organisations which further this objective. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

CHURCH WARDENS/COLLECTORS rota for Sunday 1st July to Sunday 16th September is ready for collection from the Narthex.

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 17th June, Group F. A big thank-you to all the faithful volunteers who keep our church clean & tidy throughout the year

FLOWER FESTIVAL - Our parish flower team is taking part in the annual St. Chad’s Cathedral flower festival. This year’s theme: Mary Mother of God.  Please take time to visit the Flower Festival .... last day today.... Festival finishes with a concert at 5.00 pm The Friary display is by Our Lady’s statue to the left of the sanctuary. Thank you to all our sponsors.

CWL Monthly meeting Thursday 21st June 7.45 pm.  Speaker Marian Plumb ‘A Head for Hats’.  Everyone welcome.  Also names and monies £5 will be collected for the ‘Summer Supper’ to be held on Thursday 19th July.  Note early start 7.15 pm.

ST BERNARD'S IN BLOOM - 16 gardens on St Bernard’s Road are open on Sunday 24th June 1.00-5.30 pm. Tea Room. Live music. Pimms garden. Children's activity. All in aid of the Stroke Association.

OLTON PARKLIFE FAYRE—Saturday 7th July 12-4 pm.  Langley Hall Park.  Supported by Olton Churches among others.  Free entry.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND—A Strawberry Tea will be held on Sunday 8th July from 2.30 pm at the home of Jo & Kit Morton, to raise funds for our fellow Christians who are living in great hardship in the Holy Land.  All are welcome.

ACTION FOR MOTHERS & CHILDREN OF THE CONGO—Charity Quiz night & evening of family fun.  Friday 13th July.  Doors open at 6.30 pm. Entry £10 includes food and first drink.  Curry, raffle, auction and licensed Bar.  For more information about ACMC visit http://actionforcongo.org/#

BRIGHTLIGHTS FESTIVAL 29 June-1st July. If you're between the ages of 16-30 or know someone that is, we invite you to join us at this years Festival at @AltonCastle...With powerful talks, engaging workshops and signature live gigs, Brightlights is THE festival for young adults!  With tickets starting at just £40. To book your spot telephone 0300 0750115.  www.brightlights.org.uk

YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULTS WEEKEND-7-9th Sept 2018Theme: “Tell others the truth that sets you free” (Pope Benedict XVI).  During the w/e 7-9 September 2018, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, featuring Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P. and Canon Poucin.  Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e.17th Aug 2018.  To book go to :- https://bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2018

SUMMER FAYRE—Thank you to all who worked so hard to prepare the Church and School Summer Fayre and to those who attended and contributed yesterday.

BAPTISM REQUESTS—If you wish to arrange for your child to be Baptised, please firstly seek permission by speaking to Fr Austin, Acting Parish Priest after attending Mass on Sunday.  Dates for the Preparation session and Baptism are arranged through the parish office once they have received the completed request form.

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!

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 Rheann.byrne@oltonfriary.org.uk 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.