SCJ NEWS- HOUSE OF THE CHILD:     La Casa del Niño was founded in 1973 at Adrogué Buenos Aires by Fr Bruno Ierullo SCJ & Fr Francisco Daleoso SCJ. They began to listen to the needs of the vulnerable in society & share this mission with a group of laypeople who had love to give & a desire to serve. So Casa del Niño was born. Today it hosts 60 children aged 3-5 years, to whom basic education, food and care are given. Over the years structural poverty and the scourge of drugs have devastated this district. So Casa del Niño helps offer children a space where they can find support, affection & tenderness where they can feel at ease and cared for, so they can connect to life in a positive way. This work now largely lay-led flourishes under the hand of María Eugenia Martiarena one of our Companions of Betharram.

IICSA Update - This week the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its report on the Archdiocese of Birmingham.  We apologise to all victims and survivors of child sex abuse. We hope that with this Inquiry they feel that they have been listened to.   Even so, words are not enough.  We are committed to continuing to improve our safeguarding procedures and to listen to and learn from victims and survivors. Past failings must never happen again.  The diocesan response to the report can be found at

If you have a safeguarding matter to report please contact the Archdiocese safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 or via email:

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS  Please pick up new instructions from the Sacristy.  Solihull Hospital has new GDPR & ministry rules. So our vital Sunday ministry to take Holy Communion to the sick is temporarily on hold. Those used to visiting the hospital regularly might like to train as a Hospital Chaplaincy Volunteer. Please give your name to the Parish Office. A meeting will be arranged with hospital Chaplain Fr Roger Raven, for training sessions so that this valuable hospital communion ministry can resume.

J&P PENTECOST SEMINAR- sincere thanks to those who participated, making it a prayerful and insightful open event. J&P was viewed not primarily as a list of charitable activities to do, but as a process of spreading the effects of Christ’s healing power & how it gives life to our worship. One outcome implies need for better intra-parish communica- tion combining verbal, written (email/text/posters) and shared learning. For info, including the J&P Audit result, call or text J&P Group @ 07752 424578.

CHURCHES TOGETHER OLTON Parklife Sat 29 June Langley Hall Park 12.00-4pm. A date for Olton people to share a time of fun. See poster in Narthex. Churches Together in Olton will have a stall to promote the Church in Olton. Gifts of cakes (no nuts or derivatives) to give to visitors happily accepted! Please bring to CTO stand on the day Thankyou

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND Strawberry Tea will again take place Sunday 7th July chez Jo & Kit Morton from 2.30 pm. We raise funds to aid Christians living in extreme difficulty in the Holy Land, the land of Jesus’ birth.  All are welcome.

HEDNESFORD LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 7th July 2019 Mgr  McHugh is running a coach for this event.  Leaves Holy Family 10am; St Thomas More 10.15am ; St Augustine’s 10.30am. Seats cost £10.   Return leaves Hednesford 5.30pm.  Contact

INVITATION TO COVENTRY CATHEDRAL 7th July.  Revd. Dr. Fadi Diab, Rector at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ramallah Palestine will be preach at 4pm Choral Evensong Coventry Cathedral on 7th July 2019.  All are welcome to attend the service after which there will be the opportunity to find out more about the lives of Christians in Ramallah and across the Holy Land from Revd Fadi and FHL.  For more information please see

CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 23rd June, Group E.

SAFETY: LAST CALL Cemetery H&S survey 2019 found some older headstones were  unstable & a risk to visitors. This is a sensitive issue but we must prioritise safety.

Please see the list of names in the narthex.   If your family owns one of the memorials identified and/or you are worried about its stability & wish to seek a permit for repair work please ring the Parish Office 0121 706 0505 for advice how to proceed. We’ll update ownership records & include you as owner of memorial. Then we can consult you if we need to do further work (H&S or other reasons) in the graveyard.

Memorials not scheduled for repair will be laid down by 30th June.

Church Cemetery Rules state: ‘Monuments that fall into serious disrepair or become a danger will be removed or buried on site after a period of 1 year, or immediately if posing H&S risk, if  relatives or personal representatives cannot be contacted.’

MANY THANKS for retiring collection last week for Day for Life:  £161.75

CEMETERY MASS will take place on  Saturday 27th July 2019.

COLUMBAN Summer School for inter-religious Dialogue 16, 17 & 18 July 2019 Visit different B’ham places of worship, 3 evenings in July. Discussion on catholic take on inter-religious dialogue (IRD) and get to meet IRD practitioners from other faiths. For info call 07847 281 190. or email:

BAPTISED & SENT: MISSIONARY DISCIPLES Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly 2019 Saturday 12th October, 10am-5pm, at St. Peter’s RC School, Solihull will celebrate the Extraordinary Missionary Month, declared by Pope Francis for October 2019. We invite you to reflect & share on your own experiences, to celebrate and act on 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 or email:

CAFOD is looking for a new staff member to work with volunteers in our parishes and schools around the Archdiocese. The role is based in Walsall but with flexibility. The role is full time, permanent and a great opportunity for someone who cares passionately about poverty and injustice. Please see for details. The closing date is 1 July.

VACANCIES for 3 Administrative Assistants and a Pastoral Support Assistant St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre .  Closing date 2 July 2019.  Application Form and details available at or 0121 464 7040.

VACANCY for a Lay Chaplain St Paul’s School for Girls to support the mission, spiritual and prayer life.  Further details see Closing date: Wednesday 26 June 2019 at noon.

HOUSEBLESSING/HOUSEMASS If you’d like your house blessed or a house Mass this summer esp. if housebound or for special occasion, please arrange with Fr Biju.

GOING TO HOSPITAL -Please let the parish priest know if you’re going into hospital. On admission ask for the Catholic chaplain as Chaplains no longer  receive names of Catholic patients unless they opt in.

FLOODLIGHT DEDICATION—You are able to have the Church floodlit in memory of someone.  A suggested donation is £10 a week, the name of the person in whose memory it is in would appear in the newsletter.  Forms are available in  narthex, or from parish office.

SOLIHULL STROKE CLUB -  Solihull Stroke Club now meets at The Friary Parish Hall every Wednesday.  The Stroke Club has been operating for over forty years and provides a meeting place for people who have suffered a stroke to come together for a day of social interaction with other people similarly affected.

Volunteers: The Club is run by a dedicated team of voluntary helpers, two of whom have been helping since the Club’s inauguration! New volunteers from our parish will always be welcome. Tasks? to cover for holidays, etc, either as drivers, kitchen helpers or just to sit and talk with those less fortunate than themselves.  Reg. Charity No. 517408 – (affiliated to the Stroke Association).

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER Non Resident W/E at Saint Mary’s on the Hill, Wednesbury 29th-30th June 2019.  This is an enrichment weekend for normal, ordinary marriages (NOT counselling). M.E. weekends have proved time and time again to be of immense value to couples however long they have been married.  All discussions are private to participating couples; no group work.  Take advantage of this local weekend! For further information go to or contact  Phil & Rita Jackson 

BAPTISM REQUESTS—If you wish to arrange for your child to be Baptised, please firstly seek permission by speaking to Fr Biju Antony, Parish Priest after attending Mass on Sunday.  Dates for the Preparation session & Baptism are arranged via the parish office once the completed ‘Request Form’ is received.

ST PEREGRINE DEVOTIONS: A time to offer prayer for anyone who is sick and needs help and consolation, especially someone suffering from cancer. The St.Peregrine Prayer Group has met here at the Friary over the last few years to support our brothers and sisters who suffer from illness. We meet every last Friday each month at 2.30 pm in the Day Chapel and offer our prayers and petitions to St Peregrine. St. Peregrine  lived in 14th Cent 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.

THE SICK OF OUR PARISH - If your name or the name of a friend or relative was on the parish list of prayers for the sick, and you would like that name to remain on the list, would you please contact the Parish Office on 0121 706 0505.  Data protection law obliges us to ensure that you or your friend or family member has consented to being on the list, as it can be seen by many, (e.g. church notice board) and is available for anyone to pick up.  We make great efforts to ensure the church abides by new data protection and privacy law.

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.  Only authorised cars to park at other times, by arrangement with the Parish Priest.

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!

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.

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.

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.