SCJ NEWS -  last Sunday we rejoiced at the arrival of our new saint .. John Henry Newman, & had masses of thanksgiving on both Sunday & Monday evenings. Over 50 people crowded into the Friary Library after Sunday mass for the presentation: Newman & Olton. For on October 2 1873 when the Friary opened as St.Bernards Seminary the address was given by Dr.Newman. As promised, copies of a report from a contemporary newspaper (The Tablet October 11 1879) are freely available in the narthex today.

ECUMENICAL DIOCESAN Choral Vespers for the Canonisation of Cardinal Newman: with Archbishop Bernard & Anglican Bishops & Church leaders at 4pm today at St Chad’s Cathedral.

TODAY IS WORLD MISSION SUNDAY: and we give to Missio the Pope’s charity supporting missionaries working alongside poor communities, regardless of background or belief. Please pray for the mission of the Church worldwide and be generous, as you always are. Taxpayers please use Gift Aid envelopes. For see info      Thankyou.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING we keep Harvest Thanksgiving today, and all gifts of food will be offered in church and distributed to the needy during the week

HOLY ROSARY—Month of October dedicated to Holy Rosary.  There will be Rosary procession on Sunday 27th October at 3 pm.  All are welcome.

LOOKING AHEAD: Some Important dates

* Nov 9 : Celebration of Life Mass 10.15

* Nov 9:   HCPT Concert  7.00pm

* Nov 14:  Confirmations 7pm.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE: you are invited on Sat 9 November at 10.15 am to celebrate the lives of all those in our Parish who have died during the last year.

JOURNEY IN FAITH (JIF) - Monday:  7.30pm 21st Oct: Different Paths: Jesus among world faiths. (Fr Austin) 28th: half term, 5th Nov: Faith & Science, is there a difference? (John Wilson).

REMEMBRANCE CONCERT for HCPT coming up on November 9 at 7.00 pm. Tickets on sale today £10. Includes buffet supper. Proceeds for the Lourdes Special Needs Children's Pilgrimage.

CAROL SERVICE-The choirs would like to invite anyone who enjoys singing to join for the Carol Service this year.  Doesn't mean you have to be a choir member. Just attend a few rehearsals & enjoy yourself. Interested? please see Geraldine Gnych

BLESSING OF GRAVES: Oscott  2nd Nov 3pm;  Woodlands  3rd Nov; Brandwood End 3rd Nov; Robin Hood 10th Nov; Widney Manor  17th Nov; Yardley 24th Nov.  All at 2pm except Oscott.

JO AND ALL MORTON FAMILY thank our friends in the Friary Parish for kindness, letters, prayers and Masses following the death of our dear Kit.  Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions.


God our Father, when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make  disciples of all nations’.

  Through our Baptism you send us out to continue this mission among all peoples.

   Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and enthusiastic in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to us, which is still far from completion, may bring life & light to the world.

   May all peoples experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives &reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever & ever


CHURCH CLEANING ROTA for week commencing 20th October, Group D. 

MANY THANKS for collection last week for PACT (Prison Advice & Care Trust) £121.71

FORTHCOMING WEDDINGS– Please pray for couples from our parish who are getting married over the next few weeks ...

*Peter Eccles & Beverly William: Oct 26

*Alexander Evans & Helen Smart: Nov 30

200 CLUB OCTOBER DRAW-1st: £100, 125 MRS M T COULSON, 2nd: £50, 21 MR S ROPER, 3rd: £20, 211 MR T MORGAN, 4th: £10, 155 MR M CLAY, 5th: £10, 69 MRS S BRADLEY, 6th: £10, 77 MRS R NEARY.

OUR LADY OF COMPASSION SCHOOL has been working with other local Catholic schools to establish a Multi Academy Company.  So we are now looking to recruit volunteer Shadow Board Directors to give additional Governance support to Our Lady and All Saints MAC.  If you have skills & time to support the future development of Catholic education in your community, please see the poster in the narthex, inviting you to a presentation on the role.  For more info email:

SEVERN TRENT inform us that work on Grange Road will continue until 20/12/19.  Unfortunately this means disruption!

OUR LADY OF THE WAYSIDE SCHOOL Open Day - Tuesday 22 October 2019 - 9.30 am - 11.30 am.  Application process now open.  Parents should contact the Local Authority to apply for Reception placements. Nursery applications made direct to school.  Nursery applications are downloaded from school website -

VACANCY—St George & St Teresa School are looking to recruit a Business Manager.  Full details and application form can be found on the school website

INTERCULTURAL MASS Diocesan Ethnic Communities Celebrating Our Unity in Christ.  St Catherine’s Catholic Church Bristol Street Birmingham B5 7BE. Please come & bring food for shared buffet after Mass.  12 noon, Saturday 26 October.  Info at:  or Fr Mario Kurapati. 0121 574 0914 Or Diocesan Ethnic Communities and Group Bookings: Mgr Daniel McHugh

HALL BOOKINGS from external groups, particularly regular users are a useful income toward the upkeep of the Church. If access is needed to hall or kitchen during these times, please liaise with the Parish office or Community first.

PARISH HEALTH & SAFETY GROUP need volunteer(s) to give occasional advice on good practice in 2 areas (i) Legionella risk and (ii) Disability provision. If you have experience of this at work please contact parish office or speak to Fr.Austin.

MARIAN PROCESSION DOUAI ABBEY BERKS  High Mass of Our Lady (EF) 11am Sat 26th Oct Parish Church, Douai Abbey (RG75TQ) followed at 12.00 by Procession honouring Our Lady of Fatima in Abbey grounds. All Welcome. Also Mass of Christ the King (EF) Sunday 27 Oct 10:30am Douai Abbey. Both organised by YCA.  Music provided by Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge.

CARE MANAGER needed at Fr.Hudson’s, Coleshill. StJoseph’s Care Home for the elderly and people with dementia is seeking a deputy manager. 39 hrs p.w. Salary £33,286 - £35,375. Closing date 5 p.m. 25th October 2019. Info at 01675 434018 or:

NEWSPAPERS: To cover costs please do pay the correct amount.   Universe £1.50; Irish Post £1.50;   Catholic Herald £2.70; Ireland’s Own £1.50; Tablet £3.60; Sacred Heart Messenger £1.60.  Many thanks.


   God our Father, when your Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he commissioned his followers to ‘go and make  disciples of all nations’.

  Through our Baptism you send us out to continue this mission among all peoples.

   Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and enthusiastic in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to us, which is still far from completion, may bring life and light to the world.

   May all peoples experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ, who lives &reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever & ever


CREMATION PLOTS (new area) Following previous notes re- borders & stones barred for H&S danger to graveyard volunteers; please also note that plots are set out in vertical strips, in plots for two.  So borders & stones added around memorial tablets are encroaching on the space of a loved one, and should be removed.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND keep their 10th Anniversary with an ecumenical service at Coventry Cathedral  on 16th Nov 10.30 am followed by a National Conference with light lunch at Welcome Centre 12.30pm See: www.friendsoftheholyland. anniversary

SOLIHULL/HEARTLANDS HOSPITAL emergencies Please ask hospital Switch-board for the on-call Catholic Priest on 0121 424 2000, they will then phone the duty Priest. The Catholic Chaplain at Solihull & Heartlands Hospital is Fr Roger Raven. Data protection law now means that a visit from a Priest must be actively requested. He has no access to patient files.

A HELPING HAND-Many thanks for your support in keeping the Church tidy each Sunday by placing your hymns books (& other sheets) back on the trolley in the narthex. Please also be sure to take your newsletter home with you!

GOING TO HOSPITAL -Please let your 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.

HYMN BOOKS - Please take good care of our hymn books & remember to pray for the person named inside the front cover. Strangely a few books do go missing each year so please check your home & car and return any stray books a.s.a.p. to Church. 

SECURITY NOTICE - Please ensure Friary doors are kept closed & locked when necessary.  If you attend a meeting please make sure that the last one out has secured the outside doors.  The front door should not be left on the hook unattended.  Besides Church security, the Friary is home to priests & brothers who need to know they are safe.

VISITORS – If you wish you can gift aid your offertory donation. White visitor envelopes available in narthex.

CHARITY COLLECTION BOXES for SVP and St Basil’s charities are built into the left and right hand sides, at the back of the Church.  Built-in boxes can be found in the narthex for St Anthony’s bread (used to help the poor in the local area) and Holy Souls (used for Mass intentions for Holy Souls).

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.

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.

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.

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.