To our beloved parishioners in the Friary Parish

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The Feast of Pentecost invites us to become aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It invites us to live a life filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit….  love, joy, peace and forgiveness and a sense of divine mission. I wish every one a happy feast of Pentecost. May the spirt of God enlighten you during this lockdown.

June begins tomorrow, the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and we keep the feast of the Sacred Heart in three weeks time on Friday 19th.

I love the month of June. Though we are in Ordinary Time, somehow the dedication to the Heart of Jesus and the special feast days make it a very precious time.

Holy Trinity next Sunday is the first of these special feasts and celebrates the wonder of knowing our God from inside the family, as it were.

Corpus Christi (June 14th) our thanksgiving day for the body & blood of Christ comes next. Normally we would be offering thanks for our First Communicants. But this year we are more like the hungry chosen people following Moses in the desert, but knowing God will sustain us.

Sacred Heart of Jesus feast falls on June 19th, followed next day by the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 20th.

What a wonderful time to focus on God’s love for each of us, especially through the gift of the Blessed Sacrament.

For our Sacred Heart Congregation the time is so special as we are called to be  ambassadors of the Sacred Heart, imitating the love of the Heart of Jesus for the Father in heaven and for all his children here on earth.

Fr.Biju Antony scj         Parish Priest


Vietnam: Our Community in Ho Chi Minh City is slowly emerging from lockdown. Fr.Sa-at and Fr.Shamon tell us that shops and markets are slowly getting back to normal. Lockdown in Vietnam started very early, and though it has a border with China and a much larger population than Britain it has had only a tiny fraction of our infections & fatalities.

Our Parish School will partially reopen on June 8th & 9th (following government & local authority guidance) and parents will find information on the school website. We once more thank Mr.Emery and the dedicated team of teachers and support staff who make this possible.

During the pandemic crisis they have been hard at work taking care of the children of key workers as well as arranging distance learning for the other children.

In effect OLC will be three schools: one for the Y6 & early years pupils the government urges to attend school, one for the children of key workers, & one for the other classes online. May Our Lady of Compassion be with them always.

St.Michael Garicoits once asked: “Why is our Society called The Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

Because it is closely united to the Sacred Heart saying to His Father: ‘Here I am’.

So we co-operate with Him for the salvation of souls and we commit to imitate Our Lord in a particular way;

Our members are shaped to live in a spirit of humility and love with one another, following the example of the disciples of Our Lord in order to become like this divine Saviour especially in his obedience to the Father and in his zeal for souls.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, grant that we may love thee daily more and more.”

                  St.Michael Garicoits 1797-1863



Parish funds will suffer a big financial hit this year, as will many families in our parish. We do not know how the economy will look in September.

But if you can afford it, we still need regular contributions.    How to do it?

1. Bankers Order: Please contact parish office for details. Several do this already.

2. Or via the diocesan website: Be sure to fill in our church & number as Olton Friary -139 or the Cathedral will collect all!

OLTON COMMUNITY EASTER OFFERING: for SCJ community has been delayed.  Mean-while if you wish to send an offering to the Sacred Heart Community, please email for info on how to do this.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND: Socially distanced Strawberry Tea  Would you like to join in a socially distanced “Strawberry Tea Party” on Sunday 14th June 2020, in your own home/garden? We will provide the Strawberries, scones and cakes, with a home delivery, from 12.00 noon onwards individually packaged for £10 per person.   This will include fresh strawberries and cream, homemade Victoria sandwich filled with homemade strawberry jam and fresh cream, 2 homemade scones with jam and whipped cream.  event you will need to supply your own china and cups of tea.  If you are interested, please let Steve and Jenny know asap as places are filling up fast!, email or phone 01217051737 by 31st May.  FHL would like to thank all of you who have generously supported the Pentecost appeal

MARRIAGE MATTERS  Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23)  The Spirit works in all sorts of different ways  Years ago, on a Marriage Encounter weekend, we had a real experience of the Spirit working “in all sorts of different ways in different people”, not in Church documents, but in real life. We were like the disciples at Pentecost, “filled with joy when they saw the Lord”, and we heard our own native language, deep inside each of us.

JUSTICE & PEACE annual Assembly will be held, virus willing, at St. Peter's School, Solihull on 10th October: the theme this year is the Climate Emergency. The Covid 19 emergency has highlighted all kinds of hidden questions of unfairness ..the lack of protection for frontline workers in Homes & Hospitals … the fear that once Thursday night clapping is forgotten then fair wages will be forgotten too… the mystifying patchwork provision for care of the elderly  … the treatment of vital overseas workers etc..But as Pope Francis constantly proclaims: the way we treat our common home and the way we treat one another is intimately connected. So make a diary date with October 10 this year for the Justice & Peace Assembly at St.Peter’s.

Looking ahead in hope ....

NURSERY VACANCIES: OLC school still has some vacancies for children who wish to start Nursery in September 2020.  Application forms are available on  website  If parents have any other queries, phone 01217069508 the school office or


OUR LADY AND ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC MULTI-ACADEMY COMPANY As with many other things progress has been slowed by the Coronavirus crisis. Update from Chair of Governors letter is now available on the school website:

LEADERSHIP VACANCY—Catholic Senior Executive Leader (CSEL) Our Lady & All Saints Catholic MAC (Solihull, Birmingham and Warwickshire areas). Details can be found on website:

PARISH GROUPS—Please check your information posted on the Parish website.  Any updates/corrections/alterations, please email the parish office.

SOLIHULL/HEARTLANDS HOSPITAL Please ask hospital Switchboard for on-call Catholic Priest 0121 424 2000, & they will  call the duty Priest. Catholic Chaplain at Solihull & Heartlands is Fr Roger Raven. Data Protection law means visit from  priest must be actively sought. He doesn't have access to patient files.

CAR PARK—Please be considerate when parking/manoeuvring your car and please note the disabled parking bays are for the use of those with disabled badges, 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.

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.

CREMATION PLOTS (newer 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.

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.

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.