To our beloved parishioners in the Friary Parish

Holy Communion for the housebound:  Diocesan guidelines deem it unsafe for Special Ministers to go on their weekly rounds. But a Special Minister may take communion to a member of their own family. Those who are not Ministers may be specially commissioned just for their own family. Please call me on the parish number if you would like to do this.

Confessions: We can now have individual confession, either outside after the morning mass, or inside the Friary Lounge at another time by appointment. Please ring me on the parish number 0121 706 0505.

Big thanks to Greene & Mahoney families who have done extensive clearing work in Friary grounds with mechanical diggers & laid much new topsoil and turf as a gift to the parish. Andrew, Connor & Tom worked like trojans for the project and we thank them for all their  hard work.

This year the grounds seem to be looking better than ever, and have received much praise during our outdoor masses. My sincere thanks to our regular team of  gardeners who keep the grounds in such good order all the year round. Your hard work is really appreciated.

Memorial Mass & Blessing of graves will take place on 1st August for the departed souls of our loved ones.  Mass will begin weather permitting 10.15 in the cemetery followed by blessing of graves.  All are welcome so please pass on the message to your friends & relatives whose loved ones are buried in the Friary Cemetery.

Our Lady Of Betharram: Join us Tuesday for the feast of Our Mother of Betharram. Our Companions of Betharram will share a socially distanced picnic after 10.15 mass!

God bless you all

Fr.Biju Antony scj         Parish Priest



Brazil:  On June 22, the scj community on a mission to the Diocese of Serrinha, welcomed two young aspirants for a few days of mission & community experience: João Francisco Silva de Jesus and Ademir dos Santos Santana. The first comes from a rural community in the “Bom Pastor” parish, entrusted to Fr. Gilberto Ortellado Maldonado SCJ and Fr. Iran Lima da Silva SCJ, while the second comes from a nearby parish, in an urban area. Both have approached us to seek guidance on their vocational discernment, thanks to the warm welcome received from the Betharramite religious community.

Thailand: On May 13, Br. Nicolas Surasak Duhae, Br. Peter Pichet Wijunwayu and Br. Panuphan Mathew Shaichonsrijinda renewed their religious vows in the formation house of Ban Garicoits, Sampran. As the pandemic prevented the visit of Fr.Enrico Frigerio Regional Superior, the ceremony was led by Fr. Luke Kriangsak Kitsakunwong scj, Superior of the community, who accepted the renewal of the temporary vows. We pray that following the example of St. Michael Garicoits, our three brothers grow ever more fervent imitators of the Son of God who says to his Father: “Here I am!”

France: On Wednesday 8 July, the “Notre Dame” community of Betharram organized a 15 km walk from Betharram to Lourdes for youth and young adults of Lestelle-Betharram, Nay, & Peyrouse. The brothers of the community took this opportunity to spend the day in Lourdes in prayer, in faith-sharing, in the Eucharistic celebration in the Church of Saint Joseph, and in praying the rosary at the Grotto. They rounded off the day lighting candles to remember & pray for those affected by C-19, in solidarity with all the suffering.

MARRIAGE MATTERS  (Isaiah 55.1-3 Rom 8:35, 37-39 Matt 14:13-21)  The needs of others ...... Like the disciples who panicked when they found they had 5,000 hungry people on their hands we can panic at the scale of other people’s needs. Does my spouse have deep emotional needs I cannot fulfil? Do my children have needs that defeat my energy & imagination? If we ever feel this way then we are both normal and in good company. We cannot be the messiah in the life of another person. The only thing we can do is offer the little we have (like the boy who gave his 5 loaves & 2 fish) and leave the rest to the Lord.

SCHOOL'S OUT...FOR SUMMER!  But staff are preparing for a return in September


Following a rollercoaster few months, St Peter’s plans to welcome back all pupils in September, though as with all other schools it’s not quite ‘back to normal’.

Strict safety measures will be in place such as staggered start and finish times and restricted movements.  Full details on school website: (in ‘Back to school’ section)

* Induction Days for all classes. 

* Year 7 & 11 return  3rd September

* Year 12 & 13 attend for one-to-one

     appointments 3rd September

* All years to attend Friday 4th September at various times                                    

* New ‘normal’ begins Monday 7th Sept.

Exam results come in August:

* A-levels August 13    * GCSEs August 20

Please pray for the children & their families.  St Peters will be open on these days for all who need help &advice. More details are on the school website. 

Please pray for Y7 pupils making the transition from primary school

200 CLUB July draw—1st: £100, 47 Mr K Monaghan, 2nd: £50, 45 Miss K Ricketts, 3rd: £20, 195 Mr P Gray, 4th: £10, 125 Mrs M T Coulson, 5th: £10, 183 Mrs A Cooke, 6th: £10, 166 Mrs J Poole.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Following the successful run of Sunday afternoon teas, we have decided to continue providing afternoon teas fortnightly commencing Sunday 9th August. Each home delivery bag contains an assortment of sandwiches, cakes & fruit salad for £10.00 all delivered by the outreach group in the afternoon. All profits go to the Friary. if you want to book a set tea please contact Jenny or Steve on 01217051737 by the Wednesday before the weekend.

CATHOLIC HERALD: direct subs £59.99 p.a. at An annual sub gives the monthly print edition & free access to all content on our website, so is excellent value and ensures you never miss an issue or news update/podcast on the website. The monthly issue will be a minimum of 80 ppp month & include original features of the previous weekly edition plus many new ones.

SOLIHULL CHURCHES ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS  newsletter available website at

VACANCY—Safeguarding Advisor for the Diocese based in central Birmingham.  For an informal discussion about this important role please call Alan Hassall, Head of Safeguarding on 0121 230 6275.  Email for a copy of job description & details on how to apply for this role. Interviews for  likely to take place late August or early September. Closing date for  applications: (noon) Monday 10th August 2020.

PARISH HALL: please note that because of the Pandemic we are not yet allowed to open the Parish Hall.

ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELLORS (ACC) COVID-19 CRISIS Support Service has been set up to aid people fielding painful feelings thoughts & circumstances because:

• They work in an NHS setting (at any level) and are  impacted by caring for people who have C-19, or

• They have been bereaved, whether due to C-19 or another reason.

We offer up to 10 counselling sessions on a no-fee basis, either on-line or by phone.  To find out more please see ACC website or ring 024 7644 9694.

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.