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31st January - 7th February 2021
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From Fr Michael


This week we will be starting our 3rd Alpha Course at St Teresa's.  We are very blessed to be joined by people from Holy Trinity Parish and from St Wulstan's together with people who live locally.  Alpha is a great way of taking first steps and being welcomed to our community.  Do keep those who have signed up and say a special prayer for those still thinking about it! There is still time for you to invite someone to go, why not come together?  Pray for the team who are leading Alpha that the Holy Spirit will do something good with our parish.

At this time of year, every parish has to compile various statistical reports and send to the diocese a financial return. A big thank you to Eileen who has managed to put everything together and made sense of my unique filing ready to send to the diocese.  It has been a very unusual year of moving offices and working from home during a pandemic.  Thank you to Alan for the Gift Aid side of things and to Chris for his work on the parish finance committee.

Over the next few weeks, as I did last year, I intend to speak about our parish finances and resources. Some of it will be of no surprise, given the last year.  There is, however, much to be thankful for and despite the difficulties, a lot happened over the 12 months.  I'll also say something about projects and changes that are coming up over the next year or so.  As always with St Teresa's, it is an exciting time for the parish and at the heart of everything we do is grow as disciples of Jesus who live Him, His Church, and His Mission.

Let's keep each other in prayer.

Hope, pray, don't worry!

Fr Michael
Readings for 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Alpha Online on Thursday 4th February 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. for 8 weeks.
 
This is a gentle introduction to the core messages of the Gospels.  We meet together, watch a short film, followed by a gentle discussion.  Do something different this lockdown! More information and register here.

Parish Notices


Slight Change
There is no Mass on Monday but there will be Holy Mass on Wednesday at 8.00 a.m.

Sunday Mass
With the very steady increase of people attending Holy Mass, from Sunday 14th February we will be reintroducing the 5.30 p.m. Mass.  This is the Sunday before Lent which will make a really good opportunity for those looking for a good moment to begin coming to Holy Mass in person.

Hospitality Team
If you are able to come to Holy Mass and can help serve in our Hospitality Team, that would be fantastic.  This is the only way we are able to offer welcome and service at church at the moment and is great way to get involved.  Contact Lindsay for more information.

At Home DIY Abortion
The Department of Health is holding a public consultation on whether to continue the practice of allowing abortion providers to send abortion pills to women so that they can perform their own abortion at home.  There is a sad risk of danger to those suffering domestic abuse together possible health problems and a lack of the possibility of care to those considering an abortion.  If you can spare the time to complete the consultation you can access it here.  For help completing it, there are downloadable leaflets here and more information here.
 

Ask your MP to sign a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain
A new parliamentary motion (EDM 1340) is calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion.
Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MP, and ask them to sign this motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. It only takes 30 seconds using this easy-to-use tool. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link below: www.righttolife.org.uk/FetalPainMotion

Holy Trinity are offering some sessions on understanding the Old Testament in the Sunday Readings. Send an email here for the zoom details.
Bible in a Year

A challenge for 2021: read or listen to the whole Bible
 
Listen along each day to the Bible which will be interspersed with commentary and prayer from Fr Mike Schmitz.  Here are few ways to catch up or start from today!
 

Times of Liturgy


Sunday 31st January
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Mary Brougham R.I.P.

Monday 1st February
Feria

Tuesday 2nd February
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Vocations to the Consecrated Life

Wednesday 3rd February
Memoria, St Werburg
Memoria, St Blaise
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers - Praying for families booklet

Thursday 4th February
Feria
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Fluke R.I.P.

Friday 5th February
Memoria, St Agatha
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Swindells Family
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 6th February
Memoria, St Paul Miki and Companions
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 7th February
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Bishop Leo and Dr Kathleen McCartie R.I.P.
 
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Parish Priest
Rev Fr Michael Glover

parishpriest@catholictrentvale.org.uk
 
Parish Phone
Tel: (01782) 658 063

Hospital Chaplain
Rev Michael Puljic
Chaplaincy: (01782) 676400
Parish: (01782) 215 217
Temporary Office Hours
Weekdays 9.00 a.m. - 12.00pm
Wed - Office Closed

office@catholictrentvale.org.uk
 
Parish Secretary
Eileen Ratcliffe
 
Safeguarding
Representative: Helen Clarke
Contact can be made through the Parish Office, or call the Diocesan Team on 0121 230 6240 or 
safeguarding@rc-birmingham.org
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