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From Fr Michael

The readings we have had a Mass have been very providential this week.  They have been reminding us, me at least, that things will pass.  After the news this week of another 6 months (at least) of living as we have been these last 6 months, we must remember, this too will pass.  We need to keep our eyes and heart on the Lord who will gently lead us through this particular challenge.

I think we need to recover a little sense of the enthusiasm and creativity we had back when lockdown began.   We can't do everything, we can't do everything in the way we used to.  We have to keep safe and keep each other safe.  But there are things we can do.

I am looking into a way to introduce altar servers back at Mass.  We are allowed them, but we have so many altar servers, we couldn't possible have the sacristy as full as we used to!  Also, to make Sunday stand out as the Lord's Day, I am also looking into a way of having some music.

The groups that used to meet regularly in the parish, might not be able to meet at church or in the same way, but we can work together to find ways of chatting, discussing, sewing and knitting, meeting in other ways.  Get in touch if you are in a group and need help meeting.  Also, get in touch if you could help our parish groups meet whether that's online, offering a sheltered garden with a patio heater etc.

We know the rules to help keep us safe, so use them to help us live now.

Just a little personal news for you all.  The Archbishop has asked me to be part of a steering group that is working on a diocesan plan.  My area of responsibility is evangelisation.  Please keep me in your prayers for this project and for the future of our diocese.

Please do join us for the parish feast on Thursday this week.  We welcome Fr Sean to celebrate the Mass.  We can't celebrate as we would normally do so make sure you celebrate well at home!

God bless and pray for me!

Fr Michael
27th September Readings
Parish Feast Day

We welcome Fr Sean back to St Teresa's to celebrate our Parish Feast.  St Teresa had a great love for priests so it is fitting for us to celebrate with a newly ordained priests!
Mass is at 7.00 p.m. and will be live-streamed.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to have the blessing or roses and procession this year but do be present to the celebration either in person or online.
Parish Notices

NHS Track and Trace App
You may have already downloaded the app and are using it.  We have a QR code poster at the entrance of the church which you can scan each time you come to Mass.  If the parish receives an alert, we will make it known as quickly as possible.

200 Club, Subscriptions Due
A very big thank you to all who have supported the 200 Club so far.  If you are able to join, please do so soon. 
It costs £12 per year (£1 per month) and you are entered into a draw each month.  
Prizes each month are £50, £30, £20, £10 and £10.
Send a cheque for £12 (per entry) and on the back write your name and address to:
c/o Mike Rushton
St Teresa's Presbytery
100 Stone Road
If you would like to join the 200 club send a cheque with you name and address on the back (£12 per entry) and the word 'join'.

It might come as no surprise that the restrictions on gatherings means that the celebration of Confirmation cannot be celebrated in the usual way.  I did have a date penciled in for the Archbishop to celebrate the sacrament, this will no longer happen.  I am trying to think of safe and creative solution that will allow us to celebrate the sacrament but it may mean that will be delay for now.

Alpha and Becoming Catholic
I know some of you are really looking forward to it!  There are just not enough hours in the day to plan for everything!  We'll get there soon.  Thank you so much for being patient!

Certificate of Catholic Practice - St Jospeh's College
The forms are now ready for collection.  Please come to Holy Mass and collect them from Fr Michael.

Shoebox Appeal
Please click and read the link for more information on how we will be supporting the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.  As with most things, it will be different but we can still support this worthwhile project.

Broken Jewellery
If you have any broken jewellery or jewellery you no longer want or need, please consider donating it to the parish.  For example, single earring, cufflinks, rings with missing stones etc. We are able to sell them to help with our own fundraising.  Recently, we sold some broken odds and ends for over £100!  Just hand to Fr Michael in an envelope at Mass or push through the presbytery letterbox.

Red Mission Boxes
It is time to empty the red boxes which support the missionary work of the Church in other countries.  This something that needs to be done in a safe way.  If you can bring your red box to church, they will be left and count.  If you are not able to come to church, please call Christina to make arrangements for a safe collection on 01782 643076 (please leave a message if there is no response).

Gift Aid
A really big thank you to everyone who has donated to the parish over the last few months.  Whether you have given towards the rose garden project, the camera or just donations to the parish, we are so grateful.  It would be an even bigger help if we were able to claim Gift Aid on at lease some those donations.  This means we can claim an extra 25% because you pay tax.  For example, if you gave £200 we can claim a further £50 at no extra cost to you.  If you have given something over the last few months and would like us to claim the Gift Aid on that donation, email us here and we can get the details we need.
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices

Birmingham Archdiocese Justice and Peace Commission Online Assembly. 
There will be three presentations, with opportunity for questions, on 28th and 30th September, and on 2nd October, and a Prayer Vigil on 4th October with Archbishop Bernard.  For more details and how to register visit :

Father Hudson's
There would normally be a second collection for the work of Father Hudson's towards the end of the month.  Due to the circumstances, they are encouraging people to donate either by phone 01675 434000 or online 
For more Information about their work visit

Second Collections
We have had an email from the Archbishop with information about second collections. These collections assist the wider work of the church beyond our parish and diocese. The timetable for second collections has been adjusted, while optional, we have been encouraged to assist.  To make things simple, the Blue Second Collection bags will be left in church from this Sunday together with a list of all the causes.  Every so often, until the pandemic ends, we will simply divide the money collected between the various causes.  If you wish to donate to a particular cause, you can do so privately.
National, International and Other Notices

Liturgies This Week

Sunday 27th September
26th Sunday Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Holy Souls
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Deceased Members of the Davies Family
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo

Monday 28th September
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls

Tuesday 29th September
Feast, Ss Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - For the renewal of our parish

Wednesday 30th September
Memoria, St Jerome

Thursday 1st October
Solemnity, St Therese of the Child Jesus
Parish Feast Day
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls

Friday 2nd October
Memoria, Guardian Angels
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Ray Bradley R.I.P

Saturday 3rd October
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - End to the Pandemic

Sunday 4th October
27th Sunday Ordinary Time
Confessions after Holy Mass
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Colm Malone 
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - In Thanksgiving (S)
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
Stay Safe at Holy Mass
  • Please stay at home if you or anyone in your family/ household has flu like symptons
  • Remember to bring a mask or face covering (under 5s exempt)
  • Follow directions for Holy Communion.  Place your hands flat as far away from you to receive the host
  • Please keep social distancing while on site
  • Leave church via the back doors
Stay Safe going to Confession
  • Outside of the main doors of church on the grass.
  • After every Sunday Mass, Fr Michael will be available to hear confessions for as long as necessary.
  • Please queue along the gate and wall when waiting to celebrate confession.
  • Don't let the weather put you off!

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Parish Priest
Rev Fr Michael Glover
Parish Phone
Tel: (01782) 658 063

Hospital Chaplain
Rev Michael Puljic
Chaplaincy: (01782) 676400
Parish: (01782) 215 217
Office Hours
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Parish Secretary
Eileen Ratcliffe
Representative: Helen Clarke
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