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Version 2!

Apologies for sending you a second newsletter this weekend! I pushed the send button too soon! I have had to update the times of Holy Mass and the intentions.
Please delete the previous newsletter - so you don't get the wrong time to tune in to Holy Mass!
God bless, Fr Michael

From Fr Michael

Today is Christ the King!  In this country, it is a day of prayer for young people.  We pray for them that Christ is King and centre of their hearts and lives.  It is always important to remember that young people are not the church of tomorrow, as if we hand on something to them.  They are the church of today, with all people, young and old, no matter our experiences and circumstances, we have a place and a home in the Church.  Christ the King calls each person to realise how wonderful life becomes when we let Jesus reign with us.  A happy and blessed feast!  Make sure you celebrate!

The few days of retreat were surprisingly fruitful.  I was very unsure about how it work, but the combination of lockdown, not using the computer, no radio, only one film each evening (There Be Dragons, The Story of Father Damien and Richard Jewell - all with religious or reflective content!), some excellent reading (The Grace to be a Priest, Romanus Cessario, Gift and Mystery - St John Paul II among others) made it a very prayerful few days.  Thank you for your prayers and sacrifices those few days - they worked!  You have been prayed for.  So, now let's wait and see what the Lord will do!

Advent begins next week.  This, as the 'Beyond Adversity' project reminds us, will be an Advent like no other.  It strikes me that the longing for restrictions to ease enough to celebrate Christmas is an echo of Advent - longing for the King to come.  As we live with the restlessness of the unknown near future, I would encourage you to gain a restlessness for the certain future, a time when Christ will come again.  As you make tentative preparations for Christmas, make preparations for your soul, particularly in prayer, in confession, in acts of love (to God and neighbour). Readiness is a gift, pray for it!

Please keep an eye on emails and on social media this week for news about churches opening.  We know nothing at the moment, but my prayer is that in whatever tier or restrictions we are in, church will be open for Holy Mass.

"Hope, pray, and don't worry."

Fr Michael
The church is open for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (private prayer)

Sunday 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.

Please remember to keep social distancing and wear a face covering.
Private Prayer
Readings for Christ the King

Parish Notices

De Profundis
If you have names you wish to add to the box, please post them to Fr Michael at the presbytery.

Private Prayer - Sundays 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
This will be a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  This is not a formal time of prayer, please feel free to stay as long or short as you like.  Do use it as an opportunity to spend time with the Lord Jesus.  We cannot receive Him at Holy Mass but we can come into His Real Presence and be close to him.

Walk With Me
Booklets are available for collection.  Please take one, and if you can spare a £1 place it in the collection box.  Take them for friends, relatives and neighbours unable to come to church at the moment.  They will be available at church for private prayer this weekend.

Daily Prayer at 6.00 p.m.
Pray the Angelus each day at 6.00 p.m.

St Teresa's Live - 24 hours
The new camera means that we are able to run a 24 hour stream of the church.  This means that at any time of the day and night you can 'check in' on the church and offer a prayer.
This will be streaming from YouTube.  If you could subscribe to our YouTube channel, that would be much appreciated. 

I am happy to offer an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Confession.  My kitchen window at the Presbytery offers a convenient space to celebrate confession at the press of a door bell.  Do give me a call if you are on your way, just in case I am walking the dog.

Children's Liturgy
This will continue during the month, the videos will be posted each Sunday.  Do encourage children to participate by watching them.

Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith
We are working through these sessions via Zoom so this can continue during November.  If you wish to join the group, it meets 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. on Fridays.  Contact Fr Michael for a link.

Beyond Adversity
This will be wonderful project that we can pursue over this month.  Please contact Nigel and Laura with your story of reaching beyond adversity, whatever that might be.  Also, get in touch if you wish to help with readings etc.

Broken Jewellery
Many thanks to those who have been sending in little bits of jewellery.  Just before lockdown, we were able to raise just over £90.  If you fancy a doing some sorting out, please send odd earrings, broken chains, rings with stones missing.  Anything that you no longer use.  We can use the value of the gold (or silver etc.) to help us in the parish.

Hymns at Home
Sing hymns from home on Sunday at 10.00 a.m. use the following link to zoom.  Please note, this does cross over our celebration of Mass which starts at 9.30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 750 2737 5123
Passcode: g199ZY

Diocesan Notices

Statement of the Archbishop on the IICSA report
Please click here for the Archbishop's statement together with details of the press conference held by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales concerning the IICSA report and Elliot Review concerning abuse in the Catholic Church

Job Advert
Click here for details of the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Archdiocese of Birmingham
Printable Version

Updated Times of Liturgy

All Liturgies will be livestreamed

Sunday 22nd November

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Edith and Henry Byrne R.I.P.

Monday 23rd November
Memoria, St Clement I
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Mary Hora R.I.P

Tuesday 24th November
Memoria, St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo

Wednesday 25th November
Memoria, St Catherine of Alexandria
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers

Thursday 26th November
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Paulose (recently deceased)

Friday 27th November
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Br D Walsh R.I.P
6.30 p.m. Rosary

Saturday 28th November
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For and end to the pandemic

Sunday 29th November
First Sunday of Advent
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - For the Souls of my Family Members (J.W)
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
Mon – Fri 9.00am -1.00pm
Parish Secretary
Eileen Ratcliffe
Representative: Helen Clarke
Contact can be made through the Parish Office, or call the Diocesan Team on 0121 230 6240 or
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