Welcome to Saint Mary’s Church, Harborne, Birmingham, UK.

Order of St. Augustine.

Archdiocese of Birmingham

“Before all else, live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.”  St. Augustine.

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                                                                THIS WEEK’S DIARY:

Sunday 21st January.
“Our time is growing short…” And yes, it is - but St Paul then becomes quite miserable, advising against laughter and enjoyment… Jesus calls us certainly to turn from what is wrong in our lives, but also promises that the Kingdom of God is very near. In fact, thanks to Jesus, the Presence of God is now upon us, it is ours, the day is full of God’s gifts, though our ‘eyes’ are too dulled by worry and demand to enjoy God’s daily goodness in this life as it passes.

St Chad’s Sanctuary: DESPERATELY needs COOKING OIL and toothpaste, deodorant and rucksacks please. Especially COOKING OIL.... this weekend only, please put in plastic box in the porch. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.  
Want to see what goes on at St Chad’s Sanctuary? Sister Margaret has invited us to go on Thursday 8th February. Meet in Priory car park at 9.45am returning about 1.00pm. For more details call Cynthia on 07702 747113.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 
Sunday 21st January - Bring and Share Unity Lunch from 1.00pm. Soup and hot drinks available at St Faith & St Laurence Church. No need to book. A collection for Christian Aid will be taken on the day.

“Mini Mary’s”:
is available for children as a guide to this week’s Gospel for the younger children. Please click HERE to download and/or print off, then please BOOKMARK the page as a new “Mini Mary’s” is available every weekend.

Need a lift to Mass? Please contact Geoff Dickinson on 0121 427 5288.

Fr. Bernard’s Sunday Homily: 
Every Sunday evening Fr. Bernard’s Homily (when given) is published on this web site for you to read over and reflect upon. Please click HERE for the most recent Homily.

Monday 22nd January.
Monday Meditation Group:
Please join us every Monday at 9.00am in term time. Just press the intercom bell at the priory front door, go into the Prayer Room and enjoy some peaceful prayer and meditation.

Fine Art Class:
Every Monday in the Parish Centre, 10.00am to 12.midday. For beginners and those who want to improve their skills. Explore Fine Art by using drawing/painting and mixed media techniques. Classes taught by a professional practising artist and Art teacher. For more information contact Maria on 07758 146858.

Tuesday 23rd January. 
Tuesday Club:
12.15pm to 2.45pm in the Parish centre. The Tuesday Club is for the over 60’s. New members are always very welcome.

Margaret Keogh. RIP: 
Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday 23rd January at 12.00pm, followed by Cremation at Lodge Hill at 1.30pm. The reception into Church of the body of Margaret Keogh will take place on Monday 22nd January at 4.30pm.

Wednesday 24th January. (Memorial of St Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the  Church.)
Mothers’ Prayers:
was launched by Veronica and Sandra, both from England, who felt led by the Lord to pray in a special way for their children. There have been many wonderful answers to prayers since then and has now spread to more than 100 counties. Come to the Priory and then through to the Prayer Room, everyone is welcome every Wednesday from 2.30pm to 3.00pm. Please do join us.

The St. Mary’s Prayer group meets every Wednesday evening at 8.00pm in the Priory.

Thursday 25th January. (Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.)
Knitting Group (knit and natter):
Meets in the every Thursday in the Priory Conference Room, through the Priory front door. Everyone is very welcome. We are now over one year old and thriving well. Many items have been made for babies, children, refugees and the homeless. Teddies have been sent to the Gambia for a Nursery. We would be very grateful for any donations of wool to help us continue this work. The group meets from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Thank you, Marjorie, Kath and Jenny.

About Being Catholic: The ABC program continues Thursday 25th January with “Priests: who, what are they? Why celibate, male?“ with Fr Bernard Rolls at 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

Friday 26th January. (Memorial of Ss Timothy and Titus, Bishops)
FOLLOW ME! Friday, 26 January, our visiting Augustinian Vocations team (Fr Stefan and Br Gladson) will lead us firstly, from 5.00 till 6.00pm, in an hour’s prayer of Adoration in the Church - for   vocation to the Priestly, Religious and Lay life (married and single). See Parish Notices below for more information.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: 
Friday Benediction, 11.30am, has been celebrated at the end of the Hour’s Adoration (10.30-11.30am) each week for several years. Due to minimal - but prayerful - support, the Friars have concluded that while the Hour’s Adoration will continue each Friday (conducted by a Minister of the Eucharist), only on the First Friday of each month will Benediction and Devotions be celebrated by a priest - at 11.30am. The Hour’s Adoration and the First  Friday Benediction is for Vocations.

Saturday 27th January.
Children’s Liturgy Training Day: 
Saturday 27th January, 10.00-12.00 in the Priory Conference Room. All those who have volunteered to help lead the two Children’s groups (older and younger) - who have already been emailed by Fr John - are asked to gather for formal training with Sisters Brenda and Gillian. Subsequently 4 Teams for older and 4 Teams for younger will be formed and put on a weekly term-time Rota, to start from 18th February, First Sunday of Lent.
Sunday 28th January.
Retiring Collection: There will be a Retiring Collection today for Pax Christi.

                                             THIS WEEK’S PARISH NOTICES:

               Please also see many more notices on the church notice boards at the back of the church.

The offertory collection total for Sunday 14th January was; £1,526.50, plus average   weekly covenanted standing orders of £1,117 = £2,643.50. Thank you.

Please pray for the sick who need your prayers this week:
Dorothy Buckley, Teresa Andrews, Lucy Mannion, Joan Drury, John Reynolds, George Ghobrial, Maria Bongala, Brian Calter, Margaret Coll, Oliver Hemming, Mary Guidotti, Fernando Caprano, Rita Casey, Terence Feely, Mary Grix, Mary Quigley, Alex Tostevin, Duncan Glover, Catherine Cullen, Marie Edwards, Davia Tapping, Laith Abdula, Kate Harding, Sheila Barilone, Janet Galloway, Josephine Spiteri, Jack Hoard, John Cooper, Catherine Cooper, Kathleen Lawless, José Gaspar, Jan Daukszewicz,  Marie Gill, Eileen Gavin, Richard Di-Duca, Robert Revell, Ashley Saville-Boss, Conor Handel, Hermie Peters, Gerry McCurry, Gabrielle Idehen, Ivy Watts, Bridie Hayes, Zujail Zerpa , Paddy Mitchell, Stephen Morris, Baby Jack Clissold, Caroline Patterson, Christina Gupwell, Mary O’Brien, Joe O’Brien.

Sick List: The list is exceedingly long at the moment and it is difficult to add the names of the recently dead and anniversaries on the back page. Can we please ask AGAIN that you advise us of any people who no longer require our prayers. Could you please let Nadine (in the Parish Office) know. Thank you.

Please pray for those who died recently: Margaret Keogh.

Please pray for those with anniversaries:  Fr Martin Roden, Rita Daly, Kevin Kinsella,  Vienna Pantrini, Eileen Coffey, Mary Ellen Raftery, Joe Collins, Mary Clare Kelly.

QE Hospital: 
If you wish to be visited by Fr Charles, Hospital RC Chaplain, please ask a ward nurse; if you wish him to visit an RC patient, ring 0121 371 4563 (not the switchboard!), leaving a message with patient’s name and ward.

Open Church: 
From 7.00am to 4.00pm St Mary’s remains open weekdays - to light a candle, sit and be still, a quick visit;  Saturdays, open from 10.30am to 7.00pm; Sundays, open from 7.00am to 6.00pm.

Baptisms in January: 
During this month, St Mary’s welcomes into its  Christian family; 
Joshua George Cooper Today at 2.00pm.
Violet Galdino Putnins Today at 2.00pm.
Max Gordon Edward Langstaff on Sunday 28 January at 2.00pm.

CAFOD Advent 5p Collection: 
A record breaking Thank You. This year we have raised £2,409 to help over 52 refugee children regain their childhood.  Its the most we've ever raised which makes us proud to be part of St Marys Parish. Thank you!

Do you want to make a Bequest to the Church, now or in your definitive Will? These are the options, depending on your intention:
	•	For St Mary’s Parish, bequeath to ‘St Mary’s Priory’ (which is the name of the Parish Account.)
	•	For the Augustinian Friars who are serving here since 1973, bequeath to ‘Augustinian Order’ (specifying, should you wish: ‘Missions’ or ‘Students’).                                                        
For the Diocese, bequeath the amount to ‘Archdiocese of Birmingham, Reg Charity 234216’ at Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, B4 6EU.

Laudato Si’
#169 Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most.
Try turning your central heating thermostat down by 1 degree.
Live Simply.

Friday, 26th January, our visiting Augustinian Vocations team (Fr Stefan and Br Gladson) will lead us firstly, from 5.00 till 6.00pm, in an hour’s prayer of Adoration in the Church - for   vocation to the Priestly, Religious and Lay life (married and single). Then you are  invited for drinks and a finger buffet in the Conference Room of the Priory - until 6.30pm when there will be two short talks again in the Conference Room: one on the Augustinian Order and its work (Br Gladson), then one on how we live the Rule of Augustine (Fr Bernard Snr). Come and ask the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers ….

Live Simply - Social:
7.30pm on Tuesday 30th January in the Priory Conference Room. We are a Live Simply Parish. What is happening here? How can we live more simply? Join the brain-storming over tea, coffee, wine, mince pies...free but any donations will go to St Chad’s bus fare fund.

PPC Meeting:
on Tuesday 6th February: Any items you wish to raise please drop a note to Nadine in the Priory or email cyndeeson@aol. com before 30 January, please. See previous minutes on porch noticeboard. There is a space for an additional elected member, please consider volunteering. Watch out for more information after February meeting.

BAPTISMS AT ST MARY’S: The next Course will be held on 5th & 12th March at 7.30pm. If you have had a child previously baptised but have not attended the course, it is a requirement of the Parish that you attend. Please contact the Parish Office to book a place on the course.

St Chad’s Sanctuary:
Want to see what goes on at the Sanctuary? Sister Margaret has invited us to go on Thursday 8th February. Meet in Priory car park at 9.45am returning about 1.00pm. For more details call Cynthia on 07702 747113.

Find St. Mary’s Church on Facebook at www.facebook.com/st.marysharborne. <<Click here.

                                                                         OTHER EVENTS AND NOTICES:

Can’t get to Mass?:
The Augustinians of St. Augustine's Priory, Washington Street, Cork, broadcast a live TV Mass every weekday at 4pm. The web site that organises this also has a long list of other live Masses throughout the day, 7 days a week. For more information please click this link HERE.

Vivian Road Pre-School: 
9.00am-3.00pm, for children 2 1/2 to school age - funding available. Please join us for our induction day on Thursday 16th July at 9.30am. For further details, contact Andrea on 07732 908194.

Pray and Play:
is a rosary prayer group of parents with preschool babies and children. We meet once a week, on a Wednesday, in the comfort of our homes with lots of toys and snacks for prayer and play. It's a lovely way to meet other families with little ones and to pray together. We currently have a few spaces available in the group and wondered if you would like to join us/try it out? If yes, then please contact Fran Lee by email: Francisca_gb@yahoo.co.uk or by  telephone (07718 997074). We look forward to hearing from you!

Going Into Hospital?: 
If you need a visit from the Catholic Chaplain, you must ask one of the nurses to contact the Catholic Chaplain for you, giving your name and ward. Fr Charles Miller, the Catholic Chaplain, can anoint you or hear your confession. If you know when you are to be admitted, it is better to approach your own Priest for the Sacrament of the Sick prior to going in. The QE Chaplaincy Office number is 371 4568, where a message for the Catholic Chaplain can be left. If you wish to be visited by Fr Charles, Hospital RC Chaplain, please ask a ward nurse; if you wish him to visit an RC patient, ring 0121 371 4563 (not the switchboard!), leaving a message with patient’s name and ward.

Asperger’s Syndrome Social Group: 
A social get together for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome is being held monthly at Harborne Cricket Club. If you are interested in joining them, please contact Nick Clarke on 07723 575382 after 4pm or e-mail nickwclarke@hotmail.com.

“Catholic Singles” is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet, either one to one or through social events. All members receive a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking. For more information please tel 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

Preet Gill, our MP, has her surgeries the first Friday of every month. Harborne's is 6.30-7.30pm at Lordswood Girls' School (B17 8QB).

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Daily Prayershttp://www.saintmarysharborne.org.uk/prayers.html