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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               Our Weekly Newsletter for week beginning
                                             Sunday 18th March           
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                                                                THIS WEEK’S DIARY:

Sunday 18th March.
First Reading: 
To make the first Covenant (ie a mutually binding agreement) with us, God gave His commandments to Moses, written on stone. God faithfully saved us from slavery, but we were unfaithful. Now God has made a new and everlasting Covenant with us, this time by  writing His law of love on our hearts, ie by giving us His Spirit, His Heart. Like us, the Greeks (Gospel) want to see Jesus - His face? His heart? Jesus explains how   indeed we can experience His heart, His life: by committing ourselves to Him and then by dying to ourselves in service of God and of others, as He does.

Holy Week Posters: 
Please take and DISPLAY - a good and colourful  reminder in a secular society.

Baptisms in March: 
During this month, St Mary’s welcomes into its Christian family: Benjamin Paul Jays Constance, today at 2.00pm.

“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. (Also a link to Fr. John’s Homilies.)

Monday 19th March. (St Joseph, husband of Blessed Virgin Mary. Solemnity.)
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.

St Mary’s School Reconciliation Service will be held on Monday 19th March at 1.40pm for the children of Years 4, 5 and 6 in the Church.

Tuesday 20th March. 
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.
The Tuesday Club is a social group for the over 60’s which meets in term-time for two and half hours in the Parish Centre - with tea, biscuits and Bingo. After 14 years, Carole and Roger Currier need to give up running the Club this coming Easter for family reasons - and are looking for someone/a couple/even two couples to take over. Currently about 20 people attend – and enjoy themselves. If you are interested please speak to Fr John or ring Roger on 0121 427 8360.

Edward Duffy. RIP: 
Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday 20th March at 12.00pm, followed by cremation at Lodge Hill at 1.30pm. The reception into Church of the body of Edward Duffy will take place on Monday 19 March at 4.30pm.

Bible Study: 
On Tuesday 20th March at 7.30pm in the Conference Room, Leo Nation will lead discussion on ‘Ant-Semitism, Sexism, Slavery in the New Testament.’

Rosary For You: 
The next meeting is on Tuesday 20th March, 7.30-8.15pm in the Priory Prayer Room. All are most welcome.

Wednesday 21st March. 
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.

Danny Bishop. RIP: 
Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 12.00pm, followed by burial at Lodge Hill at 1.30pm. The reception into Church of the body of Danny Bishop will take place on Tuesday 20th March at 4.30pm.

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

St Mary’s Parish Penitential Service:
is on Wednesday 21st March, 7.30pm, at which, after the Gospel, Sermon and short examination of conscience, we will pray the ‘I confess’, and then walk up the aisles towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and, standing before a priest, say either “Father, I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.” or, “Father, I am sorry for my sins, especially….(here briefly mentioning, for example, what is distancing you from God, or something you know to be serious). At which the priest will absolve each of you - and all will return to their benches to pray a communal penance before a final hymn. Please: there are so many out there that would love to know about this way of being forgiven. Four visiting priests will be in attendance. One priest will be in the Confessional for those requiring a more traditional Confession.

Thursday 22nd March. 
Knitting Group (knit and natter):
Meets in the every Thursday in the Priory Conference Room, through the Priory front door. Everyone is very welcome. 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 22nd March with “Benediction: how to adore, worship, praise” with Fr John at 7.30pm in Church.

Friday 23rd March. 
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 24th March. 

Sunday 25th March. (Palm Sunday.)
Palm Sunday is 25th March: 
Please remember to pick up a PALM as you enter the Church - and palms for those you know who cannot attend. 

We hope you remembered that the CLOCKS WENT FORWARD last night!!!

Youth Group: 
The next Youth Group is on Sunday 25th March, 6.00-7.30pm in the Parish Centre. All new and old members are welcome - subs £1.50, plus money for tuck.

St. Bernadette and Lourdes:
160 years ago today (25th March 1858) Bernadette asked “the lady” during her 16th Apparition who she was and “the Lady” replied... “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

                                             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 11th March was; £1,567.01, plus average weekly covenanted standing orders of £1,117 = £2,684.01. 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 Quigley, Alex Tostevin, Duncan Glover, Catherine Cullen, Marie Edwards, Davia Tapping, 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, Christina Gupwell, Tom Ryan, Bridie Rose, Mary Howley, Kay Reilly, Anne Ryan, Maisie Elsdon, Carmel Cresswell, Faye Toland.

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: 
Edward Duffy, Danny Bishop, Maria Groves.

Please pray for those with anniversaries:  
Genoveffa Pantrini, Wilhelmina Burdon, Martin & Nora Diskin, Angeles & Atonieta Lapating, Stella & Albert Cetti, Jimmy & Nora Burke, Don Kent.

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.

Special Weekly Feature page on our web site:
Please click HERE to visit our Special Weekly Feature page where we aim to highlight a Special Feature that is connected to our web site or is Church-related.

Online Retreat - Lent with the Augustinians: 
Every day during Lent, the Augustinians in Britain will offer a passage from the Scriptures and a       meditation to guide your prayer. The theme of this 2018 Lent retreat is "Seeking Peace in Prayer". More details on www.theaugustinians.org/lent-online.

All Eucharistic Ministers:
both for Mass and the Sick, please, if at all possible, come to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm, 29th March, to be re-commissioned for the coming year. If you cannot attend, please see Fr John.

Holy Week Mass Volunteers: 
We need welcomers/ushers, collectors and Eucharistic ministers for Masses on Maundy Thursday (29th March) at 7.30pm, Good Friday (30th March) at 3.00pm and the Easter Vigil (31st March) at 8.30pm. There are volunteer forms on the table in the porch for you to take away and fill in your availability for Masses. Please put forms into the locked wooden box. Your help is always very much appreciated.

Ame’s Lourdes Fund: 
Your generosity last year ensures that we have  sufficient funds to send two Accueil pilgrims to Lourdes at the end of May, ie those needing 24-hour care. They are met at Birmingham Airport and looked after until their return to Birmingham by trained staff. Please feel free to suggest a name - having consulted the person first, giving the name to Fr. Bernard O’Connor.

Laudato Si’
#67     We are not God.  The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. 
Contraction & Convergence means we use less so there is more to share.
Live Simply.

Ordination into the Priesthood of Brs. Arthur Bolivar and Gladson Dabre: 
We have booked a mini–bus for Arthur & Gladson’s ordination on Saturday 5th May, leaving at 7.30am and returning at 4.00pm from London. If you would like to book a seat, please take a form and envelope from the table at the back of Church. There are only 29 places available, so only take a form if you’re able to attend. The cost for this is £25 per person. Please return your form and payment as soon as possible to the locked wooden box in the porch.

The next Course will be held on 7th and 14th May 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.

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                                                                         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. 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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