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GOING INTO HOSPITAL: Please let Fr Vincent know if you are going into Hospital. Furthermore, it is essential you ask for the Catholic Chaplain when in hospital as Chaplain is often no longer automatically given the names of Catholic Patients by the NHS. To Contact the Chaplain of Sandwell Hospital you must first contact the Hospital Switchboard giving the patients name and ward details. The Switchboard number is 0121 553 1831. The Chaplain of City Hospital is Fr John Baptiste and his number is 0121 558 1065.

SACRED HEART FATHERS AND BROTHERS COMMUNITY NEWS Fr Gustavo, the Superior General, will be visiting our Communities in the English Vicariate during the first two weeks in December. He will be visiting the Holy Name Community and Parish (combined with Fr Anton, Clayton, Staffordshire) from Saturday 8th to Tuesday 12th December.


In the Gospel today, Jesus addresses his disciples with issues that do not make for easy hearing. Jesus refers to two separate events. The forthcoming destruction of the city of Jerusalem, and the Second Coming at the end of the world. It is at the beginning of Advent that the Church is preparing us for the first coming of Jesus and also reminding us of his Second Coming. These two events could not be more different, the birth of Jesus occurred mainly unnoticed by the world. The Second Coming will be heralded by cataclysmic events that will shake the planet earth., and everyone will be aware of this occurrence. So as we celebrate the first coming, let us not lose sight of who Jesus is and the eternal purpose of his mission to redeem mankind. We should not allow ourselves to be weighed down by trivial concerns or the things we get ‘wound up’ about so easily. Nor should we waste any time to start getting our lives in order. Now is the time and it is this message we should take into this new season of Advent. ‘0 most merciful Redeemer, friend and Brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day’. (Sir Richard of Chichester).



This Week                                

1st – 9th December

(Psalter Week 1)

Holy Mass & Services Other Events
Saturday 1st December        Feast of St Edmund Campion, Priest, Martyr
10:00am Fr Collin Fortune RIP

10:30am Confessions

12:30pm People of the Parish

Our Parish Christmas Fayre after 12:30pm Mass. All are welcome!
Sunday 2nd December
First Sunday of Advent Retiring Collection for Special Need’s Party
8:30am     Ints of Tony and Valery.

10:30am Eileen Kearns RIP

Coffee & Tea after 10:30 am Mass in the Parish Centre.

Friends of St Marks – Payal and Group

8.00pm – 9:30pm – Bingo in the Centre

Monday 3rd December
Memorial of St Francis Xavier
11:00am Divine Mercy

11:30am Ints of Rudolf and Irene Sampays

7:30pm— Journey in Faith
Tuesday 4th December
Advent Feria
9:15am Holy Communion Service
9:45am Carol Concert Practice by St Mark’s School
Wednesday 5th December
Feast of St Birinus Bishop
11:00am Rosary

11:30am Ints of Sheila

1:30pm Carol Concert   Practice by Holy Name School
Thursday 6th December
Advent Feria
9:15am Tracey Grant RIP
Friday 7th December
Memorial of St Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church.
9:15am Dorris Williams RIP 11:30am Funeral Service for Julia Szuman
Saturday 8th December

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

10:00am Ints of Sr Valentino

10:30am – Confessions

12:30pm Mick Durkin RIP

Sunday 9th December Second Sunday of Advent Retiring Collection for Poor Parish Fund
8:30am People of the Parish
10:30am Ernest Cole RIP
Coffee & Tea in the Parish Centre after 10:30am Mass.

Friends of Holy Name: Debbie O’Shea.

8-9:30pm Bingo in the

Parish Centre

HOLY NAME CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: New Reception Intake for Holy Name School – September 2019:   There will be an open morning in school on Thursday 6th December at 9.15am for any parents who have children who will be  eligible for a reception place in September 2019. Please phone (0121 357 3216) or email headteacher@holyname.sandwell.sch.uk

ADVENT JOURNEY: The “Walk with Me” booklets and calendar for the Advent Journey are available in the narthex of the Church. This booklet is to help focus on our relationship with God and to prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus Christ during this advent Season. Please consider taking a copy home to help with preparation for Christmas. A small donation is appreciated to defray the cost. Many thanks. Fr. Vincent SCJ.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT:  As we begin the season of Advent and Christmas we will be holding carol concerts this year in Church. These will be led by Holy Name School and St Mark’s School. Holy Name School’s carol concert is on Thursday 13th December at 2:30pm and 6:00pm. St Mark’s School is on Tuesday 18th December at 6:00pm. Parishioners are warmly invited to the school carol concerts to herald the season of Advent and Christmas, Please put these dates in your diary.

JOURNEY IN FAITH: We continue our Journey in Faith by reflecting on the meaning of Advent. You are welcome to join us for these sessions of prayer and reflection 3rd December — Mary said “Yes” and 10th December —The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. We meet in the presbytery at 7.30pm. Please come and join us.

FOOD BANK: Due to the generosity of Churches and local Schools during Harvest Festival we’re delighted to say that the Food Bank is no longer short of any items of food so thank you all very much for your support. Should you wish to continue contributing then Christmas chocolates and biscuits would be very gratefully received.

This Holy Name of Jesus Parish is part of The Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham UK; Birmingham Diocesan Trust, Registered Charity No. 234216 in the United Kingdom. Website Link is http://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/

The Holy Name church carpark is a private car park for people using the church, school and the parish centre. If you wish to park here again, please contact the Parish Office on 9 Cross Lane B43 6LN to make arrangements. A donation will be required. It is of great importance that you are aware that all registration plates are recorded and any vehicles not authorised to park there will be reported to the local council and parking tickets may be issued.

The deadline for messages to go in the weekly church newsletter will be Thursday 12.00pm every week; you may also email items to be included in the newsletter to email address info@holyname.org.uk Any messages received after that will go in the following weeks newsletter. Thank you all for your cooperation. Please ensure that you give correct dates and times for all events you want to publish in the weekly newsletter as the Parish office cannot be held responsible for any errors.

IMG_0607Welcome to this House of God. Talk to God before Mass. Listen to God during Mass. Talk to others after Mass.

Hello, and a very warm welcome to the web site of the ‘Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church ‘, Great Barr, Birmingham UK; known as ‘Holy Name in Great Barr’.

We are happy to extend a warm personal welcome to both parishioners and visitors through our web site. We hope that as you browse these digital pages it allows you to gain a snapshot of our life as a Parish Community; to see some of the many ministries and activities that make up our dynamic parish.

The message of the ‘Gospel of Christ’ and the liturgy, equips us not only to promote the values of the Gospel, but to live and share them with our brothers and sisters. We have many groups of people within our parish, who dedicate their time, energy and resources, to work together, to proclaim the mission of the Catholic Church in our local community.

We hope that you find this web site beneficial. ‘Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ name, there he is present amongst them’ (Mt.18:20) May the presence of the Lord bless and guide our thoughts, prayers and actions.