Boldmere Festival

Enjoy Boldmere festival tomorrow..

  • Those coming to 6pm Mass please note carpark will be closed until 5pm tomorrow, 
  • School carpark will also be open tomorrow evening.

The Methodist church will be serving tea and scones all day – do pop in and support them. Funds go to helping with their ‘Welcome’ project

Boldmere Street Festival is back!:Saturday 24th June

Stalls open 3pm to 9pm

Live music 5pm to 10pm

Road closed 4pm to 11pm

The Tipple Truck will be there to give you a preview of what to expect from Friday 30th June.

7th Son will be performing live at Harvester in the evening and there will be an Autism Fundraiser sweet shop at The Bishop Vesey from 2pm to 5pm.

Speak Lord: Healing Saviour

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Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned. Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of ‘law-breaking’, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not a matter of breaking a law.

Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall. If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.

Romans 5:12-15

The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 12th Sunday of the Year, points to a deeper wound to human living…

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Providing a permanent night shelter for homeless people in Birmingham

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Tabor House, Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for homeless people, is opening in September. Could you volunteer as a host or mentor?

Please come along to an open evening on Thursday 13 July, 6-9pm, at St Anne’s Catholic Church, 96 Bradford Street, Birmingham B12 0PY. Contact Christy Acton on 01675 434064 to find out more.

Father Hudson’s Care is working with partners to open a year-round night shelter for homeless people in Birmingham. Tabor House is due to open on 27 September.

A building in Digbeth is in the process of being converted to provide suitable accommodation, and Father Hudson’s Care has  recruited two new members of staff for the project.

Tabor House, however, will rely on a large number of volunteers to act as hosts and mentors to our guests. Come to the open evening to learn more – and see more information about various volunteer roles below:

A reminder of Mission Brazil

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A group of 25 young adults from the Archdiocese of Birmingham are travelling to the mountains of Brazil this Summer to spend two weeks serving children and families living in the poor settlement of Meio da Serra
They are desperately looking for donations listed below to take with them in their luggage.
Please support this incredible opportunity, perhaps encourage your youth group/school to get involved.
Donations to the project
can be made at St Nicholas church
THIS WEEKEND ONLY
 

Speak Lord: Our safety and hope

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Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.

‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.

‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one…

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Taste and See: The true Bread

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The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17

The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, Corpus Christi, was a very brief one. However it is a very important reading, perhaps the Church’s earliest (written) theology of the Eucharist.

Paul stresses that the Eucharist draw us into communion with Christ and into communion with each other. He has learnt this, and certainly teaches is, relying on the authentic symbol of the One Bread shared.

The point is regularly made that this teaching could not be so easily argued from our liturgical practice today. Too often we celebrate not…

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Praying today…

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At Mass today we remembered in prayer again those who died in the fire in North Kensington last week, and we prayed also for the Muslims targeted in the attack in Finsbury Park last night.

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During the Mass we used a Eucharistic Prayer that asks God to help the Church in times of trial to be ready to serve those in need, after the example of Christ.

Bring your Church, O Lord,
to perfect faith and charity,
together with Francis. our Pope and Bernard. our Bishop,
with all Bishops, Priests and Deacons,
and the entire people you have made your own.

Open our eyes
to the needs of our brothers and sisters;
inspire in us words and actions
to comfort those who labour and are burdened.
Make us serve them truly,
after the example of Christ and at his command.
And may your Church stand as a living witness
to truth and freedom,
to peace and justice,
that all people may be raised up to a new hope.

Our world is too often marred by injustice, by prejudice and hate. Its peoples are also regularly hampered by fear. In Christ may we find freedom to love our brothers and sisters as he did…

  • Text from ‘Eucharistic Prayer for Various Needs and Occasions’, in The Roman Missal
  • Pictures from here and here  

Taste and see: Praise the Lord

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On Corpus Christi a Sequence is set to be sung as part of the Liturgy of the Word. A setting of the Latin text can be heard here.

Sing forth, O Zion, sweetly sing
The praises of thy Shepherd-King,
In hymns and canticles divine;
Dare all thou canst, thou hast no song
Worthy his praises to prolong,
So far surpassing powers like thine.

Today no theme of common praise
Forms the sweet burden of thy lays –
The living, life-dispensing food –
That food which at the sacred board
Unto the brethren twelve our Lord
His parting legacy bestowed.

Then be the anthem clear and strong,
Thy fullest note, thy sweetest song,
The very music of the breast:
For now shines forth the day sublime
That brings remembrance of the time
When Jesus first his table blessed.

Within our new King’s banquet-hall
They meet to keep the festival
That closed the…

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Taize catch-up

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Follow this link to the Taizé page which offers a short account of the Hidden Treasure Birmingham weekend with links to photos, a transcript of Dr. Rowan Williams’ talk at the Sunday night service, as well as the reflections written by several other participants made after they got home.

The BBC recorded during various of the services and extracts will be broadcast on Radio 4 next Sunday, 25 June, as Sunday Worship 8:15am UK time (09:15 European time). The programme will be available afterwards on playback and here 

Prayer at St Martin’s in the Bullring. (c) 2017, Allen Morris