St Francis of Assisi, Baddesley Clinton

[Archdiocese of Birmingham: Registered Charity No. 234216]


Fr John Sharp                                          01564 782498

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)                              15th October 2017                               




                               Saturday           6.00 pm            People of the Parish

                               Sunday             9.30 am            Marjorie Parsons


Monday [Feria]

9.00 am                   Catherine and Albert Lees


Tuesday [St Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr]

9.00 am                   Private Intention


Wednesday [St Luke, evangelist]

9.00 am                   Rita Deehan


Thursday [Ss John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and Companion Martyrs ]

9.00 am                   Private Intention


Friday [Feria]

9.00 am                   Hilda Poole

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the end of Mass until 10.00 am


Saturday [Feria (of Our Lady)]

9.00 am                   Private Intention         



Confessions: Saturday, 4.30-5.00 pm


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please pray for the sick in our parish and for those who have died: Hilda Poole (anniversary).


Last Week’s Collection: £340.50.  Second Collection: £90.34. Thank you. 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bible Study.  Tuesday at 7.00 pm in the presbytery.


40 Days for Life is holding a vigil outside the Marie Stopes Abortion Clinic in Edgbaston, Birmingham, until 5 November.  Please see the leaflets at the back of church for more details. 


Good Luck to Susanna Crichton, who is running the Birmingham Marathon today.  If you would like to sponsor her in aid of church funds, please sign the sponsorship forms at the back of church.



Now, since Jesus Christ has given such glory to you, it is only right that you should give glory to Him; and this, if sanctification is to be yours in full measure, means uniting in a common act of submission and acknowledging the authority of your bishop and clergy.

Not that this is an order I am issuing, as though I were someone of importance.  It is true that I am a prisoner for the Name’s sake, but I am by no means perfect in Jesus Christ as yet; I am only a beginner in discipleship, and I am speaking to you as fellow-scholars with myself.  In fact, it is you who ought really to have given me lessons – lessons in faith and admonishment and patience and toleration.  All the same, where you are concerned love will not suffer me to hold my peace; and that is why I venture to recommend an action that reflects the mind of God.  For we can have no life apart from Jesus Christ; and as He represents the mind of the Father, so our bishops, even those who are stationed in the remotest parts of the world, represent the mind of Jesus Christ.

That is why it is proper for your conduct and your practices to correspond closely with the mind of the bishop.  And this, indeed, they are doing; your justly respected clergy, who are a credit to God, are attuned to their bishop like the strings of a harp, and the result is a hymn of praise to Jesus Christ from minds that are in unison, and affections that are in harmony.  Pray, then, come and join this choir, every one of you; take the tone altogether from God, and sing aloud to the Father with one voice through Jesus Christ, so that He may hear you and know by your good works that you are indeed members of His Son’s Body.  A completely united front will help to keep you in constant communion with God.


From the Letter of St Ignatius of Antioch (died c.107 AD) to the Ephesians.