Thursday, 13 July 2017

Double newsletter

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The weekend of 22/23 July we have an appeal at all Masses on behalf of the Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers). You can read more about them here.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Newsletter for 8/9 July - Sunday 14(A)


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July is the month of the Precious Blood. Here is a lovely hymn in honour of the Precious Blood - the first hymn on the video:



Some of the verses for reflection:

Glory be to Jesus,
Who, in bitter pains,
Poured for me the lifeblood
From His sacred veins!

Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind.

Lift we then our voices,
Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood!


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

This morning we thanked God with those who received their First Holy Communion at the weekend. We processed from St Charles' Church into school following the Blessed Sacrament. We gathered in the school hall and remembered Sunday's Mass: there is no need to be afraid because Jesus, our mighty hero, our gentle friend is with us in the Sacred Host. After our Procession concluded with Benediction we had a celebration lunch. Thanks be to God!


Following the Lord

A moment of adoration

Our First Communicants

The celebrations continue

Monday, 26 June 2017

First Holy Communions 2017


De Lisle - Vacancy for Lay Chaplain

The Governors wish to appoint a Lay Chaplain who will work with school students, staff, local clergy and Governors to promote and maintain the Catholic ethos and spiritual values of this ‘outstanding Catholic’ secondary school (Section 48). This is an exciting opportunity to be the lead Chaplain to establish and lead a team of Lay Chaplains who will work across its Family of Schools and those schools who form The Blessed Cyprian Tansi Catholic Academy Trust. Applicants are sought from practising Catholics with a genuine passion for finding new ways of enthusing and encouraging teenagers on their faith journey. This is a full time post with annualised hours.

All details and application form here.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Newsletter for 24/25 June- Sunday 12(A)


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Please pray for our children as they receive the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time this weekend.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Some of you may remember Fr Gerard Skinner. As a student in Rome, he was one of the guides when Fr Peter Tierney took us to Rome and Assisi in 2000. He is now parish priest of a parish which has been very much in the "front line" of the relief effort in the wake of the recent tragedy. I came across this account from Fr Skinner online:
Our hearts truly go out to all who have been deeply affected by the tragedy that unfolded from the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is impossible to imagine the pain of those who have lost family and friends or those who are in anguish while they try to discover where loved ones are. With all my heart please know that the prayers of this parish are with you all.
At present I know that families from our parish community cannot find members of their family – other families have lost their homes and all their possessions. So many of us will know others who lived at Grenfell Tower who have suffered so much. We pray for all who are suffer now and for all who have died.
From early on Wednesday morning our Church became the most incredible hub. Many came to pray in our church. Scores of volunteers spontaneously came to Parish Centre and began receiving hundreds of bags of clothes and other items that will be of use to those who have lost everything. They sorted the donated items into boxes that were piled high in the church and courtyard. Human chains passed each box from the Parish Centre & courtyard out to waiting vans. Meanwhile in the centre other volunteers welcomed anyone who needed a place to seek refuge – some of those who came had lost their homes – others had been evacuated from homes near the Grenfell Tower. Some were looking for loved ones – others were escaping from the media attention at the nearby Rugby –Portobello Club where they had been awaiting news of relatives with whom they had lost contact.
Parishioners and men and women from all parts of London came together in the most compassionate and community spirited way imaginable. Fr Peter Wilson and Fr Peter Scott have been untiring in their support for the community at this time. The Cardinal will be meeting and praying with those afflicted tomorrow & Bishop John Wilson has visited us on Wednesday and our school today. All deserve the highest praise possible and thanks for the outpouring of care and kindness over the last few days.
Thank you to everyone who has offered prayers & support for this community at this time - it is truly appreciated.
The immediate response given in the Parish Centre has now concluded. Again a huge thank you to all who each played an indispensable part in offering comfort in such a dark time.
Now we must be attentive to the ongoing care of those who are in great need and all who have been traumatised by this terrible time.
May God grant eternal rest to those who have died and help us all, especially those most in need, now and in the days and years ahead.
Fr Gerard Skinner
Please keep all involved in your prayers

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Newsletter for 17/18 June - Corpus Christi

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Here is a lovely musical reflection for this weekend.



English translation
Heavenly bread
That becomes the bread for all mankind;
Bread from the angelic host
That is the end of all imaginings;
Oh, miraculous thing!
This body of God will nourish
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.

Heavenly bread
That becomes the bread for all mankind;
Bread from the angelic host
That is the end of all imaginings;
Oh, miraculous thing!
This body of God will nourish
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Vote for Ethan!



Many of you will know Ethan who is very much part of our community at the 10am Mass at OLOL. You may be interested in this. There is a link at the top of the video screen to vote for Ethan to receive this funding.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Newsletter for 10/11 June - Trinity


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One of the best known hymns sung in many Churches on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is "Firmly I believe and truly." Did you know that its original context is in Blessed John Henry Newman's "Dream of Gerontius". Here it is in the wonderful setting by Edward Elgar, and sung by tenor Peter Pears.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Newsletter for 3/4 June - Pentecost


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Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide us all as we prepared to fulfil our Christian duty of voting in the General Election on June 8th. Copies of the bishops' letter are still available in Church and the letter can be read online here.

As we prepare for the great Day of Pentecost, you might like to reflect on the Sequence for the feast. These words were written by the thirteenth century Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. You will find an English translation under the video.



Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour thy dew
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will
Melt the frozen, warm the chill
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die
Give us life with thee on high
Give us joys that never end.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

For our younger parishioners

Our Bishop has asked us to draw some matters to the attention of our young people. Please pass these items on to your children and grandchildren if they are unlikely to see this site.

Most of our Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the local University or parish. The Catholic Chaplaincy is a place for young Catholics to explore their faith as a young adults, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. To help Catholic young people find their local Chaplaincy, when studying away from home and for contact details of all the University Chaplains and Catholic Student Societies, visit the Catholics At University website at: www.catholicsatuniversity.org.uk.



If you are between 13 and 29 and haven't participated in the poll yet, you can do so here.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Parish Outing to Coughton Court

We had a wonderful sunny day for our outing to Coughton Court yesterday.

Here are a few photos:





Thursday, 25 May 2017

Newsletter for 27/28 May - Ascension of the Lord


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This weekend the Church keeps "World Communications Day" - second collection for this at the weekend. Cardinal Nichols tells us more about it in this short video:


Also this weekend, you will find a message from our bishops about the General Election at the back of both Churches. You can read it here.

In the wake of the terrorist incident in Manchester, we keep those who died, the injured, the grieving and the emergency services in our prayers.  A number of people have told me that they have found my reflection here helpful.  Above all, please keep praying.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Where do we begin...

...to make any sense of the atrocity at Manchester this last 24 hours. I don't know. I can't explain. I can't understand. All I can do is pray. Maybe I can share some of my confused thoughts and prayers through this sad day.

As I heard the news this morning, I remembered at once that I would be at St Charles School later in the day for our May Procession. It became clear that some of the children injured and killed in the blast were of a similar age to the precious children in our school. For a brief moment I wondered whether I could face the children this afternoon. Should we cancel the procession? No. Of course not. Our prayers, our love were more necessary than ever.

I prepared for the usual morning Mass. The first reading had noise and violence: a flogging, an earthquake, someone wanting to kill himself. This was not what I needed. Lord give me something more peaceful, more hopeful, more comforting on this awful morning. But wait. Faith in the risen Lord changes hearts. The gaoler who locked up Paul and Silas, still bleeding from their beating, washes their wounds even though it was late at night. He takes them home and feeds them. It was just like the only hopeful bit of news - the kindness and generosity of the people of Manchester. And the gaoler receives baptism from his erstwhile prisoners, and enters the risen life of the one who died, praying for his enemies, refusing to give into hatred.

And so a few hours later I made my way to school. I heard that the community had already prayed and reflected on the horrors of the night during morning assembly.

We gathered in the sunshine for the procession. I invited the children to offer their prayers, their rosary for those killed, wounded, grieving, and for the emergency services. I suggested that we asked Mary our Mother to hold them all in her arms.


We set off praying the Sorrowful Mysteries on this sorrowful Tuesday. I tried to plead the suffering and sorrows of Jesus and Mary for the suffering, sorrowful ones of Manchester. Between the mysteries we sang the very familiar processional hymn to Our Lady. The words, so, so familiar seemed to have a new relevance today:

...bless, sweetest lady,
the land of our birth.

For poor, sick, afflicted
thy mercy we crave;
and comfort the dying
thou light of the grave.

There is no need, Mary,
nor ever has been,
which thou canst not succour,
Immaculate Queen. 


And the hope, the faith, the uplift of this verse as we approached the end of the procession:

And crown thy sweet mercy
with this special grace,
to behold soon in heaven
God’s ravishing face.

May this be granted to those who have died in such an untimely and violent way today.



So the May Queen crowned the image of Mary in our school grounds, and it was almost time for tea and cakes. We don't sing Fr Faber's hymns much these days, but one line of his kept coming into my mind this afternoon: "victory remains with love." So we sang of the victory of that love as our Chant Club led us in the Easter Anthem to Our Lady, Regina caeli, laetare, Queen of heaven, rejoice...



Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
 Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

He has risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia

As we ended, our Aves, our Alleluias seemed stronger, more powerful than the noise of any bomb. Victory remains with love. That's what I am trying to hold in my heart tonight.




Monday, 22 May 2017

Change to Mass schedule this week.

By kind invitation of the parish priest we shall be having Mass at Coughton as part of our outing on Thursday this week. Consequently, there will be no Mass at OLOL on Thursday 25th May.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Newsletter for 20/21 May - Easter 6(A)


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As I have reflected on this weekend's Gospel Reading, I have kept thinking of a lovely motet by the sixteenth century English composer, Thomas Tallis. You might like to use it for prayerful reflection and preparation for Sunday.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ashby Arts Festival - 26th May to 2nd June


You can find details of Ashby Arts Festival 2017 here.

Our Lady of Lourdes is pleased to be hosting some of the events:

  • Cryptic Art: this exhibition has taken place in the atmospheric surroundings of our Crypt for a number of years and we are please to welcome our local artists again over the bank holiday weekend. Any donations will be given to the Retired Priests' fund this year. More details here.
  • Gresley Male Voice Choir Concert: in Church, Saturday, 27th May, 7.30pm. More details here.
  • Music Night at the Crypt: 29th May 2017, 7.30pm. More details here.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017

They know his voice

This weekend was very special in our parishes. All all the Masses, servers were admitted to the Guild of St Stephen. At the 10am Mass at OLOL we were delighted to welcome many children, parents and staff from St Charles School. This Sunday was Good Shepherd Sunday, the annual Day of Prayer for Vocations. In his homily, Fr Colin encouraged our young people to get to know the voice of the Lord calling them throughout their lives. He asked them to be open to the possibility that this might include a call to the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life. He pointed the children to Mary, the one who always knew the voice of the Lord, and responded to it with love. At the end of Mass we had our annual May Procession, and we gathered on the steps outside the Church for our May Queen to crown Our Lady. Thanks be to God.

Here are some pictures:







Thursday, 4 May 2017

Newsletter for Easter 4(A) - Vocations Sunday - 6/7 May

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Vocations material for this weekend can be found here.

A number of people expressed appreciation of the approach to scripture we used during the Lent course on the Mass. Earlier this week I posted details of an online course for May. I watched the first two episodes last evening and can thoroughly recommend it. The second episode gives interesting insights into the way the Church approaches scripture. You may find that this gives you a bit of background to the way I used the scripture passages during the Lent course. Do think of registering. It is easy, and you don't get overwhelmed with emails!

The Catholic Church has made available seven e-learning modules free of charge to any member of the Catholic Community.  Some of these would be useful for those who have a ministry with children or adults, covering child and adult safeguarding.  One in particular, dealing with Child Exploitation and Online Safety, would be useful for any family with teenage children.
To access these, you simply need to send an email to educare@familycare-nottingham.org.uk and you will receive a link to register for any of the modules you wish to access.  Each module takes one hour to complete. If you need further information please speak to our parish safeguarding reps, Pat Heath or Rita Hicklin



Monday, 1 May 2017

Mary's Month - Fatima Centenary


The Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins asked, in one of his poems, why May is Mary's month. You can find his lovely answer here.

This May is special for many Catholics: the centenary of the first apparition of our Lady at Fatima falls on the 13th of this month. A kind parishioner has drawn to my attention that, to celebrate the centenary, the St Paul Center in the US is offering a video course free this May. Entitled "Bible and the Virgin Mary" it is based on a book by the respected Catholic theologian, Scott Hahn. You can register for the course to enjoy at home here. You will also find a link at the same place to help you if you would like to follow the course with family members or friends.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

I thirst for you

This weekend, Deacon Andrew quoted a meditation by a Fr Joseph Langford, priest of St Teresa of Calcutta's Missionaries of Charity.

I know what is in your heart - I know your loneliness and all your hurts - the rejections, the judgments, the humiliations. I carried it all before you. And I carried it all for you, so you might share My strength and victory. I know especially your need for love - how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasures - with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? "Come to Me all you who thirst..."(Jn. 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine - to the point of dying on a cross for you.
I thirst for you. Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you: I THIRST FOR YOU. I thirst to love you and to be loved by you - that is how precious you are to Me. I THIRST FOR YOU. Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation. and give you peace, even in all your trials. I THIRST FOR YOU. You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you; My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you. I THIRST FOR YOU. If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one any more important in the entire world than you. I THIRST FOR YOU. Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life - and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart.
Don't you realise that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life - and I will. I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU. All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest.
You can read the full text here

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Newsletter for 29/30 April - Sunday 3(A)

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The Supper at Emmaus — a popular theme in Christian art — represents the story, told in St. Luke’s Gospel when after the Crucifixion, two of Christ’s apostles invite an apparent stranger, whom they have just met, to share their meal with them. When he blesses and breaks the bread, they realize that their guest is, in fact, the Resurrected Christ. St. Luke names one of the apostles as Cleopas, but he does not identify the other. “And their eyes were opened and they knew him and he vanished out of their sight.” Behind them, the innkeeper gapes uncomprehendingly.
Caravaggio has chosen to represent one precise moment, namely that fraction of a second after the two apostles have realised that they are witnessing a miracle of unimaginable power. He freezes that moment, renders it permanent and enables us to take our time, to consider the miracle and to experience for ourselves that sense of shock and astonishment that was felt by the two apostles.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Summer Event

This year the Parish will replace the Advent Gift Day with a summer event. We would like to make this a more social event where we get together as a parish family. An initial meeting to discuss what form this takes will take place on Wednesday 26th April at 8:00pm in the Presbytery. Any parishioner who would like to have input into the form this day takes is very welcome to join the meeting.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Newsletter


Last week there was a double edition of the newsletter. It covers this coming week and you can read it here.

This Sunday, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, there will be our monthly Holy Hour for Vocations at the "Hour of Mercy" 3pm, of which the Lord spoke to St Faustina:
As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it, invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners, for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice. 
As always, with these Holy Hours, feel free to come and go as you please.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Newsletter for Easter Sunday & Divine Mercy



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I look forward to rejoicing in the Resurrection of the Lord with you all at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8.30pm.





Be glad, let earth be glad,
as glory floods her,
ablaze with light
from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices
of the peoples.