Sunday, 15 July 2018

Young Catholic Adults Weekend at Douai Abey

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are inorganic a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) with Lawrence Lew O.P., and Canon Poucin ICKSP. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialise and have fun. Book soon as places are limited! All Masses are in the Old Rite.

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Keep in touch with Lourdes Pilgrims

I'm sure that many parishioners at home will be keen to see what those in Lourdes are doing and join with us in prayer next week. I shall be using Twitter to publish news and photos. You can access these posts without signing up to Twitter. All you need to do is click here. You may see an invitation to register but you can ignore this and still see everything.

My previous post gives further ways of linking parishioners at home with pilgrims in Lourdes.

May Our Lady of Lourdes pray for our parish and for all our intentions, and may we hear her invitation to do whatever her Son tells us.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Lourdes 2018 - Do whatever He tells you

Words of Mary at the Wedding at Cana provide the 2018 Pastoral Theme at Lourdes: "Do whatever he tells you."

A number of parishioners will be on our way to Lourdes next Monday morning. We shall pray for those at home, and hope that those at home will join us in prayer.

Here are some resources to prepare for our pilgrimage, or to make a spiritual pilgrimage at home.

  • Our Bishop's Homily at the Centenary Mass gives us plenty of material for reflection. You can find some key points from the homily and a link to the full text here.
  • Those at home might like to take a look at what is happening in Lourdes on Lourdes TV. You might see someone you know, especially in the processions each day at 4pm and 8pm, or at the International Mass on Wednesday at 8.30am - all times BST - our watches will be an hour further on in Lourdes!
  • There is lovely video about Lourdes and this year's Pastoral Theme here.
  • There is even an app with lots of useful stuff on it: iOS here, Android here.

A wonderful year at St Charles School

This has been an excellent year in the life of St Charles School. The close ties between parishes and school have been strengthened through a number of joint activities. I remember especially the Centenary Mass at OLOL in February, and the lovely parish picnic in the school grounds more recently.
The school was rated good in an OFSTED inspection in February.
In the last couple of days we have received the latest SATS results. Our children scored above the national average in these tests.
St Charles will join the St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust in September and will be the smallest school in the trust. However, it is in a good position to punch well above its weight in the new trust.
Congratulations to staff, children, and governors for all that has been achieved this year. We look to the future with great confidence.

Catenian BBQ - All welcome

Newsletter for July 14/15 & 21/22 - Sunday 15 & 16(B)

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Thank you Jacqueline

After Mass today we said "Thank you" and "Good bye" to Jacqueline Rodden who has been been our inspirational Chair of Governors at St Charles School for the last four years. She is now to be the first Chair of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust which brings together the Derbyshire Catholic Schools in our Diocese.

It was wonderful to have Jacqueline, Paul and Alasdair with us at Mass this morning.

Thank you, Jacqueline, and God bless you.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Financial Statements etc

Last weekend, Tony Holt and Marie Allen updated us on the financial position of our two parishes. Here are the two statements for the 2017-18 financial year:
Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby.
St Charles, Measham.

We also use this annual opportunity to draw people's attention to a number of other things in parish life that we need to review each year. Please could you read the script below the accounts and note what it says about gift aid, letting us known if you are new to the parish, and volunteering for the different task/ministries that enrich the life of our communities. In the last category I say in this weekend's newsletter: We are desperately short of volunteer Church cleaners. This task only comes round for each group about every nine weeks and it usually takes about an hour if we get enough people.

You can find the relevant forms to respond in these various ways at the back of the two Church or download them below:
Anything to do with Gift Aid.
New parishioners and change of contact details.
To volunteer for tasks/ministries.

Road closures for World Cup quarter-final

Please make this as widely known as possible. I only became aware of it this morning.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Happy ninetieth birthday!

Congratulations to Father Robert Rutledge on his ninetieth birthday on the feast of St Thomas, a very hot Ashby day. He tells me it was raining in Co Mayo the day he was born! We are so blessed to have you with us in Ashby, dear Father. God bless you.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Please pray for...

...our newest priest in Nottingham Diocese, Fr Jonathan Whitby-Smith, ordained in our Cathedral this weekend. Here is a lovely picture of him giving his first blessing to a young member of our Diocese.

Please pray for more vocations to the priesthood.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Centenary Fun Day

Many thanks to all who prepared the lovely Picnic and Fun Day in our Centenary Year. Special thanks to St Charles School for the use of their grounds, and to those who donated so that the entertainment and special refreshments were free. A Centenary Cake was cut at refreshments after Sunday Mass this weekend. Here are some pictures.
Lots of fun on the field

Does "scone" rhyme with "gone" or "bone"?
Posh afternoon tea
Anyone for Pimms?
The cake!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018

From Father Colin

At Mass this weekend I announced that I would step down from being your parish priest in the autumn of 2018.
My last weekend as your Parish Priest will be 15/16 September. Your new parish priest will be Father Peter Wade. He was in this Deanery a few years ago as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Loughborough, and is at present Parish Priest of Skegness and Spilsby. He will be informing his parishioners of his move this weekend. He tells me that he will be on the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage next month, so some of you will have the chance to meet him then.
Being your parish priest for more than 4½ years has been a very special time for me. I have loved celebrating Mass and the other Sacraments, sharing insights with you, and being privileged to share in the significant life events, joyful and sorrowful, of many families.
After a short break, I shall be available to help out in parishes and schools in the Deanery and beyond.
The level of support here from so many people has been a very special part of my time with you. I am deeply grateful for this and have already told Fr Wade that this is a great strength of our parishes.
Let us pray for each other and for Fr Wade as he prepares to say goodbye to his parishioners in Skegness and Spilsby and to move to Ashby and Measham.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Lourdes Website

I know that many of us our looking forward to our pilgrimage to Lourdes next month. You can find a lot of information about Lourdes and what happens there day by day by visiting the website of the Sanctuary.

On the website you can find a live video feed ("Lourdes TV") from the Sanctuary, often it simply shows the Grotto, but it also covers the processions and major celebrations such as the International Mass. It's well worth a visit from time to time.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Lead Lay Chaplain Vacancy

The Directors of the St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Multi- Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a Lead Lay Chaplain. For further details of the post please contact Louise Wilson, CEO Designate via email to or visit: Closing date 2 July 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Eucharistic Procession

Sunday, 10 June 2018

First Holy Communion Sunday

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A beautiful summer's day...

... was God's gift to us for our Corpus Christi Procession. Thanks be to God.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Newsletter for 26/27 May - Trinity

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Immediate staff Vacancies – Sisters of St Joseph of Peace

We are looking for new dedicated staff members to work for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in the United Kingdom, who are soon to relocate to Nottingham from Rearsby, Leicestershire. Attractive salaries and working hours. The closing deadline for both positions is 6:00 PM on Friday 15 June 2018.

The new position of Business Manager will oversee all financial activities, personnel management, and coordination of maintenance needs of properties owned and rented by the Sisters

The new Health & Wellbeing Coordinator will promote the holistic care, health and wellbeing of sisters.

To obtain a job description or enquire further details of these positions see link or contact Margaret Healy 01664 424 251 or email   

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mary we crown thee...

Another lovely sunny day, another May Procession, this time at St Charles School. We prayed the Rosary, we sang our hearts out, we crowned our blessed Mother.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Forty Hours Adoration:

This came too late to make it to the newsletter:

Our Deanery will be celebrating Forty Hours Adoration from Tuesday 29th May - Friday 1st June, leading up to the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for Adoration for ten continuous hours in four different churches, from 10a.m. until 8p.m., closing with Benediction. This will take place at The Rosmini Centre, Ratcliffe on Tuesday 29th May; Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby, on Wednesday 30th May; St. Winefride’s, Shepshed, on Thursday 31st May and St. Mary’s, Loughborough, on Friday 1st June. Do please make every endeavour to spend at least some time in one or more of the Churches before Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, especially in this year when the Church as a whole comes together for its National Congress on the Eucharist — ‘Adoremus’.
There is a sign-up sheet for the Wednesday in OLOL.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Education Chaplaincy Vacancy: Derbyshire

St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust (Derby/Derbyshire) is seeking to appoint a Lead Lay Chaplain.

Further details here. Closing date 4 June 2018 


Sunday, 13 May 2018

May Procession

We had a  wonderful sunny morning for Mass with St Charles School followed by our annual May Procession. Thanks to readers, musicians, servers, school staff, pupils, May Queen with her attendant and page, and those who provided and decorated our new processional statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in our centenary year.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Novena to the Holy Spirit

The Pentecost Novena starts today. We join Mary and the Apostles praying for the nine days between the Ascension and Pentecost for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Prayers can be found here.
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Newsletter for 12/13 May - Easter 7

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We are looking forward to our May Procession at the end of the 10am Mass on Sunday.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Centenary Walk

We were blessed with a glorious day for our walk from St Charles Borromeo, Measham where Catholic parish life was established in this area, to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ashby. Around thirty parishioners and two dogs took part to celebrate the Centenary of our Church at Ashby. Most walked the full 7.5 miles, some different parts of the journey. Thanks to those who provided transport so that those who couldn't cope with the full route were still able to participate. Some of the walkers had taken part in "Rosary on the Coast" little more than a week ago. That day was cold and dark. As we said the Rosary on our walk today, about as far as you can get from the coast in this country, we experienced hot sunshine, and were very glad of the stops for rest and refreshment. Thanks be to God.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Rosary on the Coast

I am thrilled that our very inland parishes were represented at the Rosary on the Coast initiative this afternoon. A parishioner who made a round trip of over two-hundred miles to Cleethorpes emailed me some pictures and commented: "A beautiful day with possibly two-hundred fellow Catholics praying for faith, life and peace. Well worth the drive". 

Here are some pictures: