Thursday 26 February 2015

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Danny's Story

It was time to take the kids to Mass. To be honest it was a hassle on a Sunday morning. Sunday’s the day for a lie-in isn’t it? My wife isn’t Catholic so it’s up to me to make sure that the three children make their First Holy Communion. Father Mike stressed that we were expected to be there on Sundays.
I can’t explain what happened next. It was just Mass wasn’t it? The hymns were ones I had sung for years but it felt like the words were all new, like I was singing them for the first time. Something Father said about how blessed we are really hit home. He told us to look at the cross and to know how much God loves each one of us. I looked and something inside me just gave way.
“Are you OK Dad?” I heard my eldest say and felt a tug on my arm. He could see me wiping a couple of tears from my eyes. I put my arm round him and told him everything was great.
At the end of Mass I hung around while everyone shook Father’s hand and made their way out of the church. I just had to tell someone. As I heard the words coming out of my mouth to Father Mike my eyes filled up again. “It’s all true!” I said. “He really loves me. It’s like someone switched the light on. It’s all true.”
From the outside it probably looks like my life is just the same. Family, work, football, all the usual stuff. But something big has happened inside me. He’s alive. He loves me. Nothing will ever be the same again.

The story above is true with some details changed to protect privacy. It comes from a series of resources for small groups , in connection with an initiative called "Proclaim '15" being launched to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation. A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, it is designed to affirm the good work that is already being done by the Catholic community, and to provide resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach. 

You can learn more from the "Proclaim '15" page of the Bishops' Conference website.

Even better, join our Lent Reflection session in the crypt over a cuppa after the 9.30am Mass on Wednesday.

Sunday 22 February 2015

Pastoral Letter for Lent

At Mass this weekend we hear a Pastoral Letter from our Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Tom McGovern. It gives many excellent suggestions for keeping a good Lent. You can read it again here.
Here is the last main paragraph, which summarises the letter:

Monsignor McGovern
I hope and pray that all of us, whether we are preparing to be baptised or received into the full communion of the Catholic Church or whether we have been living our faith on a daily basis for many years, will give time to the Lord this Lent in fasting, prayer and almsgiving, and in particularly by seeking the Lord’s forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation. By doing this, we will heed Jesus’ injunction in today’s Gospel to ‘Repent, and believe the good news’, and be ready to celebrate his Death and Resurrection in Holy Week with minds and hearts renewed.

Thursday 19 February 2015

Newsletter for 21/22 February - Lent 1(B)

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You will read in the newsletter about the CAFOD Lent Fast Day. You can find out more here. If you want to know more about the match funding from the Government, which doubles the value of your gift, you can find information here.

Public Meeting about Ashby Hospital Services

Tuesday 17 February 2015

Ready for Lent?

Mass on Ash Wednesday
Day of Fasting & Abstinence

Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
9.00am & 7.00pm

St Charles Borromeo, Measham

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Friday 13 February 2015

Newsletter for 14/15 February Sunday 6(B)

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This weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes, we continue to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Lourdes, our very own feast day.

Vacancies in Local Catholic Schools

Deputy Head Vacancy At Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester

Deputy Head required for August 2015.

For application pack please contact Breda Breen, Office Manager on Leicester 0116 2624418 or download from the TES website.

For the two vacancies below, please click on the poster to bring up a larger version.

Thursday 5 February 2015

Wednesday 4 February 2015