Thursday 26 March 2015

Holy Week Newsletter

Click here to read this week's newsletter. Only one side this week. Let's concentrate on what's really important - celebrating the death and resurrection of our Saviour.

Christian Aid quiz

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth

Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth invite all young people from year 7 upwards and their families to celebrate the Stations of the Resurrection “Via Lucis” together, on Saturday 25th April 2015. The afternoon will begin at 3.00 p.m. and finish at 9.00 p.m. at St.Francis Primary School, Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 OBG. A great opportunity to meet other young people. Come and share Music, Drama, Group Activities, Outside Fun, Celebration of Mass, Candlelit Procession to Celebrate the Stations of the Resurrection and FOOD!!! We look forward to seeing you. Contact Pauline on 07885187374 or email for more information

Blessed Robert Sutton - Two Teachers of English

Thursday 19 March 2015

Newsletter for 21/22 March - Lent 5(B)

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Please make sure you have the times of our Holy Week Liturgies in your diary....

Sunday 15 March 2015

At Mass every weekend - 100 years old

I wonder how many parishes in the diocese, or indeed in the country, have a parishioner of a hundred years old who is at Mass every weekend. Our Lady of Lourdes does: Pat McDonald is with us every Saturday evening, making the journey from his home on his trusty scooter. Father Colin presented him with a Papal Blessing at the first Mass of Laetare Sunday to mark Pat's one hundredth birthday. God bless you for your faithfulness to him and to his Church, Pat.
Ad multos annos!

Saturday 14 March 2015

Real Easter Eggs

I guess many people will be buying chocolate Easter Eggs to give to children - or to eat themselves!

Instead of getting something with secular symbols of Easter bunnies etc, why not try a Real Easter Egg  the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter.

You can order them via the link above or our neighbour, Mandy McIntosh at fair2all has some in stock.

I rarely do 'commercials' - but I thought I would make an exception in this case!
Anything which can present the real meaning of Easter is worth supporting.

Lenten Station Mass

It was good to welcome people from across the Deanery on Thursday evening. There was a lovely prayerful atmosphere during Adoration, and it was wonderful to see how many people came early for this. A special thanks to our visiting priests who were available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to those who provided refreshments so that we could meet each other informally after Mass.

Many people have told me that a special highlight of the evening for them was Deacon Andrew's homily at Mass. You can read it here.

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark - Head Teacher required for September

Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark - Head Teacher required for September, (closing date 20 March),  also required 3 Key Stage 2 Teachers (closing date 18 March) Visits welcome. Please contact school on 01636 689177 or email for CES application form and details.

Thursday 12 March 2015

From the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

Newsletter for Lent 4(B) - 14/15 March

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Wednesday 11 March 2015

Deanery Station Mass - Thursday 12th March - OLOL

        6.30pm Exposition & Confessions (visiting priests)
        7.15pm Benediction
        7.30pm Mass

Please come and meet your fellow Catholics from around the Loughborough Deanery

Feast of the Divine Mercy - Leicester Celebration

Teaching Vacancies in Derby

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Derby are looking to appoint a full-time Key Stage 2 Teacher from Sept 2015. For more information and an application pack please call the school office and speak to Mrs Harlow 01332 572154 or email

St George’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Littleover, Derby are looking for a Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 class teacher for September 2015 (NQT/MPS/UPS).

Please apply via or ring the school on 01332 766815. Closing date: Thursday 26th March.

Thursday 5 March 2015

Newsletter for 7/8 March - Lent 3(B)

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Our Lent Reflections

We have already had two good sessions after the Wednesday morning Mass. Although they follow a pattern, it is perfectly OK to come to some if you can't make them all.

Some weeks we are using material from Proclaim '15 a significant evangelisation initiative called 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.

Other weeks we are looking at ways of praying. This week we looked at praying with scripture using material from Pray as you go and Sacred Space.

Do join us next Wednesday.

Tuesday 3 March 2015

Parishioner in London Marathon seeks sponsorship

This time I, Edward Quinn, am running the London Marathon for Coping with Cancer in Leicestershire and Rutland. I have had a little practice running over the last 5 years.  Now after 21 Half Marathons and the at age of 67, I thought I should step up to the Marathon, the real challenge of running, endurance and willpower. The training alone is daunting, but you have to go through the "pain" to stand any chance of achieving the goal. BUT, it is worth it to help raise awareness of Coping with Cancer and raise funds that help those affected by cancer.  As some of you may know I finished my first marathon, but just a little worse for wear.

Coping with Cancer is a local charity that offers support to anyone, and all their family, affected by cancer. Coping with Cancer offers personal support just when you need it: from a friendly chat and complementary therapies to legal and financial advice.
It’s FREE and is there For as LONG as You Need IT!
Every year Coping with Cancer helps hundreds of families in our two counties from their headquarters in Leicester, outreach centres and individuals' own homes.

This work is funded by voluntary donations so please help.

To sponsor me go to

 You and your friends can donate using the attached sponsorship form.

Catenian Rosary Appeal

Vacancies in Catholic Schools

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The Federation of English Martyrs, Oakham and St Augustine’s, Stamford, Catholic Voluntary Academies is seeking to appoint an Executive Head Teacher as from the Autumn Term 2015 (or earlier if possible).  Full details are available from EPM, The Federation’s HR providers, at  The closing date for applications is Monday 16th March 2015.

The Governors of The Good Shepherd Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy, Nottingham are seeking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher. Please contact the school office (tel: 0115 926 2983) or email for further details and to receive an application pack. Closing date 20th March 2015