Thursday 29 September 2016

Monday 26 September 2016

Human life and "the world's most dangerous philosopher".

"If you could say to somebody, you're going to have a child who will magically bring about social cohesion, will bring joy and encourage all the people around him or her not to take life too seriously, who will enjoy simple things in life, who will literally do a dance if there is ice cream in the freezer, who is able to enjoy life', that's a whole new value system, isn't it? That's a whole new way of assessing what is and isn't valuable."

One of many thought provoking quotes in the segment here from BBC's Frank Skinner on demand featuring Bridget Jones's Diary / Miranda star Sally Phillips talking about ‘the world’s most dangerous philosopher’ (Peter Singer) and Down's syndrome screening.

Thursday 22 September 2016

Newsletter for 24/25 September - Sunday 26(C)

Please click here to read the latest newsletter.

Tuesday 20 September 2016

German Students In Ashby

Please click here to read an article by Rev Tim Phillips of Holy Trinity, Ashby, about a proposed visit from German students in 2017.

Saturday 17 September 2016


I have been away for a few days, celebrating Mass for the enclosed Benedictine nuns at Minster Abbey, and finding plenty of time for prayer myself. Every priest needs times of retreat for the sake of his own soul, and so that the well doesn't run dry when he tries to share the faith with his people.

I also found time to make a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral, with it's associations with St Augustine and St Thomas Becket, and to St Augustine's Abbey in Ramsgate, which Pugin believed to be his ideal Church, his greatest work.

Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
St Augustine's Abbey
Because of my absence there was a double newsletter last week. Everything there still applies, except that on Friday, 23rd September, there will be a service of the Word & Holy Communion rather than Mass at 9.30am. This is because I am celebrating the Funeral Mass for Rev Deacon Brendan Campbell at Mount St Bernard Abbey that morning. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Click here for this week's porch notice with an updated list of times.


...if you have tried to phone the presbytery over the last couple of days. There is a problem with the BT line. I hope it will be fixed soon. Please contact me by email if possible.

Latest news! Fault resolved. Deo gratias!

Canonisation of St Teresa of Calcutta - OLOL represented!

Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner, Jacob, was in Rome the weekend Mother Teresa was canonised. He has sent me these lovely pictures. Click on the pictures to see a bigger version.

Thursday 8 September 2016

Sunday 4 September 2016

Today's homily

Read Deacon Andrew's homily on today's challenging Gospel here.

St Teresa of Calcutta

In his homily this morning, Deacon Andrew referred to the address Mother Teresa gave to the National Prayer Breakfast (Sponsored by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) February 3, 1994. As she is officially recognised by the Church as a Saint, you might like to read her address here.

Alternatively, here is the video of the address:

Saturday 3 September 2016

Young Catholic Adult Weekend @ Douai Abbey 28th -30th Oct 2016

Young Catholic Adult Weekend @ Douai Abbey 28th -30th Oct 2016

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 organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) led by Fr. Thomas Crean O.P. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited!

This weekend has been going for over 10 years, it is a unique experience, which brings the Catholic faith to a new generation!

To book goto:-

 For updates goto:- For more details goto:- Prices start from £12.

Thursday 1 September 2016