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


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.

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Holy Week Continues

I hope we are all having a good, prayerful Holy Week. Here is a reminder of what is happening for the rest of the week at Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby:

Here is the programme for St Charles Borromeo, Measham:
Full Holy Week newsletter here.

Visit to St. Barnabas Cathedral of The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Cathedral Dean Canon Geoffrey Hunton and The Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe are pleased to announce that a Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been arranged for April of this year from Friday 21 April – Wednesday 26 April 2017.

You can read more about the visit to our Cathedral at Nottingham here and see the full timetable here.

Location of our Cathedral here.

Thursday 6 April 2017

Learning Area Progress Leader Religious Education - De Lisle

Learning Area Progress Leader Religious Education

De Lisle College is a thriving and successful Catholic Voluntary Academy with a clear vision for success in developing the young adults of tomorrow. We aim to provide the very best all-round education for Catholic students and those willing to support our ethos. We are looking to appoint a well-qualified, enthusiastic and innovative individual to lead and manage aspects of the learning and progress within the Religious Education learning area and support the Department Leader of Learning. Applications from both experienced teachers and NQT’s are welcome.
Full details here.

Holy Week Newsletter

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The essentials of keeping a good Holy Week.

  • Daily prayer
  • Confession - if we've not already celebrated this Sacrament during Lent.
  • Being there when Jesus gives us his Body and Blood on Holy Thursday.
  • Praying in the Garden with Jesus on Holy Thursday after Mass.
  • Being at the Cross on Good Friday afternoon.
  • Being there when he rises again in the darkness of Holy Saturday Evening.