Thursday, 31 January 2013

Newsletter for 3/4 February - Sunday 4(C)

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Monday, 28 January 2013

The Wednesday Word

Would you like to be better prepared for Sunday Mass. Here is a resource which might well help you reflect on the readings.
I have added it to the permanent links on this site.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Deanery Quiz Winners

Congratulations to the gallant St Wilfrid's team who retained the Deanery Shield for the parish last evening. The event was well supported by the parish, and thanks go as always to our quiz-master, Steve Walsh.

How we celebrate Mass

This article from the Catholic Herald made me think.It contains eight challenges for the priest, and four for the assembly.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Speak out for Marriage

Our bishops have asked Catholics across England & Wales to send a postcard to their MP to express our opposition to the "Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 2012-2013". Postcards are available at Mass at Churches throughout the country this weekend, including St Wilfrid's

For most of the parish, our MP is Andrew Bridgen. For those who live in Thornton, Markfield, Bagworth, Barlestone, Nailstone, the MP is David Tredinnick.

Please take a postcard and fill in your name and address and your MP's name at the appropriate place. Then either put a stamp on it and post it, or let me have it by the end of the week, and I will send them off in bulk.

You can read the bishops' press release here. The page has other useful links.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Newsletter for 26/27 January - Sunday 3(C)

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013


the world has enough food for everyone why doesn't everyone have enough food?

A new campaign, supported by many charities including CAFOD, is being launched today.You can find out more about it here, and watch the video below.

It is vital that Christians take an interest in issues of justice and peace, and make our voices heard.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

St Clare's... today. However if parents are unable to safely get their children to school absences will be authorised. ALL after school clubs tonight are cancelled.

Announcement here.

Monday, 21 January 2013

School Closures

De Lisle and St Clare's are both closed today because of the weather conditions.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Do whatever he tells you

I am reflecting back over this weekend. We have had a lot of snow, and it has been difficult getting around.

I  am thinking back over the Masses and other parish activities this weekend. I am filled with gratitude that everything has happened as we had planned in spite of the conditions. Altar servers and musicians were in their places as usual so that Holy Mass could be celebrated reverently. The young people who are approaching the Sacrament of Confirmation were all there for their 'Rite of Election' prior to the great day on February 8th. Our children who are preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion were brought through the snow by their parents for Mass and their session afterwards. The planned Baptism took place though the family came from the highest village in the parish. Holy Communion was taken to the sick as usual. Perhaps most moving of all, I was overwhelmed by the number of our elderly and infirm parishioners who braved the conditions and were with us to worship God at his altar.

Today we heard our Lady say to us: 'Do whatever he tells you.' As I look back, I am filled with gratitude that so many did just that and heard the call of her Son : "Do this...."

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Newsletter for 12/13 January - Baptism of the Lord (C)

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Monday, 7 January 2013

Latest Year of Faith video from Bishop Malcolm

Bishop Malcolm talks about God the Father.