Friday, 24 July 2015

Newsletter - 17th & 18th Weeks in Ordinary Time (B)

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Would you like to learn more about your faith?

This is a great introductory course to develop your knowledge of the faith...

If you want to develop your faith with something a little more advanced, this is an excellent course... 

Healing Service

CAFOD's Summer Newsletter

Thank you from St Wilfrid's to Marie & Maria for all their dedicated ministry over many years. Click on the image below to download this summer's CAFOD Newsletter...

Individually Guided Carmelite Retreat

Well Done to the Markfield Christian Aid Team

Friday, 17 July 2015

Newsletter - 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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St Clare's School Job Vacancy - Premises Officer

Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: £18,135 - £19,743 pro rata
Contract: Full Time and Permanent
Applications Close: Thursday 30th July, 2015
Interview Date: Thursday 6th August, 2015 

We are looking for a Premises Officer to work in our busy and friendly Academy. The successful applicant will join a friendly and effective team that works hard to meet the needs of all our children. 

The main duties of this role are:
a) to undertake responsibility for the supervision of the site and the maintenance and security of the buildings.
b) contribute to the provision of high quality maintenance, security and cleanliness of the school buildings and grounds which ensures that students have a comfortable, clean, safe and well maintained environment in which to work or otherwise use the school facilities.

The role is for 34 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. The hours are 7.00 am-11.00 am, returning to the school from 3.00pm–6.00pm Monday to Thursday and 7.00am-10.30am, returning to school from 3.00pm-5.30pm on Friday. However additional hours will be required for scheduled lettings and these will be paid as overtime.

Committed to equality and diversity, we aim to promote an inclusive culture for all staff. So, whatever your background, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome you, and your application. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented ethnic, gender, transgender, age, disabled, sexual orientation or religious groups.

St. Clare’s Primary School has a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and has a rigorous child protection policy. The successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.

Application forms and relevant documents available on the school website:

Please send completed application forms to: 
Louise Freeman
St. Wilfrid’s Presbytery
53 London Road,
LE67 3JB

Or e-mail to:

Bill to Legalise Assisted Suicide

On Friday 11th September, the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk.  Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website ( or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church or by downloading this draft letter by clicking here.

Q & A on Assisted Suicide  
On Friday 11th September 2015 the House of Commons will be debating and voting on a Private Member’s Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions about the law and ethics of assisting suicide in the light of Catholic teaching.

What will the Bill do?
The Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill is a Private Member’s Bill sponsored by Rob Marris MP.   It would ‘enable competent adults who are terminally ill to choose to be provided with medically supervised assistance to end their own life’. That means it would licence doctors to supply lethal drugs to terminally ill patients to enable them to commit suicide. 

What's the law on this now?
Suicide was decriminalised in British law in 1961 because it was recognised that people attempting to commit suicide needed care, support and often medical treatment because of depression, rather than a criminal conviction. The serious tragedy of suicide meant that it remained against the law to ‘encourage or assist’ another person’s suicide or attempted suicide.  

In 2010 the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued guidance about the factors that are taken into account in deciding whether to prosecute this offence.  For example, prosecution is more likely if there is evidence of pressure having been brought to bear, or the assister had stood to gain from the suicide, or there was a duty of care for the person concerned. It is less likely if the assistance was given reluctantly and was ‘wholly motivated by compassion’.  The law, which protects vulnerable people, is able to deter assisting suicide and, if necessary to deal with malicious assistance with suicide, while also having discretion not to press charges in tragic cases.

Why shouldn't it be legal to assist suicide if the person wishing to die is old or disabled or ill? 
Every person’s life is equally worthy of respect and protection.  Even if someone loses sight of the dignity and value of their life (whether through pain, suffering or loneliness), they remain valuable in themselves and a member of the human family. They deserve care, support and sometimes medical treatment for depression, not assistance with suicide.  Neither the criminal law nor the DPP guidance distinguishes between suicide of young people who are physically-well and of someone who is old, disabled or ill.  Indeed, as a society we rightly go to great lengths to prevent each and every suicide.  In the words of the World Health Organisation, ‘every single life lost to suicide is one too many’.

How can we stand by while people die in pain?  Don’t we have a duty to do something?
We do have a duty to do something.  The United Kingdom was a pioneer in the hospice movement and the development of palliative care but most people do not have access to a hospice. There is need for more resources to support improved palliative and end of life care. Most hospitals focus on curing people and sometimes ‘could do better’ when it comes to care of the dying. Over 95% of pain can be controlled with specialist help and as a last resort a person could at least be comfortably sedated.  

What does the Church say about the value and dignity of dying people?
In a message addressed to Catholics in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Pope Francis said, ‘Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect’.  The Church teaches that life is a gift from God and supports high quality care for the dying and protection for the weak and vulnerable.  

What does the medical profession have to say about physician assisted suicide?
The British Medical Association, and the Medical Royal Colleges are strongly opposed to legalising physician–assisted suicide.  A key principle of professional medical ethics, reflected in the criminal law, is that doctors should never intentionally shorten life.  This principle, which dates from the ancient, pre-Christian, Hippocratic Oath, can be found today in the General Medical Council’s statement about the duties of a doctor, and in the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Geneva: doctors must show ‘the utmost respect for human life’.  

Need life be preserved at all costs?
Doctors may withdraw futile or burdensome treatments, or respect a patient’s refusal of treatment, or give much needed palliative treatment even if they foresee that, as an unintended side-effect, death may come sooner.  In fact palliative drugs, properly administered, do not generally hasten death.  Palliative care focuses not on cure but on care and ‘intends neither to hasten nor to postpone death’.  It is no part of medicine to kill or to assist suicide but nor does it require doctors to preserve life at all costs.  

Wouldn't there be safeguards in any legalised system?
Once you concede a principle and cross a line in ethics and law, it is wishful thinking to imagine that bad consequences can be averted merely by qualifications, conditions, or procedures.  In the small number of jurisdictions where assisted suicide has been legalised or where it is not prosecuted under certain conditions (Holland, and a handful of states in the USA) there is ample evidence that the safeguards don't work.  For instance, some laws seek to restrict access to assisted suicide to terminally ill people with a specific prognosis.  But prognosis of terminal illness is fraught with difficulty: terminally ill people often live for much longer than the predictions they are given when they are diagnosed - occasionally they even recover.  Furthermore doctors often fail to spot clinical depression in people who would meet the legal requirements for assisted suicide.  Each year the numbers dying by assisted suicide increase and the ‘safeguards’ are taken less and less seriously.  For more information on this see the website of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (  

What should I do if I am concerned about the dangers of assisted suicide?
If you are concerned about how legalising assisted suicide will put vulnerable people at risk, affect palliative care or encourage suicide please contact your local MP before the assisted Dying Bill is debated in the House of Commons on 11th September 2015.  If you have personal experiences to share with them please do. MPs listen to their constituents and will want to hear about your concerns. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website

This is a crucial opportunity to make your voice heard.

Community Prayer Gathering in Markfield

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

St Wilfrid's Marian Shrine & Gardens

Many thanks to Kasia & Andrew for their watchful care of our Marian Shrine over the summer months and the beautiful care taken of our front gardens by Andrew throughout the year.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Newsletter - 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Newsletter - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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