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Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. 

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, 

who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. 

You, Salvation of Your People, know what we need, 

and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, 

we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. 

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father 

and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings 

and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. 

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. 

Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, 

but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. 

 

Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street.

When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, 

the small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory 

but normality will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us.

Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.

We will go back to laughing together. 

Strength and courage“. 

The Liturgy, Parish Events and Coronavirus

 The following steps have been taken to reduce the risk and spread of Coronavirus. Your co-operation with these actions represents an act of loving charity to our community and neighbourhood.

  • Holy Water has been removed from the Church 
  • The sign of peace has been suspended at Mass 
  • Reception of Holy Communion on the hand only 
  • Minister of Holy Communion to sanitise their hands before and after distributing Holy Communion 
  • Hymnbooks and Divine Office books have been removed 
  • Single page hymn sheet, weekly liturgy leaflet and newsletter must be disposed of after single use – please take them home and do not replace in basket or leave on the pew 
  • Anyone with cold or flu symptoms should refrain from attending Church 
  • Doorkeeper will make available collection plate on arrival as it is not to be passed around 
  • Visits to the sick with Holy Communion have been suspended until further notice 
  • Catering at parish gatherings has been suspended until further notice as multiple people touch cups, biscuits etc. 
  • Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday will be by bow or genuflection – no kissing or physically touching the cross

Words of Wisdom from Pope Francis

Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat”. Silence is so important. We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us. Reflecting on the Eucharist is a form of prayer. Eucharist is the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most concrete way of encountering God’s love. This is the greatest grace: to experience that the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through Him, with God and with our brothers and sisters. In the Gospels Jesus teaches His disciples that the first thing needed to pray is to know how to say ‘father’ and to trust in God with the humility of a child. Christians also must allow themselves to be surprised by the living encounter with the Lord and not simply talk to God like a parrot, repeating the words of prayers without thinking. The encounter with God is a living encounter. It is not an encounter of a museum, it is a living encounter. And we go to Mass, not a museum! We go to a living encounter with the Lord. The Mass is also a gift and a consolation where Christians discover that God’s greatest surprise is that he loves us even in our weakness. The Lord encounters our frailty. This is the environment of the Eucharist. This is prayer. (Taken from Pope Francis General Audience November 2017).

Image: Jeffrey Bruno

New Year Prayer

God who created order out of chaos
look kindly upon us as we welcome a new decade and the New Year of 2020.

In the chaos of daily life
as we fill our calendars and diaries
with appointments and tasks, significant days and anniversaries call us to create space for you.

May we be ever aware of your steadfast love
each day and night of 2020.
May we be always generous with our time
in our prayer and adoration of you.
May we graciously recognise when others need our time and grow in wisdom to know when we need time for ourselves so that we may truly live your commandments to love you with all our heart and soul and mind
and to love our neighbour as our self. Amen.

Thank you

On behalf of all the parishioners of St. Thomas More and Immaculate Conception Parishes we would like to thank all those who have prepared our Churches and liturgies for our Advent and Christmas celebrations. A big thank you to our choir and music group, our wonderful altar servers and all ministers and regular parishioners whose regular contribution throughout the year is truly appreciated. Special mention to the small group who cleaned the Churches in preparation for Christmas. Thank you for the generosity of your Christmas offerings, gifts and kind words and greetings. We hope you are all able to find some time to rest with your loved ones, family and friends over the holiday period.
May we all draw closer to Jesus and to one another during this Christmas tide.
With every blessing
Fr Michael, Fr Kevin, Fr John and Deacon Vince

Christmas Mass Times 2019

Tuesday 24th December Vigil Masses

5.00pm Immaculate Conception, Oadby, LE2 4LJ
5.00pm St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG 6.00pm St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN 7.00pm St John Bosco, Eyres Monsell, LE2 9BU

Tuesday 24th December Carols and Mass during the Night

9.15pm Carols and 10.00pm Mass St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN
9.15pm Carols and 10.00pm Mass St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG

Wednesday 25th December Christmas Day Mass

9.00am St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN
9.30am St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG
11.00am Immaculate Conception, Oadby, LE2 4LJ
11.15am St John Bosco, Eyres Monsell, LE2 9BU

Father Michael – Canon

We offer our congratulations and ongoing support of our prayers to the four new Canons of our Diocese: Fr Michael Moore, Fr Michael O’Donoghue, Fr Malachy Brett and Fr Chris Thomas (General Secretary of Bishops’ Conference). They have been granted the honorary Canon title in recognition of all their pastoral care and commitment to the Diocese over many years and we are most appreciative and grateful for the pastoral care of three of them that we have experienced here locally.

October – Extraordinary Month of Mission

October –Extraordinary Month of Mission designated by the Holy Father with “the aim offostering an increased awareness of the Mission ad gentes and taking up again with renewedfervour the missionary transformation of the Church’s life and pastoral activity. Materials havealready been prepared and can be found at https://missio.org.uk/emm

Holy Week 2019

Monday 15th April           

7.30pm – Knighton – Passover Meal

 

Wednesday 17th April

11.30am – Mass of Chrism, St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham

 

Thursday 18th April

The SACRED TRIDUUM begins…

7.30pm – Oadby – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

watching at Altar of Repose until 9.45pm Night Prayer

8.00pm –  Knighton – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

watching at Altar of Repose until 11.45pm Night Prayer

 

Friday 19th April

GOOD FRIDAY – day of Fast and Abstinence (First Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

10.00am – Knighton – Children’s Stations of the Cross

11.00am – Oadby – Children’s Stations of the Cross

3.00pm – Knighton – Commemoration of the Death and Passion of the Lord

3.00pm – Oadby – Commemoration of the Death and Passion of the Lord

07.00pm – Knighton – Stations of the Cross

07.00pm – Oadby – Stations of the Cross

 

Saturday 20th April

HOLY SATURDAY (Second Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

During Holy Saturday you are invited to come into the silence of the church and reflect and pray especially for the bereaved and for peace in our world.

3.00pm – Knighton – Afternoon prayer

After 3.00pm the Churches are prepared for Easter

08.30pm – Knighton – Easter Vigil followed by Shared Table

 

Sunday 21st April

EASTER DAY (Third Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Easter Day Mass

11.00am – Oadby – Easter Day Mass

Thank you

On behalf of all the parishioners of St. Thomas More and Immaculate Conception Parishes we would like to thank all those who have prepared our Churches and liturgies for our Advent and Christmas celebrations.  A big thank you to our choir and music group, our wonderful altar servers and all ministers and regular parishioners whose regular contribution throughout the year is truly appreciated. Special mention to the small but dedicated band who cleaned the Churches in preparation for Christmas. Thank you for the generosity of your Christmas offerings, gifts and kind words and greetings. We hope you are all able to find some time to rest with your loved ones, family and friends over the holiday period.

May we all draw closer to Jesus and to one another during this Christmas tide.

Fr Michael and Fr Kevin