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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).

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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

Travelling Nativity

During Advent our travelling nativity takes a journey around Knighton. A great way to prepare for Christmas and fun for the whole family! Two families meet every day in December as part of our preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with one family handing the nativity over to another. It comes complete with suggested readings, prayers and Christmas hymns.

If you would like to be part, all you have to do is put your name on the list is in the narthex. The travelling nativity will be brought to you on this day. The following day you will deliver it to the next family on the list. You can agree the arrangements and the time to meet with the families yourself. Follow the journey on Facebook too.

Safeguarding

We are in the process of reviewing and auditing all volunteers including those involved in Children’s liturgy, drivers, Drop In helpers, Liturgists, Ministers of Holy Communion and all Sacramental Preparation programmes e.g. First Holy Communion.

Any volunteer leading a group or ministry which involves vulnerable adults and children needs to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. If you are currently a volunteer and have not been DBS checked, you must cease from this role until a check can be arranged by our safeguarding reps.

Our safeguarding reps are

Knighton: Louise McCole or Ian Bridgwood

Oadby: Jenny Walsh

Thank you to those who have volunteered to be the second person each week at Knighton children’s liturgy – no preparation or leading required – we just need to you to be there! The same is required for Oadby parish at 11.00am Mass.

If you can help, please contact Jenny Walsh or Bernie Stribling.