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Parish Bazaar

Saturday 30thNovember  St Thomas More Parish Bazaar

We would like to hold a Craft Stall at the next Parish Fair and are appealing to our parishioners, from Knighton, Oadby and beyond, to contribute one or more items to the stall. We are looking for anyone who has a hobby in crafts e.g. Knitting, Candle-Making, Painting, Pottery etc. and who are happy to donate to the stall.  This is a fantastic opportunity to sell bespoke Christmas gift items at this Parish Festive Event.  For further information please contact Rosanna De Marco-Coxon by email; rosanna.demarco@btinternet.com.   So go on…….. get Crafty!!!….Thank you

Open Hands – Compassion in action…

For many years our parishes have donated food for the poor and needy of Leicester. The place of our donations has now changed and all gratefully received items will be taken on a regular basis to Open Hands in Highfield Street.

Open Hands are delighted to partner with local churches and believe we can make a real difference by working together. Thank you to everyone who donated over the Christmas period. The store now has plenty of baked beans and pasta and appealing especially for UHT milk, sugar, rice, coffee, tea and cooking oil.

Ministries that need your help

We are looking for Doorkeepers and Welcomers. This involves arriving about 25 minutes before Mass begins in order to greet everyone on arrival with a smile and a hymn book/newsletter. They are responsible for taking the offertory collection, overseeing the offertory procession and ensuring monies are placed in a secure place after Mass. Our ministers of welcome should be familiar with the layout of the Church and be able to accompany late arrivals to vacant seats in the Church (This ensures the narthex is kept clear for safety reasons), know where the facilities (toilets and changing stations) are located and also aware of how to provide assistance when required e.g. location of first aid box. They also need to be aware of fire escape routes and ensure these are kept clear at all times. The biggest qualification for this role is that of a warm smile to greet regular and visitor alike; all other information will be provided. If you can help, either as an individual or couple, please let the parish office know.

We also need Cleaners. We have a dedicated group of cleaners who have vacuumed, dusted and swept our Churches for many years but numbers have dwindled and we are appealing for your help in ensuring our Churches are kept clean and tidy. The role involves vacuuming the Church, sanctuary (swept at Knighton) and narthex and dusting pews and statues. Those currently doing this ministry estimate it takes two people two hours per week to complete. All materials and equipment are provided and it can be done at any time during the week convenient to yourselves. Please note, toilets are not included in the cleaning responsibilities. If you can help, either as an individual, couple or family group, please let the parish office know.

Christmas Bazaar – Knighton

What a wonderful occasion was our annual Christmas Bazaar! Many thanks to those who worked so hard to get this ready, those who looked after stalls and food and cleared up afterwards leaving it all nice and tidy. A big thank you to Mrs Crosse, staff and parents for their support and to our children who ran a number of stalls in classrooms. Santa’s Grotto was very posh this year! Thank you to all those who came along and supported it and made such a successful day. All your efforts are greatly appreciated and we raised £3204.34 A list of prize winners from the raffle is available in the Narthex and prizes are available for collection in the Sacristy.

Knighton Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24thNovember     11.00am – 2.00pm

Knighton annual parish fundraiser takes place in the school hall in 4 weeks time.  We need the help of our whole parish community to make this charity fundraiser a success. There are many ways in which you can support us. We desperately need Raffle Prizes.  If you are able to donate a prize for the raffle – possibly from a company that you work for or through other connections we would be very grateful. Please sign up on the form at the back of church or speak to Father Michael or myself.

Stall holdersIf you are able to spare some time to stand behind one of our stalls (all will be set up for you) please sign up.  We really need new people to help with this – no experience necessary – you will be fully supported.

Raffle tickets– these will be available at the back of the church.  Please take and sell and bring back on the day of the bazaar or place money and tickets in an envelope and post through the presbytery door or bring into St Thomas More school reception. Children will bring home a book of tickets each from school.

Donations– We need bottles, books, toys and bric-a-brac.  These can be left in the boxes at the back of church or brought into school and left in the reception area.

There are other jobs that we need help with – please see the list at the back of the church and sign up if you possibly can. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Whitehead.

Lay Chaplain

The Directors of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a Lead Lay Chaplain on a permanent basis, working for three days per week in the first instance, increasing to full time in the first 1-2 years.

The successful applicant will take on a crucial role in enhancing and developing the Catholic life of our schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. The salary is £30,153 to £34,538 (pro rata) depending on experience.

For further information, please see the Trust website www.aquinas-cmat.org or contact Mrs J Banks at Jbanks@aquinas-cmat.org. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 October 2018.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are an integral part of the leadership and management of our Catholic schools and make a substantial contribution to their success. Most people find being a governor to be highly rewarding. Across the Diocese of Nottingham, we have a number of vacancies that we need to fill. Bishop Patrick is inviting people to come forward who are willing to become Foundation Governors in our Catholic schools.

If you have the commitment and desire to become a governor now or in the near future, we would be delighted to hear from you.

More information about being a governor is available from the Diocesan Education Service website http://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education where you will find a “SelfNomination” form which we would encourage you to complete and return to us.

Farewell

Our thanks to Mrs Caroline Pearson, Head Teacher of Saint Thomas More Academy for all that she has done for our school family and we wish her every happiness in her retirement. Good wishes to all the staff who are moving on this Summer. Congratulations to Martin Fitzwilliam on his appointment to the St. Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust and Neil Lockyer, its new CEO. We wish all of our Academy staff and pupils, along with their families a rejuvenating summer.

Sr Mary Doyle

Sister Mary Doyle has moved from the Convent at Oadby and is now at Wollaton Road Convent, Nottingham. Sr Mary Doyle would like to thank everyone for their care and concern during her two and a half years in Oadby and is sorry she did not have the opportunity to say her farewells – she would welcome visitors at Nottingham. A bouquet of flowers has been sent on behalf of the parishioners and she was delighted with them.

GDPR

We now need to have evidence that you have opted in to be emailed either the newsletter and/or ministerial rotas as published under the new EU data protection rules called General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All those who receive electronic copies of the newsletter and/or ministerial rotas are reminded that you need to respond to the email sent to you. If you do decide to remain on our mailing list you can, of course, request to be removed at any time in the future. If we do not receive a reply, you will no longer receive an electronic version after 20th June 2018. Please be aware that the newsletter and rotas are always sent out “blind copy” so that your email is not disclosed to others on the mailing list. You might also like to take this opportunity to receive electronic copies – please email the Parish Office to be added.

Publishing individual names on our Sick List in the newsletter and in the Church are also covered by the new regulations. Currently names are added to our sick list after verbal consent has been obtained from the individual by Fr. Michael. During the coming weeks we will again need evidence of consent and will be contacting individuals and their families for their renewed consent.