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Foundation Governors

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy are seeking to identify new Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and play a crucial role in ensuring the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld. As a committee of the St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body works in partnership with, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to, the school’s leadership team. Who can be a Foundation Governor?

The basic requirements are to be over 18 and a practising Catholic. The Local Governing Body should ideally reflect the community it serves; we welcome Foundation Governors of all ages and backgrounds; the more perspectives we have, the more effective we can be. You do not have to be a parent, and do not need to have any connection past or present with the school. We would like to identify people who are available now, and also those who would like to express an interest for when opportunities become available in the future.

What’s the commitment? 6 meetings per year at school in the early evening, plus preparation / reading of papers before the meetings; Governor training – typically 2-3 sessions per year – weekdays, times vary; School visits during the school day – typically 2-3 per year; Email correspondence with other governors / leadership team throughout the term. More details and information about how to nominate yourself is available at

Fr Michael, Mrs Crosse (Headteacher) and Clare Macdonald (Chair of Governors) are all very happy to speak with anyone who would like more information or to express an interest.

Missio and Faith in Families boxes

If you hold either a red “Missio” box or a “Faith in Families” (formerly Catholic Children’s Society) box, please bring them next weekend to Church for emptying. Please take boxes into the Sacristy and do not leave in the narthex.


The directors of St Thomas Aquinas Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a new headteacher (primary) at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester. Further details are available at: Closing date: 10.00am Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

The Diocese of Nottingham wish to appoint a Support & Admin Services Officer to work with the Chief Operating Officer and others in providing support for our parishes in a wide variety of admin areas and projects. Permanent full time post (37.5 hours per week) although job sharing is a possibility For more information and an application pack email Closing date 31st January 2020.

Book Amnesty

Many of our hymn books and Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church volumes have gone walkabout. If you have any of these at home or have been loaned publications to plan a wedding or a funeral, we would be delighted with their safe return.

Care for Creation…

A small group of parishioners has been meeting to think deeply about Laudato Si-Pope Francis’ letter on Care for Creation. The letter addresses the whole human family and talks about care for ‘our common home.’ Each Sunday of Advent, we share some of its inspiration with you, and to take action in simple ways:

Our readings tell us that God is with us. We were struck in our conversations by Pope Francis’teaching on the interconnectedness of all creation:

“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to

discover God in all things.”

“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the

fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it

were, a caress of God.”

“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.”
“Every violation of solidarity and civic friendship harms the environment.”

(by Catherine Danaher on behalf of the group)

St Thomas More Parish Christmas Bazaar

Saturday 30th November St Thomas More Parish Christmas Bazaar 11.00am – 2.00pm.

We need lots and lots of bottles! Can you spare a bottle or two?

Next weekend will be especially Bottle Collection focus!!   We also need books, jewellery, pre-loved handbags, toys and bric-a-brac. New for this year – pre-loved Christmas jumpers (children or adult sizes) All donations can be left in the area marked “Christmas Bazaar” located by the repository cupboard side of the narthex.

We also need cakes on the day. 


Important Communication

Important Communication from the Diocesan Office Parishioners in other parishes are receiving emails which appear to be from priests and they are very credible – some have paid money over. We have been asked to alert you that this is happening and advise you to ignore all strange emails from priests requesting money.

Health & Safety

We all have a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure fire escape routes and doors are kept clear of obstacles at all times in our Church. The folding chairs have been removed from Knighton to ensure the narthex and fire doors are kept clear at all times. For this reason please do not bring chairs into the narthex or place by fire doors from the Parish Rooms.

Christmas Card Competition

Churches Together in Oadby are holding a Christmas Card Competition. Each year a Christmas Card is delivered to allresidents in Oadby, giving times of the Christmas services at all the churches in the area. This year a competition is being held to select the design of the card. This competition is open to all ages. Designs to be submitted on A4 paper with your name, address and contact details by 22nd September 2019. Please bring your entry to Immaculate Conception church and place in the box provided in the Narthex or give it to either Teresa Heaps or Neville Maggs. The winner will have their design delivered all over Oadby and will receive a framed copy of their design.

Concern Worldwide Ration Challenge

Sheila Giddins is taking part in this challenge during Refugee Week 16th – 23rd June. Sheila will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee and is seeking sponsorship. Money raised will provide food, medicine and education for refugees. If you would like to support her in this challenge, please see the poster in the narthex or go