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St Paul’s Ofsted “a good school with an outstanding Sixth Form”

Congratulations to all students and staff at St Paul’s on your OFSTED report.

Mr Lockyer’s has written to parents on this great achievement: The hard work and excellent attitudes of our young people, and the extraordinary commitment and dedication of our staff have been appropriately reflected in this report, which recognises St Paul’s as
“a good school with an outstanding Sixth Form”.
The welcome given to the inspectors by our young people was typically wonderful! Inspectors spoke glowingly not just about their general politeness, but how engaged they were in conversations during the two days. We are frequently so proud of our students who are a great credit, not only to the school, but also to you, their families.

 

Teas and Coffees after 9.00am Mass

Thank you to our team of very dedicated ladies who have provided teas and coffees after 9.00am Mass over the years. The time has come that some of them would like to hand the baton of hospitality on to the next generation. In order to keep this generous service going, we are looking for more volunteers to join the rota. If you are able to help, please let the parish office know.

Teaching Vacancies

St Paul’s Catholic School are seeking to appoint Full Time Teacher of Religious Education (August 2018). Application packs and further information is available on the website http://www.st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk/vacancies

Closing date 19th February 2018.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Grantham are seeking to appoint a new Headteacher (September 2018). Further details are available from Michaela Hamilton on m.hamilton@st-marys-grantham.lincs.sch.uk / 01476 562017 / www.stmaryscprimary.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 31st January 2018 at noon.

Knighton Memory Café

The Alzheimer’s Society who sponsored the Knighton Memory Café have recently been successful in gaining a new contract to deliver an integrated Dementia Support Service across Leicester and within our hospitals. The new contract means that all of their groups will sit within this new contract and as a result changes to the amount of groups supported have been reviewed.

As a result they are no longer able to run two memory cafes in the Knighton area and they have made the difficult decision to merge the Knighton Café held at St. Thomas More with the Holbrook Café. The Holbrook Café will continue to take place on the 2nd Friday of each month at St. Guthlac’s Church, Holbrook Road from 1.30pm – 3.00pm and this change will take effect from now.

Helen Whittington, Service Manager, has written with this decision and also thanks everyone for all their support provided over the years.
Special thanks to parishioners who have been helpers at the Café over five years.

Travelling Nativity – Knighton

During Advent every year our travelling nativity takes a journey around the parish. This is a great way to join in the preparations for Christmas and to celebrate Advent with others – and it’s great 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 of it’s journey, all you have to do is put your name on the day you want to receive the travelling nativity into your home on the list 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. You can also follow the Travelling Nativity Journey on FB.

Open Evening at St. Paul’s …

…for admissions into Year 7 for 2018 on Wednesday 20th September 6.00pm – 8.00pm. A great opportunity to see the school, meet the staff and pupils. Presentations in the theatre at 6.10pm and 7.00pm. The admissions team will also be available to answer questions.

Congratulations to St Paul’s students

Congratulations to GCSE and A-level students on their excellent results, which they all have worked so hard for to achieve.

Very proud that St Paul’s A-level results were the best in Leicester City.

Focus on Parish Ministries…Children’s Liturgy

Both our parishes celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with our children, at 9.00am Mass at Knighton (Term time only) and at 11.00am Mass Oadby (except last Sunday of the month). Our children join the main assembly for the beginning of Mass and are then invited to a room close by to explore the Word of God led by an adult leader. The leader’s ministry is to open the hearts and minds of the children to the word of God and allow them to respond to God’s word in their prayer and life. The leader presides over the celebration, welcomes the children, proclaims the Gospel, leads the reflection and/or activity on the scriptures and facilitates the smooth running of the liturgy. Resources are available to support the leader prepare. Children’s liturgy is aimed at 5 year olds upwards to First Communion preparation. At Knighton colouring and drawing activities are available for under fives (parents only need to stay if their child(ren) is under five years of age.

Prayer for Children’s Liturgy Leaders

Father, you call our Children’s Liturgy Leaders to serve our younger sisters and brothers by sharing your Word and bringing our little ones to a
deeper understanding of your endless love.

May they be effective in the ministering of your Word and persevering in prayer. We ask the Lord to bless all those in the service of our parish communities. Amen.

Focus on Parish Ministries…Finance

Each parish has a finance committee as laid down by Canon Law. They support and advise Father Michael in financial matters. They are supported by the counters who record (anonymously by number only) planned giving and collections each week and count and prepare for banking all monies received into the parish. All money received into a parish, from envelopes, second collections, hire of parish rooms to coffee/tea after Mass, should be paid into the parish account as laid down by the Diocese. All expenses are then paid out of the parish account by Father Michael. Each parish also has a Gift Aid co-ordinator who prepares the annual return to HMRC in order for the parish to reclaim 25p in the pound. Being involved in the finances of a parish is about responsible stewardship of earthly matters and ensuring financial law and audit is observed in a transparent and open manner. Whilst it is important to recognise those who use their financial skills to assist in this ministry it would not be possible without all those who are so generous week by week, month by month to the parish finances and a huge thank you is recorded here to all contributors for your regular and generous giving. We would also like to thank two counting teams that have recently retired – John and Anne Watters for 25 years’ service and Yvonne and Nik Brylka-Mee for 10 years’ service.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Josiah 24:15)

Prayer for those in the Ministry of Finance

Bless those responsible for the financial matters and concerns of our parish.
May they be astute in matters of this world to bring them to the reward of everlasting life. We ask the Lord to bless all those in the service of our parish communities. Amen.

Damascus Volunteer at St paul’s School

A gap year opportunity for 22nd August 2017 – July 2018. St. Paul’s School is looking for a full time volunteer 18-25 years who will work in the School Chaplaincy to provide opportunities for the personal and spiritual development of the young people of St. Paul’s School. Working Monday to Friday, 8.25am – 3.10pm with occasional negotiated weekend work. Volunteers are paid expenses equal to those paid by The Briars Retreat Centre. For more information and an application pack contact Seamus O’Looskan 0116 251 4057 solooskan@st-pauls.leicester.sch.uk or see the website.