News Parishes

Book about the Diocese of Nottingham

…an account of the background to, and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham. Canon Anthony Dolan, a retired priest and former archivist of our diocese, has, together with many other contributors, compiled this book which contains more than 360 pages of information and photographs about our parishes, religious communities, schools, pilgrimage sites and martyrs. A limited number of copies of the book are available to purchase in your parish at a reduced price of £16, and extra copies can be ordered by emailing or contacting the Retired Priests Appeal Office 0115 888 2644. You can also order from the website We hope you will enjoy reading this fascinating book, the first history of our diocese to be published since 1950.

Appointment of Headteacher

We are delighted to announce that Charlotte Crosse was appointed on Wednesday as the new Headteacher of St. Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy. I am sure we will all give her a very warm welcome as she begins her new role in the next Academic year.

Sport Relief Mile

On Sunday 11th March (10.00am – 12.00pm) Knighton parish community are invited to take part in an all-age, all-ability Sport Relief Mile to raise money for many of those in need of our support in the UK and overseas. The route will start and finish in the Parish Rooms. Start/end times are to suit you, but should be within the two-hour window. Fancy dress is encouraged (but optional) along with creative ways of covering the mile route – on a space hopper, pushed in a wheelie bin (by a responsible adult), skipping, conga… walking and jogging are also options, of course, along with being pushed in a pram if you can fit safely! Please avoid bikes, roller skates, skateboards etc. as we don’t want any unnecessary injuries from collisions that might spoil the fun atmosphere. Fancy dress is encouraged too! What better way could there be to start the day for mothers on Mothering Sunday too?!! Refreshments will be available in the Parish Rooms for those who would like to chat while others are taking part. Let’s make this a successful community event that’s truly in the spirit of almsgiving during this Lenten season! Sponsorship forms and more information will be available at weekend Masses, in school and from Guiding and Scouting meetings. Thank you for your support!

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

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 / 01476 562017 /

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.