Groups

ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROPAGATION OF FAITH

The APF operates for the overseas development of our faith, particularly to the third world countries, helping 1059 dioceses and territories to provide pastoral care and preach the Gospel.

Donations are usually made by families keeping a “Red Box” in their home and making contributions until the box is collected. Nationwide, over 170,000 homes have donated millions of pounds for the Missions.

The “Red Boxes” at St. Thomas More’s are collected regularly. A magazine is delivered to each member every quarter and a report is sent to the diocesan Director annually.

If you would like to be part of this magnificent missionary work, please contact us.

CARE GROUP

The Care Group is a small group of parishioners who meet every couple of months to discuss the sick, elderly and housebound of the parish. The group work well together with Fr. Malachy, trying to ensure parishioners who need visits get the support of the parish.

Once a year we organise a service for the sick, elderly and housebound and the Sunday before Christmas we invite the sick, elderly, housebound and anyone in the parish who will be alone for Christmas to join us in the Parish Room for a tea party. The children of the parish entertain us with Christmas carols.

CATENIAN ASSOCIATION

The Catenians’ motto is “Strengthening family life through friendship and faith.” The Catenians are a group of practising Catholic men who are invited to join and meet socially once a month to share common Catholic and family values, and socialise with their families.

Three groups meet in the Leicester area each month and all are represented in the parish:

  • Leicester group meet on the third Wednesday of each month
  • South Leicester group meet on the last Tuesday of each month
  • Kirby Muxloe group meet on the third Thursday of each month

If you are interested, you would be very welcome to find out more by contacting one of the members.

“DROP-IN” GROUP

The “Drop-In” meets every Thursday after 10.00 a.m. Mass in the Parish room. We are a lovely group of about 35 members; there is no age limit as we always need people to help with lifts, tea, coffee or the occasional sherry! It’s a great opportunity to meet the senior members of our parish, have a chat, meet old and make new friends.

About once a month we try to go out for lunch or have lunch in the Parish Room. If you have free time on Thursday mornings you are very welcome and join us.

ECUMENISM, CHRISTIAN UNITY, INTER-FAITH

We, of St. Thomas More Parish, Knighton, are continually invited to respond and be aware of our role in Ecumenism/Christian Unity and Inter-Faith understandings. It is a huge responsibility, it is our Mission throughout every day of our lives.

Our Ecumenical Team is held in high esteem by our fellow Christians in our area, i.e., through The South Leicester Christian Partnership of which our Parish have been full members since it’s inception.

Presently we have in our Team: Cari Crook, Sr. Joan Agnes, O.Carm and Tom O’Connell.

We share increasing discoveries through our fellow members: the churches and communities of Baptist, Methodist, Quaker, Anglican, Congregational and Evangelical understandings (others are not excluded) within the Yearly Christian Calendar, on special occasions and particularly through The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

We benefit from our contacts and involvement with St. Philip’s Pathway, a centre of welcome and enlightenment to all who are conscious of our responsibilities within the Interfaith and Multi-Ethnic population of our unique City. All this is ours to enjoy and share.

To be involved in any of this read our Parish Newsletter, listen to announcements or enquire from any representative of St. Thomas More Ecumenical Team.

GIRL GUIDING UK – “Girls in the Lead”

Girl Guiding is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in this country. It has about 600,000 members. There are similar organisations throughout the world and Girl Guiding UK is a founding member of the world association that unites them.

Brownies:

Brownies is for girls aged 7 – 10 years old. They have fun and their meetings are full of challenges, games and activities, usually ones that the brownies have suggested themselves. They belong to a Pack and work in small groups called Sixes. This gives each girl a group of ready-made friends to take care of her. It also makes her feel that she belongs to something special.

We meet weekly during term time at St. Thomas More School, 5.30—7.00 p.m.

There are many opportunities for brownies to take part in special activities and events throughout the year, such as evenings at our local Girl Guiding campsite, visits to the pantomime, themed parties, as well as joining in with local brownie packs. There are also many badges for the brownies to work towards learning new skills in a friendly learning environment.

Guides :

Guides have fun! They take part in indoor and outdoor activities that challenge them to do their best! Guides choose and plan most of their activities, which can include themed evenings, trips, concerts and many more! There are opportunities for Guides to take part in special activities such as sleepovers, an annual summer camp, pop concerts, to name but a few. We meet on Monday evening during school term time, from 7.00 p.m.—8.45 p.m. at St. Thomas More School. Guides are for girls aged 10 years and over.

For more information please contact our leader below and also the Girl Guiding Website: www.girlguiding.org.uk.

JUSTICE AND PEACE GROUP

The Justice and Peace Group is concerned with working for justice and peace both at home and abroad by exploring the causes of injustice, raising awareness and facilitating the participation of parishioners in relevant events and actions.

The group meets as required, usually around every six or eight weeks, and any parishioner is very welcome to join us at any point. In the past we have mounted campaigns in the parish on indebtedness in the developing world and on trade justice, among other things.

For many years we have arranged for greeting cards to be sent annually to prisoners of conscience by parishioners. We are currently focussing on environmental issues, including climate change, but this is not our only focus of interest and we continue to campaign, for instance, on debt.

Anyone with an interest in these issues or in other issues of relevance to justice and peace that they would like to raise in the group is welcome to join us. Meetings take place on a weekday evening.

MUM’S THE WORD

The St. Thomas More Mother & Baby/Toddler Group is a group of parents who meet every Monday during term time for play, crafts, story-time and singing.

We meet at 1.30 p.m. until 3.00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There is a small cost of 50p per session per family which includes a cuppa, a biscuit and all the gossip. The first session is free to newcomers.

Everyone is very welcome to come along. It is a great opportunity for your children to meet with other children who they may well end up going to school with. Although the group is for your children to play and socialise together, it has in fact become much more than that. We arrange social events for the parents and the whole family including nights out, pamper days, play days and picnics in the park. Please get in touch if your would like more information.

YOUTH GROUP

We meet every two weeks on a Sunday from 7.00 p.m.—8.30 p.m. (during term time) and this group is open to all Year 7 and above young people.

Sessions include free time in the parish rooms where games are available or you can just chat with your friends. We try to do field activities during the lighter evenings and we have been on trips, including bowling and “The Snowdome”. A regular café is also available during the evening run by a team of parents. New parent helpers are always welcome.

Meetings are usually published in the Parish Newsletter or contact one of the committee members below for further information.