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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.

Year Six Bid Sleep Out

A big, big thank you to our very generous parish community, we collected over £300.00 after the Masses last week.

We have smashed our £1,000 target and the online donations are still coming in. It’s not too late to donate …. please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/yearsixbigsleepout.

Total on Saturday morning was £1953.00 but this is not final as more money is to be counted. Well done to our pupils, teachers and parents who also endured the night in cardboard boxes.

From Rosanna De Marco-Coxon (Chair of the PPC)

Hello fellow parishioners

I hope you all had a lovely Easter! First, on behalf of both St Thomas More and Immaculate Conception, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Father Michael for all his hard work during Lent and Holy Week. The Liturgy was beautifully led by Father Michael especially during the Triduum.

As we all know, Father is often performing a “balancing act” whilst trying to provide spiritual guidance to both our parishes. His efforts are greatly appreciated by all! WELL DONE FATHER!!

At the meeting Youth Homework Group was discussed more details in the Narthex. Thank you to both Claudia and Ana for their ongoing commitment to the youth.

Friday 16th to Sunday 25th June is “ARTBEAT” the Clarendon Park Community Arts Festival. More than 2,000 people attended the festival last year and this success and popularity means it is set to return with 70 events over five days.

This year St Thomas More Church is taking part. Teresa Burbela and Martin Wiselka are holding an event on Sunday 25th June in the Parish Rooms. Visit www.clarendonpark.net for more information regarding these and other items discussed, please see the draft Minutes available in the Narthex.

Homework Club

 

For those in Year 7 and above there will be a Home Work Club run every Wednesday 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms, Knighton commencing Wednesday 10th May. Bring along your homework and spend an hour studying with your peers then have some chill time! Led by Claudia Coxon and Ana Manso, they would be grateful for the support of parents and/or retired teachers to help each evening. To attend or help, please sign the clipboard in the Narthex.

 

Message for Fr. Michael

I am very, very grateful for your generosity in the Easter offering, the many cards and gifts and especially for your kindness and support throughout the year.

It was very pleasing and encouraging to see so many people engaged in the liturgy. Over the next couple of weeks we will be highlighting the areas of liturgy where people may like to exercise their baptismal calling.