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Holy Week 2019

Monday 15th April           

7.30pm – Knighton – Passover Meal

 

Wednesday 17th April

11.30am – Mass of Chrism, St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham

 

Thursday 18th April

The SACRED TRIDUUM begins…

7.30pm – Oadby – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

watching at Altar of Repose until 9.45pm Night Prayer

8.00pm –  Knighton – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

watching at Altar of Repose until 11.45pm Night Prayer

 

Friday 19th April

GOOD FRIDAY – day of Fast and Abstinence (First Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

10.00am – Knighton – Children’s Stations of the Cross

11.00am – Oadby – Children’s Stations of the Cross

3.00pm – Knighton – Commemoration of the Death and Passion of the Lord

3.00pm – Oadby – Commemoration of the Death and Passion of the Lord

07.00pm – Knighton – Stations of the Cross

07.00pm – Oadby – Stations of the Cross

 

Saturday 20th April

HOLY SATURDAY (Second Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer

During Holy Saturday you are invited to come into the silence of the church and reflect and pray especially for the bereaved and for peace in our world.

3.00pm – Knighton – Afternoon prayer

After 3.00pm the Churches are prepared for Easter

08.30pm – Knighton – Easter Vigil followed by Shared Table

 

Sunday 21st April

EASTER DAY (Third Day of the Sacred Triduum)

9.00am – Knighton – Easter Day Mass

11.00am – Oadby – Easter Day Mass

School readers

Could you volunteer to listen to children read in school? School readers are volunteers who give free one-to-one reading practice to children in their primary schools. To become a volunteer you will need a good command of English and a bit of spare time each week of the school year (we ask that you commit for a minimum of a year).To find out more and to register, please visit http://www.schoolreaders.org or see the poster in the narthex.

Parish Bazaar

Saturday 30thNovember  St Thomas More Parish Bazaar

We would like to hold a Craft Stall at the next Parish Fair and are appealing to our parishioners, from Knighton, Oadby and beyond, to contribute one or more items to the stall. We are looking for anyone who has a hobby in crafts e.g. Knitting, Candle-Making, Painting, Pottery etc. and who are happy to donate to the stall.  This is a fantastic opportunity to sell bespoke Christmas gift items at this Parish Festive Event.  For further information please contact Rosanna De Marco-Coxon by email; rosanna.demarco@btinternet.com.   So go on…….. get Crafty!!!….Thank you

Open Hands – Compassion in action…

For many years our parishes have donated food for the poor and needy of Leicester. The place of our donations has now changed and all gratefully received items will be taken on a regular basis to Open Hands in Highfield Street.

Open Hands are delighted to partner with local churches and believe we can make a real difference by working together. Thank you to everyone who donated over the Christmas period. The store now has plenty of baked beans and pasta and appealing especially for UHT milk, sugar, rice, coffee, tea and cooking oil.

Ministries that need your help

We are looking for Doorkeepers and Welcomers. This involves arriving about 25 minutes before Mass begins in order to greet everyone on arrival with a smile and a hymn book/newsletter. They are responsible for taking the offertory collection, overseeing the offertory procession and ensuring monies are placed in a secure place after Mass. Our ministers of welcome should be familiar with the layout of the Church and be able to accompany late arrivals to vacant seats in the Church (This ensures the narthex is kept clear for safety reasons), know where the facilities (toilets and changing stations) are located and also aware of how to provide assistance when required e.g. location of first aid box. They also need to be aware of fire escape routes and ensure these are kept clear at all times. The biggest qualification for this role is that of a warm smile to greet regular and visitor alike; all other information will be provided. If you can help, either as an individual or couple, please let the parish office know.

We also need Cleaners. We have a dedicated group of cleaners who have vacuumed, dusted and swept our Churches for many years but numbers have dwindled and we are appealing for your help in ensuring our Churches are kept clean and tidy. The role involves vacuuming the Church, sanctuary (swept at Knighton) and narthex and dusting pews and statues. Those currently doing this ministry estimate it takes two people two hours per week to complete. All materials and equipment are provided and it can be done at any time during the week convenient to yourselves. Please note, toilets are not included in the cleaning responsibilities. If you can help, either as an individual, couple or family group, please let the parish office know.

Thank you

On behalf of all the parishioners of St. Thomas More and Immaculate Conception Parishes we would like to thank all those who have prepared our Churches and liturgies for our Advent and Christmas celebrations.  A big thank you to our choir and music group, our wonderful altar servers and all ministers and regular parishioners whose regular contribution throughout the year is truly appreciated. Special mention to the small but dedicated band who cleaned the Churches in preparation for Christmas. Thank you for the generosity of your Christmas offerings, gifts and kind words and greetings. We hope you are all able to find some time to rest with your loved ones, family and friends over the holiday period.

May we all draw closer to Jesus and to one another during this Christmas tide.

Fr Michael and Fr Kevin

Christmas Bazaar – Knighton

What a wonderful occasion was our annual Christmas Bazaar! Many thanks to those who worked so hard to get this ready, those who looked after stalls and food and cleared up afterwards leaving it all nice and tidy. A big thank you to Mrs Crosse, staff and parents for their support and to our children who ran a number of stalls in classrooms. Santa’s Grotto was very posh this year! Thank you to all those who came along and supported it and made such a successful day. All your efforts are greatly appreciated and we raised £3204.34 A list of prize winners from the raffle is available in the Narthex and prizes are available for collection in the Sacristy.

Travelling Nativity

During Advent our travelling nativity takes a journey around Knighton. A great way to prepare for Christmas and 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, all you have to do is put your name on the list is 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. Follow the journey on Facebook too.

Safeguarding

We are in the process of reviewing and auditing all volunteers including those involved in Children’s liturgy, drivers, Drop In helpers, Liturgists, Ministers of Holy Communion and all Sacramental Preparation programmes e.g. First Holy Communion.

Any volunteer leading a group or ministry which involves vulnerable adults and children needs to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. If you are currently a volunteer and have not been DBS checked, you must cease from this role until a check can be arranged by our safeguarding reps.

Our safeguarding reps are

Knighton: Louise McCole or Ian Bridgwood

Oadby: Jenny Walsh

Thank you to those who have volunteered to be the second person each week at Knighton children’s liturgy – no preparation or leading required – we just need to you to be there! The same is required for Oadby parish at 11.00am Mass.

If you can help, please contact Jenny Walsh or Bernie Stribling.

Christmas Masses 2018

Monday 24th December

5.00pm Vigil Mass, Oadby

6.00pm Vigil Mass, Knighton

9.15pm Carols and Readings

10.00pm Mass

 

Tuesday 25th December

9.00am Mass, Knighton

11.00am Mass, Oadby

 

Wednesday 26th December

10.00am Mass, Knighton

Renewal of Altar Servers commitment for both parishes.