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Foundation Governors

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy are seeking to identify new Foundation Governors. Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and play a crucial role in ensuring the Catholic vision and character of the school is upheld. As a committee of the St Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body works in partnership with, and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to, the school’s leadership team. Who can be a Foundation Governor?

The basic requirements are to be over 18 and a practising Catholic. The Local Governing Body should ideally reflect the community it serves; we welcome Foundation Governors of all ages and backgrounds; the more perspectives we have, the more effective we can be. You do not have to be a parent, and do not need to have any connection past or present with the school. We would like to identify people who are available now, and also those who would like to express an interest for when opportunities become available in the future.

What’s the commitment? 6 meetings per year at school in the early evening, plus preparation / reading of papers before the meetings; Governor training – typically 2-3 sessions per year – weekdays, times vary; School visits during the school day – typically 2-3 per year; Email correspondence with other governors / leadership team throughout the term. More details and information about how to nominate yourself is available at https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education/directors-governors/appointmentfoundation-governors

Fr Michael, Mrs Crosse (Headteacher) and Clare Macdonald (Chair of Governors) are all very happy to speak with anyone who would like more information or to express an interest.

Missio and Faith in Families boxes

If you hold either a red “Missio” box or a “Faith in Families” (formerly Catholic Children’s Society) box, please bring them next weekend to Church for emptying. Please take boxes into the Sacristy and do not leave in the narthex.

Words of Wisdom from Pope Francis

Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing “to meet with Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat”. Silence is so important. We are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us. Reflecting on the Eucharist is a form of prayer. Eucharist is the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most concrete way of encountering God’s love. This is the greatest grace: to experience that the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through Him, with God and with our brothers and sisters. In the Gospels Jesus teaches His disciples that the first thing needed to pray is to know how to say ‘father’ and to trust in God with the humility of a child. Christians also must allow themselves to be surprised by the living encounter with the Lord and not simply talk to God like a parrot, repeating the words of prayers without thinking. The encounter with God is a living encounter. It is not an encounter of a museum, it is a living encounter. And we go to Mass, not a museum! We go to a living encounter with the Lord. The Mass is also a gift and a consolation where Christians discover that God’s greatest surprise is that he loves us even in our weakness. The Lord encounters our frailty. This is the environment of the Eucharist. This is prayer. (Taken from Pope Francis General Audience November 2017).

Image: Jeffrey Bruno

Vacancies

The directors of St Thomas Aquinas Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a new headteacher (primary) at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Leicester. Further details are available at: https://www.aquinas-cmat.org/vacancies/ Closing date: 10.00am Wednesday 22nd January 2020.

The Diocese of Nottingham wish to appoint a Support & Admin Services Officer to work with the Chief Operating Officer and others in providing support for our parishes in a wide variety of admin areas and projects. Permanent full time post (37.5 hours per week) although job sharing is a possibility For more information and an application pack email office@dioceseofnottingham.uk. Closing date 31st January 2020.

New Year Prayer

God who created order out of chaos
look kindly upon us as we welcome a new decade and the New Year of 2020.

In the chaos of daily life
as we fill our calendars and diaries
with appointments and tasks, significant days and anniversaries call us to create space for you.

May we be ever aware of your steadfast love
each day and night of 2020.
May we be always generous with our time
in our prayer and adoration of you.
May we graciously recognise when others need our time and grow in wisdom to know when we need time for ourselves so that we may truly live your commandments to love you with all our heart and soul and mind
and to love our neighbour as our self. Amen.

Book Amnesty

Many of our hymn books and Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church volumes have gone walkabout. If you have any of these at home or have been loaned publications to plan a wedding or a funeral, we would be delighted with their safe return.

Care for Creation…

A small group of parishioners has been meeting to think deeply about Laudato Si-Pope Francis’ letter on Care for Creation. The letter addresses the whole human family and talks about care for ‘our common home.’ Each Sunday of Advent, we share some of its inspiration with you, and to take action in simple ways:

Our readings tell us that God is with us. We were struck in our conversations by Pope Francis’teaching on the interconnectedness of all creation:

“The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to

discover God in all things.”

“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the

fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it

were, a caress of God.”

“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.”
“Every violation of solidarity and civic friendship harms the environment.”

(by Catherine Danaher on behalf of the group)

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 group 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.
With every blessing
Fr Michael, Fr Kevin, Fr John and Deacon Vince

Christmas Mass Times 2019

Tuesday 24th December Vigil Masses

5.00pm Immaculate Conception, Oadby, LE2 4LJ
5.00pm St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG 6.00pm St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN 7.00pm St John Bosco, Eyres Monsell, LE2 9BU

Tuesday 24th December Carols and Mass during the Night

9.15pm Carols and 10.00pm Mass St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN
9.15pm Carols and 10.00pm Mass St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG

Wednesday 25th December Christmas Day Mass

9.00am St Thomas More, Knighton, LE2 3HN
9.30am St Mary, Wigston, LE18 4PG
11.00am Immaculate Conception, Oadby, LE2 4LJ
11.15am St John Bosco, Eyres Monsell, LE2 9BU

Father Michael – Canon

We offer our congratulations and ongoing support of our prayers to the four new Canons of our Diocese: Fr Michael Moore, Fr Michael O’Donoghue, Fr Malachy Brett and Fr Chris Thomas (General Secretary of Bishops’ Conference). They have been granted the honorary Canon title in recognition of all their pastoral care and commitment to the Diocese over many years and we are most appreciative and grateful for the pastoral care of three of them that we have experienced here locally.