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Knighton Christmas Fayre

Saturday 24thNovember     11.00am – 2.00pm

Knighton annual parish fundraiser takes place in the school hall in 4 weeks time.  We need the help of our whole parish community to make this charity fundraiser a success. There are many ways in which you can support us. We desperately need Raffle Prizes.  If you are able to donate a prize for the raffle – possibly from a company that you work for or through other connections we would be very grateful. Please sign up on the form at the back of church or speak to Father Michael or myself.

Stall holdersIf you are able to spare some time to stand behind one of our stalls (all will be set up for you) please sign up.  We really need new people to help with this – no experience necessary – you will be fully supported.

Raffle tickets– these will be available at the back of the church.  Please take and sell and bring back on the day of the bazaar or place money and tickets in an envelope and post through the presbytery door or bring into St Thomas More school reception. Children will bring home a book of tickets each from school.

Donations– We need bottles, books, toys and bric-a-brac.  These can be left in the boxes at the back of church or brought into school and left in the reception area.

There are other jobs that we need help with – please see the list at the back of the church and sign up if you possibly can. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Whitehead.

Lay Chaplain

The Directors of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Multi-Academy Trust are seeking to appoint a Lead Lay Chaplain on a permanent basis, working for three days per week in the first instance, increasing to full time in the first 1-2 years.

The successful applicant will take on a crucial role in enhancing and developing the Catholic life of our schools in Leicester and Leicestershire. The salary is £30,153 to £34,538 (pro rata) depending on experience.

For further information, please see the Trust website www.aquinas-cmat.org or contact Mrs J Banks at Jbanks@aquinas-cmat.org. The deadline for applications is Friday 12 October 2018.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are an integral part of the leadership and management of our Catholic schools and make a substantial contribution to their success. Most people find being a governor to be highly rewarding. Across the Diocese of Nottingham, we have a number of vacancies that we need to fill. Bishop Patrick is inviting people to come forward who are willing to become Foundation Governors in our Catholic schools.

If you have the commitment and desire to become a governor now or in the near future, we would be delighted to hear from you.

More information about being a governor is available from the Diocesan Education Service website http://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education where you will find a “SelfNomination” form which we would encourage you to complete and return to us.

Becoming a Catholic

Our parish communities welcome those who wish to enquire and ask questions about our faith and explore what it is to be a Catholic in the world today. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an invitation for non-Catholics to come and see what we do as Catholics and explore together why we do it. By listening to your questions, sharing and exploring stories, praying together and looking at Catholic practices a person may or may not decide to become a Catholic. There is no obligation, only an invitation to come and see.
On Wednesday 12th September we will begin the RCIA on Wednesday evenings in the Parish rooms, Knighton, 7.15pm – 8.45pm. If you are interested in finding out more about our faith and would like to come along, please speak to Fr. Michael or Jackie Williams (c/o Parish office).

Farewell

Our thanks to Mrs Caroline Pearson, Head Teacher of Saint Thomas More Academy for all that she has done for our school family and we wish her every happiness in her retirement. Good wishes to all the staff who are moving on this Summer. Congratulations to Martin Fitzwilliam on his appointment to the St. Thomas Aquinas Multi Academy Trust and Neil Lockyer, its new CEO. We wish all of our Academy staff and pupils, along with their families a rejuvenating summer.

Pastoral Care

As announced last weekend, Fr. Stephen Foster has resigned from active ministry due to ill health and the Diocesan Care Team and his family are now making arrangements for residential care for him.

Bishop Patrick has asked Fr. Michael, if he would take on from mid-September, the pastoral care of St. Mary’s, South Wigston and St. John Bosco, Eyres Monsell in addition to Knighton and Oadby parishes. Fr Michael will be assisted in this by Fr Kevin Aithaide as Assistant Priest who will reside in the presbytery at Knighton with Fr. Michael. Bishop Patrick has asked for our continuing and renewed support in sharing in the practical matters and administration of our parishes.

Sr Mary Doyle

Sister Mary Doyle has moved from the Convent at Oadby and is now at Wollaton Road Convent, Nottingham. Sr Mary Doyle would like to thank everyone for their care and concern during her two and a half years in Oadby and is sorry she did not have the opportunity to say her farewells – she would welcome visitors at Nottingham. A bouquet of flowers has been sent on behalf of the parishioners and she was delighted with them.

GDPR

We now need to have evidence that you have opted in to be emailed either the newsletter and/or ministerial rotas as published under the new EU data protection rules called General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All those who receive electronic copies of the newsletter and/or ministerial rotas are reminded that you need to respond to the email sent to you. If you do decide to remain on our mailing list you can, of course, request to be removed at any time in the future. If we do not receive a reply, you will no longer receive an electronic version after 20th June 2018. Please be aware that the newsletter and rotas are always sent out “blind copy” so that your email is not disclosed to others on the mailing list. You might also like to take this opportunity to receive electronic copies – please email the Parish Office to be added.

Publishing individual names on our Sick List in the newsletter and in the Church are also covered by the new regulations. Currently names are added to our sick list after verbal consent has been obtained from the individual by Fr. Michael. During the coming weeks we will again need evidence of consent and will be contacting individuals and their families for their renewed consent.

Urgent appeal for Church Cleaners

We need more people to help clean the Church, especially in Oadby parish where the responsibility now rests with just two people. All cleaning materials are provided and the task can be done anytime during the week by arrangement. Cleaning the church demonstrates our respect for God’s house and is a ministry of service to all the community and visitors coming into the church at any time. Please consider if you can offer a couple of hours a month to support this ministry in either parish. June/July ministry rotas have now been prepared and circulated. Hard copies are also available in the narthex of both parishes. If you are unable to fulfil your ministry or going to be away on holiday, please arrange for another to take your place and ask them to let Father Michael or Sacristan know on arrival. Thank you.

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. srpfappeal@nrcdt.org.uk. You can also order from the website www.retiredpriestsappeal.com. We hope you will enjoy reading this fascinating book, the first history of our diocese to be published since 1950.