Concern Worldwide Ration Challenge

Sheila Giddins is taking part in this challenge during Refugee Week 16th – 23rd June. Sheila will eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee and is seeking sponsorship. Money raised will provide food, medicine and education for refugees. If you would like to support her in this challenge, please see the poster in the narthex or go

Vacancy – Chief Operating Officer

The Diocese has a vacancy for a Chief Operating Officer based at Willson House next to the Cathedral in Nottingham. This new role will provide an exciting opportunity to make a pivotal contribution to the Church’s mission by managing the resources of the Diocese in a creative and professional manner. The COO will report to the Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Administration who is a member of the Board of Directors. Details of the position can be obtained by emailing and asking for them and for an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 28th May 2019


Full time Lay Chaplain at De Lisle College in Loughborough
Closing date 30 April.

More information:

Edward Poyser is due to shortly retire as Financial Secretary for the Diocese of Nottingham. An advertisement for the post of Financial Secretary is in the process of being prepared and will be published shortly


Stole of Remembrance – Knighton

All those who have lost a loved one during the past year are invited to place a piece of distinctive cotton material (approx. 5” x 7” / 12cm x 18cm) into the basket by the baptismal font. The pieces of cloth will be added to the Stole of Remembrance used in our Good Friday Liturgy and remain on the altar during Holy Saturday. The basket will be available on 3rd 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent until end of day on Sunday 7th April.

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


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 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;   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