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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.

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).