Monday, 22 May 2017

Change to Mass schedule this week.

By kind invitation of the parish priest we shall be having Mass at Coughton as part of our outing on Thursday this week. Consequently, there will be no Mass at OLOL on Thursday 25th May.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Newsletter for 20/21 May - Easter 6(A)

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As I have reflected on this weekend's Gospel Reading, I have kept thinking of a lovely motet by the sixteenth century English composer, Thomas Tallis. You might like to use it for prayerful reflection and preparation for Sunday.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Ashby Arts Festival - 26th May to 2nd June

You can find details of Ashby Arts Festival 2017 here.

Our Lady of Lourdes is pleased to be hosting some of the events:

  • Cryptic Art: this exhibition has taken place in the atmospheric surroundings of our Crypt for a number of years and we are please to welcome our local artists again over the bank holiday weekend. Any donations will be given to the Retired Priests' fund this year. More details here.
  • Gresley Male Voice Choir Concert: in Church, Saturday, 27th May, 7.30pm. More details here.
  • Music Night at the Crypt: 29th May 2017, 7.30pm. More details here.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017

They know his voice

This weekend was very special in our parishes. All all the Masses, servers were admitted to the Guild of St Stephen. At the 10am Mass at OLOL we were delighted to welcome many children, parents and staff from St Charles School. This Sunday was Good Shepherd Sunday, the annual Day of Prayer for Vocations. In his homily, Fr Colin encouraged our young people to get to know the voice of the Lord calling them throughout their lives. He asked them to be open to the possibility that this might include a call to the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life. He pointed the children to Mary, the one who always knew the voice of the Lord, and responded to it with love. At the end of Mass we had our annual May Procession, and we gathered on the steps outside the Church for our May Queen to crown Our Lady. Thanks be to God.

Here are some pictures:

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Newsletter for Easter 4(A) - Vocations Sunday - 6/7 May

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Vocations material for this weekend can be found here.

A number of people expressed appreciation of the approach to scripture we used during the Lent course on the Mass. Earlier this week I posted details of an online course for May. I watched the first two episodes last evening and can thoroughly recommend it. The second episode gives interesting insights into the way the Church approaches scripture. You may find that this gives you a bit of background to the way I used the scripture passages during the Lent course. Do think of registering. It is easy, and you don't get overwhelmed with emails!

The Catholic Church has made available seven e-learning modules free of charge to any member of the Catholic Community.  Some of these would be useful for those who have a ministry with children or adults, covering child and adult safeguarding.  One in particular, dealing with Child Exploitation and Online Safety, would be useful for any family with teenage children.
To access these, you simply need to send an email to and you will receive a link to register for any of the modules you wish to access.  Each module takes one hour to complete. If you need further information please speak to our parish safeguarding reps, Pat Heath or Rita Hicklin

Monday, 1 May 2017

Mary's Month - Fatima Centenary

The Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins asked, in one of his poems, why May is Mary's month. You can find his lovely answer here.

This May is special for many Catholics: the centenary of the first apparition of our Lady at Fatima falls on the 13th of this month. A kind parishioner has drawn to my attention that, to celebrate the centenary, the St Paul Center in the US is offering a video course free this May. Entitled "Bible and the Virgin Mary" it is based on a book by the respected Catholic theologian, Scott Hahn. You can register for the course to enjoy at home here. You will also find a link at the same place to help you if you would like to follow the course with family members or friends.