Thursday, 27 April 2017

Newsletter for 29/30 April - Sunday 3(A)

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The Supper at Emmaus — a popular theme in Christian art — represents the story, told in St. Luke’s Gospel when after the Crucifixion, two of Christ’s apostles invite an apparent stranger, whom they have just met, to share their meal with them. When he blesses and breaks the bread, they realize that their guest is, in fact, the Resurrected Christ. St. Luke names one of the apostles as Cleopas, but he does not identify the other. “And their eyes were opened and they knew him and he vanished out of their sight.” Behind them, the innkeeper gapes uncomprehendingly.
Caravaggio has chosen to represent one precise moment, namely that fraction of a second after the two apostles have realised that they are witnessing a miracle of unimaginable power. He freezes that moment, renders it permanent and enables us to take our time, to consider the miracle and to experience for ourselves that sense of shock and astonishment that was felt by the two apostles.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Summer Event

This year the Parish will replace the Advent Gift Day with a summer event. We would like to make this a more social event where we get together as a parish family. An initial meeting to discuss what form this takes will take place on Wednesday 26th April at 8:00pm in the Presbytery. Any parishioner who would like to have input into the form this day takes is very welcome to join the meeting.

Friday, 21 April 2017


Last week there was a double edition of the newsletter. It covers this coming week and you can read it here.

This Sunday, the Feast of the Divine Mercy, there will be our monthly Holy Hour for Vocations at the "Hour of Mercy" 3pm, of which the Lord spoke to St Faustina:
As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it, invoke its omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners, for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice. 
As always, with these Holy Hours, feel free to come and go as you please.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Newsletter for Easter Sunday & Divine Mercy

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I look forward to rejoicing in the Resurrection of the Lord with you all at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday at 8.30pm.

Be glad, let earth be glad,
as glory floods her,
ablaze with light
from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.
Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice,
arrayed with the lightning of his glory,
let this holy building shake with joy,
filled with the mighty voices
of the peoples.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Holy Week Continues

I hope we are all having a good, prayerful Holy Week. Here is a reminder of what is happening for the rest of the week at Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby:

Here is the programme for St Charles Borromeo, Measham:
Full Holy Week newsletter here.

Visit to St. Barnabas Cathedral of The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Cathedral Dean Canon Geoffrey Hunton and The Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe are pleased to announce that a Pilgrimage Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been arranged for April of this year from Friday 21 April – Wednesday 26 April 2017.

You can read more about the visit to our Cathedral at Nottingham here and see the full timetable here.

Location of our Cathedral here.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Learning Area Progress Leader Religious Education - De Lisle

Learning Area Progress Leader Religious Education

De Lisle College is a thriving and successful Catholic Voluntary Academy with a clear vision for success in developing the young adults of tomorrow. We aim to provide the very best all-round education for Catholic students and those willing to support our ethos. We are looking to appoint a well-qualified, enthusiastic and innovative individual to lead and manage aspects of the learning and progress within the Religious Education learning area and support the Department Leader of Learning. Applications from both experienced teachers and NQT’s are welcome.
Full details here.

Holy Week Newsletter

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The essentials of keeping a good Holy Week.

  • Daily prayer
  • Confession - if we've not already celebrated this Sacrament during Lent.
  • Being there when Jesus gives us his Body and Blood on Holy Thursday.
  • Praying in the Garden with Jesus on Holy Thursday after Mass.
  • Being at the Cross on Good Friday afternoon.
  • Being there when he rises again in the darkness of Holy Saturday Evening.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Knowing the Mass 3

We have now had the final session of our Knowing the Mass series. Again, the response in terms of numbers and enthusiasm was very encouraging. For those who couldn't be there this morning, here is the handout. The abbreviation GIRM = General Instruction on the Roman Missal.

If you want to look back at previous session here again is the material from Sesssion 1, and here from Session 2.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Youth Poll

Every few years, the Pope invites Bishops from around the world, and other advisors, to meet with him to discuss an important topic in the life of the Church. This is called a Synod. In 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will cover the theme "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment".

The preparatory document for the Synod provides an inspiring context for the General Assembly as it challenges the Church to listen, accompany and help young people hear God’s call.

The Home Mission Office and the National Office for Vocation are teaming up to prepare for this special event in the life of the Church.

Pope Francis wants young people and those who engage with them to take part in the consultation process. Remember - your voice matters!

Youth Poll
There are a lot of important questions the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to ask young people. If you are aged between 13 and 29 years old and live in England or Wales, please respond to the Youth Mega Poll.

Separate Poll
If you're a parent, teacher, chaplain, youth worker or priest who regularly engages with young people aged between 13 and 29 years old, please contact asking to be sent the poll that applies to you.

Friday, 24 March 2017

NB Corrected Newsletter

The original version of the newsletter, posted on Thursday was incorrect. Here is the corrected version.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Knowing the Mass 2

It was good to see so many people at our second session on "Knowing the Mass" this morning. For those who missed it, or who didn't take the notes, you can find the basis of our study here.

We meet in the crypt for coffee and the final session next Wednesday, 29th March, after the 9.30am Mass.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Ashby Foodbank

Ashby foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust network of 410 foodbanks; opened in May 2013 we are now nearly four years old.
Trussell Trust is a Christian Charity whose aim is to show the love of Jesus reaching out to others by providing emergency food for people in crisis.
It works on a referral system and unlike other independent foodbanks only gives out dried or tinned food making up a balanced diet for the recipients, 10 meals per family member for three days, in addition other goods such as toilet roll, toothpaste, soap and other essentials are included if they are available.
Ashby foodbank is supported by all of the Churches and schools in Ashby, and also in the immediate surrounding area, who of whom provide us with volunteers and food donations; we have a current stock level of around 3.5 tonnes.
We are open on Tuesday morning from 9.30 – 11.30am and on Friday from 2.30 – 4.30pm.
Emergency boxes are held by several (outside of Ashby) agencies including One Recovery Addiction Centre and Trent & Dove Housing Association in Burton, Sinfin and Coleman Street Health Centre’s and Austin Children’s Centre in Derby.
While the food pack is being made up a volunteer sign-poster will sit and chat to the client over a cup of tea. Through general conversation (we are not allowed to ask direct questions) they try to find the pressure points and stresses, often multiple reasons, affecting that person’s life.
The foodbank is not an extension of social services but is there to help break the cycle of dependency, by listening and then pointing the client to the service or services best able to help them.
Clients may be referred to the foodbank up to three times, after this contact must be made with the referring agency to ascertain if other help is in hand, of course no-one will be refused food if they are in need.
Surprisingly there are many local families (in what is perceived to be a relatively affluent area) living below the poverty line and struggling to feed their families, mostly because of debt, illness, delay in benefits, family breakdown, redundancy or a combination of these things. We have recently seen an increase in single people and single parent families.
Each red voucher asks for specific information, the total number of family members, children (under 16) and adults, their address including postcode, the main reason they have been referred and any secondary reasons.  We are finding that the reason stated on the voucher may not be the root cause of the situation, and this is where the signposting volunteer is invaluable in building up a birds-eye view of the person’s life.
We work closely with Cap Debt Help, they often refer clients to the foodbank when they are managing their lives on a very tight budget , we in turn find many clients reluctant to admit to debt, but if they do, we signpost them to CAP.
We also refer clients to CAP Money Course to learn about managing their money using a cash only system CAP Job Club and from now onwards CAP Release Group.
We look forward to helping more local families during 2017.

Noreen Mewies
February 2017

Newsletter for 11/12 March - Lent 2(A)

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Please don't forget the CAFOD Fast Day this Friday, 10th March: please bring the savings to Mass at the weekend, using the special envelope with your details if you are a taxpayer.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Knowing the Mass 1

It was good to see the room at the back of the crypt full for our Lent session on the Mass this morning. For those who missed it, or who didn't take the notes, you can find the basis of our study here.
Future sessions are at 10am in the crypt - after the 9.30am Mass.
  • Wednesday, 22nd March: Memorial & Sacrifice, Meal & Presence
  • Wednesday, 29th March: The Structure of the Mass
You are welcome whether or not you made it to the first session.

As a concluding reflection we listened to this lovely setting of Tantum Ergo by Deodat de Séverac.

Monday, 6 March 2017

CAFOD Lent Fast Day 2017

Thanks to Janet, our CAFOD contact, who spoke about this Friday's Fast Day at the end of our weekend Masses.

This video reinforces and develops what Janet told us:

Janet also mentioned a simple soup recipe for Friday's Fast Day. Here it is:

You can download a printable version here.

Welcome Phil

Yesterday, Phil Vranjes from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, attended our Cathedral, and along with many people from across the Diocese, was greeted by Bishop Patrick. We look forward to welcoming Phil into the Church by Baptism, Confirmation, and first Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil. Yesterday's "Rite of Election" at the Cathedral was part of the final preparation for this. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Newsletter for 4/5 March - Lent 1(A)

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Prayer & Pancakes

Our February Holy Hour for Vocations was on the last day of the month. The day in question was both Fr Colin's Ordination Anniversary, and Shrove Tuesday.
A goodly number of people assembled in Our Lady of Lourdes for a very prayerful hour, and then repaired to the Presbytery to enjoy pancakes and a glass of wine.
Many thanks to all who took part, and to Marie Allen for providing a seemingly endless supply of pancakes.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Alleluia, Prayer, Pancakes, and Ashes

During the season of Lent, the singing and saying of “Alleluia” is omitted from all liturgies, only to re-emerge at Easter, when the resurrection is proclaimed.

At the end of the 9.30 Mass on Shrove Tuesday we shall sing this eleventh century hymn to observe the old custom of “Burying the Alleluia” until Easter.

Alleluia, song of sweetness,
voice of joy that cannot die;
alleluia is the anthem
ever raised by choirs on high;
in the house of God abiding
thus they sing eternally.

Alleluia thou resoundest,
true Jerusalem and free;
alleluia, joyful mother,
all thy children sing with thee;
but by Babylon's sad waters
mourning exiles now are we.

Alleluia cannot always
be our song while here below;
alleluia our transgressions
make us for awhile forgo;
for the solemn time is coming
when our tears for sin must flow.

Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,
grant us, blessed Trinity,
at the last to keep thine Easter,
in our home beyond the sky,
there to thee for ever singing
alleluia joyfully. 

Thus the Alleluia is sung for the last time and not heard again until it suddenly bursts into glory during the Mass of the Easter Vigil when the celebrant intones this sacred word after the Epistle, repeating it three times, as a jubilant herald of the Resurrection of Christ.

On Shrove Tuesday evening we have our monthly Holy Hour for Vocations starting at 6.15pm. Feel free to come when you can and leave when your must any time between 6.15 and 7.15.

After the Holy Hour, we shall have pancakes in the presbytery to celebrate Mardi Gras and Fr Colin's ordination anniversary.

We start Lent on Ash Wednesday, 1st March. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses:
9.00am: Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby
10.30am: St Charles Borromeo, Measham (our school will be joining us for this Mass)
7.00pm: Our Lady of Lourdes, Ashby

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Newsletter for 25/26 February - Sunday 8(A)

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Here is our outline programme for Lent and Holy Week. More details week by week as we move through Lent.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Newsletter for 11/12 February - Sunday 6(A)/Celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes

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This weekend, Ashby parish celebrates the feast of our patron, Mary our Mother, under her title, Our Lady of Lourdes. Perhaps we could say the prayers below to ask Our Lady's prayers for our parish, and for our own intentions:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Our Lady of Lourdes, we come to you like little Bernadette at the grotto. We pray with childlike trust in you.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, when you appeared in Lourdes, you made it a holy sanctuary where many have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. We pray with confidence for your holy intercession.
(State your intentions here)
Holy Mother of the Rosary, we feel confident that your prayers on our behalf will be graciously heard by God.
Immaculate Mother, comfort us in our affliction.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
Saint Bernadette, pray for us!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Teaching posts in our Diocese

Catholic teachers looking for new opportunities will find vacancies in Catholic Schools throughout our Diocese here.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Candlemas music

Written by J S Bach for February 2nd and based on The Song of Simeon in St Luke's Gospel the German words are:
Ich habe genug,
Ich habe den Heiland, das Hoffen der Frommen,
Auf meine begierigen Arme genommen;
Ich habe genug!
Ich hab ihn erblickt,
Mein Glaube hat Jesum ans Herze gedrückt;
Nun wünsch ich, noch heute mit Freuden
Von hinnen zu scheiden.

English translation:
I have enough,
I have taken the Saviour, the hope of the righteous,
into my eager arms;
I have enough!
I have beheld Him,
my faith has pressed Jesus to my heart;
now I wish, even today with joy
to depart from here.

Newsletter for 4/5 February - Sunday 5(A)

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Vacancy at the Briars

There is a vacancy for a Programme Coordinator at the Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre. Full details here.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Vacancies for Science Teacher, Maths Teacher and English Teacher at Blessed Robert Sutton

Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College is seeking to a appoint a teacher of science, a teacher of maths, and a teacher of English from Autumn 2017. Full details here. (Three page document - one post on each page)

Newsletter for 21/22 January - Sunday 3(A)

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Vacancy for Catholic Headteacher in Leicester

The governors of  St John Fisher Catholic Academy, Wigston, Leicestershire are seeking to appoint a new headteacher. Further details are available from Mrs C Smith on tel. 0116 2882203 or by visiting Closing Date 9th February 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Newsletter for 14/15 January - Sunday 2(A)

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Our newsletter this weekend contains an update on the impressive progress of our new pre-school, together with a way of donating towards the completion of the project. You can find an alternative way of giving here.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Measham Magi

I couldn't resist taking this picture after Saturday evening Mass at St Charles: three wise men of differing generations come to visit the infant Christ on the feast of the Epiphany.