Monday, 16 October 2017

Vacancy for Project Lead - Leicester and Leicestershire Catholic Schools Multi-Academy Trust

The Steering Group working on the new multi-academy trust for Catholic schools in Leicester and Leicestershire is seeking to appoint a project manager. This is 0.4FTE position, starting as soon as possible until 1 September 2018, with the possibility of extension if it is required. Applications are welcome from current or former school leaders or business managers, particularly those with experience of academy conversion and/or high level project management.  A secondment with agreement of the present employer would be welcomed. The Steering Group welcomes expressions of interest by CV (including suitable references) and covering letter detailing relevant skills and experience, by this Thursday 26 October 2017 at 12.00 noon to

Job description here. Person specification here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Event cancelled - Busy Times, Busy Families

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. I was notified of this after this week's newsletter was printed.

Newsletter for 14/15 October - Sunday 28(A)

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Newsletter and University

Just a reminder that the newsletter published last weekend covered two weeks. Here it is again.

We have been asked to draw this site to the attention of those starting at university or returning. It gives contact information for Catholic Chaplaincies in our universities.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Parish boundaries

Have you ever wondered about the extent of our parishes? Here is a map of each. I have put this as a permanent feature on the sidebar of this site. 

You can view a map of all the parishes in our diocese here.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Double issue Newsletter for Sundays 26(A) and 27(A)

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We welcome children and staff from St Charles Catholic School to participate in a special way in the 10am Mass at OLOL on Sunday, 1st October.

Also on the weekend of 30 September/1 October we shall hear about the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day (Friday, 6th October). The envelopes for this will be distributed this weekend and should be returned at Mass on 7/8 October.

You will find in the newsletter some basic details of Adoremus, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool, 7 – 9 September 2018. This is a major event in our national Catholic life, and it is hoped that every parish in the country will be represented. You can read much more about it here. It is possible for people to attend for the whole three days, or just for one or two. We have to submit approximate numbers (though not names yet) of those who are keen to attend within the next fortnight, so please think about this now and contact Fr Colin as soon as possible if you are interested.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Teaching Vacancies at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College For January 2018

There  are vacancies in English, Art and Textiles/or Design, Design and Technology (Resistant Materials) and Geography. Please see the school website at for further details and how to apply.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Newsletter for 16/17 September - Sunday 24(A)

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This Sunday is Home Mission Sunday. You can read more here.

Wish you were here - a Reflection for Home Mission Sunday
In that first moment, when you settle into your seat, waiting for Mass to begin, who is it that you think of? Who is it that you wish were sitting beside you?
After my mother died, it was difficult to come to Church without welling up in tears as I wished she were there. Then one day I asked God to show me that she was with Him, and experienced a sense of peace.
Now my heart aches for those I care about who have stopped coming to Church. Perhaps they have drifted away or something has turned them away. Whatever the situation, I miss them and wish they were here.
In today’s readings we are taken straight to the heart of the matter as we are asked to forgive those who have hurt us and to show mercy if we hope to receive it. This sentiment is as powerful as it is challenging. Whether thinking of an individual or a group of people who have offended us in some way, if we are able to show loving mercy rather than judgement, we open the door for them to turn towards Jesus. How? It all begins with a smile, a welcome, and prayer that we be released from the pain within. Then in going beyond ourselves, we step into Christ and do what may have seemed impossible – we forgive and are forgiven.
Teresa Carvalho, Home Mission Development Officer
Home Mission Office - Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis

Monday, 11 September 2017

Follow up to Pastoral Letter on Education

Yesterday I posted the Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Education.

Here are some links which may be useful to anyone wanting to follow up some of the points in the pastoral letter:

Nottingham Diocesan Education Service.

St Charles Catholic Primary School - which serves our two parishes.

Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, Burton - our parishes are in the catchment area of this Catholic Secondary School.

De Lisle College, Loughborough - a number of our parishioners attend this Catholic Secondary School.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pastoral Letter on Education

This weekend we heard a Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from Bishop Patrick. You can read it here.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Newsletter for 9/10 September - Sunday 23(A)

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This weekend is Education Sunday and we pray especially for our schools. We will hear a pastoral letter from Bishop Patrick on the subject of Catholic Education.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Epiphany and Ascension

From Advent 2017 the Solemnities of the Epiphany and the Ascension will be restored to their traditional days, rather than being transferred to Sunday. However, if Epiphany (Jan 6th) falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, (as it will do for the next three years) it will still be observed on Sunday. Ascension Day is always on a Thursday, forty days after Easter. These feasts are Holydays of Obligation.

More details here.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, who died on Friday. You can read more here.

A few days before his death, the Cardinal sent a message to his successor, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. This is what he said:
My dear Cardinal Vincent,
I would be very grateful if you would convey this short message to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, of which I as well as you have been privileged to serve as their Bishop.
At this time, the words I pray every night are never far from my thoughts: “Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit”. Please tell them that I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come. I have received many blessings in my life, especially from my family and friends. I thank God for the many priests, religious and lay faithful who have helped and sustained me in my Episcopal life. Nor should I forget the many Anglican and Free Church colleagues whose friendship I have valued very much. Above all, as I now commend myself to the loving mercy of God, I ask them all to pray for me as I remember and pray for them.
Fraternally in the Lord,
A prayer for the departed Cardinal:
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the soul of your departed servant Cardinal Cormac,
to whom you committed the care of your family,
may, with the manifold fruit of his labours,
enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. 
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.
May his soul
and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Newsletter for 2/3 September - Sunday 22(A)

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Jesus came among us not primarily to establish easy-going human fellowship, the sort that produces warm feelings of acceptance and belonging; he came among us to redeem us from sin, an operation that cannot avoid inflicting pain. Friendship in the truth means never forgetting the ultimate goal of our life by basking in the enjoyable illusion of present security and mutual human support. Jesus can support us as our friend only insofar as his help moves our life toward his Father. The Son cannot collude with us in anything even vaguely approaching a conspiracy against the Father’s deepest will to save; if he did, he would stop being faithful Son, which is exactly what the actual Satan would have had him do during the temptations in the desert: “All these [kingdoms] I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
This quote, inspired by today’s gospel reading, is from a wonderful three volume work entitled Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, Meditations on St Matthew’s Gospel, by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, an American Cistercian monk. On my recent retreat, a nun of Minster Abbey introduced me to the work: after hearing my homilies, she thought his approach to scripture was similar to mine.  If only I could rise to his level!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Friday, 28 July 2017

Newsletter for 29/30 July - Sunday 17(A)

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Young Catholic Adult Weekend @ Douai Abbey 20th -22nd Oct 2017

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) with Lawrence Lew O.P., and Canon Poucin ICKSP. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialise and have fun. Book soon as places are limited!
To Book: youngcatholicadults-douai2017
For updates: .
For more details:
Prices start from £18.50.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Double newsletter

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The weekend of 22/23 July we have an appeal at all Masses on behalf of the Missionaries of Africa (The White Fathers). You can read more about them here.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Newsletter for 8/9 July - Sunday 14(A)

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July is the month of the Precious Blood. Here is a lovely hymn in honour of the Precious Blood - the first hymn on the video:

Some of the verses for reflection:

Glory be to Jesus,
Who, in bitter pains,
Poured for me the lifeblood
From His sacred veins!

Grace and life eternal
In that blood I find;
Blest be His compassion,
Infinitely kind.

Lift we then our voices,
Swell the mighty flood;
Louder still and louder
Praise the precious blood!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

This morning we thanked God with those who received their First Holy Communion at the weekend. We processed from St Charles' Church into school following the Blessed Sacrament. We gathered in the school hall and remembered Sunday's Mass: there is no need to be afraid because Jesus, our mighty hero, our gentle friend is with us in the Sacred Host. After our Procession concluded with Benediction we had a celebration lunch. Thanks be to God!

Following the Lord

A moment of adoration

Our First Communicants

The celebrations continue

Monday, 26 June 2017

First Holy Communions 2017

De Lisle - Vacancy for Lay Chaplain

The Governors wish to appoint a Lay Chaplain who will work with school students, staff, local clergy and Governors to promote and maintain the Catholic ethos and spiritual values of this ‘outstanding Catholic’ secondary school (Section 48). This is an exciting opportunity to be the lead Chaplain to establish and lead a team of Lay Chaplains who will work across its Family of Schools and those schools who form The Blessed Cyprian Tansi Catholic Academy Trust. Applicants are sought from practising Catholics with a genuine passion for finding new ways of enthusing and encouraging teenagers on their faith journey. This is a full time post with annualised hours.

All details and application form here.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Newsletter for 24/25 June- Sunday 12(A)

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Please pray for our children as they receive the Lord in Holy Communion for the first time this weekend.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Some of you may remember Fr Gerard Skinner. As a student in Rome, he was one of the guides when Fr Peter Tierney took us to Rome and Assisi in 2000. He is now parish priest of a parish which has been very much in the "front line" of the relief effort in the wake of the recent tragedy. I came across this account from Fr Skinner online:
Our hearts truly go out to all who have been deeply affected by the tragedy that unfolded from the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is impossible to imagine the pain of those who have lost family and friends or those who are in anguish while they try to discover where loved ones are. With all my heart please know that the prayers of this parish are with you all.
At present I know that families from our parish community cannot find members of their family – other families have lost their homes and all their possessions. So many of us will know others who lived at Grenfell Tower who have suffered so much. We pray for all who are suffer now and for all who have died.
From early on Wednesday morning our Church became the most incredible hub. Many came to pray in our church. Scores of volunteers spontaneously came to Parish Centre and began receiving hundreds of bags of clothes and other items that will be of use to those who have lost everything. They sorted the donated items into boxes that were piled high in the church and courtyard. Human chains passed each box from the Parish Centre & courtyard out to waiting vans. Meanwhile in the centre other volunteers welcomed anyone who needed a place to seek refuge – some of those who came had lost their homes – others had been evacuated from homes near the Grenfell Tower. Some were looking for loved ones – others were escaping from the media attention at the nearby Rugby –Portobello Club where they had been awaiting news of relatives with whom they had lost contact.
Parishioners and men and women from all parts of London came together in the most compassionate and community spirited way imaginable. Fr Peter Wilson and Fr Peter Scott have been untiring in their support for the community at this time. The Cardinal will be meeting and praying with those afflicted tomorrow & Bishop John Wilson has visited us on Wednesday and our school today. All deserve the highest praise possible and thanks for the outpouring of care and kindness over the last few days.
Thank you to everyone who has offered prayers & support for this community at this time - it is truly appreciated.
The immediate response given in the Parish Centre has now concluded. Again a huge thank you to all who each played an indispensable part in offering comfort in such a dark time.
Now we must be attentive to the ongoing care of those who are in great need and all who have been traumatised by this terrible time.
May God grant eternal rest to those who have died and help us all, especially those most in need, now and in the days and years ahead.
Fr Gerard Skinner
Please keep all involved in your prayers

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Newsletter for 17/18 June - Corpus Christi

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Here is a lovely musical reflection for this weekend.

English translation
Heavenly bread
That becomes the bread for all mankind;
Bread from the angelic host
That is the end of all imaginings;
Oh, miraculous thing!
This body of God will nourish
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.

Heavenly bread
That becomes the bread for all mankind;
Bread from the angelic host
That is the end of all imaginings;
Oh, miraculous thing!
This body of God will nourish
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.
Even the poorest,
The most humble of servants.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Vote for Ethan!

Many of you will know Ethan who is very much part of our community at the 10am Mass at OLOL. You may be interested in this. There is a link at the top of the video screen to vote for Ethan to receive this funding.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Newsletter for 10/11 June - Trinity

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One of the best known hymns sung in many Churches on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is "Firmly I believe and truly." Did you know that its original context is in Blessed John Henry Newman's "Dream of Gerontius". Here it is in the wonderful setting by Edward Elgar, and sung by tenor Peter Pears.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Newsletter for 3/4 June - Pentecost

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Please ask the Holy Spirit to guide us all as we prepared to fulfil our Christian duty of voting in the General Election on June 8th. Copies of the bishops' letter are still available in Church and the letter can be read online here.

As we prepare for the great Day of Pentecost, you might like to reflect on the Sequence for the feast. These words were written by the thirteenth century Archbishop of Canterbury, Stephen Langton. You will find an English translation under the video.

Holy Spirit, Lord of Light,
From the clear celestial height
Thy pure beaming radiance give.

Come, thou Father of the poor,
Come with treasures which endure
Come, thou light of all that live!

Thou, of all consolers best,
Thou, the soul’s delightful guest,
Dost refreshing peace bestow.

Thou in toil art comfort sweet
Pleasant coolness in the heat
Solace in the midst of woe.

Light immortal, light divine,
Visit thou these hearts of thine,
And our inmost being fill:

If thou take thy grace away,
Nothing pure in man will stay
All his good is turned to ill.

Heal our wounds, our strength renew
On our dryness pour thy dew
Wash the stains of guilt away:

Bend the stubborn heart and will
Melt the frozen, warm the chill
Guide the steps that go astray.

Thou, on us who evermore
Thee confess and thee adore,
With thy sevenfold gifts descend:

Give us comfort when we die
Give us life with thee on high
Give us joys that never end.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

For our younger parishioners

Our Bishop has asked us to draw some matters to the attention of our young people. Please pass these items on to your children and grandchildren if they are unlikely to see this site.

Most of our Universities and Higher Education Institutions have a dedicated Catholic Chaplain based in the local University or parish. The Catholic Chaplaincy is a place for young Catholics to explore their faith as a young adults, to meet other young people with similar interests from a great range of backgrounds, and to get involved in activities and social outreach. To help Catholic young people find their local Chaplaincy, when studying away from home and for contact details of all the University Chaplains and Catholic Student Societies, visit the Catholics At University website at:

If you are between 13 and 29 and haven't participated in the poll yet, you can do so here.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Parish Outing to Coughton Court

We had a wonderful sunny day for our outing to Coughton Court yesterday.

Here are a few photos: