PENTECOST SUNDAY, 19th May 2013

18 May

Today’s feast day is far more than just a celebration of the birth of the church:  that is to limit God into an historical moment.  It’s also more than a “remembering” of “an event” which occurred in Jerusalem, when, behind closed doors, God appeared to the disciples and women in the form of “tongues of flames” and “the Breath” of the Holy Spirit which was to empower them to go out and spread the Good News to all nations.  No!

Today’s celebration is a celebration of the fulfilment of the promise that God would be with us always: “I am with you always, to the end of time”. 

(c.f. Mt 28:20; Jn 14:16).  Today’s celebration is a celebration of the reality that GOD IS WITH IS AND WITHIN US.

It is also a celebration and an affirmation of our constant need of God’s divine life.  Today, let us say with the Psalmist, “As a deer yearns for running water, so my soul yearns for you, my God” (Ps 42:1-2) … Lord, my soul longs for you.

                                                                              Fr. Philip Sainter

Fr. Terry Watson

The funeral of Fr. Terry Watson I.C. will take place  on Wednesday 29th May at 1.00pm at Ratcliffe College.

THE FIRST HOLY COMMUNION for our children will be celebrated on Sunday, 16th June at 3.00pm. There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation / Confessions on the previous Sunday, 9th June, at 3.00pm for the children and their families which ALL FHC candidates should attend. May we remind parents that having once received Holy Communion, our children are to continue their faith journey which will lead to Confirmation.  That faith journey involves the continuing experience of coming to Mass to share regularly in that most wonderful of all God’s gifts.

FORTY HOURS of EUCHARISTIC ADORATION in the Loughborough Deanery 28th-31st May.   Details of venues and times on our church noticeboard.  Please support this Deanery event for the Year of Faith.

IF you could do one thing to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign this year, we’d encourage you to please join the CAFOD Rally in Hyde Park, London from 2-5pm on 8th June, and bring some family, friends or fellow parishioners with you.  The day will see thousands of people from across the UK coming together to experience what we hope will be an amazing, unforgettable atmosphere.  More details on the noticeboard.

A NEW CATHOLIC SCOUT GROUP – 10th Loughborough (St. Mary’s)

Sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish will start shortly.   It will be open to Beaver Scouts (6 – 8 years old), Cub Scouts (8 – 10½ years old) and Scouts (10½ – 14 years old). Parents wishing to enrol their children may contact the GSL Michael on 07877131723 or the AGSL Pauline on 07877717861. Application forms are available from the back of the Church. Any adults also wishing to enrol themselves as Leaders or to help on some occasions may also contact the GSL/AGSL on the above mobile numbers after 6.00 pm or email on stmaryscoutgroup@talktalk.net.

THE ANNUAL WHITE FLOWER APEAL for The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be held after mass today

 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE  Many thanks to all those people who wrote to their MP or worked  in other ways to  try and prevent the government from introducing legislation changing the traditional  meaning of marriage from one man and one woman to partners of the same sex.  It was very significant that it was not included in the Queen’s speech recently, outlining forthcoming legislation.

 A HEALING MASS:  will be held on Friday 14th June at 7.00pm at the Rosmini Centre, starting with praying the Rosary,  leading into Mass with Anointing with the Oil of Gladness.  Please phone 01509-813078 for any information. 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:  Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on Saturday, 22nd June from 2-4 pm in the grounds of Sacred Heart School, Beacon Road, Loughborough followed by Mass at 4.30pm.  More details to follow.

 TRAIDCRAFT SALES:  after all Masses this weekend plus sales of homemade marmalade, lemon curd and cakes after 9.00am and 11.00am Masses.

 CONGRATULATIONS to Marion and Des Scrivens who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Wednesday 16th May.  They were married here at St Mary’s, Loughborough 50 years ago.

Click on this link to read more…  Newsletter for 19th May – Pentecost Sunday

Sunday, 12th May 2013

11 May

Today’s scripture readings marking Christ’s Ascension into Heaven, challenge us to reflect on how we bear witness to our faith and to Jesus.  As we apply the readings to ourselves, let’s try to be like those early disciples who “…worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God”  (Lk 24:53):Let’s be men and women of prayer who worship Jesus; let’s clap our hands and cry to God.   Let’s not be frightened of bearing witness to our faith.

Fr Philip Sainter

 

DO YOU FIND LIFE A PUZZLE?  It can be.  Most of us at one time or another have wondered how to cope with hurt, shock, bereavement and disappointment.  Our lives twist and turn, we reach dead ends, and we search for answers.  Jesus is the answer to everything that troubles us.  But are we searching for Him in the right places?  We encounter Him in Holy Mass, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the Scriptures, in prayer, in meditation, in reflection, and in service to others, and sometimes in ‘allowing others’ to render a service to us.  He is our friend, lover, confidante, the one we can trust absolutely, the one who emptied Himself on the cross.  For each one of us.  He is the one who said ‘Father, I want them to be where I am’.  He will never abandon us – we have His word.  Believing that His spirit is everywhere, however, does not mean that we don’t need to come to Mass (it’s easier to pray at home because He’s here too ..) – for it is in the Mass that we meet Him in the closest encounter of our lives – we profess to love Him, and those who love want to be with their beloved, in order to deepen the relationship.

GIFT AIDNew boxed sets of numbered envelopes will be available at all three main Masses during the weekend of 18th/19th May.  Please remember to collect your box. Those folk using monthly standing orders will receive their annual letter in the usual way. St. Mary’s total Gift Aided income for the year 2012/13 exceeded £43,000 which is bringing in tax refunds from HMRC of over £10,000.  If any income-tax paying member of our congregation wishes to join this worthwhile (and painless) form of fundraising, please complete one of the forms at the back of the church and drop it into the church post box.  Thank you.

MARIST LOURDES PILGRIMAGE:  Sat. 25th May – Sat 1st June.  Cost £400.00 includes insurance, coach and ferry travel & full board in Lourdes.  Deposit of £100.00 required.  Further details from Vera Hurry on 01509 231282

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAMSunday, 16th June.  For more information please contact Séamus O’Looskan on 0116 241 4057 or see our noticeboard.

GUIDED RETREAT: Led by the Secular Discalced Carmelites, an individually guided retreat is to take place between Monday 13th May and Friday 17th May at Mount St. Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville. This is open to all and you may either take part on a non-residential basis or organise to stay at the Abbey for the duration.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE:  Itinerary on church noticeboard.  For full details, please contact Jonathan Baylis at theholylandpilgrimage@gmail.com

FAITH IN FAMILIESOnce again it is time to hand in your Faith in Families children’s boxes.  Thank you for all your support.

FOREIGN AND PRE-DECIMAL CURRENCY: With the summer holidays just around the corner, please, on your return, if you have any unwanted foreign and/or pre-decimal coins and notes, keep in mind that CAFOD, Nottingham, can convert them to an amount in sterling and put the money to good use.

VARIOUS JOB VACANCIES:  (at De Lisle)  Please see noticeboard at back of the church.

 PARISH VOICE – Summer Issue:  We would be grateful for items of interest from any age group for issue 17 of the Parish Magazine.  Articles, comments, photos, letters, ideas etc. from the past or present are all welcome.  Items can be emailed to: office@stmarysloughborough.org.uk or put in an envelope and delivered to the Parish Office.  Deadline for items:  Sunday June 9th.

Our Second Collection today is for the Clergy Formation Fund whose aim is to inspire a Christ centred approach to the formation and well-being of priests and deacons by supporting and resourcing their human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development, to enable growth in ministry for the service of the Church and the Gospel.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS FOR CHILDREN will take place on Saturday May 18th at 5.00pm, the last session in this series. The First Holy Communion for our children will be celebrated on Sunday, 16th June at 3.00pm. There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation / Confessions on the previous Sunday, 9th June, at 3.00pm for the children and their families which ALL FHC candidates should attend.

WHITE FLOWER APPEALThe Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its previously postponed annual appeal next weekend, 18th/19th May.  In common with the Catholic Church, SPUC upholds the sanctity of human life until natural death.  The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues.  It seeks to protect unborn children and defends the rights of the disabled, elderly and incapacitated. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals.  Please give generously to this worthy cause.

FR. PHILIP SCANLAN is recovering nicely after his operation, and thanks us all warmly for our cards and spiritual bouquet.

FORTY HOURS of EUCHARISTIC ADORATION in the Loughborough Deanery 28th-31st May.   Details of venues and times on our church noticeboard.  Please support this Deanery event for the Year of Faith.

IF you could do one thing to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign this year, we’d encourage you to please join the CAFOD Rally in Hyde Park, London from 2-5pm on 8th June, and bring some family, friends or fellow parishioners with you.  The day will see thousands of people from across the UK coming together to experience what we hope will be an amazing, unforgettable atmosphere.  More details on the noticeboard.

 A NEW CATHOLIC SCOUT GROUP – 10th Loughborough (St. Mary’s)

sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish will open later this month. It will be open to Beaver Scouts (6 – 8 years old), Cub Scouts (8 – 10½ years old) and Scouts (10½ – 14 years old). Parents wishing to enrol their children may contact the GSL Michael on 07877131723 or the AGSL Pauline on 07877717861. Application forms are available from the back of the Church. Any adults also wishing to enrol themselves as Leaders or to help on some occasions may also contact the GSL/AGSL on the above mobile numbers after 6.00 pm or email on stmaryscoutgroup@talktalk.net

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on Saturday, 22nd June from 2-4 pm in the grounds of Sacred Heart School, Beacon Road, Loughborough followed by Mass at 4.30pm.  More details to follow.

CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH:  This will take place today, Sunday, 12th May, at the Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxtergate, at 12.30pm.  All welcome!

 TRAIDCRAFT SALES: after all weekend Masses of 18th & 19th May.

Third Sunday of Easter, 14 April 2013.

12 Apr

Last week we heard how those first disciples locked themselves behind closed doors, out of fear – fear for their lives, their future, for fear of the Jews.  But we also heard how Jesus broke through those barriers and appears in their midst and filled them with peace and joy.  We then heard how he commissions them and empowers them by breathing the Holy Spirit upon them.

Today, our Gospel reading recounts another appearance – it’s the third appearance of Jesus in John’s Gospel.  At one level it is an account of how the disciples at first failed to recognise him.  On another, it is the story of the forgiveness and love and empowerment which the Lord offered Peter and which he offers us in our frailty.

“Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.” (Hymn 964) 

Fr Philip Sainter

Thank you…

To all those who attended the Living Stones meeting Wednesday evening. By sharing our journey as members of this parish community, sharing our successes and achievements of the last 12 months in a friendly and convivial atmosphere,  we all feel encouraged to support one another. We recognise that there are concerns, as well as aspirations for the future.

The Parish Council will meet on Monday 15th April to discuss the charted discussion points and written feedback.   We will then come back to you with some suggestions for how we might move forward on the next stage of our journey.

May we recognise the risen Christ on our ‘Road to Emmaus’. (This was the Bishop’s chosen Gospel passage to accompany the first Living Stones document).

                                                                           Fr Philip Sainter

 

Special collection: Family Fast Day for the Kwediboma Health Centre.
The annual Fast Day envelopes will be collected this weekend 13/14 April. Please remember that you can use the yellow MISSION FUND gift aid envelopes to make your donation. The yellow envelopes can be found at the Repository or near the Suggestion Box at the back of the church.  Thank you.

Spiritual bouquet: For Father Philip Scanlon who will have a second operation first week in May. If you would like your good wishes/prayers to be included take a coloured credit card piece of card from the back of church and leave in the Volunteer Box, also at the back.

 

Dates for your diary

PPC meeting – Monday 15th April, at 7.30pm in the hall.

Scripture & Tradition group – Tuesday 16th April at 7.30pm

 UCM – Wednesday 17th April, at 7.30pm. Library

First Holy Communion parents’ evening – Thursday 18th April at 7.30pm in the hall. Important that all attend.

 

NEW! St Mary’s Choir – ‘more Gareth Malone than Handel’s Messiah’. No auditions needed. Come and sing your heart out and have fun.  Rehearsals in our church at 5.30pm on Thursdays as follows: 18, 25 April; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20 June. Speak to Catherine Brady, Jane Monaghan, Maura McAllister or Marie Leaney for details.

 Men’s choir – Thorpe Acre Community Male Voice Choir open evening. Wednesday, 17 April. 7.45-9pm. Thorpe Acre church hall. Come and have a fun time. No need to read music. New members needed.

Children’s First Holy Communion meeting – 18 April, 7.30pm. Parish hall. Parents must attend this meeting.

“Day For Religious”. On Monday 22nd April our Rosminian Fathers will be attending this meeting.

Parish picnic. 22 June, Sacred Heart playing fields. If you would like to run a stall – crafts, food etc – or be part of St Mary’s Got Talent (16+)

Flat to rent – £375 per month (subject to negotiation). One bedroom studio flat in quiet area off Old Ashby Road. New double-glazing, off-road parking, electricity and heating. Walk distance from university, bus routes and villages. Contact the Parish Office

 Rosmini Centre: Listening to God in my life: A deepening exploration of prayer. Tuesday evenings. 16, 23, 30 April. 19.30 – 21.00. £5. Father David Tobin IC. Please phone: 01509 8130798. Website; Google ‘Rosminicentre.co.uk’.

Mass to celebrate our mothers – 11am, 4 May. Light lunch at 12 noon. Tickets on sale this weekend. £6 each. All proceeds to parish funds.  Bring your friends, of all faiths, to honour their mothers. Everyone welcome.

The Regina Caeli is traditionally sung from Easter Sunday until Friday after Pentecost:

 Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia!  Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia! Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia!  Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!  Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!  For He whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia! Has risen as He said, alleluia!  Pray for us to God. Alleluia!  (Hymn 368)

Second Sunday of Easter, 7 April 2013. Known as Low Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday

5 Apr

Gathered for our weekly celebration of communion with one another (koinonia) and for the Breaking of Bread, let us ask God to breathe his Spirit into us that we may be Spirit-filled, joyful and enthusiastic disciples of Christ. With thanks: We thank all of you who contributed to the celebrations of Holy Week and the Triduum.  The dignity and reverence of those liturgies moved our hearts and minds and spoke eloquently to our senses, strengthening our faith and confirming us in our vocations as Christians. From Father Philip.

And a big thank you to our priests for the beauty of the liturgies, their inspiring words and generosity of spirit. The children say thank you, too, for the Easter eggs.

From the PPC on behalf of the parish Communications: New look newsletter this week as our regular helper Marion is on holiday. Note that support in the parish office is intermittent so apologies if your messages do not always get through.

Please check out the new parish website and let us have your feedback. Contact details above.

Special collection: Family Fast Day for the Kwediboma Health Centre. The annual Fast Day for Kwediboma will take place Friday, 12 April. 2013. Envelopes are available this weekend, 6\7 April and they will be collected next weekend 13/14 April. Please remember that you can use the yellow MISSION FUND gift aid envelopes to make your donation. The yellow envelopes can be found at the Repository or near the Suggestion Box at the back of the church.  Thank you.

Dates for your diary Diving Mercy – blessing of the image of Divine Mercy, Sunday at 2.30pm followed by Mass, celebrated by Bishop Malcolm, at 5pm. Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Leicester.

Loughborough Group for People with Disabilities – Club night. Tuesday, 9 April. 7-8.30pm

Senior citizens – Wednesday, 10 April. 2-4pm in the hall

Living Stones – parish forum – Wednesday, 10 April at 7.30pm. With cheese and wine. Please come to contribute to discussions about our future parish life. Speak, listen and be heard. Parish hall

RCIA – Thursday, 11 April. 7.30pm, front room. Liturgy group meeting – Thursday, 7pm

NEW! St Mary’s Choir – ‘more Gareth Malone than Handel’s Messiah’. No auditions needed. Come and sing your heart out and have fun.  Rehearsals in our church at 5.30pm on Thursdays as follows: 18, 25 April; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May, 6, 13, 20 June. Speak to Catherine Brady, Jane Monaghan, Maura McAllister or Marie Leaney for details.

Children’s First Holy Communion meeting – 18 April, 7.30pm. Parish hall. Parents must attend this meeting.

Rosmini Centre: Listening to God in my life: A deepening exploration of prayer. Tuesday evenings. 9, 16, 23, 30 April. 19.30 – 21.00. £5. Father David Tobin IC. Please phone: 01509 8130798. Website; Google ‘Rosminicentre’.

Mass to celebrate our mothers – 11am, 4 May. Light lunch at 12 noon. Tickets on sale from next weekend. £7 each. All proceeds to parish funds.  Bring your friends, of all faiths, to honour their mothers. Everyone welcome.

Adverts De Lisle needs a Music teacher to cover maternity leave. See their website for details

Special plea Homeless charity, Exaireo, needs a double bed. Please contact the parish Office if you can help.

News for the weeks 24th March 2013 and 31st March 2013

23 Mar

PALM SUNDAY is also known as Passion Sunday. Today we are invited to recall three key features of Jesus’ ministry: His kingship as Lord and Saviour of all mankind, as he fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah when he entered the Holy City amidst cries of acclamation, praise and worship and how He did this, not as a warrior seated on a horse, surrounded by his troops, but as a humble servant, seated on a lowly colt. Then, in the context of the Institution of the Eucharist, we recall how Jesus presents Himself as “one who serves”, and how He is calling us to imitate Him in this. Finally, as the Passion narrative unfolds we learn much about His loving and gentle attentiveness to those around him – (e.g. the way He affirms the disciples and was sympathetic towards them when they were sleepy, the way He reassures Simon Peter and how He forgave His critics and executioners).

 Let us begin this most holy of weeks by pondering the message and example of our Lord and Saviour and strive to put it into practice in our own lives.

Fr. Philip Sainter

 Warning:

 Please do not believe those who are saying:

          – that the Catholic Chaplaincy at Loughborough University is being abandoned

        – that there will be no more Sunday evening Masses at 6.00pm.

 These and similar alarmist statements should be ignored as they are not contained in the Proposals Questionnaire recently disseminated.

 For Online Synoptic Gospels in Parallel see: www.utoronto.ca/religion/synopsis/meta-4g.htm

 ANNUAL YOUTH PASSION: enactment of the events of Holy Week, presented by young people (age 10 to 16) from both parishes at 6pm on Palm Sunday.  Suitable for all ages.  Do come if you can – a lot of effort has been put into preparing this. Many thanks to The Knights of St Columba who organise this every year.

 PENITENTIAL SERVICE: Tuesday 26th March, 6pm. Write on a piece of paper those things that are weighing you down and are preventing you from journeying forward in life, and leave them with the Lord who loves us, forgives us and heals us.

 ST. MARY’S HAS A NEW WEBSITE! When contacting us regarding items you wish to have inserted into the newsletter, please send them to: newsletter@stmarys.org.uk by Wednesday at the latest (the earlier the better). Our heartfelt thanks to Sunday Eleode for his invaluable help.

 CHILDREN’S FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The parents’ meeting will take place on 18th April at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Please don’t miss it – it is vitally important for children wishing to receive their first Holy Communion that their parents attend this meeting.

 CHRISM MASS: will be celebrated by Bishop Malcolm at Nottingham Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 27th March, with the Blessing of the Oils and the Priests and Deacons’ renewal of their dedication to their devotion. You are all invited!

 LOUGHBOROUGH CHURCHES PARTNERSHIP invites you to take part in 2 activities on Good Friday. The first, to stand next to a cross for a half hour slot between 10.00am and 2.00pm and to talk to passers-by about the cross and its importance in our own journey. Secondly, to join a Procession of Witness assembling at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park at 11.15am.

 PRE-EASTER CLEAN FOR THE CHURCH: Easter is nearly upon us and this is a wonderful opportunity to show our love for our church by supplementing our marvellous volunteers who clean the church, with more helpers so that we may have a church fit for the risen Lord. If you can offer a couple of hours during Easter week, please give your contact details to the parish office or to one of our priests.

Preparation of the statues for Holy Week and the Passion will take place on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.00pm, when there will be a team working in the church covering the statues.

 ST. MARY’S EASTER CARDS for sale. All images from our church interior. £0.60 each, 4 for £2. All profits to our church funds. The following are also available at the Repository: Lent Extra £1.50, Children’s Activities Poster £0.50, and ‘walk with Me’ £1.00. Do have a look after all weekend Masses.

 LIVING STONES: Please don’t forget that the revised date for St. Mary’s update on Living Stones is now Weds. 10th April, at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Please come along and hear about the progress made so far and our plans for the future.

What’s on at ST. MARY’S

Sun 24th 6.00pm

KSC Youth Passion Enactment in Church

Mon 25th 7.00pm

Volunteers’ Meeting in Front Room

Tues 26th

No Scripture & Tradition Group until 16/4/13

Weds 27th 2-4 pm

Senior Citizens Club in the Hall

Tues 2nd 7.30pm

Visiting Group – Front Room

Sat 6th 10.00am

Pre-Baptism Class in the Church Hall

SAME SEX MARRIAGE: The Report Stage of the Bill approving this will be debated in May in the House of Commons. SPUC has asked its branches if they could leaflet the voters in constituencies where they believe the MP could be swayed to oppose the Bill if enough of his/her constituents contact him/her.

 ANNUAL SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE: 22-24th March in Derbyshire. Please contact Arthur Clarke if you would like to go, or if you know of anyone under 25 who might be interested. Loughborough branch will pay all expenses.

CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH: This will be TODAY, Palm Sunday, 24th March, at the United Reformed Church in Frederick Street, Loughborough, at 12.30pm

JOHN AND DEBBIE ROBINSON wish to thank parishioners for the generosity of their gifts and for the many messages of goodwill received.

LEICESTER FAITHS SUPPORT GROUP for Asylum Seekers and Refugees seeks voluntary secretarial help. Also more (paid) situations vacant. See board.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kellan Cafferky on his Baptism last weekend.

PARISH VOICE: on sale after all weekend Masses on 23/24th and 30/31st March.

EASTER EGG DESIGN COMPETITION – please see our noticeboard!

COLLECTIONS for February amounted to £2,339 (non gift aided) and £3,273 (gift aided). Thank you very much. There will be a Family Fast Day on 12th April in aid of Kwediboma. Envelopes will be distributed after all Masses on the weekend of 6/7th April & collected on 13/14th. Baby clothes urgently needed for Kwediboma.