Newsletter for Sunday, 30th June 2013

28 Jun

SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

On 1st July we celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, the Founder of the Rosminian Order.  We invite all our readers to be full of faith when praying that through the intercession of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, Madeleine McCann, who disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3rd May 2007, in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, may now return safely to her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann and her twin siblings:

 Oh Blessed Antonio Rosmini, through your powerful intercession, grant today the safe return of Madeleine McCann to her parents.  Amen.

Please pray this prayer ten times

Thank you.

                                                                   Fr. Philip Sainter

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 Who keeps our church looking so beautiful?

 Do you ever pause to wonder about the work involved in keeping our Church clean and tidy and enhancing its beauty?  Well, every Friday between about 10.00am and 12.30pm (provided there is no morning funeral) a small team of parishioners set to work with dusters, polish, mops and buckets to clean the church ready for the weekend.  Some of us have been doing it for years, others joined us more recently, but we do need more members for the team. Those of us who help with the cleaning think it is a wonderful privilege to be in the presence of the Lord during those few hours. Would you be willing to lend your hands to our small team?  Just turn up on a Friday morning, and we will show you what to do. You will be made most welcome, even if you can’t stay for the full time.  Please consider serving the parish in this vitally important role.

ROSMINI CENTRE: Saturday 6th  July, 10.30am for 11.00am.   The theme is: “Magisterium and Theologians”, presented by Fr. Ted Mullen, ending at 1.00pm followed by a light lunch.  Please register by phoning: 01509 813078. See www.rosminicentre.co.uk for details and directions.

PARISH PICNIC:  Didn’t we have a lovely time…? Despite mixed weather conditions, many of St Mary’s and Sacred Heart communities came together, with the Namibia group from De Lisle School, to have an afternoon of fun, food and music last Saturday.  The prime objective was to bring people together (Living Stones).  The secondary aim was to support parish funds and the De Lisle Namibia fund.  We raised £500 to be split between them.  Huge thanks to all those who organised and contributed to the enjoyment of the day.  Entertainment was provided by Lucy from De Lisle who sang and accompanied herself on guitar, and by a small group of pupils from Sacred Heart and St Mary’s Schools.  And of course, our new St Mary’s Singers gave their first public performance, with a medley of songs from Les Misérables.  Watch this space for the next event and for the resumption of choir practice, which will probably be in September.

Thank you to all those generous parishioners who provided raffle prizes. We received far more than we expected and used about half. The rest will be stored until the next parish event.

Winning programme prize number (not yet claimed) – 69.  Other raffle prizes unclaimed  are nos.  228, 61 and 415.  Please bring your winning number to the Presbytery to collect your prize!

Finally, thanks to Father Philip for leading us in a truly joyful Mass celebration at the end of the afternoon.

 OUR SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION GROUP is taking a break until September when we will be looking at each of the Parables of Jesus and their meanings.  So if you’ve ever wondered about their relevance in our lives today, do think about coming, and find out with us!

 SPUC EVENTVin Garbutt: on Thursday 4th July, this internationally known folk singer will be performing a benefit gig for SPUC at Holy Spirit Social Centre, Victoria Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham.  The show starts at 8pm (doors open 7.15 pm).  Vin Garbutt is one of the most popular folk acts in the country and a past winner of the Radio 2 Live Folk Performer award.  Tickets are priced at £12 or £10 concessions and are available from David Paton: David_j_Paton@yahoo.co.uk, tel: 0795 405 4778

 ROSARY RALLY:  18th August, 3.00pm, at Grace Dieu.  Details to follow

Attention Welcomers Readers & Extraordinary Ministers NEW ROTAS  for the next four months are now available at the back of the church.  Please collect your copy today.  Thank you.

To read more, please click here…Newsletter for Sunday 30th June 2013

Newsletter for Sundays, 9th and 16th June 2013

7 Jun

Imitating the example of Mary

 To be intensely Eucharistic is to be like Mary at the time of the Visitation: magnifying God, she bore Christ in her womb.  Ours too is to bear Christ in our own lives and thereby facilitating tangible and real spiritual changes in the lives of other people. (cf Lk 1:39–56)

St Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) clearly understood this!  She was born in Spain, and entered a Carmelite convent when she was eighteen.  She had a reputation for being a mystic and of experiencing divine visions and it was her who wrote these now memorable and beautiful words:

Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.

   Christ has no body now on earth but yours!

Let’s be “intensely Eucharistic”:  Let’s bear Christ into our world!

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION for our children and their families, in preparation for the children’s  First Holy Communion, will take place in the Church at 3.00pm on Sunday, 9th June.  All FHC candidates should attend..  First Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, 16th June.  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.

To read more, please click the link…Newsletter for 9th and 16th June 2013

Sunday, 26th May 2013 THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

26 May

THE HOLY TRINITY

from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life.  God alone can make it known to us by revealing Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (261)

 The Incarnation of God’s Son reveals that God is the eternal Father and that the Son is consubstantial with the Father, which means that, in the Father and with the Father, the Son is one and the same God. (262)

The mission of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of the Son  (Jn 14:26) and by the Son ‘from the Father’ (Jn 15:26) reveals that, with them, the Spirit is one and the same God.  ‘With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified’ (Nicene Creed). (263)

‘The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from the communion of both the Father and the Son’          (St. Augustine, De Trin.15, 26, 47: PL 42,1095). (264)

‘Now this is the Catholic faith:  We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the Holy Spirit’s is another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal’ (Athanasian Creed DS 75: ND 16). (266)

Following our promised review of the Mass times, we have observed that the majority of people preferred the following, which will come into force on Monday, 3rd June:

Morning Mass at 9.15am on Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, with an evening Mass on Fridays at 6.00pm.

Click on this link to read more ….26th May The Most Holy Trinity

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.