Newsletter for 5th Sunday of Lent – 17th March 2013

18 Mar

Look ahead, not back!

It’s so hard for us to move forward in life if we keep on letting the things of the past drag us down; and we certainly can’t move forward if we’re constantly looking behind us, lamenting past years and past experiences, or if we persist in grumbling about the present not being like the past.

What are some of the things that prevent us from journeying forward in life?  Bereavement, past grave sins, bitterness, anger, resentment, regret, or a misunderstanding that has now become a cancerous tumour of loathing, or perhaps it’s an innocent mistake or act of forgetting, that has now become a wedge, prizing apart any kind of normal friendship!

Now is the time to be reconciled, to be freed of your burden – to be set free!  Seek reconciliation, healing and forgiveness!  Go to Confession!

Why not join St. Paul in saying: “All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come;  I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us …” (Phil 3.  Today’s second reading)



 O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,

look favourably upon your servant, Francis,

whom you have set at the head of your church as her shepherd.

Grant, we pray, that by word and example,

he may be of service to those over whom he presides

so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,

he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


DIOCESAN PAX CHRISTI:  St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, on Monday, 18th March at 7.30pm.  Further info. from the Parish Office.

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 CarillonTower in Queen’s Park at 11.15am.

LEICESTER FAITHS SUPPORT GROUP for Asylum Seekers and Refugees seeks voluntary secretarial help – more info. on noticeboard.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNINGCourse of 3 sessions over a period of 3 months beginning on 18th March at The Good Shepherd, Arnold.  This method is in full accord with Catholic teaching.  Poster with further info. on noticeboard.

PACTNext meeting Wednesday 20th March at 8.00pm in the Church Hall.

INTERESTED IN THE CHOIR?  Keep checking the Newsletter for the 1st meeting (after Easter).  To those who have volunteered for any other roles within St. Mary’s – we will be reviewing applications this week.  Thank you.

CHRISTIAN AID LUNCHThis will be on Palm Sunday, 24th March, at the United Reformed Church in Frederick Street, Loughborough at 12.30pm.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA will present its Youth Passion at 6pm on Sunday 24th March.  All welcome!  Do come if you can!

PARISH VOICE on sale on Passion Sunday, after all Masses 23/24th March.


 “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church

 VIA CRUCIS – PASSION PLAY:  by Eddie Orton – Sunday 17th March at 6.00pm in St. Mary’s Church.  Do come.  Ladies, please wear a head covering.

PRE-EASTER CLEAN FOR THE CHURCHOur regular volunteers do a sterling job keeping the church clean at all times and we warmly thank them for this.  However, Easter is coming and this is a wonderful opportunity to show our love for our church by supplementing the team with more volunteers, so that we may have a church fit for the risen Lord.  If you are keen to help, and can offer a couple of hours during Easter week, please give your contact details to the parish office or to one of our priests.

CHURCH SECURITYDue to recent incidents, we have no option, in the short term, but to lock the church outside of Mass times.  We regret having to do this and will be reviewing our security options urgently.

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.  Our thanks go to Elvira for her great designs. 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 note 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.

On Thursday 21st March at 7.00pm there will be a rehearsal for the Holy Week Liturgies for all those with specific roles:

              »   The Altar Servers

              »   The Readers

              »   The Eucharistic Ministers

              »   Those who are having their feet washed.

In the meantime, we will be approaching the various team leaders (such as the cleaners, altar servers, Senior Citizens Group, the UCM, the choir, the Philipinos, Polish and others) to ask them to give Fr. Philip the names of those who will be having their feet washed on Maundy Thursday.  We will also be producing a list of those who will be committed to watching before the Blessed Sacrament on Maundy Thursday.

On Monday, 25th March (the Monday after Palm Sunday) at 7.00pm there will be a team working in church to prepare the statues for Holy Week and the Passion.

SALE OF CAKES, marmalades & lemon curd after the 9.00am and ll.00am Masses today.