Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 14th February 2024 and ends with our Easter Vigil on Saturday 30th March 2024. The message for lent is clear, when we are given ashes on our forehead, we hear the words, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember man that you are dust and to dust you shall return”.
Statement from the Bishop on the Death of HM The Queen Statement from Bishop Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham, on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Churches Together in Oakham There will be a Churches Together in Oakham United service at All Saints, Oakham on Sunday 31st July at 6.00 pm. Please make every effort to join in this shared service as we worship together and pray for the work of Churches Together in Oakham
Message from Caritas Diocese of Nottingham - There are few words for the tragedy and barbarism unfolding in Ukraine. There seem to be few actions we can take that match the onslaught faced by its people. Caritas Diocese of Nottingham invite you to join Pope Francis in starting this season of Lent in prayer and fasting for their suffering and for the long labour of peace.
We would also like to offer you two ways to show practical solidarity with the Ukrainian community, here in the Diocese of Nottingham and in their homeland. I invite you to extend your prayer and fasting into an act of practical solidarity.
The Year of St Joseph
The official prayer of the Year of St. Joseph—To you, O blessed Joseph (Ad te, beate Ioseph)—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. The Holy Father asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary especially during October, the month of the Holy Rosary. This prayer is enriched with a partial indulgence (Source: USCCB).
This evening, the Prime Minister announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5 November. The Government have published their New National Restrictions Guidance on their website here. Whilst there was no formal announcement on Places of Worship by the Prime Minister, there is clear guidance on this website that places of worship will be required to end all acts of collective worship, except for funeral ceremonies. In response the following statement is issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference.
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: ‘In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side.’ (27 March 2020) The impact of Covid-19, both nationally and internationally, has been immense. So much of what we take for granted has changed.
Do you know a vulnerable parishioner/person who needs help?
Adoration and the rosary video from the chapel at Bishop's House as we begin this period of more intense social distancing, without access to public worship. Let us pray for everyone affected by the COVID19 pandemic and all those working in healthcare or seeking to find a vaccine.
To all the Clergy of the Diocese of Nottingham
Celebration of the Sacraments and sacramentals of the Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Dear brothers in Christ,
Please note that this advice will be reviewed and developed as necessary weekly.
The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, have agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from this Friday evening, 20th March 2020. Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice. Please do all you can let your parishioners know this as soon as possible, especially those who are elderly or in a vulnerable group, so that they do not feel anxious or worried about not attending Mass.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.
Kairos is a Christian Mission which goes into prisons to show the transforming love of Jesus Christ to inmates. The mission is a five day programme which explains and demonstrates the Christian faith in action. Through the Bible, personal testimony and unconditional love, inmates come to understand that they can be forgiven, accepted and transformed through encountering Jesus.
Call to Holiness in Today’s World
Our Parish mission week will be from October 7th until October 10th.
Each day will start with morning Mass at 9.30 with sermon by Fr John Farrell, Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers, followed by Exposition for 30 minutes and a short Benediction followed each evening with a series of talks and meditations using Scripture and Pope Francis’ Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, “Gaudete et Exsultate”.
We have received £80.98 in Giving Machine donations this month. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to this. If you need any more information on how to sign up to give free donations to school when you shop online, please get in touch with the school office, Mrs Archer or Mrs McGrory.
We have had our Storytelling week this week so children have been involved in lots of activities revolving around reading and writing. We also celebrated World Book day on Thursday and the children came to school dressed as their favourite book character. There were some wonderful costumes and the children had a great day.
Our gymnastics team were in action this week at the gym competition in Ashwell. They all performed brilliantly and we were very proud of them. Our KS1 team won the bronze medal for coming 3rd of 9 teams and there were also some individual medals for both the KS1 and KS2 girls too!
The Bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from 7th – 9th September 2018.
Cardinal Nichols wrote: "We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society."
Did you know? Every donation you made up to 31st December 2017 was doubled thanks to three amazing donors.
Your response to Mary’s Meals appeal this Advent has been fabulous. The total amount sent is £415 which was doubled making a total of £830.
It has been sent and will feed many children with a meal at £13.90 a school year!
Maybe you could help with girls skirts aged 10-12, boys shorts or trousers aged 10 - 12 and flip flops in the coming week? We are also desperate for spoons ...used ones are fine as we have none left, if you have any to spare?
We are pleased to welcome our new families to our school and parish community and hope that they soon feel part of our family.
The new reception children have settled really well and are enjoying exploring and finding out about “marvellous me!” All our children and staff,as well as family members, celebrated Mass at St Joseph’s on Thursday 14th September with staff and our new Little Lights modelling the order of the Mass.
A huge thank you once again for your ongoing support for this charity. We received lots of pencil cases, pencils and towels this week which is much appreciated. If you have any children’s flip flops you are throwing out at the end of summer, please donate them to Mary’s Meals.
All contributions are really appreciated. Please just pop them in the box in the Church porch.
After a long 24 hours of travel, we arrived in Kota Kinabalu. We spent two days there, acclimatising and getting started on our expedition before travelling for 3 hours into Tenom to start our project work. With your generosity some of the money that has been raised went towards building an extension to the community church, which doesn't get government funding as the community are Christian.
The Senior Leadership Team and the Governors of English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, the only Catohlic Primary school in the Parish of Rutland have circulated a letter appealing for support from the Parish and the wider public. To read the letter please Click Here
The 4.30 pm Mass on Saturday 13th May will be a Confirmation Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick for some of our young parishioners and students at Oakham and Uppingham Schools. It is likely that there will be over 20 Confirmandi plus relatives – that means the Church will be very full. I hope this will not inconvenience our regular Saturday Mass congregation too much. The 11.00 am Sunday Mass that weekend on 14th May will be less crowded.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their visits from Lim and look forward to him returning again to visit later on in the year.
Fr Stephen visited the children in Years 3 and 4 on Tuesday morning and answered some of their quite challenging questions about Jesus and His life.
During the winter months if the weather is inclement ie. ice or snow please note that the 9.00 am Mass on Sundays will be held at St Joseph's Oakham Not at St Thomas' Exton - Many Thanks Fr Stephen
Stained glass windows project St. Joseph’s Church
Our windows here in the church are badly in need of an upgrade, they are old and let in lots of cold air and need replacing. When this church was built by the hard fund raising of the parish, plain windows were the best that could be afforded. They have done a good job over the years but now is the time for change. Fr Stephen set up a small committee to look into the possibilities of having some stained glass windows to replace the old ones.
A message from Magnus: "Thank you for everything you do for so many suffering children in this world. 1,500 children now receive a daily meal in Aleppo. A further 1,430 Syrian refugees are also receiving a meal thanks to your generosity. Together let us continue this journey one step at a time, one meal at a time, one child at a time. Thank you."
A huge thank you for the 25 exercise books, toothpaste and soap received this week. We can now complete 15 more backpacks for the children. Please keep it coming, especially larger shorts for the boys.
All contributions are really appreciated. Please just pop them in the box in the Church porch.
Bishop Patrick McKinney was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham in St Barnabas’ Cathedral on Friday 3rd July 2015.
Mgr Patrick McKinney to be ordained Bishop of Nottingham by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on July 3 2015.
CES Response to Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools
Bishop Malcolm McMahon has been appointed the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool.
Article in the Tablet 28th October 1933. Oakham of the horse-shoes has been indulging in a golden jubilee.
Letter to the Editor of the Tablet 20th Jan 1883. SIR,—Allow me to call the attention of your readers to my appeal in your columns. It is my last appeal. It is indeed most urgently needed that I should build next March at Oakham. Souls are perishing.