Weekend Message Dec 18

Dear friends,


Synod Preparation Part 2 (Narborough & Lutterworth)

Thank you to all who made suggestions or stayed behind to discuss after the weekend Masses. I have attempted to summarise the suggestions – and apologize if I have failed to incorporate all suggestions adequately. Please let me know of any further suggestions for me to add, or any changes to be made.

A further suggestion has been made:

Vision: To be a caring community at every level – particularly parish and diocese.

Action to Take: Appoint a ‘welfare officer’ in every parish, who would work with a team within the parish to keep regular contact with all the housebound, elderly, and disabled persons in and associated with the parish. Retired nurses would be very good at this, and it would provide them with an important role in the community. The parish welfare officer would contact any parishioner or member of the community who became disabled, ill, or housebound, and then keep regular contact with them all.

Face coverings – Sunday Obligation – feeling marginalized

Some of our parishioners may feel marginalized because they still don’t feel safe in Church, or in any enclosed space where people gather. They may also feel guilty because they have not been going to Church, and this may lead them to feel even more ‘on the margins’ of our community.

Our Bishops have suggested that we should all consider very carefully how important it is to attend Church with the community on the ‘first day of the week’ to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. But they also recognize that there are many who are still vulnerable, and that Christian charity requires of all of us that we take appropriate steps to try to avoid infecting others, or at least minimize the chances of doing so.

Our willingness to continue to wear face coverings in Church is one aspect of this Christian charity to others. Another aspect, however, is to understand that there are those who are exempt from face coverings for medical reasons, and that some may be unable to wear them (for example because of difficulties with breathing) even though they may not be officially exempt. Please note that from this weekend it is the law that all attending Church must wear face coverings unless exempt.

Another aspect of our Christian charity is to ensure that we do not attend Church if we are feeling unwell. In the past we may have been told that we should attend Church if (for example) we have a heavy cold – but that is no longer the case. If we feel unwell, we should stay at home and pray there – perhaps (if we wish) accessing Mass online, or otherwise ensuring that we read some passages from Scripture and say prayers for the community and for those in need. But we really should avoid, so far as possible, spreading our illnesses to others.

I usually still have to attend Church, even if unwell, because I need to preside at Mass – but even so I will take steps to avoid as much contact as I can, so hopefully will not have affected anyone from our community with the heavy cold I had a few  weeks ago!

Sunday at Narborough: during the 9.30am Mass the children are invited to take part in a Christmas nativity play and after Mass to make a Christingle.

Arrangements for Mass on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day

All arrangements are provisional and dependent on regulations which the Government may make.

St. Pius X Church Narborough

Please note that I will celebrate a Christmas Mass at 10am on Christmas Eve. I am hoping that enough people will come to that Mass, so that there will not be more people than we can presently cope with at 6pm or at 8pm.

Friday 24th December

10.00am: Morning Vigil Mass of Christmas

6.00pm: Evening Vigil Mass of Christmas

8.00pm: Christmas ‘Midnight’ Mass

Saturday 25th December

10.00am: Christmas Morning Mass

Sunday 26th December

9.30am: Sunday morning Mass

There will be no Mass on Monday 27th December.

Our Lady of Victories Church Lutterworth

Please note that there will be no morning Mass on Thursday 23rd December.


I am very grateful to Father Anthony Pateman who has agreed to celebrate Mass in Lutterworth this Christmas.

Friday 24th December

6.00pm: Vigil Mass of Christmas

Saturday 25th December

10.00am: Christmas Morning Mass

Sunday 26th December

11.00am: Sunday morning Mass

There will not be public Mass on Tuesday 28th or Thursday 30th December.

This weekend is the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year C). 

Confessions: I will hear confessions from 9 until 9.30am on Saturdays at St. Pius X, Narborough; and from 4.30pm to 5.00pm on the first Saturday of the month at Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth.

For the time being there will be no advance booking for Mass at St. Pius X. Stewards and welcomers will be at the door of the Church as before, and your name will be noted on the list, or else you will be asked to provide your name and a contact. You will also be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival. It will not be necessary to return to the prior booking arrangement, unless the law or government advice changes again.

At Narborough the intentions for Mass this week will be Saturday (18th December) James & Johanna Crispin RIP; Sunday (19th) Neville Wilson de Roze RIP; Monday (20th) Harry, Edward, and Phyllis Bright RIP. Wednesday Stanley & Wilfred Kelly & Peter Horsman RIP; Thursday People of the Parishes; Christmas Eve 10am Deceased family & friends of J&J Oxley; 6pm Deceased family & friends of M Moore; 8pm People of the Parish. Next weekend Saturday (25th December) William & Gonda Collopy RIP; Sunday (26th) Marcela Cortes RIP; Monday (27th) no public Mass today.


At Lutterworth the intentions for Mass will be Saturday (18th) 5.30pm Holy Souls; Sunday (19th) People of the Parishes; Tuesday (21st) Martin Johnson RIP. Next Friday (Christmas Eve) 6pm; Next Saturday (Christmas Day) 10am; Next Sunday (26th) 11am People of the Parishes.


Prayers for the living and the dead:


Please pray for Mario Maneggio, Father Isidore Clarke OP, Brigid Davies, Vincent Roe, Joseph McGrady, Jacob Crawshaw, and for all who have died recently.


Please also pray for Tony Thorlby, Hayley & Kaci Dunnill, John Southern, Monica Teeling, Peggy Merrell, Jane Bolsover, Suzanne Foxon, Jim Oxley, John Burns-Sweeney, Tom McDermott, Dave Knapper, Teresa Maugham, Mary Dunne, and Juanita Zaman and for all who are ill.


Please let me know of any others who have died, or anyone who is ill and asks for prayers.


CHRISTMAS BRUNCH and SHARED TABLE at St Pius X church hall on Sunday
19th December 2021 at 12 noon. Please bring food for shared table and any drinks you wish to have for yourselves. Tea and coffee will no doubt be provided.


Seafarers Shoebox Appeal: Ian and Trevor delivered seventy-seven shoeboxes to The Apostleship of the Sea [Stella Maris] on Tuesday this week; Also two large bags full of hand-knitted hats. These were most gratefully received by Steve and Bryony who operate the Chaplaincy at Immingham. They have been supporting seafarers as they arrive, but all too often are not allowed of the ship for safety reasons – the captain cannot afford an outbreak of Covid on-board. Some have been afloat for nine months or more without any time off the ship living in often harsh conditions. The shoeboxes offer a welcome relief in the knowledge that they are not forgotten and we do care about their wellbeing. Please keep the seafarers in your prayers. A huge thanks to the magnificent efforts of St Mary’s and St john Bosco, and ST Pius X parishes.



Due to the rising number of infections with COVID at the present time LACY have decided that instead of meeting at St. Patrick’s Leicester for our event for young people entitled “HAVE YOUR SAY SYNOD ’21 – ‘23”, this will now take place on line via Zoom on 9th January 2022  at 4.00 p.m.  A great opportunity for input about the SYNOD, discussion, fun time and a short liturgy will be shared together. Save the date!  Save the time!  We look forward to seeing all young people, families and friends.  (Please note that all young people under the age of 18 should be present with an adult).  Link in details for Zoom will be sent out at the beginning of January to schools and parishes and may also be found on our Facebook page @LACYcatholicyouthleics.  Contact details: e mail paulinepayne@hotmail.com

or claudiacoxon@googlemail.com. Let’s fan the flame and share our ideas with our Bishop, our Priests and each other!


First Holy Communion: Those preparing to make their First Confession and First Holy Communion will meet on Saturday mornings at St. Pius X Parish Hall, and on Sunday mornings at Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus Parish Hall. I am very grateful to those who have already indicated that they wish to be included. Candidates should be in Year 3 at school from September (or older).


Confirmation: Bishop Patrick is willing to start administering the sacrament of Confirmation. I am grateful to those who have already said they wish to be confirmed. Are there any others who would like to join the group? Please let me have any names and contact details. Candidates for Confirmation should be in secondary education (or older) in September this year. I have tried to contact all candidates to arrange for preparation to begin. If you asked to be included in the preparation for Confirmation and have not received an email from me, please let me know.


Social Activities: can resume. However, “It is strongly recommended that a risk assessment for both the activity and the space is completed for the gathering.”

Lutterworth Parish Shared Table It has been decided to move this event to a date in January – more details later.

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Encountering God in your daily work – For four Wednesdays, starting on 12th January at 7pm, the diocese will be running an online course looking at how we can encounter Jesus in our daily work and how it can help us to grow in holiness too. We spend more hours in a week at work than doing most other activities (including going to church) so let’s make an experience of daily glory rather than a daily grind. For more information visit: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/onlineevents

 Next weekend is the Feast of the Holy Family   

Reminders from previous weeks:


Home Visits, including Holy Communion for housebound people: These are now permitted, but anyone visiting a housebound person (whether to administer Holy Communion or just a visit) should not visit anyone else during the same morning or afternoon. Visits should be short (in order to minimize the likelihood of passing on an infection) and hand sanitization must be used before and after the visit. If you would like a home visit, or know anyone who would like to be visited, please let Father John know.

Financial matters:


Standing Orders: I will provide the parish Bank details to anyone who would like to donate by Standing Order or similar electronic means – many of you already do so (and I am very grateful indeed). I can provide standing order mandates for anyone who wishes – please just ask.


Gift Aid: I have copies of the form to complete, so if you are a taxpayer and would like the tax paid on your contributions to be given to the parish, please ask me for a form.


Recycling Textiles: At the moment the firm are no longer collecting in the Leicester area and has no plans to restart collections here. I hope to have better news soon.


**Important notice concerning car parking**  Please park in the Church car parks whenever possible. If that is not possible, for whatever reason, please ensure that you are not causing an obstruction of the roadway or driveways to properties, and please remember that homeowners may wish to park outside their own homes. Please exercise Christian Charity when parking your car.


With my prayers for your wellbeing and salvation, Father John