Weekend Message June 10
Our Lady of Victories
St. Pius X, & St. Alphonsus,
The Feast of the Blessed Trinity We profess our faith in God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We know this is important, because otherwise we realise that we could not believe that Jesus, who prayed to his Father in heaven, was fully God and fully human. But beyond that, we may not think a great deal about the Blessed Trinity, because we know that it is an impenetrable mystery, beyond our understanding.
However, everything that God has told us about himself, including the fact that God is three and one, is for our benefit. How can our knowledge that God is a Trinity benefit us? Perhaps the Holy Spirit can lead us to understand.
At the beginning of the celebration of Mass, the priest will usually greet the congregation in similar words to those that St. Paul used at the end of a letter he wrote to the Christians in Corinth: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” (2 Cor 13: 13)
It is the will of Our Lord Jesus that his disciples should be united in fellowship, and it is the Holy Spirit who inspires us to come together in such a fellowship. That requires us to think less of ourselves and of what we might want, and think more of other people and their needs.
St. Paul, writing to the Christians in Philippi, puts it like this: “If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness or sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind…There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing.” (Phil 2:1–3)
The model for us, as St. Paul then goes on to say, is Our Lord himself, who humbled himself to become human, then humbled himself even further to accept death as a criminal, and for this reason God raised him on high.
The motive power for our fellowship in Christ is the Holy Spirit of God. In the Holy Spirit, we share in the life of God – the life of the three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are united more closely than we could ever imagine. Our Christian fellowship in the Holy Spirit should also be a share in the life of God, uniting us together though we are many, to share in one faith, one hope, and above all to be united in one love, the love of God.
Parish Merger? Perhaps we could look at Bishop Patrick’s wish for our two parishes to merge as a way of making real the union in faith, hope, and love which Our Lord undoubtedly wants for us. As I have mentioned already, it does not mean that either Church would close, nor would there be fewer celebrations of Mass, the sacraments, or other liturgies. The two Churches would still retain their existing dedications. But there would be greater opportunity for our two communities to work together, and we could look forward to the Holy Spirit inspiring us to greater things together that either community could manage separately.
Practical steps At the meeting last Monday our group considered a few practical steps which could perhaps be taken in the next few months to try to prepare the ground better. Looking at these ideas again, I wonder whether we have been too ambitious: but perhaps if we make a start we will achieve something.
- Produce parish handbook for both existing parishes, by September 2022
- Develop Parish Websites, ensure that they advertise a link to each other and to the diocesan website; and ensure that the diocesan website advertises links to the parish websites, by September 2022 (Ask Dili and Siby)
- Devise and disseminate a GDPR compliant census form for both parishes, by September 2022
- Communicate with parishioners not attending and not in contact, particularly those not receiving email weekend messages, by letter and phone calls, by October 2022. (volunteer teams; need to devise a letter to send, and follow up telephone calls to all who have not signified that they do not wish to receive them)
- Review all sacramental preparation programmes; share good practice between the teams (and seek best practice from other parishes); advertise for more volunteers, welcome them, and train them; review all resources; review post-sacramental practice, by Christmas 2022
- Share financial information between the two parish finance committees; enlist assistance from diocesan finance department; arrange meeting of chairs and secretaries of the two parish finance committees, by November 2022.
A reminder that our Bishops have decided that the ‘Sunday Obligation’ to attend Mass is in force again from the Feast of Pentecost (5th June)
Many parishes have relaxed the restrictions that were in force after the lockdown. In our parishes we have kept most of them in place, because we wish to provide a safe environment for everyone who wishes to worship in our Churches. That means that until further notice:
- All are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (double vaccination and booster).
- All (except those who are exempt) are still required to wear masks or face coverings while in Church, to protect themselves and others.
- Hand sanitizers are available to be used on entry into the Church or hall.
- The windows must be open for ventilation whenever the Church or hall is being used by a number of people.
- Anyone who feels unwell or tests positive for covid-19 should not attend Church or any social activity in the parish.
Since face coverings are no longer required in most indoor public spaces, and social distance regulations have also been removed, it has been suggested that we should also no longer require face coverings in Church.
I have also been asked whether the kneelers should be put back down in Church, and people be allowed to kneel during Mass.
What do you think? If you think we should keep these requirements, please let me know.
Some may well wish to avoid the greater crowd of people who attend on Sunday, and the longer time that Sunday Mass lasts. So I still celebrate Mass in Narborough on Saturday morning (10am) and at Lutterworth on Saturday evening (5.30pm) – those celebrations being less well attended, so greater ‘social distance’ can still be kept; and Mass on Saturday rarely last longer than 45 minutes. There are also (usually) weekday celebrations – 10am on Monday at Narborough, and 10.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lutterworth, for those who wish to have more space and a shorter time still, usually no more than 30 minutes.
I hope that everyone will feel able to celebrate Mass again in our Churches.
Parishes’ Trip to Marlow I have booked a coach for Saturday 6th August, leaving from Our Lady of Victories’ car park at 8am (there is plenty of parking space), and returning at 7pm. If anyone who has booked to go on the trip needs a lift to and from Lutterworth to catch the coach, please let me know.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Our young people who have been preparing at Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus will make their First Holy Communion during the 11am Mass on Sunday 19th June (the Feast of Corpus Christi). Our young people who have been preparing at St. Pius X will make their First Holy Communion during Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 26th June. Please note that Mass will be an hour later that day.
This Sunday is the Feast of The Blessed Trinity
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.
At St. Pius X, Narborough:
Times of Mass this week & next weekend:
At St. Pius X, Narborough:
- 10am Saturday11th;
- 9.30am Sunday 12th;
- 10am Monday 13th.
- 10am Saturday18th;
- 9.30am Sunday 19th;
- 10am Monday 20th.
At Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth:
Times of Mass this week & next weekend:
- 5.30pm on Saturday 11th;
- 11am on Sunday 12th.
- 10.30am Tuesday 14th;
- 10.30am Thursday 16th;
- 5.30pm on Saturday 18th;
- 11am on Sunday 19th. First Holy Communion Day
Mass Intentions: At Narborough the intentions for Mass this week will be Saturday (11th) Graham Wheat RIP; Sunday (12th) Alan Gower RIP; Monday (13th) Private Intention. Wednesday Father Kevin Eastell RIP, Thursday Deceased benefactors of the Johnson Fund ; Friday Deceased benefactors of the Bannister Fund. Next weekend Saturday (18th) Deceased members of the Ginnerty family; Sunday (19th) Deceased members of the O’Connor family; Monday (20th) Conn Smyth RIP.
At Lutterworth the intentions for Mass will be: Saturday (11th) People of the Parishes; Sunday (12th) Holy Souls. Tuesday (14th) Holy Souls. Thursday (16th) Private Intention. Next Saturday (18th) People of the Parishes; Sunday (19th) Holy Souls. Tuesday (21st) Holy Souls.
Prayers for the living and the dead:
Please pray for Malcolm Lowe, Martyn Leader, Willow Coates, Suzanne Cole, Adam & Jennie Reed, Bernadette Stean, David Janssens, and for all who have died recently.
Please also pray for Maria Matkovits, Tara Viljoen, John Mather, Gerald Bolsover, Cathy Mansell, Vivian Kettle, Ann Spurrier, Beulah Blomfield, Diana Coughlin, Tony Thorlby, Hayley & Kaci Dunnill, John Southern, Monica Teeling, Peggy Merrell, 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.
A prayer for Ukraine
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world. Amen.
The following link is for the Leicester Ukrainian Community website set up to advise how to help:
Events for Families this June To celebrate the World Meeting of Families the diocese has organised: a talk on Tuesday 21st June at 8pm: ‘Parenting as a Way to Sainthood: What We Can Learn from Ss Louis and Zelie Martin’; exploring the lives St Therese of Lisieux’s parents and how we grow in faith as a family; a second talk on Thursday 23rd at 8pm ‘Evangelising your Children’; looking at how to pass the faith on to your children; thirdly on Saturday 25th at 4pm there will be a Diocesan Mass for Families followed by BBQ and Social Gathering at Our Lady of Lincoln Church, Lincoln. To register for any of the three events visit www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/events.
Hidden Treasure: Catholic Churches in England and Wales The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral invite everyone to their inaugural Summer Lecture on Thursday 30th June at 7pm, in the Cathedral, and given by Sophie Andreae, architectural historian. It will explore Catholic architecture from around the country, with particular attention to our Cathedral, St Mary’s, Derby; Good Shepherd, Woodthorpe; and All Saints, Hassop. Tickets (£10, including a glass of wine) can be purchased at friendsofnottinghamcathedral.eventbrite.co.uk All proceeds to the work of The Friends.
Caritas Social Action Network: 1. Poverty Challenge Following the pandemic, many households now face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network, the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. This can be downloaded from www.csan.org.uk
- Refugees from Ukraine CSAN is in close contact with the UK government on responding to the war in Ukraine. Guidance on how Catholic households and groups can support refugees from Ukraine is available on the CSAN website and updated as new information becomes available. www.csan.org.uk/ukraine
Tools With A Mission is a charity which has succeeded in transforming the lives of many people in Africa, offering them the means to support themselves and their families. But the charity needs lots more volunteer tool collectors. To find out more please visit their website www.timefortwam.uk or contact the volunteer co-ordinator Paul Daley by email [email protected]
Scrabble Group: Mondays 2pm – 4 pm for relaxed scrabble. At Lutterworth Catholic Church Hall. No winners, beginners welcome, just fun playing scrabble; cake and hot drink. Please contact Jo 01455 554298.
Evergreens: Bingo on Tuesdays from 1.30 pm until 4pm approx., in St. Pius X Narborough Parish Hall. Entry £2. All welcome.
Next Sunday is the Feast of The Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Bishop Patrick wishes our two parishes to become a single parish. Please let me know if you think of any advantages or disadvantages of merging the two parishes into a single parish.
In the meantime there are some steps that we must take:
- We need to compile and publish a combined ‘parish handbook’ for our two parishes, detailing who is responsible for the various aspects of parish life;
- We need to arrange a joint meeting of the two parish finance committees, to review our finances and resources, and to consider the spending priorities over the next five years (this should take place when the accounts for the current financial year, just ending, have been finalized);
- We need to consider how to form a parish committee covering both parishes.
- A parish trip will be arranged for members of both parishes this summer. (See above)
- Possible difficulties were raised concerning the idea that telephone contact would be made with those unable to join us at Mass at the present time. Consequently, this idea will have to be delayed for a while until those difficulties can be dealt with.
Parish Priest’s contact details address 52 Leicester Road, Narborough. Leicester. LE19 2DF; telephone (0116) 2863676; email [email protected]
With my prayers for every blessing, Father John