Weekend Message June 24
Our Lady of Victories
St. Pius X, & St. Alphonsus,
First Holy Communion Last weekend in Lutterworth five young members of our community made their First Holy Communion. It was a very special occasion, and I am very grateful to Anna who has been preparing them, and for their families for supporting them in this journey.
This weekend four of our young people in Naborough will make their First Holy Communion – a great day for them, for their families, and for the parishes.
This is a great step forward for our young people, becoming communicant members of our community. As we receive Our Blessed Lord in the sacrament of Holy Communion, Our Lord himself calls us not only to follow his ways, but also to do as he did, in our willingness to serve other members of the community.
One way in which our young people who have made their First Holy Communion may do this is by becoming altar servers. They do not have to do this of course; the choice is entirely theirs and their families’. But the offer is there for them to assist the priests and the deacon in serving Mass. I hope that some of our young people will wish to do so.
Confirmation I would like to meet with our young people who have been preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. I will be available after Mass on Saturday morning 2nd July in Narborough (about 11 o’clock) in the parish hall; and after Mass on Sunday morning 3rd July in Lutterworth (about 12 o’clock) in the parish hall; and about 6pm in Narborough on Thursday and Friday (7th and 8th July). If any of you can’t make any of those times please let me know.
Parishes’ Trip to Marlow: Important news for those who have booked a place on the coach. It will leave at 8am on Saturday 6th August, from Our Lady of Victories’ car park (there is plenty of parking space), and return 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.
Father John Udris looks forward to welcoming us at St. Peter’s Church in Marlow at 11am (or shortly afterwards). He will give us a tour of the Church, after which he has invited me to celebrate Mass there. After Mass, there will be free time until 4pm, when he will talk to us (in the hall) about GK Chesterton becoming a Catholic – it will be just 100 years since his conversion. The coach will leave at 5pm and we expect to return to the car park at Our Lady of Victories, Lutterworth, at about 7pm.
Please bring a packed lunch, or, if you wish to eat in a cafe or restaurant, it is advisable to book – August in Marlow is likely to be busy. We hope that the weather will be good, and there are walks along the river Thames for us to enjoy. Father Udris has booked the Parish Hall for our use, so if the weather is against us we can eat our packed lunches under cover. If eating outside, please be aware that the birds are known for swooping down and taking your food!
Coffee Morning and Book Sale 10.30am until 1pm on Saturday 16th July at St. Pius X Parish Hall. All welcome – there is a good selection of books, and we hope to have other items available for sale as well.
Feast of St. Pius X (Saturday 21st August) Shared table in the Church grounds (weather permitting – otherwise in the Parish Hall). More details later.
Parish Handbook I will be trying to prepare a parish handbook for both parishes over the next few weeks. To do this I will need to include:
- Names of members and officers of the parish committees
- Names of members and officers of the parish finance committees
- Names of those who prepare young people or adults for sacraments or help with explaining the gospel or the faith to them
- Names of those who visit people who are ill or housebound, and those who care for the poor
- Names of those who administer – compile the newsletter, keep accounts, count money, bank money, pay bills, administer the websites,…
- Names of those who arrange the rotas for readers, singers, Church and/or hall cleaners, flower arrangers, provide refreshments after Mass and at other times, compile bidding prayers, Eucharistic ministers, welcomers, and many other ministries
I’m sure there are many others who should also be included in the handbook. Please let me know who should be included from each of the parishes.
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.
Do we need still to sanitize the benches etc after every celebration in our Churches?
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.
This Sunday is the Thirteenth Sunday of the Year
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 Saturday 25th;
- 10.30am Sunday 26th First Holy Communion Day. Please note the later time for Mass today.
- 10am Monday 27th;7.30pm Tuesday 28th (Vigil of St. Peter & St. Paul);
- 9am Wednesday 29th (St. Peter & St. Paul);
- 10am Saturday 2nd July
- 9.30am Sunday 3rd;
- 10am Monday 4th.
At Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth:
Times of Mass this week & next weekend:
- 5.30pm on Saturday 25th;
- 11am on Sunday 26th.
- 10.30am Tuesday 28th;
- 7pm Wednesday 29th (St. Peter & St. Paul);
- 10.30am Thursday 30th;
- 5.30pm on Saturday 2nd July;
- 11am on Sunday 3rd.
Mass Intentions: At Narborough the intentions for Mass this week will be Saturday (25th) Nancy Hirrell RIP; Sunday (26th) People of the Parishes. First Holy Communion. ; Monday (27th) Lesley Hudson RIP. Tuesday 7.30pm (Vigil Mass of St. Peter & St. Paul) Eveleen Harvey; Wednesday (9am) People of the Parishes, Thursday Dennis & Teresa Taylor ; Friday Intentions of Marjorie Sutton. Next weekend Saturday (2nd July) Owen Hirrell RIP; Sunday (3rd) Doug & Patricia Partridge RIP; Monday (4th) John Scattergood RIP.
At Lutterworth the intentions for Mass will be: Saturday (25th) Holy Souls; Sunday (26th) People of the Parishes. Tuesday (28th) Holy Souls. Wednesday (7.30pm) People of the Parishes. Thursday (30th)) Private Intention. Next Saturday (2nd July) Holy Souls; Sunday (3rd) People of the Parishes. Tuesday (5th) 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 Stephen Janssens, Chris Joy, Michael Tingle, 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:
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.
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 Fourteenth Sunday of the Year
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