Weekend Message Oct 1

Our Lady of Victories

St. Pius X,                                               & St. Alphonsus,

Narborough                                        Lutterworth


Dear friends,


New Parish Priest Father Joel will take up the responsibilities of care for you all in early October. I will leave on Tuesday 4th October after celebrating Mass in Lutterworth, and Father Joel will arrive on or before Friday 7th October. Please do pray for Father Joel as he prepares to take on these new responsibilities. Father Joel is not able to celebrate Mass on a Saturday in the morning or early afternoon. Consequently the arrangements for Saturday Mass will have to change. Father Joel wishes to celebrate Mass at St. Pius X Narborough at 4pm on Saturday, and a Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth, at 6pm. Father Joel will also make his own arrangements for hearing confessions when he arrives during this week.


I am very grateful to all of you who have helped the communities to thrive in the years that I have been parish priest – 24 in Narborough and 9 in Lutterworth. I hope and pray that you will continue to thrive as communities in the future. Although I will be moving away, I will still live within the diocese of Nottingham, and be available to help out in parishes when required. No doubt there will be opportunities for meeting from time to time.


Parish Handbook I am very grateful to those who have helped me to produce the basis for a parish handbook. When Father Joel arrives as parish priest in October, it would be very helpful to him if we could provide contact details for those who are serving our community in these various ways, as well as their names.


Parish Routine I have also prepared a statement of the usual ‘routine’ that I have been following each week. No doubt there is a lot that I have forgotten to include. It will be very important for Father Joel that you help him to understand the ways that the two parishes have been accustomed to working. Father Joel must work out his own routine, of course, in regard to the work that he has to do, so the usual routine will have to change in various ways – the necessary change to the times of Mass on Saturday, and consequently also the arrangements for confessions, are an early example of this. Please be patient as Father Joel settles in to the parishes and communicates his ideas to you all.


First Holy Communion: Candidates should already be in Year 3 at school (or above). Provided that there are sufficient applications, preparation will take place in both parishes, and the celebration of First Holy Communion will take place in both Churches at or near the end of June. Probable dates (but open to change) would be Sunday 11th June at Our Lady of Victories, and Sunday 25th June at St. Pius X.


Application forms may be collected at the weekend. Please ask for a form if you wish to apply for a place. The preparation will probably begin in October.


Confirmation Bishop Patrick will come to St. Pius X Narborough to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation at 7pm on Friday 25th November. Please note the change of date. This will be the ceremony for both parishes – the last ceremony was at Our Lady of Victories, so it is fair that this one will be at St. Pius X. Candidates will need to talk to Father Joel about their preparation. Father Joel will need to know where each candidate was baptized. I have provided certificates for all who were baptized or received at St. Pius X Narborough. For those baptized elsewhere a baptism certificate needs to be obtained.


Altar Servers We have been delighted to celebrate First Holy Communion with nine of our young people recently. Now I ask these young people: would you be willing to help the community on a regular basis by becoming altar servers, learning how to assist Father Joel and Father John Joe and Deacon Kevin? I hope at least some of you are willing. Just let me know, and you can be kitted out in an alb and start to learn what is involved.


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)


  • All are encouraged to be fully vaccinated (double vaccination and booster).
  • 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.

I hope that everyone will feel able to celebrate Mass again in our Churches.

This Sunday is the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year   

At St. Pius X, Narborough:

Times of Mass & Communion Services this weekend & next weekend:

At St. Pius X, Narborough:

  • 10am Saturday 1st October;
  • 9.30am Sunday 2nd;
  • 10am Monday 3rd Communion Service.
  • 4pm Saturday 8th;
  • 9.30am Sunday 9th;
  • 10am Monday 10th (to be confirmed).


At Our Lady of Victories & St. Alphonsus, Lutterworth:

Times of Mass this week & next weekend:

  • 5.30pm on Saturday 1st October;
  • 11am on Sunday 2nd.
  • 10.30am Tuesday 4th;
  • 10.30am Thursday 6th;
  • 6pm on Saturday 8th;
  • 11am on Sunday 9th.


Mass Intentions: At Narborough the intentions for Mass this week will be Saturday (1st October) Intentions of the members of the Parish SVP; Sunday (2nd) Kathleen Murphy RIP; Monday (3rd) Communion Service.


At Lutterworth the intentions for Mass will be Saturday (1st October) People of the Parishes; Sunday (2nd) Holy Souls; Tuesday (4h) People of the Parishes.


Prayers for the living and the dead:


Please pray for , Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Kathleen Murphy, John Ryan, Bill Bettle, Paul Toogood, Daniel Murphy, Father Robert Rutledge, Gerald Bolsover, Malcolm Lowe, Eileen Copp, and for all who have died recently.


Please also pray for Freda Williams, Eric Garnett, Edward Taylor, Deon Viljoen, Stephen Janssens, Chris Joy, Michael Tingle, Maria Matkovits, Tara Viljoen, John Mather, Vivian Kettle, Beulah Blomfield, Diana Coughlin, Tony Thorlby, Hayley & Kaci Dunnill, Monica Teeling, Peggy Merrell, Suzanne Foxon, 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.


CAFOD The October Family Fast Day is Friday 7th October, and the October CAFOD collection will be taken during the weekend of 8th and 9th October.


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:




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 pauld@twam.uk


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.

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 Twenty- Eighth Sunday of the Year    

Safeguarding: training for Volunteers:


Rachael Campion, the Director of Safeguarding for the Diocese of Nottingham has asked for volunteers to be notified about an upcoming course of 3 safeguarding training modules, in order that they may attend if they would like to do so.


You are invited to attend the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA)  National Safeguarding Training via webinar.   The sessions will be delivered by Sebastian Carro, the National Training Coordinator for CSSA.


The National Training Learning Portal will also provide these courses later this year, which can be completed online for those who are unable to attend the initial webinar training, further details will be released once this is available.


Volunteers who require a DBS for their role can access these courses.  Details of the events and how to book will be available on the diocesan website shortly https://www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/departments/safeguarding).  I have provided the content and how to book on the courses now below;


Volunteers will need to complete the following 3 modules:


Safeguarding Children in Church Communities

Safeguarding Adults in Church Communities

Creating a Safer Environment for Church Activities 


All courses will start at 6.00pm and finish by 8.00pm.  To register for this training and confirm your attendance please click on the appropriate link which will take you to the Eventbrite website;


Tuesday 25th October Safeguarding Children in Church Communities



Wednesday 26th October Safeguarding Adults in Church Communities



Thursday 27th October Creating a Safer Environment for Church Activities 



You will receive a link to the training event 2 days beforehand.


Please contact the Nottingham Diocese Safeguarding Department if you have any queries by emailing safeguarding@dioceseofnottingham.uk or telephone 0115 9539849.


Parish Priest’s contact details address 52 Leicester Road, Narborough. Leicester. LE19 2DF; telephone (0116) 2863676.

With my prayers for every blessing, now and for the future, Father John