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Pope Francis begins series of talks on the Eucharist

On Wednesday, a fiery Pope Francis chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist.

“The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord,” “The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest celebrates the Eucharist... But it is the Lord!”

In particular, Francis condemned the use of cell phones to take photos at papal Masses. At one point during the Mass the priest says, “we lift up our hearts,” he said. “He does not say, ‘We lift up our phones to take photographs!’”

“It’s a bad thing! And I tell you that it gives me so much sadness when I celebrate here in the Piazza or Basilica and I see so many raised cellphones, not just of the faithful, even of some priests and even bishops.”

“But think: when you go to Mass, the Lord is there! And you're distracted. (But) it is the Lord!”

During the general audience, Pope Francis said the Eucharist would be the new focus of his weekly catechesis for the year, because “it is fundamental for us Christians to understand well the value and meaning of the Holy Mass to live more and more fully our relationship with God.”

Concluding his reflection on the Mass and the Eucharist, Pope Francis said that he hopes that through these brief weekly lessons, everyone will rediscover the beauty "hidden in the Eucharistic celebration, and which, when revealed, gives a full meaning to the life of everyone."


Remembrance Day: We pray for those who lost their lives in conflicts, especially the World Wars. We also remember all those currently serving in the armed forces.

November Envelopes available as you enter church, for you to insert the names of deceased family, friends, relatives and benefactors whom you wish to be remembered during the month of November. These envelopes will be placed in the Sanctuary during November.  Please return the envelopes into the Red Box in the porch.  Any offerings will go towards Masses for Holy Souls during November and throughout the year.

Cemetery Prayers Sunday 12 November at 3.00pm at Kirby Muxloe Cemetery.
This is an opportunity for us to pray not only for our loved ones, but also for those who have no-one to pray for them.

Your Funeral Arrangements At this time of year it is not inappropriate to give some consideration to the end of our own lives. It often happens that non-Catholic or lapsed family and friends are left to arrange funerals and are not always well informed as to what is appropriate. If you would like to leave details of your wishes for your funeral arrangements you now have the opportunity to do so.  Forms are available from the porch leaflet holders and can be returned to Fr John at any time for safekeeping.


Please Pray for

Fr Mariano Tarrosa whose funeral will take place at Mother of God church on Wednesday 15 November at 10.00am.

And for Pat O’Rourke, who died during the week – funeral details as follows... Funeral Reception 6.00pm Sunday 19 November, Funeral Mass 10.00am Monday 20 November. May they rest in peace.

Parish Charity

We have decided that our charity fundraising for the coming year (Parish Bazaar, Chef & Spice Fundraising Evening...) will go to support The Laura Centre and The Bridge Homelessness to Hope charities.

Card Sale

Many thanks to Maureen Coleman and everyone who supported her card sale last weekend, which raised £60 for the Retired Priests Appeal.

Volunteers Needed

One Roof Leicester (ORL) is a charity which provides accommodation and support to people to homeless or destitute people in Leicester. Contact www.oneroof.org.uk/volunteer or Elle; This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . See the poster on the notice board for more information.


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Dates For Your Diary  


Wednesday 15 November after the morning Mass, in the downstairs meeting room.

Singers needed!

We are again this year forming a choir to sing at the Christmas Vigil Mass and hopefully to provide some singing in one or two of the local nursing homes. This week we will be practicing on Thursday 16 November in Church at 7.10pm.  Please  come and join us!

Becoming a Catholic

Next session will take place on Friday 17 November at 7.00pm in Church.  The same session will be repeated at 12 noon on Saturdays for those who can’t make the Friday session.

Day of Reflection

Saturday 18 November at Mount St Bernard’s Abbey Coalville.  Led by Secular Discalced Carmelites.  See poster for details.

Mother of God Christmas Bazaar

Saturday 25 November 10.30am–1.00pm. Greencoat Road LE3 6NZ. Gifts of toiletries, cake stall, toys and books. Raffle prizes. Please join us!

Enter Under My Roof

Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission Annual Assembly and AGM will take place on Saturday 25 November 10.00am –3.45pm at St Mary’s, Derby.  Book your place with Louise Cooke 07410 411048 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Tea Dance

Sunday 26 November 2.00-5.00pm at St Patrick’s Parish Centre. See poster for details.

Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner

Saturday 2 December at 1.00pm.  If you would like to attend, please add your name to the list on the notice-board by Sunday 12 November, as we need to know numbers for the caterers.

Advent Retreat Day for Women

Saturday 2 December 10.00am – 4.00pm at The Presentation Convent, Matlock.  For full information and booking details see poster on the notice-board.

Menphys Catholic Schools Carol Concert

Friday 8 December at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.   For tickets please see the poster.


There are two pilgrimages next year, picking up Leicester.  One in April to Lisieux and one in June to Lourdes & Nevers. If you would like to find out more, see the posters on the notice-board or contact Fr John McCay on 0115 981 0320 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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