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The Eucharist is 'the highest, most sublime' way of encountering God's love, Pope Francis second talk in series on Eucharist

holy_spirit.jpgCatholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing to “meet Jesus” instead of engaging in “chitchat”, the Pope has said.

“Silence is so important,” he said. “Remember what I told you last time: we are not going to a show. Silence prepares us and accompanies us.”

Pope Francis made the remarks on Wednesday during his weekly general audience. The Holy Father continues his new series of audience talks on the Mass, reflecting on the Eucharist as a form of prayer that is “the highest, the most sublime and, at the same time, the most concrete” way of encountering God’s love.

“This is the greatest grace: to experience that the Eucharist is the privileged moment to be with Jesus and, through him, with God and with our brothers and sisters,” the Pope said.

In the Gospels, he continued, Jesus teaches his disciples that the first thing needed to pray “is to know how to say ‘father'” and to trust in God with the humility of a child.

Christians also must allow themselves to be “surprised by the living encounter with the Lord,” he said, and not simply “talk to God like a parrot,” repeating the words of prayers without thinking.

“The encounter with God is a living encounter,” the Pope said departing from his prepared remarks. “It is not an encounter of a museum, it is a living encounter. And we go to Mass, not a museum! We go to a living encounter with the Lord.”

Pope Francis said the Mass is also a gift and a consolation where Christians discover that God’s greatest surprise is that he “loves us even in our weakness.”

“The Lord encounters our frailty,” the Pope said. “This is the environment of the Eucharist. This is prayer.”


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.

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

Pat O’Rourke, who died recently – 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.

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.

World Day of the Poor

We have been asked by Pope Francis to keep this Sunday 19 November as ‘World Day of the Poor’.  www.csan.org.uk/worlddayofthepoor

Catholic Schools Consultation

Christ the King Primary School and English Martyrs School have been invited by Bishop Patrick to begin the process of conversion to an academy as part of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Academy Trust in the Diocese of Nottingham.    Information about the consultation process is displayed on the notice-board.


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Dates For Your Diary  

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 23 November in Church at 7.10pm.  Please come and join us!

Becoming a Catholic

Next session will take place on Friday 24 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.

A Day of Discernment

Thinking that you might be called to the Priesthood?  A day of recollection at The Old Friary, Gordon Road, Nottingham, NG3 2LG on Saturday 25 November from 10.00am – 3.00pm.  for anyone 16+ who may be thinking of sharing God’s love and care through the ministry of a priest.

Beginning with Parish Mass at 10.00am, there will be the opportunity together to look at how God is calling us and what it means to be a priest.  Lunch will be provided, and the day will end with quiet reflection and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.   Please let Fr Paul or Fr Jonathan know if you are able to join us.  Telephone 01159501064 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. There will be no charge for the meal but your generous support for the raffle together with donations will partially fund the cost.

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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