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The Holy Father’s Catechesis on the Mass (Continued)

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Dear brothers and sisters: In our catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, we now turn to the Gloria and the Opening Prayer.  Having confessed our sinfulness and asked God’s forgiveness in the penitential rite, we recite, on Sundays and holydays, the ancient hymn “Glory to God in the highest”.  Echoing the song of the angels at our Lord’s birth, we praise the mercy of the Father in sending his Son who takes away the sins of the world.

The Opening Prayer is also called the “Collect”, because it gathers up and presents to the Triune God all our individual prayers.  The priest’s invitation, “Let us pray”, is followed by a moment of silence, as we open our hearts and bring our personal needs to the Lord.  The Opening Prayer praises the Father’s provident love revealed in history and then implores his continued help as we strive to live as his sons and daughters in Christ.  By ancient tradition, the prayer is addressed to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit.  By reflecting on these rich prayers, and uniting ourselves with the Church in lifting them up to God, we see how the liturgy becomes for each Christian a true school of prayer.


Notices

Please Pray for

Terrence Marston who died recently.  His funeral reception will be on Sunday 4 February at 5.00pm and funeral service Monday 5 February at 11.00am.  May he rest in peace.

Second Collection

This weekend, there will be a 2nd collection for the Sick and Retired Priest Fund.  Envelopes are available in the porch for you to use if you are a taxpayer and can Gift Aid your donation.

Christmas Crib Offerings

This year, we will be supporting our two parish charities – The Laura Centre and The Bridge, Homelessness to Hope.

As you come before our Nativity scene to offer your thanks and prayers, please think about making a donation this Christmas time to support those in need.  Thank you for your generosity.

The Bridge Leicester The Bridge Leicester

The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

The Laura Centre The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

The Pope’s Prayer Intention for January

Evangelisation: Religious minorities in Asia – that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.

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Dates For Your Diary  

UCM

Next meeting will be on Wednesday 17 January after the 10.00am Mass, in the downstairs meeting room.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

There will be a short meeting on Saturday 20 January at 10.00am in the downstairs meeting room for all Eucharistic Ministers.

Rosmini Centre

Saturday 20 January.  Deepening our Faith with Bishop Robert Barron DVD. Opportunity for reflection and discussion on the theme  Who is Jesus Christ? Mass at 10.00am followed by DVD presentation at 11.00am Shared table at 1.00 pm, with soup and a roll. Please book in advance.  Donations welcome.

Book Sale

A selection of cook books will be on sale in the porch after Masses on the weekend of 20/21 January.  Monies raised will go to our parish charities, The Laura Centre and The Bridge.   

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

An Ecumenical Service for local churches will be held on Sunday 21 January at 4.00pm at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Fosse Road Central, followed by refreshments.  

Choir Practice

Singing practice has now begun for Holy Week and Easter.  More voices are needed, particularly in the male sections.  Next practice will be on Thursday 18 January after the evening Mass. All Welcome, no experience necessary!

Parish Bazaar

This is one of our main fundraising and social events of the year.  In order to involve more of our Mass going population, it has been proposed that we might think of having the Bazaar as a Sunday lunch/afternoon event this year.  With this is mind, there will be a meeting for anyone willing to help this year; either to plan and organise, as a stall-holder or to be involved in other ways.  This meeting will take place at 12.30pm on Sunday 21 January in the hall (after the 11.15am Mass).  Please come along if you can.

Leicestershire Active Catholic Youth (LACY)

The Working Group of LACY will have their next meeting at the Franciscan Convent, Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 OBG on Wednesday 31 January 2018 from 7.30-9.30pm.  We will be discussing and taking forward some of the major events that we have planned for 2018.    If you are interested in joining the working group, contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Training Opportunity

ARCH (Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline) is delivering training on how to support those who have had an abortion experience, and are troubled by it.  The trainer is a professional counsellor, with a medical background. The training is called ‘befriender’ training.  The training course will be at the Hayes conference centre in Swanwick, Derby, beginning on the evening of Friday 2 February and ending after lunch on Sunday 4 February.   ARCH will pay for all the costs of the weekend (but donations welcome). If you are interested in attending, please contact 07943 711549 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Annual “Valentine” Marriage Mass

Sunday 4 February, 3.00pm at St Barnabas Cathedral. This Mass is open to all married couples and their families, but is especially appropriate to those recently married, or celebrating a significant anniversary. Please just turn up on the day, but if you want more information do not hesitate to contact Fr David Palmer, Chair of the Marriage and family Life Commission at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0115 9786236

40 Days for Life

Prayer Volunteers are needed during Lent 2018 in Nottingham.  There will be an information event on Wednesday 7 February at 7.30pm in the social centre behind St Barnabas Cathedral, with speakers and the opportunity to find out more.  Visit www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/Nottingham  or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Chef & Spice Fundraising Evening

Looking ahead, please save this date in your diary – Tuesday 17 April at 7.00pm.  This annual event will raise funds for this year’s parish charities, so please keep it free and support these good causes. 

The Bridge Leicester The Bridge Leicester

The Bridge – Homelessness to Hope is an outreach to the lost and lonely of Leicester, to the homeless and to those who just have nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

The Laura Centre The Laura Centre

The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

 
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