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Today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because in the Gospel we hear Jesus speak of himself as the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.  That is why it is the day chosen as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life.  The Holy Father has written to us on this day inviting us to pray trustingly to God for those called to share in the Good Shepherd’s ministry of caring for his flock.

Pope Benedict has also invited us to celebrate a Year for Priests, beginning on 19 June – the feast of the Sacred Heart.  It is to be dedicated to promoting the spiritual perfection of priests and to recognising more fully the irreplaceable value of priestly ministry at the heart of the Church.  The Pope says we should not allow ourselves to become discouraged by accepting as inevitable that a time will come when we have to do without priests.  Once again, we entrust the whole Church to the providence of God in prayer for encouragement of priestly vocations.


A coach has been arranged for 8:00am to pick up at both St Peter's and Mother of God Churches.  We stop for a coffee break at half way, to break the journey, and expect to arrive in Walsingham soon after 11:30am, in time for a picnic lunch.

Details of our itinerary in Walsingham are given on the poster displayed on the notice board and transport will be provided for those unable to manage the walks.

At 5:00pm we leave Walsingham and stop for a meal at about 6:45pm, expecting to be back in Leicester before 9:00pm.

If you would like to book a place, please sign up on the form at the back of the Church.  Cost: Adult £10 donation on the coach, with children travelling free (must be accompanied by an adult) 



This year’s outing will be a cruise on the River Trent at Nottingham, which will include lunch.  We will leave St Peter’s at 10.15am and Mother of God at 10.25am.  We will be boarding the boat at approximately 11.30am with lunch being served from 12 noon onwards.  We will return at approximately 4.00pm.

In order to preserve the funds of the Francis Caus Charity, this year we will be asking each participant to make a donation of £10, ie approximately 50% of the cost of the outing.

If you wish to join the trip, please sign the list of names which is displayed on the main notice-board.

If you require any further details, please contact Ian Knight via the presbytery. 

Church Student Interviews

Please note that there is no Mass on Monday morning as both Fr Eddy and Fr David are involved in interviewing prospective candidates to go to seminary. Please pray for those who are generously offering themselves for the priesthood and those tasked with making the decision as to whether they go forward to seminary or not.

APF Red Boxes

Thank you to all our box holders.  In 2008 a total of £924 was collected.

First Holy Communion Mass

This year we have 15 children in the First Communion Programme which is the smallest number we have had in recent years. Therefore, there is no need to have an additional First Communion Mass and these children will receive Holy Communion for the first time at the 8.45am Mass on Sunday 10 May. This will bring us into line with the practice in most local parishes and more importantly will mean that the First Communion Mass becomes more truly a ‘parish occasion’ celebrated at a regular parish Sunday Mass.

Job Opportunity

Christ the King Catholic Primary School is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic committed person to support a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs.  Please contact the school office for applications and further details on 0116 285 7261.  Closing dates for applications: Friday 15 May at 12.00 noon.  Interviews will be held on Friday 22 May 2009.

Part-time Youth Worker

Wanted to work alongside the Derby Catholic Youth Worker in supporting Derby parishes in Confirmation Preparation.  For details contact Fr Joe at the Youth Service 01773 852044 / This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Or see poster on notice-board.

Ministry Rotas

The current rotas for readers and collection counters expire at the end of May. We are particularly looking for additional readers at the 6.30pm and 8.45am weekend Masses. If you wish to go on the rota please let Fr Eddy or Marian Goodrich know. If you wish to learn more about what is involved with helping to count the collection (usually on a Sunday morning) then please speak with Fr Eddy.

Flat available

3 rooms in quiet family home, Western Park. Would suit professional lady/female student. Tel: 0116 285 6998

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