click on the picture of the church to see inside and here to see the lovely garden

Our Lady & St. Peter’s church is to open for the celebration of Mass on Sunday 26th July at 10.00am and every Sunday thereafter.
There will be no weekday Mass.

Because the church will be functioning with social distancing at 1 metre plus, masks are to be worn and numbers in the church will unfortunately be limited to a maximum of 28; thus it is necessary to operate a booking system on the basis of first come, first served. A waiting list will be set-up such that those on the list will be allocated places first for the following weekend unless you give notification that you are unable to attend. If you are in the extremely clinically vulnerable category, then please continue to protect yourself by staying at home and praying for the parish community – the Sunday obligation continues to be suspended. If you are unsure about coming, do not feel under any pressure. If you or someone in your household displays symptoms of Covid-19, please stay at home. 

Those who wish to attend should either email: catholic.church.woodhallspa@gmail.com or phone 01526 352245 giving your name and stating the number of places required. You can book only for yourself and/or household, not for others. If you are a visitor, please leave contact details. Those who are put on the waiting list will be contacted within 36 hours at the outside, otherwise take it that you have a place.
Again unfortunately, you are asked not to travel with anyone who is not in your household. The church will not be open before 9.30am. You may be asked to wait outside as you arrive, please observe social distancing. You will be met by stewards whose responsibility is to keep you safe; they will take your name (if they don’t know it), ensure you sanitise your hands, give a mask if you do not have one and take you to your seat.
During Mass, please remain seated except when receiving Holy Communion, which will be brought to you by Fr. John.

AT THE END OF MASS The stewards will guide those at the back of church to leave first so that social distancing can be continually observed – hence, sadly, no socialising.
Please note: I am sorry but toilet facilities will not be available.
When parking your car, as far as is possible, try to avoid being too close to other cars.                Peace and blessings,  Fr. John  21.07.20

'For the duration of this emergency the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is removed - see catechism of the Catholic Church 2181 – this pandemic is the "serious reason" why this obligation does not apply at this time.' Catholic Conference of Bishops of England & Wales.

Liturgies being Live Streamed from Bishop's House 
Liturgies from the private chapel here at Bishop’s House, on the Bishop’s YouTube account. Previous liturgies available to view. 
Please click on the picture link below to access the account

Bishop Patricks YouTube Account

Sunday 10 am


Offered as an example of a suitable prayer for use by home viewers wishing to participate in a Live Streaming of the Mass
After the celebrant has received Holy Communion himself, and in place of communicating the faithful, the celebrant reads aloud the Act of Spiritual Communion, and invites the home viewers to say the words of the prayer with him.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Season of Creation
1st September to 4th October 2020
Season of Creation 2019
The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St. Francis, 4 October.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have renewed their commitment to care for creation. They call for the development of a “Christian spirituality of ecology'.
The passing of time makes this challenge clearer. It is now an unprecedented ‘ecological crisis  - Guardians of God’s Creation


Nottingham Diocesan Internet Café


Nottingham Diocesan Internet Café is a one-stop shop for you and your parish during the Covid-19 pandemic. Help your parish to thrive, and your own discipleship to flourish, during lockdown and beyond.

Next Events

Faith Hub– for Lincolnshire Catholics We are looking for young adults (including parents) aged 18 – 35 who are interested in building a community of like-minded Catholics in our county. Meetings are held every two weeks, at 7pm at Our Lady of Lincoln RC Church, Laughton Way, Lincoln LN2 2HE. Please contact info.faithhub@gmail.com for more information. Please come and join us!

Regular Events
All cancelled
First Sunday Coffee - Woodhall Spa - Parish Hall after Mass
There will be cake for sale, 50p per slice/cake with the usual tea & coffee.  

First Tuesdays -  There will be no 'First Tuesday' meetings during Lent, the next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th. May. at 2.30pm. in the hall to chat about life in general or any specific topic you care to raise. tea/coffee & cake/biscuits.

Centering Prayer  & Contemplative Meditation: Open to All

We meet from 7.00 pm till 9.00 pm, - Cancelled until further notice -then every 1st & 4th (not 5th) Tuesday of each month, at the Lion's Den, 26A Silver Street, Conningsby, LN4 4SG. Free parking is available in the Silver Street Car Park. Coming out onto Silver Street, driveway entrance to Lions Den bungalow is across the road, between Ginger Cow Coffee Shop and Doctor’s Surgery.
"Come and see!" (Jn 1:39,46;4:29)
For more details, and any questions or enquiries, etc, please contact Rev Sue Allison (email: susan.333allison@btinternet.com) and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter (email: james.hunter200@btinternet.com)

St Mary's Community of Enquiry
- Cancelled until further notice -
Meets on some Thursdays in St Mary's R.C. Parish Centre, Louth small room, from 10.15am till 12.45pm. Our topics are "Acts of the Apostles" and "Reading Dante: from Here to Eternity"

“St James’ Community of Enquiry” 
Christian Reading & Discussion Group: Open to All 

We meet twice a month, from 7.00pm till 9.00pm, - Cancelled until further notice -, then normally every 2nd / 3rd Friday, followed by 2nd / 3rd Monday of each month, thereafter, at St James’ C of E, Westgate, Louth LN11 9YE.
Members attend when they can. 

“Come and see!” (Jn 1:39,46;4:29) 

For more details, and any questions or enquiries, please contact Rev Nick Brown (email: nick.brown@teamparishof louth.org.uk) and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter (email: james.hunter200@btinternet

Centering  Prayer & Contemplative Meditation: Open to All

Meets weekly from 7.00pm till 9pm, - Cancelled until further notice -, then normally every 1st (or previous) Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Thursday & 4th (not 5th) Friday of each month, thereafter, at St James' C of E, Westgate, Louth LN11 9YE. Members attend when they can. 
"Come and see!" (Jn1:39,46;4:29)
For more details and any questions or enquiries etc please contact Rev Nick Brown nick.brown@teamparishoflouth.org.uk and/or Rev Deacon James Hunter for : james.hunter200@btinternet.com

Events and  COURSES coming up in the
Diocese of Nottingham

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies 2019/2020

CCRS COURSE 2019 / 2020

 What is the CCRS?
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)   offers Core Modules and a broad range of specialist studies so that, taken as a whole, the entire course provides a high level of faith formation for teachers, catechists, prospective deacons, and in fact anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. It is primarily concerned with learning about elements of our faith and integrating the knowledge  acquired into the way we live. In some cases students prefer not to write assignments but still enjoy attending modules and are then awarded with the Living Ministry Certificate.  
Still not sure? Why not contact our CCRS mentor; Robert della-Spina at ccrsmentor@dioceseofnottingham.uk

You can join at any time as this is a rolling course, just complete and return an  application form available from Adult Formation.

 What’s involved? Two year course; 8 modules of 10 hours each  over 2 Saturdays (6 core modules & 2 specialist modules) , 100 % attendance, each module is assessed by an assignment of 1500 words (to achieve the CCRS qualification)
How much does it cost? £55 per module (concessions £45) or £360 for the whole course, plus £25 registration fee , schools/ parishes may fund the course. Living Ministry is £35 per module or £256 for the whole course plus £5 registration fee.
 For more information on CCRS visit the national website
Course currently at: Our Lady & St Patrick in the Meadows, Nottingham. NG2 1JQ

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15th August


The Transfiguration


Saints Peter and Paul

Solemnity of the birth of St John the Baptist

Corpus Christi

Trinity Sunday




Our Lord's Ascension




HOLY SATURDAY  - Easter Vigil



Way of the Cross 

Celebration of the Passion of our Lord 







Presentation of the Lord      02.02.20

Presentation of the Lord


Epiphany of the Lord


Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Pope Francis Mary Mother of God 01.01.20

Feast of the Holy Family




Christ the King


Remembrance Sunday 2019


Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.


O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children..

Roman Missal

Commemoration of All Souls
2nd November


Solemnity of All Saints
1st November








Welcome to Woodhall Spa Parish
Serving Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Coningsby and Metheringham
Parish Priest Fr John O'Donnell
Our Lady and St Peter
15 Cromwell Avenue, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6TH
Tel 01526 352245 
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Pope Francis Angelus 20.09.20 

Pope Francis September 2020 
Respect for the planet’s resources

Pope Video Sep 2020

Pope Francis August 2020
The Maritime World

Pope Video August 2020

The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult.
Sometimes they are victims of forced labour or are left behind in distant ports.
The competition of industrial fishing and the problem of pollution make their work even more complicated.

Without the people of the sea, many parts of the world would starve.
Let us pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

Pope Francis  July 2020
Our Families

Pope Video July 2020

The family ought to be protected.
It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress…

Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. 
The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties.

Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they may be protected by the State.

Pope Francis June 2020
Compassion for the world

Pope Video June 2020

Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure.
We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives.
It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.
We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.

Pope Francis  May 2020
For deacons

Pope Video May 2020

Let us pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.
Deacons are not second-level priests.
They are part of the clergy and live their vocation in and with their family.
They are dedicated to the service of the poor, who carry within them the face of the suffering Christ.
They are the guardians of service in the Church.

Pope Francis Easter Urbi et Orbi Message 12.04.20


Pope Francis Video Message for Holy Week 2020

Pope Francis Video Message for Holy Week

Pope Francis April 2020
Liberation from addictions

Pope Video April 2020

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied
Surely, you’ve heard about the drama of addiction.
And… have you also thought about the addiction to gambling, to pornography, to the internet… and the dangers of virtual space?.
Supported by the “Gospel of Mercy” we can alleviate, care for and heal the suffering associated with new kinds of addiction.

Pope Francis March 2020
Pray for the World

Pope Francis Pray for the World

Let us all pray together for the sick, for the people who are suffering.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.

I thank all Christians, all the men and women of good will who pray at this moment, in unison, whichever religious tradition they belong to.

Pope Francis March 2020
Catholics in China

Pope Video March 2020

Let us pray together that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

Today, the Church in China looks to the future with hope.
The Church wants Chinese Christians to be truly Christians, and to be good citizens.
They should promote the Gospel, but without engaging in proselytism, and they need to achieve the unity of the divided Catholic community.

Pope Francis Feb 2020
Hear the Cries of Migrants 

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking, may be heard and considered.

Migrants are often victims of criminal human smuggling and human trafficking.
Among other causes, this happens because of corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain.
The money from their dirty, underhanded business is blood money. I’m not exaggerating: it’s blood money.

Pope Francis Jan 2020
Promotion of World Peace

Pope Video Jan 2020

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity.
Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good.
Thank you.

Pope Francis Christmas Urbi et Orbi 25.12.19

Pope Francis 25.12.19 Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis Dec 2019 
The future of the very young


Let us pray that every country decides to take necessary measures to make the future of children a priority, especially the future of children who are suffering today.

Every child who is marginalized, abused, abandoned, without schooling, or without medical care, is a cry that rises up to God.
In each of them is Christ, who came to our world as a defenceless child; it is Christ who looks at us through the eyes of each of these children.

Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Thailand and Japan 19-26 November

Pope Francis Nov 2019
Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East

Pope Video Nov 2019

Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds. The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.

Pope Francis Oct 2019
Missionary Spring in the Church

Pope Video Oct 2019

In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church.

Today, a new impulse to the Church’s missionary activity is needed to face the challenge of proclaiming Jesus and his death and resurrection.
Reaching the peripheries—the human, cultural, and religious settings still foreign to the Gospel: this is what we call the missio ad gentes.
We must also remember that the soul of the Church’s mission is prayer.
In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit may engender a new missionary spring for all those baptized and sent by Christ’s Church.

Pope Francis Video message to UN Climate Action Summit

Pope Francis UN Climate Change Summit

Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Mozambique, Madagascar & Mauritius 4 - 10 September  2019

Pope Francis - World Day of Care for Creation  01.09.19


God, offers creation to men and women as a precious gift to be preserved.
Tragically, the human response to this gift has been marked by sin, selfishness and a greedy desire to possess and exploit..
The environment itself is endangered: something good in God’s eyes has become something to be exploited in human hands. Deterioration has increased in recent decades: constant pollution, the continued use of fossil fuels, intensive agricultural exploitation and deforestation are causing global temperatures to rise above safe levels.

We have caused a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself, including our own...

I strongly encourage the faithful to pray in these days...

It is also a season to reflect on our lifestyles, and how our daily decisions about food, consumption, transportation, use of water, energy and many other material goods, can often be thoughtless and harmful...

This too is a season for undertaking prophetic actions.

Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions...The young remind us that the earth is not a possession to be squandered, but an inheritance to be handed down. They remind us that hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now. We owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions...

The forthcoming United Nations Climate Action Summit is of particular importance. There, governments will have the responsibility of showing the political will to take drastic measures to achieve as quickly as possible zero net greenhouse gas emissions and to limit the average increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial levels...

May God, “the lover of life” (Wis 11:26), grant us the courage to do good without waiting for someone else to begin, or until it is too late.

Pope Francis Sep 2019
Protecting the Oceans


Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Oceans contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, and also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them are threatened for various reasons.
Creation is a project of love given by God to humanity.
Our solidarity with the “common home” is born from our faith.
Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Pope Francis Aug 2019
Families, Schools of Human Development

The Pope Video  August 2019

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development".

Let us leave a world with families.
Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centres of humanity.
And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.
Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human development”.

Pope Francis July 2019
Integrity of Justice
Pope Video July 2019
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens.
Their independence should keep them safe from favouritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make.
Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.
Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

Pope Francis June 2019
The Priest's Way of Life


Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.
I would like to ask you to look at the priests who work in our communities.
They are not perfect, but many give it their all until the very end, offering themselves with humility and joy.
They are priests who are close to the people, ready to work hard for everyone.
Let us be thankful for their example and testimony.
Let us pray that priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively, above all, to solidarity with those who are most poor.

Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Romania
31 May to 1 June 2019


Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Bulgaria and North Macedonia
5-7 May 2019


Pope Francis : May 2019
The Church in Africa, Seed of Unity


Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

The ethnic, linguistic, and tribal divisions in Africa can be overcome promoting unity in diversity.
I want to thank the religious sisters, priests, laity, and missionaries for their work to create dialogue and reconciliation among the various sectors of African society.
Let us pray this month that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

Pope Francis  21.04.19  Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis : April 2019
Doctors and their humanitarian collaborators
 in war-torn areas

Pope Francis video April 2019

Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

The presence of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in war-torn areas is a sign of hope.
They are wise, valiant, and good-hearted people who, following their vocation, work under extremely dangerous conditions.
Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Pope Francis: Christ is Alive!
To Young People and the Entire People of God
Pope Francis - Christ is Alive

Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive!

Pope Francis visit to Morocco

Pope Francis : March 2019
Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities

Pope Video March 2019

Let us pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

It might be hard for us to believe, but there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries.
They are persecuted because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ to this society.
This happens particularly where religious freedom is not yet guaranteed.
However, it also happens in countries where, in theory and on paper, they protect freedom and human rights.
Let us pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

Pope Francis 04.02.19  Human Fraternity

Pope Francis andGrand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib  04.02.19 Human Fraternity Document

Document on “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed by His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib

Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.....It is a document that invites all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together so that it may serve as a guide for future generations to advance a culture of mutual respect in the awareness of the great divine grace that makes all human beings brothers and  sisters.....

Pope Francis : February 2019
 Victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Pope Francis February 2019 Human Trafficking

Although we try to ignore it, slavery is not something from other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash their hands of it without being, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity.
We cannot ignore the fact that there is as much slavery in the world today as there was before, or perhaps more.
Let us pray for a generous welcome of the victims of human trafficking, of enforced prostitution, and of violence.

Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates
3 to 5 February 2019

Pope Francis Journey to the United Arab Emirates

The logo of this journey depicts a dove with an olive branch. It is an image that recalls the story – present in different religious traditions – of the primordial flood. According to the biblical account, in order to preserve humanity from destruction, God asked Noah to enter the ark along with his family. Today, we too in the name of God, in order to safeguard peace, need to enter together as one family into an ark which can sail the stormy seas of the world: the ark of fraternity.

The point of departure is the recognition that God is at the origin of the one human family. He who is the Creator of all things and of all persons wants us to live as brothers and sisters, dwelling in the common home of creation which he has given us. Fraternity is established here at the roots of our common humanity, as “a vocation contained in God’s plan of creation”.[1] This tells us that all persons have equal dignity and that no one can be a master or slave of others.

Excerpt from Founder’s Memorial Speech (Abu Dhabi)
Monday, 4 February 2019

Pope Francis 24.10.19
World Day of Social Communications


Today’s media environment is so pervasive as to be indistinguishable from the sphere of everyday life. The Net is a resource of our time. It is a source of knowledge and relationships that were once unthinkable....
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Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Panama
23.01.19 to 28.01.19


Pope Francis   18.01.19   Christian Unity
18.01.19     Vespers  in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls


It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to sin, that the Lord saved us in baptism and called us his children. It is easy to think that the spiritual grace granted us is our property, something to which we are due, our property. The gifts we have received from God can also blind us to the gifts given to other Christians. It is a grave sin to belittle or despise the gifts that the Lord has given our brothers and sisters, and to think that God somehow holds them in less esteem. When we entertain such thoughts, we allow the very grace we have received to become a source of pride, injustice and division. And how can we then enter the promised kingdom?

Pope Francis : January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary


You young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration.
Take advantage of the World Youth Day in Panama to contemplate Christ together with Mary. We will pray the Rosary together for peace, each of us in our own language.
And ask for strength to dream and to work for peace.
Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world

Pope Francis 08.02.15 The devil is the root of jealousy, war

Pope Francis said the devil is the “father of hate”, “the father of lies” who
seeks disunity. “But God wants unity,” Pope Francis said. “If in your heart you feel jealousy, this is the beginning of war. Jealousies are not of God.”
“It is sad when in a family, brothers do not speak because of something stupid,” Pope Francis said.“Because the devil takes stupidity and makes a world,” he continued. “Then these enmities continue and multiply for years. It destroys the family: Parents suffer because their children do not speak to each other, or with the wife of a son…And so this jealousy and envy, it is sowed by the devil. And the only one who can drive out demons is Jesus. The only one who can heal these things is Jesus. So to each of you: Have yourself healed by Jesus.”
Pope Francis 03.02.15 - Daily contemplation of the Gospel

Daily contemplation of the Gospel helps us to have true hope. The Pope  
again urged people to take 10 minutes out of their day to pick up the Gospel and talk to the Lord, rather than waste it on TV soap operas or listening to other peoples’ gossip.
Take up the Gospel, read and imagine the scene, imagine what happens and talk to Jesus, from the heart"."And with this we allow hope to grow, because we have our gaze fixed, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. We should all carry out this contemplative prayer. 'But I have so much to do!'. At home, 15 minutes, pick up the Gospel, a small passage, imagine what happened and talk with Jesus about it. So your gaze will be fixed on Jesus and not so much on a TV soap opera, for example. Your ears will be focused on the words of Jesus and not so much on your neighborhood gossip ... ".
Hope comes from this prayer, he said, adding "our Christian life unfolds in that context, between memory and hope": "Memory of our past journey, memory of so many graces received from the Lord. And hope, looking at the Lord, who is the only one who can give me hope. And in order to gaze at the Lord, to know the Lord, we pick up the Gospel and carry out this contemplative prayer.
Today, for example, try for 10 minutes - 15, no more – to read the Gospel, picture it and say something to Jesus. And nothing more. And so your knowledge of Jesus will be bigger and your hope will grow.

The Gospel in your pocket  - Pope Francis 01.09.14

"How do we receive the Word of God?”. The response is clear: “As one receives Jesus Christ. The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scripture, in His Word”.
"Always carry a small Gospel with you in your purse, in your pocket, and read a passage from the Gospel during the day. Not so much “to learn” something, but mostly “to find Jesus, because Jesus actually is in His Word, in His Gospel”.  “Every time I read the Gospel, I find Jesus”.
Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
(reading plan courtesy of Gideon International)
Pope Francis: Guardian angels our companions on life’s journey

Guardian angels exist

Pope Francis at Mass at Casa Santa Marta. "Guardian angels exist, they are not [the fruit of] imaginative doctrine, but companions that God has placed beside us on our life’s journey."

            We all have an angel
Pope Francis recalled the definitive role of guardian angels in a Christian’s life. "We all have an angel who is always beside us, who never abandons us and helps us not to lose our way."

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Bishop Patrick recommends the new Pocket Gospels
Priced £4.99 from the Bible Society

Pope Francis has said "Everyone should carry a small Bible or a pocket edition of the Gospels and should find at least a few minutes every day to Read the Word of God"


World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020


The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on 27 September 2020. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee”. The message will focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs), who currently number over 41 million worldwide.

As the title makes clear, the message originates in the experience of the young Jesus and his family as displaced persons and refugees. This experience provides a specific Christological grounding for the Christian action of welcome or hospitality.

Settlement Scheme for EU citizens


Time to apply for Settled Status
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, or know someone who is, please note that there is now less than a year left to apply for Settled Status.  The government requires European citizens who have made their homes in the UK to make an application or risk losing their fundamental rights to live and work here.

Bishop William Kenney in Birmingham Archdiocese, who is a Swedish citizen, has been through the process himself.  He warns that while many people have found it straightforward, others have faced unexpected obstacles or don’t even realise they’re required to apply. He’s therefore urging people to get their applications in early.  If you know fellow parishioners who might have to apply, please look out for them, and give them any support they need in applying.

For more details, and links to useful sources of advice, visit this page on the Bishops' Conference website.


ndcys Live


youth2000uk Youth 2000 seeks to draw young people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, lived at the heart of the Catholic church. www.youth2000.org

Vocations Sunday


The Day of Prayer for Vocations - also known as Vocations Sunday - this year will be celebrated on 3 May 2020.

CAFOD Family Fast Day 06.03.20 

CAFOD Family Fast Day 2020

Family Fast Day is on Friday 6th March 2020. This Lent, please support the life-saving work of local experts like Sister Consilia in Zimbabwe who gives vital medication at her health centre.

World Mission Sunday


As our global Church comes together on this special day, Missio asks the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in India and throughout the world, through your prayers and financial support.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 2019: Friday 4 October

Cafod Harvest Fast Day 2019

No child should be attacked while collecting water. With your support we can reach more communities like Fabiano's and bring water closer to home.

Home Mission Sunday 15 September 2019


Each year the Church in England and Wales celebrates Home Mission Sunday. It is an opportunity to inspire us all to share the Good News we have received.

Season of Creation
1st September to 4th October 2019
Season of Creation 2019
The Season of Creation is a global ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home, starting each year on 1 September and finishing on the feast of St. Francis, 4 October.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have renewed their commitment to care for creation. They call for the development of a “Christian spirituality of ecology'.
The passing of time makes this challenge clearer. It is now an unprecedented ‘ecological crisis  - Guardians of God’s Creation

Sea Sunday 2019 will be celebrated on Sunday 14th July.
Sea Sunday is when we have the opportunity to remember and pray for seafarers, their families and all who support them. On Sea Sunday Catholic Churches around the UK take up a second collection with all funds raised going to the Apostleship of the Sea to support our work. It is a day of remembrance, prayer and celebration, and an opportunity to think about and thank those seafarers who work tirelessly throughout the year bringing us goods we often take for granted.

Collection for Peter's Pence

Peter’s Pence is the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Holy Father as a sign of their sharing in the concern of the Successor of Peter for the many different needs of the Universal Church and for the relief of those most in need.

The faithful’s offerings to the Holy Father are destined to Church needs, to humanitarian initiatives and social promotion projects, as well as to the support of the Holy See. The Pope, being Pastor of the whole Church, is attentive to the material needs of poor dioceses, religious institutes and of faithful in grave difficulties (the poor, children, the elderly, those marginalized and the victims of war or natural disasters; concrete aid to Bishops or dioceses in need, Catholic education, assistance to refugees and immigrants, etc.).

World Comunications Day 2019
The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday   
 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media.

Global Healing


Human Trafficking
St Josephine Bakhita Day 2019

St Josephine Bakhita Day - Human Trafficking

Friday 8 February is the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita – the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. On this day Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those affected by the crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking, and the people that volunteer and work to eradicate this crime. This year the particular focus is on those who are caught up in forced labour and labour exploitation both in the UK and beyond.


Thoughts from Elston Hermitage on Angels
Of all things visible and invisible angels then are part of that invisible side of God's creation and so worthily deserve our attention.
Angels are God's messengers not only for great occasions but we can be assured they are constantly looking after us too as promised by the Psalmist  'The Lord will command his Angels to guard you in all your ways, they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone' (Ps. 91 11-12). Angles then are body and soul guards, and each of                                   us has a guardian angel to watch over us.