Inside Our Lady and St Peter

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Church Opening  06.12.2020 and 13.12.2020
As this is being typed, the temperature in the church on a frosty Thursday morning is 7 degrees (heating not running) – from personal experience that is too cold to be inside for any length of time. However, for the next two Sundays, the heating will be put on well in advance of Mass and to what extent the temperature holds up once the windows and doors are opened will be assessed before a decision is made about Christmas. Hopefully, thermal clothing will help. Consequently, booking is open for the coming  Sunday, 6th December 2020, on the usual basis of first come first served with a waiting list set up for the following Sunday, 13th December 2020.
There will be an opportunity to support the Bishops’ Home Mission office next Sunday – a basket will be placed in the porch.
Similarly, the following Sunday we are asked to help support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea.     Father John 29.11.20

'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.

1st Sunday of Advent  29.11.20

1st Sunday of Advent 29.11.2020

Liturgies Live Streamed from the 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
 Friday 04.12.20 at 9am

Sunday 06.12.20 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

Nottingham Diocesan Carol Service - 18.12.2020
We will celebrate a short online carol service on Friday 18th December at 6pm on Bishop Patrick’s YouTube Channel with readings, music, prayers and reflections. Followed by a family Christmas Quiz (6:45pm-7:15pm). The link and access code will be given out during the service.

Living Advent Podcasts the Diocese of Nottingham 2020

This podcast series will explore how we live the virtues of Advent (Hope, Love, Joy & Peace) in our daily lives. Each week in Advent we will discuss one of the virtues with people from all across the diocese who are trying to live that virtue in today’s secular society.

Click on the picture link above for the podcasts

Christ the King

Sunday 22.11.2020




Tuesday 01.12.2020 Vocations Cafe 
Diocese of Nottingham

Vocations Cafe 01.12.2020
Email vocationsadmin@dioceseofnottingham.uk 
for Zoom link

‘Being a disciple web series’ – January is a time when we try and work at being a better person, why not explore how we can be a grow as a disciple of Jesus? On the 4 Thursdays of January we will explore a different aspect of what it means to be a Catholic disciple with Brendan Thompson the CEO of Catholic Voices in a web series on Zoom. Catholic Voices are an international organisation that shares the Good News in the global media. This will be a great foundation for parishes, chaplaincies and individuals to explore how we can support each other in growing as Catholic disciples. Register for the series here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrcuygqjwpGdNBRC5NIQ46Eu1bleEg246A’

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. 

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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Grapevine Newsletter 18.11.20



  Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
(reading plan courtesy of Gideon International)

Pope Francis 

with English translation and commentary

Pope Francis Holy Mass with New Cardinals 29.11.20 

1st Sunday of Advent

Pope Francis November 2020

Artificial Intelligence


Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing.
Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good.
Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress.
Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation.
Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind… we could say, may it “be human.”

Pope Francis Fratelli Tutti 04.10.20


Yesterday I was in Assisi to sign the new Encyclical Fratelli Tutti on fraternity and social friendship. I offered it to God on the tomb of Saint Francis, who inspired me, as in the previous Laudato Si’. The signs of the times clearly show that human fraternity and care of creation form the sole way towards integral development and peace, already indicated by the Popes Saints John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II. Today, to you in the square - and also those outside the square - I have the joy of giving the new Encyclical, in a special edition of the Osservatore Romano. And with this edition, the daily printed edition of the Osservatore Romano resumes. May Saint Francis accompany the Church’s path of fraternity, among believers of every religion, and among all peoples.

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 neighbourhood 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.

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"


Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
(reading plan courtesy of Gideon International)


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Horncastle LN9 5HW
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Hymn for the First Sunday of Advent 29.11.20   Hark! A herald voice
(Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding)

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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.



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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."

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.

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