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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.

Those who wish to attend should either email catholic.church.woodhallspa@gmail.com  or phone 01526 352245

'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.

Caritas 07.11.20 Zoom Meeting

There is still time to register for Together, we are Caritas, a landmark event in our diocese's journey to joining Caritas, the Church's international humanitarian movement.

Live and recorded Masses at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham
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St Barnabus Cathedral
Monday – Friday   1 pm Mass 
Saturday     10 am Mass 
Sunday    10 am Mass 


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

Pope Francis October 2020

Women in leadership roles in the Church


No one has been baptized a priest or a bishop. We have all been baptized as lay people.
Lay people are protagonists of the Church.
Today, it is especially necessary to create broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.
And we must emphasize the feminine lay presence because women tend to be left aside.
We must promote the integration of women, especially where important decisions are made.
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church, without falling into forms of clericalism that diminish the lay charism.

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. 

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day 
8-11 October 2020


This Harvest, we are launching a series of online events around Family Fast Day from 8-11 October so that we can come together and bring hope and help to those who are most in need.
This is a Harvest like no other as many families face chronic food shortages, malnutrition and poverty as the result of coronavirus. With your support, we can help people all over the world rebuild their lives.

Pope Francis September 2020 
Respect for the planet’s resources

Pope Video Sep 2020


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.

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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."


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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  Daily Readings - read the entire New Testament over a 2 year period
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Pope Francis 

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Pope Francis Angelus 18.10.20 

We continue to pray for the missionaries and catechists and also for those who are persecuted or kidnapped in various parts of the world.

World Mission Sunday 2020


World Mission Sunday 2020 is on 18 October
World Mission Sunday is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It’s a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in situations of poverty, violence and oppression. Every parish, school and community is invited to join this special event, and every penny, pound and prayer you give to Missio helps missionaries everywhere continue their work.

Pope Francis Holy Mass and signing the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" at Assisi 03.10.20

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 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)

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.



St Mary's Church of England Church, Horncastle
St Mary's Church Horncastle
Church Lane,
Horncastle LN9 5HW
Mass Time
Sat 6.00 pm
Church Closed until further
(Sun, Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat
Masses are at Our Lady and St Peter, 15 Cromwell Avenue, Woodhall Spa, LN9 5HW)
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    This church is closed until further notice.

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Liturgies from the private chapel here at Bishop’s House, on the Bishop’s YouTube account. Previous liturgies available to view. 
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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"


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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