Christmas Fayre Bourne - Saturday December 2nd, 2017. Time: 10.00am to 12 midday. Raffle tickets will be on sale towards the end of this month. 

Nottingham Diocesan Youth Event

Are you ready?

Dear young people of the diocese,

I would like to invite you to join me for a joyful,Spirit filled evening of prayer and praise, good music, food and fun on Saturday 16th September, 7pm-9.30pm at Radcliffe College Sports Hall. It’s an occasion to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. It will also provide an opportunity to all young adults from across the Nottingham Diocese, to gather together to encounter the Lord afresh, to be renewed in the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to be helped to bear witness to his love in your families, study and work places. I very much look forward to meeting you then, and please now keep this event in your prayers

May God bless you

Bishop Patrick 

Please pray for the sick

Especially Margaret Kline, Martin Dowse, Brian Davies, Chris, Janet Shield, Marie Lourdes Lina Saintas, Adrian Howarth, Verity Elliott, Father Dakwan (Father’s father), Joe Blacoe, Dorothy Sterry-Blunt, Pauline Smith, Robert Carter and all those who do not wish to be named here. 

Mary, Mother of God

In the narrative of the Annunciation we see how the Virgin Mary welcomes God’s mercy, which brings her out of herself and leads her toward new paths. It shows to us the importance of making ourselves available, so that our hearts and our whole being are ready to welcome God when he enters into our lives. When we see how this astonishing encounter between Mary and the Archangel Gabriel unfolds, we understand better what prayer is. Perhaps the most beautiful thing is to see how the Holy Virgin uses the same words that God just addressed to her through the Angel. When we hear her exclaim “Be-hold the handmaid of the Lord. Let everything be done for me according to your word” How wonderful is God’s mercy at work in our lives!

Work for your Parish, Work for God!

Help is needed in the following areas.

  • Flower arrangers in Bourne Church.
  • Cleaners in both Bourne and Deeping Churches.
  • People to help with the Children’s Liturgy in both Bourne and Deeping. NB it is not a necessity to have children of your own before you undertake this role.
  • Urgently needed an organist for Deeping Church. If you are a pianist who is hiding your light under a bushel, why not let it out to enlighten the whole world!!!

If you can help with any of these tasks please inform Fr Victor and he will put you in touch with the relevant group leader (make sure Fr Victor writes your name & telephone number down !!!!) Also you will be abundantly blessed by God! 

St Vincent de Paul was born at Pouy, Gascony, France, in 1580, Born of a peasant family. Ordained in 1600 he remained at Toulouse or in its vicinity acting as tutor while continuing his own studies. Brought to Marseilles for an inheritance, he was returning by sea in 1605 when Turkish pirates captured him and took him to Tunis. He was sold as a slave, but escaped in 1607 with his master, a renegade whom he converted. On returning to France he went to Avignon to the papal vice-legate, whom he followed to Rome to continue his studies. He was sent back to France in 1609, He became the spiritual director of Mme de Gondi. With her assistance he began giving missions on her estates; Nearly everywhere after each of these missions, a conference of charity was founded for the relief of the poor, notably at Joigny, Châlons, Mâcon, Trévoux, where they lasted until the Revolution.                                        After the poor of the country, Vincent's solicitude was directed towards the convicts in the galleys. Before being convoyed aboard the galleys or when illness compelled them to disembark, the condemned convicts were crowded with chains on their legs onto damp dungeons, their only food being black bread and water, while they were covered with vermin and ulcers. Their moral state was still more frightful than their physical misery. He won their hearts, converted many of them.   Vincent de Paul established the Daughters of Charity. Vincent conceived the idea of enlisting good 

young women for the service of the poor. Vincent's zeal and charity went beyond the boundaries of France. As early as 1638 he commissioned his priests to preach to the shepherds of the Roman Campagna; He sent others to Ireland,    Scotland, the Hebrides, Poland, and Madagascar (1648-60). Of all the works carried on abroad none perhaps interested him so much as the poor slaves of   Barbary, whose lot he had once shared. . His zeal for souls knew no limit; all occasions were to him opportunities to exercise it. When he died in1660 the poor of Paris lost their best friend and humanity a benefactor unsurpassed in modern times. On 13 August, 1729, Vincent was  declared Blessed by Benedict XIII, and canonized by Clement XII on 16 June, 1737.