Parish Photobook

Easter 2024 Celebrations at Our Lady's

A reflection by Pope Francis

Prayer is the rudder that guides Jesus’ course. The stages of his mission were not dictated by success, nor by consensus, or the seductive phrase “everyone is searching for you”. Jesus’ path was charted by the least comfortable one, which obeyed the Father’s inspiration, which Jesus heard and welcomed in his solitary prayer.

From Jesus’ example we can derive some characteristics of Christian prayer. First and foremost, it possesses primacy: it is the first desire of the day, something that is practised at dawn, before the world awakens. It restores a soul to what otherwise would be without breath.


 

Golden Wedding Anniversaries 2023

Brian & Alison McArdle

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Wedding day: 19 May 1973
at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham.

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Drinking champagne with sons on hotel balcony overlooking Lake Windermere to celebrate Golden wedding anniversary and with sons and girlfriends in a pub in Bowness-on-Windermere.

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George & Elizabeth Sparkes

George & Elizabeth Sparkes on their wedding day on 18 August 1973 and also a recent one on board the Queen Mary 2, with the New York harbour in the backdrop.

They were married at St Austin’s Catholic Church in Stafford by Joseph Donnelly, (Elizabeth’s uncle).  He was a Missionary Priest with the Society of African Missions

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Alastair and Pat Wood

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Alastair and Pat Wood's wedding on 20 Dec 1973 at St Helen’s Church at Cliffe in Kent followed by a reception at the St George Hotel.

They are now blessed with 4 sons (and their loving partners), and 5 grandchildren

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Ray and Maria Jane

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Ray and Maria Jane

Ray Jane and Maria (nee Gimblett) were married in July 1973 in the Sacred Heart church in Rothley.
Fr Gates was the officiating priest. Ray's ceilidh band, The Plumtree band, provided the music in the church and at the following reception in Maria's parents' garden.
Ray and Maria have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Christmas Fayre 2023

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Christmas Fayre held at Our Lady’s Parish Room in aid of Rainbows Hospice on Saturday 2nd December 2023.

With heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered to help and to all who supported the event.

Congratulations to ANGELA, DAVID and ROBIN

Congratulations to ANGELA, DAVID and ROBIN who were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on the 18th November 2023 by Bishop Patrick at St Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham.

The blessing by Fr Michael of their pyx (container in which the consecrated bread of the Eucharist is kept) was at the 6pm Mass last Saturday 25 November 2023.

You can see photographs of the Commissioning, as well as pictures of other recent events such as the Mass in honour of St Hugh etc, on the diocesan website or by clicking on this link.

 

Dan and Clare's Wedding

Congratulations to Deacon Keith

Celebration of Mass at St Barnabas Cathedral with the Diaconal Ordination of Keith- Saturday 8 July 2023.

First Holy Communion 2023

On the feast of Corpus Christi in June the parish celebrated the First Holy Communion of three of our young parishioners.

It was a wonderful event and one that the parish would like to share on our website.