Welcome to the website for the Community of St Patrick's and St George's. Our church is situated on Clipstone Road West, Forest Town, Mansfield NG19 0BT and we serve the communities of Forest Town, Clipstone, Rainworth and Blidworth.
We are now part of the new parish of Our Lady and All Saints, Mansfield which also includes the churches of St Philip Neri, Chesterfield Road, Mansfield NG19 7AB, St Teresa's, Clumber Street, Warsop NG20 0LX and St Joseph's, Langwith Road, Shirebrook, NG20 9RP
Times of Masses and other Services this week
Sunday, 3rd December 11.00 am Mass
Tuesday, 5th December (St Patrick's School) 9.00 am Mass
Wednesday, 6th December 9.15 am Mass
Sunday, 10th December 11.00 am Mass
LOCAL WEEKEND MASSES
St Philip Neri, Mansfield Saturdays 6.00 pm
Sundays 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 5.00 pm
St Teresa's, Warsop Sundays 9.00 am
St Joseph's, Shirebrook Saturdays 5.00 pm
Cemetery Blessings : Sunday, 5th November 3.00 pm Mansfield Cemetery 3.00 pm Shirebrook Cemetery
Sunday, 12th November 3.00 pm Clipstone Cemetery
PARISH CORE GROUP: Meetings of this group are open to all parishioners and take place approximately every six weeks. The most recent meeting was held on Thursday, 30th November and notes of this meeting are available by clicking on the link below. The next meeting is due to be held on Wednesday, 31st January at 7.00 pm in St Patrick's Church Hall and suggestions for items to be discussed at the meeting can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or left in the Suggestion Box in the church porch.
Thank you to everyone who supported the BAND CONCERT in St Patrick's Church with the Shirebrook Colliery Band. An enjoyable time was had by all and £179 was raised for church funds to add to the £834 raised by the Autumn Fair.
St Patrick's School invites parishioners to attend Advent and Christmas events at the school, including:
Monday, 11th December Y3/4 Carol Concert in St Philip Neri Church
Friday, 22nd December Christmas Carol Concert in St Patrick's Church 1.30 pm
Further details of activities in school are available here:
Tuesday, 19th December 7.00 pm Service of Reconciliation (St Philip Neri)
CHRISTMAS EVE 5.00 pm Children's Mass (St Philip Neri and St Joseph's, Shirebrook)
7.30 pm Vigil Mass (St Teresa's, Warsop)
11.00 pm Midnight Mass (St Philip Neri) (preceded by carols)
CHRISTMAS DAY 10.00 am Mass (St Patrick's and St Philip Neri)
PRAYERS FOR PEACE IN ISRAEL AND GAZA
Pope John Paul II Prayer for Peace
Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, “Peace to you”, grant us peace.
Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters.
May longed for peace blossom forth and reign always over us. Amen
Prayer for Israel and Gaza
We pray for the people of Israel and Palestine amid the escalating violence.
We pray for those killed and injured by rockets from Gaza in southern Israel. May your rod and staff comfort them. We pray for those who are grieving. May they know your ever-present help.
We pray for the protection of those who have been taken hostage by Hamas. As they walk through this dark valley, may they fear no evil.
We pray for the civilians of Gaza. May they know that their help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth. We especially remember all of those who have been killed and wounded in Gaza today - may you comfort and heal those who are in pain and those who have lost loved ones.
And we pray for those in leadership in Gaza and Israel. May you guide them along the right paths. We ask all this in union with Christ and trusting in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen
A Prayer for the Holy Land from Pope Francis and His Eminence the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Let us pray with one heart and one soul – Lord come to our aid, grant us peace, teach us peace, guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: Never again war.’ Lord Hear Us.
PRAYER FOR THE UKRAINE
Loving God, we pray for the people of the Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reachnout in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality for the people of the Ukraine and for all the world. Amen
We pray for the success of the Synod currently being held in Rome. Please click on the button to read the talk given by Fr Timothy Radcliffe to the members attending this event.
There are a number of opportunities to partake in pilgrimages to special sites of spiritual interest. Details are available by clocking on the button to the left.
ST GEORGE’S CHURCH: This church has now closed permanently. If you were not able to attend the final Mass celebrated at St George's but would like to see the commemorative booklet, please clink on the button. The church and its grounds have now been put up for sale.
Pope Francis also said this prayer during the recent Moment of Prayer at St Peter's Basilica in Rome :
Almighty and merciful God, behold our sorrowful condition:
comfort your children and open our hearts to hope,
so that we might feel your Fatherly presence in our midst.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
BBC 4 Rethink : Click on link for the text of an interview given by Pope Francis : "The poor have become part of our landscape"
COP28: Pope Francis is due to address delegates at the COP28 event and an interesting article previewing his talk is available here:
Our Church is part of the Sherwood Deanery and the Diocese of Nottingham. Please use the links below to access information about activities in our area.
SHERWOOD FOREST FOOD BANK
Parishioners have been very generous in donating to the Sherwood Forest Food Bank.
An urgent update on the requirements of the Food Bank is available here :
Thank you to everyone who has donated goods or money.
Contributions may be left at the back of the church.
St Patrick's and St George's
ST PATRICK'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Served from St Philip Neri, Mansfield
Sunday 11.00 am
Holy Days of Obligation
Please see newsletter
Please see Newsletter for Weekday Mass times
Every Second Saturday 9.30 - 9.50 am and on request
Weddings and Baptisms by appointment - please contact Fr John Kyne
ST GEORGE'S WEEKLY SCHEDULE
St George's Church, Rainworth has now closed and all Masses in the parish will be celebrated at St Patrick's, Forest Town.
Weekly Newsletters can be downloaded from the button below
Children in the parish have the opportunity to attend a well-respected school from the age of 3 to 18. All three schools are part of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust.
St.Patrick’s Catholic Primary Academy
Ling Forest Road, Mansfield, Notts, NG18 3NJ
Head Teacher: Mrs Jane Smedley
All Saints' Academy
Broomhill Lane, Mansfield, Notts, NG19 6BW
Headteacher : Mr C. Cuomo
All Saints serves the Catholic population of north Nottinghamshire and the local area of Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield.
Examination results are well above average and students progress to a range of Universities.
Parents wishing to visit the school are requested to telephone 01623 474700 to arrange an appointment.
Our schools form part of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and details of vacancies and Trustwide activities may be found by clicking the link below.
Join the Our Lady of Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage in aid of CAFOD's "Walk for Water" Appeal by visiting theTrust Chaplaincy Website (www.beinspirational.co.uk/olol-virtual-pilgrimage-lets-walk-for-water-with-cafod/) which has lots of resources including daily prayer videos, an opportunity to upload your steps from the day to contribute to our total and a chance to contribute to the work of CAFOD, which supports our brothers and sisters around the world, by donating via our JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/our-lady-of- lourdes-catholic-multi-academy-trust
A number of vacancies exist within the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and details can be found on https://www.ololcatholicmat.co.uk/vacancies-and-recruitment.
This website also provides access to the Be Inspirational website for younger parishioners
GIFT AID SCHEME
No doubt you become aware from time to time of how costs are constantly changing. Perhaps it is an appropriate time to reflect that parish costs have also risen and to consider whether our donations to the parish could be increased.
In addition to the obvious things like window repairs, gas and electricity, the amount required from the parish towards the support of the Catholic Schools in the Diocese has increased substantially in recent times and certain maintenance costs for our own school have to be met out of parish funds. The following illustrates how money values have changed over the years:
£1 given in 1986 is now worth 57p
£1 given in 1990 is now worth 74p
£1 given in 1995 is now worth 85p.
There is some additional help at hand from an unexpected source. The Government has introduced a simplified system that will allow tax to be reclaimed on all your donations to the parish. The old complicated Covenant system has been replaced by New Gift Aid. During the current tax year this means that the Parish can obtain an extra 28p from the tax authorities for every £1 contributed or donated under Gift Aid.
The only other condition is that the donor is a UK taxpayer who pays at least as much income tax or capital gains tax as the amount reclaimed by the parish on their contribution or donation, i.e for the moment the tax paid on all your income for this tax year must be more than 28p if you give £1 under Gift Aid, and this has to be repeated for every £1 you give.
The simple Gift Aid Scheme declaration lasts for as long as you want it to. This could be for your lifetime or until you cancel it. It could cover one donation or regular contributions. There is no set amount required for a donation. You can reduce or increase your donations at any time to suit your changing circumstances without the need to fill in any more forms.
To be able to reclaim the tax the Parish Priest or Parish Gift Aid Organiser has to ensure all donations under the scheme are recorded and so when making donations numbered envelopes, cheques or standing orders will need to be used. Loose cash offerings do not qualify for the rebate because they are not identifiable to the donor.
Remember, provided you are a taxpayer making identifiable contributions or donations to the parish under the Gift Aid Scheme, the parish can gain significant extra income at no extra cost to you.
If you would like to join our Gift Aid Scheme please e-mail the Parish e-mail address.
St Patrick's - Clipstone Rd W, Forest Town, Mansfield, NG19 0BU (Presbytery)
Parish Priest :Fr John Kyne
01623 623458 01623 622705
St Joseph's - Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9PP
Parish Priest: Canon Michael O'Donoghue