Welcome to the website for the parish of St Patrick's, Forest Town with St George's Rainworth
St Patrick's Catholic Church offers residents in the areas of Kings Clipstone, Old Clipstone, Forest Town, Oak Tree Lane, Southwell Road East, Bellamy Road Estate, Rainworth and Blidworth the chance to come together and worship with like-minded congregants as members of a strong, loving community. Whether you’re looking for peace of mind, a way to give back, or simply want to connect with the Divine, you will receive a warm welcome. Join our community, and start your journey to spiritual enlightenment with us!
THIS WEBSITE WILL BE UPDATED ON A REGULAR BASIS DURING THE CURRENT CRISIS AND WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO FLAG NEW ITEMS. NEWSLETTERS HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF 22nd OCTOBER
MASSES AND SERVICES THIS WEEK:
Sunday, 24th October 11.00 am Mass
Sunday, 31st October 11.00 am Mass
See also the School Information Page for details of our schools' activities and job vacancies
WITH EFFECT FROM 31st JULY, THERE IS NO NEED TO BOOK PLACES AT WEEKEND MASSES. HOWEVER, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE CONTINUED WEARING OF FACE MASKS WHILE IN CHURCH AND ASK THAT PARISHIONERS RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING. PLEASE SIGN THE VISITORS' LOG OR GIVE YOUR NAME TO A STEWARD ON ENTERING.
Details of weekday Masses will be available soon. There is no need to book but parishioners attending should sign the Visitors Log.
The Sunday obligation to attend Mass continues to be suspended, so if you are unsure about coming, do not feel under any obligation to attend. If you or someone in your household displays symptoms of Covid19, then please stay at home. When planning to come to Mass if you have booked, please be aware that you may be asked to wait outside until invited in to take a seat. Please arrive in time to allow for this managed arrival to take place and for Mass to start on time. Stewards will assist in arriving and leaving church to that people are kept safe.
More information is on our NEWS PAGE
New information from our schools is also available on the SCHOOL INFORMATION page.
The Vatican has recently released a new book of prayers, homilies and blessings from Pope Francis entitled "Strong in the Face of Tribulation". It will be updated regularly and can be downloaded via the link below. You can also download Pope Francis' latest encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" and his Lenten Message from the links below.
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"
CORONAVIRUS : Please see statement below from Bishop Patrick containing the advice to parishes during this difficult time. Please pray for a speedy end to the crisis and for all who are suffering or caring for those suffering from the virus. The link below takes you to the Diocesan website on which there is a message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
NEW : COVID-19 Message from the Archbishops of England and Wales
There are also a number of prayers issued by the Liturgy Office for use during this time. Please click on the link below for copies.
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.
A Bible resource for children is now available on Shalom TV (a Christian TV channel) see News Page for details
THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH 8th December 2020 - 8th December 2021
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph”. Patris corde highlights “the creative courage” of St. Joseph, which “emerges especially in the way we deal with difficulties. At the conclusion of his Letter, he adds a prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together: Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Further information and updates are available on our News Page
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
Please refer to Newsletter for details of Mass times during the COVID pandemic
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