Aquinas Institute Events

2021 Aquinas Lecture

The annual Aquinas lecture titled Christian Narratives & the Well-lived Life: Thomistic Reflections will be delivered by Professor Mark Wynn on Thursday 28 January 2021 from 5pm to 6.30pm via Zoom. This lecture is free and open to all. If interested, please register here.

De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person

The Aquinas Seminar Series 2021 (Hilary term) will be presented as follows:

  • The Spontaneity of the Mind and the Desire to Learn by Dr Zena Hitz on Thursday 4 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Learning Failures & Scholarly Vices by Prof Andrea Aldo Robiglio on Thursday 11 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Wittgenstein, Training, & Habits by Rev Dr David Goodill OP on Thursday 18 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.
  • Can Aquinas’s Sana Doctrina on Learning and Teaching Be Extracted from its place in Sacra Doctrina? by Rev Prof Vivian Boland OP on Thursday 25 February 2021 from 4.30pm to 6pm. If interested, please register here.

Details of the Aquinas Seminar series in Trinity term and other events can be seen here.

2021 – Year of St. Joseph

In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.

To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021.
The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the
limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an
incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

For more information and to download a copy of the Apostolic letter please visit:

From the Diocese

Walk With Me prayer booklet for Lent 2021 is now available

You are called! Are you listening?

Are you looking for a challenge? Are you searching for God? Why not join the Vocations Team at their Zoom Café on Monday 1st March, 7.30 – 9 pm, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and chat with Religious Sisters and Priests about vocation. A warm welcome awaits you. Please email Diane at to register your place or for any further information. They look forward to seeing you (for 18 and over).

World day of prayer for the sick Feb 11th 2021

11th February is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope St. John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. People around the world on this day take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick. Pope St. John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers.

Bishop Patrick encourages every parish to use this day to pray for all those who are suffering or who are sick and dying as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nottingham 40 Days For Life 2021

40 Days for Life is a peaceful and prayerful way to work for an end to abortion. In Nottingham Diocese, with the support of Bishop Patrick, we have prayed outside the abortion facility at the QMC during Lent for several years. Routine abortions no longer take place there so last year we prayed at the Stapleford Care Centre, which contains a BPAS abortion clinic, until the Covid lockdown meant that we could no longer pray outside the clinic. We completed the prayer campaign by praying at home.

During Lent from 17th February to 28th March, people in our Diocese are invited to pray and fast for an end to abortion. We planned to return to Stapleford but are currently prevented from doing so by lockdown (although the abortion clinic continues to see women). So, we plan to start our 2021 campaign online.

A list of organisations which provide help for women and couples facing an unexpected pregnancy and anyone seeking support after abortion can be found here.

You are invited to peacefully pray for an hour or more during a 40-day vigil running for 12 hours daily during Lent. Please sign up now to pray with us at, or you can contact us at Bishop Patrick will celebrate Mass for us on Thursday 11th February at the Cathedral at 7.00pm – if you live near Nottingham (and are not in a high-risk category) please do come. You can also follow the Mass online through the cathedral website.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Scripture Study!

Scripture studies is now on on a Lenten break, to resume on Tuesday 6th April 2021, exploring the Gospel according to Mark.
To Join Scripture Study Meeting, please use the following details:

Meeting ID: 963 2840 4442
Passcode: 301627

Do join in and tell a friend!

Previous Sessions on Isaiah (Audio Recordings)

  • Isaiah 61 on Tuesday 23rd February 2021. Best to read the chapter before listening to the recording as it is about 5mins late
  • Isaiah 53 on Tuesday 16th February 2021
  • Isaiah 44 on Tuesday 9th February 2021

Previous Sessions on Acts of the Apostles: The Birth of the Church

In our Scripture study sessions from Holy Cross Priory, we explored the Acts of the Apostles, looking at how the Church was formed around the Risen Christ and sent out after his Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

How are we sent today in that same Spirit to our 21st-century society?

Previous sessions on Acts:

Tuesday 12th May, 7.45pm – Chapter 1 –

Tuesday 26th May, 7.45pm – Acts 2 – The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost ––the-holy-spirit

Tuesday 2nd June, 7.45pm – Acts 3 – Peter heals and preaches –—peter-heals-and 

Tuesday 9th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Apostles on trial ––5–apostles-on

Tuesday 16th June, 7.45pm – Acts 4 & 5 – Money and possessions ––5–money-and

Tuesday 23rd June, 7.45pm – Acts 6 & 7 – Stephen the Protomartyr ––7–stephen-the

Tuesday 30th June, 7.45pm – Acts 8 – The Adventures of Deacon Philip ––the-adventures

Tuesday 7th July, 7.45pm – Acts 9 – The Conversion of St Paul –—the-conversion

Wednesday 15th July, 7.45pm – Acts 10 & 11 – Cornelius the first Gentile convert ––11-cornelius

Tuesday 21st July, 7.45pm – Acts 12 – Peter’s miraculous escape –


Previous sessions on Saint Paul:

Parish News!

Keeping Each Other Safe

Due to the fast spread of the new variant of the covid-19 virus, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) have asked parishes to keep the Mass as brief as possible and are reminding us that people should not talk either inside the church or outside with people outside their bubble. So please do go home right after Mass.

Organ Concerts

Our parish organist, Mr Tom Keogh will be giving a livestream organ concert on Sunday 14th March at 1.15pm. Contributions for Tom’s expenses can be sent to him in a cheque made out to him c/o HC priory.
For church opening times for Mass and livestream schedule on HolyCrossTV Leicester, please see side bar

From the Office:

  • Scripture Study group is now on a lenten break, to resume on Tuesday 6th April 2021. The group will resume looking at the Gospel according to Mark! Previous study meeting audio recordings now available. See more here.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine: The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales urge you to get the vaccine when it is your turn. NHS England has produced videos of clinicians speaking in different languages to help ensure messages about the importance of getting a COVID-19 vaccine are clear for all, especially useful if someone in your family speaks a different language.
  • Lent 2021: Please see message from the Pope here.
  • Professor Boylan on the musical history of Holy Cross (Published in the Leicestershire Historian – and here with the author’s permission)
  • 2021 – Year of St. Joseph, see more here
  • Upcoming events at the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford


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Catholic Students at Uni of Leicester (UoL) & De Montfort Uni (DMU)

  • Please send your contacts to the Prior Fr John Patrick Kenrick
  • Students usually attend the 7pm Sunday Mass
  • Weekday Mass on campus will depend on Covid-19 regulations

Covid-19 NHS Test and Trace form:

Please note that you only have to fill this in once, on the first time you come to Mass. As you enter the church, you sanitise your hand and sign the register (if you have previously filled the Covid-19 form).



February 2021 Newsletter
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