300 Club– if you wish to join please see John Carr, John Dillon or Helen Wheatman.

Pilgrimage to Knock 8th October 2018: Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 08th October 2018.  Now £549.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268     762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

SPN Mansfield: Fund raising BEETLE DRIVE at 6.30pm on the 12th October 2018 at the St Philip Neri Community Centre.  Fish and chip supper plus First, Second and Third prizes.  Raffle. Prizes invited.  Tickets, Adults £6, children £4, on sale this weekend after Masses or from parish office.

Social Evening  Featuring live music from Sheffield based folk band “Scuppered” Friday 12th October 2018 at St Joseph’s School, Langwith Rd, ShirebrookAdmission by ticket only – Doors open 7:30pm. Ticket Adult – £7.50 – child £3 (child not eating, free) including Hot Pie and Pea Supper,Tea & Coffee available. Bring your own favourite bottle.

The annual Catenian Concert in aid of our Sick and Retired Priests is taking place at All Saints Catholic Academy on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 7.00pm.  Tickets are priced at £5 and can be bought from All Saints School.  See notice board for more details.

‘Seek the Face of Christ’ – Saturday 20th October.  Following the successful Adoremus Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, there will be a follow – up day for all parish delegates and anyone else who wishes to attend.  This will take place at St. Benedict’s Academy, Derby, on Saturday 20th October, 10.00am to 2.30pm.  Bishop Patrick is keen to build upon the fruits of the Congress so please do make every effort to attend.

The Singers and St Philip Neri Church Choir will present a Christmas Concert in our Church on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm.    Tickets will be on sale soon at £6.00 each, with proceeds going to our Church funds

Whist Drive Dates for 2018:    October 20th – Nov 17th – Dec 15th.   All welcome to come along and support these fundraisers for the Lourdes Pilgrimage.

SPN Mansfield:  Winter Quiz Saturday 10th November £8.00 per ticket (fish and chip supperincluded).  Please see Viktor Lee for tickets.

SPN Mansfield:  The Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday the 24th November.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday 2nd October at 7pm in the presbytery to organise the fayre.  Please come along to offer any new ideas, help or to run a stall or if unable to attend contact Mary Smith.

The Journey of Faith:  The course begins on Saturday the 12th January and will be completed by Easter. This course is for those who wish to join our Catholic Family of Faith.  If you are interested in joining the course please contact the office to make an appointment to meet with Fr. John.

SPN Mansfield: The Choir Concert we are planning is in the church on the 8th February with four choirs, St Philips Church, St Philips School Choir, All Saints Academy Choir and the Disability Nottinghamshire Choir.  This will be a Catenian Function with proceeds going to the Presidents Charity which this year will go towards Disability Nottinghamshire.  John Fitzpatrick

Mansfield Foodbank: Our parish is proud to support Mansfield Food Bank.  Donations can be left in the box marked ‘Toiletries for Homeless’ at the back of St Philip’s Church during the weekend and can be handed in to the Presbytery during the week thank you.

Kerala floods: an SVP appeal  As you’ve probably seen in the media, terrible floods have been taking place in Kerala in southern India.  Hundreds of people have been killed and many more are missing; countless homes have been washed away, and the monsoon season is set to continue until early September. Kerala is the most Christian state in India – it has more churches than any other region. The leading Catholic volunteering charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), is very active there and they are doing great work helping the victims of the flood in local communities. However, they desperately need funds. Please contribute to the SVP’s Kerala appeal. To donate visit www.svp.org.uk, telephone 020 7703 3030 or send cheques made out to SVP (write ‘Kerala appeal’ on the back) to SVP, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB.  And please remember our sisters and brothers in Kerala in your prayers.

Volunteer Flower Arrangers Needed at St Philip Neri: For many years, a group of dedicated ladies have kept to a weekly rota to arrange flowers in our beautiful church.  This is a very rewarding voluntary service, performed, as I think you will all agree, to a very high standard.  Unfortunately, over the years, a few of these volunteers have had to drop out and we are now in a situation where we are struggling to fill the rota in such a way that it doesn’t become too onerous a task for those still doing it.  If you feel that you could help out, please let us know.  You don’t have to have any particular skill at arranging flowers, but you could certainly pick up a few tips if they were needed.  Presently we come every six weeks, but with a few more volunteers, this could be extended.  Gentlemen, this is something that might interest a few of you and you would be made most welcome.  Please give this your serious consideration and leave your name and contact details in the office if you think you would like to help.  Thank you.



Safeguarding: The Diocese of Nottingham requires that each parish/Religious Congregation has a Safeguarding Representative in place.  The Safeguarding Rep has responsibility for promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and adults and for providing advice on child/adult safeguarding matters. St Philip Neri’s representatives are Kathleen Campbell and Sybil Hedley withx Kate Gilbert responsible for our other three Churches.  They provide the link between the parish and the Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Diocese.  They have received all the relevant training and know who to contact if any concerns or allegations are raised.  Also they play a key role in the safer recruitment process, including DBS Disclosure at a local level.  See their details on the poster at the back of Church. Mrs Clare McKenzie is the Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese and can be contacted at Family Care on: 01559603010.



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Tuesday Rosary: An invitation to all to come along to recite the Rosary before Mass each Tuesday.

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life:  Are you thinking about serving God as a priest or religious? If so, kindly speak to either of the priests at any time.  

Parking at Lymns Funeral Directors: Lymns have kindly allowed parishioners to park their cars on their land at Mass times for a good number of years, it is vitally important that no one parks in front of any doors or blocks any access for the funeral cars, or the flat above, as they need to be able to access their property at all times.  Unfortunately this has happened on a couple of occasions.  Please be extra careful not to do so. It would be most unfortunate if we could no longer use their parking spaces, so please park courteously or permission to park on Lymns premises may be withdrawn.

Coffee: after 9am Mass each Sunday. Also after 12.10pm Mass each Wednesday,  all welcome, a good time to catch up with each other. 


Parish Records:  Do we have your name, address and telephone number?  If not, can you please contact the parish office with your details so we have a way of keeping in touch?  Thank you.

Legacies:  Are a vitally important part of Church income, especially as most parishes in this country are seeing their income from collections decrease.  None of us like to think about what happens after our death, but, if you are thinking about making a will, please remember the Church.  Much of what you see before you has been provided through the generosity of our benefactors.

Mansfield Street Pastors: Would you like to volunteer to help with this ministry?  If so please contact mansfield@streetpastors.org.uk or call 07854625873.  Also see poster.

Volunteers:  If anyone would like to volunteer to help clean our Church please contact the parish office so your name can be added to the rota.  It is the same procedure if you wish to join any ministry, your help is always needed. If you wish to remove your name from any rota please contact the parish office as soon as you can .


IMPORTANT NOTICE – Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield: Before entering hospital would catholic patients, or their families, please inform the parish office on 01623 623458; so that the Sacraments of the Church can be administered by the priest/s and pastoral visits made by our Chaplaincy team. Details needed are, name, address and hospital ward (if known).

Baptism:  St Philip Neri:  The date for the next Baptism sessions will be announced shortly.  Parents will need to attend both sessions and then call into the parish office to complete the form and book the Baptism date. For our other three Churches please also speak with the priest.  If you have any queries please call into or ring the parish office on 01623 623458.

Weddings:  May we remind couples intending to marry that they should make contact with the priest as soon as possible.  Diocesan Policy states that at least SIX MONTHS’ notice should be given.  Couples are also reminded that they should book the Church first before booking a venue for a reception.  

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages:  7 nights B & B and airport shuttle service.  Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service – call Jackie on 02032398662 or email: reservations@med-irishcentre.com website: www.med-irishcentre.com

Good News for the East Midlands”:  We are very proud to offer you the opportunity of owning a copy of this book, an account of the background to, and the story of, the Diocese of Nottingham.  Canon Anthony Dolan, a retired priest and former archivist of our diocese has, together with many other contributors, compiled this book which contains more than 360 pages of information and photographs about our parishes, religious communities, schools, pilgrimage sites and martyrs.  This fascinating book is the first history of our diocese to be published since 1950.  A limited number of copies of the book are available to purchase at a reduced price of £16, proceeds to the Retired Priests Appeal.  Further copies can be obtained by phoning 0115 8882644, online at www.retiredpriestsappeal.com or email: srpfappeal@nrcdt.org.uk. 

Check out the Be Merciful website:  This has been updated and has events and resources for Faith Formation in the Nottinghamshire Diocese: https://www.bemerciful.co.uk/

Catholic Singles:  Catholic singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events.  For more info: www.catholicsingles.org.uk or telephone: 01619413498 

Please see the parish website: stphilipmansfield.com for all Youth events.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: February 15th to 22nd 2019.  More information available from Sr Susan on 01623 845091 or email: susanpbvm@yahoo.co.uk


For details on a selection of the job vacancies that are currently available within our diocesan schools please visit ‘job vacancies’ on the Diocesan Education Service website: www.nottingham-des.org.uk

Marriage Care:  the marriage care centres in Derby, Nottingham and Lincolnshire are looking for volunteers to provide essential management and administrative support for the marriage preparation and counselling services.  they are also looking to develop a new centre in Leicester.  If you are interested in applying please visit: www.marriagecare.uk or email volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk for more information.