Parish Community

4-2-6 Group: is for children who have taken their First Holy Communion (Years 4 to 6). We meet around four times a year, with the children participating in Mass if they so wish, (eg drama, offertory, reading etc) followed by a get-together in the Parish Centre for various children's activities. The group's activities are a good opportunity to come together, build on our faith and make new friends. There are opportunities for parents with children in this age group to assist, as well as Confirmation candidates who use the 4-2-6 group experience as part of their Confirmation project of service. If you are interested, please contact Fr Malachy or Estelle Long

Challenge Team Unit:  is based around challenging young people (year 7+) from Our Lady of Lourdes parish family. We enable young people to express their faith through a series of challenges. The challenges are varied both in time and commitment, secular and religious and are designed to enhance the young people’s social skills. We believe the challenge team unit enables our young people to take an active part in both parish life and the parish diary. The unit is supported by an active leadership team with varying skills and the commitment to ensure our young people can meet and share in a safe and welcoming environment. Our values underpin all our meetings and can be found on the CTU notice board in the Parish Centre. They are signed by all the youth and leaders at the first meeting of each new year - September 14th this year. (2015)
Leaders:  Teresa Clark, Ian Curpen, Clarence Coyle, Anna Durkan, 
Bruno Gambini, Anna Holliday, Dennis McCarthy, Jane McGrath.
Meeting times:   6pm – 8pm every alternate Sunday in term time. Please see newsletter for confirmation
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Coffee after MassAfter 10.30am Mass each Sunday, and 9.30 am Mass each Wednesday, coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits are served in the Parish Centre, presenting an opportunity for parishioners to gather in an informal social setting. The refreshments are prepared each week by groups of volunteers. Families are especially encouraged to participate together particularly on a Sunday, while individual volunteers are also welcome. Each group prepares refreshments on two or three occasions per year, and if you would like to offer your services, please contact the office (514107). The latest rota for Sunday coffee can be found at the bottom of this page.

Co-Workers of St TheresaAn ecumenical group, meeting on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Parish Centre. Since we are no longer able to send goods to India, we support various charities which respond to all major emergencies wherever they are in the world, by knitting and sewing clothes and blankets to send to those in need including local nursing homes and hospitals. Meetings are informal, and everyone is most welcome to come along and say a prayer, have a cup of tea or coffee and a good chat!  For further information, contact Mary Neville, Mary Ann Lillie or Noeleen McIntyre. For more information on what we do see Mary's report, copy below.

Derby Tuesday Club: This club comes under the umbrella of SPANNED - supporting people with additional needs in the Nottingham Diocese. The SPANNED website can be accessed by clicking hereWe meet on alternate Tuesdays in term time from 7.30-9.00pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome!    
We are always so thankful for the facilities provided for us by the Parish and the generosity of our many friends that, to say 'Thank you' we frequently try to contribute to events in the parish and elsewhere.
           Our activities have included support for Operation Christmas Child, in which we fill shoeboxes with gifts to children mainly in Eastern Europe who otherwise would receive nothing at Christmas. We have had a stall in recent times at the parish Christmas Fairs, and have participated in the Mickleover Nativity, which we hope will promote the Tuesday Club in Mickleover.  At present most of our members come from other parts of Derby.                                        
            For more information on the Derby Tuesday Club, contact Ann Barlow

Footsteps: This is a new group which formed at the end of 2011 reaching out to expectant mothers in the parish and mothers with pre-school age children. The concept is to provide new mothers with encouragement and friendship and support them in introducing the Catholic faith to their children. They currently meet in the morning on the last Saturday of the month in the back room of the Parish Centre. Contact: Noeleen McIntyre.

Impact Theatre Company: This group was formed for young people and is now directed by young people. It is theatre brought to our community whilst raising money for to help many charities, and it is fun. Why not come and join us?.

InterfaithThe Interfaith movement finds strength in diversity, and aims to affirm and develop good relations and mutual understanding between faith groups and organisations, recognising the integrity of each religious tradition. The stimulation of encountering other faiths helps to deepen commitment to one’s own faith. We understand our own traditions better as they are highlighted by similarities and differences with other traditions. Members of our parish participate in various events organised by the Forum of Faith for Derby, based at the St James’ Centre, as well as the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby.

Mental Health Chaplaincy Team: The parish provides a chaplaincy team for Derbyshire Mental Health Services. Current team memebrs are Fr KaFai Brett, Gilly Camp, Joe Keily.                                            

Music in the Liturgy  The parish has a strong tradition of congregational singing.   There are presently three mass settings in use and they are sung at both the Vigil Mass on Saturdays and the 10.30am Mass on Sundays.   The 10.30am Mass has a team of cantors to lead the singing of the responsorial psalm.    They, and others, also form a core group which sit together at Mass to lead the introduction of new music and chants and to sing the occasional motet at Communion.     They would welcome new members, both men and women.  If you wish to join them please introduce yourself to the organist, or members of the group, after the 10.30am Mass.

Outreach Group: The Outreach Group was founded in April 2003 to be an umbrella group that coordinates the financial aspects of the many fund raising activities of our Parish Community and to publicise and respond to Justice and Peace issues, locally and further afield. We meet every 2-3 months usually on Thursdays, at 7.30.p.m. in the back room of the Parish Centre. The Group is open to everyone and our regular meetings are usually attended by representatives of the Parish Groups, including: Life, Co-Workers of St Theresa, Tuesday Club, Justice and Peace, Catechists, CAFOD, Fair Trade, Women on Wednesday and Eucharistic Ministers. A copy of their Annual Report can be found at the bottom of this page.

    Any appeals to the parish for help or funding are considered by the Group and allocations of money are recommended to the Parish Finance Committee. The latest Outreach Group newsletter is available at the bottom of the page. Outreach Group Contacts: Sue Hinchliff (Chair), Julie Corden (Secretary).

Oznam GroupThe Ozanam Group was formed from the old SVP (Saint Vincent De Paul) Society group in the parish. The group is named after Blessed Frederic Ozanam who was born in Milan in 1813 into a family of committed Christians. At the age of 11 he was sent to the Collègè Royal in Lyon to continue his studies where, due to the political situation at the time, he had to fight for his beliefs. Completing his studies, he was sent to study law at University in Paris where he spent much of his time with leaders of the neo-Catholic movement. He took up journalism and contributed to L’Univers, a French Roman Catholic newspaper.

Realising that it was insufficient to write about the lack of help given to the poor and destitute, together with a group of like minded students, he formed the Conference of Charity which provided food, clothing and bread and meat tokens to relieve poverty and the moral degradation that goes with it. In 1833 they adopted as their patron Saint Vincent de Paul who set the precedent of practical charity by visiting the poor, sick and the imprisoned. In the prayers he has handed down we ask God to grant that “United in prayer and action we may be a visible sign of Christ” and that we should “bring his love to those we visit sharing their burdens and joys as true friends".
The main work of the group in this parish is visiting elderly parishioners, the housebound, those who are ill, and providing transport to Mass. The group provides practical help as well as just a friendly chat with those who are housebound or alone. Visits are also made to parishioners in hospital, residential homes and nursing homes. We provide financial help to our twinned conference in Kerala, India, with whom we correspond periodically. We have also provided financial support for the national SVP camp in Mablethorpe, which provides a week's holiday for children who would not otherwise go away.  
To find out more about the Ozanam Group, contact Liz Simmons.

St Bernadette's GroupA group of people, mainly with nursing experience, who are willing to provide day or night support for anyone terminally ill and their families who are being cared for in their own homes.

St John's GroupThe St John's Group meet to say prayers for the bereaved on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.10 am. 

Sunday School: The parish runs a Sunday School for 5-11 year olds who do not attend Catholic school. We meet in the back room of the Parish Centre for an hour from 11.45 am on certain Sundays. (see newsletter) We have a faithful group of young people who help and Father Ka Fai also comes to talk to the children and give us a blessing before we go back to our homes.  Our aim is to inform the children about their Catholic faith and to help them develop a lifelong friendship with Jesus.  Within Sunday School, the children are prepared for First Reconciliation and First Communion;  during this process they share liturgies and develop friendships with the children who go to our catholic schools. 

Women On Wednesday (WOW): This parish women’s group meets on the third Wednesday evening of every month at 7.30 pm to foster friendship and support. We meet for social and spiritual evenings, talks, discussions, meals out and trips whilst also developing links with other local women’s groups especially those in the other churches in Mickleover and in the deanery. We aim to work together to help those in need at home and abroad, both materially and practically, and to offer help and support to all women in our community and beyond. Especially supported is the work of Swop Tears for Smiles. For more information see below. Please come and join us –everyone is welcome. Contact Julie Corden.

Young at Heart: The Fun Club we meet on alternate Thursdays at 2.00pm. in the back room of the Parish Centre. It's a great place to meet and make friends. Our activities include beetle-drives, games, Bingo (plain and musical), and quizzes, many with prizes. We also organise coach trips and meals out. Please come and join us - everyone is made welcome! Contact Joan Clark, Betty Marsden. See some pictures of their latest holiday below.



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