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A taste of coffee

by Nigel Wordsworth

Life in the Melbourne & Castle Donington parish is returning to normal after the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic Castle Donington held its regular coffee morning on Saturday 6 November 2021. The cake selection proved to be as popular as ever and people were pleased to meet up again after their enforced hibernation. The […]

Melbourne in bloom

by Nigel Wordsworth

As winter approaches and summer flowers die back, parishioners have brightened up the entrance doorway to the Our Lady of Mercy and St. Philip Neri church in Melbourne. A selection of winter-flowering pansies now brighten the dull days and welcome worshipers to Melbourne’s Catholic church in the run up to Christamas.

Presentation of Deacon’s retirement gift

by Nigel Wordsworth

Parishioners gave a total of £516.11 for a present for Deacon Paul Boshell as a thank you for his 23 years of service to the Parish. On Friday 13 August, Rachel and Martin presented him with £500 in cash in a purse hand-made by Rachel, while the remaining sum went towards a bottle of his […]

The Sanctuary Crucifix centenary – 2008

by Grace

Situated above the high altar, the crucifix was given in 1908 by the Rev. Francis Richmond and was obtained from the terracotta works at Measham. The cross on which the figure is mounted is the one which was used for the ceremony of the blessing of the foundation stone on July 19th, 1907.  The gilt […]

Parish Centenary – 2006

by Grace

On May 12th, the parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Philip Neri in Melbourne celebrated the centenary of their parish’s foundation. Our Lady of Mercy and St. Philip Neri, Melbourne 1906 – 2006 At the Tea Rooms Bishop Malcolm presided over the celebrations, which began outside the Melbourne Tea Rooms, the original Catholic […]

The restoration of the church bell – 2006

by Grace

The sound of the church bell had not been heard for over twenty-five years owing to the need for restoration.  Bob Smith, owner of the local bell hanging company, had offered some years ago to restore the bell, intending to donate his labour as a gift to the parish. It was decided that the centenary […]

Annual Parish Barbecue August 2015

by Grace

The annual parish Barbecue took place on Saturday 22nd August 2015. After an afternoon of hot sunshine with rumbles of thunder from every direction and a very heavy shower, the evening turned out to be warm, still and clear. It is an opportunity for the parish and friends from other churches in Melbourne to get […]

Parish Food Bank Collection

by Grace

Since May we have been collecting for the Food Bank run from the Castle Donington Children’s Centre. The food collection will run this throughout the year and parishioners can donate non-perishable food items in a basket left in the church porch. When the basket is full, the contents are collected and taken to the Food […]

Parish Family Picnic July 2015

by Grace

This regular summer event took place on 19th July. After the 10.30 am Sunday Mass in Melbourne, parishioners from both churches brought their own food and we ate together on the lawn of our beautiful garden. It was good to see parishioners of all ages enjoying one another’s company on a lovely warm sunny day.