Parish Organisations

Please notify us of your interest if you wish to add your organisation to the list below.

Baby and Toddler Group

Toddler GroupCome along and join a really friendly group of mums, dads, toddlers and children. Lots of free play and craft activity each week. Storytime and singing towards the end of the session. Drinks and healthy snacks provided for all. Runs every Thursday during term time from 10am-11.30am – £1.00 per family.

Sarah Pethers Tel: 07931517284

The Book Shop

Book shop

  • Cards – Mass, Sympathy, Get Well, Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, Birthday.
  • Gifts – Crucifixes, Statues, Icons, Books, Rosaries, Jewellery.
  • Books – Children’s, Prayer, Mass.
  • Christmas – Cards including charity cards, Advent calendars, Nativity sets.
  • Traidcraft – Tea, coffee, biscuits.

Please come in and browse after Mass on Sunday. If we don’t have what you want, we will always try to get it for you. More helpers are needed so that the Holy Spirit Book Shop can be opened after 6.30pm Saturday Mass. If you would like to help out or have ideas for the shop, please contact Katie Moran on 0115 914 0960.

Brownies

BrowniesBrownies is the second stage of the Girl Guiding movement, following on from Rainbows, and is for girls aged between seven and ten. Although many girls come to Brownies following Rainbows, having been a Rainbow is not necessary and we welcome anyone who is of Brownie age.

The 10th Holy Spirit Brownies meet every Monday during term-time from 6.30pm-8pm. If your daughter is interested in joining the Brownies then please contact Brown Owl- Claire Spencer Tel: 9142508.
Or Email: brownies10wb@hotmail.co.uk Or alternatively, register your interest on the Girl guiding website. https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved

The Burundi Project

The objective of the Burundi Project is to help young men and women in the village of Bukeye, Burundi, to learn skills such as building and carpentry by helping to fund the salaries of lay teachers at the Bukeye Professional Training Centre, which is run by Fr Emmanuel.

For more information visit the Burundi page.

CAFOD Group

Cafod logoWe are a group of parishioners who meet 5 or 6 times each year, to encourage giving, acting and praying in support of the work of CAFOD. The group was founded in 1975 and has been very successful but we always welcome new members and fresh ideas.

Are you interested in the causes of poverty and injustice in the developing world? Are you interested in raising awareness of important issues? Have you got ideas for raising funds?

CAFOD (The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) began in 1962 and is the official international development and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and promotes human development and social justice in witness to Christian faith and Gospel values. It is a member of the Caritas Internationalis Federation, a worldwide network of Catholic relief and development organisations.

CAFOD works in partnership, building long term relationships with local organisations in around 40 countries across Latin and Central America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, supporting their work to build a better world for people living in poverty. In emergency situations CAFOD provides immediate humanitarian relief, but stays on, supporting long term projects to help people rebuild their lives. An essential part of CAFOD’s work, both in the UK and overseas, is challenging governments, institutions and international bodies to adopt policies that promote social justice and end poverty.

CAFOD’s mission is to work alongside the world’s poorest people, working with people of all faiths and none, to ensure women and men in developing countries can make a decent living, access markets, and meet their families’ needs long term. We look forward to hearing from anyone who is willing to help in the Group or wants to know more about the work of CAFOD. Donations can be placed in the CAFOD BOX (at the back of the church weekends only). Please mark your donations with your intention if you want the money to go to a specific appeal, otherwise the money will go to support our on-going CAFOD focus. Contact Mrs Mary Crosby contact via email or 0115 923 4866

The Catenian Association – Nottingham 20 Circle

The Catenian Association is an international  brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet locally at least once a month. Members offer mutual support to each other and their families, based on the shared values of their Catholic belief and practice. Wives and families are invited to many of the social events which are varied and designed to suit different tastes. It is a very friendly and welcoming organization.
If you would like to find out more about the Association, please contact John Sneyd (0115 981 6769 – or email- johnsneyd43@yahoo.co.uk

Cubs

Picture1Welcome to the 9th West Bridgford (Holy Spirit) Cub Scout Pack. Our Group, supported by the Catholic parish in West Bridgford, was founded in 1943, with the first Cub meeting held in 1944. Since that time many hundreds of Cubs and Scouts have enjoyed the programme of activities offered through the Scouting Movement, and have developed skills and talents which have served them well in later life. Our Group is part of the wider Scouting district of Rushcliffe, and the county of Nottinghamshire.

Some of our Cub Scouts have been members of a Beaver Scout Colony before transferring to our Cub Scout Pack. As we don’t (yet) have our own Colony, this means that some have experiences of Scouting before they start Cubs. However, this doesn’t put anyone at a disadvantage if they haven’t been in the Beavers, and very quickly new members are made to feel welcome, and a part of our Pack.

Towards the end of their time in the Cubs, normally when he’s almost 10½, a Cub Scout will be invited to start attending some meetings of the Scouts. We do have our own Scout Troop at the 9th, meeting on Thursdays, 7.30-9.00pm, and they regularly receive Cubs ‘going up’.

Meetings are held in the Upper Room of the Holy Spirit Parish Centre, on Victoria Road, each Monday during school term time, from 6.30-8.00pm. Occasionally meetings are held away from the Parish Centre, for example when learning how to pitch a tent. In these circumstances parents will be notified in writing of the alternative meeting point, and any changes to the times.

What do Cub Scouts Do? As soon as a new Cub Scout starts, he works towards his membership badge, and after a few weeks he will invite his parents and family to his Investiture, when he makes his promise, and is welcomed into the Pack, and the wider worldwide family of Scouts.

During the next couple of years, each Cub Scout will have the chance to work towards a whole variety of badges and awards. Some of these, the Challenge badges, cover themes which can be worked on over a number of months. They cover areas such as fitness, outdoors, and caring, and lead to the Personal Challenge, which can be aimed for towards the end of a Cub’s time in the Pack.

The highest award towards which a Cub Scout can aim is the Chief Scout’s Silver Award. When achieved, this is often presented by the Mayor, at a ceremony in the Civic Centre near Trent Bridge. Again, parents and families of successful Cub Scouts are invited to attend this evening. To gain the award, each Cub Scout has to hold at least two of the Challenge badges, together with the Outdoor and Personal Challenges.

As part of the regular programme, our pack has an Annual Summer Camp for four days, usually around one of the bank holidays in May. This is often the first time the Cubs have spent nights away from their parents, and allows them to take part in many new activities, such as orienteering, abseiling, and archery. They also help with the cooking (sometimes over an open fire), and learn how to wash & dry up! Although exhausted by the end of the camp, both Cubs and Leaders always thoroughly enjoy the time away.

As members of the worldwide family of Scouts there is a real sense of belonging to the same movement, founded by Lord Robert Baden Powell of Gilwell (BP for short) over 100 years ago.

Contacts
Akela (the mother wolf):
Simon Gillespie (Cub Leader) – 07760 372105 – simon@nottinghamcatholic.com

Jakala (a crocodile):
Fiona Burrows (Assistant Cub Leader) – 07812 241870 – fiona_burrows@ntlworld.com

Fr Vincent Kanyankole’s Charities

Read here about the work of Fr Vincent Kanyankole from the Diocese of Jinja in Uganda.
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Fr. Vincent We always welcome Fr. Vincent to the Parish for his annual Summer visit. For those of you that have not met Fr. Vincent before, he is a Parish Priest from the
Itanda Parish in Uganda. Fr. Vincent has been visiting our Parish for many years and got to know many parishioners. Our Parish has always supported Fr . Vincent’s projects, which involve supporting the orphans through school, university, the drilling of boreholes to provide clean and safe water. Many things that we are lucky to have and take for granted,but in the Parish Itanda can change someone’s life.

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Fr. Vincent mentioned on his last visit, that a borehole has been drilled in the Parish of Itanda and it has brought great joy to the people in the Parish. A Farm project is doing very well, your donations reached out and help many people. The children that are sponsored are very well and thankful for your support. Fr. Vincent is extremely grateful for your generosity and support towards his charities.

However, he is always in need of more support,there are still children that need sponsors and people who are in desperate need of help in his Parish. If you feel you can help, please contact the Parish office at; office@holyspiritwb.co.uk Or email Fr. Vincent directly at: vincent_kanyankole@yahoo.com

Golf Society

Golf SocietyAll players are welcome, including teenagers, women & men; An official handicap is not necessary!

In Spring & Autumn (April & September) Golf days are held on a Sunday afternoon at local courses. These include early evening meal and prize giving

Costs are just £5 for a lifetime membership and c.£20 for each golf day including prizes & meal.

Contact John Carolan for membership details and for an application to be included on a golf day.

Application lists are posted on both Holy Spirit & Our Lady of Grace parish notice boards + Parish Newsletter 4 weeks before each golf day.

There were 31 attendees at the last meeting, which was a success. The Society has its own trophy (a Claret Jug) which is awarded to the winner of the spring event (Holy Spirit Open).

John Carolan Tel: 07764285863

Guides

.Girl Guides Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good

If your daughter is ten years old or over, and would like to join The Holy Spirit Girl Guides then please contact
The Guide Leader Wendy Walker Tel:0776 4578309

Holy Spirit Badminton Club

If you are interested in joining The Holy Spirit Badminton Club, then for more information please contact;
Tony O’Dywer Tel: 0115 9452648

Holy Spirit Celtic Football Club

Holy Spirit CelticHoly Spirit Celtic Sports Club (HSC) was established in 2006. HSC provides an opportunity for children to play football and enjoy football in a fun and safe environment in West Bridgford, Nottingham. We have 20 boys and girls teams running from U6 up to U16 age groups. We start a new year group off every March with the foundation year from St Edmund Campion. Our ethos means that we run mixed ability youth football teams in the Notts Youth League, Young Elizabethan Football League and the Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Football League. Our home ground is at the Becket School, West Bridgford, Nottingham. We run primarily but not exclusively for Catholics in our community.

 – For more details, contact Steve Murphy – email swmurphy@hotmail.co.uk

Fairtrade and Traidcraft

FairtradeFairtrade is an international movement which seeks to guarantee farmers a fair and stable price for their products. It allows poor communities an opportunity to improve their lives, including healthcare, schooling and a more sustainable environment. Currently 5 million producers and their farmers supply the Fairtrade products we buy.

Fairtrade was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty.

Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation.

Traidcraft’s mission is to fight poverty, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives.

The Holy Spirit Parish is a “Fairtrade Parish” and a Traidcraft stall is available in the Holy Spirit Social Centre after all Masses every second weekend of the month.

Contact- Mrs Mary Crosby on 01159234866

Holy Spirit Youth Group

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The Holy Spirit Youth Group is a place where you can meet up with your friends and have fun together. There are lots of activities to get involved in or just sit and have some chill out time with friends. We have cinema nights, pizza nights, sleep overs for charity and much much more so come along and join in the fun as we wouldn’t want any of our young people to miss out!
– Cheryl Silcock Youth Group Leader.

Holy Spirit Cricket Club

Holy Spirit Cricket ClubThe Holy Spirit Cricket Club was founded in 2003. We play friendly fixtures against a variety of teams including other churches, Work teams, club friendly XIs and an annual fixture against the Becket School 6th Form.  Our matches are usually played on weekday evenings or on Sunday afternoon.  Home matches are played at The Becket School.  We also hold indoor nets during the Winter.

We welcome players of all standards including newcomers to the game. We would also be delighted to hear from you if you would like to get involved in a non-playing capacity, e.g. umpiring, scoring or tea-making.

To find out more or to arrange a fixture with us, please contact David Paton at:-

David.Paton@nottingham.ac.uk, tel (0115) 846 6601 (day) (0115) 923 1397 (evenings).

LOURDES, the Parish and the Kingdom of Heaven

Candle for MalekSt Bernadette in her short life knew poverty and sickness and experienced both. In Lourdes, Our Lady calls us to come close to Her Son. She calls us to be healed in mind, body and spirit. She told Bernadette, a young girl, a child, that she was the Immaculate Conception. These words were unknown to this uneducated child but she managed to convey their meaning to the rest of the world. St Bernadette brings the Kingdom of Heaven into our lives.

In Lourdes the sick, the disabled, the very young and the very old, have prime position. They are at the front of everything. First and foremost, they are VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. And that is why we formed the Lourdes Group in this parish. To raise money so we can send sick people to Lourdes. We aim to fund a VIP together with a helper to go on the Diocesan Pilgrimage in July. The journey, by air, is short. Medical help and support is provided by volunteer doctors and nurses and our young people provide wheelchair support and help in every way they can.

Lourdes is like being in the Kingdom of Heaven. St Bernadette and Our Lady, help us and pray for us.

– If you would like to be involved in any way please contact Maria Dabrowska on 0115 9147207, email m.dabrowska@ntlworld.com

Nottingham Citizens Group

The Holy Spirit Church is an active member of Nottingham Citizens which is a group of about 90,000 people from 42 institutions who have come together from across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to work together to improve the City and County we live in.

Nottingham Citizens is a coming together of different church and religious groups, businesses, universities, companies, unions, schools and charities.

We work together and support each other on projects that directly affect our lives.

Our influence comes from our numbers, the fact that we live in the same city, have shared aims and believe in working together, respectfully, with organisations to achieve our goals, in partnership.

Nottingham Citizens is based on the Citizens UK model and is a part of this national movement.
It does not affiliate itself with any political party but aims to work with all organisations to improve the area and the opportunities for the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

We as a Parish have been part of Nottingham Citizens since 2012 and have a group of people who represent the parish at Nottingham Citizens events.

Projects we have been actively involved in include:
– the Living Wage campaign,
– working to integrate mental and physical healthcare assessments in the local health community,
– promoting and delivering Dementia Friends awareness sessions,
– supporting the Citizens UK Social Care Charter which sets out standards to improve the quality of social care provision and the working conditions of professional carers nationwide.

We welcome other parishioners to join our group to represent the parish and to help to work to achieve our aims.

Contacts:
Theresa Brennan: Holy Spirit Parish, West Bridgford. Tel: 07935 737 639
Anna Franks: Our Lady’s Parish, Cotgrave. Tel: 0115 9899 404

Scouts

Picture19th West Bridgford ( Holy Spirit) Scouts
Scouting offers a huge range of activities for Boys and girls aged from 6 upwards.
Here at Holy Spirit we currently have a Cub Scout pack for ages 8 to about 10.5 years, and a Scout troop for ages 10 to 14.
What do we do ? pretty much anything we want to do… our Scout troop, in the last few years, have camped in all weathers, including snow at Brass Monkey camp. We have done patrol camps, troop camps, expeditions without leaders, international camps, and one of our Scouts has been selected to go to Japan for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree. We have cooked on fires ( regularly), and also with full kitchen facilities on occasion. They have slept in tents, home made bivvies and on a groundsheet under the stars

Scouts Pic 1We have done all sorts of activities… grass sledging, archery, climbing , abseiling, tunnelling, sword fencing, rifle shooting, mountain boarding, tree climbing, go karting and zipwiring
so what about our normal weekly meetings ? Normally some games, maybe some badgework , learning new skills, some crazy theme nights
Yes , they do tie knots ( after a fashion ) and use them to make ballistas to try and fire water balloons at the leaders
Yes, they learn first aid. Some will be doing the emergency aid badge after Christmas
Yes, they learn to read maps, and they go out and use that skill at the district night hike each October. 2 teams this year, one of them doing 10 miles without a leader.

September Camp ScoutsThere are loads of badges to choose from. The top award for the Scout section is the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, and to gain it they need to earn challenge badges . The challenge badges are Outdoor, creative, fitness, global, community, promise, outdoor plus, adventure and expedition.
What don’t we do ? Well we don’t bungee jump ! More importantly, We don’t discriminate. Scouting is for anyone who wants to join in, regardless of ability. Our Scouts are all great, and very friendly and welcoming.
Want to join the fun and adventure ?

Scouts
Thursday 7.30 – 9pm
Margaret Walker 0115 9899553 walkerd949@aol.com

Cub Scouts
Monday 6.30- 8pm
Simon Gillespie 07760 372105


Beaver Scouts for age 6 – 8
We don’t have at the moment. However there is a lot of demand for more Beaver Colonies in West Bridgford so if you are interested in setting up and leading a Beaver Colony within our group, please contact Margaret Walker

Saint Vincent de Paul Society

StVincentQuite a number of parishes throughout the world have an ‘SVP conference’ but for the uninitiated the following extract from our opening prayers sums up the duties of every SVP member:

Lord Jesus help us through meeting together to deepen our Vincentian friendship and answer the call every Christian receives, to seek and find those who are forgotten, and to bring your love to the suffering or deprived.”

A Beacon For Us All
“Today I make an urgent plea to this nation. Do not neglect your sick and elderly. Do not turn away from the handicapped and the dying.  Do not push them to the margins of society. For if you do, you will fail to understand that they represent an important truth.  The sick, the elderly, the handicapped and the dying teach us that weakness is a creative part of human living and that suffering can be embraced with no loss of dignity.  Without the presence of these people in your midst you might be tempted to think of health, strength and power as the only important values to be pursued in life.  But the wisdom of Christ and the power of Christ are to be seen in the weakness of those who share his sufferings. Let us keep the sick and the handicapped at the centre of our lives.  Let us treasure them and recognise with gratitude the debt we owe them.   We begin by imagining that we are giving to them ; we end by realising that they have enriched us. May God bless and comfort all who suffer.  And may Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world and healer of the sick,  make his light shine through human weakness as a beacon for us and for all mankind.  Amen ”

HH John Paul II-Southwark Cathedral 28th May ’82

SVP Holy Spirit Conference- Turning Concern into Action-

The SVP in this parish has been going for over 60 years. Members meet every two weeks. The meetings are short and focus on finding and responding to people in need. We support each other, sharing experience of visits careful to maintain confidentiality. We pray for each other and for those we try to help and those who help us. Most people join the SVP to help others only to find their own lives enriched, there is great joy in much of our work. We strive to put Catholic social teaching in to practice.

If you want to know more please contact Liz Wheat 0115 9141012

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

SPUC campaigns for legal protection for innocent human beings from conception to natural death. Thus, we are concerned with issues such as abortion, euthanasia and embryo research.

The Nottingham Branch of SPUC meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August). We provide speakers in schools, lobby MPs, run fundraising events and so on.

We are always looking for people to help out in any way. The local contact is David Paton, telephone number (0115) 923 1397. Or visit our branch website at www.spucnottingham.org.uk or email us at enquiry@spucnottingham.org.uk

Union Of Catholic Mothers

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Our objectives are:

  • To help Catholic married women to appreciate the sacramental character, responsibilities and permanence of marriage, and to live in unselfish love observing the laws of God and His Church.
  • To assist them to bring up their children as practising Catholics and public-spirited citizens.
  • To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure a Catholic education for their children.
  • To foster vocations in life especially in Christian Marriage and Family Life and in the Priesthood and Religious Life.
  • If you are interested in joining the UCM, than please contact;
    the UCM President- Bernie Turner Tel: 0115 9233127