Parish of the
Good Shepherd, Woodthorpe
St Anthony's of Calverton
The Good Shepherd's and St Anthony's Parish Newsletter

HOSPITALS: If you know of anyone in hospital who would like a visit from a Chaplain please use one of the following telephone numbers to arrange it.
Fr. Slavic - Roman Catholic Chaplain: 07773 366120.
City Campus: 0115 969 1169 ext. 76187
QMC Campus: 0115 924 9924 ext. 83799.
30th Anniversary of St. Anthony's Church, Calverton: Our Communities working together. 60th Anniversary of the Good Shepherd

A REFLECTION FOR THE YEAR OF PRAYER FROM POPE FRANCIS: Pentecost Day: Jesus' example of praise calls us to respond as he did at times when we feel God is absent or evil seems victorious: in this way we come to view things in a new and greater perspective. Saint Francis of Assisi, praised God for everything, even "Sister Death"; Francis, together with all the saints, teaches us the importance, in all the circumstances of our lives, of praising God who is always faithful and whose love is eternal.
To read the full reflection and find more resources at

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH: We now prepare ourselves for the Great Celebration with Bishop Patrick on Saturday, 22nd June at 6:00 pm followed by reception in the Assembly Rooms. We also welcome Bishop John Sherrington, who makes a welcome return to us and will preach the homily to encourage us toward the Year of Jubilee with the Universal Church.

"I HAVE LOVED THE BEAUTY OF YOUR HOUSE O LORD; THE PLACE WHERE YOUR GLORY DWELLS". Another Triumph! Our sincere thanks to all who made last Saturday such a tremendous success. To members of the Parish Florists Guild, Sponsors of Floral displays, our Catering Hosts, Stewards and parishioners available to welcome our neighbours our sincere thanks indeed.

SAVE THE DATE! Friday 12th July, 7pm. We will be hosting our Jubilee Big Sing with four Choirs (St. Margaret Clitherow, Good Shepherd Academy, Christ The King and our very own Folk Group) Entry is FREE and it promises to be a wonderful night of worship and praise through the joy of singing all of our favourite hymns. Family friendly event with refreshments in the parish hall afterwards.

MISSION APPEAL: LAST WEEKEND: A very sincere thanks for the welcome you gave to Sr. Sebastian on behalf of the Mission Sisters of England & Wales, and to Sr. Anita LCM for her kind hospitality to Sister. Our two communities response was extremely generous as follows:-

St. Anthony: £244:65.
The Good Shepherd: £1,259:25.

A very sincere thank you indeed.

PARISH YOUTH SUPPORT:The John Paul Foundation for Youth. The Foundation has been developed in our Parish Community to assist young people who wish to support the Bishop and Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and / or travel to meet with the Holy Father on World Youth Day. Thank you for contributions last weekend adding £302:68 to the Foundation Fund.

Young Adults in the Diocese of Nottingham For all the latest Young Adult events (aimed at 18-35 year olds) visit or contact

Derby Young Adults on Thursday 16th May 6.00pm-8.00pm: Canon Jonathan Cotton is speaking on the Holy Spirit at Saint Joseph's Church, Burton Road, Derby.

Leicester Young Adults on Thursday 23rd May 6.00pm-8.00pm: Karen Fong is speaking on Our Lady at Sacred Heart Church, Mere Road, Leicester.
Both evenings have a rolling start from 6pm ending with Compline and social time.

Restoring Pugin Young Adults Forum: the young adults of the diocese have been invited to Saint Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham on Tuesday 4th June for an evening to discuss the ongoing Restoring Pugin project. Food is provided and the evening is from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Sign up on the diocesan website.
Young Adults in Walsingham: The diocesan young adult group is travelling to Walsingham overnight on 15th / 16th June, joining the Diocese of Nottingham on the annual pilgrimage. For costs and more information visit

FIRST COMMUNION PROGRAMME: In preparation for our Parish Celebration of First Holy Communion (Families of Communicants - on Saturday 8th June at 11:00 am at The Good Shepherd: the whole parish on Sunday, 9th June at 9:45 am. St. Anthony's First Communion celebration will be a couple of weeks later.) our First Communicant parents are invited to meet for a final briefing on Wednesday, 22nd May at 7:30 pm in the Marian Hall. We look forward to welcoming you.

ENABLING OUR MISSION CAMPAIGN: Thank you to those that have already returned your pledge form for the Enabling Our Mission Campaign. The Bishop and Diocesan Curia are very grateful for your generosity. We will be holding another drop-in session with Matt Bloomer (Campaign Organiser) for people to return their pledge forms. This will be held at Good Shepherd Church on: Monday, 20th May between 11.30am and 2.00pm. Alternatively, you can hand your form in after Mass this weekend or post it directly to the Campaign Office: Enabling Our Mission Campaign Office, St Hugh's House, 1 Castle Quay, Nottingham. NG7 1FW. Our sincere thanks indeed for this tremendous support.

VIGILANCE: It is again reported that scam e mails are sent out in the name of Diocesan priests. Please be vigilant and report any e mail that asks particularly for vouchers/money. They are a scam. Unfortunately at The Good Shepherd Church, the White Donation Bucket in the Good Shepherd Church was "lifted" sometime on Sunday 5th or Monday 6th May. Also someone interfered with the Card Donation Point which rendered it useless until reset. We are encouraged to ensure the Church doors, whilst being unlocked for private prayer during the day, are not left wide open for the time being. Unfortunately it becomes an invitation to miscreants and their nefarious activities.

CIVIC SERVICE TO INAUGURATE THE MAYORAL YEAR: Again this year the Mayor of Gedling is one of our parishioners, Councillor Ron McGrossen. Fr. Philipp has been asked to continue as Mayor's Chaplain. A ceremony of blessing upon the new Civic Year will be held at the Good Shepherd Church on Sunday, 30th June at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception hosted by the Mayor in the Assembly Rooms. All are welcomed and encouraged to support our Civic elected representatives in their work for our local Borough.

These we have known and gone before us marked with the sign of Faith.

Our deepest thanks to the generosity of those who have built our parish family:
News reaches us of the demise of The LateJoyce Humphries RIP of The Manor Care Home, Arnold and formerly of Valley Court, Daybrook.

May the Lord bless and keep His beloved in His care until we all meet again.

Friday Prayers are offered for the dying at 11:00 am Adoration hour.

The Good Shepherd Office -
Baptism enquiry -
Hall Booking enquiry -

To assist a speedy response to your enquiry about the manifold activity of the our Community of North East Nottinghamshire (The Good Shepherd Church, Woodthorpe/Sherwood/Carrington/Arnold & Mapperley Plains with St. Anthony's Church, Calverton) please be confident to use one of the e mail addresses above.
We recommend you visit the Parish Website - details on the previous page!

Representatives for the Good Shepherd: Julian Caesar 07513725471 (Good Shepherd) & Mr Christopher Forbes.

For St. Anthony's, Calverton: contact Mrs Christine Thomas on tel: 07722 642429

Please note these numbers are not personal and exclusive for use by the Safeguarding reps.
From the Finance Committee of The Good Shepherd:
Last Week: 12/05/ ad 2024
Collection: £1642.27     Standing Orders: £920.00
Special Collection: see above    Donation (JPYF) £275:00


Secretary - Mr Philip Martin.
Thank you for your generous and responsible giving. At the Good Shepherd Church donations can be received BY SMARTPHONE OR BY CARD: It is also possible to make one-off donations to the parish by smartphone. The code for you to scan with a smartphone camera is shown to the left. By scanning this code the smartphone will immediately open the parish's dedicated on-line donations page. To scan the code you will need to have installed a reputable QR and Barcode scanner app on your smartphone. Card Offerings or payments for Repository items can be made contactless by using the Digital collection plate in the welcome area of the Church. Legacies: Thank you for remembering the work of the Good Shepherd and St. Anthony's in Your Will.
Dear parishioners:

PLEASE CONTINUE to offer courtesy to our neighbours when parking cars in the vicinity of the Church. Thanks!

Last updated 17.05.2024
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288