“Welcome to the website of St Peter Apostle Catholic Church in Leamington Spa. St Peter’s is now responsible for Our Lady’s Church in Lillington.”
The two churches amalgamated in 2016 and are administered by a team of clergy and staff led by the Parish Priest Fr John Cross. (see Parish Clergy). Fr John is also the Dean of Warwick Deanery (see Deanery website ). We work in partnership with Fr Andrew Franklin, Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Church in Whitnash (see St Joseph’s website) . Together we minister to the Catholic community of Leamington, Lillington and Whitnash. We are 3 churches working together.
The arrangement of Our Sunday mass times reflects our partnership . The priests support each other by helping to celebrate Mass in any of the 3 churches. The Mass times (see Mass Times) allow parishioners to attend mass in any of the three churches. Some prefer to attend the same mass each week but others find the Mass times are more flexible so they are not tied. We all use the Jerusalem missalette and copies of our newsletters are available via this website and the Deanery Website.
The first Mass of the weekend is the 12.30pm Vigil on Saturday afternoon at Our Lady’s in Lillington. This is designed for those who do not like to travel at night or prefer an early Mass. At this time of day the church is easily accessible by bus or car. There is a free car park near the church. Refreshments are available after Mass. The Saturday evening Mass is at 5pm at St Peter’s in Leamington town centre. We now see many young people and teenagers at this Mass. There is a selection of music each week. On Sunday morning the first mass is at 8am at St Joseph’s in Whitnash. This is a popular time for those who like an early mass on Sunday mornings. Afterwards there is a light breakfast for those who do not have to rush away. The 9.30am mass at Our Lady’s in Lillington is for the young families. Children’s Liturgy is provided and frequently 30 or more young children up to the age of about seven attend this interactive service with a parent or carer. One of the features of Our Lady’s church is the block glass designs which flood the building with light and that we can see the altar from seats on 3 sides of the church. Our Lady’s has an excellent heating system which has kept us warm throughout the coldest months. There is a good selection of music is provided by the music group. Refreshments are served after Mass as well as cake sales and the monthly draw for the 50:50 Club. The 11.30am Mass at St Peter’s Church is a sung Mass led by St Peter’s Choir. It is a more formal mass with incense. There are refreshments after this Mass. Many parishioners go for a walk afterwards in the Jephson Gardens or lunch in one of the many restaurants.The 5.30pm Sunday evening mass is at St Joseph’s Church in Whitnash. This is a well attended Mass with a good community spirit and is the only Sunday evening Mass in the Deanery. There is often folk music at this mass.
Reverend Father John Cross. Parish Priest.
Our parish of St Peter’s Is celebrating a Fatima Centenary Year from 13th May to 13th October 2017. We have an opportunity to celebrate 100 years ago when Jesus’s mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal and shared so many things about our relationship to God.
St Peter’s has been designated a pilgrimage church for the Birmingham archdiocese and we now have a new statue of Our Lady of Fatima. We do hope you receive many blessings when you visit St Peter’s.
We have a Fatima display on the way into church, opposite the Piety shop where there are leaflets available, especially our Pilgrim Leaflet for you to take and which you can download here link.
Link to photographs from Fatima Centenary celebration Saturday 13th May 2017 link.
A Little bit of Fatima in Leamington Spa – A reflection on Saturday 13th May by Peter Dimambro link
World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales link “Following the example of St John Paul II, a great devotee of Our Lady of Fatima, let us listen attentively to the Mother of God and ask for peace for the world” Pope Francis
Guidance on Leaving a Lasting Gift to your Church. The Diocese has made a new leaflet available to all 227 parishes to as sist people who may want to consider leaving a legacy to the Church. The Importance of Legacy Giving link, pdf copy of leaflet link
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