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Parish Priest: Fr Paul Newman
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  • IMG_5241IMG_5216IMG_5220 huge thank you to everyone that attended our 140+ strong party today. Was brilliant to be all together!

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  • Congratulations to our Josh who tonight received his bronze medal and joined the guild of Saint Stephen. Well done Josh. We’re super proud !

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Mass & Sacraments








what is mass?

The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission.  Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John.  Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church.  After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighbourhoods, society, and the world.  We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.


The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . .  Jesus did not need to be baptised because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptise all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.


Not only does it [the Sacrament of Penance] free us from our sins but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us.  We are liberated to be forgivers.  We obtain new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church.  The Sacrament of Penance is God’s gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven.  In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins.  With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

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In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, throughthe ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

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For more information about making your First Holy Communion get in touch!

It doesn’t matter how long its been since you have been to Mass. You are always invited to encounter Jesus in the Mass.

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.'” – John 6:35


Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and union of man and woman and ends with “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7, 9). Scripture often refers to marriage, its origin and purpose, the meaning God gave to it, and its renewal in the covenant made by Jesus with his Church.

The Sacrament of Marriage is a covenant, which is more than a contract. Covenant always expresses a relationship between persons. The marriage covenant refers to the relationship between the husband and wife, a permanent union of persons capable of knowing and loving each other and God. The celebration of marriage is also a liturgical act, appropriately held in a public liturgy at church. Catholics are urged to celebrate their marriage within the Eucharistic Liturgy.


From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptised share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.

“Here I am, send me.” (Is 6:8)

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognised and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.

Sacramental Announcements

  • Today, Fr Paul and Lee had the honour of presiding over the marriage of the lovely Claire and Michael, from our Parish. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple. We wish them many many years of happiness together !

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  • Congratulations to Jack who will be baptised at Our Lady’s Church on Saturday 5th February at 2.30pm. Our prayers and best wishes go to Jack’s family on this very special occasion. Well done everyone!

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  • Congratulations to Ollie Leivers who will be baptised at Our Lady’s Church on Sunday 16th January at 2pm. Our prayers and best wishes go to Ollie’s family on this very special occasion. Well done everyone!

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Our Community

The history of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Eastwood

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A simple red brick Gothic church of late nineteenth century date, occupying a prominent position in the townscape of Eastwood. Amongst the furnishings is a medieval altar slab from the nearby Carthusian house of Beauvale Priory.

Eastwood is a former coal mining town in the Broxtowe district, lying on the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border. Its most famous son was D.H. Lawrence, who perhaps over-romanticised the place when he wrote of his childhood home that ‘Robin Hood and his merry men were never very far away’.

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Luke Boyce-Poyser

PPC Youth Ambassador

Esther Fongue

PPC Member
Georgina Taylor
PPC Member

Carrie Leivers

Parish Secretary

Anna Fitzpatrick

PPC Member

Tracey Wood

PPC Member

Richard Fullbrook

PPC Member

Marilyn Blackburn

Chair of the PPC

Lee Summers

PPC Member. Admin Support

Marylin Blackburn

Chair of the PPC
Lee Summers
PPC Member, Parish IT Support

Carrie Leivers

Parish Secretary
Anna Fitzpatrick
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Richard Fullbrook

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Tracey Wood
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Liz & Michael White

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Georgina Taylor

PPC Member

The Beauvale Society

  • Beauvale Priory was founded in 1343 by Sir Nicholas de Cantilupe. The monks at Beauvale were Carthusians. Only nine of their charterhouses ever flourished in this country. The community survived peacefully living a life of worship and work for nearly two centuries until the disruption of the Reformation. Beauvale was [...]

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  •   Huge thank you to everyone that made today possible. Our Lord certainly shined down on us ! And remember, 1 or 2 to join each of us next year. 2023, we go bigger than ever !!!

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OLGC Community has a wealth of social, spiritual and service focussed groups. Get in touch if you’d like to engage or join!

Parish Pastoral council
Our Lady’s Choir
Flower Arrangers
Bereavement support
Parents and toddlers
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)


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Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish is linked to two schools: The Priory Catholic Primary School, Eastwood and St John Houghton Catholic Academy, Ilkeston. The Diocesan Education Service, based in Mackworth, Derby.


Our parish is part of the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham, which covers Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire. Bishop Patrick is the 10th Bishop of Nottingham.

Youth Service

Nottingham Diocesan Catholic Youth Service serves the young people and their schools and parishes throughout the diocese. They offer a gap year programme for 18-25 year olds who live at The Briars where they run residential retreats for our young people.

Social Centre


Breathe Easy
The Flower Club
Shianne Ambers Dance
Priory Academy Parents
and Toddlers
Eastwood Art Club
Lawrence Lacemakers
Eastwood Memory Cafe

Our Social Centre is based at the bottom of our church car park with:

  • Disabled access
  • Meeting room with kitchen appliances
  • A separate, Fully fitted kitchen
  • Main hall
  • Open bar area
  • Small lounge area
  • Comfortable seating
  • Several storage rooms
  • Chairs and tables available
  • Large garden
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If for any reason you are unable to contact a member of the parish team, please do use the links below, if appropriate, to get the support you need. CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO ACCESS THESE EXTERNAL SITES.

Samaritans | Mind | Cruse Bereavement | Childline | Eastwood Memory Cafe

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