Blessed Sacrament Parish, Leicester
“We are a people called to be a visible and active sign of the unity and life that God the Father offers to the human race through Christ, in the working of the Holy Spirit”
The Parish has been part of the fabric of society on the west side of Leicester since 1938. The first Priests who came here were from the Dutch Province of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, a congregation which did not , at that time, have a foundation in England.
Fr Gaudet and Fr Kaas were the first two Priests and they set up their headquarters at 25 Rosamund Avenue. The temporary church – the wooden hut – on the island on Gooding avenue – opened in Easter 1938, while Eymard House, the first Priory, was completed in August 1939 and members of the religious community began arriving.
On 3rd September of that year England declared war on Germany. Life became very difficult, but Parish life did not stop. In 1944 the population of the parish was temporarily swollen by the arrival from Italy of the American 82nd Airborne Division which took over Braunstone Park for its camp, to prepare for the invasion of Normandy in June that year. The Americans had their own Mass in the wooden church, said by their own chaplain.
Fr Huot, who led the American Province of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers, first came to Leicester in 1951 and the parish transferred from the Dutch Province to the American Province in September of that year. Over the years many Priests and Brothers passed through the portals of Eymard House and most of the members of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation came to Leicester as Novices or for some part of their training. Many will remember Brother Simplicius who was a gardener by training and won international renown and many awards for his Dahlias.
Many people still remember the old church – the wooden hut that stood where our parish hall stands now. It was in 1957 that we saw the opening of the new church which was built to replace the wooden hut, thus making 2007 the Golden Jubilee of the new Church Building.
In 1990 the Blessed Sacrament Fathers took the decision to leave Leicester. It was a time of apprehension for parishioners. The Priory was sold and a new presbytery built in the grounds. In September of that year Father John Joe Maloney became our Parish Priest.
We owe much thanks, to all the people who have gone before us for their hard work in establishing the parish and of course we must not forget the people who continue the work today
The church hall is available for various functions and currently caters for a wide variety of events including a Golden Years hour for senior citizens, an evening for Army Cadets, a Friendship Morning and the ever popular Friday Pop-In.
PARISH GROUPS & ACTIVITIES
St Vincent de Paul Society
Marian Prayer Group
Charismatic Prayer Group
Wednesday Discussion Group
OUR PARISH PRAYER
for calling us
to be your
Take away our
and fill us
with your spirit.
Give us the wisdom
to live by the
truths you have
revealed to us.
Empower us to be
instruments in our
and keep us
safe in your care.