In the early 2000s, Filipino nurses migrated to the UK in response to the country’s demand for more health professionals. Later, they were able to bring their family to the country. In Nottingham, a handful of them settled in areas near City Hospital or QMC. At about that time, some began worshipping and serving in our churches.
In 2007, Pietro and Nida Albano thought of organising the October Rosary devotion among Filipinos in Nottingham. However, it took two more years for this dream to come true. After getting support from other Filipinos living nearby and from Fr. Paul Newman (Parish Priest at that time), the devotion was launched on 01 October 2009. Ten families from Bestwood and Daybrook welcomed the statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary into their homes where the Rosary was recited on assigned evenings in October. The following years saw more families and individuals joining in. Since then, the group was called Filipino Rosary Crusade-Nottingham North. In 2015, the group ratified its first Constitution and elected its first set of officers. The group is now known as Filipino Rosary Crusade (FRC, a.k.a. Filipino Community).
Since 2011, FRC assists in the Vigil Mass and leads the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help at Our Lady’s Church on the last Saturday of the month. It also participates in other parish ministries and activities.
We are a group of about 10 musicians who play music and sing at Mass. We play on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and we play on the 2nd Saturday masses. We try and offer a variety of music – we look at the Readings of the Day and select the music for the Mass. We also play at the Advent & Lent Reconcilation Services, Christmas, Easter, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and other church events musically.
We have links with Our Lady’s School and we support the children at School masses per term.
The aim of the Diocesan Adult Formation Department is to support the on-going growth in faith of adult members of our Catholic community in the Diocese of Nottingham by providing advice and training in catechesis and adult formation. Visit their website for the courses, events and retreats coming up. There are also links to resources and printable booklets.
Telephone Diane Williams on 0115 9539841 or email her at [email protected] if any further information is required or to be added to the Adult Formation mailing list.