Our Lady of Grace, Cotgrave

Opened in 1990 to serve the needs of the parishioners of Cotgrave and the surrounding areas. We are a warm, active parish with a family atmosphere, we look forward to welcoming you.

Our Lady of Grace, COTGRAVE

Cotgrave, although only a few miles southeast of Nottingham, retains something of a village character.   Cotgrave colliery opened in 1964 and miners from all over the country moved to the area.  To meet the needs of the Catholics among them, Fr John Gilroy CSSp.was appointed to the new Parish of Keyworth and Cotgrave in 1973. Initially, Mass was celebrated at the Miners’ Youth Centre[1]. The priest lived at Candleby Lane in the village. In 1976, a hut (formerly part of a school) was acquired from Newark and brought to Cotgrave where the first Mass was celebrated on 5 December of that year.  But the hut church on Candleby Lane, referred to from 1980 as “The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary[2]”, was “small, draughty and dingy”[3]. In 1989, Bishop McGuinness gave permission to build a new church; and September 1990 saw the opening of this new church with the dedication changed to Our Lady of Grace.  Cotgrave colliery closed in the 1990s.

Around this time the designation of the two centres changed. Hitherto, Keyworth had been seen as the parish centre and Cotgrave a Mass centre or chapel-of-ease. Then Cotgrave is given the main listing in the diocesan yearbook and Keyworth was served from Cotgrave as a chapel-of-ease.  Currently – 2017 – Keyworth is served from East Leake and Cotgrave from West Bridgford[4]

[1]     e.g. YB 79/46
[2]     YB 81/41
[3]     YB 2016/187
[4]     The division of Keyworth from Cotgrave took place in September 2005 – information from Fr. P. Vellacott – April 2017

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Our Lady of Grace, Cotgrave

Weekend Mass
Sunday 11.00 AM

Weekday Mass
Thursday 9.30 AM

Thursday after 9.30am Mass


A note for your diary – The next Fairtrade/Ethical stall will be on Sunday the 16th of June. Hope to see you all there!

Our Lady’s foodbank 

Thank you for your support of our foodbank collections. Please continue to give what you can in this difficult time.

Parish Ministry Groups

Our Lady of Grace offers a variety of ways to learn and grow as an individual within the Church and the community. The groups listed host activities inside our Church open to all, offering everyone a place to get closer to God or support the day-to-day running of the Church.

We love to support you as much as we can, if you would like to add your group to the list, please get in touch with us.

Eucharistic Ministry

The Eucharistic Ministry in our Parish is an active and thriving Ministry. We have a number of active Ministers who help with the distribution of Holy Communion at Masses and take Holy Communion to the sick and housebound. There are a few occasions where you may be asked to do a Eucharistic Service but this…
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Altar Servers

School-age children can start serving on the Sanctuary, helping the priests at Mass. It is a great honour and if you would like to us come and see me after Mass or speak to either Fr. John or Fr. Liam. Training is usually spread over 3 weeks during the Summer and then we will help…
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Fairtrade and Traidcraft

Fairtrade is an international movement which seeks to guarantee farmers a fair and stable price for their products. It allows poor communities an opportunity to improve their lives, including healthcare, schooling and a more sustainable environment. Currently 5 million producers and their farmers supply the Fairtrade products we buy. Fairtrade was established in 1979 as…

Confirmation and Bishop’s Visit

On September 23rd, Our Lady of Grace Church welcomed a number of young people and their families from across both parishes to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. Preparation took a more unusual format this year due to the Covid restrictions, but the catechists and young people worked hard to ensure that they were ready to…
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Annual Day of Reflection

On June 8th, some members of our parish joined together on the annual day of reflection held at the Rosmini Centre near Ratcliffe on the Wreak. The leader of the day was Fr Colin Patey, a retired priest from our Diocese. We began with a reflection about the significance of breath in scripture, and particularly…
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