St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth

Opened by Bishop McGuinness on 24 October 1984.

St. Margaret Clitherow, KEYWORTH[1] – served from East Leake.

In the late 1950s, Canon JohnBuckley of West Bridgford began to look for a site for a church in Keyworth.  His search was not successful during his lifetime (he died in 1965), and it was only in 1983 that the present site on Willow Brook was obtained. In the intervening years, Mass was celebrated in a variety of places – private homes; the British Legion building; the local Anglican and Methodist churches and, very significantly, Mary Ward Teacher Training College.

Mary Ward Teacher Training College opened, in 1969, on a twenty-seven acre site on the outskirts of Keyworth. It had a capacity for five hundred and forty students[2].  In addition to its primary purpose, it remained a focal point in the Catholic life of Keyworth for the next eight years. For the whole period of its existence it was staffed by Sisters of Loreto.When it became known that the College was to close, “all the ministers of the non-Catholic churches at once offered the use of their churches.[3]”  Since the Methodist church building was the largest and the most suitable, this was the offer that was accepted, and the Catholic congregation used the Methodist church for Sunday Mass. The church hall on Willow Brook was then built: it was opened by Bishop McGuinness on 24 October 1984.

In the early years, Keyworth was part of the Parish of West Bridgford and, later, of Radcliffe-on-Trent. Subsequently, along with Cotgrave, it became an independent parish and remained thus until Cotgrave was allocated to West Bridgford and Keyworth to East Leake[4].

St. Margaret Clitherow, KEYWORTH – Convent

A community of Loreto Sisters was based in Keyworth where they staffed Mary Ward Teacher Training College from 1969 to 1977. Sister Mary Beuno O.P. has been involved in Cotgrave and Keyworth from 1984 to the present.

[1] Almost all the above is taken from ‘St. Margaret Clitherow Church: Silver Jubilee 1984-2009’
[2]     YB 70/155
[3]     YB 85/115 – article by Fr. J. Gilroy CSSp., parish priest at that time
[4]     The division of Keyworth from Cotgrave took place in September 2005 – information from Fr. P. Vellacott – April 2017


St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth

Weekend Mass
Sunday 9 AM

Weekday Mass
Tuesday 9.30 AM

Red Mission Boxes

Early in April Jack Pye will contact holders of Red Mission Boxes to arrange collection so the monies can be counted and banked, and then the boxes returned. If anyone would like to have a Red Box to support the missions please contact Jack on 0115 9374639.

Parish Ministry Groups

St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth 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.

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 join us please speak to either Fr. John or Fr. Liam. Training is usually spread over 3 weeks during the Summer and then we will help you during Mass after that….
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The Children’s Liturgy Group

The parish has a thriving children’s liturgy group. We hold sessions every Sunday in term time during the Mass. Children start in mass and are then dismissed by the priest after the opening prayer. The liturgy group gives children an opportunity to learn about the gospel at their level. We have two groups: Preschool group…
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Eucharistic Ministers

The Eucharistic Ministry in our Parish is an active and thriving Ministry. We have 32 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 is always done…
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Our Parish always needs helpers and volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Greeter at our weekend Masses, please contact Parish Office for more details.
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Our Music Groups

Our Music Group sings and provides music in the weekend Mass. Usually, we also provide music for major feasts such as the Easter Triduum and Christmas Midnight Mass. If you enjoy singing, you are always welcome. We also welcome musicians of all abilities, we feel that between us all, we make a nice sound so…
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Sacristans are volunteers who help look after the Sacristy and its contents. If you would like to become a Sacristan then please speak to Fr. John or Fr. Liam. Or alternatively contact the Parish Office.
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