Welcome to The Diocese of Nottingham
Our Diocese is a very large diverse area covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and most of Nottinghamshire with rural, coastal and inner city areas. Bishop Patrick, in his homily, stated that there is potential in our diocese to become more outward-looking and missionary in its sense of purpose and direction. This is achievable by having a strong spiritual foundation which will be firmly in place over the next few years. The three themes which we are using are:
The Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy. (EG21)
The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. (EG23)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONFESSIONS AND EASTER DUTIES
(in summary; please contact your parish priest for more information)
- Please note that Confessions cannot be heard over the telephone, and services of General Absolution cannot be held as this involves travel and the gathering of people. Requests for individual confession may be difficult to meet, given the demands of social distancing and church closures; requests may meet refusal from priests.
- A recent note from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome, speaking about the pandemic, reminds the faithful who cannot receive sacramental absolution that ‘perfect contrition, rooted in love of God who is to be loved above all things, expressed in a sincere request for forgiveness, insofar as the penitent is able to make it at that moment, and accompanied by the firm intention to go to confession as soon as is possible, obtains forgiveness of all sins, including grave sin.' (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church 1452)
- As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed during these emergency circumstances of the lock-down, and for as long as they last.
NEWS UPDATE: All churches are to be closed, as of the 24th of March, 2020
NEWS ALERT: Public Masses temporarily to cease from the evening of Friday, the 20th of March, 2020
Masses will continue in the churches. Masses however will remain private and there will be no service of Holy Communion at Mass. Please view the following message from His Eminence Cardinal Vincent of Westminster, concerning the closing of the churches.
A DAILY PRAYER
Please say this prayer every day, together with the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory be. It is adapted from a prayer written by the Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, archbishop of Brisbane.
Almighty and all-merciful God,
lover of the human race,
healer of all our wounds
in whom there is no shadow of death,
save us in this time of crisis,
comfort the sick and the dying,
the isolated and the afraid;
be with us in our need.
Grant wisdom and courage to our leaders
and all who are responsible for the common good.
Watch over everyone who is working
in our National Health Service as they tend the sick,
all who are supporting the vulnerable,
and those who are working for a cure.
Stir in us a sense of solidarity beyond all isolation;
if our doors are closed, let our hearts be open.
By the power of your love,
destroy the virus of fear, that hope may never die,
and grant that the light of Easter, the triumph of life,
may shine upon us and the whole world;
may we, like the Paschal Candle,
marked with the sign of the Cross,
give of ourselves and burn yet more brightly,
for love conquers everything, light transforms darkness.
By welcoming Christ into our hearts each and every day,
may we always spread your love far and wide
by valuing in all in the name of Jesus the Christ
and being the people you have made us to be.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Lady Immaculate, Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady Health of the Sick, pray for us.
St Joseph, guardian of Jesus, guardian of us all, pray for us.
St Hugh of Lincoln, Patron of the Diocese of Nottingham pray for us.
Lectionary commentary: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, year A
The Nottingham University Catholic community disperses before the national lock-down
Lectionary commentary: fifth Sunday of Lent, year A
Lectionary commentary: fourth Sunday of Lent, year A
Rite of Election, 2019 (photopost)
His Holiness Pope Francis, 266th in the line of the Apostle S. Peter.
A Morning with Mary
RECENT FILE UPLOADS
- the new Liturgical Ordo for the year 2019-2020.
- the Endorsement of the NHS Spiritual, Pastoral and Religious Staff and Volunteers: a practical guide.
- the architectural and historical report for the church of the English Martyrs, Bakewell.
- 2018's annual report of the Diocesan Historical Churches Committee (HCC).
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Of your charity, please pray for the peaceful repose of the following members of our Diocese, recently deceased:
- The Reverend Father Eamonn O'Hara (+), priest of the Diocese
- Sister Rita Popple (+), of the Rosminian Sisters of Providence, of Loughborough
- Sister Evelyn Sheridan (+), of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace, late of the Rearsby convent
- The Reverend Canon Colin Taylor (+), priest of the Diocese
- Sister Ellen McGrath (+), of the Sisters of Mercy of Derby
- Sister Carmel Fitzpatrick (+), of the Sisters of Mercy of Derby
Saints of God, come to their aid!
Come to meet them, angels of the Lord!
Receive their souls and present them to God the Most High.