Adult Formation for Mission

Online Resources for November 2020 to January 2021

We have created a new page with information of our latest events and resources click here to go find out what is happening over the coming weeks. All these events and resources are online so can be accessed throughout the national lockdown in England, and afterwards as we celebrate Advent and Christmas very differently than we have before. A lot of what we are offering is on Zoom to find out how to use this video calling platform here.

Upcoming events include:

  • A webinar with the create of the Catechetical and Evangelisation series Sycamore
  • Our first Podcast series - Living Advent
  • A virtual Carol Service with Bishop Patrick, St Barnabas Cathedral Choir, and many others from across the diocese
  • A series of 4 workshops on what it means to be a disciple - to help us prepare for Lent when we will focus especially on the theme of discipleship.

We are of course aware that not everyone can access the internet so many parishes have ordered the Walk with Me Booklet a daily prayer resource for Advent, please contact your parish about how to get hold of a copy for yourself or for someone you know. Also for those who don't use a Podcast service such as Spotify, Google or Apple Podcasts the audio files will be able to be downloaded from our Online resource and events page.


As we prepare for a new liturgical year starting at Advent we will be moving to Year B for our Sunday readings at Mass. St Matthew's gospel has led us through this year, from Advent we will be journeying with the gospel of St Mark. The Year of the Word national commission has put together some resources to help us delve deeper into his Gospel. They can be found below. You can also order copies of St Mark's Gospel here.

The Spirituality Committee of the Bishops’ Conference has created a resource using the Psalms to support the digitally excluded. Using the Sunday Psalm as a way of connecting with our God who Speaks focus, this simple resource allows people to pray creatively throughout the week. Please do share this with people you know, who cannot get online.

Click on the links below to download the resources.

Welcome to our new Director of Adult Formation for Mission!!

We are very excited to announce Joe Hopkins has been appointed in the above post.

Bishop Patrick writes: 'I'm delighted to announce that, following interviews of some great candidates, Joe Hopkins has been appointed as our Diocesan Director of Adult Formation for Mission. Joe is currently Lead Lay Chaplain to the St. Ralph Sherwin CMAT and he will take up his new post in August. He brings theological expertise, a variety of catechetical experience and great zeal for mission in our diocese. I look forward to working with Joe to make my three themes of 'Encounter, Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship' a living reality across the diocese. I'm sure that you will join me in both welcoming and supporting Joe as he begins this important role. I leave you with a few words from Joe:

'I'm really excited about taking up this important post. I'm looking forward to working with the clergy and laity in our parishes in enabling a culture of 'Encounter, Discipleship and Missionary Discipleship.' My desire is that every person in our diocese will experience afresh, an encounter with God and his life changing love, that they will grow as faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus Christ and feel equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be missionary disciples; people who witness to their faith by word and action in the Church and the world.’

We look forward to a great working relationship and hold him in our prayers.


A short course has been compiled by the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and Adult Advisers Team. You can use as much or as little of it as you need. A hard copy can be sent by post. Email

Downloads here

Venerable Carlo Acutis: a Saint for the Digital Age

A computer geek who dedicated his life to Jesus, Carlo Acutis died in 2006 at the age of 15, but is already on his way to sainthood! Learn how his life inspires us to embrace the digital age for evangelisation and catechesis in this extract from our new book Online With Saints:

Carlo was a computer geek. He was born in London and grew up in Milan. His great passion was computers, and he had a vast knowledge of programming. He created websites, designed leaflets and edited films or comics. He also found time to do volunteer charity work in an orphanage and with elderly people. He loved to joke and laugh, but also tried to treat everyone well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The most important thing for him was: ‘To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.’ From an early age, he had a great devotion to the Eucharist and tried to attend Mass every day, first surprising his parents, then taking them with him. He called the Eucharist ‘my highway to heaven.’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Before or after Mass he prayed in front of the tabernacle, where the sacrament of the Eucharist is preserved. He also had a great love for Mary, and often prayed the rosary. Probably this is why, in 2006, he was able to accept his diagnosis of acute leukemia with such faith and calmness. In his prayer, he offered his pain to God for Pope Benedict XVI and the Church. He died a few days later at the age of 15.⠀


with David Wells

Over 400 people attended these events - thank you

  • Blessed Sacrament Procession 2017

Outside the City Documentary Release

This very moving and inspirational film will be released on 8th June on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and DVD. You can pre-order a DVD already at



Adult Faith Formation

POPE FRANCIS: "Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. (EG 49). The Church which 'goes forth' is a community of missionary disciples who take the first step, who are involved and supportive, who bear fruit and rejoice. (EG24).

Bishop Patrick, in his homily, states 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 3 themes are:




We held our first Diocesan ADMINISTRATORS DAY on Saturday 12th October 2019 at Trinity School, Nottingham.

Thank you to all that attended. Bishop Patrick welcomed and Karen Foong followed, as keynote speaker.

3 sessions: Accounting, GDPR, Health & Safety

As the day was a success, we will be holding 3 future dates in counties in 2020 2021. If you would like more information, to comment on the day or to suggest anything that you think should be covered, email Diane:

Catechist Training Day

Thank you to the 240 people who attended the event on Saturday July 13th 2019 for a training day with David Wells. He inspired many of us to return to parishes with renewed enthusiasm. More events to come.

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