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Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Nottingham
Appointed to be read at all Masses celebrated on the Third Sunday of Advent
Saturday 12 / Sunday 13 December 2015
In his homily, Bishop Patrick McKinney explained the importance of the Holy Door that he had opened at the beginning of Mass:
Today, here in this Cathedral, in response to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Holy Doors of mercy have been opened and blessed. May our walking through them, and other ‘Doors of Mercy’ in other parts of our Diocese this Jubilee Year, be an expression of our deeper desire, not to hide from God because of our sins, but instead, to open our own lives more and more to God’s mercy, especially in the healing sacrament of Reconciliation. May they also be doors through which we go out into the world as ambassadors of God’s mercy and compassion, bearing witness to his mercy in the way we try to live our lives and relate to others!
Everyone present was given a prayer card, featuring an image of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and a wristband, with the seven corporal works of mercy written on them. These express the two aspects of the Jubilee, that we should seek the mercy of God, by repentance and seeking reconciliation with God and our neighbour, and show the mercy of God by living the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
The Mass, which began with a procession to the Cathedral through the Holy Door, featured both traditional choral music and contemporary worship music, a reminder of the breadth and depth of the Catholic tradition, prayers read by students from the Becket Catholic School in Nottingham and the reading of part of Pope Francis’ bull of indiction, Misericordiae vultus. A collection was taken to support the work of Emmanuel House, a charity that supports the homeless in the City of Nottingham.
Statement by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham and the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Anglican Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham
As Bishops, and together with leaders of Christian Churches and other faiths in Nottinghamshire, we encourage the people of our city and county to stand in solidarity with all those who are seeking refuge from countries torn apart by conflict, and to offer them a warm welcome.
For Christians, a vital part of our faith is offering compassion to those who are in need and recognising the fundamental dignity of every human being. Christians are not just asked to pray for others, but to be generous in giving to support and welcome those who are in need.
In a statement on the refugee crisis facing Europe and the Middle East, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, ‘We need a holistic response to this crisis that meets immediate humanitarian need while tackling its underlying drivers.’ For some, that will mean following Pope Francis’ suggestion of welcoming refugees to their homes. For others, it will mean responding positively to appeals, at a national, regional and local level, for money and clothing to give to those who have nothing. We hope that people will be creative in working together across the whole community to do whatever they can to help the refugees who have suffered so much. Many churches have already taken up the opportunity to respond in practical and creative ways.
As a nation, we cannot and should not turn our backs on the needs of so many people, whoever they are and wherever they are from. This country has a proud history of offering hospitality and aid to those who are in need. Our Churches will play their full part in calling upon the Government and local authorities to do as much as possible to welcome refugees to this country, and to work with them to support in practical ways those who settle here.
Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham
Rt Rev Paul Williams Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
10th September 2015
Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch
On Wednesday 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. Click here to read the Loyal Address presented to Her Majesty by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on behalf of the Catholic Church in England & Wales. Bishop Patrick asks us all to pray for The Queen in a special way today and on Sunday 13th September:
For Queen Elizabeth II: that as Her Majesty surpasses the reigns of all who were before her as ruler of these lands, the Lord may strengthen her so that she may continue to serve her peoples in this country and the Commonwealth; and that we, after her example, may serve each other and seek the common good of all. Lord, hear us.
we pray that Elizabeth your Servant and our Queen,
who, by your providence has received the governance of this Realm,
may continue to grow in every virtue,
that, imbued with your heavenly grace,
she may be preserved from all that is harmful and evil,
and being blessed with your favour may,
with her Consort and all the Royal Family,
come at last into your presence,
through him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Towards a Culture of Safeguarding
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/Guardian, or Other.
On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password.
You will then have instant access to the training programmes.
The Bishops of England and Wales are inviting us to pray and reflect with them on the how the gift of marriage and family life and their place in the Church’s in advance of next October’s meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the vocation and mission of the family. To help us, they have produced The Call, the Journey and the Mission, copies of which are available from your parish or from the diocesan website (click here)
If you would like to share any reflections, please send them to Father David Palmer, Chair of the Marriage and Family Life Commission (The Presbytery, Lenton Boulevard, NOTTINGHAM, NG7 2BY(firstname.lastname@example.org), by Easter Sunday.