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Pastoral Message of the Bishop of Nottingham
Appointed to be read at all Masses celebrated on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Saturday 21 / Sunday 22 May 2016

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Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Nottingham

Appointed to be read at all Masses celebrated on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Saturday 23 / Sunday 24 April 2016

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

The CTS is delighted to be able to present a new edition of the Catechism, bringing together the latest liturgical translations and the richness of the teaching of the Catechism with a clearer and more attractive layout. In line with its mission, the aim of the CTS has been to produce an edition that is easier to navigate and more affordable so that the Catechism can be accessible to everyone. For further information, please visit

As an aid to discovering and appreciating the riches of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Petroc Willey, the Professor of Catechetics at Steubenville University and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, has written an easy-to-read and very practical booklet, entitled Reading the Catechism. Designed to help readers understand the structure and content of the Catechism, as well as how to navigate it, it is a great tool for individual.

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

On Sunday 10th April, 400 peoples from across the Diocese took part in a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to remember the Venerable Mary Potter, a nun who worked in Nottingham in the late nineteenth century to give dignity to the poor, the suffering and the dying.

The procession began from St Mary’s Church in Hyson Green, the suburb of Nottingham where Mary Potter lived and worked. As it made its way to St Barnabas’ Cathedral, where she is buried, the procession was passed by one of the city’s trams that is named after her, after she was nominated in a BBC poll, and paused outside the Mary Potter Centre, also named in her memory, which houses NHS and other public services in Hyson Green

Led by Bishop Patrick, the loud and lively procession included sisters from the religious order founded by Mary Potter, members of the city’s African, Indian, Irish traveller and Italian Catholic chaplaincies, local parishioners and many others who gathered to walk together in praise of God and to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman.

Mary Potter was born in London in 1833 and eventually came to Nottingham, where she founded the Little Company of Mary in 1877, when four companions joined her in a disused stocking factory in Hyson Green. Their mission was that of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ by word and deed, through the ministries of prayer for the dying, nursing, teaching and other pastoral activities.

In all that she did, like the world-famous Mother Teresa of Calcutta, she gave dignity to the poor and suffering, and the Little Company of Mary continues her mission throughout the world.

She died in Rome in 1913 and is now buried in St Barnabas’ Cathedral in Nottingham. She was declared ‘venerable’, an important stage on the journey to being recognized as a saint, in 1988, and is an example of faith in action for Catholics in Nottingham and beyond, who are encouraged to pray for her Beatification and Canonization, so that she may be recognized as a saint.

Her tomb can be visited in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, and those who are interested in learning more about Mary Potter can visit the Heritage Centre in Nottingham city centre dedicated to her memory. Please do pray for the Beatification of the Venerable Mary Potter:

O God to whose glory the Little Company of Mary was founded by Venerable Mary Potter, grant that she may be beatified soon so that her work and spirit may benefit still more the suffering members of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church may this ardent apostle of your maternal heart be more widely known by special favours granted through her intercession. Amen.

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Rev Andrew Cole BA STL JCL
Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham

Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’)

Pope Francis has written his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Love in the Family. Entitled Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’), the Exhortation is the fruit of the two meetings of the Synod of Bishops that the Pope summoned to discuss the vocation of the family in the world of today.

Published during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Amoris Laetitia represents' an invitation to Christian families to value the gifts of marriage and the family, and to persevere in a love strengthened by the virtues of generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience,' and encourages 'everyone to be a sign of mercy and closeness wherever family life re- mains imperfect or lacks peace and joy’ (AL 5).

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Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to remember the Venerable Mary Potter

On Sunday 10th April, Bishop Patrick will lead a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to remember the Venerable Mary Potter, who worked in Nottingham in the nineteenth century caring for the poor, the destitute and dying, and who is buried in St Barnabas’ Cathedral.

The procession will begin at 2.30 pm from St Mary’s Church on Goodliffe Street, Hyson Green, and will process along Alfreton Road and Derby Road before reaching the Cathedral at 5.00 pm, when Bishop Patrick will give Benediction.

Mary Potter was born in 1847, came to Nottingham in 1887 and founded the Little Company of Mary, a group of religious sisters who worked among the poor, the suffering, the sick and the dying in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham. She died in 1913 and was declared ‘venerable’ (an important stage on the journey to being recognized as a saint) in 1988. The purpose of the procession is for Christians to walk together and raise awareness of the work of Mary Potter, to celebrate the life of a very important local person, and to pray for her to be recognized as a saint. Like Mother Teresa in Calcutta, she was a heroine of her time and dedicated her life to caring for others. She is an example for us all to follow. But as a religious sister, her strength came from her faith, so this procession is also in the name of Jesus.

All are welcome to this walk of witness, at which many different groups will be represented including local Catholic parishes and chaplaincies, the Indian Catholic community, the African Catholic community, the Little Company of Mary.

Father Andrew Cole
Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham

On Saturday 26th March, Bishop Patrick celebrated his first Easter Vigil as Bishop of Nottingham.

On Saturday 26th March, Bishop Patrick celebrated his first Easter Vigil as Bishop of Nottingham.

The Easter Vigil is the culmination of the Holy Week liturgies, and is at the heart of the liturgical year. The Mass began with the blessing of the paschal fire and Paschal Candle outside the Cathedral; following the procession of the Candle into the Cathedral, the Easter Proclamation was chanted.

The Liturgy of the Word recounted God's saving work in his creation and in the Liturgy of Baptism the baptismal water was blessed, and the Bishop baptised fourteen catechumens and received six others into the full communion of the Catholic Church before confirming them. The Vigil culminated with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, celebrating Christ's Resurrection in its fullness.

Father Andrew Cole
Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham

Homily of the Bishop of Nottinghamat the Chrism Mass 2016

From the very beginning of his ministry, Pope Francis has spoken passionately about the mercy of God, and now he has asked us to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy. If the various Deanery Celebrations of Reconciliation that I have presided at this Lent are anything to go by, or the excellent imaginative ways of highlighting ‘Doors of Mercy’ and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy  that I have either seen for myself, or received feedback on, in our schools, youth ministry, chaplaincies and parishes, then it seems to me that we have got off to a good start in our Diocese!... <Read more>

Homily of the Bishop of Nottingham
at the Celebration of Marriage & Family Life in Saint Barnabas’ Cathedral
Sunday 21st February 2016

This afternoon, let us be clear. You are not here in this Cathedral as a celebration of martyrdom, as a celebration of those who have simply ‘survived’ marriage, as if it were an endurance test! In this Mass, we are celebrating much more than your resilience as married couples, much more than your toughness and durability in putting up with each other for so many years. This afternoon is very much about acknowledging and celebrating the fact that you have been able to keep your promises, because God has kept his to you: ‘I will be with you always, yes, to the end of time.’ <Read more>

Pastoral Letter of the Bishop of Nottingham

Appointed to be read at all Masses celebrated on the First Sunday of Lent

Saturday 13 / Sunday 14 February 2016

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Conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life in Saint Barnabas’ Cathedral Tuesday 2nd February 2016

Today’s Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which highlights Jesus being
taken by Mary and Joseph to the Temple to be consecrated to the Lord in accordance with the Law of Moses, has for the last twenty years been kept as a day to celebrate the role of the Consecrated Life within the mission of the Church.
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Beatification of the Servant of God the Venerable Mary Potter
On Monday 8th February, Bishop Patrick celebrated Mass in St Barnabas’ Cathedral to pay for the beatification of the Servant of God the Venerable Mary Potter, on the anniversary of her heroic virtue being recognised by the Church in 1988, during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II.Here are some photographs of the Mass, together with background information on Ven Mary Potter, who is buried in St Barnabas’ Cathedral.



Take Stand for Life

From February 10 to March 20, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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.

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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

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