For more information on what is happening at St Hugh's this week

      please take a look at our current newsletter.

Live streaming of Sunday, 10am Mass


Please note that as the livestream remains unmonitored, if for any reason the stream
is interrupted during the service we will be unable to re-establish a connection.


Friday, 19th July

10am rvice of Word and Sacrament 

Saturday, 20th July

10am Mass

(Confessions and Exposition 10.30am - 12noon)

Sunday, 21st July

8.30am Mass; 10am Mass; 12.15pm Mass (in Polish); 3pm African Mass (in English); 6pm Mass 

Monday, 22nd July

10am Mass 

Tuesday, 23rd July

10am Mass

Wednesday, 24th July

10am Mass

7pm Mass in the Polish language

Thursday, 25th July

10am Service of Word and Sacrament 

Friday, 26thJuly

10am Mass

Saturday, 27thJuly

10am Mass

(Confessions and Exposition 10.30am - 12noon)

Sunday, 28th July

8.30am Mass; 10am Mass; 12.15pm Mass (Polish); 6pm Mass 



If anyone wishes to book the parish hall for a private party then enquiries must be directed to the Hall Committee via Noel Harris on tel: 07914501706 or email:  noel.harris@ntlworld.com 


We are in the process of reviewing and revising the terms and conditions for the hiring of the hall.  All existing bookings will be honoured on the previously agreed conditions but any new bookings will be subject to any new terms and conditions that are in place at the time
of booking.


Bookings for private parties can no longer be made via the parish office.   


                                                                   Holy Year Pilgrimage to Rome

ROME PILGRIMAGE: Holy Year pilgrimage to Rome from Monday, 17th to Friday, 21st February 2025. Cost will be £970.00 per person for a shared room or £1200 for a single room. Cost include return flights from Stansted, four nights dinner, bed & breakfast in a 4* hotel, and full pilgrimage programme. Travel insurance is £65 for those who do not have other cover.  Booking forms and details of the provisional pilgrimage programme are now available from Fr Eddy. Please complete and return with £100 deposit per person and also £65 insurance per person or else indicate at the bottom of the form that you already have travel insurance. Payment either by cheque payable to Northern Star Travel or else give your card details on the form as requested.  

Please return forms to Fr Eddy this week!




Last year our Lourdes From Home initiative allowed hundreds of viewers to join the Lourdes Pilgrimage from home.  This year it's back, and even bigger!  Registrants have the option to receive a physical 'Pilgrim Pack' posted to their own home, complete with 1) a Pilgrimage Booklet 2) a candle lit in Lourdes 3) prayer intentions taken to the Grotto 4) a live Zoom call with Bishop Patrick 5) daily updates via e-mail 6)... and more!  This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the housebound and less-physically-able of our communities, and schools who may wish to embark on a virtual pilgrimage in the last weeks of term.  Register today at dioceseofnottingham.uk/events/lourdes or by emailing communications@dioceseofnottingham.uk



The NDCYS will be joining the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage (13th-20th July), bringing young people who wouldn’t be able to go otherwise.  If there are young people in your parish in Year 10 upwards who may benefit from this opportunity please contact https://www.ndcys.com/lourdes/ 


This year's New Dawn Pilgrimage will take place from Monday 5th to Friday 9th August at the National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.  New Dawn is a family event with a programme of Liturgy, Sacraments, praise and worship, keynote speakers, workshops, children/youth ministries and more.  Further information can be found at www.newdawn.org.uk


The annual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life is being held in Walsingham on Saturday 3rd August, led by Bishop David Oakley of Northampton Diocese.  In the 40 years in which the Pilgrimage has been held there has been a shocking increase in the annual number of abortions throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. At the same time there is constant pressure from euthanasia supporting lobby groups to introduce assisted suicide, with high profile personalities endorsing this policy. Humanly, we may feel that we lack any means to counter this onslaught, but this day in Walsingham is to storm heaven in the peace and beauty of this Shrine, remembering Our Lady’s words, “All who come here will find help in their need”.  More details are available at: www.walsingham.org.uk/event/pro-life-pilgrimage-4/


March for Life: As Catholics we must do all that we can to defend human life, in all forms and at all stages.  But our belief that life is a sacred gift from God is not shared by all.  Under the new government, decriminalisation of abortion and assisted suicide will both soon be debated in Parliament.  On Saturday 7th September there will be an opportunity to witness to our belief in the value of life with the annual March for Life in Westminster. More information is available at www.marchforlife.co.uk/2024-event-page.  There will be a coach going from Nottingham; for information, and to book, contact Marielangford@live.co.uk (07948 151 264).

The Abbot and Community of Pluscarden Abbey are delighted to offer young single Catholic men a Monastic Experience Weekend, during which they can live, work and pray with the Benedictine Community of Pluscarden Abbey.  This will take place from Friday 16th – Sunday 19th August.  Further information is available from Father Benedict Hardy at novicemaster@pluscardenabbey.org

Could you help couples prepare for marriage?  Marriage Care in partnership with the Diocese of Nottingham are looking for volunteers who would like to train to help local couples prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.  If you would like to know more about what is involved in helping couples build their marriage on a firm foundation come to our webinar (with no commitment to train as a facilitator) on Wednesday 24th July at 7pm.  Visit dioceseofnottingham.uk/events or email formation@dioceseofnottingham.uk to book your place.

Mount Saint Bernard Abbey is hosting a Family Pilgrimage on Sunday 1st September.  Outdoor Mass will be celebrated at 2pm, followed by a Marian Procession, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Bring a pic-nic, enjoy the Abbey grounds: all are welcome.  Contact James at JNoakes@englishmartyrs.org

Youth 2000 provides retreats, formation and opportunities for young adults aged 18-35 to encounter Jesus in the Heart of the Catholic Church.  The Youth 2000 Summer Festival will take place this year in the beautiful grounds of Ampleforth Abbey from Friday 23rd until (bank holiday) Monday 26th August.  More information on this gathering and all of Youth 2000 events are available at www.youth2000.org/events  Do consider whether you think you might benefit from participating.

The Bishops of England and Wales are hosting a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress, Adoremus, on Saturday 14th September.  As well as being part of the Year of Prayer, this will be a continuation of the Eucharistic Congress held in Liverpool in 2018, and a time of preparation for the Jubilee 2025.  Information will be made available over the coming months to help all our parishes and communities prepare for this occasion.  As we celebrate today the solemnity of Corpus Christi we are invited to marvel afresh at the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, Jesus who lives with us always.


The National Network of Pastoral Musicians is holding its biennial conference at the Hayes in Swanwick between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th July.  Places are available for residential and day visitors with subsidies available to 18-25 year olds.  More information is on the poster, or contact Jennifer Burridge for bookings: 01792 775598 or jburridge@mac.com

Encounter Prayer Podcast  The latest episode of the Diocesan Year of Prayer Podcast is now available. This episode explores praying chaplets with Madeleine Heraghty who organises the Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations in Nottingham each year.  It can be found on all podcast providers by searching Diocese of Nottingham or by visiting dioceseofnottingham.uk/yearof

Talking Philosophy & Theology: a Carmelite Perspective Zoom meetings are on second and fourth Thursday afternoons, 1-3pm, from Thursday 23rd May until Thursday 25th July.  Please also see the three supporting documents, or contact Deacon James Hunter james.hunter200@btinternet.com.

Are you a university student looking for something to do over the summer holidays?  Why not join The Briars at Crich for their summer internship programme?  Develop skills that will support you in your future career, whilst also growing spiritually in a wonderfully supportive environment.  With live-in opportunities, and flexible start dates available, there's no better time to join us!  To request more information, please contact michelle.thomas@ndcys.com


Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services across England, Wales and Gibraltar.  They are looking for Trustees to strengthen their board and to help continue to provide vital relationship support services to the Catholic community and beyond.  For more information visit www.marriagecare.org.uk or email volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

The latest episode of the Diocese's podcast encounter prayer is now available.  The focus this month is on the Our Father.  We speak to Father Jan Nowotnik of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and Rebecca Durham of Playing and Praying: both have recently been involved in creating resources to explore the Our Father.  Download or stream it from all major podcast providers or on the diocesan website: dioceseofnottingham.uk/yearofprayer



Inter Care, a Leicestershire-based charity of which Bishop Patrick is Patron, is celebrating 50 years of providing medical aid for Africa.  The Inter Care team has created a short film highlighting their journey, the expansion of their work over the years, and how they have successfully donated £8.7 million worth of aid since 1974, sending medicines for up to 76,400 patient treatments last year alone.  To see the film, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fj1-gf-bMQ and consider whether you can support Inter Care with your prayers, and in practical and financial ways.

Year of Prayer Podcast – the latest episode of the Diocese of Nottingham’s Podcast Encounter Prayer is now live.  Sister Susan Richert, a Presentation Sister working in our diocese, leads us in mediative prayer.  You can download or stream it from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more or by visiting dioceseofnottingham.uk/yearofprayer


Inter Care, a small international charity based in Syston, Leicestershire, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee.  Since 1974, the charity has provided £18.7 million of medical aid to rural mission-based health units across sub-Saharan Africa.  Inter Care relies entirely on fundraising to support its mission.  This Lent, please look to support Inter Care’s work which provides high-quality medicines and medical supplies to health facilities run by the Catholic Dioceses across Africa.  Email Claudia Domin fundraising@intercare.org.uk or visit www.intercare.org.uk



All are welcome to join the Heart of England Walking Pilgrimage from Worcester to Peterborough, 10th to 25th August.  The route takes in Worcester, Coventry and Peterborough cathedrals, and much splendid countryside, together with rest days in Warwick and Market Harborough.  Come for the whole journey or just an afternoon and experience walking as part of our travelling Christian community!  To find out more and book your place, visit www.thepilgrims.org.uk/book

CAFOD:  The Church relies on people getting involved.  Our parish, our community, our world needs you.  Could your New Year’s resolution be getting more involved in the life of our Church?  Which aspects of Church brings you life or joy?  Could you give a bit of time to help those parts flourish?  CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, is looking for people to give some time and join in its mission.  Could you help in your parish, inspiring our Church to help build a better world or by visiting our local schools?  Maybe you could raise a voice and campaign for justice, or perhaps speak for CAFOD throughout the area?  Could you support local volunteers or share your admin or people skills to help CAFOD keep costs low?  Roles are flexible to meet your availability, and full training and support are provided.  See cafod.org.uk/Volunteer for more information or get in touch with Will, the local CAFOD worker, on wcruddace@cafod.org.uk or 07710 094455.  Or could you take part in The Big Lent Walk? cafod.org.uk/walk


DO JUSTICE: FOR PARISHES is an opportunity, ideal for Lent, to take up Pope Francis’ invitation to become “a more synodal and missionary Church, a Church that adores God and serves the women and men of our time, going forth to bring everyone the consoling joy of the Gospel”.  Published by Caritas Social Action Network, it comprises three sessions with suggested follow-up, either as a ‘top up’ or review of mission for existing parish groups, or perhaps to set the ball rolling on work for social justice.  To find out more about running Do Justice locally visit bit.ly/dojusticenottingham

The ongoing reorganisation of the diocese, enabling us all to become more missionary in a way which recognises that we now have fewer clergy and fewer parishioners, continues to make steady progress.  To date the 108 parishes we had in 2017 have been reduced to 88, with 32 parishes having been amalgamated to form 12 new larger parishes.  Parishioners in all our parishes are on a journey of working more closely together, in a more missionary fashion, in our united effort to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ, and to put that love into practice across the East Midlands.

The diocese is producing a monthly podcast for the Year of Prayer called Encounter Prayer.  Each month a different type of prayer will be showcased; this first episode is given by Bishop Patrick who introduces the Year of Prayer, his hopes for it, and shares insights from his own prayer life.  The Podcasts can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and Audible by searching Diocese of Nottingham; they are also on the diocesan website: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/yearofprayer.



The latest edition of the Diocesan e-Magazine was published last week on the Feast of Saint Hugh of Lincoln.  Read and subscribe to receive it directly via email here: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news


For photographs of recent diocesan events, such as Mass in Honour of Saint Hugh, and Mass with the Commissioning of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, visit the diocesan flickr account (photographs website) at: www.flickr.com/photos/dioceseofnottingham/albums



The Diocesan Education Service is seeking to appoint a highly professional, motivated Governance Manager to join their small and friendly team.  This is a part-time / term time permanent appointment.  The post will start on 1st September, at a FTE salary of between £38k and £42k.  Applications should be received by noon, Monday 29th July.  More details can be found at www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/careers

Applications for The Briars Team 24/25 are now open!  If you are feeling called to a volunteer year at The Briars  you can find more information on our website or get in touch with us via any of our social medias @NDCYS or email programmeleader@ndcys.com

VACANCIES.  In response to the outcomes of our recent consultation the Diocese of Nottingham is pleased to announce two opportunities for individuals to assist in the mission of the diocese, though Young Adult Ministry and through Communication.  These new roles will provide key practical support in fulfilling and expanding the objectives of our small but effective one-person departments of Formation for Mission, Communications, and Outreach (Caritas).  To apply visit: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/careers


Our vision for the Diocese of Nottingham is to become a more outward-looking missionary Catholic community.  We are currently reorganising our parish and deanery structures, and to ensure we are supported in mission-focused initiatives the Diocese has launched a Mission Enabling Programme.  We must also develop a financial plan, one that is well informed and meets our needs.  Therefore after Easter we are commencing a consultative phase, with professional support, to gather opinions from parishioners about our funding strategies.  If you are asked please consider giving your views, through a one-to-one conversation or an at-Mass survey.  Please also pray for our mission and for this journey of discernment, that we can share the love and message of Christ more widely.

For the full message from Bishop Patrick, visit www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/news/consultation 



Tuesday, 29th November at 10am in St Hugh’s Church


You are invited to Deacon John Wilford's 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Diaconate, 

starting with 10am Mass at St Hugh's, followed by refreshments in the church hall. 




As I was supplying at St Peter and St Paul last Sunday and missed Father Patrick’s farewell Masses, I would like to take this opportunity to record my own appreciation and gratitude for Father Patrick’s ministry at St Hugh’s and in particular for his warm welcome to me when I came to St Hugh’s in February 2021. I hope that many of the initiatives he began, including the African Mass and the Bible Study Group will be able to continue. I join you all in praying for him and wishing him well in his new ministry at Shepshed in Leicestershire. 

Fr Eddy.

Mass at St Hugh’s for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


Please join us in St Hugh’s Church at 9am on Monday, 19th September 2022,
when we will celebrate a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of
Her Majesty the Queen.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. 

May she rest in peace.  Amen.

“May 'flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest'.”
(William Shakespeare) 


Hall Committee:  We are a ‘small’ group of retired people who arrange and put on parish events eg Harvest Supper, Christmas Party etc., and assist with work in the church and rectory when asked eg painting, gardening etc.  We need more people to join the team as the saying goes ‘more hands make light work’ and our hands are dwindling.  Please give it some thought and if you would like to join the team speak to Noel either after Mass or give him a ring: 07914 501706 or email: noel.harris@ntlworld.com


Flower Arrangers:  Please speak to Liz Thorley if you can help with arranging the church flowers.  This is usually done on a Thursday but we are flexible!  You can see Liz in the church most days, or contact her by email: ethorley@hotmail.co.uk  or leave your details with the parish secretary.


Church Cleaning:  We clean the church after the 10am Mass on Thursday.  Can you help?  If you can please speak to one of the existing team after Friday Mass - you can tell who they are as they will have a duster or a vacuum cleaner in their hands.  Many hands make light work, and we get-together in the church hall afterwards for a cuppa and a chat - we’d love to get to know you!  (Members of our Polish community clean the church on the 3rd Sunday of the month; we don’t clean on the Friday of that week.


Sunday Refreshments:  We need more people to join the refreshment rota.  Sunday morning Masses only.  Email the parish secretary if you can help: email: office@sthughslincoln.org.uk


MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PATRICK  (Friday, 18th March 2022)

To the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Nottingham

Regarding the situation in Ukraine

Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
In the light of the current crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Pope Francis will lead an Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this coming Friday, 25th March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, at 5pm Rome time (4pm UK time). 

The Bishops of England and Wales, in prayerful solidarity, will make the Act of Consecration in their Cathedrals at some suitable point that day. I will do so at the end of the 1pm Mass (with the Chapter), and I ask that you hold this prayer intention before your parishioners at all Masses on Friday. Please invite the children in their schools and the housebound, who are able, to pray the rosary (or a part of it) that day, so that everyone can be in prayerful solidarity with Pope Francis and the situation facing the people of Ukraine and Russia. 


From the Catholic Social Action Network
Below is a link to the CSAN Ukraine Toolkit.  This will be continually updated as more information is released by HM Government and other agencies regarding the support of Ukrainians arriving in this country.  Please make the link available to parishes and Caritas agencies across the dioceses.

One key piece of advice to parishioners who are applying to host is to link with an organisation with refugee experience.  The other main piece of advice is the decision by CSAN to focus on the Reset ‘matching’ service as the one to go to for people who wish to host, and indeed for Ukrainian people to register. There are a few options, but CSAN has decided to back Reset, with its experience of community sponsorship and knowledge in the field.

The weblink for Reset is here: https://www.homesforukraine.org.uk/

The weblink for the CSAN Ukraine Toolkit is here: https://www.csan.org.uk/ukraine/



With prayer and gratitude,


+ Patrick



(click on heading for link to the page)


Guidance for Churches - January 2022


The Synodal Process at St Hugh’S



By the time you read this article we will have had the second of our open parish meetings as part of our synodal journey. Hopefully next week we will be able to provide a summary of our

deliberations and an indication of any proposed actions which we as a parish can undertake to reach out to those who are marginalised or separated from the church.


Of course, not everyone is able to engage with parish meetings for a variety of different reasons. Therefore some people may wish to contribute to the synod process by answering the synod questions on the diocesan web-site: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/synod2023  If you click on the section ‘Have your say’ you will be taken through to the questions. This would also be a good way to encourage non church going family and friends to have their say in the process.

Pope Francis, Bishop Patrick, and hopefully all of us very much want to hear what they will have to say.


A reminder that the questions are:


· What is my dream for the Church, for my parish so that it can become more outward

looking and missionary?

· To achieve this what do we need to do differently or stop doing?

· How do I hear and respond to God’s Holy Spirit in my life, what signs of the Spirit at work do I see in the life of our parish?

· What steps may the Holy Spirit be calling us to take, on our journey into God’s future?

· As a parish do we know who are the people who feel marginalised or separated from the parish and society?

· How best can our parish respond? Suggest at least two identifiable ways in which, as a parish, we will reach out and listen to the marginalised or separated.


As you can see the questions go from the open ended to the very specific. It is important that we start from our dreams for the Church, but we are also asked to arrive at some definite actions that we as a parish will be able to take over the coming weeks and months.

You can also follow the Synodal process by following the QR code above.


The Synodal Process at St Hugh’s  



As a parish we have begun making our contributions to the diocesan phase of the Synodal

Process. Our first meeting was on Tuesday November 2nd, and we thank those who could make it. Attendance was very encouraging, though we are ready to welcome even more people in the next meetings.

It was observed by many during the meeting that our parish is blessed with rich cultural and

national diversity, and that we are a friendly parish with a welcoming and strong community

spirit. The children liturgy and the increasing presence and participation of young adults give both dynamism and hope to our parish life.

It was also observed that in spite of this general atmosphere of familyhood, the Masses are dull at times and a few people still feel marginalized or prefer to be uninvolved spectators who just

worship and hurriedly go away.

It was agreed that concerted efforts should be made to give all a sense of belonging, integration and commitment.  Also, the liturgy should be made more vibrant with music for the active

participation of all. The parish should engage more in outreach program to the sick, housebound  and those parishioners who find it difficult to attend church, as well as the homeless and charity

organisations in the community. This could be one way of practicing what we hear in church.   

Please join us as we continue to ask:  1) What is my dream for the Church, for my parish so

that it can be more outward looking and missionary?  2) To achieve this what do we need to do differently or stop doing?  3) How do I hear and respond to God’s Holy Spirit in my life, what signs of the Spirit at work do I see in the life of the parish?  4) What steps may the Holy Spirit be calling us to take, on our Journey to God’s future?  5)As a parish  do we know who are the

people who feel marginalised or separated from the parish as a society?  6) How best can our parish respond? Suggest at least two identifiable ways in which, as a parish, we will reach out and listen to the marginalised or separated.

The next two meetings take place in St Hugh’s church hall on Saturday, 13th November at 12noon, and Tuesday, 30th November at 10.30am.  If you didn’t attend the first meeting please try to attend one of the remaining meetings (or both). 

The synodal process invited us to journey together, and you can also answer the questions raised via the diocesan website: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/synod2023 or by following the QR code above.


Sir Edward Leigh MP our guest speaker on the topic of Faith and Politics. 29th October 2021

Questions were asked from written submissions and the attendees. The overall response was that a politician has a responsibility to the majority view. Notwithstanding that, a politician has a duty to pursue the concerns of each and every constituent no matter what their political persuasion. However, in extremis the politician would be obliged to follow what they perceive to be the overriding view of the majority.

That was how I interpreted Sir Edward’s response following my reading out to him the questions that had been posed.

It was a very interesting evening. Two major factors were brought to the floor that certainly illustrated the potential, if not actual, conflict between faith and politics.

The first was assisted dying, euthanasia. The second; on demand abortion at any time before birth. Needless to state that there was plenty of discussion. The general view was that neither was in the public interest or in accord with the principles of faith.

A further meeting with the same topic and a different member of parliament will take place in the New Year. Perhaps parishioners will be able to attend that meeting. Our meeting coordinator will keep you informed as to when it is.

 Yours fraternally

 Terence P O’Halloran ChFP FCII BSc (Hons) President Lincoln Catenian Circle

Message from Fr Matthew

"I would like to thank everybody who attended my leaving Mass on Thursday. I found the occasion very moving. 

Thanks also for the very kind collection for me which is very much appreciated. 

Please remember to keep me in your prayers and I will keep you in mine." 

(The photo below shows a few of the people who were at Fr Matthew's Mass - including Merdyn his dog!

The Synodal Process at St Hugh’S



As a parish we have been asked to contribute to the diocesan phase of the Synodal Process which has now begun.  Bishop Patrick has asked all parishes and chaplaincies to make tome to consider the following questions over the next few weeks.


· What is my dream for the Church, for my parish so that it can become more outward

looking and missionary?

· To achieve this what do we need to do differently or stop doing?

· How do I hear and respond to God’s Holy Spirit in my life, what signs of the Spirit at work do I see in the life of our parish?

· What steps may the Holy Spirit be calling us to take, on our Journey into God’s future?

· As a parish do we know who are the people who feel marginalised or separated from the parish and society?

· How best can our parish respond?  Suggest at least two identifiable ways in which, as a parish, we will reach out and listen to the marginalised or separated.


As you can see the questions go from the open ended to the very specific. It is important that we start from our dreams for the Church, but we are also asked to arrive at some definite actions that we as a parish will be able to take over the coming weeks and months.


In order that we may consider these matters together there will be three parish open meetings, taking place at different times with the hope that everyone might be able to get to at least one of the meetings. The dates and times are:


Tuesday 2 November at 7.30pm (after Mass for All Souls Day).

Saturday 13 November at 12 noon (after Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament)

Tuesday 30 November at 10.30am (after morning Mass)


The synodal process invites us to journey together but if for some reason people wish to respond individually to the questions, they can do so through the diocesan web site: www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/synod2023 or by following the QR code above.



This Sunday Pope Francis will launch a time of listening and discernment in preparation for the next worldwide Synod of Bishops in October 2023. This process will have a ‘diocesan phase’ which Bishop Patrick will launch this weekend by means of a pastoral letter. We will also have a special hour of prayer at 5pm prior to the usual 6pm Mass this Sunday.


‘To practice environmental Justice’, and ‘To conserve the environment for use by future generations’.  These would serve as our sixth and seventh  ecological work of mercy. The Psalm today reiterates that the earth is filled with God’s kindness and mercy, and that God ‘loves

justice and right’.  In God’s Oikos (household) therefore, Mercy, Justice and Righteousness are the underlying virtues for an integral ecology.  Our attempts to safeguard a home for all God’s creatures, ‘must integrate questions of justice…, so we can hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’.  (Pope Francis).  The earth’s resources are the common patrimony of all.

Environmental justice and righteous living will entail that: the benefits and burdens of the

environment are shared equitably.  In the face of the prevalent global inequality, environmental justice demands that our use of the earth’s resources should not deprive others the use of these resources.  Equally, no one should be allowed to suffer the consequences of environmental

degradation or resource depletion more than others.  It is also the demand of justice that we

observe the precautionary principle of forestalling any possible negative effects of human

activities on the environment whether the impacts of these actions are fully known in the present or not. This is true not only for technological innovations in the production of goods and

services, but also even in the formulation of global economic and political policies. Victims

of environmental pollution caused by multinational companies must be adequately compensated and their land rehabilitated, just as the polluters must be held accountable. The sustainable use

of earth’s resources implies too the needs of the future generation are taken into serious

consideration. We must take concrete steps to leave an environment fit for their own habitation. Intergenerational justice and ‘solidarity are not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us. It is an ‘ecological holocaust’ and grave injustice when multinational companies employ in poor developing

countries, extraction and production patterns that fall below globally approved standards and are even unacceptable in their home countries. The debt profile of many developing nations today would never allow them to grow out of poverty and underdevelopment. It is grave injustice

to continue the present global structure/policy of loans from international donors without an

accompanying moral obligation to monitor their use.  


Please join Fr Patrick for the final Reflection Service on the theme of ‘Living simply,

sustainably and in solidarity’.  Which will take place in St Peter and St Paul Parish Hall on Wednesday, 20th October at 7pm.  You are all invited!





Work has begun to restore the tower at St Hugh's, in Lincoln! Throughout 2021, they aim to complete as much of the work as possible to ensure the tower is both safe and retains its character as a Grade II listed building. If you would like to contribute financially to the works currently being undertaken, please post any donations in an envelope marked ‘St Hugh’s Tower Fund' St Hugh's Church, Broadgate, Lincoln, LN2 5AQ or by donating here: https://tinyurl.com/szwj8r4t 







Extracts from a decree of Bishop Patrick regarding St Francis of Assisi Bardney:


Whereas a church, which is a sacred building intended for divine worship may be allowed by the Bishop to be transferred to a secular but not unbecoming purpose if grave reasons suggest that it should no longer be used for divine worship;


And whereas the Reverend Matthew Jakes, the then Parish Priest of the Parish of Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Lincoln with Saint Francis, Bardney, petitioned me requesting that the Church be so transferred;


And whereas the Council of Priests was consulted regarding the proposed transfer on 15 February 2021, and gave its approval to the proposed transfer;


And whereas there is no one who could claim rights over the church, and the good of souls would not be harmed by the transfer since there will still be one church within the parish;


I, the undersigned Right Reverend Patrick Joseph McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham, in accordance with Canon 1222, do hereby decree:


That the Church of Saint Francis, situated in Station Road, Bardney be transferred to secular but not unbecoming use;


That this decree shall come into effect on Tuesday 31 August.


And that administrative recourse may be made in accordance with the prescriptions of Canons 1732-1739;


Given at Nottingham on 16 April 2021 and made public on Sunday 23 May 2021.


+ Patrick

Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham


A copy of the full text of the decree is available from the parish office at St Hugh’s


Pastoral Letter for the 7th Sunday of Easter - Diocesan Safeguarding Sunday



Reflection by the Bishops of England and Wales

The Day of the Lord






The Diocesan Building and Sites Commission have given the go ahead for the work on the church tower to proceed and the scaffolding company will be on site this week to build up the scaffolding to the top of the tower. Hopefully the necessary work can be done during the summer months. I am sure people will have a number of questions about what this all means:  Please do not enter the site area without checking with the workers on site.


How much will it cost? The contract price, reconfirmed by the main contractor, is £315,000 + VAT + professional fees. As the church is a listed building we will be able to reclaim the VAT but adding in professional fees we can expect a cost of about £350,000.


Where will the money come from? Despite our best efforts it is clear that we will not be eligible for any ‘lottery heritage funding’. As a parish we can commit £150,000 from

our ‘savings’ whilst still retaining some money (£20,000) for any unexpected but

necessary expenditure in the coming years. Thank you to all who have helped with fund raising so far, your efforts over the past 2 years have brought in approximately £34,000 for the Tower Fund and this has reduced the amount that we will need to borrow.


How will we borrow the remainder of the money? The diocese is offering us a ‘hybrid’ loan. The first £60,000 we will repay as a conventional diocesan loan over 15 years. Based on current interest rates this will mean a repayment of just short of £5,000 per year. Paying off this part of the loan will need to be a major focus for parish fund raising over the coming years. The remainder of the money (anything up to £140,000) will be lent to us from the ‘poor and needy parishes fund’ on an indefinite and interest free basis. We would repay this from any capital receipts (e.g. legacies) that might come into the parish over the coming years. If there are no such receipts then as a last resort consideration would be given to the rental or the sale of the Rectory to pay

off this debt.


I know it will come as a shock to move overnight from being a parish with savings in the bank to being a parish in debt to the diocese, however the work to the tower is

necessary and can’t be delayed any longer. I hope we can work together as a parish

to pay off the debt we will incur. I hope too that others in the city and beyond who

appreciate St Hugh’s will help us. However it is also important that as a parish we do not lose sight of other matters and not least the importance of being outward looking and missionary as we are being called to be, not only by our diocesan Bishop and by Pope Francis, but above all by the Lord himself. 

With good wishes and prayers,  Fr Eddy.


Fr Eddy’s Homily for Reception into Church and Vigil Mass for Deacon Peter Brogan RIP

In the few minutes that I have available this evening I am not able to give a full account of Peter’s life and ministry, and I am conscious that his children have prepared a eulogy which we will hear at the end of our Mass. However I would like to share a few thoughts based around the readings that Mary and the family have chosen for this Mass.


The First reading (Wisdom 4:7-15) speaks about the virtuous man who dies before his time. Peter was a virtuous man, and by the law of averages we can say that he died before his time. After all, 67 is these days a young age to die, and I am sure that Mary, his children, and his grandchildren, had hopes and indeed reasonable expectations of many more years of Peter’s company. But they, and others, will have heard Peter say on more than one occasion, ‘If the Lord wants me, I am ready’. Although Peter may have died suddenly, he was not unprepared. Perhaps we can truly apply some the sentiments of this reading to him, ‘He has sought to please God, so God has loved him’ … ‘his soul being pleasing to the Lord, he has taken him quickly’ … ‘grace and mercy await the chosen of the Lord, and protection his holy ones’.


The Second Reading (1 John 3:1-2) contains a phrase often used by Peter, ‘we are already the children of God’. This was part of his underlying attitude to life, that we are all

children of God. This helped Peter to welcome and accept all people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. Although quite conventional and even traditional in his own outlook, he would happily interact with anyone that life brought him into contact with. Whether in his working life in the fire service, or his ministry in parish and school, I am sure he would have faced many difficult and challenging situations, and he was able to face them with the faith and confidence that comes from knowing deep down that he and everyone is loved by God. Moreover as this reading reminds us, we can rejoice not only in what we have now, but also in what is promised to us for the future, that ‘we shall see God as he really is’. Our prayer for Peter tonight and tomorrow is that he is already experiencing this reality.


In the Gospel Reading (John 6:51-58) Jesus promises that whoever does ‘eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life’. Peter not only attended Mass on a Sunday but he tried

to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion each and every day. When he was working on the school minibuses he would often come into Mass at St Peter and St Paul once he had completed his morning duties. I understand that Peter was at Mass and at Holy Communion here at St Hugh’s on the morning of his death, the best reassurance that he was indeed prepared and ready to meet the Lord when the Lord called him to himself later that day.


The Responsorial Psalm, which is based on Psalm 103, also contains a word for us tonight. Even in our sorrow and sadness we are invited to ‘Bless the Lord and worship his holy name’. Peter’s earthly journey and ministry is over. As a deacon he proclaimed the Gospel in word and deed, he had a heart for the poor and vulnerable, and he assisted at the liturgy of the church as befitted his role as a deacon. He now takes his place in the liturgy of heaven. There he will be ‘blessing the Lord and worshipping his holy name’. I am sure his word to us now would be another of his favourite phrases, ‘God is good!’ and that he would invite us to join with him in singing the praises of God who has safely gathered

Peter to himself and one day will gather us to himself too.





"When I became aware that I was to move to St Hugh’s one of the things I was looking forward to was the opportunity to work together with Deacon Peter Brogan who I had known for many years.  The Lord had other plans and sadly one of my first duties at St Hugh’s will be to preside at his funeral liturgies.


Peter was ordained a deacon in the same year that I was ordained a priest (1993) and our paths have often crossed at diocesan events and gatherings.  During my time at St Peter and St Paul I would often see Peter at daily Mass and he would always be willing to help with funerals, baptisms, and anything else that was required.  However I do know that his great love was for St Hugh’s and that it is here that he was most active in ministry and I am sure that many of you will have reason to be grateful for the ways he will have supported you and your families in happy times and in sad times.


Peter’s funeral liturgies take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  In normal times we would expect to have a packed church, however the Covid rules mean that we are limited to a congregation of 30 and attendance in person can only be by invitation."

We will be streaming Peter's Reception into Church on Tuesday evening at 6pm, and his Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 10am.  If you would like to attend virtually you can do so through via the following links.  Live streaming will commence 5 minutes before the planned start time of each event.

Reception into Church: https://youtu.be/0tNx2a92vMA  

Requiem Mass:  https://youtu.be/FlBCW_LyC6w 





Bishop Patrick has asked Fr Matthew to become Parish Priest of the four parishes of Holy Souls, and St Bernadette’s, Scunthorpe, St Norbert’s Crowle, and St Thomas of Canterbury, Gainsborough.  It is a huge responsibility, and he will be assisted by Fr Liam Carpenter.  Fr Matthew will be leaving St Hugh’s the week beginning 15th February.  Hopefully sometime in the future we will be able to welcome Fr Matthew back for a ‘farewell’ Mass, and s party in the church hall.


Our new Parish Priest will be Canon Edward Jarosz (Fr Eddy) who will reside at St Hugh’s Rectory with Fr Patrick assisting him.  Fr Eddy will also remain the Parish Priest of St Peter and St Paul Church, Lincoln, where he will be assisted by Canon Geoffrey Hunton.


Whilst we are all sad to hear that Fr Matthew is leaving us, we are very glad that Canon Eddy is our new priest and welcome him to his new home when he takes up his ministry at St Hugh’s at the beginning of Lent.


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