HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2023 AT NOTTINGHAM CATHEDRAL
Friday 8th September -Saturday 16th September 2023
With a special focus on the ‘Restoring Pugin’ project, guided tours, expert talks, an exhibition of Cathedral treasures and family art workshops
(including provision for families with additional needs) will form the Cathedral’s offering for this year’s Heritage Opening Days.
All are welcome. For timings and more details see here:
MESSAGES FROM THE DIOCESE
Annual Altar Servers Mass
Knights of Saint Columba
On Sunday 27th August, as part of a national tour organised by the Knights of Saint Columba, the relics of three Scottish saints will be visiting our Diocese. The relics of Saint Andrew (apostle, martyr and Patron of Scotland), Saint Columba, and Saint Margaret of Scotland (Patron of Mothers) will arrive at Good Shepherd church, Woodthorpe, prior to 8.00am Mass, and will remain until 6.45pm. The relics will then travel to Our Lady of Lourdes church, Mickleover, for veneration from 9.00am on 29th until 10.30am on 30th. They will then move to Our Lady and Saint Thomas of Hereford, Ilkeston, for 31st August, before leaving the Diocese.
At this time we remember the devastation caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the atomic bombs were dropped, on 6 and 9 August 1945, and we pray that nuclear weapons will be abolished so that they can never be used again. In his message, ‘A Culture of Care as a Path to Peace’, Pope Francis asks, ‘How many resources are spent on weaponry, especially nuclear weapons, that could be used for more significant priorities such as ensuring the safety of individuals, the promotion of peace and integral human development, the fight against poverty, and the provision of health care’. In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi. Their website suggests many ways we can all promote peace in our daily lives, including activities for families to do at home: https://paxchristi.org.uk
CITY OF LINCOLN CIVIC SERVICE
St Hugh’s will host the City of Lincoln Civic Service this Sunday, 12th March at 3pm. The Civic Service brings together the Civic Party (Mayor, Sheriff, and their consorts), members of the city council, and invited guests from other local authorities to give thanks for the Civic Year which draws to a close in May. The service will consist of hymns, readings, and prayers, and the school choir from St Peter and St Paul Catholic VoluntaryAcademy will be taking part. Parishioners are invited to attend and also join the guests in the Hall for the hospitality that will be offered after the event.
DEACON JOHN WILFORD’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION
NOVEMBER BLESSING OF GRAVES
LINCOLN CHORALE CONCERT
“God Save the King” a concert by the Lincoln Chorale conducted by Mark Wilde with Jeffrey Makinson on Organ and The Lindum Baroque Orchestra on 29th October at 7.30pm. The music is all by Handel, including the Coronation Anthems (Zadok the Priest etc), the Ode on the Birthday of Queen Anne and “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale” Organ concerto. Tickets are £20 for the first few rows, or £15 or £5 for full time students from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/558495/ or on the door.
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.
Mass at St Hugh’s for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
FR PATRICK'S WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY CLASS
CAN YOU HELP!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Synodal Process at St Hugh’S
The Synodal Process at St Hugh’s
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
THE SYNODAL PATHWAY BEGINS - WE ARE INVITED TO JOURNEY TOGETHER
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.
As the restrictions on Covid ease the parish team are constantly reviewing our procedures to ensure the minimum of restrictions consistent with our safety. We are now having singing at some Masses and altar servers will be coming back onto the sanctuary soon. We are hoping to restart a formal reader's rota for Sunday Masses and anyone wishing to become a reader should speak to a member of the Clergy. We will also start inviting thecongregation to offer a sign of peace. A physical sign should only be made with familymembers with a gesture or smile being made to others in the congregation. We would remind you that communion in the hand is the preferred way of receiving but if you wish to receive the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue please come up at the end of the line and allow the minister time to sanitise their hands. Deacon Kevin
HOMILY FOR THE 26TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (26th September 2021)
Pulpit Announcement for Sunday 18 July 2021
TOWER FUND MY GIVING LINK
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
If someone in your household displays symptoms of Covid19, then please stay at home. If you are in the shielding category, then please continue to protect yourself by staying at home as per government guidance, and praying for the Parish community.
PRAYER FOR PRIESTLY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS
Almighty God, we pray, give us holy priests to strengthen us in our Christian calling,
that we may be more closely conformed to Christ and share more effectively in his saving work.
Through their ministry at the altar, and by their administration of the sacraments,
may our lives be sanctified and become more closely associated with the redemptive sacrifice of Christ.
As they preach the Gospel and teach the faith may we be inspired to dedicate ourselves to the work of evangelisation.
As they serve our parishes may we be led into deeper communion of faith, hope and charity.
O God, bless our diocese also with men and women who will serve the mission of the Church
by taking religious vows, inspiring us with lives consecrated to you.
Mary Immaculate - pray for us, Saint Hugh of Lincoln - pray for us,
all the saints of our Diocese - pray for us. Amen.
OFFICIAL PRAYER OF THE YEAR
Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.
Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us how to live for one another.
Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be your witnesses
throughout the world. Amen.
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