Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q1.1

The bishop’s first question: what do you think of the proposed links between parishes, etc., in general?

Are they:

  • Necessary
  • Somewhat necessary
  • Neither necessary nor unnecessary
  • Somewhat unnecessary
  • Unnecessary

What other remarks do you have about the proposals in general (not the specific one affecting our own parish)?


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Fr Martin Sylvester is the dean of Nottingham West deanery, and parish priest of Long Eaton.
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5 Responses to Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q1.1

  1. Martin says:

    Is the general idea of linking parishes to avoid or delay closing churches one we support? Do we have any other reflections on the proposals?

    • Judy Spittle says:

      The linking of parishes is necessary. An alternative is to have Mass Centres, and for people to go to the one which is most convenient to them. For example, Long Eaton is modeled geographically round three main roads – Derby Road, Nottingham Road and Tamworth Road.

      Buses running along Tamworth Road travel (1) to Sandiacre and Ilkestone and (2) to Beeston and Nottingham. No buses travelling along Tamworth Road go to Borrowash. It would be sensible, therefore, for people living along this road to go to Sandiacre or Beeston in the absence of Masses in Long Eaton.

      Buses on Sundays to Beeston travelling from The Green run roughly every 20 minutes until 10.40 am, then every 10 minutes until 6.10 pm when they revert to every 20 minutes: To Borrowash they run every hour until 10.13 am and then every half-hour 4.59 pm when they revert to hourly.

  2. Alf Lees says:

    Hi Father.
    It is with great sadness I read the Bishops proposals to link parishes. No doubt we will do all we can to adapt to the changes once they have been decided and no doubt it is a good thing to get parishioners more involved in the running of their church. However it seems to me that it is only a matter of time before we are looking to close churches and to further link those that remain. I have arrived at this view from looking at the age profile of the priests in service. We have known that the lack of vocations has been a problem for years and yet the Church seems either unable or unwilling to do anything about it. We have a situation today where married priests from the Anglican community can now be Catholic priest and yet young men considering the priesthood are not allowed to marry. Surely this is inconsistent and must be proving a barrier to future vocations. With a new Pope maybe the time is right to allow priests to marry and have families. Unless we do I can see no alternative to the continuing decline in the number of priests and parishes.

  3. ashton m says:

    clearly there is aproblem but i feel the proposals indicate that very little thought has gone into which parishes to pair by the author of the proposal. the idea of linking long eaton with borrowash is a clear indication of yhis. the distances and available transport would place a great deal of hardship on the parisheners of both parishes. Surely Stapleford which is close to the parish would be a better proposal for long eaton

  4. Mary Bradford says:

    i can see the need to link Parishes due to the increasing age of our current priests and the apparent lack of younger priests. However I feel that more thought needs to go into which Parishes are linked – more local knowledge is needed (not just our situation but throughout the diocese), as already mentioned above. Hopefully the consultations with all Parishes will provide that.

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