Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q2.4

If the two parishes are to share one priest, what should happen to the Saturday Vigil  Mass?

  • Cancel it
  • Keep it at St Francis
  • Share it between the two parishes

Which of these do you want? Which of these do you think is best?


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Fr Martin Sylvester is the dean of Nottingham West deanery, and parish priest of Long Eaton.
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3 Responses to Responding to Bishop Malcolm’s proposals: Q2.4

  1. Martin says:

    For the Vigil Mass on Saturday night, three options have been identified.

    Cancel it. Fewer than fifty people attend some weeks, and there are Saturday night Masses in Beeston and Derby available to people for whom any move to Sunday morning would cause intolerable hardship. Although there is not presently enough room in St Francis on Sunday morning for the people from Saturday night, there could be space if some Sunday worshippers from St Francis decide to worship at St Hugh when the Sunday Mass times change.

    Keep it as it is: Saturday 6pm in St Francis.

    Share it: celebrate the Saturday Vigil Mass at St Francis on (say) the first and third (and any fifth) Saturdays, and at St Hugh’s on the second and fourth. If St Hugh’s Sunday Mass does change time, gaining a Vigil Mass twice a month might soften the blow. Would it be confusing to have the Vigil Mass in one parish some weeks, and another, the others?
    Are there other options for the Saturday Vigil Mass? Which option do we prefer, and why?

  2. Judy Spittle says:

    I think that the idea of sharing it is not practical, as it would mess the routine of people in both parishes. On the other hand if the two parishes shared a Sunday Bulletin presumably that would remind people where this Mass was each week. Again, it would probably to develop a routine of going to Beeston.

    I believe it would be important to stick to one church, once you have decided, in order to maintain community.

  3. Mary Bradford says:

    The idea of sharing means that you have to have very good notice boards and newsletters to keep parishoners and especially visitors informed. This is what happens in France. Personally I would like to keep it at St Francis at 6pm, i know there is an evening mass at Beeston but 5.30pm is I think too early.

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