‘As I’m sure you are all aware, the Year of Mercy will be officially starting on the 8th December 2015. The Holy Father announced this in the Papal Bull “Misericordiae Vultus” (The Face of Mercy). His intention is that the ‘balm of mercy’ should reach everyone and that this would be a sign that the Kingdom of God is present in our midst! Pope Francis said: “Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always, let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.” As well as an opportunity for our own spiritual growth it is also a time to reflect upon the corporal and spiritual works of mercy – our love in action.’ Bishop Patrick McKinney
On Tuesday morning, 8th December, at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, surrounded by his clergy, consecrated religious, the laity and dozens of school children, Bishop Patrick McKinney celebrated The Opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
Then, notwithstanding his heavy schedule, Bishop Patrick came to join us here at St Mary’s Church, to mark our celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the extension of this church. It was a memorable celebration: The church looked splendid! Our Lady’s altar was beautifully decorated and the liturgy enhanced by the excellent singing led by the Sunday Choir and the St Mary’s Singers with musical accompaniment from all our music groups and instrumentalists, and our ever attentive, helpful altar servers. We thank those who provided the Prosecco, refreshments and celebratory cake afterwards and of course the History Group and all their research in producing the St. Mary’s Story to which the Bishop made special reference.
Fr Philip Sainter
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