The courses listed within the handbook are not exhaustive and additional courses will be arranged during the year.  Schools will also receive email notifications of all courses that are being arranged.  The handbook will be updated on a regular basis throughout the year and schools will be informed of this too.

Booking details are at the back of the handbook.  For further information, please contact Helen Helan (coursebookings@nottingham-des.org.uk).


The Diocese of Nottingham’s celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy began joyfully when a large congregation gathered in Saint Barnabas’ Cathedral in Nottingham on Tuesday 8th December for an uplifting liturgy to mark the beginning of the Jubilee.

Some 100 priests and over 500 representatives of parishes, chaplaincies, religious houses and schools from across the East Midlands were present, and many more watched a live stream of the Mass on the Diocese’s Jubilee website, www.bemerciful.co.uk

In his homily, Bishop Patrick McKinney explained the importance of the Holy Door that he had opened at the beginning of Mass:

Today, here in this Cathedral, in response to Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Holy Doors of mercy have been opened and blessed. May our walking through them, and other ‘Doors of Mercy’ in other parts of our Diocese this Jubilee Year, be an expression of our deeper desire, not to hide from God because of our sins, but instead, to open our own lives more and more to God’s mercy, especially in the healing sacrament of Reconciliation. May they also be doors through which we go out into the world as ambassadors of God’s mercy and compassion, bearing witness to his mercy in the way we try to live our lives and relate to others!

Everyone present was given a prayer card, featuring an image of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and a wristband, with the seven corporal works of mercy written on them. These express the two aspects of the Jubilee, that we should seek the mercy of God, by repentance and seeking reconciliation with God and our neighbour, and show the mercy of God by living the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

The Mass, which began with a procession to the Cathedral through the Holy Door, featured both traditional choral music and contemporary worship music, a reminder of the breadth and depth of the Catholic tradition, prayers read by students from the Becket Catholic School in Nottingham and the reading of part of Pope Francis’ bull of indiction, Misericordiae vultus. A collection was taken to support the work of Emmanuel House, a charity that supports the homeless in the City of Nottingham.

Download this file (15-12-08 Homily.docx)Homily

Let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he takes up office. 

O God, who in your providential design
willed that your Church be built
upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other Apostles,
look with favour, we pray, on Francis our Pope
and grant that he, whom you have made Peter’s successor,
may be for your people a visible source and foundation
of unity in faith and of communion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Statement by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham
and the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Anglican Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham


As Bishops, and together with leaders of Christian Churches and other faiths in Nottinghamshire, we encourage the people of our city and county to stand in solidarity with all those who are seeking refuge from countries torn apart by conflict, and to offer them a warm welcome.

For Christians, a vital part of our faith is offering compassion to those who are in need and recognising the fundamental dignity of every human being.  Christians are not just asked to pray for others, but to be generous in giving to support and welcome those who are in need.

In a statement on the refugee crisis facing Europe and the Middle East, the Archbishop of Canterbury said, ‘We need a holistic response to this crisis that meets immediate humanitarian need while tackling its underlying drivers.’ For some, that will mean following Pope Francis’ suggestion of welcoming refugees to their homes. For others, it will mean responding positively to appeals, at a national, regional and local level, for money and clothing to give to those who have nothing. We hope that people will be creative in working together across the whole community to do whatever they can to help the refugees who have suffered so much. Many churches have already taken up the opportunity to respond in practical and creative ways.

As a nation, we cannot and should not turn our backs on the needs of so many people, whoever they are and wherever they are from. This country has a proud history of offering hospitality and aid to those who are in need. Our Churches will play their full part in calling upon the Government and local authorities to do as much as possible to welcome refugees to this country, and to work with them to support in practical ways those who settle here.


Rt Rev Paul Williams                                                              Rt Rev Patrick McKinney
Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham                                   Bishop of Nottingham

10th September 2015