On Monday 7 November, Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP launched You are Living Stones, a consultation on the parochial structure of the Diocese of Nottingham. This will affect every parish in the Diocese, and all parishioners are asked to read the document, reflect upon it and discuss it among themselves and with their parish priests. The Bishop said:
‘I hope that as we begin this prayerful consultation, we will be willing to embrace what is right for the Church in our local communities. Always having the Lord as our source of inspiration and goal, we need to make sure that the Church in our Diocese has a strong basis for building into the future. To do this, we must work together to express that desire of St Peter when he wrote that we “may be living stones making a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer the spiritual sacrifices made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. May this consultation be a source of great joy, blessing and hope for us all.’
This blog was set up firstly to enhance participation in the Living Stones process by the Catholic communities in the the two Nottingham deaneries in the diocese. We hope (“we” being the two deans, Fr Martin Sylvester & Fr Peter Vellacott) that it may also go on to serve as a useful resource — perhaps a forum for discussion — for Catholics in and around Nottingham.