Records of the parish of Holy Trinity date back as far as the 1830s. There was a Roman Catholic presence in the area long before that.
Street names like Friary Road, not to mention The Friary itself (now private residencies) are ample evidence of monastic ministry during the middle ages.
The current building was consecrated in 1979 and is situated adjacent to Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School along with the Community & Partnership Centre which was opened in 2005. This is a replacement for the church in Parliament Street which still holds fond memories for older parishioners.
For anybody wanting to learn more about the history of the Catholic Church in Newark, a two-part PDF document has been produced by parishioner Francis Towndrow which can be downloaded by clicking the following links: Part 1 and Part 2
Current news items...
Statement by Bishop Malcolm upon the Resignation of the Holy Father
Along with Catholics throughout the world, I was shocked and surprised to learn of Pope Benedict XVI's intention to resign this morning. During his seven years as Pope, he has made a big impact on the Catholic Church and beyond, in his teaching, in his demeanour and in the example which he has given of fidelity to his calling, and he has been an ardent and faithful servant of the Gospel. None of us can forget his Apostolic Visit to this country in 2010.
Catholics in the Diocese of Nottingham will all be praying for Pope Benedict as he prepares for his retirement, and for the College of Cardinals as they prepare to meet in Rome to elect his successor. The election of a Pope is a key moment in the life of the Church, and I hope and pray that the Cardinals will make a wise choice, guided as they will be by the Holy Spirit.
Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Bishop of Nottingham
Education Sunday, 2013 at Holy Trinity.
“Education Sunday is an opportunity for parishes and schools to come together in their support of Catholic Education. The CES would like to take this opportunity to thank staff, parishioners and pupils for their continual support of Catholic schools.”
Six former pupils of Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School who are now at All Saints’ Catholic Comprehensive School, Mansfield shared their experience of Catholic Education.
- 7.00pm Mass Eleanor McGahey and James Miller
- 10.00am Mass Niamh Logue and Ruth Fisher
- 6.30pm Mass Adam Welsher and Wendy Della Cerra
Today is Education Sunday, On this day, we celebrate and thank God for the gift of education, especially our Catholic Education. We are students of All Saints’ Catholic School in Mansfield
In All Saints’ school we are encouraged to use our God given talents to the best of our ability, and to explore our faith, so that we can become closer to God. Our school Mission Statement is this;
“Through Catholic values and principles, every person at All Saints' School will achieve their full potential: spiritually, academically, morally, socially and physically”
In our school we begin every day with our whole school prayer, during tutor time, we reflect and pray in many different ways. We have regular assemblies, which are led by our teachers and by students in the school which help us learn more about important Feast Days and Catholic values. We also have a chaplaincy team of students, who come together to plan liturgies, Masses for Feast days and assemblies.
At All Saints’ we are very proud of our school Chapel, we have a school chaplain, Fr Higgins, who comes into our school to meet up with students and to celebrate voluntary Mass with us every Friday; every week a different Form prepares the weekly Mass. The Form will come together to choose the readings, write prayers and prepare a Gospel reflection; this is done in different ways, we use drama, power-points, music and artwork. In our school we also have an assistant Chaplain called Delia who helps to support us in all aspects of the Catholic life of the school. We are also visited regularly by other priests in the deanery.
Fundraising plays an important part in All Saints’ last year we raised £2600 for CAFOD, raising money for such an important cause is very worthwhile. It is also good fun, we had a sponsored fancy dress, had cake sales and competitions to raise money. Every year we also raise money for the charity Faith in Families, our school also takes part in Family Fast Day. All Saints’ is a Fair Trade school, we have a fair trade stall every week and at school events, we learn about the important work of Fair Trade in assemblies and in our lessons.
There are many opportunities to explore our faith, further; in Year 7, 8, 9 & 11 we are invited to go on retreat to the Briars in Crich. This is a great opportunity together to focus more on our faith, it’s also good fun. Every year some of our 6th Form students take part in the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes; this is a very rewarding experience and again allows students to focus more on their faith.
Thank you for listening to us speak about our Catholic Education, we hope that you will take some time to look at our school display in Church.
“What we desire as guardians of Catholic schools is to ensure that our schools offer the best education possible to our young people so ‘that they may have life, and have it to the full’ (John 10:10). This means offering them a high quality academic, personal, social, physical, spiritual and moral education built on the solid foundation of the teachings and practice of the Catholic faith. What we want is to support parents in educating our young people so that they have every opportunity to flourish as confident and courageous Catholics; to become those who know how to give something back, to work for the common good.” CES
Education Sunday is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone involved in the world of education. For more than 100 years there has been an annual recognition of Education Sunday in England and Wales.
You are Living Stones
On Monday 7 November 2011, Bishop Malcolm 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.’
Download the full document here
Parish Pastoral Team
The first meeting of the newly formed Parish Pastoral Team
was held on Tuesday 22nd May at 8.00pm, Most of our parish
groups were represented. Details of the conversations can be found in this document.
Suggestions of groups are available in hard copy by request and will be emailed to all participants
and interested parties.
A series of Powerpoint presentations used at the meeting can be opened or downloaded here:
Please note: Microsoft Powerpoint needs to be installed on your computer in order to read these presentations.
CWL Diamond Celebration
In June 1952, six ladies from Holy Trinity Parish, Newark set up the local branch of The Catholic Women's League. On Thursday 19th April following 12 noon Mass, Monica Burton and Hildegaard Fisher of the early meetings enjoyed the meal provided by the present group in the company of guests from Stamford, Sleaford and Lincoln.
The diocesan President Odette Millar and the spiritual director Fr Michael Lynch assisted the local President Freda Richmond for the cutting of the cake. A history of the CWL Newark has been assembled and can be viewed here along with a selection of photographs from the lunch.
The New Translation
Did you know that the translation of the Mass that we previously used has changed? The texts we had before had been in use since 1970 and in September we began to use a new translation. For further information click here.
Holy Trinity Community & Partnership Centre and the Community Challenge
We are pleased to have been chosen as one of 17 projects nationally. The Diocese, Parish and RE: generate have been working together over the last 6 months to explore the potential of community animating and organising models, and to introduce the RE: congregate programme to the area. Our vision is to increase our impact with harder to reach communities within Newark and to tackle the roots of issues facing our neighbourhood. The Holy Trinity Partnership has physical assets and human resources that can and should be made available to those who are facing particular disadvantage – and we are keen to look at creative ways of engaging, motivating and mobilising people in developmental, transformational and organised action to tackle root causes, address immediate needs and build local sustainability and resilience.
Fr Michael O’Donoghue will lead the project of behalf of the Holy Trinity Partnership. The Holy Trinity Partnership will commission Re:generate to bring their unique community engagement and organising process, skills and expertise to the locality.
RE:generate will work directly with the Partnership team and provide an experienced team of trained animator/organiser(s) and senior managers/training staff, to deliver the Listening-Matters process and training for transformation programme. The RE:generate team will train and mentor parishioners and members of the local community to co-deliver the Root Solution-Listening Matters engagement process in the parish and surrounding neighbourhoods.
The relationship will benefit the Holy Trinity Partnership by:
- boosting and extending volunteer skills
- extending and deepening a strong base of experience, volunteering and activism within the parish community into the wider, diverse and secular communities across the neighbourhood
- unearthing undeveloped and hidden talents – and engaging new volunteers
- Developing new skills, insights, leadership and effective process to fulfil the partnership mission and aims of empowering people who experience disadvantage.
RE:generate will benefit from the opportunity to pilot their RE:congregate model with a strongly rooted, socially committed faith based organisation located in an area of significant disadvantage – enabling demonstration/comparison of their community animating and organising models in relation to the Big Society.
The Holy Trinity Partnership and RE:generate will both benefit from the opportunity to work with NESTA and to learn from other organisations on a national programme. We will:
- Be open to working in new ways throughout the lifetime of the project
- Participate in rigorous evaluation and share learning publicly
- Work openly with NESTA and any partner organisations to develop the skills and capacity to deliver the project
- Act as an impartial distributor of funds and to put in place a process to do this fairly and impartially in the local neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood Challenge is being run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) with support from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). It will work with community organisations and community organisers to demonstrate how people, when equipped with the right skills and small amounts of money, can devise new and imaginative ways to get people involved in tackling local issues together.
Please click here for link to the Community Challenge blogs.
Fr Michael O’Donoghue
Christian Aid Lunches