The Cathedral Parish is a vibrant and diverse community with many organisations and groups associated with it. You can find information about the various groups below and also on the ‘Events’ section of our website.
The Cathedral has a proud and long musical tradition. For more information about the different choirs and music groups involved in the parish check out our Music Pages.
Children’s Liturgy Group
Our Children’s Liturgy is open to all children who have not yet received their First Holy Communion. It is coordinated by Eva Kerry and takes place during the 10am Sunday Mass. Its role is to bring the faith alive for our children and to help them learn about the Word of God. Any parents or parishioners who feel able to give some time to help with the sessions would be most welcome (completing an enhanced DBS check is essential). If you are interested in assisting or leading Children’s Liturgy please contact Eva on 07946 274 129
The Guild of St Stephen
Founded in 1904 in London, all Altar Servers are eligible for membership of the Guild. After at least six months serving, during which time a new Altar Server will be trained in the various duties they will undertake, they are enrolled into the Guild and presented with a Bronze Medal. This enrolment usually happens during Mass on the 26th December, the Feast of St Stephen. Altar Servers make a three-fold promise to serve with reverence, regularity and understanding. This is encouraged through devotion to the Mass, and a greater involvement in the life of the Church. Membership is open to all who have made their First Holy Communion. To find out more speak to one of our priests or deacon after Mass or contact the Cathedral office.
Cathedral Flowers Arrangers
Flower arranging at the Cathedral is a weekly task that requires many volunteers. Currently we have a small team of flower arrangers who help keep the Cathedral in an array of beautiful floral arrangements. If you would like to be part of this friendly and creative team, even on an ad-hoc basis, please contact Mary Mulvenny on 01332 872 147.
The stewards are a large team of volunteers who are present at all weekend Masses and also support the larger diocesan events or concerts the Cathedral regularly hosts. They offer a warm welcome to all who attend the Cathedral and ensure the safety of the congregation/audience at various celebrations and events. They are coordinated by Robert Whitehead and if you would like to get involved in this ministry, please contact the Cathedral Office in the first instance.
Women of St Barnabas
This is a group of volunteers who have been formed to lighten the responsibilities of the key areas of Cathedral life and to support Cathedral events. If you are interested in helping out at the Cathedral but cannot commit to rotas, this might be the group for you. And it’s not all work, a key element of the group is getting to know parishioners, socialise and having some fun. Please contact the Cathedral Office for more details.
Friday Lunches Group
On the First Friday of the month from September to July, a simple and inexpensive lunch is prepared by a group of volunteers and served between 12 noon and 2pm in the Cathedral Hall. All are welcome to join and it is a great opportunity to meet friends or make new friends. There is also usually a bric-a-brac stall. Besides providing the opportunity for a regular social gathering, the lunches raise around £5000 a year for the parish.
Christus Vivit Young Adults Group
On the first Thursday of the month, the Cathedral is pleased to host the diocesan young adults group ‘Christus Vivit’ for a time of prayer, input and fellowship. Open to young adults aged 18-35, the evening begins in the Cathedral from 6.15pm with a time of adoration, prayer and the opportunity for confession. This is followed by a talk on an aspect of the faith at 7pm and then a social at the Sir John Borlase Warren after. For more details contact:
Joe Hopkins, Director for Adult Formation for Mission [email protected]
Faith in Action
The Cathedral parish has been long engaged with outreach across the City of Nottingham over its 175 year history. It currently supports SaSh Kitchen, Emmanuel House and Zion Foodbank.
The Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SaSh) Kitchen is held at The Bridge Centre, Hyson Green every Wednesday and provides an hot meal, drinks and groceries to take away for those who need it. The project has grown over the past few years as poverty and social isolation has increased in the City. Cathedral volunteers work alongside friends from local Muslim and Jewish groups and the work involves cooking, serving, interacting with guests and cleaning up. You can sign up for a whole shift or just an hour. For more information, contact the Cathedral Office.
Emmanuel House is an independent charity that supports people who are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis, or at risk of homelessness in Nottingham, The Cathedral supports Emmanuel House with an annual donation, and also by donating weekly non-perishable foods such as tins, packaged foods and toiletries. Teams of Cathedral volunteers help sort the donations following each weekend Mass and take the donations to Emmanuel House on a Wednesday. If you would like to get involved, please contact Kate Fletcher on 07977 231 238
Mount Zion Foodbank is another project supported by the parish. Cathedral volunteers deliver to their collection point at Sherwood Methodist Church on Wednesday mornings. They accept long sell by date food in tins and packages, toiletries and household products. Foods like pot noodles, cup a soups and instant oat cereals that people can make up easily if they don’t have a cooker, are especially welcome. If you would like to volunteer to help sort and deliver the donations, please contact Kate Fletcher on 07977 231 238