Cardinal calls on Catholics to Support the ‘Big Help Out’ by volunteering this Coronation Bank Holiday

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski have encouraged Catholics to take part in volunteering activities on Coronation Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May.

Adding their voices to those of other senior faith leaders, the President of the Bishops’ Conference and the Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the UK offer their strong support for the ‘Big Help Out’.


“Time is very precious, it cannot be repeated and cannot be saved for later – it is the greatest gift one can give because once given you can never get it back.”

Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, Ukrainian Eparch

The Big Help Out is one of the official projects of the forthcoming Coronation Weekend and is an initiative aiming to promote, champion and showcase volunteering. Building on the volunteer phenomenon seen during the pandemic, it aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers by making it easy for everyone to recognise opportunities and get involved.

“There is so much to look forward to over the Coronation weekend,” said Cardinal Nichols. “On Saturday, the Coronation itself. On Sunday, celebrations in our communities. Then, on Monday, a chance to give something back through the Big Help Out. Volunteering is so important and I encourage everyone to take part.

Holding up the ultimate example of selfless service, the Cardinal continued:

“Jesus himself came to the world, not to be served but to serve. If we all lend a hand – at a local project, with a national charity – the effect will be wonderful. Together, we can make a real change for the better.”

In the run-up to the Coronation Weekend of HM King Charles III and HM The Queen Consort, Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski has spoken about the vital role volunteers from the UK’s Ukrainian communities can play:

“Time is very precious, it cannot be repeated and cannot be saved for later – it is the greatest gift one can give because once given you can never get it back.

“Hundreds of volunteers throughout our Ukrainian communities in the UK, be it in our parishes, our community centres or organisations, and most recently at our Ukrainian Welcome Centre in London, understand this and freely give their time.

“This gift allows us to do so much more than we could imagine. For that reason, we are grateful to His Majesty The King for highlighting the role of volunteers in the United Kingdom through the Big Help Out, a key part of the Coronation celebrations.”

The ‘Big Help Out’ initiative is a positive sign of inter-faith collaboration and will enable our faith communities to come together to pay tribute to His Majesty and highlight the central role that volunteering plays in our national story.


If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about the ‘Big Help Out’ visit the official website at:


Local Dioceses will be hosting Cathedral Masses and celebratory events in light of King Charles III’s coronation over the weekend …

Archdiocese of Cardiff

Mass will be offered for the King and the Royal Family at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff on Friday 5 May, 5pm and Sunday 7 May, 11am.

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

Bishop Richard will be celebrating a Mass for the Coronation at Arundel Cathedral, Friday 5 May at 7pm.

The Diocese of Brentwood

Celebrations for the Coronation will be held at Brentwood Cathedral an 11.30 Mass service will take place on Sunday 7 May, followed by a Coronation Party in the afternoon.

The Diocese of Middlesbrough

Bishop Terry Drainey will be celebrating Mass at St Mary’s in Middlesbrough on Friday 5 May at 7pm.

The Diocese of Nottingham

‘God Save the King!’, a concert in honour of his majesty King Charles III will take place on Friday evening, held at the Nottingham Cathedral. More details here.

Bishop McKinney will also be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11.15 on Sunday, which will be live-streamed here:

The Diocese of Portsmouth

Bishop Philip Egan, will be celebrating Mass for the King on Saturday 6 May, 6pm at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth. He has asked all his clergy to read his message out at Masses on Sunday.

The Diocese of Salford

Bishop John will be celebrating the 5.30pm Vigil Mass at the Salford Cathedral on Saturday 6 May.