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The Right Reverend Peter Doyle
Welcome to the website of the Diocese of Northampton in England Minimize

Key to the life of the Church is the ability to communicate. Our mission is to spread by word and example the Good News of Jesus Christ for which he died and rose to new life. 

This website is one great way to communicate. While the website is primarily intended as a source of information for the people of the Diocese and for those visiting the Diocese, we hope also that it will be helpful to anyone seeking knowledge of our Faith. 

Like anything alive, our Diocese is growing and changing. Many people from other countries and cultures are becoming very much part of the life of our region and of our parishes and schools.

The Diocese is involved in many different areas of life. Not just in parishes, but in schools, through to hospitals and prisons; working with people with disabilities, and with the young and the old; promoting the value of family and of marriage; caring for the poor, the homeless and those who live at the margins of society; handing on our Catholic Faith to each generation and reaching out to our society so much in need of the Truth and Love of Christ. 

Our website provides an open window into the life and mission of the Diocese. I hope this site will help you to get to know us and the work that we do. And I hope that you will feel the welcome that the Church in the Diocese of Northampton wishes to offer you.

Peter Doyle - Bishop of Northampton.

Cathedral Services Live Minimize

Image of Cathedral sanctuaryWe are now live streaming Cathedral Services. This means that you can view our services live online when you are unable to attend the Cathedral in person. Click here to view

Selected previous services will also be recorded and available to view on-demand. Recent ones include: 

  • Easter Sunday Mass (01/04/18)
  • The Easter Vigil Mass (31/03/18)
  • The Good Friday Service (30/3/18)
  • The Chrism Mass (29/3/18)
  • The Rite of Election (18/2/18)
  • 11am Sunday Mass (4/2/18) with Fr Floody's update on the Cathedral Centre

A full list of recorded services and Masses is on the streaming website, just look for the tab headed "Recordings". Please share this link with others northamptondiocese.org/live

Diocese e-news

Sign up here to receive our monthly email newsletter, and keep up to date with what's happening in the Diocese 

Church Finder Minimize
Bedford Sacred Heart & St Cuthbert's Polish churchClick here for our interactive map showing all our churches with Mass times and names of priests and deacons
Safeguarding Minimize
Diocesan crestClick here  for the Safeguarding sub-section which will lead you to their contact details
Year of Prayer and Vocation Minimize

Silhouette of small boat on lake, sun on water, blue and greyIn December Bishop Peter launched a Year of Prayer and Vocation. ) There are many resources for personal, parish and school prayer - December now available. A full year's collection of the Parish Prayer sheets is available here. Fr Ken Payne has also contributed a set of Homily Notes for the Year. 
The Bishop's video message played in churches on 2nd/3rd December 2017 is available to view here , as is the text of the message and the Bishop's Homily on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Pastoral Letter
Bishop Peter

Bishop Peter's Advent Pastoral Letter made available in churches on 1st/2nd December, including a download of the audio version,  is here

Data Protection & GDPR Minimize

Schoolboys looking at computersInformation about the changes in Data Protection law, our Privacy Notice and other policies, the Guide for Volunteers, and the slides from the Diocesan roadshows in May, are all here.  A new Gift Aid Declaration has been finalised and is downloadable from here if needed urgently. 

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