6th May (or when possible) - The Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission would like to invite all Parishes or Pastoral Areas to hold either a Holy Hour or Vigil before the General Election on 7th May. A text has been prepared for use as a framework for such an event and includes readings, reflections, prayers and suggested hymns. It has been prepared along the lines of four different themes:
- The Value and Dignity of Human life;
- Poverty and Inequality at Home;
- Poverty and Inequality in the Developing World; and
- Climate Change.
The text is in the process of being sent to all priests with the idea that each Parish or Pastoral Area (whatever suits your area) holds a Holy Hour/Vigil to get people to think about some of the issues for Catholics in the forthcoming elections. If you feel you could hold a Holy Hour/Vigil perhaps you could discuss with your priest a suitable time to hold it and encourage others to attend and be involved. If your priest has not received the framework do let Nicky Wiseman know and she can forward the agreed framework to you.
7th May. The General Election. Links to items of guidance issued by the Bishops' Conference and some charities are here.
8th May - Lux Teachings - exploring the faith for 11-18 years old – St Josephs, Aylesbury. 7-9pm. In a talk entitled "The choice is yours". Fr John Beirne will look at some figures from the Bible who had big choices to make, and ask young people to reflect on the choices in their own lives. Also on 15th May at St Joseph, Gerrards Cross. More on the NYMO site here.
9th May - The Mystagogia Mass for new Catholics, their families and friends and parish teams, is at 11 am on this date in the Cathedral.
9th May. Thinking Theology at St Teresa's, Beaconsfield. Between 10.30am and 12.30pm, Chris Keith, a professor of New Testament and early Christianity at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, will lead a session entitled “Jesus: Friends and enemies.” “We know that it ended in the cross, but what and who put Jesus on the radar of the religious elite in the first place?”
Chris is an expert in studies of the historical Jesus and first century Palestine and should bring some fascinating insights to the question.Please feel free to come along and bring someone with you. Open to all. Parish Centre, behind St Teresa's, 40 Warwick Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL
11th May (Monday) - The next in the series of ‘Thinking Theology’ lectures, at St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes. Stephen Harris will be delivering on the topic of ‘Institution, Intellect and Experience on the Road to Emmaus’. In the early 20th Century, theologian Friedrich Von Hugel identified three distinct modalities within religion: the institutional, the intellectual and the experiential. All three of these elements must be present for an individual's faith to develop. This talk will consider how each of these elements are present as the disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus, and what the implications are for discipleship today. The lecture will be held at 7pm in the School Chapel, which will be clearly signposted from the main School entrance. Refreshments are provided. All are welcome
14th May. Feast of the Ascension.
15th May - Pentecost Novena. The Diocesan Evangelisation Team, in partnership with others, is again seeking to encourage simple prayer services around the Diocese during the nine days leading up to Pentecost. On each of the nine days of the novena, the aim is that there will be at least one group praying this novena somewhere in the Diocese of Northampton in our parishes,schools, prayer groups, homes and elsewhere. For schools there will be a Poetry Competition for Key Stages 2 and 3 creatively expressing Pentecost with book tokens, prizes and assembly ideas.
The Novena begins on Friday of the 6th Week of Easter, 15th May until Saturday 23rd May 2015. Full information including a template for an order of service (which is given to help any parishes or prayer groups that would like to organise a prayer service as part of this Pentecost novena) are beginning to become available here - more to follow. Please contact Alex Heath, Chair of the Diocesan Evangelisation Team for more information. Tel: 01582 723312
17th May - Brendan Seery, one of our Seminarians, will be ordained to the transitional Diaconate at the 10:30 Mass at the Cathedral, as part of his journey towards priesthood. (Three ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate are coming up in June and July - watch this space.)
23rd May. Bible Timeline Gathering and Celebration. Has your parish or group run The Bible Timeline scripture course ? Are you interested in finding out more about this course for your parish or group? Come to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Great Billing, Northampton, 10am to 1pm (shared lunch). Poster here.
24th May - Pentecost Sunday. End of Eastertide.
25th May - Bank Holiday
26th-29th May - Half term
31st May - (Sunday) - Feast of the Holy Trinity
6th June - Ecumenism and the Ordinariate Guest Speaker: Mgr. Keith Newton, Leader of the Ordinariate in England and Wales 10:30am at St. Augustine's Church Langcliffe Drive, Heelands Milton Keynes MK13 7PL; Bishop Peter Doyle invites ecumenical friends and representatives from all parishes to this meeting with the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission.Refreshments from 10am, Talk followed by Q & A, Reflections on the Cathedral event last January. Ending with Midday Prayer . Poster here.
7th June - (Sunday) - Feast of Corpus Christi
9th June - first date of Being a Catechist Training Course- Basic Training for the Ministry of Catechesis ; a course for
anyone who would like to know more about what is involved in being a catechist
or to support those who already are involved in the vital ministry of
catechesis. Drawing on scripture and church documents. the course will.cover some
basic principles of catechesis, helping us to grow.in confidence as we seek to
share the precious gift of faith in.Jesus Christ with others.
The course will
include times of sharing, reflection and prayer.
The course will run for the Slough Pastoral Area on one Monday evening and a Saturday in the summer term; and
for the Northampton North & East Pastoral Area on 5 Tuesday evenings in the
summer term . It is led by Alex Heath.
Venues & dates: Northampton-St Gregory
the Great, , 22 Park Avenue North, Northampton, NN3 2HS on Tuesday
evenings 7.30pm-9.30pm on the following dates: 9th, 23rd, 30th June, and 7th & 14th July
Slough - The Narthex, Holy Family Church, 226 Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Slough, SL3 7UD . Monday 13 July, 7.30-9.30pm , Saturday 18th july 10am-4pm (please
bring a packed lunch for the Saturday session.)
Booking forms are available from
the NORES office. The course is available on request for your parish or pastoral
20th June - Ordination of John Lang to the Permanent Diaconate at St Peter's. Biggleswade, 12 noon.
21st June. Fathers' Day. Not a church feast, unlike Motering Sunday, but important to remember. "Honour thy father..."
27th June. Ordination of Graham Jones to the Permanent Diaconate at Holy Family, Langley, Slough, 11am.
28th June (Sunday). Feast of Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles.