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Cathedral Centre artists impression14th March - Cathedral Centre Campaign tops £2 million !

We are delighted to share with you that thanks to recent gifts and pledges received, the campaign total has reached over £2.18m - over half way to the required total. This includes donations from the Cathedral community, local supporters, grant-making trusts and parishes. 

The plans to extend the campaign across the diocese are underway and we have been very encouraged that a number of parishes have indicated their interest in lending their support by hosting a presentation. Several presentations have already taken place and many more are scheduled for the months ahead. 

For further information click here, or contact  Angela on cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

9th March -  Press Statement 

Father Patrick Bailey, a priest of the Diocese of Northampton, has been interviewed as part of a police investigation into allegations of the non-recent sexual abuse of adults. He is due to be formally charged with four specific offences next month.  

Following the interview with police, Father Bailey voluntarily withdrew from all active ministry. This was in accord with the National Safeguarding Procedures of the Catholic Church in England & Wales. Father Bailey continues not to be involved in any active ministry. 

The Right Reverend Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, affirmed that the Diocese would continue to co-operate fully with the police investigation as the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people is of paramount importance to the Catholic Church. He assured all involved of his prayers and concern. 

 At present, it would not be appropriate to make any further comment.  

Father Paul Hardy - Bishop’s Press Officer

Tel; 01908 504771    E-mail: vine01@btopenworld.com

Fr P Donovan

8th February - RIP Monsignor Paul Donovan who died this day at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Having felt unwell since before Christmas, Fr Paul was taken ill at the Midnight Mass at his parish of St Augustine in High Wycombe, and was eventually diagnosed with renal cancer and lymphoma. He underwent radiotherapy and although weak, was in reasonable spirits and talking to several visitors on the 7th. It came as a shock to learn that he had deteriorated suddenly in the early hours and died around 3am. 

Paul Donovan was born in London in 1956 and brought up in Slough. Ordained in 1981, he was a curate in Kettering after completion of a postgraduate degree. In 1985 he became a Chaplain in the Royal Navy, serving for 26 years in many action zones and rising to become Principal Catholic Naval Chaplain in 2007, and Vicar-general to the Bishopric of HM Forces. Leaving the Navy in 2011, he returned to the Diocese and was Parish Priest at St Aidan's in Northampton from Sept 2012 to Oct 2014, when he was sent to High Wycombe. His own father only died last June. May he rest in peace. 

His Funeral took place on Tuesday 21st February, at St Augustine's, with a burial in the nearby cemetery. It was attended by three Bishops. over fifty priests and deacons, hundreds of parishioners, his brother Christopher's family and other relatives and friends, and many naval personnel. The body was received into the Church at 7:30 on the previous evening, followed by Mass in a full church.  . 

26th January 2017 - In view of Mgr Paul Donovan's illness, the Bishop has appointed the Area Dean,  Rev. F Higgins of Beaconsfield, to be Administrator of St Augustine's, High Wycombe, and Fr Prince Kurian MSFS moves from Duston, Northampton to reside at Beaconsfield  and assist with Masses at St Augustine's, Beaconsfield and Bourne End. 

Polish flag30th November - Corby - During this month the Polish Catholic Mission acquired the old Methodist church on Rockingham Road which is now the Polish Mission Church of St Joseph (we believe) - the first new Catholic church in our Diocese for over ten years (even if it is not a new building). Fr Ryszard Taraszka is the parish priest, residing at the vacant presbytery at St John Ogilivie's. Sunday Masses at 10:30 and 4pm.  Congratulations - Gratulacje !

22nd November - Fr Michael Harrison from Our Lady's, Corby was installed as the newest member of the Cathedral Chapter, which carries the title of Canon. Congratulations Canon Michael ! 

12/13th November - Bishop Peter brought to an end the Year of Mercy in the Diocese by closing the Holy Doors at St Joseph's, Gerrards Cross, and at the Cathedral. His homily on these occasions is here. Pope Francis closed the Holy Year on Sunday 20th  November, sealing the Holy Door in Rome. The Catholic Herald report is here

St Columba's, Chesham7th November - Mass times changes in S E Bucks. As one outcome of a Strategic Review in this Pastoral Area, the following Mass times will apply from the first weekend of Advent, 26th/27th November. 

 - Saturday 6pm at St Aidan’s, Little Chalfont

 - Sunday 9am at St Columba’s, Chesham

 - Sunday 10am at Our Lady’s, Chesham Bois

 - Sunday 11am at St Aidan’s, Little Chalfont

 - Sunday 6pm at St Columba’s, Chesham

St Aidan's, Little ChalfontThe principal changes are that the Saturday Vigil Mass ceases at Chesham Bois, the present 10am Mass at Chesham moves back to 9am, and the present 10:30 Mass at Little Chalfont moves to 11am. 

"These Mass times recognise the present reality of three priests. But Bishop Peter has said that the prospect is that there will eventually be one priest serving the three communities. When that comes about there is likely to be a further reduction to three weekend Masses, as that is the maximum that our priests are allowed to celebrate.The celebration on a Sunday of the Extraordinary Form (Latin) Mass at Our Lady’s at 8am and the Polish Mass at St Aidan’s at 9am will continue unchanged for the time being." (Taken from a statement published in the Pastoral Area.)

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