12th November - Deborah Purfield has been appointed as the new CAFOD Diocesan Manager (CDM) for the Northampton Diocese. She has been a volunteer with CAFOD for over seven years. Deborah sees her main role as CDM as engaging with people, parishes, schools, societies, organisations and prayer groups across the diocese to continue to promote and support the work of CAFOD. She wants to thank everyone who has supported the work of CAFOD and has asked for prayers in her new role.
Deborah hit the ground running as she immediately had to promote an appeal for a Special Collection for the Philippines typhoon relief fund.
5th November - Bishop Peter has written to all Priests, Deacons, Diocesan Departments, and groups involved in Marriage and Family Life, to seek the maximum level of response to an opinion survey which has been sent out by the Bishops' Conference on behalf of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation, to be held next October. His letter is here, the Survey/Questionnaire form is here, (both Microsoft Word documents) and the Preparatory Notes ("Lineamenta") are here (PDF). Anyone else who is familiar with Church teaching in the areas of marriage, family, and sexuality is invited to contribute. The responses have to be back, via Rev.Dr. Brendan Killeen (address in the form) by 30th November please.
29th October. After a day at Bishop's House on the 28th, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, came to visit Luton. He visited the Diocesan offices, and was engaged in a presentation from NORES and NYMO explaining their work. He responded very positively with some very searching questions. After visiting a nearby mosque and meeting the Luton Council of Faiths, he celebrated the Diocesan Mass of his visit at Holy Ghost, along with Bishop Peter and a large group of priests and deacons. For a Tuesday evening . it was extremely well attended,with parties of parishioners from all over the Diocese. The host parish put on marvellous music and a splendid reception in the Parish Centre. The Nuncio's homily delivered on this occasion is available here.
The Archbishop wroite afterwards: “I was particularly impressed by the positive spirit among the Priests, Religious and lay faithful and it was good for me to also have the opportunity to meet both the young and the more mature! I must say that it was a joy to have had the opportunity to celebrate the Masses in Luton and at the Bridgettine Convent. May I ask you to please convey my thanks to the Priests, Deacons and the Religious, and all those persons who looked after me so well. Please thank, too, all those others involved ‘behind the scenes’ in preparing the programme.”
28th October. Change of Mass times at Sacred Heart, Northampton: with Bishop Peter's approval, beginning with the weekend of 2nd/3rd November there will be a Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30pm, and only one Sunday Mass at 10am. This leaves Northampton with two churches offering a Sunday evening Mass - the Cathedral (17:15) and St Aidan's (18:00).
29th September - Fr Wayne Coughlin's arrival to take over as Parish Priest at Great Missenden has been delayed until the start of November to allow time for works at the presbytery to be completed. Fr Deogratias Rubagumya from Uganda, who has been supplying at Princes Risborough, will say Masses until then. The other moves mentioned in the 21st July news item (see Archives on right) have now all taken place. (Update: Fr Coughlin has taken up residence at Great Missenden on 30th October and said his first Parish Mass at St Anne's, Wendover, on 31st October)
G K Chesterton – A Statement from the Diocese of Northampton
"Since the Right Reverend Peter Doyle was appointed Bishop of Northampton in June 2005, there have been a number of approaches from people in the UK and, in particular, in the USA enquiring about the possibility of opening the Cause of G K Chesterton. In response to these approaches, the Bishop has appointed Canon John Udris, a priest of the Diocese and currently a spiritual director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, to undertake a fact-finding exercise on his behalf. For more information and to contribute to this undertaking, please contact: Canon John Udris, St Mary’s College, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5AA, United Kingdom. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org "
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