Our diocesan Cathedral is home to a vibrant, committed and active Catholic community.
1,000 people attend Mass on a weekly basis and there has been a steady increase in attendance since 2009.
The Cathedral parish covers rural areas of Northamptonshire, urban and suburban areas.
Census data indicates that the neighbourhood immediately to the north of the Cathedral is comparatively affluent, while the neighbourhood just to the south faces serious social and economic challenges.
Over the years the limitations which prevent our Cathedral from fulfilling its role as Mother Church of our Diocese and in serving the needs of the Diocese and local community have become more apparent. There is nowhere to host gatherings or offer hospitality to visitors and worshippers.
Following large services, such as the Chrism Mass, confirmations and the ordination of Fr Brendan Seery in February, refreshments have to be served in the sacristy, with people spilling out into the nave. Community and church groups have to meet in the sacristy or the “Upper Room” which is small, inaccessible to those with limited mobility and restricted to groups of no more than fifteen.
The beautiful gardens and grounds remain a hidden secret.
A vision for the parish, Diocese and community
Over the last three years a project group led by Bishop Peter Doyle has developed plans to meet these pressing needs through the construction of a new purpose-built Cathedral Centre.
“The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese and a significant focus of prayer and service for the local parish, the parishes of the Diocese and for the wider community within Northampton. It must be a special and valued place where all are welcome and faith can grow. Our vision is to provide a place of worship, learning and hospitality for groups from around the Diocese, the parish and local community.”
Bishop Peter Doyle
Statement issued late April 2017:
A new community facility for Northampton
Detailed design is now underway on the new Cathedral Centre at Northampton Cathedral.A fundraising campaign has been underway for the last two years and £2.2 million has so far been raised towards the target of £3.8 million.
The scheme has received both Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent.The building will have facilities for use by the Cathedral parish, the Diocese and the local community.
The main part of the building will be large rooms with facilities to provide refreshments after parish and diocesan events but will also be available for hire by the local community and local businesses.The new building will be located next to the Cathedral and Bishops House and will have a 'cloister' overlooking some beautiful gardens previously unseen by the general public. This will give the users of the building an aspect of calm and tranquillity unique in Northampton.
At the front of the Cathedral Centre, the building originally built as a coach house and latterly used as a garage, will be converted into an affordable cafe for use by visitors and local residents.
The project was initiated by the Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle, who hopes that it will be ' a beacon for Northampton ' and a valuable asset to the whole Diocesan Community and town of Northampton.
Generous donations have been received from trusts, businesses, diocesan parishes and individuals but more money is still needed to reach the appeal target so further donations, of any size, would be very welcome.
Further details can be obtained from the Campaign Administrator, Angela Madge, on 01604 712065 or email as below.
For further information about the Cathedral Centre project, go to the Cathedral's website here.
The Cathedral Campaign Administrator is Angela Madge who works at Bishop's House.
Tel; 01604 712065 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here you can watch a video presentation about the proposed Northampton Cathedral Centre.
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- you can pause the video at any time by clicking on the double-bars at the far left, and it will then change into an arrow to resume play :
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