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National Rosary Rally

National Rosary Rally

National Rosary Rally Pentecost Sunday, 31st May 2020 - 9.00am – 9.00pm This year's National Rosary Rally is taking place throughout dioceses in England, Wales and Scotland on Pentecost Sunday, 31st May between 9:00am and 9:00pm. Pope Francis has encouraged us all to pray the rosary simply and by joining together virtually where possible. Especially at this time he invites us to pray for an end...

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Catholic Bishops respond to Government’s lockdown easing plans

Catholic Bishops respond to Government’s lockdown easing plans

Following the British Government’s ‘Covid-19 recovery strategy’, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has issued a response. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the government’s document released today, 11 May, titled ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’ Statement The timing the manner of the opening of churches...

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Recognising the pain of Catholics unable to receive the Sacraments

Recognising the pain of Catholics unable to receive the Sacraments

A People who Hope in Christ A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The radiance of the risen Lord shines upon us. At a time when so many shadows are cast into our lives, and upon our world, the light of the resurrection shines forever to renew and restore our hope. In the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis:...

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To those waiting to receive the sacraments

To those waiting to receive the sacraments

Bishop David is very conscious that there are a considerable number of people around the Diocese who are due to be baptised or received into full communion with the Church, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to receive their First Holy Communion. All these celebrations are currently delayed through the coronavirus crisis. Bishop David sends the following messages to all those waiting...

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Pope Francis Sends Condolences for Loss of Bishop Leo McCartie

Pope Francis Sends Condolences for Loss of Bishop Leo McCartie

Bishop Leo McCartie, Emeritus Bishop of Northampton died on the evening of Thursday 23rd April in St Joseph’s Home in Birmingham, aged 94. Last July Bishop Leo celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the then current Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and Archbishop Kevin McDonald who replaced Bishop Leo in Northampton. Bishop Leo was born in Hartlepool on...

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A special Urbi et Orbi blessing

A special Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope has announced that on Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication” he said. The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and...

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Bishop David’s 1st Pastoral Letter

Bishop David’s 1st Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter from Bishop David     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These words of the Apostle Paul root us firmly where we belong, in the grace and peace of God. Things are not turning out as we may have imagined, even a few weeks ago now, and this is not the letter I had hoped to send you as my first...

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Covid 19 liturgical response

Covid 19 liturgical response

Masses Suspended as of Saturday 21st March Following the advice announced by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, we would like to reiterate that all Masses have been suspended this weekend. Our main priority is to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus and we know this is not a decision taken lightly. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND YOUR PARISH CHURCH FOR MASS.  This is not an...

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Farewell Mass for Bishop Peter

Farewell Mass for Bishop Peter

Northampton Cathedral was full on Saturday 22nd February for the farewell Mass for Bishop Peter Doyle. Bishop Peter is retiring since he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75,  for Bishops and Priests. A large number of priests and deacons alongside religious sisters and laity attended the Mass to give thanks for his 14.5 years of Episcopal ministry in our diocese. Our new Bishop, Canon...

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NORES A-level students conference

NORES A-level students conference

The Northampton Diocesan Office for RE, Catechesis and Schools (NORES) recently hosted a conference for over 70 A-level Religious Studies students from schools across our diocese in the diocesan centre at Holy Ghost, Luton. The day combined presentations on topics relevant to their study with a workshop enabling students from different schools to work together on common tasks. It proved to be a...

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LUX VOX

LUX VOX

At the beginning of February, record numbers of young people enjoyed the Lux weekend hosted by the NYMO team. This years theme of ‘VOX’ encouraged us to make space to listen to the voice of God in our lives through scripture.Great fun was had through the weekend whilst friendships were formed and in this environment, and formation taking place. Joining us for the weekend were Mairi-Claire...

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Two new Multi Academy Trusts

In February 2020 an exciting new chapter in the evolution of our Catholic schools will begin. Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) are groups of schools formally working together to provide a strong Catholic identity within the community and improve the prospects of the pupils in their care. Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and the Diocesan Trustees have encouraged all schools to join their local...

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Tim Redding

Tim Redding

Our diocese is saying goodbye to a long standing member of staff. Mr Tim Redding is to leave his post as Financial Secretary in March, to take up a position with the Anglican Diocese of Chichester. Tim is leaving to be closer to his family who live in the area. Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) thanks Tim for all he has given to our diocese over the 17 years he has been with us and wishes him well in...

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St Michaels Aylesbury

St Michaels Aylesbury

Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) today (11-12-19) visited the new catholic satellite school in Aylesbury, St Michaels. Attached to the existing site in High Wycombe, the school has pupils in years 7 and 8. Emeritus Bishop Peter was delighted to meet the staff and students and see first hand the difference the school is making to the catholic community in Aylesbury.

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Young Adults Brunch

Young Adults Brunch

On the last Saturday of the month, more than 20 young adults gathered for the first young adults brunch. They began with food and conversation and moved onto prayer and engaging teaching delivered by Deacon Liam Lynch. This new initiative will take place on the last Saturday of each month (except December). For more information visit www.nymo.org/brunch

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Celebrating 12 years of priesthood

Celebrating 12 years of priesthood

Congratulations to Fr Nicholas from St Anthony’s in Slough. Fr Nicholas celebrated 12 years of priesthood and Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) celebrated Mass in the parish on the 1st December.

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