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Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week Every year our diocese celebrate the tremendous work undertaken by our catholic schools across our diocese with a dedicated week called ‘Catholic Schools Week’. . We ask your prayers and encouragement and that of all our people for this valuable vocation. Monsignor Kevin McGinnell, Episcopal Vicar for Education says “Like all schools, these months have been and continue to...

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Bishop David Keeps His Promise

Bishop David Keeps His Promise

Bishop David Keeps His Promise In July Bishop David made a promise to support CAFOD’s initiative ‘A Summer of Hope’.  Recognising the fear and anxiety that the recent pandemic has caused in this country, Bishop David asks us to focus on those in other parts of the world.  “It is not possible for many people around the world to social distance from each other or wash their hands regularly because...

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Mass for our Diocesan Jubilarians

Mass for our Diocesan Jubilarians

Bishop Celebrates Mass for our Diocesan Jubilarians On Tuesday 8th September, Bishop David celebrated Mass for all those priests across our diocese celebrating a significant anniversary of ordination. He was joined by a number of clergy who were celebrating an anniversary. Bishop David took the opportunity to speak directly to his priests at the homily. He encouraged them to gain their identity...

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Season of Creation

Season of Creation

Season of Creation We have entered the season of creation! During this anniversary year of ‘Laudato Si’, September 1st through to 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi, we are reminded to consider on our treatment of our world. As Pope Francis says,  "we have the opportunity to reflect on our lifestyles”.  The season of creation is an annual ecumenical event, during which the Catholic...

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Lebanon

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Lebanon

Universal Day of Prayer and Fasting for Lebanon  “Lebanon cannot be abandoned in its solitude” Pope Francis has asked the church to show solidarity with the people of Lebanon by uniting for a universal day of prayer and fasting for the nation on Friday, 4th September.  One month after a huge explosion In Beirut killed 100 people and injuring thousands more, Pope Francis encouraged the Lebanese...

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We are called to become Saints

We are called to become Saints

It has hardly been an average first few months in Northampton for Bishop David Oakley. He was ordained Bishop two days before lockdown began, with a limited number in our Cathedral to meet and celebrate with him. He was then alone in Bishops House, becoming extremely ‘zoom fatigued’ as he attempted to not waste those precious first few moments of his Episcopal life. During this time we have...

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Creating a Summer of Hope

Creating a Summer of Hope

Creating a Summer of Hope Bishop David shares some thoughts on the CAFOD Summer of Hope campaign "However you celebrate the summer, make it hopeful and give what you can to support the most vulnerable people in our world during this global crisis." While we can’t meet up for coffee mornings in our parish halls or go to the summer fayres we love this summer, the Catholic community is fundraising...

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New guidance for parishes from Rome

New guidance for parishes from Rome

New guidance to enable parishes to become ‘A ‘sanctuary’ open to all’ has been issued by the Congregation for the Clergy this week The instruction titled, ‘The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelising mission of the Church’ places evangelisation at the centre of a parishes purpose. Evangelisation through the Eucharist is a central theme in the document...

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Bishop David Appoints New Priest Secretary

Bishop David Appoints New Priest Secretary

Bishop David Appoints New Priest Secretary Bishop David has appointed Fr James Evans, currently Parish Priest of Sacred Heart in Aston Le Walls, as his Priest Secretary. Fr James will be based at Bishops House in Northampton and offer pastoral support to the Cathedral parish. Fr James will remain diocesan Vice Chancellor, a role he has undertaken for the last few years. The role of priest...

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Diaconate Ordination of Andrew Coy

Diaconate Ordination of Andrew Coy

Diaconate Ordination of Andrew Coy On Sunday 6th July, as some of our parishes opened for public Masses for the first time in 3 months, our Cathedral in Northampton had another reason to celebrate; the diaconate ordination of Andrew Coy. Bishop David, presiding at the ordination was joined by some of our diocesan priests and Emeritus Bishop, Peter Doyle as well as some family, with more joining...

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Reopening for public acts of worship

Reopening for public acts of worship

Reopening churches for acts of public worship Catholic Churches across England are rejoicing with the news that public acts of worship may resume from 4th July. Many Catholic Churches are already open for private prayer and the same safety measures will be in place plus more specific guidelines for Masses, funerals, weddings and baptisms. Bishop David Oakley, who was ordained Bishop of...

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Reopening of our churches

Reopening of our churches

Reopening of our church buildings We are delighted to announce that some of our church buildings will be open for private prayer from Monday 15th June. Welcome Home "It is good to be able to offer you a few words of welcome as you return to church for some moments of personal prayer. These continue to be challenging times, but at least we are able to spend a few moments before the Blessed...

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Letter about the closure and reopening of our churches

Letter about the closure and reopening of our churches

LETTER ABOUT THE CLOSURE AND REOPENING OF OUR CHURCHES Over the past few months, we have experienced something unseen before in this land. Even during the dark days of martyrdom and persecution, Catholics have gathered in small groups to celebrate Holy Mass. After the Catholic Emancipation Act in 1829, such gatherings were no longer illegal. After the restoration of the Catholic Hierarchy in...

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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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