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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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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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