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Pastoral Area Chairs Meet To Discuss Synodality

Pastoral Area Chairs Meet To Discuss Synodality

Bishop David spoke to the chairs of our diocesan pastoral area councils on Saturday 11th September at the newly opened St Thomas Centre at our Cathedral in Northampton. The day focussed on the upcoming SYNOD announced recently by pope Francis. Canon Francis Higgins, appointed to oversee the synod at its diocesan level, shared the vision of the synod being an opportunity for "gracious listening"....

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Mgr Kevin McGinnell Steps Down As Episcopal Vicar

Mgr Kevin McGinnell Steps Down As Episcopal Vicar

After three decades of service to Catholic education within our diocese of Northampton, Monsignor Kevin McGinnell offered Bishop David his resignation as Episcopal Vicar for Education. He will step down from the role on December 31st 2021, having turned 70 years old earlier that month. Mgr Kevin began as RE advisor in 1990, the same year as his ordination to the priesthood. In 1993 Bishop Leo...

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Living Laudato Si

Living Laudato Si

As we approach COP26, many in our parishes are seeking ways to live out Pope Francis' key messages from his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. To help us on this journey we are invited to join a host of speakers including Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Paul Swarbrick from Lancaster Diocese, as we aim to see tangible change inn. our local areas. Read below for more information... WHY? Faith is the...

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Luton Student Shows Racism The Red Card

Luton Student Shows Racism The Red Card

Oliver Doherty, aged 11 from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Luton has won the Year 5-6 Creative Writing category of the annual Show Racism the Red Card School Competition. The Competition has been running for 22 years and has become the biggest equalities competition in the UK with over 23,600 entrants this year from more than 340 schools. The Competition is free to enter for all young...

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Bishop To Preach at GK Chesterton Pilgrimage

Bishop To Preach at GK Chesterton Pilgrimage

Bishop David has announced he will preach at the 12th annual GK Chesterton pilgrimage on Saturday 30th July 2022, the hundredth anniversary of GK Chesterton’s conversion. GK Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher and theologian born in 1874. He lived in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire within our diocesan boundary, and is buried in a cemetery in the town. He is well known to many today as...

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Taking Liturgy Seriously

Taking Liturgy Seriously

As part of their commitment to promote and support the liturgy of the Catholic Church, The Society of Saint Gregory will be offering a new modular study course, aimed at developing liturgical understanding.  The course, which will be run in partnership with the London Jesuit Centre, starts in September and will take place via Zoom. Held over 1 year, each module will comprise 3 sessions and...

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Bishop Appoints Episcopal Vicars

Bishop Appoints Episcopal Vicars

Bishop David has appointed three new Episcopal Vicars to oversee the ministry of three newly initiated vicariates.The three vicariates will cover the areas of governance (Servant King), clergy (Priest) and mission (Prophet). Frs Simon Penhalagan (Prophet), Andy Richardson (Priest) and Christopher Perry (Servant-King) will take up their responsibilities from September 2021. More about the...

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Bishop Introduces New Curial Vicariates

Bishop Introduces New Curial Vicariates

Bishop David has announced the creation of three vicariates as a framework for curial services to support the mission of our Diocese as per canon 476. The vicariates are named as priest, prophet and servant king. The Church exists to continue this divine work in our world today and the bishop exercises these threefold offices of Christ. Each curial department, agency and activity, works on...

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NYMO Announce Youth Ministry Conference

NYMO Announce Youth Ministry Conference

After 18 months of online ministry and support for parish youth ministers, NYMO are delighted to announce the dates for the next Youth Ministry Conference, in person! On Saturday 9th October, youth ministers, catechists and all those engaged in a ministry with young people are invited to gather to reflect and consider ways to re-engage our youth in the life of our local churches. Following...

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Bishop Appoints NBCEW Diocesan Link

Bishop Appoints NBCEW Diocesan Link

Bishop David has appointed Helen Burgess of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flitwick as the diocesan link for the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW). Accepting the post Helen said "Taking up this position I was encouraged by Bishop David. I hadn’t heard of NBCW but learnt very quickly how they aim to give Catholic women a voice" Diocesan Links are appointed by Bishops to act as a liaison...

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Pastoral Area Changes

Pastoral Area Changes

Upon consultation and discernment, Bishop David has implemented the following amalgamations and changes to pastoral areas:  The two former Northampton pastoral areas of Northampton South and West and Northampton North and East are to be amalgamated. Canon Brendan Killeen, has been asked to take responsibilities as Dean of the enlarged Northampton Pastoral Area. He has generously accepted the...

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Bishop David Receives His Portrait

Bishop David Receives His Portrait

Bishop David has been presented with his portrait following the installations and Mass with the Cathedral chapter.  He unveiled the portrait in the presence of all the cathedral chapter.  The portrait was painted by Harriet Dahan-Bouchard, a young artist based in London. Harriet has had a thorough training in the naturalistic tradition of drawing and painting from life using sight-size, a...

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New Canons For Our Cathedral Chapter

New Canons For Our Cathedral Chapter

At the recommendation of the cathedral chapter, Fr Tony Brennan, parish priest of St Mary’s in Dunstable and Fr Francis Higgins, parish priest of the St Barnabas Cluster in Milton Keynes, have been appointed Chapter Canons. Fr John McArdle, parish priest in St Joseph’s, Luton and Fr Joe Walsh, parish priest of St Peters, Rushden have been appointed Honorary Canons.  The role of The Chapter is to...

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World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

At the start fo 2021, Pope Francis instituted a world day for grandparents and the elderly. The day will take place on the fourth Sunday of July each year to coincide with the feast day of St Joachim and Anne, Jesus' grandparents. Many elderly in our parishes are lonely, frail and need our support and we are encouraged to focus specifically on them and their needs on Sunday 25th July 2021. Pope...

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COP 2021 – Take Action!

COP 2021 – Take Action!

Pope Francis has announced he will be in Scotland for the COP gathering. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. The United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) has over 200 countries which are Parties to the Convention. The Parties to the Convention meet once a year. This year's meeting is COP26, and will be in Glasgow. The UNFCCC, which takes scientific guidance from the Inter-governmental...

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Day For Life

Day For Life

Sunday 20th June  is designated as this years ‘Day for Life’. The annual ‘Day for Life’, inaugurated by Pope John Paul ii, celebrates the intrinsic value  and dignity of each human life. In the United Kingdom we are faced with the prospect of ‘assisted suicide’ legislation being introduced. As the Catholic community we believe that our lives are precious and ultimately belong to God, therefore...

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future events

September 2021

wed22sep7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed29sep7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 2021

mon04oct(oct 4)9:00 AMsun10(oct 10)5:00 PMDiocesan Schools Week9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (10)

mon04oct7:00 PM8:00 PMNORES Lecture 20217:00 PM - 8:00 PM

wed06oct7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sat09oct11:00 AM3:30 PMThe Youth Ministry Conference11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

mon11oct11:00 AM12:00 PMDiocesan Schools Mass11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

sat16oct12:00 PM1:00 PMMarriage and family Life Mass12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

November 2021

wed03nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed10nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

tue16nov7:30 PM8:30 PMThe God Who Speaks7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed17nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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