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“God Himself Speaks to His People”

“God Himself Speaks to His People”

Over 70 clergy from across our diocese gathered on Monday 11 June to explore the new translation of the lectionary which will be used in all Catholic liturgies in England and Wales and Scotland from Advent 2025. The Vatican’s Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments gave its seal of approval on a new Lectionary proposed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in...

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Pilgrims Visit Walsingham

Pilgrims Visit Walsingham

On Saturday 8th June hundreds of pilgrims from across our diocese travelled to the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham. Walsingham, in North Norfolk, has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times, when travel to pilgrimage sites further afield, lie Rome or Compostela was virtually impossible. The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was destroyed in during the Reformation having...

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Bishop Writes to Leaders on Environment

Bishop Writes to Leaders on Environment

The Lead Bishop for the Environment, Bishop John Arnold, has written to the leaders of the main political parties as they start campaigning for the 4 July election to ask them to take environmental issues seriously in their planning. Bishop John writes: A general election is a very important time for reflection about the future direction of our country. I want to thank you for your service in...

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A celebration of 180 years Service

A celebration of 180 years Service

On Friday 7 June, The Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests Bishop David Oakley delivered this homily as four of our priests celebrated a combined 180 years service to the priesthood. Pictures from the celebration can be viewed here  Today, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of...

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Refugee Week 2024

Refugee Week 2024

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees reflects on Refugee Week 2024 To mark Refugee Week, that runs from 17 – 23 June, Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees for the Bishops’ Conference, offers a reflection on three themes – his recent visit to the Bibby Stockholm, the impact of the Rwanda Bill, and societal attitudes towards refugees and migrants. In...

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Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday

On Sea Sunday let us remember seafarers facing conflict, abandonment and tough times “Some of the seafarers I meet have travelled through the conflict area of the Red Sea, with its risks of attacks from Houthis, then have sailed on to the Black Sea with its own dangers, given there is no agreement on maritime safety,” says Stella Maris’ Odesa port chaplain Fr Alex Smerechynskyy in Ukraine. As a...

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CAFOD and SVP produce resources for the General Election

CAFOD and SVP produce resources for the General Election

With the General Election fast approaching, CAFOD and the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) have produced resources to help parishes to reach out to local candidates to find out more about their views on some of the issues that we, as people of faith, care about. We have a responsibility as Catholics to make sure political parties commit to taking action to tackle poverty and injustice. Raising...

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Pastoral Message From Bishop David

Pastoral Message From Bishop David

8 June 2024 To my dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Thomas Becket laid down his life with courage and faith in defence of our Church and the Pope. When the four knights entered Canterbury Cathedral on the evening of the 29th December 1170, Thomas did not attempt to hide from them, assured in his knowledge that upholding his faith would lead him to the Kingdom of God. Thomas Becket's...

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Diocese Announce This Years Becket Lecture

Diocese Announce This Years Becket Lecture

The Diocese of Northampton are pleased to announce that this years Becket Lecture will be given by Fr Gerard Skinner, a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster. Fr Gerard is an author of many books including one on Father Ignatius Spencer, the focus of the lecture. The lecture will take place at the St Thomas Centre in Northampton Cathedral on Sunday 7th July at 3pm. Fr. Ignatius Spencer, born...

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G K Chesterton 150th Anniversary

G K Chesterton 150th Anniversary

The 29 May 2024, is the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936). G. K. Chesterton, born Gilbert Keith Chesterton on May 29, 1874, in London, was a prolific English writer, philosopher, and critic, known for his sharp wit and profound insights into society and human nature. Raised in a liberal and artistic family, Chesterton's early life was marked by an eclectic...

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Diocese Announce Missio Mass

Diocese Announce Missio Mass

Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries invite all supporters, volunteers, and the wider Diocesan community to come together for a special Diocesan Mission Mass at St Aidan’s Catholic Church, Manor Rd, Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2 6QJ: Saturday 29 June at midday (12 noon). Missio is a global organisation within the Catholic Church dedicated to supporting missionary work and promoting the Gospel...

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Live Life To The Full

Live Life To The Full

Tuesday evening saw the last of the Life In The Spirit seminars as over 150 participants joined in person, through a hub venue or online. The course consists of five evening sessions, a retreat day including baptism in the Holy Spirit. Each evening Northampton Cathedral hosted the seminar input which was live streamed to seven hub churches across the diocese. Participants then broke into smaller...

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An International Mass In Aylesbury

An International Mass In Aylesbury

On Monday 13th May in St Michael’s Catholic School in Aylesbury, Bishop David presided at an International Mass celebrating the richness of cultural diversity across the town. The Mass, which formed part of the pastoral visitations to the area, was organised in a partnership between the area dean, Canon John Beirne and our diocesan CAFOD representative, Debbie Purfield. The liturgy was...

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“Walk Alongside With Compassion and Sensitivity”

“Walk Alongside With Compassion and Sensitivity”

The Catholic Bishop’s of England and Wales have issued a pastoral reflection on gender, titled ‘Intricately Woven by the Lord’. The issuing of the document follows the release of the Vatican document, ‘Dignitas Infinita’ and the Cass report, an independent review of gender services for children and young people. The document, two years in the making, is written in three parts: the human person,...

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Day of Prayer For Survivors of Abuse 2024

Day of Prayer For Survivors of Abuse 2024

Each year on Tuesday of the fifth week of Easter, our church embraces a day of prayer for survivors of abuse. This year that falls on Tuesday 30th April. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales moved the day from the Friday of the fifth week of lent after listening to the voices of survivors. The day was requested by Pope Francis following a proposal from the Pontifical Commission for the...

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Mary’s Meals Pray In May

Mary’s Meals Pray In May

Mary’s Meals, who provide school meals to over 2.4 million children every day, invite you to join their Pray in May campaign. During the month of May, we invite you to join us in praying for the hungry children who rely on our life-changing school meals, and for all the children and families around the world who live in poverty. We pray particularly for families facing extreme food insecurity...

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future events

June 2024

mon17jun7:30 PMmon8:45 PMRCIA Team Training (Session 1)7:30 PM - 8:45 PM(GMT+00:00)

mon24jun7:30 PMmon8:45 PMRCIA Team Training (Session 2)7:30 PM - 8:45 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat29jun10:00 AMsat5:00 PMDiocesan Day For Catechists & Youth Ministers10:00 AM - 5:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat29jun12:00 PMsat1:00 PMDiocesan Missio Mass12:00 PM - 1:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

July 2024

mon01jul7:30 PMmon8:45 PMRCIA Team Training (Session 3)7:30 PM - 8:45 PM(GMT+00:00)

tue02jul6:00 PMtue8:00 PMMass of Celebration for Catholic Education6:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat06jul11:00 AMsat5:00 PMBecket Festival Mass and Pilgrimage11:00 AM - 5:00 PM(GMT+01:00)

sun07jul3:00 PMsun4:00 PMBecket Festival Lecture3:00 PM - 4:00 PM(GMT+01:00)

mon08jul7:30 PMmon8:45 PMRCIA Team Training (Session 4)7:30 PM - 8:45 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat20jul9:30 AMsat5:00 PMA Weekend Journey To Emmaus (Part 1)9:30 AM - 5:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sun21jul9:30 AMsun4:00 PMA Weekend Journey To Emmaus (Part 2)9:30 AM - 4:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

August 2024

fri23aug(aug 23)10:00 AMfri30(aug 30)11:00 PMLourdes Pilgrimage10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (30)(GMT+01:00)

September 2024

sat07sep12:00 PMsat1:00 PMMarriage and Family Life mass12:00 PM - 1:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat14sep8:00 AMsat8:00 PMAdoremus Eucharistic Congress8:00 AM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sun15sep9:00 AMsun9:00 PMEucharistic congress youth event (Day event in Birmingham)9:00 AM - 9:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

tue17sep7:30 PMtue9:00 PMSecrets Of Paul (Part 1)7:30 PM - 9:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat21sep11:00 AMsat3:30 PMDiocesan Music Day for Parishioners11:00 AM - 3:30 PM(GMT+00:00)

October 2024

sat12oct2:30 PMsat5:30 PM40 Hours Adoration2:30 PM - 5:30 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat26oct10:00 AMsat5:00 PMEncounter Slough10:00 AM - 5:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

November 2024

sat02nov10:30 AMsat4:00 PMDiocesan Mission Conference10:30 AM - 4:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

tue26nov7:30 PMtue9:00 PMSecrets Of Paul (Part 2)7:30 PM - 9:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat30nov10:30 AMsat4:00 PMThe Joy of the Gospel10:30 AM - 4:00 PM(GMT+00:00)