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Bishop Calls For Accountability To The Word of God

Bishop Calls For Accountability To The Word of God

Bishop David spoke to the faithful at a Service for the Sunday of the Word of God, established by Pope Francis in 2019, calling on us all to allow the Word of God to keep us to account. Bishop David said, In this moment, we celebrate a Bible Service on the Sunday of the Word of God. In our own time, the Church has re-discovered an ancient aspect of her self-identity, much beloved by the early...

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“Sing The Lord A New Song!”

“Sing The Lord A New Song!”

Our diocese has joined the National Schools Singing Program. Having successfully been awarded the first year of seed funding offered by the Hamish Ogston Foundation and the National Schools Singing Programme, our diocese will now be seeking a Choral Director to lead the program.Initiated in the Diocese of Leeds, the NSSP aims to fund and support engagement with diverse communities offering a...

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Sunday of the Word of God 2022

Sunday of the Word of God 2022

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio "Aperuit illis", published on 30 September 2019, the feast of St Jerome, establishes that "the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God". To celebrate this occasion, Bishop David will preside at a Service of the Word in the Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 23rd January. As a part of this...

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St Bernadette Relics To Visit Britain

St Bernadette Relics To Visit Britain

The relics of Saint Bernadette will travel from the Upper Basilica in Lourdes to every Catholic Cathedral in the UK in 2022. The Catholic Bishops Conference have announced that each dioceses will host the relics, a bone from her thigh, for two days on a yet to be announced date next year.  The remains of Saint Bernadette are preserved in a shrine in the town of Nevers, 700 kilometers north of...

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Honouring Sunday

Honouring Sunday

Alongside two previous statements on the importance of Sunday as our Holy Day – Sunday, It is Our Day, and The Day of the Lord – the Bishops of England and Wales have issued a statement about the importance of Honouring Sunday During the pandemic, public worship was suspended for a time and there have been restrictions on parish life. As a result, people have been exploring other ways to...

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World Day Of The Poor

World Day Of The Poor

Sunday 14 November 2021 is the fifth World Day of the Poor, initiated by Pope Francis in 2017 with the theme of “let us love, not with words but with deeds.” The Christian is called to follow the example of Jesus in loving God and neighbour, especially the most vulnerable. Pope Francis reminds us, “If we truly wish to encounter Christ, we have to touch his body in the suffering bodies of the...

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Supporting Seafarers

Supporting Seafarers

“I was chatting to a seafarer on a ship in Ipswich being loaded with barley, and within minutes of going on board, I was covered in dust.  I momentarily took off my sunglasses to put on my reading glasses and the dust immediately got into my eyes. The seafarer was not wearing any eye protection,” says Julian Wong, Stella Maris East Anglia and Haven Ports regional port chaplain. Julian is a...

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Bishop To Celebrate Mass For People With Disabilities

Bishop To Celebrate Mass For People With Disabilities

Bishop David has announced that he will celebrate Mass for people with disabilities. The Mass will be hosted by Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Luton on Sunday November 7th at 3pm. Download a poster here. Seeking to reach all those on the margins of society has been a clear message, mirroring his own desire since Bishop David was asked to lead the diocese of Northampton in March 2020. He has...

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Bishop Invokes Holy Spirit At Start of Synod

Bishop Invokes Holy Spirit At Start of Synod

Sunday 17th October launched the diocesan phase of the Synod on synodality; communion, participation and mission. Synod's have become synonymous with the papacy of Pope Francis since becoming Pope following the resignation of Pope Benedict in 2013. Although he is the first to point out that Synod and Church have been together since the beginning as a way of being “by which the Church lives out...

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World Mission Sunday 2021

World Mission Sunday 2021

World Mission Sunday - the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission - will happen on 24 October 2021. Coordinated by Missio, the Pope’s charity for world mission, World Mission Sunday is an opportunity to support every mission diocese and faith community which are in need of our help. It one of only three Papal collections and has been especially...

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Become a Relationship Counsellor With Marriage Care

Become a Relationship Counsellor With Marriage Care

Marriage Care are the largest faith-based relationship support-specialists in the UK. They provide nearly 6,000 relationship counselling sessions each year from 100 locations. All their centres and services are run by volunteers, and this means that they can provide counselling sessions on a donation basis, ensuring everyone can access their support. Marriage Care are offering a two-year...

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Growing Through COP26

Growing Through COP26

Each of our Catholic Schools were given a tree by Bishop David and the NORES team, to plant in their school to commemorate COP26. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Pope Francis had been due to attend the summit but has now announced that he will send the Vatican's Secretary...

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Celebrating Our Catholic Schools

Celebrating Our Catholic Schools

Bishop David encouraged students to become the best person they can become as he celebrated Mass for the students, staff, governors and directors of all our Catholic schools. On Monday 11th October, each of our Catholic schools sent representatives to St Mary's Catholic Church in Dunstable, to celebrate Catholic education together. Usually, the church would be packed with students, however due...

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“Let us Walk on the Road Together”

“Let us Walk on the Road Together”

Pope Francis formally opened the synodal process celebrating Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Sunday 10th October. This 'listening' process will take two years to complete and will focus on 'encounter and listening which leads to discernment'. Formally titled 'For a synodal Church: communion, participation, mission', Pope Francis described the upcoming Synod as a journey in which the whole Church...

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Prisoners Sunday

Prisoners Sunday

This Sunday, 10th October is designated 'Prisoners Sunday'. It is a day when the Catholic Church of England and Wales "responds to Jesus' invitation to visit the prisoner". Pact is the national Catholic charity which provides support to men, women and young people in prison, people with convictions, and their children and families. Our vision is of a society in which justice is understood as a...

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An Urgent Call to Action from Laudato Si Animators

An Urgent Call to Action from Laudato Si Animators

Virginia Bell of the Laudato Si Animators writes: The United Nations climate talks or Conference of Parties (COP) will take place 1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow. COP26 will be the biggest summit ever hosted in the UK.It is the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement, at which over 190 countries agreed to the aim of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees...

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