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Being a new priest during lockdown

Being a new priest during lockdown

  On Saturday 26th September 2020, Bidhop David ordanined a new man to our diocesan presbyterate, Daniel Rooke. Fr Daniel shares some thoughts on his first few months as a Priest. There are many thoughts and expectations that inevitably go through the mind during the six years of seminary preparing for priestly ordination; I would consider the kinds of ministry I might come to be involved...

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Statement on Safeguarding

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES Statement on Safeguarding Friday 20th November 2020   The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition...

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Advent missionary disciples

Advent missionary disciples

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new year of grace. From a personal view of things, this is my favourite season of the liturgical year. At the beginning of the year, we make resolutions. Perhaps it would be a good thing to think about our personal spiritual resolutions in the coming Church’s year. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to hear or read my pastoral...

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Food Bank for new Northampton Centre

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton is delighted to welcome a new initiative in a brand-new building! Thirty-two families received boxes full of food donated through Revolution Zero. The delivery and packing service aims to reach those in most need across the town of Northampton over the coming months. Ten volunteers gave their time to make this project a reality at a time when we know...

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Mass For Those Who Have Died Through COVID-19

Mass For Those Who Have Died Through COVID-19

Bishop David Celebrates Mass For Those Who Have Died Through COVID-19 On Tuesday 10th November, Bishop David celebrated Mass for all those who have died from the COVID-19 virus this year. The Mass was live streamed from our Cathedral in Northampton. The Mass is the first of four Masses for the deceased throughout November which Bishop David will preside at. Wearing a purple chasuble to represent...

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IICSA Report Released

IICSA Report Released

Today, The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse released a report into their findings related to the inquiry into the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Below is the statement released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional...

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Prayer and catechesis with Bishop David

Prayer and catechesis with Bishop David

Prayer and Catechesis with Bishop David for the month of the Holy SoulsAs we experience the second national lockdown and this month of the holy souls, Bishop David will lead us each week for a few minutes of catechesis and prayer. Focussing on a different theme each week, Bishop David takes time to teach us form the chapel at his home in Northampton as we navigate through these uncertain times....

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New Head Teacher – Burnham

New Head Teacher – Burnham

New Head Teacher - Our Lady of Peace, Burnham  On Tuesday 3rd November 2020, staff and governors came together at Our Lady of Peace Church, Burnham, to celebrate the induction of the new Headteacher of Our Lady of Peace primary school, Mrs Janet Holden. Mgr Kevin McGinnell, Episcopal Vicar for Education, accompanied by Father Joseph Udoh gave the Mass in honour of Mrs Holden who was accompanied...

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Covid 19 Diocesan Update

Covid 19 Diocesan Update

Covid 19 Diocesan Update On 4 November 2020, Parliament passed into law The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020. These are in force from 5 November to 2 December 2020. As well as the Regulations, the Government has updated its Guidance for the safe use of places of worship to reflect current circumstances. The Regulations preclude gatherings for...

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World Mission Sunday 2020: Here I am, send me!

World Mission Sunday 2020: Here I am, send me!

World Mission Sunday 2020: Here I am, send me!   orld Mission Sunday - the one day in the year when the entire global Church comes together in support of mission - is happening on 18 October with a shout of courage and faith: ‘Here I am, send me!’ This special day is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world. It is a moment of grace to express solidarity with our brothers and sisters...

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The God Who Speaks – Our Liturgy of the Word

The God Who Speaks – Our Liturgy of the Word

The God Who Speaks – Our Liturgy of the Word Are you seeking to develop your engagement with the scriptures? If so, a series of 3 online zoom sessions exploring the upcoming lectionary readings and seasons of the liturgical year is being offered by NORES. Led by Mgr Kevin McGinnell and Alex Heath these sessions will cover themes such as: Marks Gospel and the Season of Advent The Importance of...

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A time to listen

A time to listen

A Time to Listen It has been one year since the first diocesan Mass for victims and survivors of abuse. Much has happened during that time both within our diocese and outside! Not least of all for our diocese, we have a new Bishop. Bishop David Oakley has continued the work and ministry of his predecessor, Bishop Peter Doyle in meeting and engaging with those who have been hurt by the actions of...

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Family Fast Day 2020

Family Fast Day 2020

CAFOD online events for Family Fast Day CAFOD is launching a series of online events for Family Fast from 8-11 October. This is a Harvest like no other, and while we face severe challenges at home, our sisters and brothers in some of the world’s poorest communities desperately need our help too. Join together in prayer and community while helping the most vulnerable.  Sign up for a Eucharistic...

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Feast of the Holy Rosary

Feast of the Holy Rosary

The Feast of the Holy Rosary From Bishop David The Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the 7th October, and this month is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Many of us will pray this blessed prayer every day, with an opportunity to reflect upon the mysteries of salvation in the life of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. On the 31st October, the Walsingham Shrine team have...

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Bishop David Thanks Parish Volunteers

Bishop David Thanks Parish Volunteers

Bishop David Thanks Parish VolunteersBishop David has written to priests to pass his thanks onto volunteers who are stewarding in our catholic churches and making it possible for them to remain open. Recognising the struggle many churches face to find volunteers and the pressure on those who do volunteer as the pandemic continues much longer than any of anticipated, Bishop David writes: My dear...

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Virtual Retreats From Turvey Abbey

Virtual Retreats From Turvey Abbey

Virtual Retreats From Turvey Abbey The pandemic has made it impossible for many people to spend time with our Lord on retreat this year. Sister Judith who is a Olivetan Benedictine Sister based at Turvey Abbey has produced an online virtual retreat for anyone who wishes to spend some quality time reflecting with Our Lord. Sister Judith writes: “Due to the current crisis we are not able to...

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