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194 miles for Caritas

194 miles for Caritas

A Daventry parishioner, David Williams MBE is undertaking a gruelling charity cycle ride commencing on 1st October 2022. David will be riding part of the 'French' route of the Camino de Santiago from Leon to Santiago, approximately 194 miles and a total climb of approximately 14,400 feet He is doing this pilgrimage to raise money for the Caritas Northampton Ukraine Diocesan appeal, and...

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Bishop Leads Eucharistic Procession in Lourdes

Bishop Leads Eucharistic Procession in Lourdes

Bishop David Oakley led the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes at the end of August. With bright sunshine many pilgrims from across our diocese made the pilgrimage to Lourdes nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains in the south of France. Each year millions of pilgrims travel to Lourdes to follow in the footsteps in of St Bernadette. St Bernadette was born in 1844. Bernadette Soubirous was one of...

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Centenary of GK Chesterton’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church

Centenary of GK Chesterton’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church

 “I am the Mother of God, and this is Himself, and He is the boy you will all be wanting at the last.”.   This quotation was taken from GK Chesterton’s “Christendom in Dublin” and quoted by Canon John Udris at a special Mass on 30th July 2022 to mark the Centenary of the author’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church at St Teresa’s, Beaconsfield. GK Chesterton, probably most fondly...

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Sea Sunday

Sea Sunday

The war in Ukraine might be 1,500 miles away from the UK, but Stella Maris port chaplains, such as permanent deacon John Fogarty, who covers the Kent coast, have heard from seafarers of its terrible destruction and how it has ripped apart families. Recently, John explained, he was asked by a shipping agent to visit a ship in Sheerness and meet with the Ukrainian captain and first officer. “We...

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Bishop Calls For Co-Responsibilty

Bishop Calls For Co-Responsibilty

Bishop David Oakley has called on clergy and laity to work and lead the mission of our Church with co-responsibilty. Speaking to chaplains and RE leads in our Catholic schools, Bishop David urged them to be leaders in their communities and to walk alongside students and staff. "Collaborative ministry isn't working" he told them clarifying that it implies one person is leading and the other...

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“You Are Disciples!”

“You Are Disciples!”

Leaders of the Catholic mission of our diocese in Catholic schools gathered together in Northampton for the Chaplaincy and RE Conference. The day led jointly by Mission Northampton and our diocesan Education Service, focussed on being 'Missionary Disciples'. Following some opening moments of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Bishop David spoke on the theme. He encouraged those gathered not...

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National Synthesis – Synod Update

National Synthesis – Synod Update

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have released the national synthesis which will be sent to the Synod Office in Rome alongside a response from the Bishops of England and Wales. The synthesis is a result of the diocesan reports resulting from the listening conversations which happened locally in parishes. The Catholic Church in England and Wales has been following the Synodal Process...

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Bishop Announces Clergy Moves

Bishop Announces Clergy Moves

Bishop David has announced the following clergy appointments: Fr Allan R. Jones, CRIC is to become Parish Priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Luton. Fr Dr James Cassidy, CRIC is to become Assistant Priest of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Luton. Fr Mirek Misiura is to become Parish Priest of Our Lady of Charity and St Augustine, Daventry. Fr Eustace Durugbo is to become Parish Priest of St Margaret of...

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Our Families Receive the Spirit Of Life

Our Families Receive the Spirit Of Life

On Sunday 26th June 2022, our diocese gathered together to celebrate family life, with the latest global celebration of the World Meeting of Families. In 2018, many from our diocese travelled to Dublin for the conference but this year Pope Francis has asked dioceses to stay at home and celebrate in their own areas. As the service of thanksgiving got underway, Sam and Louis Canning, part of the...

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Faith In Action

Faith In Action

Bishop David joined 40 young people from three secondary schools across our diocese for the annual schools 'Faith In Action' day.  The day is hosted by St Paul's school in Milton Keynes and this year is their first in person meeting since 2019. Pax Christi and the Columban Missionaries support St Paul's in the delivery of the day which this year focussed on a theme of hospitality with particular...

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“Families Are Important” Bishop Speaks on Fathers Day

“Families Are Important” Bishop Speaks on Fathers Day

Bishop David has issued a pastoral letter on The Most Holy Today and Blood of Christ, 19th June 2022. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Today is Father’s Day. One of my earliest memories is being lifted up on my Father’s shoulders so that I could see the Corpus Christi Procession passing by. This was an annual event in our parish, full of pageantry and mystery. It truly was awesome. It was...

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Celebrate Families At Home

Celebrate Families At Home

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) takes place in Rome from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June and Pope Francis has asked that the emphasis be placed on celebrating family life within the local church in dioceses and parishes. The World Meeting of Families was instituted by Pope St John Paul II in 1994. The week is organised and promoted by the Vatican...

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Fr Bernard Hughes RIP

Fr Bernard Hughes RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rev Bernard Hughes who died peacefully at home on 24th May. Fr Bernard had been a retired priest of our diocese since 2002 and was 82 years old when he passed away. Fr Bernard was ordained to the priesthood 1964 band spent most of his priesthood were spent in Luton apart from a four year mission at Holy Family in Slough. His first parish was...

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Fr Edmund Worthy RIP

Fr Edmund Worthy RIP

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rev Edmund Worthy who died peacefully at home on Tuesday 7th June. Fr Edmund had been a retired priest of our diocese since 2015. Fr Edmund was ordained to the priesthood 1997 by Bishop Leo McCarty.The first years of his priesthood were spent in Luton at the parishes of St Josephs and then Our Lady's. In 2001 he moved to Our Lady of Peace in...

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Rome @ Home

Rome @ Home

The 10th World Meeting of Families (WMOF)  https://www.romefamily2022.com/en/wmof/ is being held in Rome from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June 2022.   There are many events and seminars being live streamed during the week and Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass from St Peter's on 25 June 2022 at 16:30UK time. Whilst in previous years many have travelled to join the global event, this time...

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Disability Mass Founder Fondly Remembered

Disability Mass Founder Fondly Remembered

On 1st May the church of St. John's in Sundon Park, Luton, was full as those who attend the monthly Mass for people with disabilities fondly remembered and prayed for Kathy Scott. She, along with Judith Beare, founded the Mass over 40 years ago and she died during pandemic times. Kathy's family attended and other people who also died during lockdown and who were so part of the group - Jim...

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future events

October 2022

sat01oct12:00 PMsat1:00 PMMass For Married Life12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

sat08oct10:30 AMsat4:00 PMYouth Ministry Conference10:30 AM - 4:00 PM

mon10oct(oct 10)4:00 PMthu13(oct 13)4:00 PMRelics of Saint Bernadette4:00 PM - 4:00 PM (13)

November 2022

mon14nov10:00 AMmon3:00 PMMaking the most of the massA DAY COURSE WITH FATHER PAUL TURNER [ICEL & USA]10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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