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Venerable Ignatius Spencer

Venerable Ignatius Spencer

The Road to Sainthood For Northamptonshire Priest Pope Francis has declared that a nineteenth century priest, who grew up in a Northamptonshire village is to be known as Venerable Ignatius Spencer, the Vatican has announced. If the name Spencer sounds familiar, it may be because Ignatius’ great, great, great niece is known to the world as Princess Diana. Born in London as George Spencer on 21st...

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Fr Dan Kiely

Fr Dan Kiely

On Sunday 24th January, 2021, our diocese lost a devoted priest, Fr Dan Kiely. Fr Dan died in Ireland after a long illness. Canon Kevin O’Driscoll, parish priest of Holy Family Catholic Church and Dean of the pastoral Area in Slough, knew Fr Dan most of his life. They were priests together  at the start of their priestly ministry and became good friends throughout their lives. Canon Kevin was...

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The Sunday of The Word of God

The Sunday of The Word of God

On the third Sunday in Ordinary time, the Church celebrates the Sunday of the Word of God. On the 30th September 2019, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu proprio “Aperuit illis”. Within this personal edict, Pope Francis instituted ‘The Sunday of the Word of God’ to be held on the third Sunday of Ordinary time each year. This year it will be celebrated this Sunday, 24th...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

This Monday, 18th January marks the start of the week of prayer for Christian unity. Each year a week is set aside for us to stand alongside our Christian brothers and sisters from all denominations to pray together through a particular theme. This year’s theme is ‘Abiding in Christ’. This theme is based on the words from John’s Gospel (15:1-17), “Abide in my love and you shall bear much...

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Bishop David’s Lockdown Message

Bishop David’s Lockdown Message

A Pastoral Message during the third lockdownBishop David Oakley has today released a message for clergy and laity across the Diocese of Northampton as the burden of the pandemic continues to grip us   My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last week, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. ‘Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John.’ This is an...

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Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family

Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family

I want to thank you for your faithful prayer during this time of pandemic   The past year has been challenging for all of us, and continues to be so still. There have been many weeks of lockdown and we were unable to gather  together as a community of faith to celebrate Mass and the sacraments. This has caused considerable distress for many of us. During this time, we have also discovered the...

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A Year for St Joseph

Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’. In his Apostolic letter, Patris Cordis, ‘With a Father’s Love’, Pope Francis dedicated the liturgical year to Jesus’ earthly father. 150 years since Blessed Pope Pius IX named St Joseph as patron of the Universal Catholic Church, Pope Francis wishes us all to recognise that “In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God”. St Joseph teaches us to...

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Diocese Produces New COVID-19 Guidance for Parishes

Diocese Produces New COVID-19 Guidance for Parishes

Our diocesan health and safety team, this week delivered fresh updates for parishes regarding measures that need to be taken over the Christmas period to keep everyone safe at this time. Within the guidance parishes have been instructed to rely on their risk assessments to identify any areas which may be a risk and to ensure that hygiene and social distancing can be implemented to reduce the...

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Bishop David’s Pastoral Letter for Advent

Bishop David’s Pastoral Letter for Advent

Call To Mission This Advent Bishop David written his pastoral letter for Advent focussing on the theme of mission. He has said he hopes releasing his pastoral letter on this theme will prompt us all to be preoccupied with mission in the coming months and years.  Throughout his ministry in our diocese, most of which has been in lockdown, Bishop David never misses an opportunity to remind us...

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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 Souls As 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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