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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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Diaconate Ordination of Gerard Felix

Diaconate Ordination of Gerard Felix

Bishop David ordained Mr Gerard to the permanent diaconate on Saturday 18th September at St Columba's Catholic Church in Chesham. Gerard was joined at the ceremony by many family, friends and invited guests. Bishop David reminded Gerard during the service of the humbly, yet vital role deacons play in the spiritual life of a parish saying, "We are never the centre of attention ourselves...we are...

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Bishop David Welcomes New Clergy to Our Diocese

Bishop David has welcomed new clergy to our diocese. Fr Livinus Onyebuchi, MSP will replace Fr Jude Nnadozie Iroh, MSP as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Aylesbury. Fr Sujith Pallassery MSFS, who is assistant priest to our new Vicar General, Canon Michael Harrison at Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby. Fr Maria Selvan Alexsander MSFS, is currently assisting in the St Barnabas Cluster, Milton...

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Fr Michael Turner Retires

Fr Michael Turner has  retired from St Peter's in Marlow. Fr Michael had been parish priest there since 2010. Originally, Fr Michael was a member of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception and was incarnated into our diocese in December 1994. Bishop David said "I thank him for his dedicated service and wish him a blessed and peaceful retirement". Fr Michael has also served in Slough,...

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Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Life is a national pregnancy-support charity based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, helping hundreds of women every day. They are also now members of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance. The Alliance is made up of over 100 UK charities working in the maternal support sector helping those affected by pregnancy and baby loss. About Baby Loss Awareness Week Now in its 19th year, Baby...

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Pastoral Area Chairs Meet To Discuss Synodality

Pastoral Area Chairs Meet To Discuss Synodality

Bishop David spoke to the chairs of our diocesan pastoral area councils on Saturday 11th September at the newly opened St Thomas Centre at our Cathedral in Northampton. The day focussed on the upcoming SYNOD announced recently by pope Francis. Canon Francis Higgins, appointed to oversee the synod at its diocesan level, shared the vision of the synod being an opportunity for "gracious listening"....

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Mgr Kevin McGinnell Steps Down As Episcopal Vicar

Mgr Kevin McGinnell Steps Down As Episcopal Vicar

After three decades of service to Catholic education within our diocese of Northampton, Monsignor Kevin McGinnell offered Bishop David his resignation as Episcopal Vicar for Education. He will step down from the role on December 31st 2021, having turned 70 years old earlier that month. Mgr Kevin began as RE advisor in 1990, the same year as his ordination to the priesthood. In 1993 Bishop Leo...

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Living Laudato Si

Living Laudato Si

As we approach COP26, many in our parishes are seeking ways to live out Pope Francis' key messages from his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. To help us on this journey we are invited to join a host of speakers including Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop Paul Swarbrick from Lancaster Diocese, as we aim to see tangible change inn. our local areas. Read below for more information... WHY? Faith is the...

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Luton Student Shows Racism The Red Card

Luton Student Shows Racism The Red Card

Oliver Doherty, aged 11 from St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Luton has won the Year 5-6 Creative Writing category of the annual Show Racism the Red Card School Competition. The Competition has been running for 22 years and has become the biggest equalities competition in the UK with over 23,600 entrants this year from more than 340 schools. The Competition is free to enter for all young...

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future events

October 2021

sat23oct10:00 AM5:00 PMPriesthood Discernment Day10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

November 2021

mon01nov7:30 PM8:30 PMIntroduction to the Synod webinar7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed03nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed03nov7:30 PM8:30 PMMinistry In Church7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sun07nov3:00 PM4:00 PMDiocesan Mass for People With Disabilities3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

wed10nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed10nov7:30 PM8:30 PMEucharistic Understanding7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

tue16nov7:30 PM8:30 PMThe God Who Speaks7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

tue16nov7:30 PM8:30 PMAdvent and Christmas Scriptures7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed17nov7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Eucharistic Ministers7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed17nov7:30 PM8:30 PMBeing A Eucharistic Minister7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sat20nov11:00 AM1:00 PMMental Health and Wellbeing in a Catholic Context11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

sat27nov(nov 27)10:00 AMsun28(nov 28)4:00 PMA Weekend Journey To Emmaus10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (28)

January 2022

tue18jan7:30 PM8:30 PMIntroduction To Luke7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

February 2022

fri04feb(feb 4)7:00 PMsun06(feb 6)3:00 PMLux Pilgrimage7:00 PM - 3:00 PM (6)

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