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Not Perfect But Chosen

Not Perfect But Chosen

Young people from across the diocese of Northampton joined NYMO, our diocesan youth ministry team at the weekend for the latest in the series of the LUX residential weekends. This year the group focussed on the theme of 'Flawless', a theme derived from the synod feedback from young people and they had time to reflect on being chosen but not perfect. They were encouraged to consider what being...

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24 Hours For The Lord

24 Hours For The Lord

In 2014, Pope Francis initiated a worldwide prayer initiative for Catholic, 24 hours for the Lord. The theme for this year is ‘Be merciful to me a sinner’ (Luke 18:13). Over the days Friday 17th March and Saturday 18th March each pastoral area has been encouraged to offer the faithful an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation within the context of eucharistic Adoration. Each year during...

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Racial Justice Sunday

Racial Justice Sunday

  The theme for Racial Justice Sunday is: “All are included in the mission of Christ and His Church. Let us walk together, pray together and work together” We are encourage to consider how we may be inclusive in our mission. Speaking about Racial Justice Sunday, Bishop David said “ I invite you to pray, that all of us together will be involved in the mission of our church. That we will...

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World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life

Bishop David celebrated Mass for religious brothers, sisters and priests on Thursday 2nd November in St Mary’s Catholic Church, Woburn Sands. Religious orders from across the diocese were represented as Mass was celebrated in the Church before they enjoyed lunch in the parish hall provided by the team at Café 1850. The world day for consecrated life was instigated by Pope John Paul ii in 1997...

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“Our Parishes Are Not For The Few”

“Our Parishes Are Not For The Few”

  Pope Francis has released his prayer intention for February focussed on ‘the Parish’. Encouraging parishes to be “generous and open to all” Pope Francis warned against being an exclusive club “for the few”. The message is clear throughout the video, there are “no special requirements for entering our churches”. All are welcome should be a sign on the door of each church. Pope Francis went...

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The First Proclamation Must Ring Out Over and Over!

The First Proclamation Must Ring Out Over and Over!

Short Gospel Message (Kerygmatic) Videos for use in Catechesis Now Available Mission Northampton have produced a series of 12 short teaching and testimony videos that catechists can use to help them share the Gospel message (the kerygma). The Gospel themed videos feature a variety of people from our Diocese who have generously shared their talents, faith stories and time to help bring this...

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Life Cycle 2023

Life Cycle 2023

A charity bike ride around the perimeter of the Northampton Diocese is taking place in August this year. Led by Milton Keynes parishioner, Anna Kearns the cycle ride will be supporting the charity Baby Basics. The ride is estimated to take thirteen days covering a huge area of the Northampton diocese across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and parts of Berkshire north of the river...

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Embracing Authentic Synodality!

Embracing Authentic Synodality!

“We do not have to wait to see where this journey of the world-wide Church will take us. This is the moment we can embrace an authentic synodality in the way we live our diocesan life.”   In Advent 2022 Bishop David announced the founding of an Office for Synodality for our diocese.  We had experienced the power of Synod processes to transform our conversations last year, even when carried out...

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Banish the mid-winter blues!

Banish the mid-winter blues!

Join Friends of the Holy Land for an unforgettable evening of uplifting music on Thursday 16th February to raise your spirits for the year ahead whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for the most in need of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. To help you start 2023 with some joy, Friends of the Holy Land offer you a rare musical experience - a wonderful evening of virtuoso...

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Sunday of the Word of God 2023

Sunday of the Word of God 2023

  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”. This year the third Sunday falls on Sunday 22nd January Reflecting on the importance of the Word of God, Bishop David said “It is important...

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Week Of Christian Unity

Week Of Christian Unity

  The week of Christian Unity is traditionally observed during the octave of St Peter and St Paul, 18th-25th January. This year a focus has been placed on how we can work together to contribute to the promotion of racial justice. This theme has been presented under the guidance of the churches in Minneapolis. They chose the theme, “Do good; seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17). Bishop David, who...

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National Safeguarding Agency Visit Northampton

National Safeguarding Agency Visit Northampton

The Catholic safeguarding standards agency visited our diocese on Tuesday 17th January to lead our clergy in some training following an invitation from our diocesan safeguarding team. The CSSA was created following the publication of the Elliot report. They exist as a regulatory function for Catholic diocese across England and Wales.  The Elliot report was commissioned in October 2019, by the...

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“None of us can be saved alone”

“None of us can be saved alone”

This Sunday, the second Sunday of ordinary time, is national peace Sunday across our Church, following the international day of peace. The theme of this years peace Sunday is “No one can be saved alone. Combatting Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace.” Pope Francis expressed more on this theme in his full message for the day.  Vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference...

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Visits Schools

Our Lady of Guadalupe Visits Schools

On Monday, 5th December Mrs Joan Kedward and Fr Wayne Coughlin (both Guardians of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bedford) visited St Thomas More Catholic School, Brickhill to rededicate the school’s Marian Home Shine. The assembly began with a lovely introduction from the school’s Lay Chaplain, Mrs Helen Burgess and beautiful Advent prayers led by two students.  Joan then spoke movingly about how Jesus...

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Pastoral Letter For Advent

Pastoral Letter For Advent

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Today’s Gospel speaks to us of things which lie in the future. And yet we are aware of them now. Here and now we experience a foretaste of these events. We were busy about our affairs when a world-wide pandemic came along which affected all our lives. The apostle Paul tells us today, being a follower of Christ means we ‘must wake up now’. We must recognise...

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New Provider For Safe Spaces

New Provider For Safe Spaces

The Church of England, The Church in Wales and The Catholic Church in England and Wales are pleased to announce ongoing support for victims and survivors of church-related abuse, through their Safe Spaces project, with newly appointed, independent provider First Light. Safe Spaces is a free national support service which offers a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been...

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future events

February 2023

thu23feb(feb 23)7:30 PMthu02mar(mar 2)8:30 PMLight Up Lent!7:30 PM - (March 2) 8:30 PM

sun26feb3:00 PMsun4:00 PMRite of Election3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

March 2023

thu23feb(feb 23)7:30 PMthu02mar(mar 2)8:30 PMLight Up Lent!7:30 PM - (March 2) 8:30 PM

sat11mar11:00 AMsat12:30 PMWaiting For Gift with Sr Gemma Simmonds11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

fri17mar(mar 17)7:00 PMsat18(mar 18)7:00 PM24 Hours For The Lord7:00 PM - 7:00 PM (18)

sat25mar9:00 AMsat5:00 PMEncounter - Northampton9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 2023

sat13may11:00 AMsat6:00 PMEncounter - Slough11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

June 2023

sat10jun12:00 PMsat5:00 PMDiocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

July 2023

fri07jul11:00 AMfri1:00 PMTranslation of the Relics of Saint Thomas Becket11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

August 2023

sun13aug(aug 13)11:00 AMthu17(aug 17)2:00 PMLife Teen Summer Camp11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (17)