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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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Bishop To Preach at GK Chesterton Pilgrimage

Bishop To Preach at GK Chesterton Pilgrimage

Bishop David has announced he will preach at the 12th annual GK Chesterton pilgrimage on Saturday 30th July 2022, the hundredth anniversary of GK Chesterton’s conversion. GK Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher and theologian born in 1874. He lived in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire within our diocesan boundary, and is buried in a cemetery in the town. He is well known to many today as...

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Taking Liturgy Seriously

Taking Liturgy Seriously

As part of their commitment to promote and support the liturgy of the Catholic Church, The Society of Saint Gregory will be offering a new modular study course, aimed at developing liturgical understanding.  The course, which will be run in partnership with the London Jesuit Centre, starts in September and will take place via Zoom. Held over 1 year, each module will comprise 3 sessions and...

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Bishop Appoints Episcopal Vicars

Bishop Appoints Episcopal Vicars

Bishop David has appointed three new Episcopal Vicars to oversee the ministry of three newly initiated vicariates.The three vicariates will cover the areas of governance (Servant King), clergy (Priest) and mission (Prophet). Frs Simon Penhalagan (Prophet), Andy Richardson (Priest) and Christopher Perry (Servant-King) will take up their responsibilities from September 2021. More about the...

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Bishop Introduces New Curial Vicariates

Bishop Introduces New Curial Vicariates

Bishop David has announced the creation of three vicariates as a framework for curial services to support the mission of our Diocese as per canon 476. The vicariates are named as priest, prophet and servant king. The Church exists to continue this divine work in our world today and the bishop exercises these threefold offices of Christ. Each curial department, agency and activity, works on...

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NYMO Announce Youth Ministry Conference

NYMO Announce Youth Ministry Conference

After 18 months of online ministry and support for parish youth ministers, NYMO are delighted to announce the dates for the next Youth Ministry Conference, in person! On Saturday 9th October, youth ministers, catechists and all those engaged in a ministry with young people are invited to gather to reflect and consider ways to re-engage our youth in the life of our local churches. Following...

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Bishop Appoints NBCEW Diocesan Link

Bishop Appoints NBCEW Diocesan Link

Bishop David has appointed Helen Burgess of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flitwick as the diocesan link for the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW). Accepting the post Helen said "Taking up this position I was encouraged by Bishop David. I hadn’t heard of NBCW but learnt very quickly how they aim to give Catholic women a voice" Diocesan Links are appointed by Bishops to act as a liaison...

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Pastoral Area Changes

Pastoral Area Changes

Upon consultation and discernment, Bishop David has implemented the following amalgamations and changes to pastoral areas:  The two former Northampton pastoral areas of Northampton South and West and Northampton North and East are to be amalgamated. Canon Brendan Killeen, has been asked to take responsibilities as Dean of the enlarged Northampton Pastoral Area. He has generously accepted the...

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Bishop David Receives His Portrait

Bishop David Receives His Portrait

Bishop David has been presented with his portrait following the installations and Mass with the Cathedral chapter.  He unveiled the portrait in the presence of all the cathedral chapter.  The portrait was painted by Harriet Dahan-Bouchard, a young artist based in London. Harriet has had a thorough training in the naturalistic tradition of drawing and painting from life using sight-size, a...

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February 2022

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

wed23feb7:30 PM8:30 PMPreparing For Lent7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

March 2022

tue01mar6:00 PM7:00 AMDivine Renovation - What is God Saying to The Church?6:00 PM - 7:00 AM

sun06mar3:00 PM4:00 PMRite of Election3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

April 2022

wed06apr7:30 PM8:30 PMPreparing For The Triduum7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed20apr7:30 PM8:30 PMCelebrating Eastertide7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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