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To those waiting to receive the sacraments

To those waiting to receive the sacraments

Bishop David is very conscious that there are a considerable number of people around the Diocese who are due to be baptised or received into full communion with the Church, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to receive their First Holy Communion. All these celebrations are currently delayed through the coronavirus crisis. Bishop David sends the following messages to all those waiting...

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Pope Francis Sends Condolences for Loss of Bishop Leo McCartie

Pope Francis Sends Condolences for Loss of Bishop Leo McCartie

Bishop Leo McCartie, Emeritus Bishop of Northampton died on the evening of Thursday 23rd April in St Joseph’s Home in Birmingham, aged 94. Last July Bishop Leo celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the then current Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and Archbishop Kevin McDonald who replaced Bishop Leo in Northampton. Bishop Leo was born in Hartlepool on...

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A special Urbi et Orbi blessing

A special Urbi et Orbi blessing

The Pope has announced that on Friday, 27 March, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the facade of the Church. “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication” he said. The ceremony will consist in readings from the Scriptures, prayers of supplication, and...

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Bishop David’s 1st Pastoral Letter

Bishop David’s 1st Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter from Bishop David     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. These words of the Apostle Paul root us firmly where we belong, in the grace and peace of God. Things are not turning out as we may have imagined, even a few weeks ago now, and this is not the letter I had hoped to send you as my first...

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Covid 19 liturgical response

Covid 19 liturgical response

Masses Suspended as of Saturday 21st March Following the advice announced by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, we would like to reiterate that all Masses have been suspended this weekend. Our main priority is to protect those most vulnerable to the coronavirus and we know this is not a decision taken lightly. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND YOUR PARISH CHURCH FOR MASS.  This is not an...

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Farewell Mass for Bishop Peter

Farewell Mass for Bishop Peter

Northampton Cathedral was full on Saturday 22nd February for the farewell Mass for Bishop Peter Doyle. Bishop Peter is retiring since he has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75,  for Bishops and Priests. A large number of priests and deacons alongside religious sisters and laity attended the Mass to give thanks for his 14.5 years of Episcopal ministry in our diocese. Our new Bishop, Canon...

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NORES A-level students conference

NORES A-level students conference

The Northampton Diocesan Office for RE, Catechesis and Schools (NORES) recently hosted a conference for over 70 A-level Religious Studies students from schools across our diocese in the diocesan centre at Holy Ghost, Luton. The day combined presentations on topics relevant to their study with a workshop enabling students from different schools to work together on common tasks. It proved to be a...

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LUX VOX

LUX VOX

At the beginning of February, record numbers of young people enjoyed the Lux weekend hosted by the NYMO team. This years theme of ‘VOX’ encouraged us to make space to listen to the voice of God in our lives through scripture.Great fun was had through the weekend whilst friendships were formed and in this environment, and formation taking place. Joining us for the weekend were Mairi-Claire...

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Two new Multi Academy Trusts

In February 2020 an exciting new chapter in the evolution of our Catholic schools will begin. Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) are groups of schools formally working together to provide a strong Catholic identity within the community and improve the prospects of the pupils in their care. Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and the Diocesan Trustees have encouraged all schools to join their local...

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Tim Redding

Tim Redding

Our diocese is saying goodbye to a long standing member of staff. Mr Tim Redding is to leave his post as Financial Secretary in March, to take up a position with the Anglican Diocese of Chichester. Tim is leaving to be closer to his family who live in the area. Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) thanks Tim for all he has given to our diocese over the 17 years he has been with us and wishes him well in...

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St Michaels Aylesbury

St Michaels Aylesbury

Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) today (11-12-19) visited the new catholic satellite school in Aylesbury, St Michaels. Attached to the existing site in High Wycombe, the school has pupils in years 7 and 8. Emeritus Bishop Peter was delighted to meet the staff and students and see first hand the difference the school is making to the catholic community in Aylesbury.

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Young Adults Brunch

Young Adults Brunch

On the last Saturday of the month, more than 20 young adults gathered for the first young adults brunch. They began with food and conversation and moved onto prayer and engaging teaching delivered by Deacon Liam Lynch. This new initiative will take place on the last Saturday of each month (except December). For more information visit www.nymo.org/brunch

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Celebrating 12 years of priesthood

Celebrating 12 years of priesthood

Congratulations to Fr Nicholas from St Anthony’s in Slough. Fr Nicholas celebrated 12 years of priesthood and Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) celebrated Mass in the parish on the 1st December.

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Patronal Feast of Our Lady Immaculate

Patronal Feast of Our Lady Immaculate

Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) celebrated Mass for our diocesan patronal feast of Our Lady Immaculate on Saturday 7th December. Clergy and people gathered to celebrate this feast alongside the opening of ‘Year of The Word’. Emeritus Bishop Peter urges the faithful to: “Listen to God’s Word in groups together and let God’s word be at the centre”

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Our diocesan finance board

Our diocesan finance board met today for their winter meeting. We are delighted to announce that Brid Vaughan, Andrew Clutterbuck, Kathy Goodwin and Peter Commons has joined the board from today. Sadly, we say goodbye to Charles Whitehead and Margaret Harwood after 10 and 7 years service respectively. Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) thanked them both for all they offered as members of the board.

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Father Wilson Sebastian MSFS

Bishop Peter (now Emeritus) wrote: "It is with the greatest sadness that I write to let you know that one of the Fransalian priests who help us so much in the Diocese, Father Wilson Sebastian MSFS, did not appear for Mass this morning at St Edward's, Kettering and was found dead in bed." Fr Wilson had been Assistant Priest at Kettering since September 2018, prior to which he was assisting at Our...

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