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National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week

As we seek to promote and support marriage and family life, National Marriage Week takes place between 7th - 14th February, ending on St Valentines day. You can download a resource here  Lead Bishop for marriage and family life, Bishop David Evans has written this message: Marriage is God’s gift to men and women. It is an expression of the depth of human loving, of its enduring reality and of...

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Through the Desert God Leads us to Freedom

Through the Desert God Leads us to Freedom

Pope Francis delivered his Lent message for 2024 on 1st February. Dear brothers and sisters! When our God reveals himself, his message is always one of freedom: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Ex 20:2). These are the first words of the Decalogue given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Those who heard them were quite familiar with the exodus...

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Joint Anglican and Catholic Bishops Meeting

Joint Anglican and Catholic Bishops Meeting

Bishop David Oakley was one of 42 Bishops of the Catholic Church and Church of England who gathered for the joint Anglican and Catholic Bishops meeting in Norwich this week.  The Right Reverend Graham Usher, Anglican Bishop of Norwich, hosted the meeting in which the Bishops reflected on subjects such as the King's coronation, the synodal journey of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church’s...

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A Story of Forgiveness

A Story of Forgiveness

In May 2008, Jimmy Mizen, a 16 year old boy from South London, walked into a local bakery with his older brother. After a few minutes somebody else entered the bakery. Jake was known to the brothers as he had been cautioned by the police years earlier for harassing the older brother and on this occasion brushed past the brothers which resulted in a scuffle. During the scuffle, Jake hurled a...

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God’s Love Letter

God’s Love Letter

Sunday 21st January, the third Sunday in ordinary time marked Sunday for the Word of God in the Catholic Church. This Sunday was instigated by Pope Francis on the Feast of St Jerome in 2019. The Focus of this Sunday is the Bible, the Word of God and parishes across the world are encouraged to highlight the Word of God amongst us with particular emphasis on celebration, study and dissemination of...

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Bishop David’s Message For The Fourth Week of Advent

Bishop David’s Message For The Fourth Week of Advent

24th December 2024 To my dear sisters and brothers in Christ, On this Christmas Eve, our season of advent is nearly completed, now we are going to think about the theme of Love. We have reflected over the weeks on hope, joy and peace, and now we are going to think about love. That single English word has so many meanings and in the Greek Language, there are many words for love. As always, with...

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Bishop David’s Message For The Third week of Advent

Bishop David’s Message For The Third week of Advent

In this third week of advent, you will notice that the colour of the candle is different to the usual purple. It is a rose coloured candle symbolising Gaudete Sunday. ‘Gaudete, Christus est natus’, ‘Rejoice! that Christ is born’. Joy is a gift from God, we recognise that. We are mindful of the many times we have tried to manufacture joy. But the Prophet Isaiah gives us a picture of joy when he...

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Bishop David’s Message For The Second Week of Advent

Bishop David’s Message For The Second Week of Advent

To my dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In this second week of advent, we will reflect for a moment on the theme of peace. Of course, when we look around our world today, during these advent weeks, we see so much need for peace. We see peace needed in the wars that are taking place in the Ukraine and in the Holy Land. We see the need for peace in our communities, we recognise the need for...

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The New Eve

The New Eve

Homily by Bishop David Oakley Solemnity of Our Lady immaculate At the entrance to Our Lady of Grace church, High Wycombe, there is a simple drawing of Mary greeting Eve. It has captured my imagination over the past few weeks. It is an image by Sr Grace Remington, a Cistercian of the Abbey of Our Lady of the Mississipi. We see the serpent, wrapped around Eve’s leg, holding her back as it were....

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Bishop David’s Message For The First Week of Advent

Bishop David’s Message For The First Week of Advent

To my dear sisters and brothers in Christ, In this first week of the advent season, I wish to consider the theme of ‘Hope’. Let me share with you some words from the Prophet Isaiah, “Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult, let the wasteland rejoice and bloom, let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil, let it rejoice and sing for joy”. I love the words of the prophets because they speak to...

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Not Servants, but Friends

Not Servants, but Friends

Mass of Thanksgiving for all donors Homily Bishop David Oakley It is good that we should come together today, to offer this diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving, for all those who have generously contributed as donors to our diocese. May I share with you a story from my young childhood? When it was coming time to celebrate my mother's birthday, my father would always ask me the question, “son, what are...

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Port Chaplains at Christmas

Port Chaplains at Christmas

Many of us want to be at home at Christmas, surrounded by family and friends. But if you are a seafarer, you’re likely to find yourself in a port somewhere in a foreign land. Or at sea on a ship, heading to your next port of call. This can serve to enhance the loneliness and isolation many seafarers already experience when they are thousands of miles away from their families. Even on the largest...

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“Rejoicing in Hope” (Rom 12:12)

“Rejoicing in Hope” (Rom 12:12)

A Message from Pope Francis to Young People of the World:  Dear Young People, This past August I met hundreds of thousands of your contemporaries from all over the world who converged on Lisbon for World Youth Day. During the pandemic and all its uncertainties, we had hoped that this great moment of encounter with Christ and with other young people could take place. Our hopes were realized, and...

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“We Have A Message For The World”

“We Have A Message For The World”

The Prisons Advice and Care Trust welcomed clergy, staff and volunteers to the St Thomas Centre on Saturday 18th November for a ‘Just People’ roadshow. Pact is the national Catholic charity supporting prisoners and their families. The charity works in 6 prisons in the diocese of Northampton. Bishop David welcomed Pact staff Theresa Alessandro and Marie Norbury to the St Thomas’ Centre for a...

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Sixty Second Advent

Sixty Second Advent

The diocesan communications department have announced the launch of a new set of videos for the popular 60 Second Series.  This series, focussed on the beauty of Advent is aimed at sharing the message of God’s love for those who only have one minute to reflect on this season of Advent. As we prepare to celebrate the coming of Christ Jesus, Fr Brendan Seery, parish priest at Our Lady's help of...

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“Come And See!”

“Come And See!”

In November 2020, Pope Francis called for a relaunch of World Youth Day (previously celebrated annually on Palm Sunday) and asked the global Catholic community to celebrate Youth Sunday locally on the Solemnity of Christ the King, which, this year falls on Sunday the 26th of November 2023. On this day we pray especially for our young people and recognise the gifts they bring to our Church...

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future events

April 2024

tue16apr7:00 PMtue8:00 PMLife In The Spirit Seminar7:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

tue23apr7:00 PMtue8:00 PMLife In The Spirit Seminar7:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

tue30apr7:00 PMtue8:00 PMLife In The Spirit Seminar7:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

May 2024

tue07may7:00 PMtue8:00 PMLife In The Spirit Seminar7:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat11may11:00 AMsat3:30 PMDiocesan Music Day11:00 AM - 3:30 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat18may7:00 PMsat8:00 PMLife In The Spirit Retreat Day7:00 PM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

fri24may7:30 PMfri8:45 PMSycamore Webinar7:30 PM - 8:45 PM(GMT+01:00)

June 2024

sat08jun12:00 PMsat5:00 PMWalsingham Pilgrimage12:00 PM - 5:00 PM(GMT+01:00)

July 2024

sat06jul11:00 AMsat5:00 AMBecket Festival Mass and Pilgrimage11:00 AM - 5:00 AM(GMT+01:00)

sun07jul3:00 PMsun4:00 PMBecket Festival Lecture3:00 PM - 4:00 PM(GMT+01:00)

August 2024

fri23aug(aug 23)10:00 AMfri30(aug 30)11:00 PMLourdes Pilgrimage10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (30)(GMT+01:00)

September 2024

sat14sep8:00 AMsat8:00 PMAdoremus Eucharistic Congress8:00 AM - 8:00 PM(GMT+00:00)

sat21sep11:00 AMsat3:30 PMDiocesan Music Day for Parishioners11:00 AM - 3:30 PM(GMT+00:00)

November 2024

sat02nov10:30 AMsat4:00 PMDiocesan Mission Conference10:30 AM - 4:00 PM(GMT+00:00)