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Bishop David Celebrates Mass In Walsingham

Bishop David Celebrates Mass In Walsingham

Our diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham took place on Saturday 12th June. Due to covid restrictions, The pilgrimage was remote for most of the diocese.  Bishop David began the pilgrimage by praying the Angelus at midday followed by Mass. He was joined in Walsingham by the pilgrimage director, Deacon Michael Fleming.  The new Rector of the Shrine, Mgr Philip Moger welcomed...

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Jithu James Ordained Deacon

Jithu James Ordained Deacon

Our diocese gained a transitional Deacon on Saturday 6th June as Jithu James was ordained at Oscott Seminary. Jithu has been studying for the past 5 years at St Mary’s college and hopes to be ordained to the priesthood next summer. A transitional deacon refers to the state of a man, ordained deacon in preparation for priestly ordination to follow as oppose to a permanent deacon you may know in...

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Rosary Rally

Rosary Rally

Bishop David will pray the rosary live from Northampton Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 30th May, the feast of the Holy Trinity. He will be praying for our family intentions, & for the peace of Nations and the conversion to Christ of peoples. The core intentions are for a renewal of Faith, Life and Peace. In this Year of St. Joseph we pray to invoke the special protection of the Holy Family upon...

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Bishop David Appoints New Vicar General

Bishop David Appoints New Vicar General

Bishop David is delighted to announce that Canon Michael Harrison has been appointed as the next Vicar General of the Diocese of Northampton.  Ordained in July 1990 in All Saints Church, Bletchley, Canon Michael moved to his current posting in Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby in 2014. He was installed as  a canon of the cathedral chapter in 2016. He has also served parishes in Slough, Northampton,...

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Reclaim Our Common Home

Reclaim Our Common Home

“We don’t know what 2021 will reserve for us, but what all of us can do together is make a bit more effort to take care of each other.” Pope Francis The coronavirus crisis has proved that we need greater cooperation between nations, solidarity between people and a greater focus on the poorest in society, as they struggle to cope with poverty, hunger and in many places, the impact of climate...

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Bishop David Appoints New Amicus Clero

Bishop David Appoints New Amicus Clero

Bishop David has appointed Canon John Udris to be Amicus Clero for the diocese of Northampton. Canon John is returning to our diocese this summer following ten years as spiritual director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, the seminary where many of our priests trained, to be parish priest of St Peters in Marlow. Amicus Clero, means ‘friend of the clergy’ and is a listening ear for any priest with...

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Bishop Calls For Authentic, Spirit Filled Joy

Bishop Calls For Authentic, Spirit Filled Joy

Bishop David called for joyful action stemming from being filled by the love of the Holy Spirit. Speaking at Northampton Cathedral on the Solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, Bishop David spoke of needing to “fill up the tank and stop running on empty!”. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples as tongues of fire and the Church was born as the disciples went out to...

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Bishops Pastoral Letter for Pentecost

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have prepared a pastoral letter on the environment for Pentecost Sunday. The Solemnity of Pentecost reminds us that everything which exists, every person and the whole of creation, is a gift of “God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” God our loving Father creates and continues to give life to the world through His Word, Jesus Christ, in...

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New Covid-19 Guidelines For Our Churches

The Diocese of Northampton has produced new Covid-19 guidance based on the guidance from the government and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. The risk based approach aims to both ensure public safety and build confidence in local situations. Some practices remain in place such as routine cleaning, hand sanitisation, wearing of face coverings, good ventilation, stewarding,...

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Clergy Moves

Clergy Moves

Bishop David has announced the first set of clergy moves since his appointment as Bishop in March 2020. Fr Andy Ollard is appointed Parish Priest to St Bernardine of Siena at Buckingham, with a brief also to reach out to the students in the neighbouring University. Fr Roy Karakkattu, MSFS is appointed Priest in Charge to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Chesham Bois and also at St Aidan’s,...

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Bishop David Appoints A New Diocesan Chancellor

Bishop David Appoints A New Diocesan Chancellor

Bishop David has appointed Fr Brendan Seery as the new Chancellor for the Diocese of Northampton. Fr Brendan succeeds Monsignor Sean Healy who will be stepping down as chancellor after 14 years in the role. The diocesan chancellor provides information and advice to the Bishop and other curial staff on the effects of canon law in pastoral practices. He shares, through delegation from the Bishop...

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Catholic Bishops Respond To IICSA Report

In November 2020, IICSA, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, published a report following a focussed investigation into the activities of the Roman Catholic Church. The report carried seven recommendations under the titles; leadership, training, compliance, external auditing, canon law (specifically canon 1395), catholic safeguarding advisory service website and policies and...

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Celebrating Eucharistic Ministers

Celebrating Eucharistic Ministers

Bishop David and our diocesan liturgy commission invites all those who have served as Lay Ministers of the Eucharist to join him in praying a holy hour on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Sunday 6th June 2021 at 3pm. Lay Ministers are invited to attend in person or to join via the live stream. During this last year, COVID-19 has severely restricted the service of Lay Ministers of the Eucharist...

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Mission Northampton

Mission Northampton

The Diocese of Northampton is incredibly excited to announce the introduction of a new agency, Mission Northampton. Mission Northampton serves the whole diocese across the counties of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire as well as Slough in Berkshire. Incorporating catechesis and school chaplaincy, Mission Northampton will also strategically support local evangelistic approaches...

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Antquum Ministerium

Antquum Ministerium

Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic letter, Motu Propio entitled ‘Antquum ministerium’ or ‘Ancient ministry’. Within this letter, the Pontiff institutes the lay ministry of catechist. This vocational service to the Church lasts for the entirety of a persons life and is a particular calling to serve the Catholic Church as a teacher. The instituted ministry of catechist will be at the service of...

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ISA EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR THORNTON COLLEGE

ISA EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR THORNTON COLLEGE

Thornton College has won two categories in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Remote Learning Celebration 2021 for providing excellence in remote learning since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020. ISA launched a nationwide Celebration of Remote Online Learning 2021, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and lockdown learning. Each of the 559 member Independent Schools were...

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future events

September 2021

wed22sep7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

wed29sep7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

October 2021

mon04oct(oct 4)9:00 AMsun10(oct 10)5:00 PMDiocesan Schools Week9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (10)

mon04oct7:00 PM8:00 PMNORES Lecture 20217:00 PM - 8:00 PM

wed06oct7:30 PM8:30 PMFormation for Readers of the Word7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sat09oct11:00 AM3:30 PMThe Youth Ministry Conference11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

mon11oct11:00 AM12:00 PMDiocesan Schools Mass11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

sat16oct12:00 PM1:00 PMMarriage and family Life Mass12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

November 2021

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

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

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

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

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