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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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Retrouvaille Marriage Support

Retrouvaille Marriage Support

Retrouvaille is a positive resource for couples who may be in crisis in their marriages, who have increased conflict or damaging silences; where defensiveness, criticism, contempt and emotional distancing have replaced listening and support. Couples may be separated and in the process of divorce. Retrouvaille helps couples get their marriages back on track.  There is hope!  The Holy Spirit works...

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The Church Series

The Church Series

As we listen to Acts of the Apostles at this time of Easter, we consider these first days of the Church’s history and Bishop David invites you to share in his thoughts on The Church. He will reflect on what it means to be the Church and what She is there to do. You are invited to journey with Bishop David, each Wednesday evening at 6.30pm on our diocesan YouTube channel. Don’t forget to...

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Pray The Rosary For Young People

Pray The Rosary For Young People

As part of the Rosary Stronghold Mission, Our Lady's Shrine in Walsingham are encouraging a Rosary Day of Intercession for our Young People and the Mission of our Catholic Schools to take place on Monday May 24th. It will have a two fold aim: 1a.  That the Rosary be prayed in our Schools that day 1b. That we all may mightily intercede for all young people everywhere, all their intentions and for...

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Prayer Service for Survivors of Abuse

Prayer Service for Survivors of Abuse

Bishop David has led a prayer service to mark the national day of prayer for survivors of abuse. Tuesday 4th May was chosen by a group of survivors to be the day the Catholic Church in England and Wales stand in solidarity and prayer with those who have suffered at the hands of another. The service, which can be viewed here, was designed and organised by a small group of volunteers including...

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future events

October 2021

sat23oct10:00 AM5:00 PMPriesthood Discernment Day10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

November 2021

mon01nov7:30 PM8:30 PMIntroduction to the Synod webinar7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

wed03nov7:30 PM8:30 PMMinistry In Church7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sun07nov3:00 PM4:00 PMDiocesan Mass for People With Disabilities3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

wed10nov7:30 PM8:30 PMEucharistic Understanding7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

tue16nov7:30 PM8:30 PMAdvent and Christmas Scriptures7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

wed17nov7:30 PM8:30 PMBeing A Eucharistic Minister7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

sat20nov11:00 AM1:00 PMMental Health and Wellbeing in a Catholic Context11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

sat27nov(nov 27)10:00 AMsun28(nov 28)4:00 PMA Weekend Journey To Emmaus10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (28)

January 2022

tue18jan7:30 PM8:30 PMIntroduction To Luke7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

February 2022

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

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