This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

The Funeral Mass for Keith Russell RIP will take place at the Cathedral on Tuesday 26th March at 10am.

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The Funeral Mass for Arthur Coyle RIP will take place at the Cathedral on Wednesday 27th March at 11am.

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The Funeral Service for John Denny RIP will take place at the Counties Crematorium on Friday 29th March at 2pm.

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The Funeral Mass for Thomas Lynch RIP will take place at the Cathedral on Friday 5th April at 10am.

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We pray that they may rest in peace and please remember their family and friends in your prayers.

WELCOME
If you are a regular visitor to the Cathedral and St Aidan’s or if this is your first visit, you are very welcome, and it is great that you are here! If you are not a Catholic but would like to receive a blessing during Communion please come forward with your hands crossed over your chest.

CAR PARKING AVAILABILITY AT BOSWORTH COLLEGE
Whilst there is restricted access to the bottom car park there will be alternative parking available at Bosworth College and the Cathedral Scout Hut, both of which are accessible from Marriott Street. The entrances to these car parks are next to each other. We are very grateful to Bosworth College and have assured them that we will treat the place respectfully. Due to security, Bosworth College car park will be opened half an hour before and locked half an hour after each Mass.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT – BLAZE
The coach leaves the Cathedral car park at 9.45am on Saturday 23rd March for Blaze at The Ridgeway Centre, Milton Keynes. It will leave Milton Keynes at 5pm, arriving back at about 5.45pm. Please note that there is a Mass at the Cathedral at 6pm, so the car park will be full at this time, and those picking up the candidates are advised to park in the surrounding streets, or risk being blocked in by those attending the 6pm Mass. Many thanks.

VOCATION WEEKEND
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. This will be held at the Cathedral this weekend. Please pray for those taking part.

TRAIDCRAFT
Traidcraft goods will be on sale after all Masses in the Cathedral this weekend, 23rd & 24th March.

ECUMENICAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross will take place at St Aidan’s on Sunday 24th March at 3pm. Members of other churches in Kingsthorpe have also been invited to take part. Please see poster at the back of the church.

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES
Offertory envelopes for 2019/20 will be available for collection at all Masses at the Cathedral and St Aidan’s this weekend (23/24th March) for those of you who donate via this method.

Joining the scheme allows the Parish to plan its income over the coming year and if you are a UK tax payer, the Parish can claim tax back on your donation at no extra cost to you. To join the scheme, please contact the Parish Office.

LENTEN REFLECTION – 27th March 6pm at the Cathedral
This will be led by students from Thomas Becket, St Gregory’s, St Mary’s and Good Shepherd Schools. It will be a moment during Lent to take time to be with Jesus as He makes His journey to the cross and to relive His suffering through the eyes of our young people through reflection, prayer and music.

24 HOURS WITH THE LORD
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the time of the 24 hours with the Lord and we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. On Friday 29th March at 11am and concluding on Saturday 30th March at 11am there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral. This is a great opportunity to spend time before the Lord – even if for just a few moments. There will also be an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation during the 24 hours. All are welcome. If you are able to commit to a particular time during Adoration, please sign up on one of the sheets in the entrance porches.

JOB VACANCY – PA TO THE CATHEDRAL DEAN
We are currently recruiting for a PA to the Cathedral Dean. This is a great opportunity to work in a parish environment for someone with proven PA/administration/secretarial experience. For further details and an application form, please visit www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 2nd April 2019.

THANKSGIVING MASS
Bishop Peter will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass for the Mayor’s Charity, The Hope Centre and the Homeless on Wednesday 3rd April at 7pm in the Cathedral. The Mayor Tony Ansell and other Civic guests will be attending. A collection will be taken during this mass for this charitable work.    All are welcome.

MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
The annual Diocesan Mass for married life will be celebrated by Bishop Peter at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN on Saturday 6th April at 12 noon. If you are celebrating a significant milestone in your marriage i.e. 1,10,20,25, 30, 40, 50 years etc. Bishop Peter will give you a pastoral blessing. To receive this please contact Eamonn & Paola McMorrow on 07412151517 or at mfl@northamptondiocese.com. All welcome to attend. Refreshments available after Mass.

ST JOHN PASSION
One of the great masterpieces of the baroque JS Bach’s St John Passion performed by the Fiori Musicali will be held here in the Cathedral on Friday 12th April at 7pm. Discounted tickets for parishioners are available from the Cathedral Shop or directly from their box office on 0333 666 3366 or via their website fiori-musicali.com using the code OURLADY at the checkout.

LENTEN PROGRAMME
MORNING PRAYER
There will be an opportunity to pray the Morning Prayer of the Church before Mass at 9.10am at the Cathedral on Wednesday and Thursday throughout Lent. Please note that public Morning Prayer will not take place if there is a funeral.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During Lent, we will follow the Way of the Cross and journey with Christ to Calvary. This will take place every Wednesday in the Cathedral after 9.30am Mass and every Friday at 7pm in the Cathedral.
FAITH SHARING
During the season of Lent, all are invited to join a group and encouraged to share and gain confidence in talking about our Faith. The resource we will use is based upon the Scriptures with each session clearly rooted in a passage from the Bible. The first session will commence on Thursday 7th March after Mass in the Scout Hut and will be held every Thursday thereafter until 11th April.
If you would care to join the group or have any questions, please leave your name and number at the Parish Office.

The Daughters of the Holy Spirit invite women aged 22 – 45 who are considering becoming a religious sister to find out more about us. Our main ministries/works are education, pastoral care, care for the sick, the children, the elderly and the poor. As Jesus said, ‘Come and See.’ Please contact us: Tel: 01604 755296 or 01604 755152, or you are welcome to approach Sr. Brenda, a member of the Cathedral Parish Team, or Sr. Marilou who volunteers at the Cathedral.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
The Cantare Singers will be performing the Lenten Cantata, Crucifixion, by Sir John Stainer at St Aidan’s Church on Wednesday 10th April at 7.30pm.  No charge for admission but donations accepted, if wished, for choir charities. A perfect way to celebrate Easter.

NEWSPAPERS
The following papers are for sale in the Cathedral Shop: The Universe, The Catholic Times, The Catholic Herald, Irelands Own, Irelands Post and The Vine.

CATHEDRAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
For our next pilgrimage we will be joining the Northampton Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes on the 23rd – 30th August 2019. The tour operator has now extended the deadline for applications, so if you would like to join us there is still time. A deposit of £200 secures your place.  You can find the details and application forms on the table by the front entrance porch. Payment plans are available by the Parish Office

CATHOLICS BASICS COURSE – PART 2: CHURCH
After a very successful launch, join in for another day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion at the NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, Luton. 11th April 2019, 10am-3pm (arrive 9.30am for refreshments). To book contact admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.

CATHEDRAL LIVE STREAMING
Notices referring to the live streaming facility here at the Cathedral can be found in the porches. Please note the Cathedral will be live streaming online at ALL times and can be viewed on the Cathedral and the Diocesan websites.

THE CATHEDRAL GOOD COMPANIONS
The Good Companions is a fun group for over 50’s which meets weekly on a Wednesday at the Holy Sepulchre Community Centre between 1pm – 4pm. If you are interested in joining this amazing group, please speak to Philly in the Parish Office. 01604 714 556

HOSPITAL VISITING
The Cathedral Chaplaincy Team visit Northampton General Hospital on Tuesday and Friday mornings. If a loved one is taken into hospital and would like a visit, please call the Parish Office on 01604 714556 and let us know which ward they are on and their full name. If your loved one is in need of a priest in an EMERGENCY, then please inform the nurse who will contact the on call Catholic Priest.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Sunday 24th March
6.30pm – 8pm Life Teen (Scout Hut)

Monday 25th March
5.45pm – FHC Session (Cathedral)
7.45pm – SVP (Cathedral)
NO CONFIRMATION SESSIONS UNTIL 1ST APRIL

Tuesday 26th March
7.30pm – 8.30pm RCIA session (Scout Hut)

Wednesday 27th March
7.30pm – St. Aidan’s SVP (Parish Room)

Thursday 28th March
10.30am Faith Sharing (Scout Hut)
6.30pm-8pm Choir Practice (Cathedral)

Friday 29th March
6.15pm Choir Practice (Scout Hut)

Saturday 30th March
5pm Charismatic Prayer Group (Scout Hut)

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