This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

The Funeral Mass for Mary Redmond will take place at St. Aidan’s on Friday 24th May at 11.00am
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The Funeral service for Bridget O’Reilly will take place at St. Aidan’s on Friday 31st May at 10.00am
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We pray that they may rest in peace and please remember their families 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.

BOSWORTH COLLEGE CAR PARK
As part of the ongoing improvements to the Cathedral grounds, Boswoth Independent College has generously allowed us to use their car park for Sunday Masses. Please Note: the car park is only to be used for Sunday Masses and not to be used weekdays as it is a private car park. Thank you for your cooperation.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to all our young people from both the Cathedral & St. Aidan’s, who made their First Holy Communion over the last two weeks, please continue to keep them and their Families in your prayers. Also, a big thank you to the Catechist who prepared them so well.

LIFE TEEN GROUP
The Life Teen Group will meet THIS SUNDAY (19th May) in the Scout Hut between 6.30pm – 8pm. The group is for young people aged 11-17.

LIGHTING WORKS AT THE CATHEDRAL
Lighting works are underway in the Cathedral, for a period of up to six weeks. All weekday Masses will be served from St Aidan’s, including funerals. Please note weekend Services and Masses at the Cathedral will continue as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will of course keep you updated if the timescales change.

MARRIAGE – CONGRATULATIONS
Please keep in your prayers Lauren & Chris who will be Married during this coming week. May God bless them and their families.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
This will take place on Saturday 8th June, led by Bishop Peter. A coach will run from the Cathedral, leaving at 8.00am, returning approx. 8.30pm-9pm. The cost will be £13.00 per person. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Office.  Seats reserved on payment.

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.

NEW DONATION STATIONS
The Cathedral is now home to two new Credit/Debit card donation stations, one at the back entrance and one at the side entrance. They are easy to operate; select an amount on the screen or press “Other” to set you own amount, follow the onscreen instruction and donate using your card of choice via Contactless/Chip & Pin. If you are a tax payer and wish to Gift-Aid your donation you can set this up too. Please note: Donations over £30 is Chip & Pin only. Please do go and have a look at the new Donation Stations. As always, Thank you for your generosity in support of the Cathedral!

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
To all ministers who take Holy Communion to the sick, please ensure that you bring your pyx to the Sacristy at least 15 minutes before Mass or immediately after Mass. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.
The Barratts Club have also agreed that we can use their car park during the 11am Mass on Sundays and on weekdays. As you go through the entrance, turn right up the ramp and parking will be available. Please ensure you park sensibly and please do not obstruct other vehicles. We are very grateful to the McManus Family for their generosity.

CAFOD VOLUNTEERS
A big thank you for the generous donations made to the recent Lent Appeal.  CAFOD is of course very involved in giving aid to those stricken by Cyclone Idai – a desperate situation in Africa. We would love to hear from any parishioners in St Aidan’s or the Cathedral who would like to join the Cafod Team. You will be very welcome and once the new Cathedral Centre is in operation we are hopeful that we will be able to do active fundraising – not only to raise money but a greater awareness of what CAFOD do. Please contact the Parish Office on 01604 714556 to express your interest. Thank you.

ACADEMY DIRECTORS
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese?  Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese.  The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019.  Application details at:  https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

VACANCY PARISH YOUTH MINISTER – BEDFORD – FULL TIME
We are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish. Full details of the role can be found by visiting www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.

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.

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 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

GEORGE’S CHARITY GALA DINNER DANCE
All are invited to join the Catenian St. George’s Celebrations in aid of the Karuri School Project, Nazareth House and the Beds & Northants MS Therapy Centre. This will be held at the Northampton Marriott Hotel with dancing to the Point-Blank Band from 10pm until midnight. Pre-dinner drinks 6.45pm, dinner 7.30pm.  Cost £35 for 3 course meal, wine and dancing. Tickets from markwilson58@hotmail.com or phone 07923 528022.

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

Monday 20th May
Confirmation Session 7pm – 8.30pm (Cathedral)

Wednesday 22nd May
Good Companions 1pm – 4pm (Holy Sepulchr)

Thursday 23rd May
Choir Practice 6.30pm-8pm (Cathedral)

Saturday 25th May
Charismatic Prayer Group 5pm (Scout Hut)

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