This weeks Cathedral Newsletter


The Funeral service for Martha Peacock will take place at the Cathedral on Monday 24th February at 9.45am.
The Funeral Service for Caroline Staniland will take place at St Aidan’s on Tuesday 25th February at 12noon.
The Funeral Service for Kathleen Fuller will take place at Kingsthorpe Cemetery Chapel on Wednesday 26th February at 11am.
The Funeral Mass of Martin Coleman will take place at the Cathedral on Monday 2nd March at 10am.
The Funeral Mass for Daniel Bradley will take place at St Aidan’s on Tuesday 3rd March at 9.30am.
The Funeral Service for Mary O’Shea will take place at the Counties Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd March at 11am.
The Funeral Mass for Stephen Cadore will take place at the Cathedral on Friday 6th March at 10.30am.

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


Please pray for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our Bishop-Elect, Canon David Oakley.


The night before Bishop–Elect David’s ordination we will pray First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of St Joseph at 7pm during which Canon David will make his Profession of Faith for his Episcopal Ordination as the Thirteenth Bishop of Northampton. You are welcome to join us for evening prayer at the Cathedral.

On Sunday 29th March England will be rededicated as the ‘Dowry of Mary’. This will happen in Westminster Cathedral, in Walsingham, in every Catholic Cathedral, in every parish and as many homes as possible. Bishop Elect David will celebrate the 11am Mass at the Cathedral. Please note both the Episcopal Ordination and the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary will be streamed live on the Cathedral website.

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God ‘with all their hearts’ (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by the patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

We are changing the schedule for Lent so we will have more opportunity to go to Mass and confession over this important season. We are adding evening Masses at the Cathedral on Tuesdays and at St Aidan’s on Thursdays at 7pm. We will also add a morning Mass at the Cathedral on Saturday morning at 10am followed by Exposition and confessions.

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday begins the season of Lent and we will have Mass at 7am and 7pm at the Cathedral and at 9.30am at St Aidan’s.
In addition we will have Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings at 7pm and morning or evening prayer before weekday Masses.
I ask for your patience and understanding if we have to change the schedule due to funerals or when one of the priests is away.

The group runs every fortnight on a Wednesday evening at 7pm – 8.15pm. The next session will be on Wednesday March 4th in the Cathedral, Sacristy. It will be an opportunity to reflect on historic context, the main features of Matthew’s Gospel and how it impacts on our lives today. The course is for anyone who wishes to explore the Gospel and to reflect with the Church on how we encounter the word made flesh in the inspired text. Feel free to come and join us.

The Parish Office is run by Philly McKenna – Parish Secretary and Rebecca Mallon – PA to Fr Mark. Whilst they have their own responsibilities they are always willing to offer help. You can contact them both on the main number 01604 714556 and their email addresses below:

Philly –

Rebecca –

The Parish Office opening hours are:
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

The parish shop will be open after Mass, please see below:
Wednesday 10am – 10.30am
Thursday 10am – 10.30am
Friday 10.30am – 11am
After all Sunday Masses when volunteers are available

We have exciting news. The Development Campaign can now be found on TheGivingMachine, a fundraising site that lets you donate to the Campaign whenever you shop online. It’s easy to use and doesn’t cost you (or us) a penny. TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity which helps other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us.With over 2.200 retailers including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis& Partners and Waitrose & Partners you are bound to find what you want and generate a donation.  To start raising free donations go to enter the sign up code 265642 and join—it’s  that easy.

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 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

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 from the team, please call the Parish Office on 01604 714556 and confirm which ward they are on and also their full name, as given to the hospital. If your loved one is in need of a priest in an EMERGENCY, then please inform the nurse on the ward and they will directly contact the on call Catholic Priest

After the 11am Mass at the Cathedral (Scout Hut) and 9:45am Mass at St. Aidan’s (Parish Room), Teas & Coffees are served. Please do make use of this ministry after Mass, it is great way to build community and meet new people.


During Lent a small group from the Cathedral will meet in the Scout Hut each Wednesday after morning Mass where we read and discuss the readings for Lent. You are welcome to join us as we journey through this year of the Word of God. There will be an opportunity to reflect and share where we are on our journey with quiet times for
reflection. Each session is expected to last 1 to 1½ hours. The first session will be on Ash Wednesday. If you have any questions please contact the parish office.

If you are planning to get married either at the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, elsewhere in the country or abroad and you need us to process the paperwork please allow at least 6 months for this to be completed.

As part of the ongoing improvements to the Cathedral grounds, Bosworth Independent College have generously allowed us to use their car park for Sunday Masses.

The class of 1980 is holding a 40 year reunion at Semilong Working Men’s club on 11th July at 7 pm tickets are £6, including a light buffet, are available from Eventbrite – Thomas Becket Class of 1980 40 years later reunion.

When the new Cathedral Centre opens we will be revamping the baptism course. Fr Mark will work with the catechists and hopefully the new course will be up and running by the beginning of September. With the new centre we will be able to accommodate more couples on the course and we are planning to run it every quarter. It is important therefore that all parents who want to have their child baptised to contact us and enrol on the programme.

200 CLUB
Winning Numbers – Feb
1st Prize – NO 81
2nd Prize – NO 9
3rd Prize – NO 88
The last draw for the current membership year is in March 2020. Application forms are now available for the 2020/2021 membership. The cost for 12 draws remains at £26 for the year. (April 2020 – March 2021). The first prize will still be £100 and other prizes will depend on how many people sign up. Again, there will be double money prize draws in April and December. Membership is per person and a new application form will need to be completed.

Bishop Peter welcomes new Multi Academy Trusts 1st February sees the formation of two new Multi Academy Trusts in the diocese. Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academies Trust (OLICAT) will encompass schools in Bedford, Northampton town and Northants whilst St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust (STCAT) will cover Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Slough. Around half of our schools are currently members of these new MATs and it remains the Bishops wish that all schools will join in time. For more information about your local Catholic School and the new MATs check the NORES website or contact us on

Vocations weekend for young women
Theme: Discernment and Vocation
Dates: 28th Feb – 1st March 2020
Location: Liverpool
This weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) – There is nothing quite like religious life – It’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God.

Monday 24th February
Confirmation Session 7pm – 8.30pm (Cathedral)
SVP Meeting 7.45pm – 9pm (Cathedral)
Tuesday 25th February
Vianney Prayer Group 5.45pm – 6.45pm (Cathedral)
RCIA – 7.30pm – 8.30pm (Scout Hut)
Wednesday 26th February
Good Companions 12pm – 4pm (Holy Sepulchre)
Thursday 27th February
Choir Practice 7pm – 8.30pm (Sacristy)
Saturday 28th February
Charismatic Prayer Group 5pm – 7pm (Scout Hut)