This weeks Cathedral Newsletter
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 Catholic but would like to receive a blessing during Communion please come forward with your hands crossed over your chest.
Father Mark will be away for 10 days, something that has been planned for some time. Father Michael unfortunately will not be starting until next month due to illness. We are dependent on supply priests to cover the Masses and, as a result, the weekday schedule has been amended. Please make a note of the changes which can be found on the front of the newsletter.
THANK YOU FROM FR BRENDAN
Fr Brendan wants to express his thanks for the cards, gifts and good wishes he received. Thank you to everyone involved in his farewell Mass last Monday and please keep Fr Brendan in your prayers as he begins his new ministry in Milton Keynes.
HOME MISSION SUNDAY
Each year in the Catholic Church, on the third Sunday of September, we celebrate Home Mission Sunday. On this day the Bishops invite parishes to pray for the mission of the Church in England and Wales.
There will be a second collection THIS WEEKEND (16/17th September) to support the Bishops’ work of evangelisation.
We are preparing the programmes for First Holy Communion and Confirmation for 2018/2019.
If your child will be in Year 3 or above and you would like them to make their First Holy Communion please pick up a form from the sacristy. Likewise, if your child is in Year 7 or above and would like to make their Confirmation please pick up a form. We also require you to complete a GDPR form which will allow us to communicate with you throughout the programme.
For those of you who were unable to attend the parents meeting for First Holy Communion and Confirmation Candidates last Tuesday, please see Father Mark or Deacon Michael.
Closing dates for the both programmes will be 1st October.
RCIA / JOURNEY IN FAITH
For those who are thinking about becoming a Catholic or would like to know more about the Catholic faith, the Parish will be running a RCIA / Journey in Faith group for adults. The course will take place on Tuesdays in the Scout Hut between 7.30pm – 8.30pm and will begin on the 16th October. Application forms and GDPR forms are available from the Sacristy.
WALSINGHAM ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
This will take place on Sunday 7th October, led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald. A coach will leave the Cathedral at 7.30am. All are warmly invited to unite in this day of prayer. For further please details see posters on noticeboards or pick up a flyer from the porch.
FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL CENTRE
There will be a fundraising night on Friday, 21st September at 7.30pm-11.30pm at Monks Park Club, Wellingborough Road, with entertainment/dancing by The Geripatricks (local Irish folk duo). Admission by ticket only at £10. Raffle prize donations would be welcome. Tickets available from the Cathedral Shop and on the night.
Raffle tickets for this event will be on sale at the end of each Mass again this weekend, so please see a member of the Parish Team for further details. Please ensure all raffle tickets stubs are returned to the Parish Office by Thursday 20th September. Entry tickets to the event will be on sale at the door on the night.
A huge thank you to the parish for the generous food donations received for Streetchurch. As always, your help and support is very much appreciated.
ST.ELISABETH CONVENT, BELARUS
The Sisterhood of St. Elisabeth helps children in an orphanage and a psychiatric hospital. A Sister will be visiting the Cathedral on Friday 21st September and items produced in the workshop of the Convent will be available for to us to buy after the 10am Mass. Please see the posters on the noticeboards for further details.
ST AIDAN’S – SAMARITAN’S PURSE SHOEBOX APPEAL
We are again taking part in the Samaritan’s Shoebox Appeal. Would parishioners wishing to take part in this worthy cause please take a leaflet and shoebox from St Aidan’s church porch and return by 1st November at the latest. Thanks in advance for your support.
NORES LECTURE “The Disciple’s Call”
This will be held on Sunday 14th October 4-5.30pm at Holy Ghost Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD. Please see the poster displayed on the notice boards for further information.
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.
As part of our Diocesan Year of Prayer & Vocation, the Northampton Diocese Office for RE, Evangelisation, Catechises and Schools (NORES) are offering a day retreat this October. “Your God will be my God” is a retreat based on the Book of Ruth and will take place on Saturday 20th October 2018 11am-4pm. The retreat will be held at the Bridgettine Guesthouse, Fulmer Common Road, Iver Heath SL0 0NR. For full details and costs and well as booking information, please see the poster on the notice board.
The Diocese has launched an e-newsletter to keep people informed of what is happening in our Diocese. To subscribe visit www.northamptondiocese.org and enter your email address in the box in the top right-hand corner of the page.
The Cathedral Chaplaincy Team visit Northampton 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 what ward they are on and also 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
Wednesday 19th September
7pm – 8.15pm Baptism Course (Cathedral Scout Hut)
Thursday 20th September
6.30pm-8pm Choir Practice (Cathedral)
Saturday 22nd September
5pm Charismatic Prayer Group (Upper Room)