This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

The Funeral Mass of Rita Quinn will take place at the Cathedral on the 20th January at 10am.

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The Funeral Service of Jadwiga Matysiak will take place at St Aidan’s on the 24th January at 12:30pm.
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The Funeral Service of Abele Sica will take place at Counties Crematorium on the 30th January at 11.30am.
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The Funeral Mass for Patrick O’Connell will take place at the Cathedral on the 7th February at 9.30am.

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The Funeral Mass for John Cox will take place at the Cathedral on the 10th February at 11am.

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

BISHOP ELECT DAVID OAKLEY

The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and currently rector of
St. Mary’s College, Oscott, to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton.

Bishop Peter Doyle rejoices in this good news. The Bishop has worked closely with Bishop Elect David during his seven years as rector of the seminary at Oscott, and knows him to be a man of faith and prayer, and a pastoral priest and wise teacher. Bishop Peter joins the priests and deacons, and the religious and people of the Diocese of Northampton in giving thanks to God and welcoming Bishop Elect David and praying for him as he prepares for his ordination as Bishop.

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Bishop Elect David’s ordination in Northampton Cathedral at 11am on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19th March 2020. This will be a diocesan celebration and as a result each Parish will have representation together with the diocesan organisations and departments. Therefore the ordination will be ticket only. The Cathedral and St Aidans like every other parish will be represented by 2 parishioners, I know many more would like to attend but we are restricted.

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.

ROTAS FOR THE NEW YEAR
St Aidan’s & the Cathedral rotas for Eucharistic Ministers and readers are now available. You will find them in the Sacristy at the Cathedral and at the back of the Church at St Aidan’s.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: YEAR OF THE WORD
BIBLE STUDY

In this Year of the Word we are starting a bible study/reflection group on Matthew’s Gospel. We are planning to have it every fortnight on a Wednesday evening at 7pm – 8.15pm. The first session will be on Wednesday 29th January in the Cathedral. 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. We hope to create a relaxed atmosphere where we can deepen our understanding and have a forum where we can explore the Gospel together.

PARISH OFFICE
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 – Office@northamptoncathedral.org

Rebecca – PA@northamptoncathedral.org

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

PARISH SHOP
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

NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN
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 https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/northampton-cathedral-development-campaign enter the sign up code 265642 and join—it’s  that easy.

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 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

TEA’S AND COFFEE’S
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.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION
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.

BOSWORTH COLLEGE CAR PARK
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.

FUNERALS
We will be making available notes about planning for funerals issued by the Liturgy Commission of the diocese. The leaflet offers you the Churches help in understanding Catholic funeral rites. The parish will support you when you face this difficult time and will offer ongoing support.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Tuesday 21st January
RCIA – 7.30pm (Scout Hut)
KCT Meeting – 7pm (St Aidan’s Parish Room)
Wednesday 22nd January
Good Companions 1pm – 4pm
Saturday 25th January
Charismatic Prayer Group – 5pm (Cathedral)