This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE

The Funeral Mass for Maria Quintal will take place at the
Cathedral on the 2nd October at 12.30pm.

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The Funeral Service for Michael Treacy will take place at
Towcester Road Cemetery on the 4th October at 10.30pm.

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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.

FR. NICHOLAS – ST AIDAN’S
We welcome Fr. Nicholas, who is covering the Sunday Mass at St. Aidan’s this week and next week while Fr. Mark is away. We are thankful for Fr. Nicholas’s help & support.

FIRST CONFIRMATION SESSION
The first session of the Confirmation Program starts this coming Monday 23rd September from 7pm – 8.30pm at the Cathedral. Please keep our Confirmation Candidates in your prayers.

FIRST F.H.C. SESSION
The first session of the First Holy Communion Program will be on  Monday 7th October from 5.45pm  –  6.45pm at the Cathedral. Please keep our F.H.C. Candidates in your prayers.

LIFE TEEN GROUP
Life Teen Group will meet Sunday 6th October in the Scout Hut between 6.30pm – 8pm. The group is for young people aged 11-17.

UPDATED CAR PARK NOTICE
As the  Cathedral centre project now enters its next phase, the lower car park will no longer be accessible for use by parishioners for any Cathedral Masses from the 23rd of September. Bosworth Independent College has generously allowed us to continue to use their car park. Thank you for your co-operation. Please Note: The car park is only to be used for Sunday Masses.

MASS INTENTIONS
Due to the high demand, Masses are now booked up until mid-July. If Saturday vigil and Sunday Masses are required, availability is extremely limited. In order to meet the spiritual needs for Masses to be offered they will now need to be booked wherever there is availability at either church. Multiple offerings for individual Masses will now need to be sent to the Missions or retired clergy of the Diocese.

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

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.

PREPARING FOR SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMMES 19/20
If your child is:

1) In year 3 or above from September and you wish for them to make their First Holy Communion next year

2) In year 7 or above and you want them to make their Confirmation next year

Then please obtain a copy of their Baptismal certificate. If you do not have the original, simply contact the Church in which your child was Baptised.
UPDATE: You will find application forms for the Sacramental Programmes in the Sacristy at both the Cathedral and St Aidan’s for you to complete and return in order for your child to be enrolled onto the programmes.

CATHEDRAL & ST. AIDAN’S CATECHISTS
One of the great joys of a lively parish community is the ever growing faith of its members. Our volunteer Catechists who offer their time and ministry in our Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation programme, is vital to the growth in faith and community. A “BIG THANK YOU” to our current Catechists, who do so much, in the life of our parishes and for our young people preparing for the Sacraments.  We are always looking for new volunteers as Catechists, so if you are interested please see Fr. Mark/Fr Michael after Mass to enquire.

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.

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 in October. For more details, please contact the Parish Office on 01604 714556.

MASS FOR VICTIMS & SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
There will be a Mass celebrated for the victims & survivors of abuse at St Mary’s in Woburn Sands at 12 noon on the 12th October 2019. All victims, survivors, their families and supporters are invited to this Mass. There will be light refreshments after Mass.

PARISH SHOP
The Cathedral shop offers a range of items that include:
Mass cards, greeting cards, fair trade items, rosaries,prayer cards, holy water, catholic newspapers as well as a wide range of gifts for all occasions. So please come in and have a look for yourself, Nuala and Philly will be happy to help you with any enquiries you may have.  You will find the Parish shop and Cathedral office opening times on the front of the newsletter.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE OF REPARATION AND PRAYER FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
The pilgrimage is led by Bishop Mark O’Toole and will be departing from the Cathedral at 7.30am on the 6th October 2019. You will find flyers with further information in the front porch of the Cathedral. Please note there will be no  car parking available for this pilgrimage.

NORTHAMPTON NOTRE DAME ASSOCIATION
The September Tea Party will be held on Tuesday the 17th September 2019 2.30pm – 4.30pm at St Matthews Church Room. All Welcome.

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

Monday 23rd September
Confirmation Session 7pm-8.30pm  (Cathedral)
Tuesday 24th September
Vianney Prayer Group 5.45pm (Cathedral)
Wednesday 25th September
Good Companions 1pm – 4pm (Holy Sepulchre)
Saturday 28th September
Charismatic Prayer Group 5pm (Cathedral)