This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

MAY HE REST IN PEACE

The Funeral Mass for Stefano Urso RIP will take place at the Cathedral on  Wednesday 13th November at 9.30am.

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We pray that he may rest in peace and please remember his family and friends in your prayers.

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: YEAR OF THE WORD
The Bishops of England and Wales have called 2020 to be a celebration of the Word of God throughout all our parishes, communities and schools.  The Diocesan launch of the Year will be at the Immaculate Conception Mass in the Cathedral at 11.00 am on 7 December, with readers who proclaim the Word being commissioned at Mass that weekend in our parishes. Bishop Peter has described the purpose of the Year in these words: ‘At heart we want to help everyone be prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed in the liturgy’.

All readers will be commissioned at the Sunday Masses 7 and 8 December.  To mark the special Year resources will be available from next week.  It will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to grow in our understanding and love for the scriptures, a most powerful way in which God speaks to his people.  There are monthly publications which help us reflect on the Word including Bible Alive and the Magnificat which will be available from the  Cathedral shop in addition to the free materials.

ADVENT TALK: To highlight the importance of the Year of the Word Mgr Kevin McGinnell will be giving a talk on Wednesday 4 December at 7.00pm at the Cathedral.

NOVEMBER HOLY SOULS
November is the month when we traditionally pray for our loved ones who have died. If you wish you can place the names of your deceased loved ones in the purple box by the Altar during the month of November, and all those names will be included in the prayers at each Mass.

Remembrance Sunday: Today we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedom. We will remember them.

ANNUAL MASS FOR THE BEREAVED
The Annual Bereavement Mass will take place on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm to commemorate the faithful departed from the Cathedral & St Aidan’s during the past year.  If you have received a letter please confirm that you can attend by calling the Parish Office on 01604 714556.

CONCERT OF SACRED & RUSSIAN FOLK MUSIC
On Sunday 24th November at 2.30pm at the Cathedral, this will be a wonderful concert given by the Resurrection choir of St. Petersburg as part of their UK tour. This is their first visit to Northampton and they will be presenting a  programme of both sacred and Russian folk songs. There are flyers at the front and back of the Church with further information. Tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the concert.  Ticket prices are £12.00 for adults, £8.00 concessions and Under 18 free.

RCIA / JOURNEY IN FAITH
For those who are thinking about becoming a Catholic or would like to know more about the Catholic faith, we will be running an RCIA/Journey in Faith group for adults. The course has now begun and the next session is in the Scout Hut on Tuesday 12th November between 7.30pm – 8.30pm. For more details, please contact Rebecca on 01604 714556.

SVP ANOINTING MASS
A Mass has been organised jointly by the Cathedral & St. Aidan’s SVP on Saturday 16th November at 11am at St. Aidan’s which will include Anointing of the sick. Anointing is a powerful way in which the Lord comes to those who are facing serious illness. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Parish Room. If transport is required please contact the relevant SVP. All welcome.

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.

FIORI MUSICALI – MESSIAH
A traditional music concert will be taking place at the Cathedral on Friday 20th December at 7pm. Discounted tickets for parishioners are available from the Cathedral Shop or directly from their box office on 0333 666 3366 or via their website fiori-musicali.com using the code OURLADY at  checkout.

200 CLUB NOVEMBER DRAW

The winners are as follows:

First Prize £100.00 – No:11

Second Prize £26.00 – No:108

Third Prize £26.00 – No:15

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.

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.

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.

DAY OF REFLECTION
A day of reflection, inspiration and prayer for all ministry to the sick, whether in homes, hospitals or care homes. We encourage Eucharistic Ministers, Members of the SVP society and parishioners who have an interest or involvement in the ministry to join us. This event is offered by the Pastoral Ministry Office in partnership with the SVP society and will be held at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes on 9th November 10am – 3pm. To register please go to www.pastoralministryoffice.org to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Please also bring your own lunch!

ACADEMY DIRECTOR RECRUITMENT
From Bishop Peter: We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Business, Education, Charities or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for out new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312.

DAUGHTERS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND ASSOCIATES STALL
The weekend of the 9th/10th of November the associate members of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit (9 of whom are Cathedral parishioners) will be selling goods which they have made to raise funds for six wheelchairs for a physiotherapy centre which was set up by the sisters in conjunction with the SVP in Ota Nigeria. The cost per chair is £80. The associates have already raised almost enough for three chairs!!

MEETINGS THIS WEEK

MONDAY 11th November
5.45—6.45pm—FHC Session—(Cathedral)
7.45pm—SVP Meeting—(Cathedral)

Tuesday 12th November
7.30pm—RCIA—Scout Hut

Wednesday 13th November
Good Companions—1-4.00pm (Holy Sepulchre)
7—8.15pm—Scout Hut—Baptism Course
7-9.30pm Music Group –Parish Room St Aidan’s