This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

‘The Lord is king, with majesty enrobed.’ – Psalm 93

Today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King and mark the end of the liturgical year. We pray for our young people and the work that they do in our parishes and local community.


We invite those who have lost family members to a special Mass on Monday 22nd November at 7pm in the Cathedral.


November is the month when we traditionally pray for our loved ones who have died. All those whose names have been placed before the altar will be included in the prayers at each Mass this month.


(Free showing at The St Thomas Centre)
Thursday 25th November at 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Directed by award winning, Oscar nominated film maker, Evgeny Afineevsky this ground-breaking film features unprecedented access to the Holy Father. The film draws out some of Pope Francis’ characteristics and his mission focussed desires including, tackling sexual abuse, speaking up for refugees and immigrants, accompanying prisoners and ecology. You can watch a trailer for the film on
Evgeny Afineevsky will answer questions at the end of the film alongside Fr Simon Penhalagan, Mission Northampton Director. The film has been made in partnership with Caritas and we will also be joined by Deacon Jim Hannigan, Director of Caritas Northampton.
To book a place


On sale Monday 29th November at St Aidan’s after the 9.30am Mass and 7.00pm at the Cathedral
Tuesday 30th November at Ss Francis & Therese after 9.30am Mass.


Saturday prior to the 5.15pm Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 4.45 to 5.15pm. There is also an opportunity for people to go to Confession. All are welcome.
Sunday 21st November is The Feast of Christ the King and is a day of prayer for Young People and they will lead the 11am service.
The Churches Together – Towcester Carol Service on the Market Square on Thursday 16th December at 6.30pm – Volunteers needed for during and after the service. See Fr James
Teas and coffee will be available from the First Sunday of Advent after the 11am Mass.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes continue as advertised in the Towcester Programme.


RCIA – No Meeting on Monday this week
Wednesday 17th November
Good Companions 12pm – 3pm  (Centre)
Thursday 18th November
Foodbank 10.00am  (Centre)


Monday 22nd November
7.00pm Annual Bereavement Mass
Thursday 9th December
6.00pm Catholic Schools Advent Reflections
Tuesday 14th December
7.00pm Tree of Love Service
Wednesday 15th December
NMPAT Choirs Carol Concert
Thursday 16th December
7.00pm Tree of Love Service
Monday 20th December
7pm Penitential Service
Tuesday 21st December
Handel’s Messiah by Fiori Musicali



Parish office opening times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00 am – 1.00pm

Reception will be open for you to call in person to the St Thomas Centre (Cathedral Centre) during the above times for booking Masses, collecting  cards etc. Access to the centre is through the wooden gates from the main cark park.

All other times Philly or Ann will be available for general enquires by phone or email.
Phone (0)1604 714556
Philly’s email address:
Ann’s email address:



19 -26 August 2022 | 7 nights • Staying at the Hotel Solitude • Direct return flight from Birmingham • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included
• Private coach transfer to and from your hotel and UK airport • Full religious programme organised by Joe Walsh Tours in conjunction with the group’s Spiritual Director • Full services of a Joe Walsh Tours  representative • Guided walking tour of Lourdes • Introductory tour of the Grotto • Single supplements apply (£36 per night) Please note: Optional Travel Insurance is available (from £29)

Application forms are available to collect from the main entrance at all churches or can be sent via email. The cost is £995.00 with payment plans available. You will be invited to a meeting in mid-January for all those who are interested in joining us and to discuss the pilgrimage in more detail. . If you would like to find out more information or register your interest, then please contact the parish office at


A fun residential weekend for young Catholics aged 11 (Year 7) -18 years from 4th-6th February 2022 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk (transportation included from Luton & Northampton). Please contact Fiona email or for more information and to book your place.



The SVP Giving tree can be found in the entrance porch at St. Aidan’s. Please take a card from the tree, buy the item and return it during advent. This will enable us to provide goods and gifts for the Christmas hampers which will be distributed by the SVP to those in need.


St Aidan’s parish repository has a good selection of Christmas items, cards, calendars, candles and cribs.
Be prepared for Advent with a religious Advent Calendar
We also have other religious items suitable for special occasions. First Holy Communion, Confirmation and Baptism. Please come and take
a look before or after Mass.


 CAFÉ 1850?

Three course meals are available for evening events during December please contact Richard to make a reservation and view menus.



The next session in the First Holy Communion programme will take place on Monday 29th November at 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Cathedral. Parents to meet at 7.15pm for a Questions and Answers session.
First Holy Communion Mass at the Cathedral
Saturday 4th December at 12.00noon
First Holy Communion Mass at St Aidan’s
Saturday 11th December at 10am
First Holy Communion Mass at Ss Francis and Therese
Saturday 11th December at 10am

6th December with Mass at 7pm followed by session in the centre 7.30pm-8.30pm

Details with dates and times for both programmes are now available to view online just click on the link for the relevant programme.
We ask you to keep all our young people in our prayers as they prepare for these great events in their lives as Catholics.



We are always on the lookout for new volunteers to read at Mass. If this is something you would like to get involved with in any of the parishes, please do get in touch with the parish office. As ever, a heartfelt thank you to all our readers!



Please note that these bays at the Cathedral are limited and for the use of those with accessibility needs. We ask all those using these bays to clearly display their badges in future.


Please pray for the following, whose funerals will take place in the coming weeks:

Mary Morris
Bernard Berney
Angeline Gozho
Angelo Amato
Michael McNally
Richard Betts
Mary (Molly) Hartridge

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.



Trusts and Grants Fundraiser – 40 hours per week Start date: ASAP
We are currently recruiting for an experienced Fundraiser to contribute to the development and delivery of the Diocesan fundraising plan with the principle aim of proactively securing growth of income from charitable trusts, foundations and grant giving bodies. The closing date for applications will be Friday 26th November. Interviews to take place on 1st and 2nd December.

Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting or via email


Thomas Becket Catholic School
7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm
for more information



“Emmaus” – a heart-warming journey with Jesus as he explains the Scriptures and equips us for mission. Hosted by Mission Northampton, the new diocesan agency, this weekend experience runs from 10am on Saturday 27th to 3pm on Sunday 28th November 2021 at the St Thomas Centre, Northampton Cathedral. Lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday are included within the £55 overall cost. To register and pay, or for further information, please go to



Our parish community of St Thomas More, Towcester is looking for a Parish Safeguarding Representative; an important role within any parish. The person would need to have good organisational skills and work well with others. You will receive training from the Safeguarding Office in Northampton to complete the role; then you would be offered training sessions during the year. The role will entail promoting safeguarding, advising on safeguarding matters and administering the DBS process for volunteers. The person will be offered support and guidance. This role can be done by two people: one person taking on the safer recruitment of volunteers and the other person taking on the promotion of safeguarding and be available to answer safeguarding questions. Do please speak with Fr James, in the first instance, if interested in taking this further.



For any Mass Intention requests at St Thomas More Church, Towcester, please write down this request, etc and hand this directly in to Fr James who will enable the Intention(s) to be diarised accordingly.



A heartfelt thank-you, as ever, to all our wonderful volunteers who do so much for our parishes at the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, St Thomas More, and Ss Francis & Therese!



If there is someone you know who is in hospital who is Catholic and would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick from one of the priests here in the Northampton parishes, please ask the ward staff to get in touch with the on-call Catholic priest.



It is hoped to begin the following rotas, with effect from the beginning of October. Draft rotas for church cleaning and Readers for both the 5.30pm Saturday Vigil and 11am Sunday morning Mass are therefore on the noticeboards and online. If you have been on a rota before, and your name is not included at the moment, this does not mean you are not wanted! Do let Fr James know if you wish to be included in future rotas.
It would be great to have someone from each of the rotas who could take a responsibility to co-ordinate each of the future rotas – please let Fr James know if you would be willing to take on this ministry. Other rotas will hopefully emerge through October.


The container for any donations to Towcester Foodbank is in the entrance foyer. Currently needed items include: UHT fruit juice litre or mini packs, jam, rice (small packs 500g), coffee (instant only), sponge puddings (twin packs), tinned carrots, pasta n’ sauce packets, mug shot packets, cuppa soup (boxes of 4), small packs of instant noodles (not pot noodles), laundry powder, razors and shower gel. Visit for more information.


If you would like to place an item in the newsletter, please email this to the parish office by Thursday afternoon. This will enable the parish team enough time to finalise the newsletter before it goes to print. Thank you!



Congratulations to all those families who have celebrated baptisms and weddings within the hub over the last few months. We remember them in our prayers and all those who are planning family celebrations over the coming weeks and months,



As we know the legal Covid restrictions were lifted on Monday 19th July. It is important that we continue to make our churches safe places to celebrate Mass and to visit. As a result: certain areas in our church will have designated areas social distancing will continue, please observe the signs on the designated benches. In addition, we ask that people continue to wear face coverings and to sanitise their hands. We will also use the NHS QR code which replaced Track and Trace. We also ask you to continue to follow the guidelines regarding the distribution of Holy Communion that we have observed over these last months. We encourage you to continue to receive Communion in the hand. I know people may still feel vulnerable but we will take the measures necessary to keep people safe. We ask you to observe the measures that we have taken and together we will emerge from it.



We are hoping to reintroduce music when restrictions lift and are looking for musicians to join the music group. Please see Fr David if you are interested. Thank you!


For those interested in baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmations the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, SS Francis & Therese, or St Thomas More, please go to the Cathedral website:
and complete the relevant online application form. You will then be contacted by the parish office.



We would like to thank those who donated a defibrillator to the Cathedral. Is an important piece of equipment which has been placed in the sacristy.
Please God we won’t ever need to use it!!


For those who are struggling to find a parking space in the Cathedral car park, please note that the bottom car park by the Cathedral Centre, which is accessible from Semilong Road, is open for all weekend Masses. The Cathedral can be accessed from this car park via the gate leading to the top car park.

East Hunsbury: Exposition and Confessions

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Confessions at Ss Francis & Therese on Saturday evenings, 6pm – 6:50pm. A heartfelt thank you to all those who help to sanitise the benches after Mass, and a welcome to those who might be able to help briefly after Mass – particularly on a Saturday evening.



For those children presently in Year 3,  we plan to run their  First Holy Communion Programme from January to May 2022.
I hope this is clear, please approach the priests after Mass if you need any clarification.



The intentions will be the ones already booked and will be printed from next week when we have access to the Mass intention book.
Please note: All enquires phone or email the Cathedral parish office as the phones at each church will only be checked periodically.



Offertory envelopes are available, leave a contact number with any of the stewards and we will have them ready for you to collect next week at mass. We would like to thank all those who support all the parishes in the Hub financially. Those who have paid through standing order or the envelope system have allowed us to meet some of our financial commitments and we are incredibly grateful for your support. If you are a tax payer you could gift aid your donation which would mean we could claim the tax you have paid on your donations which would add another 25% to your offering at no extra cost to you. In order for us to claim this we need to have a record of your offering either from standing orders or the envelope scheme.
This time of year also gives us an opportunity to reflect on our
donation to the parish. I know it has been an incredibly difficult year for many families so I am aware not everyone can give as they would like. But if you are in a position to help then it would be greatly appreciated. Once again, thanks to all our parishioners who give so generously to the Church.


Share your experiences of the past year in our Pandemic Faith survey, and help shape our future:



A big thank you to all the Cathedral volunteers who packed the food boxes, Parishioners for all their donations, the team at Revolution Zero CIC who supplied the food. All your generosity has enabled us to help families to have food each week. During these difficult times, we recognise that for many these days are extremely challenging. As a response to some of these needs, we are pleased to offer our new Cathedral Centre as a food store to provide much needed items to those who need them most.
Each Thursday afternoon, the food will be distributed through a collection/delivery service. If you require this service or knows anyone who is in need, please contact the parish office by phone or email 01604 714556 or This is a new initiative and we would ask for your prayers and patience as we develop our response to the current needs. We packed and distributed 65 food boxes on Thursday.



People have asked about the missalettes and if we are going to reintroduce them.  At the moment we cannot share documents during the pandemic so they will not be used in the near future.  People have also asked about the Morning and Evening Prayer books so they can follow the Prayer of the Church which we pray before weekday Masses.  Again we are not able to share books.  One way to follow the readings and the Office, the Prayer of the Church, is to get the Universalis App.  You will need a smart phone or a tablet and you get the app from the App store.  It is alone-off payment of £10.99 but has the readings for weekdays and Sundays, the complete cycles with the Mass prayers, it has the full Office (Office of Readings morning, evening, midday night prayer). Many of us use the app.  It will allow you to join in with the prayers before Mass.  It is an alternative to the hard copy missals.  If you do use the app please ensure your phone is on silent.  You can use the app even in airplane mode.  Visit for an overview of this App together with details of a FREE trial period.



 If you would like to join the parish planned giving scheme then please let us know. Thank you to everyone who supports the Cathedral and St Aidan’s financially. If you would like to pay by standing order then please see the link on the parish website under the green link entitled offertory giving.


All Masses at the Cathedral are streamed live on both our website and the diocesan website. Please see Mass times  for further details.



We are very grateful to those who continue to support the Cathedral through their direct debits. We have had enquires about setting up payments during this lock down. If you go to the Cathedral homepage you will see a link called Offertory Giving in green. You can click this link and set-up a regular standing order, or make a one-off donation online through the diocese Virgin Money Giving facility who accept all major debit and credit cards. If you use this option, we ask that you indicate ‘for Northampton Cathedral’ in the ‘Leave a Message’ box for one-off donations, and for a regular standing order we will contact you to check which parish  your standing order is for. There is a facility to Gift Aid any donation to your parish, (for example, as an offertory donation or Mass stipend).

Alternatively you can make an online donation or set up a standing order for regular giving to the Cathedral parish via your own online bank account.

The Cathedral bank information required is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account No: 59811927
Account Name: RCDN Cathedral of Our Lady
Payment Ref: Northampton Cathedral


We are very grateful to those who continue to support St Aidan’s through their direct debits. If you would like to donate to St Aidan’s via the diocese Virgin Money Giving facility then please indicate “for St Aidan’s, Northampton” in the ‘Leave a message’ box for one-off donations. Or set up a standing order for St Aidan’s via your own online bank account.

The Bank details required for St Aidan’s is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number 91074096
Account Name: RCDN St Aidan’s Parish
Payment Ref: St Aidan’s Northampton



The SVP at the Cathedral and St Aidan’s wish to support their clients and the community at this time. We are continuing to contact our clients who usually receive home visits by phone and anyone feeling lonely or who has a relative they would like us to contact, please do let us know and we will add you to our list. If you haven’t received a call and would like one – again let us know.

We can also do shopping, prescription pick ups etc. for those who might need it, and will continue to offer practical support or referral to other agencies if you are struggling practically or financially. Please do ask us if you need help. Our contact numbers are;

St Aidan’s SVP 07379752519 & Cathedral SVP 07515 171104

We keep you all in our prayers at this time.


Is your relationship under stress during the lockdown?

SmartLoving BreakThrough Online is for anyone whose relationship is going through a period of stress and disillusionment. It’s from the providers of the Marriage Preparation Course that currently runs in our Pastoral Area.
BreakThrough is an online course that teaches participants how conflict arises, and how to take simple steps to heal the wounds and restore hope. It is private, confidential and effective and can be worked through in three hours, either individually or together.
Currently there’s a reduced price of £24: if that cost is prohibitive for you, and we know that finances are a major difficulty just now for so many people, email as we will be able to offer some assistance for those in greatest need and we will send you an access code. Your email will be strictly confidential and used in line with GDPR. For more details, please use the link


Spiritual Communion Prayer of St Alphonsus 
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.


Please click here to read the Bishops Conference official document for further information regarding Catholic Church Services across England and Wales such as Masses, Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmation during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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