This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him”.
Welcome to those who are attending our churches this weekend. If you are on new to the parish then please introduce yourself to the priest.


Last Sunday Bishop David’s led the service to open the Healing Garden His words were very powerful and covered a wide range of aspects for the process and need for healing. A parishioner, the daughter of one of those buried in this garden read the words of Mary’s story, a very moving account of abuse suffered and its effects. All those in attendance placed a ribbon, ‘a ribbon of remembrance’ in the garden. These were then collected on Tuesday morning and blessed at the morning Mass, as Tuesday was the day which the Church offered prayers for the Survivors of Abuse. These ribbons will be made into a piece of art installation which can be viewed later. The development of the garden is an ongoing project, more work is planned over the forthcoming months. We encourage people to make use of this area and to use it for prayer and reflection. If you are able, please consider making a donation, no matter how big or small. How can you donate? Use the details on the cathedral website and reference your donation – Healing Garden


Today is a Holy Day of Obligation and mass will be said at:
Cathedral 7.00am and 7pm
St Aidan 9.30am
Ss Francis & Therese 9.30am
St Thomas More 9.30am
Today is a Day of Prayer for the right use of the media


Second Collection Sunday 29th May
Is for World Communications Sunday to support the work and mission of the Catholic Communications Network of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.


W/e 14th & 15th May
£1604.71 S/O £740.00
Total £2344.71

St Aidan
W/e 14th & 15th May
£220.20 plus S/O £275.00

Ss Francis and Therese
W/e 14th & 15th May
£731.91 plus S/O £100.00
Total £831.91

St Thomas More
W/e 14th & 15th May
£611.23 plus S/O £130.00
Total £741.23

The priests of the Cathedral Hub would like to thank all those who currently volunteer and help with so many tasks associated to our churches. You are invited to a ‘Thank You’ celebration event on Tuesday 7th June starting with Mass in the Cathedral at 6.30pm
followed by refreshments in the St Thomas Centre.
If you are interested in volunteering and offering your skills and talents, then please do come along and find out more.

We are offering an evening for wedding couples who are planning on getting married in 2022/2023. The evening will offer information on the commitment of marriage, the process, and the necessary paperwork involved.
Date: Wednesday 13th July in the St Thomas Centre at 7pm


Congratulations to the parents of the children who have been recently baptised into the faith in our churches in the Cathedral Hub.
If you would like to have your child baptised, then please attend one of our parent information evenings. The next opportunity for this will be on
Wednesday 8th June at 7pm in the Cathedral.


Tuesday evenings 7pm – 8pm in the Cathedral Sacristy
A chance to meet with others and, together, deepen our understanding of the readings for the following Sunday.


Funeral of Carmel Polywka RIP. Fr Andrew will lead the graveside funeral service in Greens Norton on Monday, 30th May for Carmel who died recently. Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul at Mass in the parish earlier that Monday at the 9.30am Mass.
Baptism Celebration Fr James will conduct the baptism service for Della MANUEL at 11am in the Church on Monday, 30th May. A joyous day for the family and the wider church!
Second Collection There is a second collection this weekend to support the Polokong Children’s Village, who are in desperate need of our prayers and loving support at this time. Please read the latest news on either the parish website, or on the notice boards.
HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On Saturday, 4th June, there will be a fun, community event at the Towcester Recreation Ground, Islington Road. Lots of family friendly activities and entertainment throughout the day from local community groups and businesses. Do you happen to have local pictures of our parish celebrating previous jubilee celebrations?! Fr James would be delighted to hear from you!

All our churches in the hub are blessed with Parish Repositories where you can purchase religious cards and gifts for special occasions. With First Holy Communion and Confirmation celebrations coming up soon, please do support them.


for the Cathedral Hub

Rehearsal will take place on Thursday 26th May at 6.00pm
First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday 28th May at 10am

Rehearsal will take place on Thursday 26th May at 6.30pm
First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday 28th May at 10am

Monday May 23rd – Session 7pm -8.30pm in the centre
Saturday 4th June – Rehearsal 3.30pm for Candidates and their sponsors
Confirmation Mass Sunday 5th June at 3pm in the Cathedral


The 2022 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham will take place on Saturday 4th June 2022.
Bishop David will celebrate Mass at 12 midday and will be joined by The Divine Mercy Pilgrimage. At 3pm – Gathering outside the Chapel of Reconciliation for the Procession along the Pilgrim Route to the Priory Grounds. On arrival in the Priory Grounds there will be a short service at the Site of the original Holy House.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of interest and very small numbers it has not been possible to organise a coach from the Cathedral Hub.


We are looking to appoint a live in Graduate Boarding Assistant from September 2022, to support boarding students in our Boarding House. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in this forward-thinking and friendly school. Areas of interest and for professional development will be confirmed at interview.
For further information please visit the website.

CATHOLIC HERALD – Are you interesting in buying a copy?
There are some complimentary pre-May 2022 copies of the new style Catholic Herald for you to look at and these can found at the parish repository. If you wish to order a copy going forward you can do so by calling the Office on 01604 714556


With regards to the ongoing situation in Ukraine and the request of many of our parishioners who would like to help in some way, Caritas’s Northampton have provided an overview of their activity as we strive to support those in Ukraine who may want to come to the diocese. They have created, and will continue to maintain, a page on the diocesan website in relation to the diocesan guidelines and support for the people of Ukraine. If you would like to know more about how you could help or would like more information the page can be found here: There is a form you can complete if you would like to be added to the list of those offering support or assistance in readiness.
Alternatively, you can contact the Caritas office on 01604 434362 or email on to find out how you can help or to ask any questions you may have.


If you are a regular attender at your church, then please do consider using the envelopes or arranging a Standing Order and use the gift aid declaration (for those who pay tax) as this will help the offering you make to the church greater.
The new envelopes will be available


VACANCY at St Thomas Becket Catholic School
LEAD PRACTITIONER FOR SCIENCE L1 – L5 (£42,195pa to £46,566pa) Commencement September 2022 Closing date for applications 22/05/22 Telephone: 01604 493211 E-mail:



Good Companions
Wednesday 25th May 12-3pm in the centre
Jesus Youth Adoration
Saturday 4th June 24hr Adoration
Young Adults 7pm in the Sacristy
Friday 27th May, and 10th & 24th June



Parish office opening times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am – 1.00pm
(Please Note: The parish office will now be closed on Thursdays)

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)

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.

If you would like to find out more information or register your interest, then please contact the parish office at


The food bank team would like to express appreciation to all those who have recently contributed a wonderful selection of items for the recipients of our weekly food distribution. There are currently between 50 to 60 bags a week being distributed. Can you help?
Do you have any ‘bags for life’ that you would like to donate?

 The foodstore needs your help with food or funds in order to be able to continue its great work helping families in need at this difficult time. You can bring food at any of the Masses here at the Cathedral or drop it into the St Thomas centre during office hours Mon-Fri 10am -1pm.  The ambient food we need is tinned food, cereal, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits etc….  Please note: We do not need any toiletries.

A big thank you to all the Cathedral volunteers who packed the food bags, Parishioners for all their donations.  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  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.
On 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

On behalf of all those we support a massive big thank you to all who donate food, funds and their time to the foodstore.


Please pray for the following, whose funerals will take place in the coming weeks:
Percival Timmins
Margaret Edwards
Joseph Augustine
Kevin Roche
Frank Corr
Carmel Polywka

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

We have several funerals during the following two weeks which will impact on the Mass Intention requests. We will re-schedule intentions to an alternative date and apologise for any inconvenience caused.


 CAFÉ 1850
Hours will be as follows: Come and try the Tuesday offers.
Tuesday to Friday 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday 9am – 2pm.
Thank you for your support. Richard and the Team
We offer a great selection of savoury and sweet treats alongside locally roasted coffee. If you are yet to try us, why not put it in your diary to do so! We look forward to welcoming you. Richard, Roxanne and the team.



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!



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.

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!


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.

Please Note: the First Holy Communion and Confirmations programmes 2021/2022 are now full.

A new programme will start again in the Autumn for 2022/23



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. Please remember to be courteous and thoughtful when parking your car for Sunday Mass. It you are late arriving and have parked making it difficult for others then please return to your car as soon as you can at the end of Mass.



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.



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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