This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Cathedral Hub Administrator
Part Time 25 hours per week Start date: ASAP

We are currently recruiting for an administrator to provide support to ensure the continued effective and efficient running of the Cathedral Hub Office. The role will be for 25 hours per week, working pattern – Monday – Friday

This is a great opportunity to work in a parish environment for someone with proven administration, financial and secretarial experience.

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

Applications should include an Application Form, CV and a covering Letter. The closing date for applications will be Friday 1st October 2021. Interviews will be held the following week.


CAFÉ 1850

Café 1850 is open as follows over this weekend:
Saturday 18th September 9am – 3.30pm
Sunday 19th September 9am – 3.30pm

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th we will be offering an opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea. Afternoon tea must be pre-booked, bookings are available from 1.30pm each day, please email to make a booking.
The café will be open every day from Wednesday 22nd September at the following times:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 3pm
Thank you for your support!
Richard, Roxanne and the Café team.



This Monday, 20thSeptember, will be the second session for children in Year 4 or above preparing for the First Holy Communion in December 2021. The meeting will be held in the Cathedral Centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Please ensure that your child is with one of the catechists before leaving the Centre.



Following our successful first evening, we are meeting again on Friday 24th September at Northampton Cathedral at 7pm. All young adults are very welcome to join us for a time of Eucharistic adoration, a talk and social time, For more information contact



Saturday 2nd October sees the first monthly ‘Saturday Session’ mission event at the St Thomas Cathedral Centre. Beginning at 10am until 12pm, there will be refreshments, live worship music, inspiring testimonies and talks. There will be opportunities for prayer ministry and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We hope to create an environment of hospitality and faith, that will inspire those who are searching for meaning in their lives. Why not think about who you could invite? Also, a great opportunity to visit the new Cathedral Café 1850, which is open from 9am. For more information contact



There will be a parish meeting held at St Aidan’s on Thursday 30th September at 7pm. All are welcome to attend, as we discuss how we can move forward together and grow as a missionary community.



Help! The need now is greater than ever September is SVP awareness month and St Aidan’s St Vincent de Paul Society is appealing to all parishioners for help. They need your assistance now more than ever as people suffer terrible hardship as a result of the pandemic. Join them and work with them to help in whatever way you can. Telephone 07555 758612 or email

We will be holding an additional evening for those who are interested in having their children baptised. This will take place at the Cathedral on Wednesday 13th October at 6pm.

200 CLUB
Results of the 200 Club September draw:
1st prize: No. 119
2nd prize: No. 27
3rd prize: No. 13
Congratulations to our lucky winners!


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 pray for the following, whose funerals will take place in the coming weeks:
Michael McColgan
Terence Walsh
Peter Arnold
Gabriel Fowley
Deidre Whittle
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.



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.


From this weekend, we will be re-introducing the Towcester Foodbank collection box in the church. Items required include: UHT fruit juice, jam, rice (small packs), instant coffee, small sponge puddings, tinned carrots, pasta n’ sauce packets, cuppa soups, small packs of instant noodles (but NOT pot noodles), laundry powder, razors and shower gel. Please visit for more information.



Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has written an open letter inviting Catholics to pray for the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill to be debated in the House of Lords in October.
It encourages them to write to peers at the House of Lords stating the reasons why they oppose this legislation and particularly explain from personal experience the reasons why this change in the law should be opposed.


A message from CAFOD

CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week, especially in Haiti and Afghanistan, as well as in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.


On Sunday 19th September, the “Cycle For Cynthia”, will take place. This is an annual bike ride to raise funds for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice. John Reed is offering a very wholesome lunch at home in Brixworth, for all the riders, and their family and friends. There is also a crèche at his house (run by a Deputy Head Teacher) for people who might want to drop their children off while they battle on their ride. If you would like to join in this year in supporting this wonderful cause, or if you just want any more information, do contact John on 07762211699, or visit the website below



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.



Upon consultation and discernment, Bishop David has implemented the following changes to pastoral areas:
The two former Northampton pastoral areas of Northampton South and West and Northampton North and East are to be amalgamated. Canon Brendan Killeen, has been asked to take responsibilities as Dean of the enlarged Northampton Pastoral Area. He has generously accepted the invitation and the enhanced Pastoral Area began on Friday, 16 July, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The parishes of Wellingborough and Rushden will return to the North Northants Pastoral Area. Bishop David thanks Fr Andrew Behrens for his years of generous service as Dean.


Thank you to all our wonderful stewards and volunteers at the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, Ss Francis & Therese and St Thomas More, who do so much to support our parishes, and keep them up and running.



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!



The Society of St Gregory is offering a course on the liturgy, for those who like to get to know more about the Church’s liturgy. Six different modules are available, and these can be attended either individually, or booked as a full course. The modules cover topics such as The Paschal Mystery, Commitment, Ways of Prayer
For more information, and to book, please email For help with funding, please contact


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!!



With the extension of the roadmap out of lockdown and the coming to the end of a school year, we will await the beginning of the new School year before considering preparations for children making their First Holy Communion during the next academic year.
Fr James requests all current Towcester parish catechists to contact him: please email him direct


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 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 who would like their children to start the confirmation programme this year, we ask that you get in touch with the parish office at to register. This is in order to ascertain the numbers and allow us to plan the programme accordingly.



We are looking to start the First Holy Communion Programme in the coming months.  We plan to run two courses. The first will be for the children presently in Year 4 and their course will run from September to December with First Holy Communion celebration before Christmas.
For those children presently in Year 3,  we plan to run the 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.



The new Diocesan directory for 2021 are now available to purchase from the Parish Office at a cost of £5. You can collect during office opening hours which are Monday -Friday  10am -1pm  or we can send you a copy by post if requested.



Offertory envelopes are available to collect, 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 and The Dixon McCarthy charity who supplied the food. All your generosity has enabled us to help families to have food each week. These families are grateful and the children are very happy to receive the donated Easter eggs. 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 91 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.



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 will be available for general enquires by phone or email.
Phone (0)1604 714556
email address:



 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.

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 enter the sign up code 265642 and join—it’s  that easy.

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