This weeks Cathedral Newsletter
Welcome back to Church!
We ask for your patience and understanding after what seems like an age we are able to welcome you back to Mass, even in a limited way. We ask those returning to follow the guidelines which are in place to keep everyone safe. Hopefully in the coming weeks we will be able to relax these measures but it is important to follow the National guidelines as they are laid out. We will be asking you to observe the guidelines concerning social distancing, you will be asked to follow the one way system in the Cathedral and the faithful will receive Communion under one form, the host. Families and people living together will be able to sit together but we ask that every other bench is left clear in order to follow guidelines. The collection will take place as you leave Mass. Stewards will also be on duty to help you with any enquiries. The toilets will not be in use and we ask everyone to use the hand sanitiser.
As we have to clean the Church after every Mass we will only have one Mass per day apart from Sundays. We ask you to pray the rosary privately at home so we will not say it together after Mass as we have to keep the time we are together as short as possible. The Cathedral will be open for half an hour before and after Mass. We will have Mass at St Aidan’s on a Sunday at 9.45am but all weekday Masses will be celebrated at the Cathedral because of the live streaming for those who are continuing to shield.
We thank God for his strength and guidance during this difficult period and we remember all those who have died, those who are sick and those who have cared for them. Let us place our trust in the Lord as we move forward together.
PLEASE NOTE: When we have funerals the Mass will be reserved for members of the family as due to Covid restrictions we are limited to the number of people allowed. For funerals it is close members of the family and for weddings there is a maximum of 30 people allowed which includes the Priest and registrar.
Also there are guidelines we have to follow concerning the way funerals are carried out. We ask for peoples understanding and patience in regard to this as we embrace this transition period.
We will be able to have funerals in the Church but it is recommended that all other celebrations should be deferred to the autumn if at all possible. Please read the letter Bishop David sent to the priests concerning the reopening of our Churches.
Fr Mark once again asks for your understanding as we begin the gradual return to the normal programme. He is aware of people enquiries about Baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmation but as you may be aware this will take a bit of time to organise.
It is wonderful to be able to open up and welcome you back to Mass but we still have to be careful and we will continue to review it. Let us hope and pray that we will emerge stronger from this difficult and painful time.
TRACK AND TRACE:
Follow the guidelines concerning Track and Trace. We will ask you to fill in a form each time you come to Mass. There is only the need for one person per household to leave their details. These form will be kept for 21 days after which they will be destroyed. We will comply with GDPR legislation and only share the details from this form with the NHS Test and Trace. Please place the form in the grey baskets provided by the exits. Many thanks.
We will hear confessions in the Cathedral at 6pm this Monday 13 July. We will give further details about timings for confession next week. We cannot use the confessionals at this time so we will hear them in the sacristy or the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Bishop David’s Letter
The Reinstallation of Public Acts of Worship Announced by the Prime Minister on 23rd June 2020.
Naturally we welcome this news whilst also understanding the challenges it presents to many of you and your parish teams.
Firstly, there is no obligation on any of you to reinstate public acts of worship if your church buildings do not permit the safety regulations to be followed or you are in the shielded category for any reason. Please know that your safety is of paramount importance to me and I do not wish for you to be placed in a vulnerable position of any kind.
I would also remind you that the dispensation for not attending Sunday mass,
granted by the Bishops, is still in force so there is no obligation to your parishioners to attend a Sunday mass.
The diocesan task force for this pandemic met this morning to discuss the issues you will face, and any mitigating works required prior to reinstating public acts of worship. The relevant departments at Bishop’s House are working on a guidance document which will be sent to you in due course. This document will include marriages, baptisms, funerals as well as Masses.
As a general point any public act of worship that can be deferred until the autumn should be. We will be advocating a ‘soft reinstallation’ programme to begin with and it may be some time before we return to ‘normal’.
In the meantime, I would invite you to reflect on how this latest stage can be implemented in your parish and resist the desire to make public promises that you (and we) may not be able to keep.
Bishop of Northampton
CONGRATULATIONS TO REV ANDREW COY AND LIAM CASTLE
Congratulations to Deacon Andrew Coy who was ordained by Bishop David last Sunday. It was a lovely celebration and we wish Deacon Andrew every happiness and blessing in his ministry and as he prepares for ordination to the priesthood next year. Deacon Andrew will spend his Diaconate Year at the Cathedral and St Aidan’s. Please keep him in your prayers.
Please pray for Liam as he prepares for his ordination to the diaconate at the Cathedral this Sunday 12 July. He will be ordained by Bishop David. Liam will return to Oscott College for his final year of study before his ordination to the priesthood. May God bless him with a long and happy ministry.
If you wish to plan for your child’s baptism you can now contact the parish office. In light of the guidelines we are amending our preparations and will give you details when you contact us. There will be a meeting for all baptism parents on Monday 27 July at 7.30pm in the Cathedral.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
We will confirm the new dates for these celebrations next week.
Please pray for the following whose Funerals will be conducted by Father Mark and Fr Nathaniel over the coming weeks.
Terry Michael Jones
We pray that they may rest in peace and please remember their family and friends in your prayers.
200 Club July Draw Results
Winning numbers are;
£100 First Prize – 20
£26 Second Prize – 77
£26 Third Prize – 55
Congratulations to all our lucky winners.
For Parents and Teachers.
Last week, CAFOD launched a National Assembly for schools. This amazing assembly can be used both in the school setting for collective worship, as well as at home. It is all about CAFOD’s ‘Summer of Hope’ and informs, inspires and encourages children, at a time when children may really need it. It is led by passionate youths and is a real must-watch! https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/Summer-hope-assembly
A Personal Message
Our hope is that we can continue in faith and support each other in this critical and uncertain time and wherever possible we hope to provide the pastoral support needed.
From Bishop David, Father Mark, Father Nathaniel and the Parish team at the Cathedral & St Aidan’s be assured that you are in our thoughts & prayers, we wish you well and please stay safe.
CATHEDRAL LIVE STREAMING
All Masses at the Cathedral are streamed live on both our website and the diocesan website. Please see Mass times for further details.
Thank you for contacting us regarding the online streaming service, you may find this response helpful.
A great deal of time and effort has gone into providing and supporting this service which has been especially valuable during this current lock down situation, with many thousands of parishioners, near and far, benefiting from our online services.
We have a technical team monitoring and managing the service, but there are many other factors that effect internet speeds and bandwidth which are unfortunately out of our control. This extreme demand is not just for our online streaming services of course, but right across all services on the Internet.
Due to these factors there will be occasions where there is a delay or buffering with the diocese service, for which we apologise, but this is unfortunately out of our control.
If this does happen please do not ‘refresh’ the page straight away, as this in fact just places additional load on the servers. Usually, within a few seconds the service will resume.
Please be assured that we are constantly striving to provide everyone with the best service possible in these difficult times.
DONATIONS TO THE CATHEDRAL – OFFERTORY GIVING
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:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account No: 59811927
Account Name: RCDN Cathedral of Our Lady
Payment Ref: Northampton Cathedral
ST AIDAN’S PARISH: – OFFERTORY GIVING
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:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number 91074096
Account Name: RCDN St Aidan’s Parish
Payment Ref: St Aidan’s Northampton
A Big Thank You
A massive big thank you to the Swan & Helmet Foodbank, Shop Zero crisis response ‘Bags to go’ scheme and Waitrose store Kingthorpe, for the kind food donations they have supplied to people of our parishes and continue to do so. They are liaising with Philly in the parish office and has helped with food parcels to those who are in need and vulnerable during this crisis. If you know of anyone in need of help or who lives alone and would like a phone call to check they are ok or just a chat, or would like a volunteers who is willing to do shopping for them if they can’t get out to the shops themselves, please contact the parish office or email Philly email@example.com and we will do our utmost to help if we can. At this difficult time we remember and keep in our prayers all those who are vulnerable, anxious or lonely. We are facing this pandemic together and our community will be stronger as a result of it.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
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 07555 758612 & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://smartloving.org/bto-uk
The Parish Office will now work remotely and our on site offices will be closed but Philly is continuing to manage the parish office from home during office hours Monday – Friday. If have any queries she will be happy to deal with them, or if you need to arrange any Masses and Mass cards (which can be sent to your home these are available. Parish office phones are checked regularly so please leave a message and phone number so we can call you back to deal with your request.
Contact Philly on (0)1604 714556 and email address below;
Philly – Office@northamptoncathedral.org
The Parish Office opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.
The parish office is now closed on Tuesday’s
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
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 be aware the RCIA, Baptism, Holy Communion & Confirmation programs have all been postponed until further notice.
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.
NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN
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