This weeks Cathedral Newsletter


There will now be Mass on Saturday mornings at 9.30am at the Cathedral, followed by Confessions in the Blessed Sacrament chapel. As COVID restrictions begin to ease, we look forward to building up the schedule of Masses and devotions in the parishes, and we are grateful for your patience at this time. We hope this summer will enable us to build up the lives of our parishes after a very difficult year!



Going to print we are waiting for the national guidelines regarding Covid restrictions since the Prime Ministers announcements last week. The Bishops Conference of England and Wales will be issuing new guidelines regarding the measures that we will continue to take. We ask for your patience as we will take the necessary measures to ensure that our churches continue to be a safe environment where people can come and celebrate Mass.



We are pleased to welcome Richard Beeby to the team as Operations Manager as we look forward to the opening of the new café. Work is currently underway and we will keep you in touch with an opening date. We are currently on the look out for some green-fingered volunteers who would like to support making a more inviting outdoor space to the front of the café. If you would like to help please get in touch with Richard via email at



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!



Please be aware of the day Mass is being celebrated as this schedule can change from week to week.


The Wellbeing Cafe (k/a “Renew169” – just up the High Street, near our church) needs more daytime volunteers, especially during August and September. Please could you prayerfully consider the role of a daytime volunteers at renew169. You simply need to come along, make a drink and chat to our visitors. Please pray and seek as to how you can support, even one or two mornings or afternoons a month makes a huge difference. They also need people for a Wednesday morning that are willing to take part in ‘Grief and a Cuppa’ they need to have some lived experience of grief and a willingness to chat. This group meets 10 am to 12 noon. If you can support in any way, please contact or speak with Fr James.


Pope Francis has called for this day to be observed next Sunday 25 July, linked to feast of Saints Anne and Joachim. The theme chosen by the Holy Father, “I am with you always”, expresses clearly that, during the pandemic and in the better times that will hopefully follow, every ecclesial community wishes to be with the elderly always. The Catholic Grandparents Association has already been encouraging a similar celebration in recent years. Their website is a useful resource and has a prayer for grandparents given by Pope Benedict XVI. They encourage establishing a branch of their organisation locally. See web address below:


In The Studio will be live at 8pm on 15th July on our YouTube channel ‘Luxnymo’ – this online event is open to everyone of secondary school age and has great talks, prayer, Grill the Priest, a quiz and much more, all coming live from our studio!



Northampton Street Pastors are looking for Christian volunteers, particularly more Catholics, to join their team. They offer support to vulnerable people on weekend evenings in the town centre. There is a training day on 7th August at Kingdom Life Church. If you are interested, please contact Teresa at



This Sunday we mark Sea Sunday – a day on which we are called to pray for seafarers and give thanks for all their work. If you would like to donate to the Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), you can find them at



Winning Numbers– July 2021
1st Prize – NO: 105
2nd Prize – NO: 38
3rd Prize – NO: 56
Congratulations to our lucky winners


For those interested in baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmations in any of the churches in the Hub, 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!!


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.


Please pray for the following, whose funerals will take place in the coming weeks:
Michael Taylor
Arnaldo Cal
Arthur (Joe) Murphy
We pray that the Lord may grant them eternal rest and comfort their loved ones at this time.



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


A heartfelt thank-you from Fr James for all the help and support from the parish these past few weeks. Fr James hopes to be able to restart many of the rotas, coming into effect from the beginning of July.
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.


We are currently recruiting for a Diocesan Finance Supervisor to provide support to the Diocesan Accounts Manager and Chief Operating Officer on delivering the financial functions at Diocesan level and in our parishes.
Full information for the position, detailing the specific experience and skills required can be found by visiting

or via email

Applications should include our application form, CV and a covering letter.

The closing date for application will be Friday 23rd July 2021 and interviews will take place which 26th July 2021


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.



Now that many people have returned to work we are looking for more volunteers, we ask for a session a fortnight at St Johns Ambulance in Towcester, either Tuesday 12-2 or Friday 10.30-12.30. Either behind the scenes in the garage, or front of house in the hall – but you don’t need to talk to our guests if you don’t wish to. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place. If people wish to help deliver parcels in Towcester and surrounding villages that is also a option. Contact Helen Garton at



SPUC is holding a Mass lobby of MPs on Friday 16 July or Saturday 17 July 2021. We are asking pro-life supporters up and down the country to organise a meeting with their MP, at the MP’s constituency office, on one of these dates. The DIY abortion policy is still in place, and there is a renewed threat of assisted suicide being legalised.

Please ask your MP to lobby the Health Secretary to end DIY abortion. Please ask your MP to vote against assisted suicide.
SPUC has produced dedicated briefings to help you lobby your MP. Please go to


Dates for your diary

Unfortunately, due to the government’s decision to delay the lifting of restrictions on gatherings, we are unable to hold the meetings that were planned for all those who were interested in baptisms, weddings, confirmations, First Holy Communions and the RCIA throughout June and July. We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused – but these meetings will be rearranged when we are able to hold them. Please check newsletter and website for details.



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 3 and their course will run from September to December with First Holy Communion celebration before Christmas.
For those children presently in Year 2, who will start Year 3 in September, 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.


New changes to COVID restrictions

The following is an extract from the government website: ‘Attendance at weddings and funerals will no longer be limited to 30 people but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing. Other significant life events, such as christenings (baptisms), will also be able to take place with a limit of 30 people’.
It is important that we keep vigilant and follow all the guidelines that are still in place regarding social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitising hands. We will also continue to have track and trace at the Cathedral and St Aidan’s. The NHS QR Codes have been available at Hunsbury and Towcester.
Let us continue to keep our churches safe and follow the guidelines until they are lifted. We will follow official advice in all these matters.


Attending Church

If you are a regular visitor to the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, SS Francis & Therese and St Thomas More or if this is your first visit, you are very welcome, and it is great that you are here! If you are not a Catholic but would like to receive a blessing during Communion please come forward with your hands crossed over your chest. Please be aware masks are now mandatory in places of worship and 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 forms 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. You will note there is now a one way system and only one toilet in use. If you need any help or guidance there are stewards on duty at all Masses for you to ask. We ask all parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral and St Aidan’s to adhere to this instruction and other implemented measures to ensure people’s safety.



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.



From next week the parish office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  from 10am -1pm  for you to call and book masses collect Mass cards etc. Please call at the St Thomas Centre reception between 10.00am—1pm. Access to the centre is through the wooden gates from the main cark park.



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.


We are very pleased to be able to say that Lifeteen Summer Camp is taking place at Alton Castle this year! The dates for this are Wednesday 28th July 3pm – Sunday 1st August 2pm. The summer camp is 5 days of fun and activites where young Catholics gain formation and friendships. For more information, please visit


Appeal for Extra Stewards

Due to increased attendance at all masses we want to start using the St Thomas Centre as an overspill to accommodate increased capacity. We therefore require additional stewards to help us comply with COVID guidelines and ensure your safety while at Mass. If you are able to help please contact the parish office  or speak to any of the stewards at the Mass you attend. Training and guidance will be given.



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 76 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.


Baptisms are now  able to take place again from May this limit is increased to 30 people – providing the government’s criteria is met. If you would like to organise a baptism, please get in touch with Philly at the parish office or complete the online request form at please include your contact details.



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.

All other times Philly will be available for general enquires by phone or email.
Phone (0)1604 714556 (Checked Every day)
email address:



Masks:  It is now mandatory in places of worship to wear a mask  following the new government instructions . We ask all parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral and St Aidan’s to adhere to this instruction and other implemented measures to ensure peoples safety.

 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. There is one toilet open at the Cathedral but we ask you to follow social distancing  and we ask everyone to use the hand sanitiser provided.

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. 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 you to attend a Sunday mass.

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 15 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.



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.



 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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