This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Welcome to you today at our churches in the Cathedral Hub


Fr Mark, Fr Andrew and Philly will be joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage which is being led by Bishop David. If you want any petitions to be taken to Lourdes, please bring into your church in the Hub by Thursday 18th August and they will be placed on the altar during the Masses. Please be assured of our prayers while in Lourdes.

We are now in the summer break when many of our parishioners are going on holiday. If you are going away, then we hope you have a safe trip and enjoy your time away and come back refreshed. If you are a visitor to the area spending time with family and friends, then we extend a warm welcome to you.
As our Priests will also be taking holidays it will be necessary to make changes to the Mass schedules during August. There will be some changes to weekday Masses at St Aidan, Ss Francis and Therese and St Thomas More. The normal weekend schedule will continue.



We are very pleased to announce that the Northampton Cathedral will be one of the venues for ‘Encountering the Relics of St Bernadette’ Tour. During September and October, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on Pilgrimage to England, Scotland and Wales for the first time. This very special event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes in a church or Cathedral near them. There will be opportunity to venerate the relics, go to confession, and attend Mass and other special services.
Northampton Cathedral: Monday 10th to Thursday 13th October.
More details on booking arrangements will follow, when available.
We will be needing volunteers to assist our visitors during this time. If you are available to help please do let the office know.

The loop system has been upgraded this week and we hope that this will help those who have been experiencing some difficulties.


The club will be closed during August and re-open again on Wednesday 14th September at 12noon. If you are interested in finding out more about the Good Companions, then please speak to Philly in the Parish Office on Tel 01604 714556



During this period of hot weather, we ask that you take care of yourself and also keep an eye out for vulnerable people who may need some help. Be aware of dehydration in all age groups.



Could all red Missio box holders please return their red boxes for “collection and renewal” by Sunday, 28th August. Please leave them in the sacristy, or give them to Fr James.


Congratulations to our winners
1st Prize No 40
2nd Prize No 100
3rd Prize No 65
Thank you to all who support this fundraising and good luck with your number in the future.


 RIDE AND STRIDE   Saturday 10th September
Money raised helps Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust to continue supporting our marvellous churches across the county with essential repairs and improvements. Ride and Stride is an opportunity to raise money not only for the Trust but for your own church, as we return 50% of the money to the church of your choice.
To find out more – The Northampton Cathedral will be taking part and offering refreshments. Please download a sponsor form. Thank you.


We are currently recruiting for a Director of Mission to develop and manage the vision, strategic direction and day to day operations of Mission Northampton. The role will be for 32 hours per week and working pattern is to be negotiated. Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting or via email
The closing date for applications will be Wednesday 24th August 2022. Interviews will be held w/c 29th August 2022.
VACANCY – CLEANER 10 hours per week
The diocese is currently recruiting for a Cleaner to perform cleaning tasks to a high-quality standard, within the St Thomas Centre and The Marian Suite, which are situated on the Cathedral complex. The role will be for 10 hours per week working over 4 days on a flexible basis.
Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting or via email The closing date for applications will be 18th August 2022. Interviews will take place on 22nd Aug 2022



Across makes travel possible for those who wish to visit Our Lady in Lourdes but who need care and assistance. Helpers are needed for pilgrimages this year so if you are interested please contact the office Tel: 02035421800 or speak to Ann Comerford in the Cathedral Office 01604 714556 or 07724 968385
Ann will be leading a group leaving on the 1st September from Northampton and there are some spaces if you wish to come.


Scripture Reflection
This group will be taking a summer break. The next meeting
will be on the 6th September 7pm to 8pm
Ride and Stride Day
Saturday 10th September



The bishops of England and Wales have released a statement, explaining that the ‘Sunday Obligation’ – that is, the privilege of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days – is to be reinstated from this weekend, the Feast of Pentecost. The decision has now been made that the reasons which prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. Watching the Mass on livestream does not fulfil this obligation. If you know of someone who has yet to come back to Mass, do encourage them!
The bishops note that it has always been the understanding that those who cannot attend Mass due to ill health, or those who are caring for others in need, are not bound by this obligation.


Thank you for your support – Second Collection for Peters Pence

W/e 6th & 7th August
£ 2055.68 plus
S/O £740.00
Total £2795.68

St Aidan
W/e 6th & 7th August
£219.21 plus
S/O £275.00

Ss Francis and Therese
W/e 6th & 7th August
£583.97 plus S/O £100.00
Total £683.97

St Thomas More
W/e 6th & 7th August
£592.15 plus S/O £130.00
Total £722.15


CAFOD are looking for a volunteer to support the work they do in the Cathedral Hub churches. As a volunteer in your church community you can encourage and help your fellow parishioners to take action for global justice. You thank parishioners for their support and help your parish priest promote and organise the Lent and Harvest Fast Days, campaigns and any emergency appeals in the parish. Please contact Deborah Purfield, 07786 114 390|


If you are planning to get married abroad or in one of the churches in the Cathedral hub you must give us at least six months’ notice. This is to ensure that all the preparation that couples are required to do, and the pre-marriage courses are completed along with the necessary paperwork.


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

Monica Rumsby: Thursday 18th August at 10am (St Thomas More)
Kevin Murray: Friday 26th August at 2pm (Wellingborough Crematorium)
Patrick (Con) Doherty: Tuesday 30th August at 10am (Cathedral)
Bernard (Stan) Thorpe: Tuesday 30th August at 1.30pm (Cathedral)
Elizabeth Steer: Wednesday 31st August at 9.30am (Cathedral)
Ian Doyle (St Thomas More – awaiting details)

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


CAFÉ 1850
Have you visited our Café? We are open from Tuesday to Sunday
We have a selection of drinks and snacks. Our next event is a Teddy Bears Picnic on Thursday 18th from 12noon to 2.30pm.

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.


Theme: “The Communion of Saints’ prayer and the veneration of
Holy Relics”
During the weekend of the 7th-9th October 2022, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops. There will also be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Masses, Confession, talks (and socials).
Prices start from £12 (come for the day) and £55 per person per night (residential). Book soon as places are limited! Please note to guarantee your place Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend (16th September 2022). For More information: or
To book go to :-


                                                                                                                          CAR PARKING

If you are using the car park can you please ensure that you park using due consideration to other vehicles and pedestrians. Please do not block other cars in as they may need to leave in an emergency.


The diocese social action office is working with a number of Ukrainian families who are in Northampton and urgently need accommodation. Full support is available from the council and the diocese office of Caritas. If you feel you may be able to offer help or accommodation and would like to learn more please call Deacon Jim Hannigan 07756 685220 or email

Thank you so much to those who have already come forward with offers of help, it is very much appreciated.


The Food Store will continue distributing food parcels during August. Please do support this service if you can, by donating items of food, offering financial support or volunteer with the packing of parcels.
Please contact the office if you can help.

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.


                                                                                                                     HOSPITAL VISITS                                                                                                                           The Chaplaincy Team are now preparing to restart visiting in the wards of Northampton General Hospital. If you have a family member in the hospital  and you would like them to be visited then please let us know.
Please call the office on 01604 714556
or 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.

Many thanks to the volunteers who have undertaken a variety of tasks to make the church and grounds look so much better. You are appreciated


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.


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



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:

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.



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 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


Are you interested in offering your help to assist with the work of a local branch of the SVP? The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. Founded in Britain in 1844, we foster diverse and inclusive connections, as a Society that is welcoming of people of all faiths and none. We joyfully extend our hand in the care and personal service of individuals and families who need support.
Cathedral SVP 07515171104      St Aidan’s SVP 07513367148      St Thomas More 07517613487


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;

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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