This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Latest Update for the Celebration of the Sacraments

A number of parents have asked about First Holy Communion classes for their children. We will have a session for the children on Monday 21 September at 5pm when Fr Mark, Deacon Andrew and the catechists will help the children as they prepare for their special day. The session will last until 6.00pm. It is important for the children to attend. Please ensure your children are given into the care of a catechist and collect them promptly at 6.00pm.
I would ask you all in the parish to keep the children and their families in your prayers. See more information below.

We will have the final Confirmation session on Monday 28 September after the 7.00pm Mass the session will end at 8.30pm. Again it is important for the young people to attend as they look forward to celebrating their Confirmation with Bishop David on Sunday 18 October at 1.00pm. See more information below.


Confirmation: Bishop David will celebrate Confirmations with the Cathedral candidates at 1pm on Sunday 18 October. Rehearsal for candidate and sponsor is  on Saturday 17 October 4.15pm-5.15pm
The candidates from Duston and Hunsbury parishes will celebrate their Confirmations at the Cathedral at 3pm on 18 October. Rehearsal for candidate and sponsor is on Saturday  17 October 3pm-4pm
The candidates are called to chose their sponsor who must be at least 16 years old, be a Catholic who has been baptised and confirmed and not be a parent of the candidate.
Each family have a bench which can have members of the same family or social bubble. The sponsors who are not in the same household or social circle with sit separately in a side bench. We ask everyone to follow the guidelines on social distancing.

First Holy Communion Children: As with Confirmation each family will be allocated a bench which they can share with members in the same household or social bubble.
First Holy Communions will be celebrated at St Aidan’s on 3 October at 10.00pm. A rehearsal will be held on Friday 2 October at 5pm which will include the final session of the programme.
First Holy Communions will be celebrated at the Cathedral on 10 October at 10.00am and 12.00pm. A rehearsal will be held on Friday 9 October at 5.00pm which will include the final session of the programme. We will be informing the families which Mass their child will be receiving their First Holy Communion. Having the two Masses will ensure that we can observe the social distancing measures required.
Please not that the Confirmation and Holy Communion celebrations are not open to the parish as we have to follow the guidelines on numbers attending the services.


We will hear confessions in the Cathedral at 6pm this Monday 21st September. We cannot use the confessionals at this time so we will hear them in the sacristy or the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.


If you wish to plan for your child’s baptism you can now contact the parish office for dates. In light of the guidelines we are amending our preparations and will give you details when you contact us.

Pope Francis’ call

On 5th August Pope Francis called on the Church to reflect on our current situation. In response, the diocesan Pastoral Ministry Office is hosting a series of online webinars on Monday evenings through the autumn. We begin on 21st September with Bishop David reflecting on the last six months, and posing some key questions as we go forward. Other topics include reaching out to the needy, building community, prayer and spirituality, and catechesis. The webinars are free to attend, but you will need to register to receive the web link. For more information and to register, please go to



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. 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. 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 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.



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.


Please pray for the following whose Funerals will be conducted by Father Mark over the coming weeks.

Gillian Hanrahan RIP

Alma Carey RIP

Patrick Oakes RIP

We pray that they may rest in peace and please remember their family and friends in your prayers.


Update on our Parish Centre
I’m delighted to say that work is progressing well with the new Cathedral Centre after the break caused by the lockdown. The first layer of tarmac has been laid in the back car park so it is all coming together. We are getting closer to the opening of the new Cathedral Centre which is very exciting.


Pilgrimage of Reparation & Prayer for the Sanctity of Life
Walsingham – Sunday, 27th September 2020

Led by Bishop Marcus Stock of Leeds, the 37th pilgrimage will be a little different this year! There will not be a coach leaving from Northampton Cathedral as in previous years. Instead, by the kind cooperation of the Shrine staff, it will be a ‘virtual’ pilgrimage. (The Shrine have to actively discourage personal attendance at weekends in the present circumstances.) The full programme can be seen on our website, Participation is through one of the following links
Invitations have been sent to all the dioceses, and many parishes, in England, Wales, Scotland and on the Island of Ireland. Please join this tremendous body of prayer for the sanctity of life as requested by Pope St John Paul II.


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 –
The Parish Office opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm.
The parish office is now closed on Tuesday’s


Traidcraft Goods on Sale again!

But not as we know it! Goods can be ordered (see list below) by calling Margaret or Christopher on 01858 571242, or by email to The Mass attended must be given, and a contact number so that Philly can take payment subsequently. Orders placed by midday on a Tuesday will be available for collection by the Sacristy door after Mass over the following weekend. For those not yet attending the Cathedral at present goods will be safely delivered over the weekend, within a 5 mile radius of the Cathedral.

Decaffeinated Coffee 4.50
Cafedirect Fairtrade Freeze Dried Coffee 4.50
Medium Roast Ground Coffee 3.50
English Breakfast blend tea 1.85
Divine Fair Trade Milk Chocolate 1.00
Divine Fair Trade White Chocolate 1.00
Divine Dark Chocolate 1.00
Divine Fair Trade Caramel Milk Chocolate 1.00
Divine Fair Trade orange Milk Chocolate 1.00
Divine Fair Trade cappuchino Milk Chocolate 1.00
Organic Strawberry Jam 2.50
Organic Orange Marmalade 2.50
Tropical Forest Set Honey 3.50
Tropical Forest Clear Honey 3.50
Equal Exchange Peanut Butter 2.50
Bronte Fruit & Oat Cookies 0.50
Bronte Triple Choc Cookies 0.50

If your favourite item is not listed then email or call as above, we will try to include it in our next order. All profits go to Mary’s Meals, supporting children in developing countries, where the need is now more desperate than ever.



 The parish envelopes are now available to collect,  please speak with the stewards at any Mass. If your box it not ready just let us know your number and we will have it ready for next week. 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


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 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.



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 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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