This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Northampton Cathedral Hub serving the following Churches in our Diocese
Cathedral NN2 6AG | St Aidan’s Kingsthorpe NN2 6QJ | SS Francis & Therese Hunsbury NN4 0RZ | St Thomas More Towcester NN12 6JX
Contact address for all churches: Cathedral House, Primrose Hill, Northampton NN2 6AG
TEL: 01604 714556 | Email: parish.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org| www.northamptoncathedral.org
Cathedral & Ss Francis and Therese SVP 07591060335 | St Aidan’s SVP 07513367148 | St Thomas More SVP 07517613487

Mother Church of the Diocese Rt Rev. David Oakley, Bishop of Northampton

PARISH TEAM
Fr Simon Penhalagan, Fr James Evans,  Fr Daniel Rooke,  Fr Stanley Orazulike, Fr Shalbin Marottikudy and Fr Ditto Devassy
Philly McKenna (Parish Secretary) Ann Comerford (Cathedral Hub Administrator)

SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES
(Cathedral) Robert Kilcoyne, Susan Carvell and Philly McKenna email; cathedralsafeguarding@gmail.com                      

  (Ss Francis & Therese)  Lorraine Hunt and Mary Roach c/o cathedralsafeguarding@gmail.com
(St Aidan’s) Gemma Johns email; c/o cathedralsafeguarding@gmail.com
(St Thomas More) Mrs Mary McAllister  email; c/o cathedralsafeguarding@gmail.com
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PARISH REPOSITORY/SHOP: ST THOMAS CENTRE
For Mass cards and religious items.
Open – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri, 10am-1pm
The Parish Office is closed on Thursday afternoon.

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14th JULY 2024    FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)
Feast Days: Monday: St Bonaventure Tuesday: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)
God chose us.

Before the world, was made, God our Father chose us in Christ to praise the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved. We do not need to worry about material things, because the Lord has set us free and given us the richness of his grace. Like Amos, we may feel unworthy, but we are all called to bring God’s message to all people. The Lord will always be near to help us.

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SECOND COLLECTION TODAY IS FOR STELLA MARIS.

Supporting seafarers and fishers worldwide since 1920

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PRIEST CHANGES IN THE CATHEDRAL HUB

Fr Shalbin is moving on from the Cathedral Hub. We thank Fr Shalbin for his work with us over the past eleven months, and we wish him well for the future.     Fr Ditto Devassy is joining the Hub Team so please do make him welcome when you meet him after Mass.

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THE THOMAS BECKET FESTIVAL 2024
Thank you to those who attended our Patron Saint’s Celebration last weekend at the Cathedral and in the St Thomas Centre. We were delighted to engage with people from other parishes and from other faiths as we shared a variety of events as part of the festival. Thank you to the artists whose work was displayed over the two days and enjoyed by those who came to view it. To our schools who provided artwork, for which some prizes were awarded. A big thank you to those who volunteered and did such a wonderful job ensuring that our visitors were well looked after. Thank you to the Knights of St Columbia, from Northampton and Milton Keynes who organised the car parking and watched over the Relic.
The social evening on Saturday with BLUD raised some funds for CARITAS, so thank you to those who attended. It was a fun evening.

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MASS WITH BISHOP JOSEPH HA ON 24TH JULY

at St Edward the Confessor, Milton Keynes.
There will be rosary at 6.00 followed by Mass. Then at 7.30pm we hope to have a bring-and-share meal together. Please get in touch for more details. Our Email address remains the same as mk.chinese.catholic@gmail.com. God Bless! CCMK are pleased to share a new contact number (07393582776), and a new WhatsApp Community. God Bless!
歡迎加入MK華人天主教會WhatsApp 社群接收更多資訊。主佑!
https://chat.whatsapp.com/F9DBF0JWyc5HvkBYRlMq1C

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MAY THEY REST IN PEACE
Please pray for those who have died recently.

Eric Montgomerie: Monday 15th July at 12.15pm (Counties Crematorium)

Pauline Murphy: Tuesday 16th July at 12noon (Ss Francis & Therese)

Teresa Pailing: Thursday 18th July at 11am (Nene Valley Crematorium)

Paul Murray: Friday 26th July at 11am (Cathedral)

John McDonagh: Tuesday 30th July at 11.30am (Cathedral)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
It is now possible to have a reception into church the evening before the funeral. This service could be led by a lay person if the priest is committed elsewhere.

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23rd to 30th August LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2024

There will be a meeting for the those going to Lourdes this August to finalise the arrangements.

This will take place on Saturday 20th July at 3pm in the St Thomas Centre

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SUNDAY VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ST THOMAS CENTRE REPOSITORY
Come and visit our new style repository in the St Thomas Centre reception. We are looking for some volunteers to cover sessions on Sunday’s from 9am to 12.30pm. Please contact the office if you are interested and can help.
COPIES OF THE PILGRIMAGE MASS are on sale at £10.00 each from the repository at the St Thomas Centre

Each part of this mass setting is named after a different place of pilgrimage. Devine Music www.devinemusic.org.uk email office@evinemusic.org.uk

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PILGRIMAGE OF REPARATION & PRAYER FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE

Walsingham, Saturday 3rd August, to be led by Bishop David.
Please consider joining this pilgrimage. The need for prayer to support life has been great since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. It is now increasingly needed as the pressures to allow abortion up to birth grow, along with a swelling campaign to introduce Assisted Suicide. Pope Saint John Paull II urged everyone to join in the ‘great prayer for life’. A poster is displayed on noticeboards in the Church giving booking details for a coach leaving from the Cathedral at 7.15am. Cost is £20 for adults, £12 for children. Please contact Christopher or Margaret on 01858 571242 or 07779 122365.

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PARENTS BAPTISM EVENING

For parents wishing to have their children baptised please come along on Tuesday 30th July at 7pm in the St Thomas Centre.

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CARLO ACUTIS EXHIBITION
The website for the Exhibition is www.miracolieucaristici.org

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ST AIDAN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS JULY 27 & 28th JULY
Saturday 27th July Flower Festival & Children’s Art Competition. You are invited to make a floral decoration and bring it along to the church on either Friday evening from 5pm to 6pm or Saturday morning. The church will be open from 10am to 4pm where you can visit the church and view the floral displays. Refreshments will be available. Bishop David will celebrate our Jubilee Mass on Sunday at 9.45am. Please do join us

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40 HOURS ADORATION TRAINING PROGRAMME
On Monday 29th July at 7.45pm in the St Thomas Centre there will be an open meeting for anyone who would like to find out more about the 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration Event that will be taking place at the Cathedral (on 27th & 28th September).
Come with your friends and fellow parishioners and find out more about this powerful devotion and explore ways that you can take part- even if you have a little bit of time in September and can come and pray you would be very welcome.
We would love to involve as many people and groups as possible to make it a fruitful and memorable time of prayer.

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ST. GREGORY THE GREAT 40 HOURS ADORATION.

Friday 19th July beginning with Mass at 7am continually until 11pm on Saturday 20th July.

There will be various devotions, charismatic prayer, rosary, divine mercy & divine office

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BOOKING MASS INTENTIONS.

We are now only able to have one intention per Mass. Unfortunately, this is causing some difficulties due to the lack of dates available. Please be assured that with the support of Our Bishop, Cathedral Hub Priests and some of our retired priests these additional intentions will be said as private masses. However, we will be unable to guarantee specific dates when they will be said.

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RE:NEW
Our next RE:NEW Northampton morning will be on Saturday 13th July at the usual time of 10am to 12pm at the St Thomas Cathedral Centre, Northampton. You will be very welcome! Our speaker will be the wonderful Gaetana Trimming.
Gaetana is a Catholic Christian and the moderator of the leadership team of The House of the Open Door, a lay ecumenical community in Worcestershire. She works and ministers from there, in worship and sharing the Gospel in schools, prisons and conferences. Even though she was born in a Catholic family and went to a convent school, she had her first real encounter with the Lord at the age of 17, being healed from drug addiction and mental breakdown. She has a passion for sharing the gospel especially with women and young people and is a trained spiritual director. Gaetana is Italian and was born on the Amalfi Coast, she is married with one son. She loves learning about other cultures, and their languages. In her spare time she likes reading cookery books and spending time with her friends.
Gaetana will be sharing on the theme “Lord Show us the Father” John 14:8-18 It will be an uplifting morning with worship, friendship and the usual pastries and coffee. Please feel free to invite your friends. We also plan to have a separate session for children so feel free to come with and invite families.

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CALLED AND EQUIPPED WEBINAR
We are running our final introductory webinar on zoom on Tuesday 16 July at 7:30pm. Please come and join us to see if this is the course for you. For more details and to sign up go to https://northamptondiocese.org/called-equipped/

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GOODBYE AND THANK YOU
Elizabeth and John Lane will be leaving Northampton and moving to the delights of Wales to be closer to their family. They have been our principal cathedral cleaners for 14 years, for which we have been very grateful as they have kept the church and its contents to an extremely high standard. Their last session will be on the 8th July. SO, WE NEED SOME HELP we will be looking for new people to join the cleaning team.

Contact the parish office if you can help.

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POPE FRANCIS PRAYER INTENTION FOR JULY
For The Pastoral Care of The Sick
We pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is conferred to those who receive it and their loved ones the power of the Lord and become ever more a visible sign of compassion and hope for all

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The SNPC (South Northampton Partnership of Churches) at Ss Francis & Therese Come to a ‘Summer Picnic’ in the presbytery garden on Sunday 21st July at 12 midday. As the host, it would be great to see as many of our parishioners as possible attend this event. The format is simple. Bring your own picnic, something to sit on, and share in the company of fellow Christians from our neighbouring churches. Suitable for families and those with young children and should be lots of fun. The church will remain open for use of the facilities
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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
This year marks the Fourth World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, taking place on Sunday 28th July. Pope Francis has themed this year                                 “Do not cast me off in my old age” (Ps 1:9).
https://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/worlddayforgrandparentsandtheelderly/

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PARISH GIVING ENVELOPES – Helping your church finances.
If you wish to give by offertory envelope to your parish, please contact the parish office on 01604 714556. We will need some details from you and then we will have the envelopes ready for you to collect from the welcomer at the weekend Mass.
Giving by envelope allows the Parish Finance Teams to plan projects against projected income. If you are a taxpayer, we can claim 25p on every £1 you donate from the government at no extra cost to you. Thank you to everyone for supporting your parish.

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Medjugorje
Trip to Medjugorje 8-15 October contact Anne-Marie 07833150126

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CASPAR CHURCH – YOUR PARISH REGISTRATION

There are QR code information on your notice board or you can log-in by using the link below.

Cathedral www.caspar.church/me?ID=56060

St Aidan www.caspar.church/me?ID=56065

Ss Francis & Therese www.casparchurch/me?ID=56063

St Thomas More www.caspar.church/me?ID=56090

PLEASE DO REGISTER AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR PARISH

If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the office for help

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ANNUAL MASS FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE

This Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David on 7th September 2024 at 12 noon at Northampton Cathedral. Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after Mass in the Cathedral Centre. Please contact Sam at mfl@northamptondiocese.org if you have a special anniversary this year

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TAIZE PILGRIMAGE  FOR YOUNG ADULTS 

Fr Alessandro Reno will lead a group of young people from our diocese to Taizé in August this year. They will embark on a ten-day trip from the 17 – 26 August to experience this unique and wonderfully spiritual community. The trip is open to young people aged between 15 and 35 years old (those under 18 should receive parental permission).For more information visit https://st-augustines-church.org.uk/taize-2024/

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CATHEDRAL HUB GROUPS

 Scripture Reflection: Tuesday 16th July at 7.00pm (Choir Room)
Choir Practice: Friday 19th July at 6.30pm (Sacristy)
Bereavement Group: Saturday 13th July at 2.30pm in the Cathedral

ALL THESE EVENTS BELOW ARE IN THE ST THOMAS CENTRE

Good Companions: Wednesday 17th July – 12.00 to 3pm

Food Store Distribution: Thursday 18th July from 10.15am to 12.15pm

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NIGERIAN THANKSGIVING MASS
The Nigerian Catholic Community in Northampton and the surrounding area cordially invites you to her maiden Mass of Thanksgiving on 18th August at 1:30pm. Venue: Ss Francis & Therese Catholic Church, East Hunsbury, Overslade Close NN4 0RZ. Refreshments will follow immediately after. All are welcome!

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CHAPLAINCY VISITING SERVICE at Northampton General Hospital If you have or know of anyone who is a patient at NGH and would like to be visited or to receive Holy Communion or the Sacrament of the Sick, please inform the Parish Office.

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PARISH FIRST AIDERS

We are trying to gather a list of first aiders who attend our churches. Do you have a valid qualification and are you willing to be a parish first aider at the Mass you attend? If you are able to help, please contact the office.

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CARITAS CLOTHES BANK
A new provision for the donation of suitable clothes, shoes and accessories for recycling can be made in the bin provided in the Cathedral Carpark. Funds raised from your contributions will helps raise funds for parish projects. Over 94% of the clothes donated are recycled and kept out of landfill sites. Please do use this facility as nothing is wasted.

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IF YOU USE ONE OF THE MISSALETTES FOR THE MASS PLEASE RETURN IT

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CATHEDRAL HUB PARISH WEEKLY COLLECTIONS
Thank you for your support
Cathedral

 W/e 6th & 7th July
£1705.26 plus
S/O £989.50 approx.
Total £2694.76

St Aidan
W/e 6th & 7th July
£377.35 plus
S/O £291.00 approx.
Total £668.35

Ss Francis and Therese

W/e 6th & 7th July
£563.0 plus
S/O £181.25 approx.
Total £744.25


St Thomas More

 W/e 6th & 7th July

£573.71plus
S/O £242.25 approx.
Total £815.96

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URGENT APPEAL
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 Morning,  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 office@northamptoncathedral.org.

On behalf of all those we support a massive big thank you to all who donate food, funds and their time to the foodstore.

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  OFFICE EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OPENING DAYS FOR PARISH OFFICE

Reception will be open Monday to Friday 10am -1pm  for you to call in person to the St Thomas Centre during  these times for booking Masses, collecting  cards etc. Access to the centre is through the gate 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:  office.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org
Ann’s email address: parish.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org.

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ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER
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!

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ONLINE APPLICATION FORMS FOR SACRAMENTS
For those interested in baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmations the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, and SS Francis & Therese, please go to the Cathedral website:
www.northamptoncathedral.org/sacraments/
and complete the relevant online application form. You will then be contacted by the parish office.

A new programme will start again in the Autumn for 2024/2025

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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.

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Defibrillator

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!!

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CATHEDRAL PARKING
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.

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 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:

Bank: NatWest
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:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number 91074096
Account Name: RCDN St Aidan’s Parish
Payment Ref: St Aidan’s Northampton

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN YOUR PARISH SVP?
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.
https://www.svp.org.uk
Cathedral & Ss Francis and Therese SVP 07591060335     St Aidan’s SVP 07513367148      St Thomas More 07517613487

ST VINCENT DE PAUL

The SVP at the Cathedral & Ss Francis and Therese 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.

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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.

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