This weeks Cathedral Newsletter


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Today we start our journey through Advent and make our preparations for the forthcoming season of Christmas.
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Online Advent Retreat Thursday 1st December at 7.30pm Walking by Starlight
Advent can be the busiest time of the year, and one when we most long for time with God. Join Fr John Udris and Avril Baigent as they journey with the Magi for our online Advent retreat, Thursday evenings from 1st December, or catch up with the recordings later. https://walking_by_starlight.eventbrite.co.uk
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THE CHURCH’S NEW YEAR

This is a new year and a time to start or return to a ministry you have been involved with. Our Priests are inviting parishioners to volunteer for important ministries within their parishes. We would encourage people to become readers, singers, musicians, cleaners and catechists for our children’s liturgy groups. If you would like to be involved in any of the these then please speak to your Priest or contact the Cathedral Hub Office.

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‘THANK YOU’ from CAFOD
Your support over this past year has been life-changing and very much appreciated. Thank you for praying, campaigning, donating or volunteering to support people and communities in their struggles against poverty. An example is in South Sudan; communities who take in displaced people fleeing violence or natural disasters. The arrivals are given food and some are given land. They erect temporary structures as shelter and some start farming. Nyanguet, who fled with her five children after her village was attacked, says, “The community host us well. My children and I feel safe now.” Thank you for helping to support people and communities like this throughout the world. Have a joyful Advent and a happy Christmas.
Take a look at the Advent / Christmas Gift Catalogue.

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SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMMES

Confirmation. Welcome to the young people who have started their Confirmation preparation. The next session will be on Saturday 21st January 2023 from 10am to 3.00pm in the St Thomas Centre

First Holy Communion. The next session will be on Monday 12th December. This will be the Children’s First Confession and it will take place in the Cathedral at 6.30pm and parents are invited to stay.

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WARM WELCOME

Wednesday 30th November, 10am to 11am After the Cathedral parish Mass on Wednesdays, you are welcome to come to the St Thomas Centre for tea/coffee/ biscuits and a chat.

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COME TO A CONCERT in the Cathedral

 Monday 5th December at 7.30pm Piccadilly Sinfonietta – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas www.ticketsource.co.uk/cm

Wednesday 14th December at 7.00pm NMPAT Choirs at Christmas

Thursday 22nd December at 7pm Fiori Musicali will perform Handel’s Messiah.

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RCIA PROGRAMME
Are you an adult wanting to find out more about the Catholic Faith? Would you like to attend some sessions learning about the faith in a relaxed environment? You would be very welcome on Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Sacristy

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200 CLUB WINNERS
We are pleased to announce the winners of the November draw are:
1st Prize No 126 2nd Prize No 1 3rd Prize No 162

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BREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you know about the Cathedral Hub Bereavement Group? This is an opportunity for people who have been bereaved to come together and gain support and friendship. The next meeting will take place on Saturday 3rd December from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in the Cathedral. If you need to speak to someone before coming along then contact the Hub Office on 01604 714556 and speak to Philly

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YOUNG ADULTS’ PRAYER GROUP

If you’re 18 or over, we’d love to invite you to the Young Adult prayer group on Friday 9th December  7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Sacristy. These will be held on the second and fourth Friday of each month. There will be Eucharistic adoration, worship, opportunity for confession and tea and coffee after! It’ll be a great time to build community, pray together and worship the Lord. You’re more than welcome!

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GOOD COMPANIONS
The next meeting on Wednesday 30th November is Christmas Lunch 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

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HELPING YOU WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS GIVING
A new way to help the Cathedral Foodstore. Christmas Donation Gift Vouchers are available, priced at either £5 or £10. If you are struggling to know what to buy someone for Christmas then this could be the answer. Vouchers can be purchased after Sunday Mass or from the parish office.

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CHRISTMAS CARDS AND GIFTS
Parish repositories in the Hub have supplies of Christmas Cards and gifts suitable for your family and friends. The repository in the Cathedral Centre is open from 10am to 1.00pm weekdays so please do come and see our stock. Cards will be on sale in the Cathedral at the Sunday Masses.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS
World gifts are an excellent way to support people in the worldwide community sharing Christ’s love over the festive season. This year new gifts have been added to the usual selection, ranging from just £4 upwards. Please visit cafod.org.uk/worldgifts to see all the information. There are booklets available in the church if you prefer.

ADVENT 2022  –  Walk with Me
Walk with me Booklets are available for you to take home. If you wish to make a donation, please leave it at the parish repository or in a donation box. These booklets are a journey of prayer for Advent, with daily scripture and reflection.

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Volunteers needed in Northampton Areas to support the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

NHS Volunteer Responders are calling for people in Northampton to step forward and volunteer. There is a high demand for volunteer support at local sites to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme. As a Steward Volunteer, you will be helping the NHS to protect your community. Apply online using the GoodSAM app. www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2022
RCIA Programme Monday 28th Nov at 7.30pm (Sacristy)

Good Companions Wednesday 30th Out for Christmas Lunch

Scripture Reflection Tuesday 29th Nov 7pm (Sacristy)

Young Adults Prayer Group Friday 9th December at 7pm (Sacristy)

Breakfast with Santa Saturday 10th December, 9am – 11am in the St Thomas Centre. Tickets cost £10 per person and include breakfast plus a gift for children.
Bereavement Group Saturday 3rd December 2.30-4.30pm (Cathedral)

Arise & Shine Christmas Preparatory Gathering, Saturday 3rd December at 3.00pm to 6pm at St Gregory’s Church NN2 3HS with Fr Andrew & Fr Rajan Fausto from Rome

Tree of Love Service (Cynthia Spencer) Tuesday 13th December at 7.30

Tree of Love Service Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm (Cathedral)

Schools Advent Service at 5pm Monday 12th December (Cathedral)

Penitential Service – Monday 19th December at 7pm (Cathedral)

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2023

Parents Baptism Evening – Tuesday 24th January at 7pm (Cathedral)

Wedding Couples Evening – Tuesday 31st January at 7pm ( St Thomas Centre)

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TOWCESTER
Renew169 Café – Christmas Fayre Friday 9th December 4pm to 7pm
Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship are hosting Carols and Comedians – Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm (Age 10 years+) www.tvbf.co.uk/Christmas

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CATHEDRAL HUB PARISH WEEKLY COLLECTIONS
Thank you for your support 

Cathedral
W/e 19th & 20th November
£1550.84 plus
S/O £740.00
Total £2290.84
2nd Collection £189.56

St Aidan
W/e 19th & 20th November
£234.44 Plus
S/O £275.00
Total £509.44

Ss Francis and Therese
Ss Francis and Therese
W/e 19th & 20th November £630.86 plus
S/O £100.00
TOTAL £730.86
2nd Collection £95.38

St Thomas More
W/e 19th & 20th November
£376.00 plus
S/O £130.00
Total £506.06

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 PLANNING YOUR WEDDING
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.

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

Desmond Boylan: Monday 28th November at 2.30pm (St Thomas More)

Joan Betts: Friday 2nd December at 11am (St Thomas More)

Baby Evelyn Brennan: Tuesday 6th December at 11.30 (Cathedral)

Marion Ward: Thursday 8th December at 11am (County Crematorium)

Oliver ‘Olly’ Scanlon: Wednesday 14th at 10.30am (Cathedral)

Mary Swannell: Thursday 15th December at 10.30am (Cathedral)

Eugenie ‘Gene’ Yates: Monday 19th December at 10am (St Aidan’s)

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

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CAFÉ 1850

Do come and visit our Cafe for a good selection of drinks and snacks.

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                                                                WOULD YOU BE IN A POSITION TO ASSIST A FAMILY FROM UKRAINE?

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 caritas@northamptondiocese.org

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

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TOWCESTER
Renew169 Café – Christmas Fayre Friday 9th December 4pm to 7pm
Tove Valley Baptist Fellowship are hosting Carols and Comedians – Friday 2nd December at 7.30pm (Age 10 years+) www.tvbf.co.uk/Christmas

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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 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 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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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.

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RETURNING TO MASS

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.

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PARISH REPOSITORIES
All our churches in the hub are blessed with Parish Repositories where you can purchase religious cards and gifts for special occasions, please do support them.

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 DO YOU WANT TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE?
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: https://northamptondiocese.org/ukraine/ 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 caritas@northamptondiocese.org to find out how you can help or to ask any questions you may have.

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GIVING ENVELOPES
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

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  CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OPENING DAYS FOR PARISH OFFICE

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:  office.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org
Ann’s email address: parish.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org.

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CHANGES TO MASS INTENTIONS DATES
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.

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READERS AT MASS

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!

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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 FORM FOR SACRAMENTS
For those interested in baptisms, First Holy Communion and Confirmations the Cathedral, St Aidan’s, and SS Francis & Theres, 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 2022/23

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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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OFFERTORY GIVING ENVELOPES

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.

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UNIVERSALIS APP

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 universalis.com for an overview of this App together with details of a FREE trial period.

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PARISH PLANNED GIVING:

 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.

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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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 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 SVP 07515171104      St Aidan’s SVP 07513367148      St Thomas More 07517613487

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;

We keep you all in our prayers at this time.

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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 mflnrcd@gmail.com 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

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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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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
We have exciting news. The Development Campaign can now be found on TheGivingMachine, a fundraising site that lets you donate to the Campaign whenever you shop online. It’s easy to use and doesn’t cost you (or us) a penny. TheGivingMachine is a fundraising charity which helps other charitable causes raise money online. By signing up and shopping online via TheGivingMachine you will generate a free cash donation for us.With over 2.200 retailers including Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tui, Sainsbury, John Lewis& Partners and Waitrose & Partners you are bound to find what you want and generate a donation.  To start raising free donations go to https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/causes/northampton-cathedral-development-campaign enter the sign up code 265642 and join—it’s  that easy.

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