This weeks Cathedral Newsletter

Season of Lent

Prayer after Communion for the first Sunday of Lent

Renewed now with heavenly bread, by which faith is nourished, hope increased, and charity strengthened, we pray, O Lord, that we may learn to hunger for Christ, the true and living Bread, and strive to live by every word which proceeds from your mouth.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Lent it is a season for us to take to heart the themes of prayer, fasting and alms giving. During this pandemic where there is so much uncertainty Lent give us an opportunity to refocus on our relation with God and with one another. We reach out to a God who constantly calls out to us and it is in our relationship with the Lord that the fullness of life is found. During this difficult time that the world is facing it will do us the power of good to reflect more deeply on our relationship with God, the part we are called to play in the mission of the church and how we can grow in our love for and commitment to Christ. During Lent Bishop David will celebrate the 11am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral which, as usual, will be streamed.

Also during Lent we will look forward to the ordination of Deacon Andrew to the priesthood on the 25th March. Please keep Deacon Andrew in your prayers.

Lenten Programme

Wednesday morning Mass at 7am
Friday evenings: Stations of the Cross at 7pm
Saturday: Holy Hour and Confessions 9.30am
Morning Prayer/Evening Prayer before weekday Mass
Penitential Service: Monday 29 March 7.00pm

Lenten reflections: Tuesday 30 March at 7.00pm (Live streamed only)

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Want to give something up for Lent? Here’s a

suggestion from Pope Francis 

Fast from hurting words and say kind words

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worried and have trust in God.

Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness; fill your hearts with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled

Fast from words; be silent and listen

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CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY

The coronavirus pandemic has shown how important it is to have access to clean, safe water. During these challenging times, your donation to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal is needed more than ever.

Family Fast Day is on Friday 26 February 2021.With your

donations to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal we can reach out to

communities around the world to help them thrive even in the most difficult environments. For more information please click onto Cafod’s website: cafod.org.uk

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200 CLUB

200 Club Draw Results for February 2021
Winning numbers are;
£100 First Prize – 199
£26 Second Prize – 41
£26 Third Prize – 78
Congratulations to all our lucky winners.

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Head of Religious Education

Thomas Becket Catholic School seeks a passionate and committed professional to lead our RE Department and join the mission at Thomas Becket Catholic school to create an extraordinary school founded in Christ’s love.

We seek a practising Catholic who, by personal example and professional leadership, will ensure that the Catholic ethos, founded in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, permeates all aspects of school life.

“CHRIST’S LOVE IS OUR FOUNDATION”

Start Date: September 2021                 Salary: TMS + TLR 1b

Headteacher: Mr McLaughlin

Further details and an application form are available from Mrs Jan Hayes at hayesj@thomasbecket.org.uk (application forms can also be obtained from the school website at www.thomasbecket.org.uk and the OLICAT website www.olicatschools.org)

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CONFESSIONS
We will hear confessions in the Cathedral at 6pm this Monday 22nd February and Saturday 27th February between 9.30-10.30am.
We cannot use the confessionals at this time so we will hear them in the sacristy or the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
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Celebration of the Sacraments
We are aware that people are making enquiries about baptisms, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and marriage preparation. We too would love to begin the courses but we have been advised to wait until we move out of the lockdown. We share your frustration but the priority is to keep people safe. As soon as it is safe to do so we will run courses for sacramental preparation. They may be shorter than normal but we will do what we can so we can have the celebrations later this year if and when we are in a position to do so.

Presently it is only in an emergency that we are able to celebrate baptisms or marriages. Hopefully this will change in the near future. We will keep you informed.

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  PARISH OFFICE NEW CHANGES

Philly  has now returned back to full time and will  continue to run the Parish office remotely from Monday – Friday 10am -4pm. If have any queries she will be happy to deal with them, including arranging any Masses and will post out Mass card if needed . She will have access to the parish office emails and the telephones at the Cathedral will be checked throughout the day so please leave a message and contact number so she can return your call/email.

Due to the new government regulations, we have taken the decision that the presbytery /Cathedral house will not be open to any callers and all appointments will be moved to telephone appointments during this period as we all need to play our part in helping to stop the spread of this virus.
We know this is not ideal, but we ask for your patience during this difficult time for us all!

Parish office times – working remotely:
Monday – Friday 10.00 am – 4.00pm
Phone (0)1604 714556 (Checked Every day)
email address: office@northamptoncathedral.org

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CATHEDRAL FOOD STORE

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 want to express their thanks to you all!!!

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. We packed and distributed 75 food boxes on  Thursday.

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 office@northamptoncathedral.org.  This is a new initiative and we would ask for your prayers and patience as we develop our response to the current needs.

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FUNERALS

Please pray for the following whose Funerals will be conducted by Father Mark or Deacon Andrew over the coming weeks.Deborah Neenan RIP
Dean Barrett RIP
Vincent McNamara RIP
Kathleen Hodgkins RIP
James Marum RIP
Anne O’Doherty RIP
Edward Ward RIP

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

Please note that when we have Funerals the Mass will be reserved for members of the family as due to Covid-19 restrictions we are limited to the number of people allowed Maximum 30 people.

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Ask your MP to sign a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain

A new parliamentary motion (EDM 1340) is calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion.

Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MP, and ask them to sign this motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. It only takes 30 seconds using this easy-to-use tool. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link below:

www.righttolife.org.uk/FetalPainMotion

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A BIG THANK YOU

Fr Mark, the Cathedral and St Aidan’s Parish teams would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who help in so many ways, week in week out, to make the Cathedral & St Aidan’s such beautiful places of worship. As a community we are very privileged to have the support of such a wonderful group of volunteers.

STEWARDS

As we all know, we need enhanced cleaning procedures during this time as we battle the pandemic.  I would like to thank all our cleaners and stewards who do so much in preparing the Cathedral and St Aidan’s so we can gather to celebrate Mass.  We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

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Message from Bishop David:

The God who Speaks: As we know, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales declared this year 2020 as: THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: A YEAR OF THE WORD” and chose the theme in line with the spirit of the document, Verbum Domini. This initiative will be continued through 2021, not least because of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The God Who Speaks- Our Liturgy of the Word
A Series of Online Zoom Sessions exploring the upcoming Lectionary Readings and Seasons of the Liturgical Year. A valuable opportunity to develop our engagement with the Scriptures that we hear proclaimed at the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Led by Mgr Kevin McGinnell, Chair of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission and Alex Heath is Adviser for Adult Faith Formation Tuesday 16 February 2021, 7.30-8.30pm: ‘Many more began to believe in him because of his Word’(Jn 4:41) John’s Gospel & The Season of Lent
Each session will include input, prayer and the opportunity to make comments and ask questions. Cost: No charge but there will be the opportunity to make a donation. Please register in advance to secure a place by e mail or phone: email admin@nores.org.uk or phone: 01582 723312 (ext 1) Once you booking is received you will be sent details of how to join the online Zoom sessions.

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BAPTISMS
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 at the Parish office.

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SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMMES 2021

We have been asked to delay the start of these programmes until the Diocese issues new guidelines in light of the pandemic. We will update the newsletter and website as soon as we know more. Thank you for your patience.

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ST THOMAS CATHEDRAL CENTRE

I’m delighted to say that we have now taken ownership of our new Cathedral Centre which is dedicated to St Thomas, one of our patrons.  Due to the coronavirus we are unable to open the centre at this present time but Fr Mark and Deacon Andrew are looking forward to showing small groups of people around in the near future. It is a wonderful facility and will enhance our mission here at the Cathedral, the Diocese and the wider community. Thank you again to all those who have helped make our vision a reality, those who have supported the Centre both financially and through their prayers. We will give details in the coming weeks about reopening the back car park and will look forward to fully opening the Centre when we have emerged from this critical time.

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SAFETY MEASURES TO BE FOLLOWED DURING THE PANDEMIC.

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.

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TRACK AND TRACE:

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.

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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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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;

St Aidan’s SVP 07555 758612 & Cathedral SVP 07515 171104

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
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