This weeks Cathedral Newsletter
Reopening the Churches
Following the guideline we are reopening the churches from Thursday 3rd December, we will follow the schedule we had before the present lockdown so weekday Masses will be at the Cathedral and the normal Sunday schedule at both the Cathedral and St Aidan’s. We thank our stewards who once again will play an important role in allowing us to reopen our churches safely. All COVID instructions on mask wearing and social distancing will still apply please read section on safety measures below. Bishop David, Fr Mark, Fr James and Deacon Andrew look forward to welcoming you back to the church.
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Bishop David will celebrate the vigil Mass on Monday 7th December at 7pm of the Diocesan Feast for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
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 3 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 19 January 2021, (7.30-8.30pm) ‘He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures’(Lk 24:45) The importance of God’s Word for Christian identity & everyday living.
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 email@example.com or phone: 01582 723312 (ext 1) Once you booking is received you will be sent details of how to join the online Zoom sessions.
During lockdown Bishop David will celebrate an evening Mass at 7pm on the following evenings:
Tuesday 1 December at 7 pm – Mass for the widowed.
Private Prayer during Lockdown
We will open the Cathedral for private prayer with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the following times:
Monday 5.30-6.30pm, Tuesday &Wednesday 11.00 am – 12pm.
CATHEDRAL FOOD STORE
During these challenging weeks of our second national lockdown, 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 food boxes on Thursday. A big thank you to all who helped and donated.
Each Thursday afternoon, the food will be distributed through a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a new initiative and we would ask for your prayers and patience as we develop our response to the current needs.
Please pray for the following whose Funerals will be conducted by Father Mark or Deacon Andrew over the coming weeks.
Kathleen McBride RIP
Kathleen Roche RIP
Eugene Hanna RIP
Denis Casey 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.
PARISH OFFICE NEW TIMES
Starting this week Philly will be furloughed for 2 days each week and working at the parish office for 3 days. If have any queries she will be happy to deal with them, or if you need to arrange any Masses and Mass cards. 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.
Parish office times as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am – 2.00pm
Phone (0)1604 714556 and email address below;
Philly – Office@northamptoncathedral.org
NYMO invite all young adults to an online advent retreat. Open to all aged 18-35yrs, each Tuesday of Advent, beginning on 1st December between 8.00-9.30pm join the team on zoom for a time of prayer, worship and reflection. Email email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
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.
PARISH PLANNED GIVING:
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.
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.
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:
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:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Number 91074096
Account Name: RCDN St Aidan’s Parish
Payment Ref: St Aidan’s Northampton
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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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