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 SVP 07515171104 | 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
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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21st APRIL 2024 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)      GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

Feast Days: Tuesday; St George, Martyr, Patron of England, Thursday; Saint Mark, Evangelist

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FOUTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.
Christ the Good Shepherd lays down his life for us. This gives us some idea of how lavish God our Father’s love is, allowing us to be called his children. Through the name of the Lord Jesus, we can be sure that one day we see God as he really is.
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter we traditionally celebrate as Good Shepherd or Vocations Sunday. This is because in the Gospel of the day (from St John’s Gospel). Jesus speaks of himself as the Shepherd who is prepared to lay down his life for the sheep.
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THERE IS A SECOND COLLECTION TODAY TO SUPPORT VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD

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DIOCESAN PRAYER

Sunday 21st April:  Day of Prayer for Vocations

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

John Gibbons: Monday 22nd April at 10.30am (St Aidan)

Christine Shaw: Wednesday 24th April at 11.00am (Cathedral)

Mary Rackett: Tuesday 30th April at 12.00noon (St Thomas More)

Patricia Vickers: Friday 3rd May at 4.15pm (Counties Crematorium)

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

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. During the winter months an addition cost will need be made to cover the heating of the churches

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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

First Holy Communion will be celebrated at the:

Cathedral on Saturday 18th May at 11am

Ss Francis & Therese on Saturday 18th May at 3pm

St Aidan’s on Sunday 19th May at 9.45am

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CASPAR CHURCH – YOUR PARISH REGISTRATION

We will soon be using a new computer database system to help us mange our parishes better. It starts with us making sure that we have up to date contact information for all our parishioners and so we would be grateful if you complete the registration form by clicking the on the relevant QR Code which you will find on your notice board. Each Church has its own QR Code. 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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PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM  Saturday 8th June Led by Bishop David

There will be a coach leaving the Cathedral at 8.30am and arrive in Walsingham for the midday Mass. We will then leave Walsingham at 5pm to come back to Northampton for approx. 8pm
The cost is £24.00. To reserve your place call Tel 01604 714556

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Ss FRANCIS & THERESE CHURCH

Trip to Medjugorje 2024 8th to 15th October 2024 contact Anne-Marie 01604858549 or 07833150126 for more information

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SAFEGUARDING UPDATE

As we approach the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors, Bishop David has issued a pastoral message reflecting on our recent audit report from the CSSA. I attach the message and ask that it be either read or made available for parishioners on any weekend up to the fifth Sunday of Easter.    A video of Bishop David reading the message can be viewed here https://youtu.be/xcIC8gVpBG0?si=p1JeDI2xhmv7g8A8

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THE BECKET FESTIVAL 2024 6TH & 7TH JULY

A chance to take part in celebrating our patron saint during the weekend of the 6th & 7th July at the Northampton Cathedral. A program for the weekend will be available in the next few weeks.

Volunteers are needed to help over this weekend so please let the office know if you are available. Email parish.cathedalhub@northamptondiocese.org as we need you.

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NEW YOUTH GROUP FOR Yr7 to Yr12

An Invitation Especially For You The Cathedral Hub parishes are hoping to establish a youth group, which will meet on the last Friday of each month. As a launch, we’d like to invite those in years 7 to 12 to join us in the St Thomas Centre behind the Cathedral from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on Friday 26th April. Let us know if you’re able to join us by emailing parish.cathedralhub@northamptondiocese.org With every blessing, Fr Simon, Fr Daniel, Kacey, Joe, Joel and Martin

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Our next RE:NEW
Will take place on Saturday 11th May from 10am to 12pm in the St Thomas Centre, Northampton. You will be most welcome.
Our speaker will be Ben Warren. Ben is a member of Cor et Lumen Christi Community and is currently discerning a vocation to the priesthood. After having a career as a videographer and editor for seven years he moved to Northampton Cathedral for nine months on placement. Ben has also served on the leadership team of Joel’s Bar, a Catholic Charismatic young adults conference.

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Pro Life Chain – Saturday 27th April 2024

On Saturday 27th April SPUC Northampton is holding a Pro-Life Chain on St Peters Way Northampton. This act of silent witness is to remember the millions of lives lost to abortion since the Abortion Act 1967. It will take place between 11am and 1pm. If you can join us or want more information, then please contact William on 07393965643(text is fine) or wpcurrie@btinternet.com Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of April is that the dignity and worth of women be recognised throughout the world. “In many parts of the world, women are treated like the first thing to get rid of.” “There are countries where women are forbidden to access aid, open a business, or go to school,” he said, adding: “In these places, they are subject to laws that make them dress a certain way. And in many countries, genital mutilation is still practiced.” He urged the world to “not deprive women of their voice. Let us not rob all these abused women of their voice. They are exploited, marginalised.” The Holy Father pointed out that “in theory, we all agree that men and women have the same dignity as persons. But this does not play out in practice.” (from The Catholic News Agency)

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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS STARTING ON TUESDAY 16TH APRIL

There are five weekday sessions and a half-day retreat at the Cathedral on Pentecost evening Saturday, 18 May. The weekday sessions are on Tuesdays    ( 23rd and 30th April and 7th and 21st May) with refreshments at 6.30pm and the seminar starting at 7:00pm prompt. The Holy Spirit Day will take place on Saturday 18th May (Pentecost Saturday) at 2pm followed by 6pm vigil Mass

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CONFIRMATION SESSION AT ST THOMAS MORE CHURCH

Sunday 21st April at 10am

CONFIRMATION SESSION AT THE CATHEDRAL next Saturday 20th April in the St Thomas Centre

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ROSARY MORNINGS FOR WORLD PEACE
We say all 4 Rosaries, 10 decades before we have coffee and 10 after with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharist Blessing after. It starts at 10.00 after 9.30 Mass and finishes about 11.45am – date May 16th All welcome.

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FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Saturday  4th May after the 9.30am Mass
DEVOTION IN REPARATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Adoration, Confession, meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, recitation of the Rosary, Benediction. For the salvation of souls and peace in the world.

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

Tuesday 30th April this year is dedicated as the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Parishes are asked to recognise this on the following weekend, the fifth Sunday of Easter

There will be a second collection for the Healing Garden on the 5th May

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MASS FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND  Saturday 27th April at 11am in the Cathedral

This is an opportunity for those who are sick and housebound to come for Mass and to receive the sacrament of the sick. The SVP will help with transport and refreshments will be available in the St Thomas Centre afterwards. Please contact the office if you need transport.

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200 CLUB WINNERS FOR APRIL 2024

Thank you to all those who have joined the 200 Club for the 2024/2025 season. Congratulations go to the winners of the double prize money who are; 1st Prize No 61 £200.00          2nd Prize No 136 £52.00         3rd Prize No 71 £52.00

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CATHEDRAL HUB GROUPS

Scripture Reflection: Tuesday 16th April at 7pm (Choir Room)

ALL THESE EVENTS BELOW ARE IN THE ST THOMAS CENTRE

Good Companions: Wednesday 24th April 12.00 to 3pm

Food Store Distribution: Thursday 25th April 10.15am to 12.15pm

**Choir Practice: Friday 26th April at 6.30pm in the Sacristy **

COMMUNITY MEETING FOR ‘THE PEOPLE OF SEMILONG’

on Friday 26th April at 10am to 12noon – St Thomas Centre

Cathedral SVP: Monday 13th May at 7.00pm SALE OF NEW AND NEARLY NEW CLOTHES 

Sunday 12th May from 12noon to 3pm in the St Thomas Centre

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FORTHCOMING CONCERTS

NMPAT – Springtime Wednesday 1st May at 7pm in the Cathedral

Northampton Chamber Choir – Friday 17th May in the Cathedral

Northampton Concert Orchestra – Seascapes – Friday 21st June at 7.30pm in the St Thomas Centre

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Have you visited Café 1850 recently?

We have a new refreshed menu as we head towards the summer with plenty of delicious options for all, not forgetting our locally roasted coffee and delicious bakes which always include vegan and gluten free options. With warmer days soon upon us, now is a great time to book an afternoon tea to enjoy in the cathedral gardens.
Our opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 3pm and Sunday from 9am – 2pm. We look forward to seeing you soon! Rich, Roxanne and the Café 1850 team.

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE

Tuesday 30th April this year is dedicated as the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Parishes are asked to recognise this on the following weekend, the fifth Sunday of Easter. There will be a second collection for the Healing Garden on the 5th May.

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LOURDES FUNDRAISING QUIZ MONDAY 20TH MAY AT 7PM in the St Thomas Centre.

Teams of up to six people, with a variety of rounds to tease your brain. Cost £7.00 per person to include light supper. Raffle on the night. Monies raised will support and fund an Across Pilgrimage to Lourdes for a sick, terminally ill, or young person who is unable to pay. www.across.org.uk This pilgrimage which Ann Comerford is leading is from 8th to 17th August. To register your team email anncomerford56@gmail.com

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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 MUSICIANS

Our diocesan liturgy commission music section will host a day for singers, choirs and instrumentalists on Saturday 11th May at Thomas Becket Catholic School in Northampton. The cost is £10 for adults and free for those under 18’s (who must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings and more information here https://northamptondiocese.org/courses/diocesan-music-day/

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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 13th & 14th April
£1819.09 plus
S/O £1000.00 approx.
Total £2819.09

St Aidan
W/e 13th & 14th April
£323.77 plus
S/O £278.00 approx.
Total £601.77

Ss Francis and Therese

W/e 13th & 14th April

£790.11 plus
S/O £167.00 approx.
Total £957.11

St Thomas More
 W/e 13th & 14th April
£487.40 plus
S/O £150.00 approx.
Total £637.40

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

John Gibbons: Monday 22nd April at 10.30am (St Aidan)

Christine Shaw: Wednesday 24th April at 11.00am (Cathedral)

Mary Rackett: Tuesday 30th April at 12.00noon (St Thomas More)

Patricia Vickers: Friday 3rd May at 4.15pm (Counties Crematorium)

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. During the winter months an addition cost will need be made to cover the heating of the churches.

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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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  OFFICE EMAIL ADDRESSES AND OPENING DAYS FOR PARISH OFFICE

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 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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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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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 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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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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