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Congratulation to Fr Tony Brennan who was have been appointed Chapter Canon for the Cathedral of Northampton Diocesis.
Here is a link with pictures: Click Here!
Day of Prayer/Pope Francis
DAY OF PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
On behalf of Monsignor Kevin McGinnell and members of the diocesan Liturgy Commission, I simply wish to remind you that Pope Francis has called for this day to be observed on Sunday 25 July, linked to feast of SS Anne and Joachim.
Please find attached various resources and help to promote this Day of Prayer. While this is the first such day for the universal Church the Catholic Grandparents’ Association has been promoting the celebration for several years. (http://www.catholicgrandparentsassociation.org/)
With my prayers and best wishes,
Fr James Evans
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25th Annual Peace Walk Event
DIOCESAN SUMMER WEBINAR:Bishop David has produced a series of short talks focussed on ‘The Church’. These videos can be viewed on the Northampton Diocese YouTube channel. Simply type ‘Northampton Diocese’ into the search bar on YouTube and click on ‘The Church’ playlist. All the videos in this series so far will be displayed.
The videos premiere weekly at 6.30pm on Wednesdays, however they can be viewed at any time. The link for the series is https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLigXOaGqhQzNpf_eRN22OCpVpaEk-0Bn3
Family Prayer Resources for Summer
We will be offering a prayer focus for each week of the summer holidays with some simple ideas, designed to help parents explore faith with their children, in solidarity with our global family. This will be available from mid-July at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
Resources for September
We have great resources for the Season of Creation and our Harvest Fast Day (Friday 1st October) appeal will feature some of our work in the Amazon. Join us in praying the joyful mysteries of the Holy Rosary as we seek to nourish our commitment to care for the earth. This will be available from September at https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
Laudato Si’ resources
With a range of resources around Laudato Si’, to study, reflect, pray and take action, this can be used at any time. This link will take you to the page on our website : Laudato Si' encyclical resources | CAFOD
The LiveSimply Award
This is one of our most popular community activities. This award is given to parishes and communities that have taken significant steps to respond to the Church’s call to live simply. See this link for the information : Livesimply award | CAFOD
I am very aware of the preparations as part of the synodal process over the second half of 2021. We will be holding online sessions, open to all with experts sharing what is synod, why it is important and how parish communities are participating. You are welcome to join these sessions and to invite your parishioners to come along too. Our first session on Tuesday 27 July at 7pm will feature a conversation with Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet, about why Pope Francis is inviting us all to participate in the synod. Click here to book onto the session.
Many Catholic parishioners have been responding to Pope Francis’ call for a better kind of politics and meeting their MPs this summer. If you supported one of these CAFOD meetings, calling for more action to tackle the climate crisis and to help the poorest countries cope with the pandemic, thank you. Thank you also if you are supporting our petition to the Prime Minister.
Cardinal Newman Catholic School teacher vacancies
Astra Zeneca controversy
------------The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Pontifical Academy of Life have expressed the view that one may in good conscience and for a grave reason receive a vaccine sourced in this way, provided that there is a sufficient moral distance between the present administration of the vaccine and the original wrongful action.
In the COVID-19 pandemic, we judge that this grave reason exists and that one does In the COVID-19 pandemic, we judge that this grave reason exists and that one does
not sin by receiving the vaccine-------- click here
LOOKING FOR EMPLOYMENT – For parishioners who may be job hunting or going self-employed due to the pandemic, Sacred Heart Parish, Luton has set up a free online career coaching programme https://www.vitaeopus.co.uk providing a wealth of information, tools, practical advice and activities to help anyone wanting to find new employment opportunities or back to work support.
Bishop David “Pastoral Message during the third lockdown" Click Here
Planning Permission for St Marys Church
St. Mary’s Dunstable.The presbytery at St Mary’s was built to house a number of Vincentian Priests when they were running the parish. Now that the Diocese is running the parish the presbytery is far too big for one priest and is a drain on parish finances. It is also in need of repair works.The church is also in need of significant repairs. The windows are single glazed and are a major factor in the significant heat loss from the building which is very costly to heat and very negative from an environmental view point. Now that the church has been listed these works will be more costly.In consultation with the Vincentians, out of courtesy, the Diocese has decided to demolish the presbytery and carry out a small development of affordable housing which is in great demand in Dunstable and very much in keeping with our mission. The development will also include a bungalow for the parish priest.This development will release money for the parish to carry out the necessary repair works on the church and improve its thermal performance.A submission to the Local Authority for Planning Permission for the above will be made this month.
There are three ways to donate:
2) Donation can go through the online Virginmoneygiving. They included details of the parish name and area or parish priest (Easter offering) that the donation is intended.
To use the Donation page on the main Diocesan website go direct to: to https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/
3) From enquiries we have received we understand that some of our parishioners would prefer to donate by telephone instead of via our online donation facilities. Therefore, in addition to the online donation facilities currently available, we are proposing to begin a ‘Giving Tuesday’ commencing on Tuesday the 5th of May 2020. Each Tuesday between 10:00am and 4:00pm, people will be able to call this number, 01604 712065, and donate to your parish. All they will require is their debit or credit card to hand when they call. They can make a one-off donation to cover their missed Sunday offerings or call each week knowing their offering is going to the parish they wish.
MVE 200CLUB APRIL WINNERS
If you would like to help contribute towards the upkeep of the Parish churches.
Please see Fr Tony for an application form. Now is a great time to join, just £5 a month.
or collect info. from Fr Tony
NO ONE SHOULD FEEL ALONE
We are making a list of people who might appreciate a friendly chat on the phone now and again and ‘phone buddies’ to partner them.
WATCH THE HOLY MASS LIVE
Daily Mass live streaming from our Cathedral and other churches see below
CHURCH SERVICES ENGLAND AND IRELAND
Live streaming of Mass on Sundays is available through the Cathedral at 11am.
There is a role for everyone from simple but essential tasks to Parish groups and coordination.
Consider engaging with Parish life so we can become an even more vibrant Parish family community.
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MASS TIMES ST MARYS
Saturday 6 pm
Sunday 9:30 am and 11:30am