The Catholic Parish of
Saint Gregory the Great
PART OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON, REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER 234091
What the Year
of Faith hopes
The Apostolic Letter announcing the year of faith Second Vatican Council, this is also celebrating the
lists specific objectives of the year of faith. 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism
of the Catholic Church. During this year every
“We want this Year to arouse in every
Catholic is asked to give time to study of the faith.
believer the aspiration to profess the
There will be many opportunities for groups doing
faith in fullness and with renewed
this through the year.
conviction, with confidence and hope. It
will also be a good opportunity to Intensify the Celebration of the Faith
intensify the celebration of the faith in The celebration of Mass is the “source and summit
the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, of Christian worship”, and all Catholics are asked to
which is “the summit towards which the engage in “active participation” in the Liturgy. To
activity of the Church is directed; ... and do this we need to understand the manner of the
also the source from which all its power celebration, to hear the Scriptures, engage in the
flows.” At the same time, we make it prayers, fully share in the offering of the sacrifice.
our prayer that believers’ witness of life
may grow in credibility. To rediscover Believers’ witness of life may grow
the content of the faith that is professed, in credibility
celebrated, lived and prayed, and to All too often the reason given for people to reject the
reflect on the act of faith, is a task that Church is because of the bad example of Christian
every believer must make his own, living given by those who call themselves Catholics.
especially in the course of this Year.” Recent clerical scandals are an obvious instance of
(Porta Fidei, paragraph 9) this, but closer to home, Catholics whose life-style is
Pope Benedict gives three areas in which he seeks not in keeping with Catholic teaching act as a
an achievement during this coming year. deterrent to the Faith. Catholics who are known for
bad language, immoderate drinking, finding fault
Profess the faith in fullness and with with others, gossiping, dishonesty, lack of care for
conviction elderly members of their family, unwillingness to
We need to understand the teaching of the Church; forgive — all these and other negative
not to learn then “parrot fashion” but to genuinely characteristics need to be conquered. The character
understand the faith so that when we proclaim “I of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) , of the corporal
believe . . .” we can do so with complete conviction. works of mercy (Matthew 25:31-36) must prevail.
As well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
The Year of Faith is for all Catholics — please be part of it!
Fr Andrew Behrens 713015
Sunday 7 October 2012 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year Rev Michael Fleming 647750
Year B – Parish Mass Book Rev Michael Graney (ret) 452327
22 Park Avenue North
Northampton. NN3 2HS Page 78 Rev Rory Stewart (ret) 408407
Website: Pastoral Assistant:
www.stgregory.org.uk Maria Heath 07952 040830
Saturday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service Please pray for the sick
Feria 5.00 pm Confessions Frances Currie Fr Philip Swingler
6.00 pm Mass Eric Hasdell RIP Mark Lowe Mary Archer
Sunday 9.00 am Mass The Parish Hilary Graney Francesca Hughes
27th Sunday of the 11.00 am Mass Ciccone Giuseppe Joe Waters Christopher Brown
Year Jacob Dean Elizabeth Donoghue
Sophia Bishop Phyllis Albon
Monday 9.00 Mass Kathleen Sinnott RIP
Pat Coleman Caitlin Behan
Feria Louise Whalley John Redmond
Mary Redmond Ross McMillan
Tuesday 9.00 am Mass Martin Folan RIP Fred Jones Kim Do
Feria 10.30 am Requiem Mass John Alfred Willis RIP Mavis Williams Josephine Fordham
Margaret King Mary Lehane
Wednesday 9.00 am Mass David Pridgeon’s Helen Cokeley Carl Meeks
Feria 11.00am Eucharistic Service at St Intentions Lucy Willett Helen Fowler
Khanh Phan Rebecca Gittins
Reg Streeter Tony Murray
Harry Barratt Heidi Knecht
Thursday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service Kath Seamark Philip Ndekwe
Feria 6.45 pm Benediction Joy Fielder Mary Stratten
Exposition of the 7.00 pm Mass Valerie Abbott’s Clifford Brown Richard Redmond
Blessed Sacrament, Intentions Con Noons Deanne Kumah
Catherine Shaw Geraldine McDonagh
Friday 9.00 am Mass James Regan’s Intentions Sue Menanie Bishop
Feria Joshua Bishop Lorraine Woollard
Jolene Dyke Catherine Nicholls
Saturday 9.00 am Eucharistic Service Margaret Ndekwe Chris Paintin
St. Edward the 5.00 pm Confessions Sean Donnelly Mgr. Graham Adams
Confessor 6.00 pm Mass Ellen Travill Michael Spowart
Sunday 9.00 am Mass The Parish Anniversaries: May they Rest in Peace
28th Sunday of the 11.00 am Mass Michael Stewart RIP John Glazebrook Margaret Frisby
Year 5.00 pm Mass Syro Malabar Rite Hilda Donovan John Higgins
Noel Kipes Stephen Healy
Your Offering To The Parish: Last week’s collection was £857.92. Thank you! Robert McAfee Ellen Barker
Standing Order gifts to the Parish: Each week £107 is given through standing orders. Doris Hughes John Guare
John Flynn Frederick Pearce
Gift Aid benefits to the parish: The value of Gift Aid averages £81 per week. Anthony Nash Theodor Pewitka
Second Collection This Week: CAFOD (Family Fast Day 5th October) Kathleen Mann Billy Shanaghan
Counters This Week: Paul & Clare Sefton, C. Straten. James Anderson Mary Barry
Joseph Ryan Fred Crouch
Cleaners This Week: Pru & Another. Catherine Hoare Raymond Douglas
Francis Byrne Zena Goff
Readings for Today: Tom Whelan John Albon
Genesis 2: 18-24. They become one body. Michael Atkinson Bafih Molfarecge
Hebrews 2: 9-11. The one who sanctifies, and the ones who are sanctified, are of Sean Cadman Donald Hart
the same stock. Bernard Heitzman May Wrighton
Mark 10: 2-16. What God has united, man must not divide. Rose Naylor Eric Muddiman
Patrick Connolly William Higginbottom
Readings for Next Sunday: Monica McMahon
Wisdom 7: 7-11; Hebrews 4: 12-13; Mark 10: 17-30. (Page 80) POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS
During This Season of Christian/Jewish Relations; Europe; General Intention: That the New
Ordinary Time (Summer) We Are Victims of Persecution/Oppression; Evangelization may progress in the
Asked To Pray For: Human Life; Seafarers. oldest Christian countries.
Missionary Intention: That the
celebration of World Mission Day may
If you need to contact the SVP, please ring 07982 235379, and result in a renewed commitment to
leave a message. A member of the SVP will respond as soon as
possible. Please be patient
All currently registered nurses are asked to take one of the invitations at the back of the
Church. This is an important initiative in the parish — please support it.
Notices of Interest
Congratulations to Daisy and Cloe Fusha, Mass for the Sick, Elderly & Housebound: Next Mass
who received Christian Baptism last is on Fri. 26th October 2.20pm. SVP & Legion of Mary
weekend. Please pray for them and their extend a warm welcome to all who find it difficult to
families. attend Sunday Mass. Transport can be arranged (contact SVP
on 07982 235379). After Mass please join us for a get together
The Repository: A selection of cards & religious artefacts over tea & cakes – a good time is always had by all so come
are available after all weekend Masses in the Foyer. and join us
During the Year of Faith we are taking the opportunity to SVP Meetings: The next meeting will be on Tuesdays 16th &
look more closely at the Second Vatican Council. The dates for 30th October at 7.15pm. All welcome.
the rest of these evenings are: Tuesdays 15th January 2013, 16th
April, & 4th June. All sessions start at 7.30pm and are in the Catholic Papers: Will all those who have Catholic Papers
Hall; they are not “high powered”, and do not require any prior (including Bible Alive) please make sure the correct payment
learning! goes into the “Books and Papers” box.
Kevin & Aideen Fogarty invite you to a Coffee Morning for
CAFOD on Wednesday 17th October, 10.30am at 337 Billing
Road East (01604) 630546. Traidcraft Stall plus Christmas Youth Group: Jesus Youth Gathering:
cards, Crafts & Gifts. All welcome! New people welcome from year The meetings of Jesus Youth are
4 up to year 13! Next meeting ideal for students – they meet
Parish Forum dates: Tuesdays 16th October 7.30pm, 22nd
will be Friday 19th October; 6.30 most Sunday evenings after the
January 2013 7.30pm, 30th April 7.30pm, 16th July 7.30pm. All
till 8pm; 70p charge. 5.15 Mass in the Cathedral.
meetings are open to everyone. Anyone can raise an issue in the
parish they would like to discuss simply by letting Maria Heath
know a few days in advance for planning purposes. Tots @St Gregory’s: Tots @ St. Gregory's: Tuesdays from
9.30 - 11.30. Refreshments provided.50p per family. All
Fund Raising: We are trying to organise a Parish fund raising
group. Anyone who feels that they can help, please call Pat
Franks on (01604) 720095. Thank you. SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION
Monthly choir practices are invariably the first Thursday of THIS YEAR
the month 7.35 - 9 pm: Nov 1st. After that sessions will be every
Thursday up to Christmas. Alec First Holy Communion
Holy Communion preparation has now begun. It is important that
Prayers at Daughters of the Holy Spirit Convent, 255 your child attends the sessions.
Abington Avenue on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm. All 1st Holy Communion Meetings Are As Follows:
CAFOD: the weekly collection for the five weeks to the 1st Tues. 9th Oct. 5pm Lord Have Mercy
October (including donations given for refreshments) amounted Fri. 12th Oct. 5pm Lord Have Mercy
to £267.25. Thank you very much. Sun. 14th Oct. 9am Celebration at Mass
Tues. 6th Nov. 5pm Celebrating Our Rescue
The SVP urgently need baby clothing & other baby items, Fri. 9th Nov. 5pm Celebrating Our Rescue
such as cot, bottles etc in good condition. If you can donate any
items please contact the SVP on the number in the newsletter or Confirmation Preparation: The next session will be on the
William on 499833. Also the SVP are looking for a wardrobe, Saturday after the end of the short school holiday at the end of
beds & other items; please call as above. October, which is November 10th. There may be other
information for those between First Communion and
Irish Ceili & Old Time: Raising funds for Headway & Confirmation, so keep watching this space!
Multiple Sclerosis research. Saturday 13th October, 8 till late!
Baptism Preparation: The next session will be held in the
St. James Working Men’s Club, with the Luton Leagrave Ceili
Sacristy at 7.00pm on Monday 19th November.
Band. Tickets £5, available from Pat Franks on (01604)
720095. Journey in Faith
For more information please contact Maria Heath.
Rosary: If you wish to have the Rosary said in your home
during October, please fill out the form on the board in the For Catechists, Youth Leaders and Children’s Liturgy
lobby area. Thank you. leaders — The new academic year is upon us and undoubtedly
you have started to think about planning your
Fairtrade Stall: There is the usual opportunity to buy fair- sessions. CAFOD have lots of resources,
trade produce after the 9.00 am Mass this Sunday. mostly free, that may help you in your work
with children and young people. They range
The Requiem Mass for this year to remember those who from games and activities, to prayers and
have died will take place on Tuesday 6th November, 7pm. More gospel reflections following the Liturgical Calendar throughout
information will be available in the next month. the year. If you would like further details about resources or
require a visit to your group please contact me at the office.
Ceili Dancing: Wed. evenings, starts 8pm. Learn Ceili Maddy West. email@example.com
Dancing in a friendly atmosphere at St Gregory’s Hall from www.facebook.com/cafodnorthamtpon
8pm – 9.15pm. All ages welcome! Ceád Mile Failte.
Night of Light Party: Weds 31st October, 4-6pm, A
Christian alternative to Halloween. If anyone would like to
John Rutter Workshop
volunteer to help with the organisation of this event, please SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2012
contact Maria Heath. 10.30AM TO 5.00PM
NORTHAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL
YEAR OF FAITH
The Catholic Truth Society has produced various books to help us celebrate this important time.
They are listed on the posters in the Church entrance porch and the Hall Foyer and can be ordered
through the Repository until 7th October next.
Or you could phone us on (01604) 629103.
Anthony & Kathleen Healey
Another day in Rome
Fr Andrew has just returned from a break at Palazzola, the special day for the Somascan order, a feast of the order, Our
villa of the English College in Rome, and while there, spent Lady, Mother of Orphans., and an even more special day
a day in the city. It began with a train journey into the main because it was the closing day of the 500th anniversary year
railway station, and from there a brisk walk to San Luigi dei of the miraculous liberation from captivity of the founder of
Francesci, where there is a famous painting of the call of the order, St Jerome Emiliani, having been taken a prisoner
Matthew by Caravaggio. Fortunately there was ample time of war. As a response to this event, he abandoned his
for this, and the quality of the painting is exquisite, and well military career, and set himself to the care of the sick, the
worth the effort to see. Sadly, not long to stay there as there poor, abandoned youths and above all, to the care of
was Mass at the English College just a short distance away. orphans. Today at St Alessio in Rome, the community serve
After Mass and lunch with the new students at the college, a a free meal to any who turn up. St Alessio is next door to the
walk up towards St Peter’s with the intention of a visit to the Knights of Malta headquarters, famous for the view through
shrine of St Gregory and prayers for the parish. Sadly the the keyhole of St Peter’s. After Evening Prayer, a door was
queue to get in was half-way round the piazza and moving opened in the church, which gave the same magnificent
very slowly, so plan B was put into operation, which was to view. A meal was served; simple but excellent, and Fr
take up the invitation to return to the English College for a Andrew felt honoured to have been allowed to share in the
rest. Fr Lourdes had invited Fr Andrew to have dinner at the occasion. Fr Lourdes has now gone back to India to take up
Somascan house in Rome on the Aventine hill. This was a a new appointment there. Our prayers go with him.
Organ Recital This Sunday
Given by Philip Britcher, organist at Kingsley Park Methodist Church and Holy Trinity, Balmoral Road.
Marche au Flambeaux [Torches] ...................................................................... Rev (Frederick) Scotson Clark (1840-83)
The Chase from Changing Moods, Opus 59.iii ..................................................................... Christopher Steel (1938-91)
In Memoriam Titanicum: Choral Prelude on “Horbury”.......................................................... Alec Rowley (1892-1958)
Nearer my God to Thee
Song Without Words (In Memoriam Sergei Rachmaninov) .......................................................... Arthur Wills (b. 1926)
Division on “Nun Danket” – Now Thank We All Our God ..................................................... Francis Jackson (b. 1917)
Élévation (from 20 Harmonium pieces) ................................................................................ Jules Massenet (1948-1912)
2 Variants on “The King of Love my Shepherd is”:
* St Columba ........................................................................................................................... Henry G. Ley (1887-1962)
* Dominus Regit Me, Opus 127 ................................................................................ John (Linton) Gardner (1917-2011)
Adagio from 3rd Symphony for Organ, Opus 13:3 .................................................... Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Marche (pouvant servir pendant une Procession ou une Sortie), Op. 122:4.................... L.J.A Léfébure-Wély (1817-69)
Thomas Becket Catholic Secondary School
Parents and year 6 students are cordially invited to our annual prospective parents’ evening. The school will be open
from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Presentations will be given at 6.30pm, 7.00pm and 7.30pm by Mr Joe Richardson (Principal) in the
auditorium. Parking will be available on the school premises.
Copies of the school prospectus will be available during the evening. If you are unable to attend but would like to
visit the school please contact Mrs Jan Hayes on 01604 493211 (extension 381) to book an appointment.
PLEASE BOOK IN SATURDAY 30th NOVEMBER, 7.30 — CONCERT IN CHURCH SUPPORTING CAFOD
Donations for refreshments
During this period up until the Sunday after the CAFOD are also inviting us to examine the economics
CAFOD family fast day, all donations for refreshments of food distribution; how the large companies are able
after Mass on Wednesday and Sunday at 9.00 am will to squeeze the small farmers to pay them less while
be given to CAFOD and added to the total of the they increase their profits, and how governments round
second collection on Sunday 7th October. While we the world cow-tow to the large companies. Indeed,
cannot expect to match the wonderful giving through many of the largest multi-national companies have
Lent and Eastertide, we do hope to make a significant more economic power than many small countries.
contribution to end world hunger.
“Excessive economic and social disparity between
But the task is bigger than just this short period of individuals and peoples of one human race is a source
time. The theme is “Hunger for Change”, and one of scandal and militates against social justice, equity,
change that we can make is to take a CAFOD envelope human dignity, as well as social and international
every week. Many people do this already; put a peace.” (Gaudium et Spes, 31)
CAFOD envelope with your regular giving in the
collection bag as it comes round. The counters can sort
it out — it’s not a problem!
considerate manner? Please use all the available spaces
Northampton Interfaith rather than parking cars in the middle.
Children’s Art Exhibition
25th – 27th October 2012
Central Library, Abington Street, Northampton Young Catechists: a message from Maria
Children from Northampton’s faith communities Thank you to the young people who have
exhibit artwork based on “The Golden Rule”; volunteered to be young catechists to help prepare
For further information contact Neelam on the children for Holy Communion. If you
07791 618 450 volunteered but have not been in touch with me
or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly, please email me as soon as possible so I
can give you the necessary information. Thanks!
Parking — an important notice: Our car-park is not (email@example.com)
anything like large enough & car-parking is a chronic
problem. Please will those who use the car-park do so in a
New Rota for Eucharistic Ministers
It is good to be able to report that all those who have continuous rolling programme as the Safeguarding
been asked to complete the CRB forms have done so; Commission requires that all CRB clearances be
there is inevitably going to be a delay in processing the renewed every three years. However, it is important
forms. However, as we approach the end of the year, that the question of safeguarding is constantly to the
we come to the next group of people whose last check fore so that we never become complacent, as it is in
was three years ago. Regrettably, this is going to be a complacency that danger comes unobserved.
999 — Calling all qualified nurses!
Please read on . . . .
. . . . . Could you be the one?
SVP are looking to sponsor a Parish Nurse (or two) at St Gregory’s. This would be a voluntary post for a few hours
each week, with expenses and support. Training will be provided. This is a new initiative in our Diocese, but has
proved successful in other Catholic and Christian commuinities. More information will follow — watch this space,
and in the meantime, please visit www.parishnursing.org.uk or speak to a member of SVP. But most of all, pray about
it — it may be God calling!
Dates for your diary:
PARISH FORUM YEAR OF FAITH
Tuesday 16 October 2012, Tuesday 15th January 2013
Tuesday 22 January 2013, Tuesday 16trh April 2013
Tuesday 30 April 2013, Tuesday 4th June 2013
Tuesday 16 July 2013, All sessions start at 7.30 pm and are
All meetings start at 7.30 pm and in the Hall; they are not “high
are open to everyone. Anyone can powered”, and do not require any
raise an issue in the parish they prior learning! There will also be
would like to discuss simply by lectures at the RE centre in Luton,
letting Maria Heath know a few which are open to everyone, they
days in advance for planning start at 7.30 pm and are on
Friday 12th October,
Friday 30th November, The Hope Centre
Friday 15th March 2013, There is now a growing need for more toiletries for
Friday 14th June 2013, use by our clients, namely:
Shower Gel Shampoo Disposable razors
Tuesday 6th November:
Tuesday 4th December:
Advent Healing Service
Tuesday March 5th
Tuesday March 12th
Tuesday March 19th
Lent Bible Studies
Please get these dates in your diary;
ones for 2013 will soon be available
on the repository.
“Yes, wickedness burns like a fire: it consumes briar and thorn, it sets forest thickets alight and
columns of smoke go rolling upwards. The land is set aflame . . . and the people are food for the fire.
Not one spares his brother, each devours the flesh of his neighbour… Manasseh devours Ephraim,
Ephraim Manasseh, and both hurl themselves on Judah.” (Isaiah 9:18-21)
This passage rings true with the horrific circumstances solve them. What is also clear is that interventions
facing the people of Syria and other parts of the from self-styled global policemen are dangerously
Middle East at present. The two major Islamic sects counter-productive.
are deep conflict; as with so many so-called religious The Northampton Christian Network for Justice and
wars, actually for political domination, but in the Peace will be holding a silent Prayer vigil to pray for
middle, Christians are victims of both sides. There Peace in Syria on Saturday 1st September from 12
appears to be a bias in the British media against the midday to 12. 45 pm in Northampton Town Centre in
Assad regime and towards the Free Syrian Army. One Abington St,
of the observable consequences of the Arab Spring has by the Cobblers Last Statue. They are very concerned
been the new regimes arising being less sympathetic about the worsening situation in that country. They
towards Christians. What is very clear is that the invite you to come and join us in silent prayer. We
political situation of Middle East countries is hope people will come for either a few minutes or stay
extremely complicated, and simplistic solutions are for as long as they wish.
more likely to exacerbate the problems rather than
Diocesan Procession of Faith 2012.
Bishop Peter invites us all to join him in the Diocesan join him in this public witness to our Faith, which will
Procession of Faith 2012 in preparation for the start of be the finale to the celebrations which are being held at
the Year of Faith which begins on 11th October 2012. the Church of the Holy Child and St. Joseph to mark
The Procession will take place on Sunday 30th the reception and transfer of the Miraculous Relic
September in Bedford, leaving from the area of the Image of our Lady of Guadalupe from the care of
Church of the holy Child and St. Joseph, Bereton Archbishop Vincent Nichols into a permanent home in
Road, Bedford MK40 1HU at 1.30pm. It will make its our Diocese.
way through the main streets of Bedford to Bedford Billing Parish are planning to arrange a coach for those
Park where there will be an open celebration Service of who would like to attend this event. Please contact
music, readings and prayers reflecting our Catholic Irena at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would
Faith, concluding with Benediction. Bishop Peter like to go. Details of cost, time and place of departure
hopes that as many people as possible will be able to for Bedford will be given in the near future.
Northampton Hope Centre (Oasis House)
The Hope Centre has sent a message to us: Coffee
“Thanks for your continued support and promotion of Plain and Self Raising Flour
the Hope Centre. I know you asked me to keep you Lard
updated with our most priority needs for donations, so Sugar
can you in your next parish newsletter kindly ask for Washing up Liquid
donations of: Washing Powder
As always donations of clothing and footwear is
Westminster Cathedral — 10.30 am, Saturday 20th October
Aid to the Church in Need have their annual Westminster Syria, and more recently, for Christians fleeing the war-
event highlighting the plight of Christians in the Middle torn city of Homs. Following the event, there is a Blessed
East, as well as featuring a panel discussion about the key Sacrament procession from Westminster Cathedral to St
issue of religious freedom. It is hoped that the Chaldean George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Tickets, priced £5.00 for
Catholic Bishop of Aleppo will be able to be the keynote the event are available from Aid to the Church in Need —
speaker. He has overseen aid projects in the past for call 020 8642 8668 or visit www.acnuk.org/westminster
Iraqui Christians who have fled and sought refuge in to book a place.
St Gregory’s School Governors
At present we have vacancies for Foundation Governors If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Governor
who are parents of children at the school. To become a and would like to know more please speak to Fr Andrew.
Foundation Governor, a person must be a Catholic and There is a form to be filled in, and a CRB check is
attend Mass, and be recommended by their Parish Priest. required.
There are meetings of the Full Governing Body at least
once in each term, usually lasting about two hours. Each
Governor also takes and interest is a particular area of
school life; for example, part of the school curriculum,
care of the building, health and safety, finance, special
needs or some other part of the school life. Overall, a
Governor will spend about six to eight hours a month on
Teresa Brown has composed a Mass setting commissioned by the
parish, which we have learned at 11.00 Mass, and are now learning
at 9.00. Thank-you, Teresa!
Preparation for the Year of Faith
A good number of people came last Tuesday evening, and there has been positive feedback from those who
came — there is a sense of looking forward to further sessions once the Year of Faith begins on 11th October
this year. The first date to remember is Saturday 13th October when there will be a Mass in the Cathedral to
launch the year in the Diocese at 11.00 am. There will also be regular lectures at Turvey Abbey starting in
October; dates, subjects and speakers to be announced. These will continue beyond the closure of the Year
of Faith. Sessions in the parish will fit in with these dates. Please keep a look-out for the “Year of Faith”
logo for more information.
A MAJOR APOLOGY — IMPORTANT NOTICE
A few weeks ago it was correctly reported that the Saturday evening Mass at the Cathedral has changed time
to 6.00 pm. However, it was not reported that there is a 7.00 pm Mass on Saturdays at SS Francis and
Therese, East Hunsbury. Many thanks to Brin Dunsire for pointing out this error.
Message from the Hope Centre (Oasis House)
Can you, if possible, please ask your parishioners when donating if they could give coffee, sugar and plastic shopping
bags as the most urgent items we currently need. Most people give tea and we now have enough to give everybody
free tea for the next few years, but we seem to get little coffee! Plastic shopping bags are important as we give daily
carry-outs of food to our clients and we are now desperately running short of these. The Supermarkets used to be
helpful, but now won’t give us any bags on environmental grounds!
As usual tinned meat/fish/ fruit as well as pasta/rice and potatoes always needed as well as clothes (male & female).
Bishop Peter came to see us on the day of the move to the new building and blessed it and re-affirmed his support for
what we are doing. As one our patrons, he thought it appropriate to communicate to the parishes - but if only all
parishes were as supportive as St Gregory’s!
Thanks again, for all your continued help & support, it is very much appreciated. Our new building – Oasis House in
Campbell Street, is very different from the premises in Ash Street.
The Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham
Within our Pastoral Area we are working alongside the quickly benefit from the Ordinariate ordinations, as this will
Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. allow Fr Andrew to celebrate Mass for the Confirmation
candidates at the generalate of the Daughters of the Holy
We congratulate our new priests and wish them every
Spirit on Saturday evening, 30th June and also to join the
blessing for their future ministry. St Gregory’s will very
Diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham on 9th June.
This logo has been used for a while now as an encouragement to
everybody to consider their life and use of time and resources.
1 We are asked:
To spend an hour a week (or more) in the service of
hour the poor and needy
To spend an hour a week (or more) in the worship of
God at Mass
To spend an hour a week (or more) in Eucharistic
Adoration (eg. On Thursdays)
To give the value of one hour’s work (or more) each
Work for the poor and needy the value of 1 hour’s work each week week to the Church
Eucharistic Adoration Mass on Sundays and Holy Days
5 St. Mary’s R.C. Scout Group
The group meets in our H.Q. in Marriott Street at the side of the Cathedral.
If you have a son or daughter aged between 6 to 14 years who might be
interested in joining or would like more information please ‘phone or call
in at a meeting.
Beavers [6 – 8 years] meet on Monday 6:15 – 7:30 pm.
Cubs [8 – 11 years] meet on Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Scouts [11 – 14 years] meet on Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Any questions please ‘phone 01604 645230
It is hoped that soon it will be possible to collect the word “Welcome” in as many different languages as we have
represented in the parish so that these can be painted on the boards each side of the main door.
Pastoral Area News
CREDIT UNIONS: Many with Irish connections will be aware of the benefits Credit Unions have for the communities in which
they operate. Loan sharks are very active in our area of Northampton. Credit Unions operate to make saving simple and to provide
cheaper loans to their members. A group of trained volunteers from the Sacred Heart Parish will operate a collection point for
Northampton Credit Union daily in foyer of Weston Favell Library from 10:30-1:00. For more information or to join the Credit
Union, please come along.
A really easy way to help out in the Parish
Helping with the tea and coffee after 9am Mass is a really easy way to take on a role in the parish and it is also a great way to meet
fellow parishioners - as you put a cuppa in their hand!
Everything needed is already in the kitchen and it just involves getting the cups out, making the tea and coffee and washing up
afterwards. If you haven't done it before, we'll be happy to show you where everything is.
There's a list of the Sundays for the next few months so people can sign up - and there are spaces to fill. Don't worry if you are on
your own, there'll always be someone else to help. If more of us volunteer, then our turn doesn't come round very often (AND we
can look Father Andrew in the eye when he's going on about doing our bit!)
If you would like help, just speak to Geraldine and John Delahunty after Mass. And if you don't normally come in for tea and
coffee, please do come and join us.
St Gregory’s Servers Team
2012 is the year when the Olympics comes to Britain. Pope will offer them the very best of Catholic Youth Ministry in
John Paul II – himself a keen sportsman – wrote magnificently England and Wales: speakers – local and international – who
about the relationship between sport and faith. In his name, the will set their hearts on fire with messages of hope, faith,
Pope John Paul II Foundation for Sport will seek to continue challenge, justice, and leadership in adversity; music which
to develop sport within the Church in the months and years will be used back in schools and parishes to bring fresh
following 2012. animation and participation in liturgy; a dynamic atmosphere
of joy and participation which happens when young people
These inspirations set the scene for an event where thousands
come together in such numbers and are well led, and
of young Catholics are invited to participate in an event which