Newsletter: Sunday 2nd October 2022

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Relics Tour of St Bernadette AD 2022


The relics will be arriving in our diocese on Monday, 10th October 2022 at 3:00pm. The reliquary will be placed in front of the sanctuary in the Cathedral, for people to venerate, before leaving Northampton on Thursday, 13th October at 9:00am. During this time, the Cathedral will be open from 7:00am until 10:00pm, with Mass being celebrated at various points during the day, as well as led rosaries. There will also be a number of priests hearing confessions in the Cathedral during this time. Please do check the diocesan website closer to the time for a more detailed schedule of events. The special Relic Tour website is: http://www.stbernadette.org.uk/the-tour/.
There will be a coach from Bletchley to Northampton Cathedral on Wednesday 12th October, departing All Saints Church at 10:00am and returning by 5:00pm. Tickets are £10. Please put your payment in an envelope clearly marked with the name(s) of those traveling and hand it to the clergy or Parish Office, ASAP.

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Temporary Change to Mass Time: Wednesday 28th September

Please note that the Mass on Wedensday 28th September will be at 9:00am instead of the usual time of 10:00am. The parish office will also be closed.

Fr Jithu will be attending the Funeral of Fr Brian Leatherland and Fr Christopher is on the annual Diocesan Clergy retreat.

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Newsletter: Sunday 25th September 2022

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Newsletter: Sunday 18th September 2022

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Newsletter: Sunday 11th September 2022

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Queen Elizabeth II Requiescat in Pace


REQUIEM MASS FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH

On Monday 19th September, the Day of the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, there will be two Requiem Masses offered in the Parish for the repose of her soul:

  9:00am at St Thomas Aquinas Church

  5:00pm at All Saints Church.

The funeral service from Westminster Abbey is televised and will take place 11:00am.

PRAYER FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH

Almighty God, You are the author and sustainer of all human life; grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen, whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands
may be rewarded with that eternal life
promised to all those born again
in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit God, forever and ever,
Amen.

Eternal rest, grant to her O Lord,
And let Perpetual light shine upon her.

May she rest in peace.
Amen.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen

Pope Francis sends his condolences to King Charles III and the people of the United Kingdom for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and praises her “life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth”. Shortly after her death, Pope Francis sent a telegram to offer his condolences to King Charles III for the death of his mother, the UK’s longest-serving monarch:

Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The Pope said he joins everyone who mourns her loss “in praying for the late Queen’s eternal rest, and in paying tribute to her life of unstinting service to the good of the Nation and the Commonwealth, her example of devotion to duty, her steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ and her firm hope in his promises.”

Pope Francis also commended “her noble soul” to the mercy of God the Father: “I assure Your Majesty of my prayers that Almighty God will sustain you with his unfailing grace as you now take up your high responsibilities as King. Upon you and all who cherish the memory of your late mother, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings as a pledge of comfort and strength in the Lord.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, paid tribute to The Queen: “On 21 April 1947, on her twenty-first birthday, Princess Elizabeth said, ‘I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.’ Now, seventy-five years later, we are heartbroken in our loss at her death, and so full of admiration for the unfailing way in which she fulfilled that declaration. Even in my sorrow, shared with so many around the world, I am filled with an immense sense of gratitude for the gift to the world that has been the life of Queen Elizabeth II. At this time, we pray for the repose of the soul of Her Majesty. We do so with confidence, because the Christian faith marked every day of her life and activity. In her Millennium Christmas message, she said, ‘To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.’ This faith, so often and so eloquently proclaimed in her public messages, has been an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many. The wisdom, stability and service which she consistently embodied, often in circumstances of extreme difficulty, are a shining legacy and testament to her faith. Our prayer is that she is now received into the merciful presence of God, there to be reunited with her beloved Prince Philip. This is the promise of our faith, and our deep consolation. Queen Elizabeth II will remain, always, a shining light in our history. May she now rest in peace. We pray for His Majesty the King, as he assumes his new office even as he mourns his mother. God save the King.”

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Parish Newsletter: Sunday 4th September 2022

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Parish Newsletter: Sunday 28th August 2022

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Parish Newsletter: 21st August 2022

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