24th July - Clergy Moves. Bishop Peter recently announced the following moves, to take effect in early September:
Canon Michael Griffiths, who is returning for health reasons from the South Atlantic, to be Parish priest of St Peter's, Biggleswade.
Rev. Joseph Williams to move from Biggleswade to be Parish Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton Keynes
Rev. Andy Ollard, presently at that parish, is to take a six-month study sabbatical in the USA.
Rev. Dariusz Bialowas to move from St Edwards, Kettering to be Parish Priest at Our Lady Help of Christians in Luton
Rev. Andrew Richardson to replace him as Assistant Priest at Kettering
Rev. Simon Penhalagan to be Assistant Priest at the Cathedral.
24th July - The 23rd World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia, culminated on 20th July in a huge overnight vigil, followed by a Papal Mass, at Randwick Racecourse. Some 235,000 young Catholics from all over the world gathered with Pope Benedict XVI and heard him challenge them to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
"What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure? Are you living your lives in a way that opens up space for the Spirit in the midst of a world that wants to forget God, or even rejects him in the name of a falsely-conceived freedom? How are you using the gifts you have been given, the “power” which the Holy Spirit is even now prepared to release within you? What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come? What difference will you make? "
The Pope's full homily is available here. The next international World Youth Day will be in Madrid in 2011.
Among the pilgrims were nine young adults from the Diocese, accompanied by Matt van Duyvenbode and Stephanie Guirten from the Youth Office, Canon John Udris from the Cathedral, and youth leaders from Northampton and Gerrards Cross. While there, they met up with new ordinands Simon Penhalagan and Andrew Richardson. A full account of their time in Australia (from which most of them have now returned) is available on the NYMO website.
12th July - Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of Jon Walls, at Christ the King, Milton Keynes.
9th July - RIP Deacon Peter Venes of Northampton Cathedral. From the parish newsletter:- "Deacon Peter was a life long member of this community, his relationship with the Cathedral started with his Baptism and he served the Cathedral Community in innumerable ways that continued up to the week he passed away. Peter was a man of great integrity, renowned for his dry sense of humour who never faltered in his love for God. This love was shared with so many people throughout his life, his loss will be keenly felt by the Parish team, the Cathedral Community and within the Diocese. Please remember his family in your prayers. Peter’s body will be received into the Cathedral on Sunday 27th July at 6.30pm, and his Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday July 28th at 11.00am."
28th June - Ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Simon Penhalagan, at Northampton Cathedral.
"Over 600 people filled the Cathedral for the occasion. The guests included his parents, Mary and Garry, his grandmother, friends from the Sion Community for Evangelism to which Simon belongs, as well staff and students from St Mary's College, Oscott where Simon studied for the priesthood.
In his homily Bishop Peter said that Simon and he both now shared a special anniversary, as 28th June was the day he was ordained a bishop in 2005. He spoke about the hands at the heart of this great celebration - the hand of the Lord having chosen Simon, the hands of the Bishop laid on his head at the moment of ordination, Simon's hands being anointed with Chrism for his priestly work, and how he could be sure that he would always be held in the palm of God's own hands.
To the great joy of the cathedral community Bishop Peter announced at the end of the Mass that he had appointed Fr Simon to serve as assistant priest at Northampton Cathedral. "
21st June - Ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Andrew Richardson, at St John's, Luton. Fr Andrew was the first priest to the ordained for the Diocese for five years. Read the full report in the August 2008 Vine Online here.