29th March - Father Jim Rooney died on this date. Bishop Peter writes: "May he rest in peace. He began his priestly life in 1956 as a member of the Vincentian Fathers, and was incardinated into the Diocese in 1986. After serving in the parishes of Kettering, SS Philip and James, Bedford and St Margaret’s, Luton, he retired in 2000. His Funeral Mass has taken place in Roslea, County Fermanagh. Monsignor Sean Healy represented the Diocese." There was to be a Memorial Mass for him on 6th May, 7:30pm at St Mary's, Dunstable.
29th March - "GoodNews Books, who have been supplying books for events and mail order for the past twelve years, are proud to announce a new facility for the Diocese of Northampton.
A fully stocked bookshop is now open six days a week,10.00 am – 4.00 pm., after a complete renovation of two rooms at St. John the Apostle 296 Sundon Park Road, Luton, LU3 3AL. (Access via house drive on right.)
For information call Sara or Toni on 01582 571011 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , or see their own website
Speak to Gerard Pomfret for special prices for church and school resources."
We are pleased to promote GoodNews Books as they are run by parishioners of our Diocese, and perform a valuable service in providing Catholic bookstalls to conferences and festivals. We urge parishes and schools, especially in the Luton areas, to make good use of this wellstocked facility.
25th March - Bishop Peter latest - He continues to make good progress with his convalesence and hopes to be "back in action" for Holy Week.
14th February. Bishop Peter has sent a message: "May I ask your prayers for my dear father, John Robert Doyle, who died peacefully, aged 92, last Thursday afternoon (10th February). I am very happy for him. He was a person of great faith. May he rest in peace.
Just to let you know that I am going ahead with my operation for a hip replacement this Wednesday at Three Shires Hospital, Northampton.
I hope to have recovered sufficiently to attend my father’s Funeral Mass being celebrated by Bishop Crispian Hollis in St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth at 12 noon probably on Thursday, 24th February. Everyone who wishes to attend would be welcome. My step-mother and the family would be delighted if anyone from the Diocese is free to make the long trip down to Portsmouth.
Again I feel very blessed to have all your prayers and support at this time."
There is an appreciation of John Doyle on the website of All Hallows Catholic School, Farnham.
18th January 2011. RIP Deacon Henry Reed. Ordained in 1977 as one of the first few Permanent Deacons in the Diocese, Henry Reed was an Anglican convert and ministered in Beaconsfield, where he and his wife also acted as Wardens of the house "Top Meadow" left to the Church by G K Chesterton. After retirement to Loughborough, he served as a catechist in the local Catholic Church and continued his study of theology, spirituality, and local history.His funeral on 2nd February was attended by Beaconsfield parishioners.
14th January 2011. Beatification of Pope John Paul II to proceed. Pope Benedict XVI has on this day approved the findings of the Vatican's commission, that a miraculous healing attributed to the late Pope's intercession was authentic. A date for his beatification has been set for 1st May 2011.
3rd January 2011 - RIP Deacon Jim Griffin, who passed away suddenly just after midnight this day. Jim gave many years of service to Princes Risborough and Great Missenden parishes, and to the Diocese in many ways. He was a Trustee, a key member of the Finance Board for many years, and involved in the Catholic Church Insurance Association. Appointed to chair the Bishop's Council for Youth Ministry in September 1992, Jim was always an advocate for youth ministry, and was instrumental in the commissioning of the foundational "Y-church Report" and the setting-up of the Youth Ministry Office in its present form at Ker Anna. Ordained Deacon at Great Missenden in June 1999, he retired to Edinburgh in spring 2006 but was soon roped in to the life of Edinburgh Archdiocese ! May the Lord welcome this good and faithful servant. Our prayers are with Carole and his family - There was a Requiem Mass at Edinburgh Cathedral at 11am on Monday 10th January, with one simultaneously at Great Missenden. Click here and type "Jim" in the search box to read a report and biography.