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29th December - Catherine Cassidy, the head teacher of St Margaret’s Primary School, Luton died on this day, at the age of 46. She had worked at St Margaret’s as Deputy and more recently as Head, contributing generously to the Luton Catholic Schools Partnership ; she was a very significant member of our Catholic educational community. Our prayers and sympathies are with her husband Mick, her sons Ciaran and Liam, and all her family. Pray too for the school as they mourn her loss and prepare for the future. Her funeral was to be celebrated at the Holy Ghost, Luton on 10th January at 10am


19th December.  Deacon John Thompson, a great servant of the Diocese who was ordained a Permanent Deacon on 30 May 1976, died on this date.  John served for many years at St Joseph's, Luton.
Bishop Peter writes: "On behalf of us all in the Diocese, I have extended our condolences to his widow, Delia, and to his family, and our assurance of prayers in the sure hope of the resurrection.  May he rest in peace"

The reception of his body into the Church of St Joseph’s, Luton was at 7.00pm on Thursday, 16th January. The Funeral Mass was on Friday, 17th January in St Joseph’s, Luton at 11.00am


Char;es Whitehead with presentation picture

17th December - NYMO staff and friends past and present gathered at their office in Luton to bid farewell to Charles Whitehead, NYMO Chairman since 2006, who is stepping down, though he remains as a Trustee of the Diocese and an active parishioner at Gerrards Cross. He will be succeeded by Fr Simon Penhalagan.


Fr Brendan Gorman9th December - Father Brendan Gorman died peacefully on this date, in Bedford Hospital, fortified by the rites of the Church. May he rest in peace. The reception of his body into the Church of Christ the King, Bedford was at 5.00pm on Sunday, 22 December. Bishop Peter was to celebrate the Funeral Mass on Monday, 23 December in Christ the King Church, Bedford at 11.00am, followed by a burial at Norse Road Cemetery.

Ordained in 1962. Fr Brendan had assisted at St Joseph's Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, St John's Norwich, and Oundle, and as Parish Priest at St Patrick's Corby, Newport Pagnell, and since 1999 at Christ the King, Bedford.


Deborah Purfield, new CAFOD manager in our Diocese12th November - Deborah Purfield has been appointed as the new CAFOD Diocesan Manager (CDM) for the Northampton Diocese.   She has been a volunteer with CAFOD for over seven years.   Deborah sees her main role as CDM as engaging with people, parishes, schools, societies, organisations and prayer groups across the diocese to continue to promote and support the work of CAFOD.  She wants to thank everyone who has supported the work of CAFOD and has asked for prayers in her new role.

Deborah hit the ground running as she immediately had to promote an appeal for a Special Collection for the Philippines typhoon relief fund. 


Couple getting married in church5th November - Bishop Peter has written to all Priests, Deacons, Diocesan Departments, and groups involved in Marriage and Family Life, to seek the maximum level of response to an opinion survey which has been sent out by the Bishops' Conference on behalf of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the context of Evangelisation, to be held next October.  His letter is here, the Survey/Questionnaire form is here, (both Microsoft Word documents) and the Preparatory Notes ("Lineamenta") are here  (PDF). Anyone else who is familiar with Church teaching in the areas of marriage, family, and sexuality is invited to contribute. The responses have to be back, via Rev.Dr. Brendan Killeen (address in the form) by 30th November please. 



The Nuncio with Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulchre, and Knights of St Columba29th October. After a day at Bishop's House on the 28th, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, came to visit Luton. He visited the Diocesan offices, and was engaged in a presentation from NORES and NYMO explaining their work. He responded very positively with some very searching questions. After visiting a nearby mosque and meeting the Luton Council of Faiths, he celebrated the Diocesan Mass of his visit at Holy Ghost,  along with Bishop Peter and a large group of priests and deacons.  For a Tuesday evening . it was extremely well attended,with parties of parishioners from all over the Diocese. The host parish put on marvellous music and a splendid reception in the Parish Centre. The Nuncio's homily delivered on this occasion is available here.  

The Archbishop wrote afterwards: “I was particularly impressed by the positive spirit among the Priests, Religious and lay faithful and it was good for me to also have the opportunity to meet both the young and the more mature! I must say that it was a joy to have had the opportunity to celebrate the Masses in Luton and at the Bridgettine Convent. May I ask you to please convey my thanks to the Priests, Deacons and the Religious, and all those persons who looked after me so well. Please thank, too, all those others involved ‘behind the scenes’ in preparing the programme.”


28th October. Change of Mass times at Sacred Heart, Northampton: with Bishop Peter's approval, beginning with the weekend of 2nd/3rd November there will be a Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:30pm, and only one Sunday Mass at 10am. This leaves Northampton with two churches offering a Sunday evening Mass - the Cathedral (17:15) and St Aidan's (18:00).


29th September - Fr Wayne Coughlin's arrival to take over as Parish Priest at Great Missenden has been delayed until the start of November to allow time for works at the presbytery to be completed. Fr Deogratias Rubagumya from Uganda, who has been supplying at Princes Risborough, will say Masses until then. The other moves mentioned in the 21st July news item (see Archives on left) have now all taken place. (Update: Fr Coughlin has taken up residence at Great Missenden on 30th October and said his first Parish Mass at St Anne's, Wendover, on 31st October)


G K Chesterton18th September.

G K Chesterton – A Statement from the Diocese of Northampton


"Since the Right Reverend Peter Doyle was appointed Bishop of Northampton in June 2005, there have been a number of approaches from people in the UK and, in particular, in the USA enquiring about the possibility of opening the Cause of G K Chesterton. In response to these approaches, the Bishop has appointed Canon John Udris, a priest of the Diocese and currently a spiritual director at St Mary’s College, Oscott, to undertake a fact-finding exercise on his behalf. For more information and to contribute to this undertaking, please contact: Canon John Udris, St Mary’s College, Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 5AA, United Kingdom. Email: chesterton@oscott.org


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