24th May - The last Vigil Mass was celebrated at St Joseph's, Long Buckby, a rural Northants Mass centre served from St Augustine's at Daventry.
The main reasons for closure, agreed by its congregation, were: declining numbers attending Mass there, and the reducing number of priests available throughout the Diocese, and hence more pressure on the priests serving the outlying Mass centres.Also there were health-and-safety issues over hygiene and uneven surfaces. Parish priest Mgr Sean Healy commented: "The church and community at Long Buckby have a proud history dating back to 1942 when the first Catholic chapel was opened. The church has seen many changes since then - a huge shift in the way people relate to the Church and in the way the Church sees its mission. We give thanks to God for all the many blessings that have come to the parish through St Joseph's church - its witness and its people. We pray that we will always faithfully live out our Catholic faith and continue to build vibrant Catholic Communities"
7th May. RIP Cathie Clifford, in the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton. Many will remember Cathie at Bishop's House, as secretary to three Bishops. Our condolences and prayers to Ray, her two sons, and all family, and fellow parishioners at Sacred Heart.
1st May. RIP Fr Mark Elvins OFMCap, who died in Oxford on this date. He was resident priest at Winslow between November 2011 and April 2013.
27th April - Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonised as saints in a ceremony attended by around half a miliion people in Rome and watched by millions more on TV and in cinemas. From now on, they may be invoked as Pope St John XXIII (feast day 11th October) and Pope St John Paul II (feast day 22nd October)
1st April. Tony Quinlan and Crispin Walkling-Lea , both from Holy Cross and SS Philip & James in Bedford, were formally admitted to Candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate in a Mass at Holy Cross. Both men are in the first year of their part-time studies at St John's seminary in Wonersh. Four men in the third year are expected to be ordained this summer.