17th April - Congratulations to Fr Michael Patey who successfully skydove (can you say that ?) from 13,000ft over Northamptonshire to raise money for the NYMO World Youth Day trip.
10th April - The last Sunday Mass was celebrated this day at St Alban's Chapel in Winslow (see below, 9th Feb item). From next weekend the parish will have only a Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 6pm, at St Laurence's C of E church in the town.
8th April - The eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, representing his response to the Synods on Marriage and the Family, was published on this day and is available to download here. Bishop Peter has recorded a video commentary on it on behalf of the Bishop's Conference - viewable here.
1st April - Our Lady of Peace Infant and Nursery School, and Our Lady of Peace Junior School, in Burnham, Slough, have become the latest two--phase schools to join together as one Primary School from this date. Really . . . And Good Shepherd Primary, St Gregory's Primary, St Mary's Primary and Thomas Becket Schools in Northampton become a Multi-Academy Trust as from the same date.In further news from NORES, a very warm welcome is offered to Collette Curtis who joins the Diocese as Director of School Development from 1 September 2016. Mgr McGinnell says "Some will already know her from her work with Northamptonshire over the years. We hope she will soon be able to get round and visit all our schools and begin her work.".
And Debbie Main has joined NORES as Schools Officer from February 2016. she will support the Director of Education in advising schools on governance, admissions, buildings and recruitment. She represents the Diocese on several local authority Oversight and Scrutiny panels as well as attending Schools and Admissions Forums across the area
24th March - Sr Mary Clare of the Daughters of Jesus was honoured by the Queen on Maundy Thursday, receiving a gift of the traditional Maundy Money to add to her Civic Award for community service in Petereborough received in February. Sr Mary Clare grew up in the Parish of St Teresa's, Beaconsfield, going to school at St Bernard's Convent School, High Wycombe from where she entered the Noviciate of the daughters of Jesus at Massingham in Norfolk. Her career in teaching began at St Teresa's School, Prices Risborough, and later she began her Prison Ministry at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes. After the death of her father, her mother moved to Leighton Buzzard so as to be near her brothers. Now working in Peterborough, she was nominated for the royal award by the Anglican Bishop of the city. Congratulations !!
19th March - This was St Joseph’s Day and the perfect day for the community of St Joseph’s School at Bedford to celebrate their 50th Anniversary Mass. Over 160 people gathered at the school to be a part of this special Anniversary Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop Peter with Fr Malcom Bull and Canon Seamus Heenan. Lisa Sumpter, Head Teacher, welcomed the congregation with a brief look back in time over the School years. The congregation included many Alumni students and staff, who were delighted to be back at school. They were able to relive their school days taking a brief tour around the school and thoroughly enjoying the memorabilia wall full of photos and articles from the decades since the school began 50 years ago! A wonderful afternoon followed of socialising, reminiscing and eating a delicious spread of homemade food.
9th February - It was announced this day that St Albans Chapel in Winslow is to close with effect from 10th April - the result of necessary high expenditure if it was to remain open, coupled with the fact that the Diocese has never owned the premises. The parish will, however, remain in being, and Mass will be celebrated at St Laurence's Anglican church from 17th April - much gratitude to them for their generosity. It will only be possible for there to be a Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm. There will be no Sunday Mass. See the full statement on the parish website here.
6th February 2016. Brendan Seery was ordained priest at Northampton cathedral. The Vine reports: "There was standing room only in Northampton cathedral. ( A mother (dad died last year) six brothers, a sister and their children take a lot of space). Bishop Peter commented on the valuable pastoral experience Brendan had gained in his time in the cathedral, but gave his main emphasis to the need for prayer. The ritual and the symbolism were time-honoured and sacred, but touchingly human.Brendan was vested in stole and chasuble by Fr Pius Amoako and Fr. Benedetto D’Autilia,most recently ordained for the diocese. The offertory gifts presented to Bishop Peter were brought by Brendan’s mother, Charlotte and sister, Paula. And while the average age of the assembled clergy was significant, the liturgy looked like a celebration of young priests." - Congratulations Fr Brendan ! (For the time being, Fr Brendan remains as an Assistant Priest at the Cathedral parish.)