Blessed John Henry Newman
Saint John Henry Newman

Welcome to the website of the Catholic Parish of St John Henry Newman, which was founded on 1st October 2010, by the Rt. Rev. Peter Doyle, then Bishop of Northampton.

We consist of two Catholic churches: St Wulstan’s church in Totteridge and Our Lady of Grace church in Booker.

We are part of the R C Diocese of Northampton whose bishop is the Rt. Rev. David Oakley.


Our Parish Newsletter

Our newsletter is an important document which brings to our parishioners all the latest information, including:

  • Times of Masses and devotions at our two churches.
  • Readings and prayers.
  • Parish and Diocesan notices and news.
  • Contact details.

TO DOWNLOAD OR VIEW the most recent Newsletter, simply click the link at the top right of this web site.

The month of April is dedicated to

The Holy Spirit


The Holy Father’s intention for April:

For The Role Of Women

Let us pray that the dignity and worth of women be recognised in every culture, and for an end to the discrimination they face in various parts of the world.

You can view the video here https://thepopevideo.org/april-for-the-role-of-women-2/

More resources can be found here https://www.popesprayer.va/2024-4-tpv-press-release-for-the-role-of-women/


NEXT WEEKS MASSES YEAR B

(13th – 20th April 2024)

SATURDAY (13th) 5.00pm Our Lady of Grace (St Martin I – Pope & Martyr)

SUNDAY (14th) 9.00am St Wulstan’s (THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER)

SUNDAY (14th) 11.00am Our Lady of Grace (THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER)

MONDAY (15th) 9.30am St Augustine’s

TUESDAY (16th) 10.00am St Wulstan’s

WEDNESDAY (17th) 9.30am St Augustine’s

THURSDAY (18th) 7.00pm Our Lady of Grace

FRIDAY (19th) 10.00am St Wulstan’s

SATURDAY (20th) 9.30am St Augustine’s

ASK YOUR MP TO SUPPORT THE ABORTION TIME LIMIT REDUCTION AMENDMENT:

Support an amendment to reduce our abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 22 weeks. Research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 or 23 weeks can now survive outside the womb, leaving a contradiction in our abortion law. Take action: Collect a postcard today from the narthex and post it to your MP urgently in support of this amendment!

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales wish to draw your attention to two amendments in this bill which will shortly be debated in the House of Commons. Please read more here https://www.cbcew.org.uk/take-action-on-proposed-abortion-law-change/

On Saturday 27th April SPUC Northampton is holding a Pro-Life Chain on St Peters Way, Northampton. This act of silent witness is to remember the millions of lives lost to abortion since the Abortion Act, of 1967. It will take place between 11 am and 1 pm. Please consider joining us at this important event. We will stand together to proclaim the pro-life message. If you can join us or want more information, then please contact William on 07393965643(text is fine) or wpcurrie@btinternet.com Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Tuesday 30th April this year is dedicated as the National Day of Prayer For Victims and Survivors of Abuse. Parishes are asked to recognise this on the following weekend, the fifth Sunday of Easter (28th April).  Resources for prayers, homily notes and pastoral sessions as well as an introduction to the theme for this year can be found here https://www.cbcew.org.uk/prayer-for-survivors-of-abuse/

As we approach the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors, Bishop David has issued a pastoral message reflecting on our recent audit report from the CSSA.

A video of Bishop David reading the message can be viewed here https://youtu.be/xcIC8gVpBG0?si=p1JeDI2xhmv7g8A8

Pictures of diocesan events can be found here. They are all kept in albums on the diocesan Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dioceseofnorthampton/albums/ You do not need an account or to register in any way just click the album and look at the photo’s.

SPRING 2024 TALKS

The next talk takes place on Wednesday 1st May @ 7.30pm – 9.00pm at St Aidan’s Church in Little Chalfont (HP7 9NE). The topic is “The Holy Spirit and Evangelisation”. The speaker is Michelle Moran. We hope you will be able to join us.

with a Brother of Taizè Community and leaders of the other churches

We are happy to invite all parishioners to pray together, especially young people and young adults at St Augustine’s the 25th of April at 7.30pm. We are happy to host a monk of the Taizè Community, Br. Jean-Patrick, who is coming to visit us from France. After the prayer, we will have a meeting with him who will tell us about Taiz`and the opportunity for our young people to participate in the pilgrimage to Taizè this coming summer.

There are two evenings with Bishop David upcoming as part of the Pilgrims of Hope tour:

Thursday 25th April at 7.00 pm at Our Lady of Peace in Burnham

Friday 26th April at 7.00 pm at St John’s Catholic Church in Luton

SATURDAY 11TH MAY 2024  11am – 3.3Opm

for Singers and Choirs, showcasing Parish Music for all ages. Instrumentalists Welcome. Between Ascension and Pentecost is a great time to encourage singers and music groups of all ages in your parish. VENUE: THOMAS BECKET SCHOOL, BECKET WAY NORTHAMPTON NN3 6HT With Marcela Campaña & Matt White (School Choirs) Fr Kevin McGinnell (Music & Liturgy) & Fr Daniel Rooke Teresa Brown (Pilgrimage Mass composer) and members of the Liturgy Commission Music Section Adults £10, Young people Free if 18 or under, accompanied by an adult. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee, juice provided. Bookings will open next week.

Virtual Webinar to explore supporting parents of children going through catechesis: Friday 24th May 2024, 7.30pm – 8.45pm. During this webinar Susan Longhurst of the Sycamore team will be helping us explore ways that we can reach out to and support parents of children preparing to receive the sacraments (focussing mainly though not exclusively on First Reconciliation/ First Holy Communion). Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives people space to meet other people, share ideas, explore beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. It has proven to be a useful and effective tool in family catechesis and accompaniment elsewhere To book your free place: https://northamptondiocese.org/courses/virtual-webinar-by-the-sycamore-team-hosted-by-mission-northampton-may-2024/

Diocesan Day for Catechists & Youth Ministers with RISE Theatre Company: Saturday 29th June 2024, 10am – 5pm St Thomas Centre, Northampton Are you a catechist or do you work with children in any way in your parish? This day will help us more effectively share the Good News. We will be equipped and inspired by RISE Theatre and the Mission Northampton Team with skills based training to further develop our presentation and communication skills . To read more about RISE Theatre’s inspiring ministry please see: www.risetheatre.co.uk Suggested donation of £20. To book: https://northamptondiocese.org/courses/diocesan-day-for-catechists-youth-ministers-29th-june-2024/

Beginning on Tuesday 16th April and running for 6 weeks including a retreat day on 18th May, Life In The Spirit Seminars are designed for anyone looking to know more about life in the Spirit of God. The seminars are free to attend and can be joined at Northampton Cathedral or one of the ‘hub’ venues in Milton Keynes, Luton, Slough, Bedford, Corby or Aylesbury. For more information visit https://northamptondiocese.org/life-in-the-spirit-seminars-2024/

Northern France 2024 Rome/Assisi

In October 2024, as part of the year of prayer, our diocese have organised a pilgrimage to Lisieux, Chartres and Paris. You are invited to join Bishop David Oakley and Canon John Udris on this pilgrimage of prayer. Bookings open on Monday 18th March and places are limited. For more information visit  https://northamptondiocese.org/france/

Rome/Assisi 2025

In March 2025, as part of the Jubilee year with the theme of ‘Pilgrims of Hope’, our diocese has organised a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. You are invited to join Bishop David Oakley on this Jubilee pilgrimage of prayer. Bookings open on Monday 18th March and places are limited. For more information visit https://northamptondiocese.org/rome-and-assisi/

Incorporating Northampton & other Dioceses

Will take place from the 23rd to the 30th August

For more information or to register your interest email:

contact@catholicassociation.co.uk

Furher Information:

The Dicastery for the Doctrine of The Faith, with approval from Pope Francis has issued a declaration on the pastoral meaning of blessings. Cardinal Cupich, the Archbishop of Chicago has said:

“At the heart of the declaration is a call for priests to take a pastoral approach to being available to people, who recognise the need for God’s help and presence in their lives, without claiming a legitimation of their particular status. As such, the Declaration is a step forward” 

Please read the document thoroughly here: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2023/12/18/0901/01963.html#en

Our prayer resources for Lent and the Year of Prayer has been updated here https://northamptondiocese.org/prayer-resources/

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa OFM, preacher to the Papal houselhold, has written a prayer for the Year of prayer 

Spirit Paraclete,

thou who hast raised up in the Church the Charismatic Renewal,
descend again with power On all the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the world.

Grant that the whole “current of grace” be animated with new momentum.

With your holy anointing, enable all of us to proclaim the good news to the poor and to heal afflicted hearts.

Purify what is unclean in the Charismatic Renewal, Heal what is wounded in it,
Warm what is chilled,Straighten what is astray.

Bring together the scattered children of God and Christians divided among them.

Renew our courage,fill our loneliness in the world,
create in us intimacy with God!

Come, Holy Spirit, from the pierced side of Christ on the cross! Come from the mouth of the Risen One! Come and renew the face of the Church. Amen

His Em. Card. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M. Cap.

After a year devoted to reflecting on the documents and studying the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has proposed that 2024 should be marked as a year dedicated to prayer. In preparation for the Jubilee, parishes are invited to promote initiatives to remind people of the centrality of both individual prayer and community prayer. 

Jubilee Year https://northamptondiocese.org/jubilee-2025/2023:

Year of the Council https://northamptondiocese.org/council/

2024: Year of prayer https://northamptondiocese.org/year-of-prayer/

Catholic Parish Summit

Catholic Parish Summit is a three-day event planned for June (12-14) next year in Harrogate, Yorkshire and is open to all Catholic parishes across England and Wales. The Summit hopes to bring together parishes who are seeking to develop or enhance a missionary approach to parish life. Book here https://northamptondiocese.org/cps/

The Holy Father has called on leaders at COP28 to do more and prevent the climate crisis from causing more damage to communities who did the least to cause it.Write to your MP to share Pope Francis’ important message ahead of the UN climate talks.https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/137965/action/1

The institute consists of 40+ online courses accessed through a dedicated app. The UK now has a dedicated Director and forum within the institute. If you would like to find out more and try it out for three months free (with optional cancellation at any time and no obligation to pay) please visit https://institute.wordonfire.org

Each month the spirituality committee of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales share reflections on the Psalms. https://northamptondiocese.org/responding-to-the-psalms/

Agenzia Fides

Here is the link to the Catholic Church Statistics for 2023.https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgzGwHLpZKbczNXrdkCDwgBgWrvzj?projector=1&messagePartId=0.3

Conflict in the Middle East – CAFOD

Cardinals Statement 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a statement on the killings in the Church compound of the Catholic Parish of the Holy Family in Gaza City: “I am heartbroken at the information provided by Cardinal Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, of killings in the Church compound of the Catholic Parish of the Holy Family in Gaza City. I have immediately sent a message to His Eminence, expressing my horror at these events and assuring him of the prayers of Catholics in England and Wales. “I have twice been warmly welcomed to this parish by its people. They are a remarkable community of faith and genuine service to their neighbours. Together with the dedicated Religious Sisters, they have continued to provide shelter and sustenance to many people during these weeks of warfare. They are a people who yearn for peace. “The information provided by the Cardinal, gives a picture of seemingly deliberate and callous killing by IDF soldiers of innocent civilians: an elderly woman and her daughter in the grounds of a church. This killing has to stop. It can never be justified. “I ask all people of faith and goodwill to continue to pray for an end to this conflict by all sides.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales 

16 December 2023

CAFOD have produced three ways we can respond; prayer, donating and sending a message to our Foreign Secretary. Find out more here https://cafod.org.uk/news/emergencies-news/israeli-palestinian-crisis-how-you-can-help

Here is the link to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa pastoral letter sent to his Diocese.

https://www.lpj.org/posts/letter-to-the-entire-diocese.html

GAZA / ISRAEL

You may be interested in this snapshot overview of the impact of the war in the Holy Land. The data, provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was published on 13 November. https://www.ochaopt.org/content/hostilities-gaza-strip-and-israel-reported-impact-day-38

CSAN, Caritas Social Action Network have published this statement on the conflict 

Two Apostolic Exhortations

Laudato Deum : Pope Francis has followed up on his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si with another document focussed on the current ecological situation in our world. It is worth reading either the full document

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/20231004-laudate-deum.html

Or a summary from Bishops Conference here 

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/laudate-deum-summary/

C’est La Confiance

This exhortation was given to mark the 150th anniversary of St Therese of the Child Jesus birthday. As the Church prepares for 2025, the Holy Year or Jubilee year, with 2024, a Year of Prayer, it might give you some inspiration to draw on this wonderful young saint as an example of confident prayer for the year ahead.

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/20231015-santateresa-delbambinogesu.html


IN PREPARATION for the SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2023

To get a good brief overview of the first week of the Synod in Rome, follow this link:

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2023-10/synodality-not-a-concept-but-an-experience-of-listening.html

16th General Ordinary Assembly of Bishops, Rome

You will be aware that the synod on synodality has reached the global phase in Rome. They have reached the half way point and this little video from ‘Rome Reports’ gives a summary of the last two weeks. https://youtu.be/wmlFgk27zS0?si=bjrD2RcdTU0qoXhy

Diocesan Assembly Update

Many thanks to all who attended the Diocesan Assembly, Pilgrims of Hope, on Saturday.  It was a joyous, Spirit-filled day where stories of hurt and healing were told, and dreams shared for the future. The livestream of the day can be found here: https://youtu.be/xb0y7G3lTeM and a video of some of the working party findings can be found here. https://youtu.be/ajn8lGIkpg8.  You can find all the reports and webinar recordings here, https://northamptondiocese.org/diocese-focus-synod/ and join the conversation via our portal. 

In his final address, Bishop David said:

  • An action plan will be finalised over the summer to address the main concerns of the listening.
  • Every area of diocesan life will be encouraged and supported as we look to meet the changing needs of our Church and the world.
  • There will be a new Diocesan Pastoral Council to take forward the agenda of the Assembly

Come Holy Spirit!

Synod On Synodality

This week the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops concluded following three weeks of (relatively) unreported dialogue.

The delegates issued a letter to the people of God, pre-empting the release of the synthesis closing this part of the synodal journey. 

The letter to the people of God can be found here https://northamptondiocese.org/listen-to-everyone-start-with-the-poorest/

The synthesis can be read here  https://northamptondiocese.org/a-synodal-church-in-mission/

Synod on Synodality

Alongside the above document from CBCEW, you may wish to read the homily from the Holy Father at the closing Mass of the Synod in Rome https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2023/documents/20231029-omelia-conclusione-sinodo.html


Our Parish Report

To learn more about the Synod click on the picture below


Guidance for Parishioners attending Mass in our churches

A full explanation of the procedures and precautions that are necessary in and around our churches can be found on our COVID-19 page.

Latest updates appear in our Newsletter, which can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page.


Live streaming from our Cathedral in Northampton

Those who happen to isolate for various reasons will be able to connect with our Cathedral in Northampton and join the live stream on: https://northamptondiocese.org/live/

Northampton Cathedral – Pastor in Rīga

The daily Mass readings, provided by Universalis, can also be read on our Liturgy web page


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As You are already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

based on a prayer by St Alphonsus Liguori

         

PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL

Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us
in the day of battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the heavenly
host, by the power of God, thrust down
to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through
the world for the ruin of souls.

PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

V. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful.

R/ And kindle in them the fire of Your love.

V. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.

R/ And You will renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray. O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His holy consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

ANGELUS DOMINI

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

            Hail Mary…

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done to me according to thy word.

Hail Mary…

V. And the Word was made flesh.

R. And dwelt amongst us.

            Hail Mary…

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

   Let us pray:  Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.  


Donations

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your continuous help and support. I know we are living in very surreal times.

You all have always contributed to the maintenance of our churches, some through Standing Orders and others via envelopes or cash. But among the impacts of COVID-19, some ways of contributing have become more difficult.

The standing orders are still coming into our account. Others have already started giving online on the Diocesan Website, which is truly appreciated.

I know that some families in our parish might be in financial difficulties and not be able to donate, so they should not feel obliged to do so.

Our DONATE page lists the ways in which you can continue your contribution to our parish. These include an online donation on the Diocesan website, a standing order via the donor’s own bank, and our 200 Club. All necessary links and details are included.

VISIT DONATE PAGE.

Thank you for your generosity!


Our Patron: Saint John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman

In October 2010, the parishes of St Wulstan’s in Totteridge and of Our Lady of Grace in Booker were merged together into one parish & the chapels of St Edmund Campion in Hazlemere and St James’ the Great in Downley were joined to the new parish.

The new Parish was dedicated to the XIX Century English cardinal, Saint John Henry Newman, who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI during his State Visit to the UK on 19th September 2010. He was subsequently canonised by Pope Francis on 13th October 2019 at St Peter’s in the Vatican State.

Learn more about Saint John Henry Newman