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.
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 September is dedicated to
OUR LADY OF SORROWS
The Holy Father’s intention for September:
For people living on the margins
We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
NEXT WEEKS MASSES
(23rd – 30th September 2023)
SATURDAY (23rd) 5.00pm Our Lady of Grace (St Pio of Pietrelcina – Priest – memoria or Our Lady on Saturday)
SUNDAY (24th) 9.00am St Wulstan’s (TWENTY – FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR) – (Parish Mass Count)
SUNDAY (24th) 11.00am Our Lady of Grace (TWENTY – FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR) – (Parish Mass Count)
MONDAY (25th) 9.30am St Augustines
TUESDAY (26th) 10.00am St Wulstan’s (St Cosmas & St Damian – Martyrs)
WEDNESDAY (27th) 9.30am St Augustine’s (St Vincent de Paul – Priest – memoria)
THURSDAY (28th) 7.00pm Our Lady of Grace (St Wenceslas – Martyr & St Laurence Ruiz – Martyr)
FRIDAY (29th) 10.00am St Wulstan’s ST MICHAEL, ST GABRIEL & ST RAPHAEL – ARCHANGELS – FEAST)
SATURDAY (30th) 9.30am St Augustine’s (St Jerome – Priest & Doctor – memoria)
IN PREPARATION for the SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2023
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!
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/
The daily Mass readings, provided by Universalis, can also be read on our Liturgy web page
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
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done to me according to thy word.
V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt amongst us.
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.
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.
Thank you for your generosity!
Our Patron: Saint 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.