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James Day represented our parish, as one of the approximately 2500 young pilgrims attending the Pope’s recent visit to London - here’s his report of the day…

Several young people from different parishes in the Northampton Diocese met at Toddington Services on the M1 in the early hours of Saturday morning, before boarding the diocesean coach to London. The coach had started form Northampton Cathedral an hour or so earlier and had already picked up others at a couple of stops before this. Next stop was Edgware station and a train through to Victoria, where we walked around to Westminster Cathedral and joined up with the rest of the young pilgrims (one from each parish in country) in Westminster Cathedral’s piazza.

Although we were outside we could fully participate in the Mass and Holy Communion was brought out to us, shielded by umbrellas in the papal colours of yellow and white.



The highlight of the service was when the Holy Father came out on the steps of the Cathedral. He spoke directly to us and give us his blessing. I waved the papal flag that Canon Michael had kindly given along side hundreds of others and the colourful banners from various pilgrim groups.

The Mass finished around noon and we processed in our diocesan groups, each with different coloured t-shirts, to Hyde Park for lunch and an afternoon of entertainment and preparation for the Vigil that evening.

We had a super position at the evening vigil. We were in the Golden Circle immediately in front of the Sanctuary.



One of the most amazing things during the service was that with 80,000 people there were several minutes of absolute silence during the Benediction. The vigil ended at about 8:15, and the Pope was driven off for a good night’s sleep before the Beatification of John Henry Newman in Cofton Park the next day.

We made our way back to Edgware station to meet our coach only to find it had gone to Edgware Road! It arrived eventually and we got back to Toddington just before midnight. I got home tired but very happy having had a super day to remember for the rest of my life.

Press the play button to see photos from the day - be sure to lookout for the bottle green shirts of the Northampton diocese youth:








James Day

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Barbra Sunderland and I atteded the Diocesan Justice and Peace Conference this weekend.
About 100 people from within the diocese attended.
The day started with a short service from the Justice and Peace group of John Henry Newman justice and peace group in the St John the Apostle Church, LUTON.

We were then treated to an opening address from Bishop Peter who endorsed the work of Justice and Peace in the diocese and explained how this fits with his vision for a thriving catholic community, and the Pope's recent encyclical.
Discussions and presentations followed about how we are rewarded in our working lives and how we may choose to invest in ethically; how Catholic Social Teaching helps us towards Gods Kingdom and consideration of Security for the Common Good.
All in all a very interesting and thought provoking day.

We were asked to draft an action plan to take the work of Justice and Peace and the Catholic Social Teaching back into our parishes...
I will share the action plan at the next Parish Meeting - see details below - and will publish it on this page in the weeks following the meeting. But for now I thought I'd share an absolutely wonderful inspiring piece of Christmas music (O Magnum Mysterium) that was videoed at Westminster Cathedral....

Turn your speakers up, click on the play arrow and ENJOY.




LATIN
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.
Alleluia.
ENGLISH Translation
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb
was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!





Regards,
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