Church and Community



Aid for CHAD

Contacts: Chris Shepherd 01536 711560;

Aid for Chad is a tiny registered charity (no 328051) which was started when the late Sister Dominique was sent home from Chad suffering from cerebral malaria and malnutrition, weighing less than 5 stones. She begged a friend to carry on her work for the Chadian people by fund–raising for them. The friend got together with six other women in Oakham and Aid for Chad began supporting two missions in Benoye and Mberi. Self-help projects were arranged, a well was dug, a granary store built and millet and rice were provided during the famine. More recently, a “hospital” has been erected, medicines have been sent out and a small hut to be used as a schoolroom was built. Aid for Chad has been supported by a small group of people in the parish for over twenty years. Help was sent to Chad at the height of the famine in the early 1980’s when none of the major support agencies were providing help in that area.

The group has also helped support the poverty stricken people in Peru, establishing soup kitchens which fed 300 people daily. The Sisters there have taught the women basic handicraft skills and their work is now sent to England for Aid to Chad to sell, thus enabling the Peruvians to grow in dignity and self-esteem.

Regular feedback is received from all the missions and the Sisters always ask the group to approve their projects before they use any money. Every penny raised is sent out to help the poor and needy. Nothing is taken out for administration or any other costs.


CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) in the Parish

Parish Contact: Maureen Everington via 01536 512497 email: (please state the name of the person you wish to contact at the beginning of the message)
CAFOD area office: Deborah Purfield, Northampton
Group Page: CAFOD in the Parish

As well as the official Fast Day collections, we would welcome anyone interested in expanding our work in the Parish.  This might be through things like the Live Simply Challenge, buying Fair Trade or buying virtual gifts.  See the CAFOD Parish Group Page for further details.


Christian Unity Group

Contact: David Tinkler 01536 485490


Churches Together in Kettering and District

Secretary of Churches Together in Kettering, Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:
Parish Representative at the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, David Tinkler 01536 485490


St Edwards Parish takes part in Churches Together in Kettering. Parishioners are encouraged to attend ecumenical services and meetings, see the Newsletter for details.

Diocesan Ecumenical Commission

Contact:David Tinkler 01536 485490. Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:


Hospital Chaplaincy

Contacts: Fr. Gregory 01536 512497, email: Assistants: Eileen Stronge, Sally Mangan

The hospital Chaplain is Fr Gregory Marchwinski. He is supported by Eileen Stronge and a number of Eucharistic Ministers. The Chaplaincy team look after the Spiritual needs of patients and staff. Fr. Gregory administers the ‘Sacrament of the Sick’ (anointing) and the Sacrament of Penance. Kettering General Hospital takes patients from Corby, Wellingborough and surrounding towns and villages. It is therefore important that patients or their families should contact Fr. Gregory at St. Edward’s if they would like a visit. Eileen Stronge visits Catholic patients and offers to pray with them. The Chaplaincy team are happy to visit patients of other denominations who request the opportunity to pray with someone.

Each Sunday, Eucharistic Ministers visit hospital taking Holy Communion to those who have requested it. On the first Sunday of each month, Eucharistic Ministers take a ‘Liturgy of the Word’ service in the Chapel at Kettering General Hospital. St Mary’s Hospital, Cransley Hospice and the Welland Unit also come under the care of St. Edward’s Parish. Patients who attend the private hospital at the Woodland need to specifically request a visit.


Kettering & District Sick Pilgrims Fund (Jumbulance)

Kettering area: Andy Sipple 01546 412511 email:
Parish Group Page: Kettering & Corby Districts Sick Pilgrims Trust Group Page
Website: KCDSPT – Kettering & Corby Districts Sick Pilgrims’ Trust

The Trust was formed in 1992 as a local charity to bring handicapped and unable people on Pilgrimage. The group have travelled each year to Lourdes in France and took one truly fabulous trip to the Holy Land to see in Christmas and the New Millennium.

Anyone interested in joining us on a trip, making a donation, or helping us to raise funds please contact Andy Sipple.


St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development (SPACID), Uganda

Contact: Fr. Joe Kizito, c/o PO Box 34 Hoima, Uganda, E.A. Tel: +256 414349377 or +256 772443805. Fax: +256 046540336.
Parish Contact: Peter Anderson email:
Parish Group Page:SPACID Group Page

St. Patrick’s Centre for Integral Development (SPACID), is a church based non-government organization founded with the major aim of improving the well-being of the refugee community at Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, Uganda, East Africa. Following the motto “THAT WE MAY LIVE TOGETHER”, St.Patrick’s institution is a Pastoral Centre, a place not only for spiritual growth but also for the psychosocial development of the refugees. It is a home for all categories of people regardless of their faith, tribe or race, or any other cultural background.

St. Edward’s Parish has worked with Fr. Joe for several years, helping him to raise funds. There are various fundraising events that take place during the year, if you would like to donate please contact Peter Anderson who has details of Fr. Joe’s UK based bank account.


Street Pastors

Contact: Co-ordinator Rob Webb. Tel: 0775 967 7967
Kettering Street Pastors is an ecumenical initiative where teams from Kettering churches walk around the town centre on a Saturday night between 11pm-3am in order to care, listen and help the people they meet.