Pastoral Notes 18th June, 2017

There are daily Masses in the parish, though no longer every day in the central church of St Edward. This week we remember our Cathedral in Northampton (Monday) and pray for our bishop coming soon for the Sacrament of Confirmation (11th July). Our diocese was founded in 1850, when it was again possible to have full bishops in England and Wales, after the Reformation. On Thursday this week we commemorate the one bishop who died a martyr in the 16th century under Henry VIII, John Fisher of Rochester. His diocese was the smallest and poorest at the time – perhaps a lesson in itself! The first martyr of Britain is celebrated on Tuesday, St Alban, remembered in the town near London, and a Roman soldier converted to Christ. On Wednesday there is a young saint, Aloysius Gonzaga, who died caring for the sick. And on Friday we have the feast of the Sacred Heart, whose statue is by the Sacristy door in St Edward’s.