NEW! The Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020. Easter Duties are: to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom, to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation beforehand. The Code of Canon Law (CIC 920) says each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year. The requirement for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes from the need to be in a state of grace to receive Holy Communion (CIC 916). As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time, and into the future, these obligations have been removed.
The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time. Perfect contrition (or a Contrition of Charity) is true and real sorrow for our sins which is created when we realise the immense love of God for each one of us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us. This requires us to be contrite of heart for what we have done, know and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God for his children, and to approach this grace with humility and resolution not to sin again.
An Act of Contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
As there are currently no public Masses, services or liturgies, you can live stream Masses, Stations of the Cross and the Rosary from the Cathedral website: https://northamptondiocese.org/live/
Daily – Mass 9:30am followed the Rosary. Angelus at Midday and 6pm
Saturday – Mass 6pm
Sunday – Mass 8:30am, 11am, 5:15pm
Monday – Mass 9:30am, 7pm
Wednesday – Angelus at Midday followed by Stations of the Cross
Friday – Stations of the Cross 7pm
Fr. Damien – A Personal Profile.
Born 19th May 1940 – Rostrevor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Died 7 March 2015 – Northampton
Son of Alfred and Rosella Walne.
At the end of the Second World War moved to England – first of all to Norfolk where the Walne family farmed. Dad being the “black sheep” left farming to enter the Royal Navy in which he fought during the war captaining several vessels.
Dad retired early to be with his family when Victor and Martin were born. The family then moved to Cambridge where dad secured a teaching post. They became members of St. Lawrence’s parish where all three brothers served as altar boys for several years.
Attended St. Andrew’s R. C. Primary School before moving across the road (old site of the Perse School) after the 11+. Victor becoming Head Boy the year the school moved to its present site on Hills Road. Meanwhile his elder brother frittered away his time on sport, representing his school at cricket and hockey.
On leaving school Damien went into the bank, working for Barclays. Three years later he left to join ABC Cinemas…eventually booking the first of the Road Shows (i.e. Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments) around the Eastern Counties from Norwich.
A move then came to Cambridge where he was asked to look after and see to visiting artists who came to the Regal Cinema there for “One Night” stands still popular today in cinemas and theatres across the land.
Missed meeting the Beatles, preferring to watch the Varsity Match at Twickenham – the only time the group, which shortly became very famous, ever appeared in Cambridge.
Sensing the call to the priesthood for some time, but couldn’t believe that that was really what God wanted of him, Damien took the step. He was inspired and encouraged by Fr. Peter Brown (now parish priest in Cromer and Chancellor of the Diocese of East Anglia) a convert to Roman Catholicism, whom he initiated as an altar server. Three years after Peter left to study for the priesthood, Damien joined him at Oscott College where at the age of 30 years he was ordained a priest.
First appointment, St. Augustine’s, High Wycombe, with Canon Griffiths. Second appointment, Our Lady’s Corby with Canon Galvin.
First appointment as parish priest – Christ the King, Bedford (1984-91). Last appointment Great Boilling, Northampton (1991-2015)