Part of the Diocese of Northampton Province of Westminster and Deanery of Luton.

Children

Catholic Schools

We are blessed with good schools in the parish and in the town. Mrs Joan Cullen is the Headteacher of our Sacred Heart School (Tel: 01582 730781). Mr Jo Richardson is the Headteacher of the Cardinal Newman upper/sixth form college (tel: 01582 597125).

All our schools are oversubscribed and it has become necessary to have sign-up Sundays. This means that during term time, an announcement will be made during Mass that those wishing to enter Catholic School the following year must come into the Sacristy and sign a form. For a priest to endorse an application for the school, you will have needed to have signed the requisite number of forms.

Friends of Sacred Heart School organise fund raising activities to assist the school, most notably, the annual Summer Fete.

Catechism Classes

We are fortunate to have parishioners who volunteer to help parents of non-Catholic School children prepare their children for the Sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion. They meet in term time in the Sacristy (Church). You can download the programme from the front page of this website. Val Dawson is the contact.

Confirmation classes are held on Saturdays for all candidates (in Catholic School or not). Bozena Christopher is the principal contact. You can download the programme from the front page of this website.

Child Protection (Safeguarding)

In keeping with the Catholic Church throughout the country, the Diocese of Northampton implements the recommendation of Lord Nolans’s/Baroness Cumberledge’s Report. All who have contact with children and vunerable adults have to undergo a CRB check to offer their services in the parish. Pat Abela and Margaret Berry look after this on behalf of the Parish.

Children of God (COG)

We have children’s liturgy groups at the Saturday 6.30pm & Sunday 11.00am Masses, during term time, catering for 4-7 year olds. The children leave church at the beginning of Mass and return at the Offertory having looked at the scriptures/theme of the day. New helpers are always welcome. All teaching materials provided. Children who have made their First Holy Communion should remain with the community.
Bela Brown is the contact.

Times of Service

Sunday Masses: Saturday 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday) Sunday 9.00am and 11.00am

Holydays of Obligation: 9.30am and 7.30pm

Confessions: Saturdays: 10.00am–10.25am (with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) & 6.00 – 6.15pm

Weekday Masses: Monday - Friday 9.30am (check weekly newsletter)

Stations of the Cross: Sundays 4.00pm in Lent

Penitential Services: As announced before Christmas and Easter