Part of the Diocese of Northampton Province of Westminster and Deanery of St Alban


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 Primary School (Tel: 01582 730781). Mr Andrew Bull is the Headteacher of the Cardinal Newman School and Sixth Form College (Tel: 01582 597125).

All of our Catholic 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 with their sign up form to be endorsed.

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 Parish Lounge. You can download the programme from the front page of this website..

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 has implemented the recommendation of Lord Nolans’s and Baroness Cumberledge’s Report. All who have contact with children and vulnerable adults have to undergo a DBS 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 and & Sunday 11.00am Masses during term time, catering for 4 to 7 year old children. 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 of the necessary teaching materials are provided. Children who have made their First Holy Communion should remain with the community. Bela Brown is the contact.



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

Holydays of Obligation: 9.30am and 7.30pm

Confessions: Saturday: 10.00am to 10.25am (with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament) and 6.00 to 6.15pm

Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday 9.30am (check the weekly Newsletter)

Stations of the Cross: Friday 7.00pm during Advent and Lent

Penitential Services: As announced before Christmas and Easter