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a message from Fr John...

We are now in the season of Lent. A time when, in imitation of Christ, who went into the desert to pray and fast, we try to give up things and to do penance. The emphasis should not be on what we give up. My father used to give up smoking during Lent and didn’t we know it! Rather the emphasis should be on trying harder to be a better person: kinder, more patient, more compassionate and less judgemental. Fasting and penance is a way of disciplining our bodies for the sake of our souls, they are an ancient custom, tried and tested over centuries: they work. During Lent we are to pray especially for the following intentions: those preparing for baptism, the needy and hungry, penitents and the lapsed. We have two people preparing for baptism who will be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil; we have someone else who will be confirmed at the same event. Please keep them in your prayers. Let us pray for each other that we may keep a good Lent and so be ready to celebrate Easter with joy and peace in our hearts.


Big Society Award for SVP

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) was named as a recipient of Prime Minister David Cameron's Big Society Award for their work across England and Wales.  Read more...


Our History

St. Joseph's Church and Priory on Austenwood Common, Gerrard's Cross, has grown in two stages, from modest beginnings in 1913 to the large and flourishing church of today... Read more


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The Joy of the Gospel

Listen to Charles Whitehead's talks about Pope Francis' new book: 

Talk 1 - Wednesday, 12th March

Talk 2 - Wednesday, 19th March

Talk 3 - Wednesday, 26th March

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Baptism Congratulations

Fr Bob with the Matthews and Slížová families whose children were baptised in February.  We ask God’s blessing upon these little children and their families.


Diocesan Events

Sing a New Song with Christopher Walker on Saturday, 26th April for Musicians and Singers

The Vocation of a Catechist on Saturday, 10th May for Catechists

Inside the Psalms with Andrew Reid on Tuesday, 20th May for Musicians and Singers




News & Events

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Letter from Fr John to All parishioners regarding 2015 Centenary Plans

New Parishioners

Update Contact Details

*UPDATED*     Gift Aid Form

Frequently Asked Questions


Read all about Northampton Diocesan News in The Vine

We are a Fairtrade Parish

Diary Dates

Soldier to Saint - Friday, 11th April

Service of Reconciliation - Tuesday, 15th April

...More News & Events

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