Welcome to all our parishioners and visitors!
WE ARE NOW LIVE!
Click on the link below for our new live streaming schedule.
Further limits to numbers in church.
Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms in church.
Current (September 28th 2020) government limits on numbers:
Mass: as many as the church can safely accommodate
(complying with 1 metre+ rules)
1/ New Mass Schedule
2/ Confirmation and First Holy Communion 2021 (Scroll down).
Masess on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will take place with severely reduced numbers.
Each Mass will be "All Ticket", that is entry strictly by ticket only. Please do not attend unless you have collected your seat tickets beforehand.
These have to be booked and allocated in advance through our Parish Office (release date for tickets yet to be announced).
NB Please do not put our volunteer Stewards under any undue pressure by attending Christmas Mass without having previously booked your
The "Rule of Six" will apply when booking tickets.
We now have two additional Sunday Masses:
8.30am in Our Lady's Corby.
9.30am in St Paul's Thrapston
Having more Masses means more space between families, thus making it a safer environment in church for everyone during this ongoing time of pandemic.
1/ Our New Weekend Schedule.
Saturday 6.30pm: Our Lady's Corby NN17 1EE
Sunday 8.30am Our Lady's Corby NN17 1EE
Sunday 10am: Our Lady's Corby NN17 1EE
Sunday 9.30am at St Paul's Thrapston NN14 4NZ
Sunday 11.30am: St Paul the Apostle, Thrapston NN14 4NZ
Sunday 5pm: St John Ogilvie, Corby NN18 9BX
Regretably theree is no Mass at our churches in Raunds or Oundle for the time being, due to lack of volunteer stewards and the difficulty in adapting the buildings to the government regulations for places of worship (one-way systems etc).
Let us keep all parishioners there in our prayers as they join us for Mass in Thrapston, Corby or in Spiritual Communion from home.
No need to book a place at Mass, just come along. You will be greeted by a friendly steward outside. Please wear a face covering, sanitise your hands upon entry and exit, sit in the marked seats with your household members, follow the one-way system and keep social distance at all times. Please write your name and phone number on a paper slip upon entry for "Track and Trace" purposes.
New: scan the QR Code into your phone via the NHS Covid App.
Receiving Holy Communion Please follow the advice of the stewards. Sometimes the priest can bring it to you in your place, other times you can receive from the front and return carefully to your place, other times you will be instructed to leave church straight after receiving.
Holy Communion will be distributed on the hand only, (not on the tongue, which is forbidden by the Church authorities at this time), with your arms at full stretch, please. The stewards are there to help you.
Sorry about all these rules and regulations, thjey are in place to help everybody during this time of pandemic.
Let's keep each other safe and celebrate the Eucharist together.
Please consult the latest newsletter for more in depth details, including weekday Mass times, which are subject to change each week, manily due to funerals.
During this time of Pandemic, this website is the best way to stay in touch.
All the latest news can be found in our current weekly Newsletter which can be accessed online by clicking here.
Sunday Obligation. The Bishops of England and Wales have temporarily suspended the obligation that all Catholics must attend Mass on Sunday.
Whilst this suspension remains in force, we are all excused from attending Sunday Mass, rather we are encouraged pray at home, watch Mass online, make a Spiritual Communion, attend church for private prayer and keep holy the Sabbath Day. However, we should attend Sunday Mass if we are able.
Therefore, although public Mass is back, if you do not feel confident enough to attend, or you have symptoms or are under quarantine, do not feel guilty about missing Mass. Rather, stay at home, pray at home. We will pray for you at Mass.
"I rejoiced when I heard them say 'Let us go to God's house' and now our feet are standing within your gates O Jerusalem"."
Your priests are still here and can be contacted by telephone or email. NB as we approach the holiday period, only one priest will be on call, so please be patient especially as we have no secretarial help at this time of furlough.
2/ A) Confirmation
Our Mass of Confirmation went very well on 15th October when 33 young people and 2 adults being Confirmed by Bishop David Oakley in a beautiful ceremony, conducted in
keeping with the strict Covid-19 guidelines.
Arrangements for 2021 First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be announced soon, please keep watching this space.
You may still be interested in watching the video which was used in the preparation of the candidates. Fr David had asked that candidates and if possible, their families, watch the film 'All or Nothing' on the link bellow.
And answer these Questions:
1) Why do you think Sister Clare decided to become a nun instead of an actress?
2) Which fruits of the Holy Spirit did Sister Clare show in her life?
3) Sister Clare did something amazing for God. What could you do that would be amazing for God?
B) First Holy Communion 2020
The 50 children who have made their First Confession have now begun to make their First Holy Communion. This takes place during the regular Our Lady’s Sunday 10am Mass, two children each week.
In line with latest government Covid restrictions your guests are restricted to 6 (which include the child). Those in the child’s household are allowed to sit with
them in the front pew which will be reserved for you.
Advance booking is essential.
Maximum Two Children Per Sunday Mass.
To check availablilty and book your Sunday, please ring and speak to Canon Michael, Fr David or Secretary Maggie. 01536 203121 (mornings are best). Please do not email or leave answerphone messages, rather speak to us and we will write your date in the parish diary. Each child will be made to feel very special on their First Holy Communion Day. We are currently full until January, and we will continue to take bookings into the New Year.
It will be a parish celebration, different from how we would ordinarily do things, but beautiful in its own way.
If you regularly attend one our other four churches, we can make arrangements for you to make your a First Holy Communion there.
Finally, please watch this space for how to enrol on the 2021 Sacramental programmes for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
We live in unusual times which demand unusual responses. Thank you for your understanding.
Any questions, please give us a ring.
We cover five worshipping communities in North and East Northants. A vast area stretching from near Stamford in the north, thirty miles down to near Rushden in the south, including all the beautiful villages and towns in between.
Your priests live in Corby, in Our Lady’s Presbytery, which is located next to the church on the busy Occupation Road within the heart of the older part of Corby town. Corby is our main centre of Catholic population. Corby has four parishes, two of which are ministered by fr Gerard Byrne who is Parish Priest of St Brendan's and St Patrick's.
As well as serving the Parish of Our Lady's we also serve St John Ogilvie's Church in Danesholme and in the last few years have taken under our wing the parishes in Oundle, Raunds and Thrapston. Find out more about those parishes, including Mass times, by clicking here.
Our Lady's church celebrated its 80th birthday on 25th March 2018. We have been around for a long time, ministering to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the local people, in keeping with the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic church.
If you are new to the parish or area, please feel very welcome to come along to a weekend Mass. Our main family Mass is at 10am on Sundays. currently Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children in school years Reception, 1, 2 and 3 is suspended. We also have a Saturday night Vigil Mass at 6.30pm and the new addition, 8.30am Mass, introduced recently as we are happliy reaching our "1 metre plus" capacity. If you are worried about crowds, the 8.30am Mass is for you. Also the Masses at Thrapston and st John Ogilvie's have pleanty of "elbow room". We are a friendly congregation and newcomers are always welcome. It would be great to meet you so please do introduce yourself to the clergy after Mass.
We are blessed to have many people serving in the parish in a variety of ways so please do look at the Parish Life and Groups and see how you might be able to get involved.
If you would like to be a Steward at any of our churches, we need more, so please volunteer if you can. the more Stewards we have, the more services we can provide.
Among those serving is our full time Parish Youth Worker, Rick Netherwood, who organises youth ministry for young Catholics all over town. If you are between the ages of 11-35, or have relatives that are, then take a look at the Corby Young Catholics page to see what's up next. We are always looking for adults who would be happy and willing to help as leaders too.
If you cannot find what you are looking for on here or need to get in touch then please feel free to call or email our administrators Maggie and Kay in the parish office between 9:30 - 12:30 Monday to Friday or if you're in the area why not pop by the presbytery (parish house).
Whether you are just visiting or if the parish is like a second home to you, we hope you enjoy browsing our website and we look forward to seeing you soon.
With every blessing,
Canon Michael Harrison
Fr David Donaghue
Please enjoy the photographs of our church below, many of which were taken a few years ago on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Consecration of our Church, with Bishop Peter Doyle as main celebrant.