Forthcoming Events and Info 2017

There is an enormous amount offered by the Catholic community in Bedford and Kempston. On this page, you’ll find an overview of forthcoming events and information for 2017. If you see something that interests you, please do come along and join us.

WEEKLY FIXTURES

Do also take a look at our weekly fixtures page which lists a number of complementary activities.

 

JANUARY 2018

CERTIFICATE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies course begins in January 2018 for catechists, teachers and anyone who is interested. The course will be held in Bedford at St Joseph’s and St Gregory’s Primary School on Saturdays from January 2018. There will be an induction day on Saturday 13th January. Information and registration forms can be acquired from the presbytery or downloaded: http://www.nores.org.uk/AdultEducation/tabid/157/Default.aspx. More information can also be had from Jackie McCarthy on 01582 723312 or email: admin@nores.org.uk.

NOVEMBER 2017

20th November: PILGRIMAGE TO KRAKOW, POLAND

Journey with the Saints this November with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 20th November spending 4 nights in a 5* hotel with breakfast. Flights included from Heathrow. Visit: http://www.aglowpilgrimages.com/krakow20nov or call 0800 689 4792.

FRIDAY 3rd NOVEMBER: PROCLAIM MEETING

Proclaim will meet at SS Philip & James Church, Severn Way, at 7.30 pm. At the start of the meeting proposals for a Christian stall at the 2018 Bedford River Festival will be considered. We hope to work with friends from several Christian denominations. We hope to know by this date whether our application for a stall has been successful.

 

OCTOBER 2017

29th October: BISHOP’S VISIT

Bishop Peter Doyle will visit St Cuthbert’s Church, in Mill Street, on Sunday 29th October.

20th – 22nd October: Young Catholic adults weekend

During the weekend of the 20-22 October 2017, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey, it will feature Fr. Lawrence Lew O.P., and Canon Poucin ICKSP. The weekend will be fullboard. YCA will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops.
Further details at https://v1.bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2017

16th – 23rd October: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A St Joseph’s parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land is proposed from 16th – 23rd October 2017. Price £1350 per person sharing. Single room supplement of £250. Half-board hotel accommodation. Flying from Luton Airport to Tel Aviv. Deposit of £400 required by 16th December 2016. Please let Canon Seamus know if interested.

14th October: Goldington Churches Together Retreat

Goldington Churches Together has arranged a ‘mini-retreat’ at Wymington, near Rushden, on 14th October.

1st October: PARISH GATHERING

Do come along after the 10 am Mass at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, for refreshments in the hall. Parish news will be shared.

SEPTEMBER 2017

30th September: VISITATION OF THE FATIMA STATUE

The visitation to Northampton Cathedral begins with a Mass celebrated by the Bishop at midday on Saturday 30th September. It concludes with a Mass by the Dean at 11 am on Sunday 1st October. The statue and relics are being taken to all our cathedrals as part of the celebration  of the centenary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima. All are welcome.

30th September: DIVINE MERCY RETREAT

This will take place at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Saturday 30th September between 10 am and 4 pm. It will be led by Marian Fathers. All are welcome.

 

 

30th September: CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD DAY

On Saturday 30th September the Religious Education Service of the diocese is holding a day for those involved in Children’s Liturgy at the RE Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD from 10.30am to 1.00pm. It is an opportunity to share resources and find new ideas. Cost is £5 per person (5 places for £20 group rate). If interested, please pick up a booking form from the presbytery.

24th September: Meeting for parents of Holy Communion children, Christ the King Parish

There will be an introductory meeting for parents and children on Sunday 24 September straight after the 10.00 am Mass in the new building. If you are in Christ the King Parish, come and meet the catechists, learn more about the programme, and if you would like your child to make his/her First Holy Communion in June 2018, fill in the application form. Classes are planned to start on Sunday 15 October.

*Similar meetings may place at the other Catholic churches in Bedford. You may find
application forms available in your local Catholic church’s porch for the programme beginning in September. Please return the completed forms as soon as possible to the tray at the back of the church.

23rd September: Parish BBQ at Our Lady’s, Kempston
In the afternoon.

23rd September: Charity Concert

In the evening in St Joseph’s Church in aid of EVC Uganda, for the work
of Fr Boniface, who will be with us once again for the month of September

Friday 22nd September: VINTAGE TEA AFTERNOON

This will be held, between 2-4 pm, at Christ the King Church in Harrowden Road.

 

Monday 18th September: NEW PARISH PRIEST AT HOLY CROSS AND SS PHILIP & JAMES

Fr Jonathan will leave Bedford on Monday 18th September to take over at St Augustine’s in High Wycombe. Parishioners would like to thank Fr Jonathan for all he has done for the parish.

Parishioners would like to welcome Fr Wayne Coughlin who will be arriving shortly afterwards.

Sunday 17th September: Walsingham Pilgrimage

There will be a pilgrimage from Bedford to Walsingham on Sunday 17th September to pray for the sanctity of human life. Day led by Bishop Robert Byrne. Cost of coach is £15 per person. If you wish to go please contact Mary Frost on 304014. Pick up from St Joseph’s, Christ the King and Holy Cross. Please take a leaflet from the back of the church with all the details

Saturday 16th September: TABLE TOP SALE

It will be held, between 9 am and midday, at Christ the King church hall in Harrowden Road.

Saturday 16th September: DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE AT HOLY CROSS

There will be a vintage tea at Holy Cross, Goldington Road, between 3 – 5.30 pm on Saturday 16th September. It will be 1950s themed with traditional games and pastimes. You are welcome to dress in 1950s style

Friday 15th September: MASS AT KEYSOE

The vicar at Keysoe has asked if a week day Mass could be celebrated at her church 3 or 4 times a year for Catholics and others living in the surrounding villages. The first Mass was very well attended. The second Mass will led by Fr Jonathan on Friday 15th September at 7 pm.

Thursday 14th September: DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION AT HOLY CROSS

Holy Cross Church will celebrate its diamond jubilee in 2017 with a Mass at 7 pm on their Patronal feast, The Exultation of the Holy Cross,  on Thursday 14th September. The Mass at the church, in Goldington Road,  will be followed by drinks and light refreshments in the hall. Several sisters and priests who have served Holy Cross in the past will attend. All are welcome.

Sunday 10th September: MOTHERS’ PRAYERS TALK

The talk will be given after the 9.30 am and 11 am Masses at St Joseph’s, Midland Road, on 10th September to encourage this initiative  in the parish.

Saturday 9th September: SPONSORED BIKE’N HIKE

This event, arranged by Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust, will take place between 10 am to 6 pm. You can have fun cycling or walking to churches in your area and at the same time raise funds for your church. Sponsorship packs are available from some churches or you can find out more at http://www.BedsHertsHCT.org.uk

Saturday 9th September: OPEN HEALING DAY

The Little Way Healing Ministries  is holding a healing day on Saturday 9th September, between 10.45 am – 4.30 pm, at St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road. It will be lead by Fr Lawrence Brassill and team. Bring a packed lunch if you would like to attend the shared lunch between 12.30 – 1.30 pm. All are welcome at this special event. For more information visit http://www.littlewayhealingminstries.com

Friday 8th September: VOCATIONS MASS

A Mass for vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be held at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road in Kempston, at 7.30 pm on September 8th. It will be followed by Rosary and Benediction.

6th September: Churches Together Meeting

Meet at Priory Church, Newnham Avenue, on 6th September at 7.30 p.m

Wednesday 6th September: ST MATTHEW COURSE STARTS AT CHRIST THE KING

This course will be held in the Parish Room of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Wednesdays between 10.45 am – 12.45 pm.

Tuesday 5th September: BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE BEGINS AT HOLY CROSS

The Bible Timeline course will be held at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, on Tuesdays between 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Tuesday 5th September: ST MATTHEW COURSE STARTS AT OUR LADY’S

This course will be held at Our Lady’s,Bedford Road, in Kempston on Tuesdays between 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Monday 4th September: ST MATTHEW COURSE STARTS AT HOLY CROSS

This course will be held on Mondays at Holy Cross, Goldington Road, between 1.30 – 3.30 pm

Sunday 3rd September: Farewell to Fr Jonathan

There will be a Farewell Party for Fr Jonathan on Sunday 3rd September, 1.00 p.m. at St. Thomas More School to which all parishioners are invited. We would like to present Fr Jonathan with a book of farewell messages. Stickers are available for your messages; please return them in the box provided in the porch. Collection envelopes are available for your donations to Fr Jonathan also to be put in the box prtovided. Please sign the list stating the food you will be able to donate for the party. Could all stickers
be returned by Sunday 27th August please? Thank you.

Saturday 2nd September: SPONSORED HALF MARATHON

A parishioner (60+) at St Joseph’s, in Midland Road, has entered the Bedford half-marathon on 2nd September and is seeking sponsorship for the parish project (in aid of the work of Sr Rose in Uganda). If you would like to sponsor her or make a donation, please write your name and  the amount on the list at the back of the church.

Friday 1st September: PROCLAIM MEETING

Proclaim will meet  at SS Philip & James Church, Severn Way, at 7.30 pm. At the start of the meeting we will consider proposals for a Christian Stall at the 2018 Bedford River Festival.

Friday 1st September: PARISH QUIZ

This will be held in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, at 7.30 pm. It is in aid of the parish project. Tickets on sale after all Masses at St Joseph’s. Adults £3; Children £1.50.

Friday 1st September: St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s Primary

St Joseph’s Lower and St Gregory’s Middle (of the Bedford Catholic Schools Trust)  will become St Joseph’s and  St Gregory’s Primary School in September 2017.  Visit stjosephsandstgregorys.com for more information.

STARTING IN SEPTEMBER: ST MATTHEW COURSE

The St Matthew Scripture Course begins in September in the parishes of Our Lady of Ransom, Christ the King and Holy Cross. Times and days vary, so please look at the list on the noticeboard for full information.

AUGUST 2017

Tuesday 29th August: St Vincent de Paul Society meeting, Christ the King Parish
The next meeting will be on Tues 29th August at 8pm in the parish room. All Welcome.

Tuesday 29th August: Dame Julian of Norwich Pilgrimage

Born in 1342, she lived a vowed religious life as an anchorite, living by herself in a room called an anchorhold, attached to the parish church of St Julian in Norwich. She is known almost only through her book “The Revelations of Divine Love” which is one of the great classics of the spiritual life, with her insights into the nature of God’s love and care for each person and for all creation. There will be a day-pilgrimage to the Church of St
Julian and to Norwich Cathedral on Tuesday August 29th with local Christian friends. Phone Rosemarie Langley 353318 before 21st Aug if you would like to come – or for more information. There is a local Julian Group, a time of silent meditative prayer, which meets monthly.

Sunday 27th August: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The fifth of five services will be held on Sunday 27th August, at 6.30 pm, at St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road.

Sunday 27th August: Rosary Rally

The 31st Rosary Rally to pray for world peace and young people will take place on Sunday 27th August at Mount St Bernard Abbey, Coalville, Leics LE67 5UL commencing with Mass at 2.00pm followed at 4.00pm by crowning of statue of Our Lady, Rosary Procession, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Blessing of the Sick and Benediction. After the Mass there will be a break for picnics and refreshments. Further information:
email anne.gartland@yahoo.co.uk or call 01530 451007. See poster on noticeboard for full details.

24th – 29th August: Youth 2000 Summer camp for young adults

Inheritance, 24th-29th Aug ,
Annual prayer Festival, Walsingham
http://www.youth2000.org

Sunday 20th August: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The fourth of five services will be held on Sunday 20th August,  at 6.30 pm, at Bunyan Meeting in Mill Street.

Sunday 13th August: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The third of five services will be held on Sunday 13th August, at 6 pm, at the Salvation Army in Commercial Road

Sunday 6th August: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING

Following the 10 am Mass at Christ The King, in Harrowden Road, there will be refreshments in the hall. There is a chance to hear the latest parish news including a report on the new room.

Sunday 6th August: YOUTH EVENTS

A summer camp is being held between August 6th – 11th. For details visit http://www.nymo.org

Sunday 6th August: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The second of five services will be held on Sunday 6th August, at 6.30 pm, at London Road Methodist Church.

Want to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?

Application Forms for places on the Confirmation program at Holy Cross Church are now available in the porch. Forms MUST be returned by the end of September. If
we do not have sufficient numbers to run a program this year, applicants will be notified and will be included on the list for next year.

Tuesdays in August: Tea at the Priory

Each Tuesday during August, 2.30 – 4.00 p.m. afternoon tea is being served at Priory Church in Newnham Avenue. All are welcome.

JULY 2017

Sunday 30th July: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

The first of five services  arranged by Bedford Town Centre Churches Together will be held on Sunday 30th July, at 6 pm, at St Andrew’s Church in Kimbolton Road.

Sunday 30th July: ELSTOW ABBEY TAIZE PRAISE

This will be at 6.30 pm on Sunday 30th July. All are welcome.

Sunday 30th July: CAFOD THANK YOU

The parish CAFOD group invites us to coffee and cake after the 9.30 am Mass at Our Lady’s, in Bedford Road Kempston, on Sunday 30th July as a thank you for supporting CAFOD throughout the year.

Friday 28th July: VINTAGE TEA AFTERNOON

This will be held in the hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Friday 28th July between 2 – 4 pm.

Saturday 15th July: Table Top Sale

This will be held in the hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road,  on Saturday 15th July between 9 am and midday.

Tuesday 11th July: Life in the Spirit 

A series of DVD presentations will be shown on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston. The sessions, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are relaxed and informative. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

JUNE 2017

Friday 30th June: SPUC TALK

We are invited to a talk by Antonia Tully , SPUC Campaign Manager, on Friday 30th June at 7 pm at SS Philip & James Church in Severn Way. There will be an opportunity for prayer and reflection. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Tuesday 27th June: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT  

A series of DVD presentations will be shown on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston. The sessions, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are relaxed and informative. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Monday 26th June: MASS AT KEYSOE

This will be held at St Mary’s at 7 pm. If there is support from the villages, it is planned that there may be a Mass at Keysoe 3 or 4 times a year. This is mentioned in the newsletter of SS Philip and James Church.

Sunday 25th June: SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER MEETING

This will take place in the hall of Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, at 3.10 pm. The meeting includes evening prayer of the church, It will finish sometime before 6 pm. Tea and biscuits are provided. You are welcome to visit.

Saturday 24th June: Multicultural Lunch with entertainment.

This special event organised by the Chisen Foundation,will be held at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Saturday 24th June between 1 – 4 pm. Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children.

Friday 23rd June: VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEA

Between 2 – 4 pm this will be held in the hall of Christ the King in  Harrowden Road. All are welcome. Entry is £3.

Thursday 22nd June: SSCC NEWS

The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (in charge of Holy Cross for many years) received formal papal recognition 200 years ago this year. There will be an hour’s Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the same time throughout the world on the vigil of the feast of the Sacred Heart on Thursday 22nd June, to pray for the congregation and its work. You are warmly invited by the Lay Association to spend some time in prayer at Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Cross,  Goldington Road,  from 8 – 9 pm on Thursday 22nd June.

Tuesday 20th June: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT  

A series of DVD presentations will be shown on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston. The sessions, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are relaxed and informative. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Sunday 18th June: FESTIVAL OF SAINTS

Statues from St Frances Cabrini Church, in Woburn Road, will be carried through the streets starting at 4 pm on Sunday 18th June. At 5 pm there will be a special Mass at the church which will be followed by games and refreshments.

Saturday 17th June: TABLE TOP SALE

This will be held in Christ the King hall, Harrowden Road, between 9 am and midday

Thursday 15th June: THE WALL OF ANSWERED PRAYER

To find out about the exhibition launched at Elstow Abbey visit the website at thewall.org.uk

Thursday 15th June: LATIN MASS

There will be a Latin Mass on Thursday 15th June (Corpus Christie)  at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, at 7.30 pm. This will be a sung Mass with  Bedford Choral Society.

Wednesday 14th June: SVP  FESTIVAL MASS

We are invited to the SVP District Festival on Wednesday 14th June, at 7 pm, at St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road. There will be a Mass followed by a talk, on mini-vinnies,  and refreshments.

Tuesday 13th June: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT  

A series of DVD presentations will be shown on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston. The sessions, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are relaxed and informative. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Saturday 10th June: Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

This will be led by Bishop Peter. A coach will collect people from different parts of Bedford. Tickets are £14 for adults and £7 for children. For more information telephone (01234) 304014

Catholic Grandparents Association

Are you a Catholic Grandparent? Why not come along and have a chat and a nice cuppa with like minded people. The first Tuesday in the month

Next meeting 6th June at 2.00 at Christ the King church Harrowden Road Bedford.

Looking forward to meeting YOU.

Monday 5th June: QUIZ THE CANDIDATES

There is the chance to quiz  election candidates at Christ Church, Goldington Road, on Monday 5th June between 7.30 – 9.30 pm.

Tuesday 6th June: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT  

A series of DVD presentations will be shown on Tuesdays at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston. The sessions, on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are relaxed and informative. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Monday 5th June: PENTECOST TAIZE PRAYER EVENING

 This will take place at 7 pm, in the Prayer room, at St Thomas More School. All are welcome

Sunday 4th June: Pentecost Praise

People from many churches usually attend this event – held near the café in Bedford Park. The service, between 3 – 4 pm, will be led by Noel Robinson and the speaker will be David Devonish. There will be a freewill offering to cover the cost of the day. People are invited to bring a picnic to have beforehand.

Sunday 4th June: Ecumenical Pentecost Service

This will be held at the Transfiguration Church, Bedford Road in  Kempston, on Sunday 4th June at 4 pm.

Sunday 4th June: National Dress

People are being invited to wear their national dress to Masses at Christ the Kind, Harrowden Road, on Pentecost Sunday.

Sunday 4th June: Children’s Day

International Children’s Day is being celebrated in Russell Park on Sunday 4th June, starting at 10 am. It will include games, activities and performances. All are welcome to this event – arranged by the Polish British Integration Centre.

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June: CAKES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

As part of Pentecost celebrations at Holy Cross, Goldington Road, cakes from around the world will on offer during refreshments after the Saturday Mass starting at 6 pm and the Sunday Mass starting at 9.15 am.

Friday 2nd June: CHARITY GOLF DAY

SS Philip & James Golf Society Charity Golf Day will take place, on Friday 2nd June, at Mowsbury Golf Club, Bedford. They are supporting Autism Bedfordshire and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They urgently need further sponsorship (the main source of income). Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Entry forms for playing  golf and  attending the dinner are available. For details telephone Mike Chappell on 07973 703340.

 

MAY 2017

Sunday 28th May: MISSION IN BEDFORD 

Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will meet in All Hallows at 1pm. It includes singing and dancing and there are musicians of all ages.

Saturday 27th May: DAY FOR SINGERS AND MUSICIANS

A  music day led by Martin Foster has been arranged for Saturday 27th May at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, from 11 am to 4 pm. The cost is £5. For more information telephone 01582 723312 (ext 6) or email admin@nores.org.uk

Friday 26th May: VIGIL FOR MANCHESTER

This will take place in  Harpur Square (next to the Harpur Shopping Centre) between 6 – 7 pm. Speakers will include the Bishop of Bedford and the Mayor of Bedford.

Friday 26th May

Afternoon vintage tea

Christ The King Church Hall

2pm til 4pm Admission £3 Tea Cake and dancing

More information contact 01234 965497

Sunday 21st May: MISSION IN BEDFORD 

Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will meet in All Hallows at 1pm. It includes singing and dancing and there are musicians of all ages.

Saturday 20th May

Table top sale Christ The King Church Hall

9am  til 12 noon Entry 50p

further details 01234 965497

Sunday 14th May: MISSION IN BEDFORD 

Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will meet in All Hallows at 1pm. It includes singing and dancing and there are musicians of all ages.

Sunday 14th May: May Procession and Party

This will take place at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, at 3 pm on Sunday 14th May. It will consist of a procession, Exposition and Benediction followed by  refreshments in the hall.

Friday 12th May: Quiz

A quiz in aid a SPUC is being held in Christ the King Church hall, Harrowden Road, on Friday 12th May (at 7 pm for 7.30 pm). Admission is £6 and a fish and chip supper is included. Bring your own drink.

 

Sunday 7th May: MISSION IN BEDFORD 

Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will meet in All Hallows at 1pm. It includes singing and dancing and there are musicians of all ages.

Sunday 7th May: Polish British Integration Day

 This will start with a Mass at St Cuthbert’s Church, Mill Street, at 11 am. Celebrations will then take place inside and outside the Harpur Suite  from  midday . Details can be found at http://www.pbic.org.uk

Saturday 6th May: Meeting about course

There are plans to repeat the Bible Timeline course in September along with a course on St Matthew’s Gospel. If you are interested in either of these please come to a meeting on Saturday 6th May, at 2 pm at Holy Cross Church  in Goldington Road.

Friday 5th May: Talk on Our Lady

A talk on: “Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant” will be given by Martyn Furman on Friday 5th May, at 7.30 pm, in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road. Refreshments will be provided and all are invited.

APRIL 2017

Friday 28th April: VINTAGE TEA AFTERNOON

This will be held in the hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Friday 28th April between 2 – 4 pm.

Sunday 23rd April: Mission in Bedford

Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will hold a meeting  in All Hallows, at 1 pm, on Sunday 23rd April

Saturday 15th April: BEDFORD PASSION PLAY FILM SCREENING

The film of last year’s Passion Play, made by Bedford College students, will be shown on Saturday 15th April at The Place in Bradgate Road. It lasts for one hour and there will be screenings at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm. You can choose a time slot, and reserve a free ticket, at http://www.hopebeds.org

Friday 14th April: GOOD FRIDAY WITNESS

Hundreds of Christians from many churches meet to communicate a Christian message in the centre of Bedford. It starts at midday in the Harpur Square (outside the library)

Tuesday 11th April: PENITENTIAL SERVICE

There will be a Penitential Service with individual confessions at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on Tuesday 11th April at 7 pm.

Sunday 9th April: TAIZE PRAYER EVENING
A Candlelit Evening of Music and Prayer is to be held on Sunday 9th April at 6.00pm in Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Sunday 9th April: PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION

Please join our Palm Sunday Procession which will include a real donkey. We will meet outside the Goldington branch of Tesco, on Sunday 9th April, at 2.30 pm. We will sing seasonal hymns and have a short service. Our procession will move towards the war memorial on Goldington Green – where we will probably end at about 3 pm. Please bring your Palm Cross if you can. This has been arranged by Goldington Churches Together (which includes Holy Cross Church) and so we can take part alongside our friends from other churches.  

 

Passover Supper – Fulfilled in Jesus

“Hello – my name is Martyn. I come from an orthodox Jewish background and so, along with my wife Fiona, I am delighted to be able to commemorate the Jewish Passover Supper with you and to celebrate its fulfilment by Jesus at The Last Supper. Come and experience the symbolic power and richness of the Jewish Passover and its incredible fulfilment at the very first Easter. The evening is joyful, prayerful & will include some very interesting food!         We look forward to seeing you.”

At Christ the King Parish Hal, Thursday 6th April at 6.45pm for 7.00pm a prompt start.

Admission by ticket only, see parish rep Sister Dympna, or Father Patrick or Tony Cooper.

 

Saturday 1st April: Concert

The Kempston  Musical Society and Ouse Valley Singers will perform Faure’s Requiem at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on Saturday 1st April at 7.30 pm. There will also be music by Mozart, Brahms, Hugh Roberton and John Gross. The concert is in aid of the parish project and programmes are £6. Please come and enjoy what will be a pleasant musical evening.

MARCH 2017

Friday 31st March: Chisen Quiz Night

This will be held at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, at 7.30 pm. Admission is £8. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.  

24th March: TEA DANCE 
From 2pm to 4pm
Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford, MK42 0SP
Entry £3 which includes tea and cake and some lovely music to dance to.

 

Saturday 18th March

IRISH DANCE Come along to an evening of music and dance for just £5. Saturday 18th March 2017 at Christ the King Parish Hall 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Music by Malachy, and featuring ‘Samantha’ with the Three Cups. Bring food to share. There will be a licensed bar. Buy tickets for yourself, family and friends after Mass.

https://img.clipartfest.com

18th March: TABLE TOP SALE
From 9am to Noon, Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP
Stalls £5 per table.
Entry 50p. For info please call Sue on 01234 965497

Friday 17th March: St Patrick’s Day Dance

This will be held at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, between 7.30 – 11.30 pm. Tickets are £3.

Friday 10th March: Lenten Soup Lunches

Each Friday in March at 12.30 pm there will be a Lenten Soup Lunch in Our Lady’s Meeting Room, Bedford Road in Kempston, in aid of CAFOD. Come and enjoy homemade soup, bread and good company!

Wednesday 8th March: Lent Course

The Town Centre Churches weekly Lent course starts today. It will take place at Bunyan Meeting, in Mill Street, between 1.10 – 1.50 pm. The theme is ‘Journeying through Lent with Bunyan’. It ends on 5th April. People  from St Joseph’s and St Cuthbert’s are among those taking part. Everyone is welcome.

 

TAIZE PRAYER EVENING

We are invited to a Prayer Evening on Monday 6th March at 7.00pm in the Prayer Room at St Thomas More School, Tyne Crescent, Bedford. It will take the form of simple reflective prayers and chants from the ecumenical Taize Community in France. All are most welcome.

Friday 3rd March

Proclaim Evangelisation Group  meeting at 7.30 pm at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road. Everyone is very welcome. We will be welcoming ecumenical friends to discuss a possible stall for the 2018  Bedford River Festival.

Wednesday 1st March Lent begins Lents is a time for spiritual renewal.

  • Give Alms
  • Praying
  • Fasting (Self denial)

Ash Wednesday

Ashes will be distributed in every church in Bedford.

FEBRUARY 2017

Saturday 25th February

A Beetle Drive is being held at SS Philip & James Church, Severn Way, starting at 6.30 pm. Tickets are £5 for adults or £10 for a family. Proceeds will go to: ‘Aid to the Church in Need’

 18th February: TABLE TOP SALE
From 9am to Noon, Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP
Stalls £5 per table.
Entry 50p. For info please call Sue on 01234 965497

24th February: TEA DANCE 
From 2pm to 4pm
Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford, MK42 0SP
Entry £3 which includes tea and cake and some lovely music to dance to.

JANUARY 2017

9th January: BIBLE TIMELINE
The Bible Timeline Course 2017 recommences, on 9 th January at Holy Cross, 10th January at Kempston and 11th January at Christ the King. Please see Poster on Notice Board for details.

10th January: Introduction to Church History
A ten week course on Church History will be held at St. Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, beginning on Tuesday 10th January. Please see poster at Holy Cross Church for further information.

12th January: CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION
Next meeting at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road 1.45pm Thursday 12th January. All Grandparents welcome to share experiences and enjoy simple refreshments at our friendly informal meeting.

18th – 24th January: CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from 18th to 24th January 2017, with midweek services at 12.30pm in different churches in Bedford, including St Joseph’s on Tuesday 24th January. Please see noticeboard for full details.

21st January: PREBEND CHARITY CONCERT
In association with the Prebend Day Centre for the Homeless C.R.I.B. Appeal, a concert of classical music will be held on Saturday 21st January at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road. Tickets £10. Online: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk ‘Prebend Charity Concert’ or tel: 07970 751270. See poster in the St Joseph’s Church porch for full details.

21st January: Table Top Sale, Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford. 9am – noon. Entry 50p, children free.Refreshments available.Good parking. For information ring Sue Anstead on 01234 965497.

27th January: Quiz night with Fish and Chip Supper at 7.30pm. Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road, Bedford.Tickets £6.50 includes supper.Bar available or bring your own. For tickets ring – Rachel Kirkham on 01234 314093.

DECEMBER 2016
Holy Cross Christmas Meal If you would like to come along and share a friendly Christmas meal at Holy Cross, the Social Committee will be hosting this event on 10th December at 7.30 p.m. (after the 6.00 p.m. Mass). Tickets will be on sale from Kathy, Simone or Peter O’Flaherty for £5.

NOVEMBER 2016

ANNUAL BEREAVEMENT MASS
For all members bereaved during the last year: 7pm Monday 28th November 2016. Please notify Fr Patrick, at Christ the King Church, of the names of loved ones who have died over the last year. These will be read out at the Mass and there will be an opportunity to light candles in the memory. Everyone is welcome.

“The Salt and Light Project”
This is a weekend, 25th/27th November, run by the Northampton Youth Ministry office for young leaders aged 16+. Visit http://www.nymo.org for further information and see poster at the back of the church.

CHISEN Foundation invites you on Saturday 26th November for a MUSICAL CONCERT featuring Katherine Peddie & the Luton Male Voice Choir at: Church the King Hall – Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP 7.15 – 9pm (Admission is FREE) DON’T MISS IT.

WAY OF MERCY
As the Year of Mercy comes to close on 20th November, the Bedford Lay Associates and Secular groups will present a prayerful PowerPoint presentation of ‘The Way of Mercy’, currently displayed at Westminster Cathedral. The presentation is open to all but particularly to those who, through illness, disability or caring duties were unable to enter a Door of Mercy this year. All are welcome at Holy Cross Parish Centre, Goldington Road on Wednesday 16th November from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. If you require help with transport, please contact Mary Makin on 871759.

BLESSING OF GRAVES
The blessing of graves in November will be as follows: Foster Hill Road and Kempston, today. Norse Road on Sunday 13th November. Each service will begin with prayers near the entrance to the cemetery at 2.30pm followed by the blessing of individual graves. If there is a request to bless any graves in Wootton cemetery then please let one of the priests at St Joseph’s Church know.

SEPTEMBER 2016

The Bible Timeline ‘The Great Adventure’ Course begins 5th; 6th; 7th September 2016

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Session times and Venues as follows:

Mondays: 1.30-3.30, at Holy Cross Church, 355 Goldington Rd, MK41 0DP

Tuesdays: 7.30-9.30pm at Our Lady of Ransom Church, 307 Bedford Rd, Kempston, MK42 8QB

Wednesdays:10.45-12.45 Parish Room,Christ the King, Harrowden Rd, MK42 0SP

The Course Session times and Venues will also be advertised in the Parish Newsletters and Parish Posters

Even when the Course has begun people are welcome to join a session at any of the venues and find out more about the Course. Contact: dympnaconnolly09@gmail.com

AUGUST 2016

28 Aug 5.45 pm,Town Centre shared service, Miracle Church of God
21st August, Zimbabwean Mass, 12.30pm, at Sts Philip and James Church in Bedford.
21 Aug 6 pm, Town Centre shared service, Bunyan Meeting
14 Aug 7 pm, Town Centre shared service, St Cuthbert’s
7 Aug 5.30 pm, Town Centre shared service, St Paul’s

JULY 2016

BEDFORD RIVER FESTIVAL OUTREACH – MEETING – 11 JULY 2016 

Pope Francis is inviting every Catholic to be joyful and confident in their Christian witness. In response, you are welcome to join a group of local Catholics, who will be reaching out to attendees at this year’s River Festival, 16 – 17 July. An information and training evening is being offered by the Bedford Pastoral Area Proclaim Evangelisation Group at Christ the King Church on 11 July in the Parish Room at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. www.catholicbedford.wordpress.com

MARCH 2016

8th March, Meeting of the Proclaim Group at 7.30pm at Christ the King Church, Bedford All Welcome

13th March Taize Candlelight evening of prayer Christ the King Bedford MK42 0SP

15th March Join Bishop Peter at Holy Child and St Josephs for a Penitential Service 7.00pm Individual Confessions will be available

25th March  Bedford Town centre Witness of Faith 12noon Harpur Centre. Bedford

26th March Passion Play in Bedford

If you attended the Bible Time Line meeting  -Have you sent back your  preferred time and Day for the meetings?

COMING SOON – DATES FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD

 24hours for the Lord 4th- 5th March at Sts Phillip and James and Christ The King from noon til noon

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4 thoughts on “Forthcoming Events and Info 2017

  1. I look forward to attending the Bible Timeline which sounds exciting, can you make a place for feedback from those who attend?
    Margaret Inegbedion

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  2. The annual SPUC Youth Conference is a weekend filled with pro-life talks, workshops and many chances to meet other young pro-life people. The aim of the weekend is to bring young pro-life people together, to educate ourselves on the current pro-life issues and to recharge our batteries so that we are ready for the coming year.

    It’s not all work! Every evening, there is a chance to socialise and have some drinks at the bar, watch a film, meet up with old friends and make new ones. On the Saturday night, we have our time-honoured tradition of the conference ceilidh.

    Book here: https://www.spuc.org.uk/get-involved/events/youth-conference-2017

    Who can go?

    You must be aged between 16 and 35 years old to attend the conference. If you are under 18, we require that your parents sign a parental consent form.

    How much does it cost?

    The price of the conference, including all talks, food and accommodation is £100. If you book before 1 January 2017, you can pay a reduced price of £85.

    Those who might need help to pay for the price of the conference can contact Rhoslyn on rhoslynthomas@spuc.org.uk for more information. Please don’t be shy!

    For more information and to book your place, go to https://www.spuc.org.uk/get-involved/events/youth-conference-2017

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