Forthcoming Events and Info

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. 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.

September 2018

Monday 3rd September: PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes from 3rd to 7th September 2018, flying from Stansted, costing £595 per person sharing. Single room supplement is £112 for the duration. Price includes flights and full-board accommodation at the Astoria Hotel. A non-refundable deposit of £100 will be required when booking. Balance due 8 weeks before departure. If interested, please see Canon Seamus for a booking form.

August 2018

Sunday 26th August: CHURCHES TOGETHER SUMMER EVENING SERVICE

 The fifth of five services will be held 6.30 pm at Bunyan Meeting Church in Mill Street.

Friday 24th August: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
This pilgrimage is organised by the Northampton Diocese from 24th to 31st August. Contact Deacon Michael Fleming on 01604 647750 or mvf@btinternet.com if you wish to go.

Wednesday 22nd August: WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
From 22nd to 26th August, Pope Francis will be
visiting Dublin for the World Meeting of Families.
The Northampton diocese Youth Ministry is
inviting young adults aged 16 – 30 years to be part
of this great event. If you are interested and for more
information, please email: fiona@nymo.org or call
01582 720627.

Sunday 19th August: CHURCHES TOGETHER SUMMER EVENING SERVICE

 The fourth of five services will be held 6 pm at St Andrew’s Church in Kimbolton Road.

Sunday 12th August: CHURCHES TOGETHER SUMMER EVENING SERVICE

 The third of five services will be held 5.45 pm at the Miracle Church of God in Christ in Alexandra Road

Sunday 5th August: CHURCHES TOGETHER SUMMER EVENING SERVICE

 The second of five services will be held 5.30 pm at St Paul’s Church in St Paul’s Square

July 2018

29th July – 2nd August: SUMMER CAMP

The Northampton Diocesan Youth Ministry is
organising a Summer Camp for young people aged
11 – 18 years from 29th July to 2nd August at Alton
Castle. For details email Fiona at fiona@nymo.org

Sunday 29th July: CHURCHES TOGETHER SUMMER EVENING SERVICE

 The first of five services will be held 6.30 pm at St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road

Friday 27th July: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall 

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Sunday 22nd July: NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

For details contact Christ the King Church in Harrowden Road.

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July: BEDFORD RIVER FESTIVAL

Please visit our Christian stall, during the River Festival taking place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. It will be located between Russell Park and the Embankment. People from many churches  are involved.

The following invitation is extended to local churches:

Churches are invited to send the following information  for  a website.

We will be giving out a website address from our Christian stall at the Bedford River Festival on July 14th and 15th, so that people can find out more about our local churches.  The website, linked to the stall, will be launched before the River Festival with the address http://www.jesusloveinaction.co.uk  Churches are invited to email the following information, for the website to Hannah at han.l.johnson@gmail.com

 

  • Name of church
  • Denomination
  • Address (including postcode) and telephone number
  • Name of minister
  • Church website address
  • Up to 50 words of introduction to the church
  • Any ways in which the church offers help to the local community
  • Any provision for people new to the church such as Alpha courses
  • A church logo or photo of the building would be helpful but this is not essential.

Due to new data protection regulations, please do not include any names or contact details without the person’s permission. If in doubt it may be best to include contact details for the church office.

 

Saturday 14th July: MISSIO “MISSION ANIMATION DAY” 
This will be held at SS Philip & James Church in Severn Way The day starts at 10.30 am and  will include Mass; inspiring speakers; a FREE
lunch; refreshments; an update on the work
of this papal charity; a chance to speak with
other people involved in this important
missionary work and an opportunity to chat
with Bishop Peter (who is supporting the
initiative). The day – or even just the Vigil
Mass! – is open to everyone and not just
those associated with Missio. We still need:
1) Help with the tea/coffee as people arrive
2) Musicians for the 4.00 p.m. Vigil Mass. In
addition, Fr Kevin Hughes (an experienced
Mill Hill Missionary) will be speaking at all
Masses that weekend and Fr Wayne will be
undertaking a Missio Appeal in another
parish.

The residents of Yarls Wood are “making”
flowers to decorate the Church as a
contribution to the Mission Animation Day Mass.

Sunday 8th July: APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA
On July 8th it is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. The Apostleship of the Sea is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. For more information about its work, visit http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.

Saturday 7th July: CONFIRMANDI BBQ

The newly-confirmed young people  will host a BBQ and
social event from 7 pm (following the Vigil Mass) at Holy Cross in Goldington Road. All are welcome.

Friday 6th July: BARN DANCE WITH  MIKE WOOLDRIDGE

This will be held at Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, on Friday 6 July between  7.30  – 11 pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and  £3 for children. Bring your own food, bar available. Prize for the best barn dance outfit. For information call 01234 965497

Thursday 5th July: MASS AT ST JOHN RIGBY SCHOOL.

This will start at 9.30 am. All are  welcome.

 

Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th July: DELICIOUS JAM

Thanks to the generosity of a friend Fr Wayne has recently returned
from a wonderful holiday in Corsica. Corsica is renowned for its artisan
jams and preserves; produced in small batches using traditional
recipes. Fr Wayne would like to invite you all to try some of these with
fresh bread after Mass on Tuesday, 3rd July (at Holy Cross Church)  and Wednesday, 4th July (at SS Philip & James Church)

Sunday 1st July: CHURCH OPEN

A notice in the newsletter of SS Philip & James Church States: “Having heeded the advice of the police (following several thefts from
the Church) and taken the necessary measures; including wall safes for
candle monies, additional locks on doors, locking the Church etc. our
Church will now be open as before. Thank you for your patience and
understanding whilst such remedial works were carried out, with a big
thank you to our Clerk o’Works, Noel O’Hanlon, for his tremendous
efforts in completing this task in such good time and good order.”

Sunday 1st July: SVP NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE
The SVP is running a National Pilgrimage for the sick to Walsingham on Sunday 1st July. Please contact Mary Frost for details. 

June 2018

Saturday 30th June: SUMMER REFECTION DAY
Talking of Love with tasters in prayer at Turvey Abbey on Saturday 30th June 10.45am – 3.45pm. Booking forms from  admin@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312. Cost of Day: £15 with booking. Bring a packed lunch.

Friday 29th June: SPUC QUIZ

This will be held at Christ the King Church Hall at 7.30 pm. Hearty nibbles provided but bring own drink (cups provided). Teams of up to 6 people, £5 each. Raffle too.

Saturday 23rd June: CHISEN MULTICULTURAL LUNCH

Sat 23rd June from 1 pm-4 pm at Christ the King Church in Harrowden Road. Fantastic food. Live music by Samantha Hughes. All invited. Tickets available after Masses from the Chisen team at Christ the King Church. Please support this event For more information visit http://www.chisenfoundaion.org

Saturday 23rd June: CHRISTIAN STALL AT THE BEDFORD RIVER FESTIVAL – VOLUNTEER TRAINING MORNING

Could you give 2 hours over the course of the Bedford River Festival (taking place between Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th July) to support the Churches in Bedfordshire presence at the festival? This event provides a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of our faith. There is a briefing and training morning on Saturday 23rd June, 10am – 12pm at Priory Methodist Church, 63 Newnham Avenue, Bedford. Everyone is welcome. We ideally need volunteers from each church.

 

Friday 22nd June: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Thursday 21st June: QUIZ

Knights of St Columba Quiz – 21st June
8.00 p.m. at the Meltis Club, Miller Road.
£3.00 admission per person, including
buffet. All funds raised go to charity.

Wednesday 20th June: BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE YEAR 3
We are invited to Holy Cross Parish Hall, Goldington Road,  on Wednesday 20th June at 7.30 pm to register for the above course which starts the first week in September. Also a second new Bible Timeline Course (Year 1) which covers the whole Bible in a single year will begin on Tuesday 4th September 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm at Ss Philip & James church. Contact Sister Dympna for details.

 

Saturday 16th June: DIOCESAN ALTAR SERVERS MASS

All altar servers are invited to an Annual Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter on Saturday 16th June at 12 noon at Northampton Cathedral. Refreshments afterwards. Servers are asked to be at the Cathedral from 11.00 am onwards ready to process into the Cathedral by 11.45 am. Please bring your albs. Please see Canon Seamus if interested.

Saturday 16th June: REFLECTION MORNING
The Bedford Catholic Schools invite staff, parents and friends to a guided reflection morning on Saturday 16th June 10am – 12.30pm at Turvey Abbey. See poster at St Joseph’s Church  for full details.

 

Saturday 16th June: SHARE THE JOURNEY
This is the name given to a campaign for refugees and migrants launched by Pope Francis and sponsored in this country by CAFOD. Those who would like to partake in the walk  are invited either Saturday 16th June at 2.00pm at Riverside Plaza Bridge to walk the Embankment to Russell Park (approx. 1 mile) or Sunday 17th June at 2.00pm at Addison Park, Kempston to walk a circuit of the park. For more information contact St Joseph’s Church. 

Wednesday 13th June: REDEDICATION OF ANNE FRANK TREE

This will take place by the tree in Russell Park, at 11.30 am, and will involve the mayor and local children. It is a contribution to Refugee week (held the following week) and also commemorates Anne Franks birthday on June 12th. For more information visit http://www.brassbedford.org.uk or see below:

Wednesday 13th June
To celebrate the birthday of Anne Frank @ Russell Park, close to Bower Street and Pembroke Street, 11.30am
The Bedford Council of Faiths and Anne Frank Trust have organized Rededication of the Anne Frank Tree in Russell Park by the Mayor of Bedford.
Sunday 17th June
The Higgins Workshop @ Harpur Suite 12.55pm
• Food • Voice Drama • Singing / Music • Poetry
• Art Workshop • Friends of Refugees Choir
• Music in Detention Choir • Language Workshop
Folk Nights & Refugees Week 2018 presents ‘Human Cargo’ @ The Place Theatre, 19.30pm
Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery & Transportation £14.00 Tickets – Free for Refugees & Asylum Seekers.
Monday 18th June
Market Stalls @ Harpur Square 10am till 5pm
Refugee information. Events flyers and Myth busting leaflets will be distributed.
Yarl’s Wood Befrienders AGM followed by Bedford Film Festival presents ‘Human Flow’ @ Quarry Theatre, 19.00 AGM start 20.00 Film start £8 Tickets £6 Concessions
Tuesday 19th June
The Higgins Workshops @ Bedford Central Library
11.00-16.00 The Living library and family orienteering booklet.
Bedford Players Trust presents ‘A Syrian Love Story’. (15) @ The Place 19.00pm start A Film on Syrian Refugees £6.00 Tickets Free for Refugees / Asylum Seekers
Wednesday 20th June
The Higgins Workshop presents The Living library and family orienteering booklet @ Bedford Central Library
11.00am-16.00pm
Workshop about unaccompanied children from Syria
@ The Place Theatre 19.30 start
Phosphoros Theatre presents ‘Dear Home Office: Still Pending’ Written by asylum seeking man and Refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea & Albania. £12.00 Tickets £10.00 – Concessions Free for Refugees / Asylum Seekers

Tuesday 12th June: TALK ON RELIC IMAGE
There will be a talk on the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe this Tuesday at 11.30 am in St Joseph’s church in Midland Road.

Sunday 10th June: FESTIVAL OF SAINTS

Statues from St Francis Cabrini Church, Woburn Road, will be carried through the streets starting at 4 pm. There is a Mass at 5 pm which is followed by games and refreshments.

Saturday 9th June: TABLE TOP SALE

Christ the King Parish Hall, 

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9am to Noon, Entry 50p

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 965497

 

Friday 8th June: HELP NEEDED AT RIVER FESTIVAL STALL

If you may be interested  in helping with any of the following please come to our next meeting, at 7.30 pm, on June 8th.  It will be held at Bunyan Meeting in Mill Street, (It will be in the Harrowden Room and entrance is via the museum foyer) See below, for more information about the following roles: security, safeguarding, logistics, volunteers’ coordinator, tent printed materials, outreach materials, tent programme management, fundraising, evangelisation   and music.

We would also be pleased to hear from you if you may like to help with the stall, for a couple of hours, on Saturday 14th or Sunday 15th July.

Help needed at Bedford River Festival Christian stall 2018

 

Roles List

  1. Security – ensure volunteer safety & two-way radios
  2. Safeguarding VIP – children and vulnerable adults
  3. Logistics – setting up and clean-up, tent and tent plan, lighting, electrics – generator, transportation etc., PA system, waste management, resources delivery etc.
  4. Volunteers’ coordinator / ecumenical liaison – circulate contact list with mobile numbers to all staff / volunteers. Before the event briefing organise and after the event de-briefing organise.
  5. Tent printed materials and multi-media resources
  6. Outreach materials – design promotional material, basic text, logo, distribution of flyers/posters/email/brochures to community
  7. Tent programme creation and management – timeline, on the day briefings to volunteers
  8. Fundraising and sponsorship
  9. Evangelisation / outreach training evening lead + briefing, scripts and protocols
  10. Music

 

Friday 8th June: MASS FOR VOCATIONS
There will be a Mass for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life followed by Rosary & Benediction this Friday in St Joseph’s  Church,Midland Road, at 7.30pm. All are invited to join in prayer for this important intention for our diocese. Refreshments afterwards.

Wednesday 6th June: EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Eucharistic Adoration on June 6th  at 8.00 pm in the Guild Room  of St Joseph’s Church (Midland Road) with intercessory prayer, music, hymns, scripture reflection and silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to spend this time in prayer for one hour and be spiritually refreshed and renewed in the presence of the Lord.

Monday 4th June: MASS AND SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
On Mon. 4th June we welcome Bishop Peter
to our parish family in order that he might
celebrate the Mass of Confirmation for
several of our young people. The Mass,   at Holy Cross Church in Goldington Road at 7 pm,  is open to everyone and all are
welcome. Please hold those who are to
receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in
your prayers that they might daily grow in
friendship with Jesus Christ and in loving
relationship with His Catholic Church. We
extend our appreciation to the catechists
who assisted in the formation of these young
people, to Kathy Goodwin who arranged
refreshments at each meeting and to
everyone who made the candidates so
welcome at the Vigil Mass.

Sunday 3rd June: HEALING SERVICE

This will be held after the 6.30 pm Mass at St Joseph’s, Midland Road, on June 3rd.

Sunday 3rd June: CORPUS CHRISTI

A notice in the Christ The King newsletter states : “ON SUNDAY 3rd JUNE We celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ. After the 10am Mass we form a procession to honour the Blessed Sacrament, leading from the church, around the grounds and returning back into the church for Benediction. This procession is for the whole congregation to take part. Please do join in the procession, rather than being a spectator!”

Saturday 2nd June: FAREWELL
Sadly, we have to say farewell to Fr Roy as the Bishop has asked him to be Priest in Charge of St Bernardine Parish, Buckingham. He will be taking up his duties there on 2nd June after almost four years at St Joseph’s, Bedford and Our Lady’s, Kempston.  Envelopes will be available if you wish to make a donation as a leaving gift to him.Fr Roy will celebrate his last Mass at St Joseph’s Church on Friday 1st June at 10.45 am.

Saturday 2nd June: FAMILY CATECHISM DAY With Fatima Devotions

This will be held at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Saturday 2nd June from 10 am – 2.30 pm. It will include: Rosary, Confessions, Traditional Mass and catechism for children and adults. ALL WELCOME 

 

Friday 1st June: CHARITY GOLF DAY
The SS Philip & James Charity Golf Day this year takes place on Friday 1st June at Mowsbury Golf Club, Bedford in aid of Bedford Food Bank and Tibbs Dementia Foundation, Bedford. Sponsorship is needed so if you can help please contact the number below. Entry forms for playing and or attending the dinner are now available. Full details of the event is on the poster on several church noticeboards. Contact Mike Chappell on 07973 703340.

Friday 1st June: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS DONATE FOOTBALL KIT TO CHILDREN IN SAN SALVADOR

This is the headline on page 16 of the June edition of Bedford Borough Bulletin which goes on to say that: ” Students and families from St John Rigby Primary and St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s Primary of the Bedford Catholic Schools, have donated football boots, trainers and kit to children in the poor communities of Soyapango, San Salvador with the charity Avoca.”

May 2018

Sunday 27th May:  MEET YOUR PRAYER PARTNER!

A notice in the Christ The King newsletter says: “If you have been praying for a Holy Communion child this year and have not yet met him/her, please come to the front after Mass today (Sunday) and if possible, you will be introduced.”

Sunday 27th May:  INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DAY

This will be held in Russell Park, starting at 10 am, on Sunday 27th May. For more information visit http://www.pbic.co.uk

Saturday 26th May: PRO-LIFE MASS

A Mass for the work of the pro-life movement will be celebrated  at St Joseph’s, Midland Road, at  2 pm on 26th May.

Friday 25th May: MASS IN KEYSOE

Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Keysoe, on Friday 25th May at 7 pm.

Friday 25th May: AFTERNOON TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Sunday 20th May: PENTECOST SERVICE

We are invited to an ecumenical service for Pentecost at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road Kempston,  at 4 pm on May 20th.

 

 

Sunday 20th May: PENTECOST PRAISE IN BEDFORD PARK

This will be held near the café in Bedford Park, at 3 pm, on Sunday 20th May. People from many churches will attend.  Worship will be led by Daniel Brown and the guest speaker is George Verwer (from Operation Mobilisation) We are invited to bring a picnic beforehand.

Sunday 20th May: MAY PROCESSION

This will take place at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Sunday 20 May at 3 pm followed by refreshments. On Sat 19 May at 10 am, there will be a rehearsal in the hall to run through what will be happening and to choose who will crown Our Lady’s statue. All children, especially Holy Communion candidates, are invited to attend.

19th and 20th May: PENTECOST WEEKEND

A notice in the newsletter of Christ The King states:

Let us make it a celebration of Catholic diversity. Please wear your national dress to Mass that day, and bring food with international flavour to share in the Hall after the 10am Mass on Pentecost Sunday. Be prepared to pray the bidding prayers in other languages. Rejoice in the gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Saturday 19th May: NEW  INITIATIVE 
Brenden Thompson (who works for Catholic
Voices) is to spend a day at Holy Cross and SS Philip & James.
He will explore his devotion to Our
Lady and speak about a new initiative he is
pioneering in the Church (“Signs of
Life“). The format of the day is:
9:10 a.m. – Morning Prayer at P&J
9:30 a.m. – Votive Mass of Our Lady of
Guadalupe at P&J
10:00 a.m. – Confession slot at P&J
10:00 a.m. – Spiritual Talk, Holy Rosary and
Divine Mercy Chaplet led by Brendan at P&J
11:00 a.m. – Refreshments at P&J
12:00 noon – Confession slot at HC
4:00 p.m. – Spiritual Address for
Confirmandee at HC
6:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass at HC; talk by Brendan
7:00 p.m. – Refreshments at HC
All of the above is open to everyone! Please
try to support this initiative within our
community and thus offer
encouragement to a young man pioneering a
new initiative within the Church.

Saturday 12th May: BISHOP PETER’S PASTORAL VISIT

Our bishop will be visiting Christ the King, Harrowden Road, over the weekend 12/13 May.

Saturday 12th May: TABLE TOP SALE

Christ the King Parish Hall,

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9am to Noon, Entry 50p

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 965497

 

Friday 11th May: CHRISTIAN STALL AT  RIVER FESTIVAL

People from many churches are working together to develop a Christian Stall at Bedford River Festival. You are very welcome to join us. Our next meeting is on Friday 11th May, at 7.30 pm, at Priory Church in Newnham Avenue

 

Sunday 6th May: POLISH HERITAGE DAY

 

Polish Heritage Day – 6th of May 2018

We would like to invite you to celebrate Polish Heritage during an event organized by the Polish British Integration Centre  at the Harpur Suite on the 6th of May 2018.

The event is a part of a bigger, nationwide initiative by The Polish Embassy in London to establish a Polish Day in the United Kingdom.

This year’s theme is 100th years of Polish Independence. It was on the 11th of November 1918 when Poland after 120 years of  non-existence restored its sovereignty. It’s an important year for all Poles and the Polish British Integration Centre helps to commemorate these dates and to make it possible for us to celebrate together as well as share our heritage with the Bedford Community.

On the 6th of May 2018 a Polish Flag will fly from Town Hall.

Celebrations will start at 10 am with a Mass at St. Cuthbert’s  Church (Polish church in Bedford in Mill Street) followed by a traditional Polish dance ( at 11 am at Bedford Town Square). We invite you to take part.Come and join us.

 

Saturday 5th May: FAMILY CATECHISM DAY

With Fatima Devotions at Christ the King on Saturday 5th May from 10 am – 2.30 pm. Including Rosary, Confessions, Traditional Mass and catechism for children and adults. ALL WELCOME

 

 

Friday 4th May: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL EVENING
An International Social Evening will be held in St Framcis Cabrini  Church Hall, Woburn Road,  on Friday 4th May at 7.30pm in aid of the parish project at St Josephs’s . All the different ethnic groups in St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s  will be invited to bring some of their dishes, hot or cold for a buffet style meal. We also hope to have music from the different countries playing while we taste and share the different dishes. The entrance fee for the evening will be £5 and a list to sign up for the meal will be made available soon. Put the date in your diary now.

 

Wednesday 2nd May: INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOP
An Instrumental Workshop by the Royal School of Church Music will be held in St Joseph’s church, Midland Road,  on Wednesday 2nd May 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm. Instrumentalists and singers equally welcome. The evening is free for those who are parishioners. Full details on the church noticeboard.

 

Tuesday 1st May: Churches Together in Bedfordshire

Churches Together in Bedfordshire meets at Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, at 6.30 pm. The speaker is Luke Larner (described as: biker, church pioneer, bricklayer and ragamuffin chaplain)

 

Tuesday 1st May: MAY IS OUR LADY’S MONTH

Come and see the lovely new DVD film series filmed in the great shrines to Our Lady, and learn more about her life and how she helps us draw closer to God. For 5 Tuesday mornings in May – at 10.30 a.m. in Patrick Donegan Room at Christ the King, Harrowden Road,  – on May 1st, 8th,15th,22nd and 29th . With coffee and cake : and film and prayer, ending at 11.30 a.m. All Welcome.

 

April 2018

Friday 27th April : VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

 

Sunday 22nd April: CAKE SALE
Cake sale coming up on Sunday 22nd April after all the Masses in St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s  again in aid of the parish project. Donation of cakes gratefully received. Ready, steady, bake!

Saturday 21st April:  CLASSIC CATHOLIC EDUCATION ACADEMY

Kari Beckman is coming to Christ the King, Harrowden Road,  from United States to give a talk about the spread of Regina Caeli Academy on Saturday 21st April, 10.30am to 2.30pm. This will be a most interesting presentation for all parents and teachers interested in authentic Catholic Education. 

 

Friday 20th April: CHRISTIAN STALL AT RIVER FESTIVAL

Interested in sharing your faith at the Bedford River Festival?
 

The Bedford River Festival is one of the largest free events in Europe. Come and join representatives from a large number of local churches to share the joy of your Faith in Jesus Christ. The next meeting is on Friday 20th April at 7.30 pm at Three Rivers Church, 90 Denmark Street, Bedford. MK40 3TJ. Everyone is very welcome. 

 

Thursday 19th April:KSC QUIZ
The next KSC Quiz is this Thursday at 8.00 pm in the Meltis Club, Miller Road. Admission £3 per person, which includes a Buffet Supper. Come as an individual or as a part of a team. All funds raised in aid of chosen charities.

 

Tuesday 17th April: DVD ON OUR LADY
A five session DVD course on Mary will be run at
Our Lady’s, Bedford Road Kempston, starting on Tuesday 17th
April at 7.30pm and continuing each week until
Tuesday 15th May. It is an exploration of the life of
Mary filmed on location in the Holy Land,
Ephesus, Walsingham and elsewhere, with input
from experts and testimonies by various people.
The course book provided includes discussion
questions and prayer reflection guides. All
welcome to come and share how Mary helps us to
be filled with God.

Sunday 15th April: MISSION IN BEDFORD

Members of  St Francis Cabrini Church will be in All Hallows, at 1 pm, each Sunday until May 13th. It includes music, singing and dancing and involves people of all ages.

Saturday 14th April: THE WHY? COURSE

Come and discover Catholic answers to the big questions. Three sessions in  the Patrick Donegan room (Portacabin) at Christ the King, 3pm to 4pm on Saturdays 14th , 21st & 28th April. Free cakes, snacks & drinks. This course is for all, including parents of First Holy Communion children, Confirmation Candidates and their parents, and everyone interested in digging deeper into what we Catholics really believe: Why God? Why Christ? Why the Church? (Catholic Truth Society publication presented by members of our Legion of Mary.)

Saturday 14th April: SVP COFFEE MORNING
Our local SVP Conference invites us to a Coffee Morning on 14th April after the 10.45am Mass in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  in support of the Young Vincentians programme and children’s holiday camps. All are welcome.

 

Saturday 14th April: TABLE TOP SALE

Christ the King Parish Hall,

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9am to Noon, Entry 50p

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 965497

 

Friday 13th April: PARISH QUIZ
The postponed Parish Quiz will be held on 13th April  at 7.30pm in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, in aid of the  parish project. Tickets on sale  at £3. Come and exercise those little grey cells!

Sunday 8th April: TEA AND WORSHIP
All are invited to a united service at Priory church, Newnham Avenue.  on Sunday 8th April which follows on from a joint Lent course shared with friends from St Mary’s and Holy Cross. There will be  a bring-and-share tea at 5pm, followed by worship in the Small Hall at 6pm. You do not need to have attended the course, so do come and enjoy fellowship and an informal service.

Sunday 8th April: DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
The feast of Divine Mercy is when we remember and celebrate the great mercy shown us in Christ. There will be an afternoon of prayer and devotion in St Joseph’s, Midland Road,  starting at 2.45pm with the blessing of the Divine Mercy Image followed by the 3 O’clock Prayer, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and Consecration Prayer. Confessions are available afterwards. All are welcome to this time of prayer seeking God’s mercy and help.

 

Sunday 8th April: SECURITY
A notice in the newsletter of SS Philip & James says: “The church has been targeted again by thieves and ne’er-do-wells. Reluctantly Fr Wayne has decided to keep the church locked except for services and special occasions. Security is being reviewed,
police advice has been received and together we will decide appropriate action. CCTV (as at St Josephs’ Church) is one option.”

 

Saturday 7th April: FAMILY CATECHISM  DAY

With Fatima devotions, this will be held at Christ the King on April 7th between 10 am – 2.30 pm. It will include Rosary, Confessions, Traditional Mass and catechism for children and adults. All are welcome

March 2018

Saturday 31st March: UNIQUE PASCHAL CANDLES

Thank you to Sarah Janavicius (Artist-in-Residence) for preparing a beautiful and unique Paschal candle for both Holy Cross and St Philip and James Church

 

Friday 30th March: GOOD FRIDAY WITNESS

An ecumenical service will take place in Harpur  Square (next to the library) at midday on Good Friday (March 30th) Hundreds of people from many churches usually attend. It provides a chance to hear gifted speakers and musicians from other churches. Also it is an excellent opportunity to communicate a Christian message in the centre of Bedford. If you would like to help with stewarding, set up or serving refreshments at Bunyan Meeting church afterwards please email Simon at simon.mushonga@threeriversbedford.uk

 

Thursday 29th March: CHRISM MASS

We are invited to the Chrism Mass on Thursday 29th March  in
Northampton Cathedral, Kingsthorpe Road, NN2
6AG at 11.00am, followed by refreshments in the
Barretts Club. At the Mass the priests will renew
their priestly promises and the Bishop will bless the
sacred oils that will be used in the celebration of the
sacraments throughout the year.

 

Monday 26th March: TAIZE STYLE PRAYER

This will be held at 7 pm, in the Prayer Room, at St Thomas More School in Tyne Crescent.

Sunday 25th March: PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION

Please join our Palm Sunday Procession which will include a real donkey. We will meet outside the Goldington branch of Tesco, at 2.30 pm, on Sunday 25th March. Please look out for our donkey – which will be not far from the entrance. 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. Everyone is very welcome.

  A photo of this Palm Sunday Procession can now be seen on the front of the Bedford Times & Citizen dated 29th March 2019. The digital edition can be found if you google:  Bedford Times and Citizen

Friday 23rd March: PASSOVER SUPPER

The Jewish Passover Supper will be celebrated in
its fulfilment by Jesus at the Last Supper on Friday
23rd March at 7.00pm in Christ the King Parish
Hall. We are invited to experience the symbolic
power and richness of the Jewish Passover and its
fulfilment at the very first Easter. The evening is
joyful, prayerful and will include some very
interesting food.

 

Friday 23rd March: BISHOP’S VISITATION

As part of Bishop’s Peter Visitation to the
Pastoral Area he is to hold an open meeting
of the Pastoral Area Council in SS Philip & James Church, Severn Way, on 23rd
March at 7.00 p.m. Anyone interested to
hear what Bishop Peter has to say is welcome
to attend the meeting.

 

Friday 23rd March: VINTAGE TEA

You can enjoy tea, cake and dancing in the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road,  between 2-4 pm. For details call 01234 404563

Friday 23rd March: MASS IN KEYSOE

Fr Roy will be celebrating Mass in St Mary’s Church of England church in Keysoe on Friday  23rd March at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 

Monday 19th – Friday 23rd March: EASTER STORY TRAIL

 

PRIORY METHODIST CHURCH, NEWNHAM AVENUE,

WILL BE HOSTING THE TRAIL FROM 19TH – 23RD MARCH

The church will be transformed to recreate the main scenes of the first Easter

During the week, around 400 children will be guided round the trail with a story teller and the events in Jerusalem will be brought to life for them. Photos of the Easter Story Trail can be seen if you google: Churches Together in Bedfordshire

 

Please pray for this undertaking; for all involved but especially for the children and teachers who follow the trail.

 

OPEN SESSIONS

These are opportunities for adults and young people to visit the trail, either with a story teller or just to follow the trail by yourself. This is a powerful way to help us to prepare for Holy Week.

Open sessions are as follows; just come along.

MONDAY 19TH                                   6.30pm –8.00pm                     Guide yourself

TUESDAY 20TH                         7.00pm                                    Tour with story teller

WEDNESDAY 21ST                    10.00am                                  Tour with story teller

WEDNESDAY 21ST                          6.30pm – 7.30pm                    Guide yourself

THURSDAY 22ND                      12pm – 1.00pm                       Guide yourself

 

 

 

Sunday 18th March: SEMINARIAN

The following is in the Christ the King newsletter:

Tanner Carlile is a seminarian who attends the 8.30am Mass with his parents at Christ the King, Bedford. He is asking for help with tuition and personal expenses in pursuing his religious vocation, one of the reasons being is that the community that he is joining as a priest hasn’t got the resources a Diocese would. For more information there is a poster about him in the Church porch, Any donations can be forwarded by way of Father Patrick or to Tanner’s parents. Thank you.

 

Saturday 17th March: LATEST NEWS

This is in the Holy Cross newsletter:

Our Diocese would like to keep you up to
date with the latest information from
Bishop Peter, the curial departments, our
Catholic Cathedral in Northampton and our
whole diocese. Each month you can receive
this information through an e-newsletter. To
subscribe simply visit the diocesan
website http://www.northamptondiocese.org and
enter your email address in the box in the
top right hand corner of the page.

 

 

Saturday 17th March: PAPAL HONOUR
We are delighted that Bernard
Waddingham, in recognition of all his
service to the Church, has been appointed a
Knight of St. Gregory. Amongst his roles,
Bernard has been Treasurer for Holy Cross,
a member and chairman of the Stewardship
Committee for Together in Faith,
Treasurer (for 36 years) of the Catholic
Union of Great Britain (a body which
advises Parliament) and Treasurer of the
Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Bishop Peter
will present Bernard with his insignia at a
Mass at Holy Cross on Saturday 17th March
at 11.00 a.m.  All are welcome to attend. We send
Bernard best wishes and congratulations.

Saturday 17th March: Irish Dance

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road, from 7.30 pm. Music will be provided by Malachy and Sam Hughs. For information and tickets call 01234 965497

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Wednesday 14th March: CURRY NIGHT

A Curry Night has been arranged for Wednesday 14th March at the Indiya Restaurant, The Broadway, Bedford, 7.00pm for 7.15pm in aid of the parish project at St Joseph’s church. The cost is £15 per person with £2 of that as a donation to our charity. A non-Indian main course also available. Please place your name and telephone number on the sheet at the back of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  if you wish to attend.

 

Wednesday 14th March: YEAR REUNION

A notice in St Joseph’s church newsletter states:

My ordination year of 1980 is having a
re-union here in St Joseph’s this
Wednesday with the celebration of Mass
at 12 noon. You are welcome to join us
and pray for more priestly vocations.

Sunday 11th March: CHURCH SECURITY ENHANCED

We are sorry to hear that SS Philip & James church was broken into. A notice in the church newsletter states:

The church was broken into last weekend and several rooms were
ransacked by person or persons unknown. Several items of
monetary value were taken, though no items of more-important
spiritual value. The Tabernacle was undisturbed. On advice we
have reluctantly decided to lock the church, outside of liturgies,
until security is enhanced (which should be this week). The work
of our worshiping community goes on in defiance of this outrage!

 

Saturday 10th March: TABLE TOP SALE

This will be held in the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road,  between 9 am and Noon. Entry is 50p and refreshments are available. For information call 01234 965497

Saturday 10th March: LENT DAY OF REFLECTION

This will be held at SS Philip & James, Severn Way, and will include:

12:00pm – Angelus – Blessing of new icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Holy Rosary – Divine Mercy

1:00pm – Bring and Share Lunch

2:00pm – Stations of the Cross

3:15pm – Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Confession

4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfils Sunday Obligation)

5:00pm – Laetare Sunday Refreshments!

All welcome

 

Friday 9th March: CHRISTIAN STALL AT BEDFORD RIVER FESTIVAL

A meeting about the proposed stall will be held at the Miracle Church of God, 36-38 Alexandra Road, Bedford. MK40 1JB on Friday 9th March at 7.30 pm. All are welcome to attend. This provides a fantastic opportunity to work ecumenically to share the joy of our faith! 
Wednesday 7th March: FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CANDIDATES MASS
 There is to be Mass in Holy Cross, Goldington Road, at 7:00pm for First Holy
Communion Candidates. Mass is open to everyone and you are all
welcome and encouraged to attend and support our children. At
each stage of the Mass, Fr Wayne will describe what is taking place
for the benefit of the children (of every age, 7 to 77) so expect this
to last a tad longer than normal
Sunday 4th March: HEALING SERVICE
  There will be a short  service after the 6.30 pm Mass on March 4th at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, to pray for healing and strength.

3rd and 4th March: Bishop Peter Visitation

Bishop Peter will visit Christ the King Church  this weekend.

Friday 2nd March: PARISH QUIZ

A quiz in aid of the parish project will be held in the Guild Room of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  at 7.30 pm on March 2nd. Tickets are £3.

February 2018

24th and 25th February: Bishop Peter Visitation

Bishop Peter will visit SS Philip & James this weekend.

Friday 23rd February: Vintage Tea

Tea, cake and dancing are on offer in the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road, between 2 – 4 pm. Admission is £3. For information call 01234 404563

Friday 23rd February: LENTEN SOUP LUNCHES

Each Friday during Lent at 12.30pm there will be a Lenten Soup Lunch, beginning on Friday 23rd February, in Our Lady’s Meeting Room,  Bedford Road in Kempston, in aid of the work of CAFOD.

Wednesday 21st February: LENT TALKS

The Bedford Town Centre Churches are presenting a series of talks during Lent on the theme: Christ Though Culture. The talks are each Wednesday beginning on 21st February from 1.10pm to 2.00pm in Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street. All are most welcome to attend.

 

Sunday 18th February: STATIONS OF THE CROSS

There will be Stations of the Cross every Sunday during Lent beginning on  18th February at 4.00pm in St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s. Please try to attend as part of your Lenten practice. In this prayerful devotion we meditate on the passion and death of Christ.

Saturday 17th: AFTERNOON OF REFLECTION

This event, organised by the District SVP, will be held at SS Philip & James in Severn Way. It will include:

2:00pm – Stations of the Cross

3:15pm – Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Confession

4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfils Sunday Obligation)

5:00pm – Lent Refreshments!

All welcome

Sunday 11th February: ALLELUIA BANNER BURIED AT HOLY CROSS

After Mass on 11th Feb, we buried the
Alleluia Banner created by First Holy
Communion candidates! Thanks to all who
created the banner, dug the hole in the
Church grounds, to our young people for
their singing of Alleluia chants and to all who
participated in the solemn burial. Photos on
parish website. Watch where the banner was
planted (it is marked); a miracle will take
place there! Where the banner is planted
often daffodils emerge; closely associated
with death and rebirth and thus with the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ. See photos on page 12 of March Vine

Sunday 11th February: ANOINTING OF THE SICK
On 11th February, it  is the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated at 4.00pm in St Joseph’s, Midland Road,  for those who wish to receive it.

 

Saturday 10th February: TABLE TOP SALE

This will be held in the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road, between 9 am and noon. Entry is 50p. Refreshments available. For details telephone 01234 965497

Friday 9th February: EASTER STORY TRAIL

This year Priory Church, Newnham Avenue, will host the trail between 19th and 23rd March. They are almost fully booked with groups from local schools and their uniformed groups. There will be a meeting at Priory on Friday 9th February at 7.30 pm for anyone interested in being a story teller, taking groups of children round the trail. They will also need  volunteers to greet the children and their teachers, provide refreshments and  help with worksheets as each class goes round in two separate groups.

Saturday 3rd February: FAMILY CATECHISM DAYS WITH FATIMA DEVOTIONS

The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), who say the Latin Masses, will be running Family Catechism Days at Christ the King on Saturdays 3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May and 2 June from 10 am – 2.30 pm. These will include Rosary, Confessions, Traditional Mass and catechism for children and adults.

Friday 2nd February: FLOWER FESTIVAL

The festival will be in St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square,  between 10 am – 4 pm on February 2nd and 3rd and between 2 – 4 pm on February 4th. Admission is £2.50 (children under 16 free entry) One of the displays is from St Joseph’s Church. A Candlemas Choral Evensong will start at 5.30 pm on February 4th.

Friday 2nd February: MEETING ABOUT CHRISTIAN STALL AT RIVER FESTIVAL

Interested in sharing the joy of your faith at the Bedford River Festival?
 
A team of Christians from churches across the Bedford area will be meeting on Friday 2nd February in the Holt Room at St Andrew’s Church, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend. standrewsbedford.org – Parish Church Bedford – 01234 216881  Address: Kimbolton Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2PF

 

JANUARY 2018

Sunday 28th January: SURPLUS GIFT SALE

This sale is in aid of the parish project. It will be held in the Guild Room  of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, after all Masses.

Friday 26th January: QUIZ NIGHT

This event is in the hall of Christ The King, Harrowden Road, at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7 which includes a fish and chip supper. A bar is available. Telephone 01234 965497 for details.

26th January: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

If this sound like your cup of tea come along to the hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Friday 26th January. Admission is £3. You can enjoy tea, cake and dancing. For details call 01234 404563.

Sunday 21st January: BISHOP VISITS ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH

Bishop Peter will speak at all the Masses at St Joseph’s, Midland Road, on 21st January. There is the opportunity to meet him, in the Guild Room, at 3.30 pm.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends Thursday 25th January (services are listed below)

Thursday 25th January at 12.30 pm

Kempston East Methodist Church, 227 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 8DA

Drinks and biscuits will be provided after the service. Please bring sandwiches.

Wednesday 24th January at 12.30 pm

The Miracle Church of God in Christ, 36 – 38 Alexandra Rd, Bedford, MK40 1JB

Sandwiches, tea and coffee will be provided after the service.

Tuesday 23rd January at 12.30 pm

Wesleyan Holiness Church, Offa Road, Bedford, MK42 9HZ

Drinks and biscuits will be provided after the service. Please bring sandwiches.

Monday 22nd January at 12.30 pm

Salvation Army, Bedford Congress Hall, Commercial Road, Bedford, MK40 1NY

Drinks and biscuits will be provided after the service. Please bring sandwiches.

Sunday 21st January at 6pm

Priory Methodist Church, 63 Newnham Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9QJ

Our Speaker will be Rev Kelvin Woolmer (Priest Missioner at St Peter’s Church)

Saturday 20th January at 12.30 pm

Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU

Drinks and biscuits will be provided after the service. Please bring sandwiches.

Friday 19th January at 12.30 pm

Saints Philip & James Church, Severn Way, Brickhill, Bedford, MK41 7BX

Drinks and biscuits will be provided after the service. Please bring sandwiches.

Thursday 18th January at 12.30 pm

Bedford Quakers, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY

A simple lunch will be provided – for a donation if able

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts Thursday 18th January (Services are listed above)

 

 

 

 

 

13th January: TABLE TOP SALE

This will be held in the hall of Christ The King Church, Harrowden Road, between 9 am and Noon. Entry is 50p and refreshments are available. For information call 01234 965497.

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

Tuesday 9th January: BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE

 The spring term for this course begins on January 9th, 7 – 9 pm, at Holy Cross in Goldington Road.  There may be information on your church noticeboard.

 

Monday 8th January: ST MATTHEW’S GOSPEL COURSE

The spring term for this course begins on Mon 8th;
Tues 9th and Wed 10th January. Session times are:
Mondays: 1.30pm-3.30pm at Holy Cross Church.
Tuesdays: 7.00pm-9.00pm at Our Lady’s,
Kempston. Wednesdays: 10.45am-12.45pm in the
Parish Room, Christ the King Church. There may be information on your church noticeboard.

 

 

Sunday 7th January: EPIPHANY BLESSING OF OUR HOMES

    In this Year of Prayer and Vocation the Diocese wishes to draw our attention to the ancient tradition of blessing our homes at Epiphany. At Holy Cross and SS Philip & James blessed chalk will be distributed at the end of Mass for people to take home. Instruction will be found in the newsletters.

Saturday 6th January: LATIN MASS FOR THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY

This will take place at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, at 11 am. All are welcome.

Thursday 4th January: ST JOHN RIGBY SCHOOL VISITS HOLY CROSS

The school will visit Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, for Mass at 1.45 pm. You are welcome to attend the Mass.

Wednesday 3rd January: EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

A time to pray and reflect on the mystery of Christmas is offered in the Guild Room of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  between 8 – 9 pm on January 3rd. There will be hymns, chants, music, scripture reading and shared prayer. All are  invited. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday 1st January: MASS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

The Mass on New Year’s Day will be celebrated at SS Philip & James, Severn Way,  at midday. We will bless both our  our parish families.

DECEMBER 2017

Sunday 31st December: ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

This will be held  on New Year’s Eve at Holy Cross, Goldington Road, starting  at 6 pm.  It will  be led by Deacon Crispin and will be followed by refreshments.

Saturday 23rd December: MASS WITH CHRISTINGLE

This is suitable for all the family and will be held at SS Philip & James Church, Severn Way, at 9.30 am

Friday 22nd December: CHRISTMAS CONCionulatERT

Enjoy festive entertainment from multi-talented parishioners in the Guild Room of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 and proceeds are in aid of the parish project for Fr Boniface. Refreshments are included.

Wednesday 20th December: SS Philip & James has a parish secretary

Congratulations to Maria Quinlan as she takes up her post as parish secretary at SS Philip & James. Maria will work on Wednesdays between 10 am and 2 pm and can be contacted by telephone on 01234 352607 or by email at sspandjparishsecretary@gmail.com

Wednesday 20th December: ADVENT PEN ITENTIAL LITURGY 

This will take place at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, at 7.30 pm. During the liturgy there will be an opportunity to individually celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Three priests will be available.

Monday 18th December: BOOK WRAPPING PARTY

The second opportunity to be part of this outreach project will take place at SS Philip & James Church, Severn way, at 10.30 am.  Refreshments will be provided.

17th December: Carols by Candlelight

All are welcome to Holy Cross, Goldington Road, at 4 pm to reflect on the meaning of some favorite carols and to sing along . Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Sunday 17th December: CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

This will be held at Our Lady’s , Bedford Road, Kempston  between 1.30 – 3.30 pm. For details, contact Our Lady’s or St Joseph’s Church.

17th December: BAMBINELLI SUNDAY

Bring baby Jesus crib figures for a blessing at the 10 am Mass at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Sunday 17th December.

16th December: ADVENT REFLECTION DAY

It will be held at Turvey Abbey, on Saturday 16th December between 10.15 am – 3.15 pm. Bring a packed lunch a £10 donation on the day.

12th December: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE FEAST DAY MASS

We are invited to celebrate Our Lady’s Feast Day at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on Tuesday 12th December at 7.30  pm. The Mass celebrant is Fr Jeremy Davies. and aaRefreshments will be provided afterwards.

11th December: ADVENT PRAYERS WITH TAIZE CHANTS

There is an opportunity to gather and pray with our local community in the Prayer Room at St Thomas More School, Tyne Crescent, on Monday 11th December at 7 pm.

10th December: TAIZE EVENING PRAYER WITH CANDLE-LIGHT

This will take place at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Sunday 10th December at 6 pm.

 

10th December: CAROL SERVICE IN BEDFORD PARK

Several churches are taking part in a carol service (near the cafe) in Bedford Park, at 3.30 pm, on Sunday 10th December. This has been arranged by Hope Bedfordshire.

9th December: MUSICAL EVENING

Join the Chisen Foundation for a fundraising musical evening on  Saturday 9th December between 7.15 – 9.15 pm. This will be held in Christ the King Hall in Harrowden Road. Tickets are £5 or free for children.

9th December: REFRESHMENT IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

A Spiritual Day of Refreshment in the Holy Spirit is being held at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on Saturday 9th December between 12..15 pm – 4 pm. It will be led by Sr Josephine. Please bring a packed lunch.

6th December: CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

Nearly 70 decorated trees will be on display at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square,  between December 6th – 10th. Christ the King Church is among those participating. It is open between midday – 4 pm on Sunday and between 10 am – 5 pm on other days.

3rd December: ADVENT ECUMENICAL SERVICE

It will be held at All Saints Church, Kempston, on Sunday 3rd December  at 4 pm.

3rd December: FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

This will be held in Christ the King Church hall, Harroden Road, between 2 – 5 pm on Sunday 3rd December. Father Christmas will attend  and there will be an entertainer, party games.and refreshments. Tickets are £5 per family.

3rd December: PRESENT WRAPPING

As part of the Parish Forum initiative books are being wrapped to give away at Christmas. Anyone with an hour or two to spare is invited to the parish room at SS Philip & James, Severn Way, on Sunday 3rd  December at 2 pm.

2nd December: CHRISTMAS FAYRE

It will be held in the hall at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Saturday 2nd December between 1 pm and 3 pm

1st December: VOCATIONS MASS

A Mass for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life will be celebrated on Friday 1st December at SS Philip & James Church in  Severn Way. It will begin with Rosary and Exposition at 7 pm and the Mass will be at 7.30 pm. Refreshments will follow. We currently have 8 seminarians for our diocese.

 

NOVEMBER 2017

24th November: VINTAGE TEA AFTERNOON 

This popular monthly event will be held in the Hall of Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, on Friday 24th November between 2 – 4 pm

23rd November: 6TH FORM OPEN EVENING ST THOMAS SECONDARY

This will be held at the school, in Tyne  Crescent, on Thursday 23rd November between 6 – 8.30 pm

20th November: DIVINE RENOVATION

Elizabeth Ridley will lead a group in prayerfully pondering the vision of the church laid out by Fr James Mallon in his book “Divine Renovation bringing your parish from Maintenance to Mission”. This will take place at Holy Cross in Goldington Road, at 8 pm, on the following Mondays: 20th and 27th November; 4th, 11th and 18th December.   Michael Harrington will lead a group at SS Philip & James, Severn Way,  at 2 pm on these dates: 14th, 18th, 21st 25th and 28th November; 2nd, 9th and 16th December.  All are welcome.

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.

13th November: ANNUAL MASS FOR BEREAVED

This Mass will take place at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Roafd, on Monday 13th November at 7 pm.

12th NOVEMBER: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE

Please join us for a short (20 minute) service by the war memorial on Goldington Green, starting at 10.45 am, on Sunday 12th November. This has been arranged by Goldington Churches Together – which Holy Cross Church is linked to.

5th and 12th NOVEMBER: BLESSING OF GRAVES

The blessing of graves in the month of November will be as follows: Foster Hill Road on Sunday 5th November, Norse Road and Kempston on Sunday 12th November. Each service will begin with prayers near the entrance to the cemetery at 2.30 pm followed by the blessing of individual graves.

 

SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER: HARVEST DANCE

A Harvest 50/60s dance will be held in  Christ The King Church Hall, Harrowden Road,  at 7.30 pm on Saturday 4th November. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children.

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 are pleased to say that our application for a stall has been successful. All are welcome to attend the meeting. We are open to all ideas and suggestions and want it to be ecumenical. The idea of a Christian stall at Bedford River Festival is supported by all the Churches Together groups in Bedford.

WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER: NEW BUILDING AT CHRIST THE KING

There is an article about a new building at Christ the King Church, on page 10 of the November issue of The Vine.

WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER: OPEN EVENING

This will be held at St John Rigby Primary School, Polhill Avenue, between 6-8 pm on Wednesday 1st November

WEDNESDAY 1st NOVEMBER: ALL SAINTS DAY MASS

There will be a Mass at St Thomas More School, Tyne Crescent,  at 8.20 am on Wednesday 1st November.

OCTOBER 2017

29th October: A FESTIVAL SERVICE CELEBRATING 500 YEARS OF REFORMATION AND RENEWAL

Bedford Town Centre Churches have arranged a festival service celebrating 500 years of Reformation and Renewal of the church over the centuries, at 5.30 pm, on Sunday 29th October. It will be held in St Paul’s Church in St Paul’s Square. All are welcome.

 

29th October: TAIZE EVENING PRAYER

This will take placed at Elstow Abbey, at 6.30 pm, on Sunday 29th October. It will include candlelight, scripture, Taize chant and silence – a prayerful and peaceful evening.

29th October:  BISHOP’S VISIT

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

27th October: QUIZ

This will be held in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on Friday 27th October at 7.30 pm. It is in aid of the work of Fr Boniface  with the poor and orphaned.

27th October: VINTAGE TEA AFTERNOON

Enjoy the atmosphere of an old fashioned tea shop in the hall of  Christ the King, Harrowden Road, on Friday 27th October between 2 – 4 pm.

21st October: TABLE TOP SALE

This will be held at Christ the King, Harrowden Road, between 9 am and midday.

20th – 22nd October: Young Catholic adults weekend

During the weekend of the 20-22 October 207, 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

20th October: LET THEM EAT CAKE

Holy Cross  will celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the church, in Goldington Road, on Friday 20th October. The 9.30 am Mass will be ‘extra special’ and will followed by the cutting of a celebratory cake. All are welcome.

17th October: MISSIO EVENT

Fr Wayne (the Diocesan Director of Missio) is attending a meeting  in London, on 17th October, to investigate how the work of this papal charity can be relaunched in our Diocese and  develop links with our Catholic schools. If you would like to know more please speak to Fr Wayne (who recently became Parish Priest at SS Philip & James and Holy Cross)

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.

15th October: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SUNDAY

Staff and pupils from St Joseph and St Gregory Primary School will attend the Mass at Our Lady’s, in Bedford Road Kempston, on Sunday 15th October. A letter from the Bishop, about Catholic education and the value of our schools, will be read.

14th October: Goldington Churches Together Retreat

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

6th October: PASTORAL AREA MASS AND AGM

Bedford Pastoral Area is having its AGM on Friday 6th October in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church. This will be preceded by a Mass at the church, in Midland Road, at 7 pm. All are welcome to the Mass and AGM.

2nd October: GOOD NEWS FOR YOU

A series of meetings is being offered by St Francis Cabrini Church, in Woburn Road, on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 pm between October 2nd and  November 20th. They will include talks and discussions. For details telephone (01234) 359515.

1st October: NEW QUARTERLY BULLETIN

This was given out after Masses at St Joseph’s on 1st October. It includes a variety of news and information about St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s churches. It can be downloaded from the website http://www.stjosephsbedford.church

1st October: PARISH GATHERING AND APPLE FEST

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

23rd September: Welcome to Fr Wayne

We welcome Fr Wayne to Holy Cross and SS Philip & James as we offer him friendship and support in his new parish.

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

  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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