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.

August 2019

Thursday 15th August: Afternoon Tea for the Solemnity of the Assumption
This will  start with 12:00 noon Angelus and Mass in Ss Philip & James
followed by afternoon tea and a short film (or catechetical video) about Our Lady.
This is open to everyone so please invite family and friends. A sign-up sheet is available at the back of Ss Philip & James and at Holy Cross Church.

July 2019

Sunday 28th July: ECUMENICAL SERVICE

Town Centre Churches Together has arranged a service at St Cuthbert’s Church, at 7 pm, on Sunday 28th July. This Catholic Church is attended by many in the Polish community.

26th and 27th July: Welcome – Sisters of St Elisabeth’s Convent
To Holy Cross and Ss Philip & James parishes on 26th/27th July. They are from a Russian Orthodox community in Minsk, Belarus, founded in 1999. Its convent numbers 400 Nuns and Sisters of Mercy. Following the example of their patron saint the sisters provide spiritual and practical assistance to the sick and suffering; including caring for orphaned children and assisting homeless adults, drug addicts, alcohol dependent, ex-prisoners and/or disabled. Please support the work of the Sisters by offering a prayer for them and by purchasing an item from their piety stall. The Sisters are unable to join us for a Sunday Mass so if you would like to make a donation to support their invaluable work please place a donation in an envelope marked “Visiting Sisters” and add this to the offertory basket during Mass.

Friday 26th July: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2 pm to 4 pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Sunday 14th July: Global Healing Group

This is in the newsletter of Holy Cross and of Ss Philip & James:

Following the Global Healing evening last week, we would like to establish a parish Global Healing group, to look at how we can live in harmony with God’s creation. For details email holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com

Sunday 14th July: ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

This is from the Holy Cross newsletter:

Following repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour, anti-climb measures have been arranged in accord with diocesan instructions to the extent that, the flower bed has been removed, points of access to the roof have been reduced if not eliminated (including repositioning the bike stand and reducing the size of some window ledges), anti-climb paint has been applied and H&S approved spikes have been added to some areas of the roofline (the latter two elements with appropriate warning signs).

 

Saturday 13th July: DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

  This has been arranged by South Bedford Churches Together and Bedford Womens Centre. For details email info@pilgrimwesleyan.org.

 

Saturday 13th July: PATRICIANS’ MEETING

The Society of Patricians has started in
Bedford; we will be meeting the second
Saturday of every month at 7:30pm in the
Patrick Donegan Room (green cabin) at Christ the King.
Organised by the Legion of Mary, the
Patricians aims to build up a knowledgeable
and confident laity by discussing essential
and important topics of the Catholic Faith,
especially those under attack or widely
misunderstood. Each meeting involves two
short talks (15 minutes each) split by an open
floor discussion, one by a layman and another
by the Society’s spiritual director. Fr
O’Donohue has kindly agreed to act in this
capacity for our local branch. The next
upcoming meeting will be on Saturday 13th
July, and the topic of our next meeting will
be: “Are All Religions equal?” Catholics often
know their faith, but are afraid to discuss it
with others, even other Catholics, for many
reasons. The Patricians aim to help the laity
to over this reticence – all Catholics aged 18+
may attend. The Patricians is not a lecture
system or classroom, it is designed to help
Catholics to help other Catholics in
understanding, explaining and growing in the
one true faith. Refreshments included,
meetings begin with prayer and conclude
with the Creed and a priestly blessing.

 

Saturday 13th July: 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

Tuesday 9th July: JUBILARIAN MASS AT
NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL
Fr Patrick celebrates 10 years since becoming
a Catholic priest. We are taking him and any
parishioners wishing to join him in the Christ the King
minibus for this special mass on Tue 9th July.
Leaving at 10.30am for Mass at noon.
Followed by free buffet.

Tuesday 9th July: Deacons Crispin & Tony
On 9th July our Deacons at Holy Cross and Ss Philip & James are celebrating the 3rd anniversary of ordination to the Permanent Deaconate. They would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support over that time and for the future.

 

Monday 8th July: VACANCY PARISH YOUTH MINISTER
BEDFORD – FULL TIME
We are delighted to advertise the role of
Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes
of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross,
Bedford. This is a rare and exciting
opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the
right skills and experiences, to support and
develop local young people in their faith and
relationship with their parish.
Full details of the role can be found by visiting
http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or
calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604
714840. The closing date for applications will
be 8th July 2019

Sunday 7th June: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING
This will be held  in the Hall after the 10.30 am
Mass. Enjoy the refreshments and hear all the
latest news in the parish. Your presence and
ideas very welcome

Sunday 7th July: SVP Walsingham Pilgrimage
Coach leaves Christ the King at 7.15 am. If you wish to go, see a member of the SVP

Wednesday 3rd July: GLOBAL HEALING

Find out how we can follow Pope Francis’ call to heal the planet! Join in on Wed. 3rd July 7.00 p.m. at Holy Cross in Goldington Road.  The evening includes a film, refreshments and chat. All welcome.

 

June 2019

Sunday 30th June: BEDFORD SEMINARIAN

Daniel Rooke, one of the Bedford seminarians, will be ordained as a transitional
Deacon on Saturday, 29th June at St Mary’s College, Oscott. On Sunday, 30th
June (Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul) he will be serving as the (sole) Deacon
at the 11:00am Mass at Ss Philip and St James Church. This will be his first
Mass serving as a Deacon and he will be offering the homily. I do hope as many
of you as possible will be able to attend this particular Mass this weekend which
will be a very special occasion for Daniel and his family. Refreshments will follow
to which all are invited.

Friday 28th June: CHISEN QUIZ NIGHT
At Christ the King Church, at 7:30 pm in the hall. Bring a
team or join one on the night.
Tickets only £5 available after all Masses or
from the repository. For more information  email: ctkchurchbed@yahoo.co.uk

Friday 28th June: Save The Date!
Two wonderful celebrations are to take place on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Fri. 28th June) this year. The first is a day of prayer called by Pope Francis for the renewal of the Sacred Priesthood (with a major celebration taking place at Westminster Cathedral). The second is the annual “Day of Many Colours” when Missio encourages people to pray the Holy Rosary for the whole world. We shall therefore celebrate this day with the following at Holy Cross Church:
9.00 a.m. Sacred Heart Litany (offered for an increase in vocations to the Sacred Priesthood)
9.10 a.m. Morning Prayer (page numbers announced)
9.30 a.m. MASS Followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary with Benediction. Concludes around 11.00 a.m. Come and pray for the renewal of the Sacred Priesthood and for seminarians Liam and Daniel in their formation. Please put the date and times in your diary

Friday 28th June: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Thursday 27th June: FILM – BREAKTHROUGH
Bedford Vue cinema is showing the excellent
Christian film ‘Breakthrough’ (12A) for a oneoff
Senior (60+) screen on Thursday 27th June
at 1pm. It is well worth going to see if you can
– and good value admission!
Take some friends.

 

Wednesday 26th June: CLIMATE LOBBY IN LONDON 
Join CAFOD and many other charities at an
unforgettable event in London on 26 June.
It’s time to confront this climate and
environmental crisis and tell our leaders that
Britain should no longer contribute to the
destruction of our common home. You can
make a difference by joining in. Contact Nigel
Anstead or Rachel Kirkham  or email: ctkchurchbed@yahoo.co.uk
for more details or visit  https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Climate-lobby

Tuesday 25th June: YARL’S WOOD

Staff of Yarl’s Wood IRC will visi Ss Phillip & James to learn about Christianity and the treasures of the Catholic Faith, its expression in worship, particularly the Mass. Parishioners are welcome to be part of this. Tue. 25th June, 2.45 p.m. Refreshments afterwards.

Monday 24th June: FR TONY

Fr Tony Brennan is celebrating the silver jubilee of his ordination to the sacred
priesthood on Monday, 24th June. He will be celebrating Mass at St John’s Church,
Luton at 7:00 pm, followed by a reception in the parish hall.

Sunda23rd June: SUPPLY PRIEST

From Holy Cross newsletter:

During most of July, Fr Julian Thangiturai will be resident at the new Presbytery flat to celebrate daily and Sunday Masses. This will allow Fr Wayne to fulfil a number of Missio related duties across the diocese (including several school visits and preaching engagements); this is vitally important as we build toward October’s Extraordinary Month of Mission called by Pope Francis. Each Diocesan Director of Missio has been charged with arranging the observance of this papal initiative in his Diocese; in Northampton diocese we also have the blessings of being in the midst of the “Year of Missio for Catholic Schools”! Fr Julian will need transport to and from HC in order to celebrate the daily Mass, Sunday Mass. If you are able to help from 7th July please contact Sheila at the HC parish office ASAP. Thanks in advance to all who will volunteer to help!

Sunday  23rd June: FAMILY FUNDAY

This will be held on Sunday 23rd June, in Russell Park, starting at 10 am. There will be a 5-a-side football tournament, children’s activities and a presentation by the Mayor at about 4 pm. It is the final event in  Refugee Week and has been arranged by Brass. For details visit https://www.brassbedford.org.uk/

Saturday 22nd June: Summer Reflection DAY ALIVE IN CHRIST
From 10:00am to 4:00pm at Monastery of Christ Our Saviour,
Turvey. The cost is £15 and Bishop Peter hopes to attend. Take a packed lunch.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: admin@nores.org.uk (01582) 723312 Ext 6.

11th – 18th June: Week of Guided Prayer
This is an opportunity for parishioners of Holy Cross  and Ss Philip & James to pray and reflect upon a
passage of Sacred Scripture chosen for you each day by a guide. We will meet at
Ss Philip & James  at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, 11th June. During the week, you will individually
meet with your prayer guide. The final session will be held when we all meet up
again on Tuesday, 18th June at 7.30 pm, again in Ss Philip  & James. For further information,
contact 01234 353116 or email holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com

 

From Friday 14th June: Refugee Week

This is taking place until June 23rd. For details visit https://www.brassbedford.org.uk/

and click on Refugee Week.

 

 

Sunday 9th June: FESTIVAL OF SAINTS

Statues from St Francis Cabrini Church in Woburn Road will be carried through the streets, starting at 4 pm, on Sunday June 9th.  There is a Mass at the church at 5 pm which will be followed by games and refreshment

8th – 9th June: CAKES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Celebrate Pentecost with “Cakes from Around the World” after both Masses at Holy Cross Church ( 6 pm on Saturday and 9.15 am on Sunday) . Anyone who would like to contribute a cake “sign up” on the relevant list in the narthex. UK Cakes also welcomed!

Saturday 8th June: WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE
This year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
will be on Saturday 8th June with a coach leaving
from Bedford. If interested, please contact Mary
Frost.

Saturday 1st June: New Churches Together Group Launch Event
North Bedford Churches Together (NBCT) is a new group, following the AGM of Goldington Churches Together on 16th May. It will include all churches currently belonging to Goldington Churches Together and new churches will also be joining. The areas covered will include Goldington, Putnoe, Brickhill and Renhold. We look forward to the new group of churches working together in partnership. We are having a BBQ at Holy Cross to launch NBCT, following the 6.00 p.m. Mass on 1st June. The BBQ will start at 7.30 p.m. Visitors from churches linked to NBCT are being invited. A photo of this event can be seen in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James dated 16/6/10.

Saturday 1st June: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS
English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) free classes will be held  in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s church every Saturday until 1st June, 4.00 pm until 5.30 pm. If interested, please contact Bimla via St Joseph’s Church

Saturday 1st June: SHOUTS OF JOY

The young adult’s music group, based at St Joseph’s Church, has completed the recording of their second album: ‘Shouts of Joy’ There is an article about this on page 8 of the June edition of The Vine – available from local Catholic churches.

May 2019

Friday 31st May: CHARITY GOLF DAY
The 29th SS Philip & James Golf Society Charity
Golf Day takes place on Friday 31st May at
Pavenham Park Golf Club just outside Bedford.
This year our selected charities are Carers in
Bedfordshire and FACES. As usual we are looking
for sponsorship, so if you can help, please contact
us. Entry forms for playing golf and/or attending the
dinner are now available from Mike Chappell
  From Holy Cross newsletter dated 15/6/19:
  P&J Golf Society Charity Golf Day
On behalf of the Organising Committee of the St Philip & James Golf Society I would like to sincerely thank all who supported our Charity Golf Day on 31st May at Pavenham Park Golf Club (by sponsoring, donating, playing or attending the dinner). We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all involved. As a result we were able contribute £14,292.00 equally shared between our two selected charities; Carers in Bedfordshire and FACES. Sincere thanks, Mike Chappell
Thursday  30th May: ASCENSION OF OUR LORD
Holyday of Obligation
At Christ the King, Harrowden Road, there will be a
10 am Mass and 7.30 pm Latin Mass
There is a Mass at 9.30 pm at Holy Cross Church and at 7.30 pm at Ss Philip & James.
Sunday 26th May: MAY PROCESSION AT CHRIST THE KING
This will take place on Sunday 26 May at 3
pm, with the election of the child to crown
Our Lady/rehearsal on the morning of
Saturday 25 May. First Holy Communion
children may wear their Communion clothes
again for the procession.
Sunday 26th May:  MISSION IN BEDFORD
Members of St Francis Cabrini Church will be in All Hallows, at 1 pm, each Sunday until June 2nd. This includes  music, singing and dancing and involves people of all ages.
Saturday 25th May: Anti-Social Behaviour
From Holy Cross newsletter:
We have recently seen a spate of antisocial behaviour at HC with the need to repeatedly call the police due to young people climbing on the roof. We have sought professional advice about this and the following measures have been advised to limit access to the roof: 1) Move the bicycle rack. 2) Remove the raised flower bed. 3) Install anti-climb measures on the A/C units. 4) Install anti-climb measures on the roof. 5) Install CCTV. Thank you to those people who have responded to seeing young people on the roof by calling the police.
Saturday 25th May: Paschal Candles
From Holy Cross newsletter:

In order to better enable our Catholic schools to celebrate Eastertide the Diocese has suggested that they ask their local parish for an old Paschal Candle and to light this is prayer at school assemblies, etc. We have adopted this idea but are asking that parishioners light the Paschal Candle in their home for a specific intention; in this way the light of the Risen Christ will shine throughout our parishes for the remainder of the year!  If you would like an old Paschal Candle (some are rather large!) to burn in your home throughout the year for a specific intention please contact Fr Wayne.

 

Friday 24th May: SPUC QUIZ

SPUC Quiz – 24th May
7.30 p.m. Reading & Recreation Rooms, Barkers Lane. Parking: Holy Cross  car park. Tickets: £6 (inc. platter of goodies per team of up to 6) – liquid prize per winning team member

Friday 24th May

 

Afternoon Vintage Tea

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £4 – Tea, home-made cake and dancing

For Information call 01234 404563

 

Sunday 12th May: LAUNCH OF NEW CHURCHES TOGETHER GROUP

  From Ss Philip & James newsletter 12/5/19 

North Bedford Churches Together (NBCT)
The Launch Event is on Saturday, 1st June. North Bedford Churches Together
is a new ecumenical group which will consist of the original Goldington
Churches Together plus SsP&J and several other Christian communities. The
areas covered will include Brickhill, Goldington, Putnoe and Renhold. This is
an important development for us Catholics as the Second Vatican Council
committed us to walking the path of ecumenism; this is so that we might bring
unity to the fractured body of Jesus which is the Church. The new group will
launch with a short liturgy and BBQ following the Vigil Mass at Holy Cross on
1st June.

 

Sunday 12th May: VOCATIONS SUNDAY
This  is the World day of Prayer for Vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. We pray for this important intention for our Church and in particular for our diocese. There will be a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in St Joseph’s to pray for this intention.

 

Saturday 11th May – Table top sale 

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9am to noon. Entry 50p

Refreshments available,

Tables £5 – must be prebooked.

For information call on 01234 965497

Fri 10th May – Barn Dance

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

7.30pm. Tickets £5 adults, £3 child

Raffle, Bar available, Dancing

Bring your own food

For information call on 01234 965497

Friday 10th May: INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL EVENING
An International Social Evening in aid of St Joseph’s parish
project will be held in St Francis Cabrini  Church Hall,
Woburn Road, on Friday 10th May at 7.30 pm. All
the different ethnic groups in our two parishes are
invited to bring some of their dishes, hot or cold,
for a buffet style meal. We will also have music
from the different countries represented whilst we
taste and share the different dishes. The entrance
fee for the evening is £5 per person. Put the date in
your diary and come and join the fun!

Thursday 9th May: CHRISTIAN WITNESS
The Annual Forum of Churches together in Bedfordshire is hosting a talk on Christian Witness in the Middle East at The Square Methodist Church, Ashton Square, Dunstable LU6 3SN on Thursday 9th May with a buffet at 6.30 pm followed by keynote talk at 7.30 pm and a short AGM. Admission free. All welcome.For more information visit https://www.churchestogether.org/bedfordshire/

Thursday 9th May: INDIAN MEAL EVENING
Another Indian meal evening will be held at Indiya Restaurant, Broadway, Bedford on Thursday 9th May at 7.00 pm in aid of St Joseph’s  parish project. The cost will be £15 per person of which the restaurant will give £2 for every diner attending. The menu will be principally Indian but for non-curry eaters there will be available a main course dish of fried chicken with chips, peas and tomatoes. A list is available at the back of St Joseph’s  Church on which to write your name, number of persons attending and your phone number.

Friday 3rd May: VACANCY PARISH YOUTH MINISTER
BEDFORD – FULL TIME
We are delighted to advertise the role of
Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes
of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross,
Bedford. This is a rare and exciting
opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the
right skills and experiences, to support and
develop local young people in their faith and
relationship with their parish. Full details of
the role can be found by visiting
http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or
calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604
714840. The closing date for applications will
be 03/05/2019.

April 2019

Sunday 28th April: UNITED SERVICE

People who attended the Goldington Churches Together Lent course and others are invited to a United Service at Priory Church on Sun. 28th April. We will have a bring-and-share meal at 5.00 p.m. and café style worship at 6.00 p.m.

 

27th April – 1st June: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS
English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
classes will be starting in the Guild Room at St
Joseph’s church for six weeks every Saturday from
27th April to 1st June, 4.00 pm until 5.30 pm. If
interested, please contact Bimla.

 

Friday 26th April: Afternoon Vintage Tea

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2 pm to 4 pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Thursday 25th April: THE JOY OF EASTER

Thu. 25th April at 6.30 p.m. at St Thomas More School performance hall. The celebration will finish at approx. 7.30 p.m. with refreshments in the school canteen For more information email@stm.beds.sch.uk

Tuesday 23rd April: ALPHA COURSES

Be Our Guest at our Alpha Courses

starting on Tuesday 23rd April. Come and join the fun! Food and friendship guaranteed! RSVP to help with catering please email Sheila at holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com and let us know your name, contact details and which Alpha session you will be attending: Ss Philip & James 1.30 p.m. – 2.45 p.m. or Holy Cross 6.30 p.m. till 8.30 p.m.

Ss Philip & James is in Severn Way  http://sspandjbedford.org.uk/find-us/  and Holy Cross is in Goldington Road https://holycrossbedford.org.uk/find-us/

Sunday 21st April: Palm Sunday Procession

From the Holy Cross newsletter:
Thank you to all who joined the Goldington Churches Together Procession. Around 50 attended (largest number so far) of a wide age range from several churches. Our donkey Daisy was widely admired. We sang Easter songs, accompanied by guitar, as we moved across Goldington Green and ended with a short service by the war memorial. Particular thanks should be given to Simon who led the service and to Kathy who provided pax cakes. More like biscuits, they were generally stamped with the image of a lamb and a flag – the symbol of Jesus as the “Lamb of God – and symbolised peace and goodwill (“pax” means peace). Wonderfully those made by Kathy were shaped as a lamb!
Photos can be seen on the Holy Cross website. There is also a photo on page 2 of the Bedford Times & Citizen newspaper that came out on 18/4/19.

Sunday 21st April: Notre Dame

This is in the Holy Cross newsletter:

We join with Vincent Cardinal Nichols in praying for the Catholic community of France following the fire at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Paris (Notre Dame). Cardinal Nichols has spoken of his support for restoring the Cathedral according to its original design. He said, we must resist the temptation to impose a modernist scheme on the Gothic building. He concluded by saying: “Now I promise you the prayers and support of Catholics in England and Wales and, I am sure, of all people of good will in our countries. We offer our sympathy and support in prayer to the people of Paris and our deepest desire that Notre Dame should rise again to watch over your City and all its people.

Saturday 20th April: Holy Saturday
• Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 8:00pm, Ss Philip  & James  Church Volunteers are urgently
sought to organise refreshments after the Easter Vigil. Contact Maria Quinlan.
We hold the following adult Confirmandi in prayer and offer them our friendship
and support as members of our parish family: Alex, Augustina, Charlene,
Margaret, Richard, Shona and Stef.

Friday 19th April: GOOD FRIDAY WITNESS

An ecumenical service will take place in Harpur  Square (next to the library) at midday on Good Friday. 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. It will be followed by refreshments at Bunyan Meeting in Mill Street.

Friday 19th April: Good Friday
• Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10:00am, Holy Cross Church
• Interactive Stations of the Cross for the whole family at 12:00noon, Ss Philip & James Church
We still need adult-volunteers to help at the Interactive Stations of the Cross
and there are sheets in the narthex for you to sign up.

Thursday 18th April: Maundy Thursday
• Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm, Ss Philip & James Church
Washing of Feet at Mass of Lord’s Supper Following the reforms of Pope
Francis men and women can have their feet washed on Maundy Thursday as part
of an optional element in the celebration; it was not licit to do so before the recent
papal reforms. Still further, those people whose feet are washed no longer
represent the twelve Apostles but reflect the brokenness, diversity and unity of
humanity and therefore the number is not limited to twelve. We still need
volunteers to be part of the “washing of feet”. Please sign-up in the narthex.
“Watch” before the Blessed Sacrament ends with Compline at 10:00pm.

Thursday 18th April: CHRISM MASS
We are invited to the Chrism Mass 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.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – EASTER SUNDAY AT HOLY CROSS (HC) AND AT Ss PHILIP & JAMES (P&J)

Thu. 18th Maundy Thursday
11.00 (Cathedral) Chrism Mass
7.30 pm (P&J) Mass of the Lord’s Supper First Holy Communion candidates of both parishes
Fri 19th Good Friday
10.00 (HC) Children’s Stations of the Cross
12.00 (P&J) Interactive Stations of the
Cross (for the family)
3.00 (P&J) Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Missa pro Populo
7.30 pm (HC) Mary’s Way of the Cross
(Walsingham)
Sat. 20th 8.00 pm (P&J) Easter Vigil
Sun. 21st Easter Sunday
8.00 (P&J)
9.15 (HC) Sheila & Keith Allen 40th
wedding anniv.
11.00 (P&J)

MAUNDY THURSDAY – EASTER SUNDAY AT CHRIST THE KING

Thu 18th Maundy Thursday
11am at Northampton Cathedral –
Chrism Mass (renewal of Priests’
vows & Blessing of Oils)
7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper:
Pro Populo (Foot Washing & Watch
at Altar of Repose)
11.30pm Compline
Fri 19th GOOD FRIDAY (Fast & Abstinence)
3pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
Sat 20th Holy Saturday
9pm Easter Vigil (Blessing of Paschal Candle,
Confirmation, Holy Communion):Pro Populo
Sun 21st EASTER SUNDAY
8.15am Confessions (also after Latin Mass)
8.30am Latin Mass – Extraordinary Form:
Pro Populo
10.30am Sung Mass – Novus Ordo:
Ndifor Family Thanksgiving (Int.)
12 noon Lithuanian Mass

HOLY THURSDAY – EASTER SUNDAY AT ST JOSEPH’S

Holy Thursday
8.00pm   Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday
3.00pm    Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7.30pm    Stations of the Cross & Veneration of a relic of the True Cross

Holy Saturday
8.30pm    Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday
8.15am    Mass
9.30am    Mass
11.00am   Mass
6.30pm    Mass

HOLY THURSDAY – EASTER SUNDAY AT OUR LADY’S KEMPSTON

Holy Thursday
8.00pm   Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday
3.00pm    Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
7.30pm    Stations of the Cross

Easter Sunday
9.30am    Mass

 

Monday 15th April: ‘The Passion’ DVD
Mel Gibson’s film will be shown at Ss Philip & James church on 15th April after Rosary at 1.30 p.m. Film to start at 2.30 p.m. All welcome

Sunday 14th April: office on: TAIZE DEVOTION
Palm Sunday evening at 6 pm
A prayerful time together at the
beginning of Holy Week.

 

Sunday 14th April: Please join our procession on Palm Sunday 

A procession with a donkey has been arranged for Palm Sunday. Please come for all or part of the time and bring friends and family. This will start in the car park of the Goldington Tesco at 2.30 pm. Children (and adults who wish to) are welcome to dress up. It will end with a short service by the war memorial on Goldington Green at about 3 pm. People are then invited to Holy Cross Church for refreshments and to meet the donkey. You may like to bring your palm cross. This has been arranged by Goldington Churches Together.

 

Saturday 13th April: Table Top Sale

Christ the King Parish Hall,

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9 am to Noon, Entry 50 p

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 965497

 

Saturday 13th April: GREEN FINGERS

We’re having a grounds working party at
Holy Cross on Sat. 13th April 2.00 – 5.00 p.m.
If any parishioners are available, they would
be very welcome for part or all of the time.
Please bring tools if you have them.

Until 10th April: LENTEN TALKS
Five services in Lent celebrating songs of our
Christian faith on the Wednesdays of Lent from
13th March to 10th April, 1.10 pm-2.00 pm at Bunyan
Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford. All are welcome.

Sunday 7th April: TAIZE STYLE WORSHIP

St Mary’s, Church Lane, Sun. 7th April 5.00
pm. For 40 minutes and followed by
refreshments.

Sunday 7th April:  Frugal Lunch in aid of CAFOD

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

12.30 pm – 2.30 pm.

Tickets -£5 adults, family discounts

There will be a short film and quiz

For information call 01234 965497

Sunday 7th April: PARISH GATHERING
This monthly event takes place in Christ The King  Hall after
the 10.30 am Mass on  Sunday 7th April.
Do come and enjoy refreshments and catch up
on all the parish news and events

Saturday 6th April: MUSICAL CONCERT
The Kempston Musical Society along with the Ouse Valley Singers will be performing Stainer’s Crucifixion in St Joseph’s church on Saturday 6th April at 7.00pm in aid of the parish project. Programmes sold on the door at £6. Come along and enjoy this musical event as we approach Holy Week.

Monday 1st April: St Joseph’s Quarterly Bulletin

It may be possible to read this here http://www.stjosephsbedford.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/01-Apr-2019-Quarterly-Bulletin.pdf

 

March 2019

Friday 29th March: MASS IN KEYSOE
Mass will be celebrated in St Mary the Virgin Church, Keysoe on Friday 29th March at 7.00 pm. All welcome.

From Wednesday 27th March: NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

The Presidents of Churches Together in England, together with partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, are calling the churches to prayer as we approach the date when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union.

From Wednesday 27th March to Sunday 31st March the Presidents urge churches in our nation to find ways to pray, and to enable church buildings to be opened for any in their communities seeking a space for prayer.

Churches Together in England supports every opportunity for local churches to pray together and urges Churches Together Groups and other expressions of Christian unity to take hold of this moment to pray together for our nations.

This builds on other calls to prayer from member churches over recent months and reflects the increasing urgency of the moment as Brexit approaches.

In particular, we suggest that as the Presidents of Churches Together in England and other church leaders meet to pray at 10.30am on Saturday 30th March in central London, churches throughout the nations may wish to join in similar expressions of prayerful concern for the future of the peoples and nations in the British Isles and Ireland, and beyond, during that morning.

Rev Dr Paul Goodliff

General Secretary, Churches Together in England

Saturday 23rd March: SVP LENT RETREAT  AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH

This will be held at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road , and is pen to all – not just SVP members
2:00 p.m. (prompt) – Welcome
2:05 p.m. -St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
2:45 p.m. – Tea/Coffee
3:15 p.m. – Anointing of the Sick
4:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass (fulfils Sunday Obligation, open to everyone).
5:00 p.m. – Light Supper in the hall
5:15 p.m. – Sacrament of Confession
6:00 p.m. – Vigil Mass (fulfils Sunday Obligation). People are welcome to arrive from 1:30 p.m. when the Holy Rosary will be offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed).

Friday 22nd March: PARISH QUIZ
Next fundraising event for the  parish project  at St Joseph’s Church is a Parish Quiz on Friday 22nd March at 7.30 pm in the Guild Room. Tickets on sale  at £3. Do come along for an enjoyable evening. There’s not much on the telly!

Friday 22nd March; VIGIL FOR NEW ZEALAND

There will be a vigil to commemorate those who died in the recent attacks in New Zealand and to show our support for our Muslim brothers and sisters,

Friday March 22nd at 6 pm in Harpur Square, Bedford

Arranged by Bedford Council of Faiths in partnership with other local organisations. More information about Bedford Council of Faiths can be found here https://www.bcof.org.uk/

Friday 22nd March: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2 pm to 4 pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Thursday 21st March: GOLDEN FRIENDSHIP CLUB
ST PATRICK’S LUNCH
Thurs 21st March – Noon for 12.30 pm
2 course meal with coffee and Irish Biscuits.
Includes wine and Baileys. To book please
email Christ the King Church at: ctkchurchbed@yahoo.co.ukAll welcome.

Sunday 17th March: CHORAL EVENSONG FOR St Patrick’s Day
At Elstow Abbey with the Elstow Abbey
Singers, at 6.30 pm on Sunday 17th March.
All welcome.

Sunday 17th March: PRAY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The Bedford Pastoral Area invites us to Holy Hour at 4.00 pm at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road to pray for our young people , to bring to the

Lord our heartfelt plea for an end to knife
crime, violence, drug use, alcohol
dependency, etc. that increasingly see among
children and young people across our country
Pray for all who work with young people.

 

Saturday 16th March: ST PATRICK’S IRISH DANCE
Saturday 16th March 7.30 pm in the Parish
Hall at Christ the King. Please buy tickets for yourself and
friends to occupy a table together, and enjoy
a wonderful evening of Irish music and
dance. There will be live music, licenced bar,
raffle, and Irish Dancers. Bring a little food
to share, and wear something green to look
the part! Entry is only £5, so let’s make the evening a great success. See details below:

St Patrick’s Dance with live music by Malachy

and Sam Hughes and Friends.

Plus Irish Dancers

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

7.30 pm to 11.30 pm

Raffle, bring and share food, bar available

tickets -£5 adults, £3 children

For information call 01234 965497

Friday 15th March: PARISH FORUM AT ST JOSEPH’S
The next meeting of the Parish Forum is on Friday 15th March at 7.30 pm in the Guild Room. Any parish matters that need to be discussed, please inform one of the Forum members. Names are listed on the noticeboard.

 

 

Tuesday 12th March: JUST 10
This the title of a series of DVDs on the Ten Commandments which will be shown in Our Lady’s, Kempston on Tuesday evenings during Lent, beginning on 12th March at 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Please see poster on the noticeboard at St Joseph’s Church for full details.

Saturday 9th March: 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

Saturday 9th March:  QUIET DAY

Encountering God in Silence
Saturday March 9th 10-3.30
At Berkley street Methodist Church 10 Berkley Street St Neots PE19 2 NB
Led by Rev James Bamber and Rev Alan Taylor

The day will provide opportunities to reflect quietly through silence, creativity, reading, walking— just come and be.
Short periods of worship/ input will give structure to the day.
Refreshments provided, please bring your own lunch. Cost £5.00 for the day.
To book please contact Frank Cannon no later than Thursday 28th Feb.   01480 454979 or email snhmcc @ outlook. com

From Thursday 7th March: LENT COURSE ‘NOT A TAME LION’

All are welcome to this free five week course exploring the themes in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia + Shadowlands.

Thursdays at 2 pm at St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street from 7th March

Mondays at 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road from 11th March

Wednesdays at 2.30 pm at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s  Square from 15th March

 

 

From Thursday 7th March: LENT COURSE

  • Course Launch: Thursday 7th March, 1.30 pm, at Ss Philip & James Church, Severn Way
  • Sessions 1 – 5: Can be attended at Ss Philip & James, at 1.30 pm, on these Thursdays: March 14th, 21st 28th and April 4th and 11th. Also at Priory Church, Newnham Avenue, at 7.30 pm on these Wednesdays: March 13th, 20th, 27th and April 3rd and 10th
  • United Service: On Sunday 28th April we will meet at Priory for bring-and- share meal at 5 pm and café style worship at 6 pm.
  • Course book: Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly.

We are selling this for £5 in aid of a charity.

  • For more information: See newsletter notice and leaflet at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road. This has been arranged by Goldington Churches Together.

Wednesday 6th March: ASH WEDNESDAY

This if from St Joseph’s Church newsletter:
We begin the holy season of Lent this Wednesday with the blessing and distribution of ashes at all Masses. Lent affords us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord and seek reconciliation in the sacrament of Confession. This season also reminds us of the constant need to renew and nourish our spiritual lives through prayer, self-denial and works of charity in a more intense way. Spiritual spring cleaning! Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence.

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

Wednesday 6th March: ASH WEDNESDAY

MASS at 9:30 am at Ss Philip & James Church, Severn Way,  followed by an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of
Confession (until 11:00 am)
• Stations of the Cross at midday, at Ss Philip & James, with an opportunity for the Imposition of Ash
• MASS at 7:30 pm at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road,  with a prior opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of
Confession from 6:30 pm

Sunday 3rd March: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING

Please join us in the Hall
after the 10.30 am Mass for refreshments,
and to hear all the latest parish news

Sunday 3rd March: HOMEMADE CAKE SALE
There will be a Homemade Cake Sale on Sunday 3rd March after all Masses at St Joseph’s, in the Guild Room, and in the church porch in Our Lady’s  (Kempston)  in aid of the parish project. Cakes can be left at the presbytery or Our Lady’s church. Ready, steady, bake!

Saturday 2nd March: Missio – Music Competition

 

This is in the Holy Cross newsletter:

Pope Francis has designated October as an Extraordinary Missionary Month and in response Missio has launched an international music competition! The aim is for young people to compose the lyrics and music for a hymn with “Baptised and sent” in the refrain. Each Diocese is asked to submit one song for the competition. The Diocesan Director of Missio will choose the entry to represent his Diocese. For further information and to submit competition entries please speak with the Director of Missio in your Diocese (Fr Wayne). Ben Mason, a musician at Holy Cross Church, would be very happy to offer advice and assistance to anyone interested in this project; he can be contacted via our Parish Secretaries.

Friday 1st March: WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. There is a service at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, at 2.00 p.m. and at Putnoe Heights Church at 7.30 p.m. For more information visit https://worlddayofprayer.net/index.html

 

February 2019

Wednesday 27th February: CHILDREN’S CONCERT

There will be a children’s concert at Holy Cross Church (Goldington Road)  in aid of supporting parishioners with dementia to attend Mass, on Wednesday 27th February at 5 pm. This will be followed by refreshments.  There is no set price for tickets. It’s by donations only. Any children who wish to join the concert are more than welcome. Rehearsals every Wed. 5.00 – 6.00 p.m. For details contact m.grady_tcc@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday 26th February: CHRISTIANS IN EDUCATION

A Prayer Meeting has been arranged by Christians in Education between 8 – 9 pm (7.45 pm for refreshments) on Tuesday 26th February. It will be held at St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Street, Bedford, MK42 0DL.  The group has links with Impact, Festive and Open The Book and is represented by a cross section of Churches. All are welcome. More information can be obtained from Debbie at stjohnschurchbedford@btinternet.com or phone 01234 320045.

Sunday 24th February: 

This is in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James (note PJ means Ss Philip & James and HC means Holy Cross church):

Lent 2019
(in brief)
Do you use the season of Lent to bring yourself closer to Jesus?
We are encouraged to grow in intimate friendship with the Lord and experience a
true conversion of the heart (to become, the best-version of ourselves). Our Lord
is waiting for us to approach Him this Lent. Will you accept His invitation?
Kathy Goodwin will be serving Pancakes after Mass on Shrove Tuesday and all
are welcome to come and ‘feast’ before the ‘fast’ of Lent.
Ash Wednesday (6th March)
• MASS at 9:30 am, PJ, followed by Confession (until 11:00 am).
• Stations of the Cross at midday, PJ, with Imposition of Ash.
• MASS at 7:30 pm, HC, with a prior Confession from 6:30  pm.
Ecumenical Lent Course Launch (7th March)
• Come and be part of the launch of the combined Lent Course – 1:30 pm in PJ.
Holy Hour – to pray for young people.
• 17th March at 4:00 pm, HC. Sacrament of Confession, with two Priests available.
Retreat Day (23rd March) at HC, organised by the SVP and open to everyone.
With sacrament of Confession.
During Lent
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament (each Monday).
• 10:00 am until 11:00 am, PJ.
Stations of the Cross (each Friday).
• 10:00 am, HC, led by the clergy.
• 7:30 pm, PJ. Led by: 8th, Mike Harrington; 15th, Ann Cawley; 22 nd, Peter and
Barbara Doyle; 29th March, Pam Kenworthy – SVP; and 5th, Mike Harrington and,
12th April, Ann Cawley.
As last year the various liturgical roles and tasks for the Sacred Triduum of
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday will be shared by people
from both our churches. This is a visible witness of our union in Jesus Christ and
the spiritual friendship and unity that exits between both parts of our parish family.
Maundy Thursday (18th April)
• Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm, PJ. “Watch” ends with Compline at 1 0pm.
Good Friday (19th April)
• Children’s Stations of the Cross at 10:00 am, HC.
• Interactive Stations of the Cross for the whole family at 12:00 noon, PJ.
• Solemn Liturgy of the Day at 3:00 pm, PJ.
• Mary’s Way of the Cross at 7:30 pm, HC.
Holy Saturday (20th April)
• Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter at 8:00 m, PJ.

Saturday 23rd February: LENT COURSES AND OTHER MATTERS

This is in the newsletter of Christ the King Church:

Ash Wednesday 6th March: Mass and
Imposition of Ashes at 10 am and 7.30 pm.
Rite of Election: Sunday 10th March 2.30 pm at
Northampton Cathedral
Lent Reflection: Tuesdays at 2 pm in Shalom
Convent, London Road
Stations of the Cross: Fridays at 7.30 pm
First Confessions: Saturday 9th March at
10 am, Sunday 10th March at 3 pm
ECUMENICAL LENT COURSE AT LONDON
ROAD METHODIST CHURCH:
7 pm Saturday 9th March –
Film ‘The Greatest Showman’
Study Group 7.30 pm Tuesdays until 9th April.
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS
All grandparents are invited to join our group
which meets in the Parish Room 2 pm to 3 pm
on Wednesday 6th March. We share news of
our grandchildren and pray for them. We
have a raffle to raise funds for travel to the
National Grandparents Pilgrimage to
Walsingham on Sunday 21st July. We also
have refreshments and we study aspects of
grandparenting. It is always a happy and
enlightening afternoon. Do some along.
CATHOLIC BEDFORD: FUTURE PLANNING
New initiatives? Celebrations? Resource
sharing? Mass-time changes? How can we
build on the Proclaim initiative? Do you have
ideas about how Catholic mission in Bedford
can grow?. You are invited to write your ideas
briefly and post them in a suggestion box at
the back of the church available until Sunday
17 March, all suggestions will be passed to
the Bedford Pastoral Area Council
OUR NEW ORGAN
Grateful thanks for the generous donation of
this new instrument, given in memory of
George & Jane Brookes (RIP),
and Joe & Mia Reynolds (RIP)

Saturday 23rd February: TO LOVE AND SERVE THE LORD – YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU!!!

This is in the Holy Cross  newsletter:
Planning for the Future: volunteering and volunteers in our parish family
The newsletter article at the end of January explained how our parish family was approached by the Diocese to be part of a new initiative being piloted by Avril Baigent (Pastoral Ministry Advisor) with regards to how we recruit and support volunteers. You may be surprised to learn that we have over 50 groups across our parishes and in fact a number of these invaluable groups are shared by our two parishes. We need to be able to maintain, support and grow these groups in addition to launching new groups to provide for our diverse and growing parish family. Our overall aim is to enable every person who attends a Sunday Mass to participate more fully in the life of our parish family. To help you decide which of the parish groups you might like to support, we have produced a volunteer profile pack which you will find on the benches this weekend. These packs provide information about the groups currently in our parish and explain the roles on offer, expected time commitment, benefits, training/support provided and any skills that might be beneficial to the role. Alongside these packs is a slip for you to complete if you would like more information about one or more of the groups. Take a look, take a pack home and then make your choice. There will be a presentation at the end of each Mass this weekend and those parishioners presenting will be available to speak to at the back of the church if you have any questions:
Vigil Mass – Kathy Goodwin
8.00am Mass – George Tasker
9.15am Mass – Joan Kedward
11.00am Mass – George Tasker
We would like to thank every one of our current volunteers and we extend our appreciation to those people who have been quietly and prayerfully working to bring about this wonderful project.

 

Saturday 23rd February: Bedford Street Angels Celebrate 10 Years
You are invited to join them on Sat. 23rd Feb. at the Salvation Army Church & Community Centre, Commercial Rd 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. for a thanksgiving service.

Saturday 23rd February: CAFOD SUPPORTERS’ EVENT
Hear about some of the hardest to reach
most vulnerable communities in the world
like those in Sierra Leone and Liberia and how
your support is empowering them to
overcome poverty. From 10:15am – 2.30pm
Sat 23 Feb – Our Lady Help of Christians,
West Street, OLNEY, MK46 5HJ
(coffee/tea from 10am with shared lunch
from 1:30pm). Please book a place – 01494
863 777 or northampton@cafod.org.uk.

 

Friday 22nd February: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2 pm to 4 pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

Sunday 17th February: Fr Wayne goes to Rome…

A notice in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James states:


Over the coming week, Fr Wayne will be in Rome as part of the preparations for
the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October called for by Pope Francis. The
task of organising this and providing resources has been given to Missio. Please
hold the planning group in your prayers.

Saturday 16th February: First Communion and Confirmadi

This is in the newsletter of Holy Cross Church:

We pray for the First Holy Communion candidates and Confirmandi who received a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at Mass; this gesture united them with the Dowry Tour celebrations at the Cathedral. May Our Lady of Walsingham hold them in prayer to her Son and may they always share in her joy! We hold the following adult Confirmandi in prayer and offer them our friendship and support as members of our parish family: Alex, Augustina, Margaret, Richard, Stef and Charlene.

Sunday 10th February: SPECIAL SERVICES AT ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH (MIDLAND ROAD)

ANOINTING OF THE SICK
There will be a service of the Anointing of the Sick for those who wish to receive this sacrament at 3.30 pm.

HEALING SERVICE
There will be a short healing service after the 6.30 pm Mass to pray for healing for ourselves and those we wish to pray for.

Saturday 9th February: SOUP LUNCH
The  next fundraising event at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  is a soup, bread and cake lunch next Saturday 9th February in the Guild Room after the 10.45am Mass. £5 per person in aid of their parish project. Do come along and feel fed up all day!!

Saturday 9th February: Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham
Free mini bus from Holy Cross to Northampton Cathedral, Saturday morning 9th Feb. Contact Holy Cross Parish Secretary Sheila Allen for details and to book a place, 353116 (office Mon & Thurs morning)

Saturday 9th February: TABLE TOP SALE

Christ the King Parish Hall,

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9 am to Noon, Entry 50 p

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 965497

 

Wednesday 6th February: Immigration Detention Centre, Yarl’s Wood
There will be a visit by the new detention staff members at Ss Philip & James, Severn Way,  on Wednesday,
6th February, at 2:30 pm, with Pastor Lonnie, so that they might be given an
introduction to Christianity and the specifics of Catholicism. Pastor Lonnie is the
full-time protestant minister at IDC Yarl’s Wood and has been described as “an
inspirational Christian who will leave you challenged and encouraged”. Come and
meet them. We need volunteers to make refreshments for about 3:10 pm.

Sunday 3rd February: VOLUNTEERS 

 This is in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James:

To Love and Serve the Lord
Planning for the Future: volunteering and volunteers in our parish family
Last year our parish family was approached by the Diocese to be part of a new
initiative being piloted by Avril Baigent (Pastoral Ministry Adviser) as regards how
we recruit and support volunteers. We extend our appreciation to those people
who have been quietly and prayerfully working to bring about this wonderful
project. There will be an appeal on the weekend 23rd/24th February. For
information regarding the above please speak with:
Vigil Mass Holy Cross (HC) – Sheila Allen 8:00am Mass Ss Philip & James (PJ) – Michael Harrington
9:15am Mass HC – Joan Kedward 11:00am Mass PJ – George Tasker

3rd February: ORGANIST

This is in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James:

Organist at 11:00am Mass
Last weekend Michael Melia (11:00am Mass organist) informed Fr Wayne that he
has accepted the invitation to be the organist at St Joseph’s Church. I am sure we
all hope that he will find this to be a richly rewarding experience. Likewise we
extend to him our sincere appreciation for his musical gifts in the life of SsP&J.

 

Sunday 3rd February: SVP Surplus Gift Sale with Childrens’ Candlemas Activity
The SVP will be holding a Surplus Gift Sale in aid of Kerala’s flood victims on
Sunday, 3rd February, after the 11.00am Mass, in the Parish Room at Ss Philip & James  Church in Severn Way.  Gifts should
be left in the boxes provided at the back of the church. The last date to de-clutter
your cupboards and hand in your gifts is Sunday, 27th January. Parents please
note: Fr Wayne will run a fun and engaging Candlemas Activity for the children, at
the same time, in the church. He is, of course, looking for volunteers to help
supervise the young people at this event. So, you may leave your children in Fr
Wayne and his helpers’ capable and safe hands while you attend the Surplus
Gift Sale, thus leaving you free to shop, peruse, chat and drink biblical quantities
of tea. Refreshments for the children will be served after the activity, which will run
for 45 minutes. See the event posters distributed at Holy Cross and at Ss Philip & James for full details.

Sunday 3rd February: HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN

This is in the newsletter of St Joseph’s Church:

Fr Malcolm Bull has relinquished the position of Hospital Chaplain at Bedford Hospital and Fr Nathaniel is now Chaplain. Please refer anyone who needs a visit to St Joseph’s (telephone: 01234 352569). Fr Nathaniel will visit the hospital each Friday, beginning with Mass in the hospital chapel at 12.30 pm.

 

Friday 1st February: PARISH QUIZ
 Parish Quiz in aid of the  parish
project at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,  on Friday 1st February at 7.30pm in the Guild Room. Tickets on sale at £3 .

January 2019

Sunday 27th January: HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY

There will be a short commemoration, with the lighting of a memorial candle, by the Anne Frank Tree (near Bower Street) in Russell Park at 2.30 pm. The Civic Commemoration will be in the Harpur Suite at 3 pm. This will feature a presentation from the MYID Polish Young people’s project and will be followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday 27th JanuaryGOSPEL CHOIR
They  are restarting the gospel choir at Christ The King Church  in Harrowden Road. .
Anyone interested in joining the gospel choir
should please meet in church straight after
10.30 am mass on Sunday 27th January.

Friday 25th January: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm

Admission £4 – Tea, cake and dancing (optional)

For information call 01234 404563

Friday 25th January: QUIZ NIGHT

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

7.30pm to 11pm

Raffle, bar available

tickets -£7.50, includes fish and chip supper

Sunday 20th January: SURPLUS GIFT SALE
St Joseph’s Church  will be holding a Surplus Gift Sale in aid of their  parish project on Sunday 20th January after all Masses in the Guild Room and in the porch of Our Lady’s, Kempston. Gifts can be handed into the presbytery or Our Lady’s church.

Saturday 19th January: NEW CHURCHES TOGETHER GROUP

This is in the newsletter of Holy Cross Church:

New Churches Together Group

North Bedford Churches Together is a new group being launched in May. It will include all the churches currently belonging to Goldington Churches Together and new churches will also be joining. The areas covered will include Goldington, Putnoe, Brickhill and Renhold.  In all of these areas, apart from Goldington, there has previously been no Churches Together group. We look forward to the new group of churches working together in partnership.

Saturday 19th January: MINIBUS

This is in the newsletter of  Christ The King:
NEW CHURCH MINIBUS
Thanks to the generosity of DOMs Garage,
Bedford, a minibus has been donated for our
use. Please let Fr Patrick have your thoughts
on how the minibus can benefit our parish
and its activities. We also require drivers who
must be over 25 and hold a clean licence with
a D1

January 18 – 25: WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events

Please support Christian unity by attending one or more of the following events. Please do come along. All are warmly welcome.

Fri 18th Jan Elstow Bunyan Christian Fellowship High Street Elstow MK42 9XP 4.30pm – 6.00pm Prayer Stations, based on John Bunyan & WPCU, will be available to access anytime between these times. Hot drinks available.

Sat 19th Jan Elstow Abbey Church End Elstow MK42 9XT 9.30am  Service followed by tea/coffee & biscuits

Sun 20th Jan Elstow Abbey Church End Elstow MK42 9XT 6.30pm Choral Evensong with the Elstow Abbey Singers, Preacher: The Rev’d Canon Dr Ian McIntosh. Followed by light refreshments.

Mon 21st Jan Shalom Wesleyan Holiness Church Offa Road Bedford MK42 9HZ 12.30pm  Service.  Please bring your lunch and share fellowship.

Tues 22nd Jan London Road Methodist Church London Road Bedford MK42 0NT 7.00pm Service followed by Fish & Chips! Please pre-order Fish & Chips via curate@elstow-abbey.org.uk or 07922 487705

Wed 23rd Jan St John’s Church, St John’s Street Bedford MK42 0DL 12 noon Prayer Stations available from 11.15, service at 12 noon, followed by soup & bread lunch.

Thurs 24th Jan St Michael & All Angels Barford Ave Bedford MK42 0DT 7.30pm Compline, followed by tea/coffee.

Additionally, The Bedford Quakers have sent their regular invitation for any to join in their mid-week Meeting for Worship on Thursday January 24 at 12:30pm-1:00pm followed by a shared simple lunch. Location: 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY

Fri 25th Jan Christ the King Harrowden Rd Bedford MK42 0SP 12.30pm Service.  Drinks provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Sunday 13th January: Catholic Youth Minister

From today’s newsletter at Ss Philip & James:


Recognising the need to engage, form and energise our young people in the
Faith, our parishes have gained funding for a Catholic Youth Minister for two
years. This is an exciting post we hope will support our young people on their
journey of faith. We should allow up to six months for recruitment; this includes
two rounds of advertising and interviews, as well as the successful candidates
notice period. Realistically, we are looking at a summer appointment. We
recognise the importance of getting the right person to journey with our young
people and we are prepared to take our time with a robust recruitment process.
Please note that we have funding for two years. Then we have decisions to make:
Is this a role we want to continue with? Have we met our desired outcomes from
this role? How do we continue to fund the role? We may have the opportunity to
apply for more funding (which could contribute to salary costs and/or project
costs). Alternatively, we could seek private funders who have been inspired by the
vision and ministry being undertaken. Or thirdly, we would seek to cover the costs
from within our parishes.
Neil Roseman, Director of Youth Ministry and Communication (NYMO), will
visit our community early in the year and will expound upon the above and seek to
answer any questions you have. Please continue to pray about this exciting
endeavour and ask the Lord to send us the best candidate for our needs.

 

Saturday 12th January: YARL’S WOOD

From today’s newsletter at Holy Cross:

Pastor Lonnie and the residents of Yarl’s Wood IRC were really appreciative of the two car-boots full of items (DVD’s, CD’s, craft items, etc.) that were donated to the centre as well as the many Christmas cards they received. The one item the team is short of at present is notebooks; if you have any to spare these can be left in Church and they will be taken to the centre. Mass is celebrated for residents each Monday at Yarl’s Wood and each time they appreciate being assured that they are held in our prayers.

 

Saturday 12th January: 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 January: PASTORAL AREA MEETING
w
ill be held
11th January at 7.30 pm
at Holy Cross Church, Goldington  Road

Sunday 6th January: Further Funding Secured – Ss P&J Parish Room

From today’s newsletter at Ss Philip & James:


Dear Joan and Fr Wayne, I am delighted to tell you that your application for
funding for the projector has been successful. We were very pleased to see how
much you have contributed to your parish already, and the plans for the future.
In his supporting letter, Fr Wayne offered to make the room available for use to
the Pastoral Area. We think this is a real improvement in local capacity and
request that the room be available for occasional use by diocesan staff, (eg:
Danielle Dixon, NYMO or NORES) as it would be excellent to have such a facility
in Bedford. God bless you in your new direction.
All the best, Avril Baigent, Lay Formation Fund Application Committee.
[NB] We propose to use the equipment for catechetical courses, Alpha, etc… and
also to establish a Christian film club where the first movie to be shown will be a
classic from a bygone era and will be accompanied by afternoon tea.

 

Sunday 6th January: Epiphany Proclamation AD 2019

  From today’s  newsletter at Ss Philip & James:

While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and in the calendars as 25th
December, many of the important liturgical celebrations of the Church year move
(based upon the date of Easter Sunday). Easter Sunday changes each year and
is always the Sunday after the “Paschal Full Moon” and thus falls between 22nd
March and 25th April. In ancient times, before calendars were common (or Church
newsletters were published), most people did not know the dates of the major
liturgical celebrations; as not attending Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation was
(and remains) a mortal sin, it was important to know the dates. Thus began the
tradition that on Epiphany Sunday, the upcoming major celebrations were
“proclaimed” by a Deacon following the proclamation of the Gospel. We don’t
expect you to recall all the dates but this simple liturgical action links us with
countless Catholic brothers and sisters across the centuries who have gone
before us. Like the “Epiphany Blessing” (with chalk), the Liturgy Office of England
and Wales encourages the restoration of the “Epiphany Proclamation” – “its revival
in many places would be opportune since it serves to make the connection
between the Epiphany and Easter, and orientates all feasts towards the greatest
Christian solemnity”.

Sunday 6th January: Epiphany House Blessing 20 + C + M + B + 19

From today’s newsletter at Ss Philip & James:

Christus Mansionem Benedicat – May Christ Bless this Home
There is an ancient tradition of blessing Christian homes at the Epiphany and thus
asking for God’s blessing on all who live in the home in the coming year. In doing
so this year we shall link ourselves with the diocesan schools “Year of Missio” and
we have been asked to especially draw people’s attention to this wonderful
practice. To do so we mark the lintel of the door in chalk with the date of the New
Year: 2019. We also add the initials of the names given to the Magi who brought
gifts to the infant Jesus in His first home:
● C for Caspar.
● M for Melchior.
● B for Balthasar.
The three initials, C-M-B, also stand for the three words of a Latin prayer: Christus
Mansionem Benedicat = May Christ bless this house. If you cannot use chalk on
the door/lintel of your home you could make a cardboard sign. Remember that
each time you enter your home you are asking for God’s blessing on all who live
and visit it. This year’s Epiphany Blessing will look like this: 20 + C + M + B + 19.
As you mark your home with the blessed chalk you might like to say this prayer:
Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every
nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. Fill us
with the light of Christ, that our concern for others may reflect your love. We ask
this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
You may also conclude with the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.
Blessed chalk is available in the narthex of the church.
From

Sunday 6th January: Taize Style Worship
This will be held at St Mary’s, Church Lane, on Sun. 6th Jan. at 5.00 p.m. It will then take place on the first Sunday of each month at 5.00 p.m. It will normally last around 40 minutes and will be followed by refreshments.

Sunday 6th January: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING
The Parish Gathering in the Parish Hall on Sun
6th January after 10.30 am Mass will be an
opportunity to greet each other for the New
Year and hear all the Parish News. Do join us.

 

Sunday 6th January:  CHANGE OF MASS TIME AT  CHRIST THE KING
Beginning from Sunday 6th January 2019 the
sung Sunday Mass will start at 10.30am
(instead of 10am)

Thursday 3rd January: Sr Ann RIP
Mass for Sister Ann, at Christ The King Church on Thu. 3rd Jan. Refreshments in Parish Hall afterwards. Funeral Mass for Sister Ann at 11.00 a.m. on Wed 9th Jan. at Our Lady and St Lawrence Church, West Street, Olney, MK46 5HH. Burial at the local Cemetery, Olney.

From Tuesday 1st January: BAGS OF HELP

St Thomas More School is bidding to obtain  a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. Customers can cast their vote at all Bedford stores between 1st January and 28th February 2019.

The project involved is called: “Driving Ambition”. It involves students aged 11-18 designing and building electric powered vehicles racing cars. There is more information on page 6 of The Vine dated January 2019.

Tuesday 1st January:  Mass

Mass for Mary, the Mother of God on 1st January 2019 will be at 12:00 noon in Holy Cross. At this Mass we shall pray for God’s blessing upon our parish family and for the
pastoral initiatives we shall undertake in the new year.

December 2018

Sunday 30th December: LIAM CASTLE

This is in the newsletter of Ss Philip & James today:

Liam Castle
On the 11th December our fourth year
seminarian, Liam Castle, graduated with a
Degree in Fundamental Catholic Theology
from the University of Birmingham. Liam
will apply to the Diocese and seminary to
be admitted as a Candidate for Holy
Orders during the early part of 2019.
Please hold Liam, and Daniel Rooke (in
his fifth year of seminary), in your prayers
as they continue in their journey with
Christ and His Church to Ordination to the
Sacred Priesthood.

 

Sunday 30th December: TAIZE AT CHRISTMAS TIDE
A beautiful prayerful service at Elstow Abbey
6.30 pm on Sunday 30th December

Christmas 2018 Mass Times

St Joseph’s, Bedford:

Christmas Eve
6.30 pm Children’s Mass
11.30 pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass
Christmas Day
8.15 am
9.30 am
11.00 am

Our Lady’s, Kempston:

Christmas Eve
6.30 pm Children’s Mass
Christmas Day
9.30 am

 

24th December – Christmas Eve
9:30am Ss Philip & James Mass of Advent
2:30pm IRC Yarl’s Wood Mass
6:00pm Holy Cross Vigil Youth Mass
9:30pm Ss Philip & James Sacred Readings and Carols led by the Choir
10:00pm  Ss Philip & James Mass
25th December – Christmas Day
8:00am  Ss Philip & James Mass
9:15am Holy Cross  Mass
11:00am Ss Philip & James Mass

Christ the King: 

Mon 24th Christmas Eve
5pm Mass – with children’s Nativity Scene
6pm Confessions
11pm Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm Midnight Mass
Tue 25th CHRISTMAS DAY
Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
8.15am Confessions (also after Latin Mass)
8.30am Latin Mass – Extraordinary Form:
Pro Populo
10am Sung Mass: Pro Populo
12 noon Lithuanian Mass

 

Sunday 23rd  December: CAROL SINGING TO HELP HOMELESS

This notice is is the newsletter of Holy Cross:

Carol Singing with St Mary’s and Priory
Thanks to all who helped on 13th Dec. We collected four car loads of donations and £119.59 in cash. This was taken to Smart Prebend Centre which helps Bedford’s homeless. They were pleased to receive it and have sent us a letter (see notice board). See our parish website for photos.

Sunday 23rd December: FUNDING SUCCESS

This good  news about funding success for a projector (to the installed in the Parish Room at Ss Philip & James) is in the newsletter of Holy Cross
Further Funding Secured – P&J Parish Room
Dear Joan and Fr Wayne, I am delighted to tell you that your application for funding for the projector has been successful. We were very pleased to see how much you have contributed to your parish already, and the plans for the future. In his supporting letter, Fr Wayne offered to make the room available for use to the Pastoral Area. We think this is a real improvement in local capacity, and would request that the room be available for occasional use by diocesan staff, such as Danielle Dixon, NYMO or NORES staff or myself, as it would be excellent to have such a facility in Bedford. God bless you in your new direction. All the best, Avril Baigent, Lay Formation Fund Application Committee.
Note: We propose to use the equipment for catechetical courses, Alpha, etc. and also to establish a Christian film club where the first movie to be shown will be a classic from a bygone era and will be accompanied by afternoon tea.

Sunday 23rd December: MISSION TOGETHER NEWS

This is in the newsletter of Holy Cross

Mission Together
Bishop Peter is backing the “Mission Together” (Missio) campaign that monies raised at a parish’s Giving Tree and/or Christmas Crib support the work of this charity in its 175th year. Monies raised and your prayers will make a huge difference to the many children around the world in desperate need. Donations offered at the Christmas Crib will support the work of this papal charity and a small amount will be used to help us buy resources for our own young people. Example costs include: Mission Together children’s aid relief: Sri Lanka child’s healthcare products (£1.70), Sri Lanka child’s Food Supplies (£2.30), Sri Lanka child’s visit to a doctor or dentist (£30.00), Sri Lanka health and welfare packs for 400 children (£1,600). Stationary for one child in Jordon (£5) School bag for one child in Jordon (£10.00) Snack and a drink for an entire school in Jordan (£150) Books for an entire school in Jordon (£500). Parish youth project resources – YouCat (£9.95) – YouCat Prayer Book (£7.95), YouCat Bible (£17.95) – YouCat Confirmation Book (£9.95) – YouCat Confession (£2.95) – YouCat for Kids (£10.95) – DoCat (£9.95) – Compendium to the Catechism (£7.95).

 

Friday 21st: CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The annual Christmas Concert at St Joseph’s is on Friday 21st December at 7.30 pm in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s church. Enjoy a pre-Christmas jolly of light entertainment and refreshments. Tickets  are £5 Adults and £2 Children. All proceeds in aid of the  parish project.

Sunday 16th December: TAIZE PRAYER EVENING

Christ the King Church will be holding Taize Prayer evening for Advent on Sunday 16th December at 6 pm.   This is a beautiful evening and a bit of peace leading up to Christmas which we hope you will be able to join us for.  We will be praying for the whole community and everyone is welcome.

 

Sunday 16th December: FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY AT CHRIST THE KING
Sunday 16th December from 2pm to 5pm
In the parish hall. Tickets £5 a family
Entertainer, Photographer, Visit from
Father Christmas, Bring a plate of food
CHILDREN MUST NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED

Contact the church for details on 01234 267714

Saturday 15th December: THE YEAR OF MISSIO

This notice is in the newsletter of Holy Cross church today:

The diocesan schools department has officially announced that 2019 will be the “Year of Missio”! From January next year schools will receive a monthly mailing with resources from this papal charity and this will culminate in a Missio-themed Schools’ Mass next October. Please do pray for God’s blessing on this endeavour!

Thursday 13th December: CAROL SINGING

We will be near the Goldington Tesco on Thursday 13th December. The area (near the entrance) is under cover and so does not get too cold. Please turn up at any time between 6 – 8 pm and stay for as long as you like. We need singers, musicians and car drivers to transport donated items to the Prebend Centre – which helps Bedford’s homeless. Last year we obtained four car loads of donations which was  greatly appreciated. But unfortunately only a small number came to help – in comparison with previous years. It is a lot easier and more fun with a larger group. People of all ages are very welcome.  Please consider joining this event, arranged by Goldington Churches Together, and bring along friends and family. Thank you.

Wednesday 12th December: FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
The feast day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on Wednesday 12th December in St Joseph’s at 7.30pm. The principal celebrant will be His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, along with Bishop Peter Doyle. There will be a reception after the Mass in the Italian Church Hall, Woburn Road. All are welcome. Full details: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk

Sunday 9th December: CHILDREN’S ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

This starts at 4 pm at Holy Cross Church in  Goldington Road. It will include activities, carol singing, listening to and taking part in the Christmas story. Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Sunday 9th December: DIVINE MERCY RETREAT
Divine Mercy Retreat on Sunday 9th December at St Joseph’s from 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm. This will be an afternoon of devotions, prayer, talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of Divine mercy and Mass at 4.00 pm. The afternoon will be led by the Marian Fathers. All are invited. Refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 9th December:  CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Children’s Christmas Party in Our Lady’s church,  Bedford Road, Kempston, on Sunday 9th December from 2.00pm to 3.30pm. Parents please sign list in the porch of Our Lady’s church if your child wishes to attend.

Sunday 9th December: CAROLS IN BEDFORD PARK 

People from several churches will take part in a carol service near the Pavilion Café in Bedford Park, starting at 3.30 pm, on Sunday 9th December. There were plans to have carol singing by a flash mob in Bedford town centre on December 15th but this has been cancelled.

 

Saturday 8th December: CHRISTMAS FAYRE

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

1 pm to 3 pm

Raffle, tombola, crafts, refreshments and more

Entry 50p, children free

For information call 01234 965497

 

Friday 7th December: Rosary Link – To pray for and sustain vocations to the Sacred Priesthood
On Friday, 7th December at SS Philip & James, Severn Way, at 7 pm – Vigil Mass of the Immaculate Conception and then 7:45 pm – Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament with the Holy Rosary followed by refreshments (for which volunteers are needed). Please
attend these liturgies particularly as we support seminarians Liam and Daniel in
their continued formation for the Sacred Priesthood. The Rosary Link began in
2004 to pray for priestly vocations and to strengthen those in ordained ministry.

Thursday 6th December: SYNOD ON YOUTH

Advent Reflection evening for Families and Young People at St Thomas
More Catholic School on 6th December 2018 at 6:00 pm. There will be an
interactive talk about the recent “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment
Synod” led by Neil Roseman from NYMO (Youth Department). Also present:
Good News Bookshop from Luton. Refreshments available and all are welcome.

Advent Evening Reflection
on the Synod on Youth

Neil Roseman,

Diocesan Youth Officer
followed by opportunity to browse resources from Good News Books

Thursday 6th December 6.00-7.00 p.m.
St Thomas More School, Bedford, MK41 7UL

Young people and families welcome
You are the present; be a brighter  future”                            

Wednesday 5th  – Sunday 9th December: CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

This will be held at St Paul’s Church in St Paul’s Square. From December 5th – 8th it will be open between 10 am – 5 pm. On December 9th it opens between midday and 4 pm. For more information visit www.lovebedford.co.uk

Monday 3rd December: VIDEO AT CHRIST THE KING

GLOBAL HEALING
We have a video about care for our
environment based on the recent document
Laudato Si’ . Rosemarie invites us to see the
video in the Patrick Donegan Room on
Monday evenings after the 7pm Mass on 3rd ,
10th & 17th December. Do come along.

Sunday 2nd December: COMPETITION!
This year Christ the King again will have a
Christmas tree at St Paul’s Church. Under 12s
are invited to make a decoration on the
theme of “Christmas Round the World”.
Entry forms at the back of the church, bring to the hall on
Sunday 2 December

Sunday 2nd December: SECURITY

This notice is in the newsletter of Holy Cross:

“Security
On Wednesday evening whilst Holy Cross premises were in use a car was broken into and items stolen. The car was parked immediately outside the parish office. Can we therefore please encourage you to be conscious of security and to not leave any items of value in your car?”

Sunday 2nd December: GOOD NEWS

This notice is in the newsletter of Ss Philip and James and also applies to Holy Cross:

“Catholic Youth Minister
Thank you to everyone who offered words of encouragement and sheer delight at
the news that we have secured the necessary funding to employ a Catholic Youth
Minister for our community. The youth department of the Diocese (NORES) will
take the lead as regards recruitment and the person’s ongoing professional
development. The contract will initially be for a period of two years. Please pray
that the Lord will send us the most appropriate person. We extend our
appreciation to Bernard Waddingham, Charles Stallard and Peter Commons who
were involved in submitting our application for funding to the charitable trust run
(appropriately for us) by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Deo gratias”

Sunday 2nd December: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING

Parish Gathering on Sunday 2nd December in the
Parish Hall after 10am Mass. Keep up to date with
all the Parish news as refreshments are served

Saturday 1st December: THANKSGIVING CONCERT
The CHISEN Foundation invites all friends, benefactors and anyone who enjoys a variety of musical talent to a thanksgiving concert on Saturday 1st December at 7.15pm in Christ the King Church Hall, Harrowden Road. All donations in aid of disabled children in Ghana. Entry free

Saturday 1st December: Parish Open Meeting 

There will be an Open Meeting at SS Philip & James, Severn Way, on Saturday 1st December at 10:30am – after the morning Mass. We need volunteers to make tea and coffee and people to attend. Remember, decisions and points are made by those who turn up.
Please bring your hopes for the future and identify the ways you may be involved
in Parish life.

November 2018

Friday 30th November: MASS IN KEYSOE
There will be a Mass celebrated in St Mary’s Parish Church,
Keysoe, on Friday 30th November at 7.00pm. All welcome.

 

Wednesday 28th November: RED WEDNESDAY

Bishop Peter warmly commends this initiative from Aid to the Church in Need. It
is a campaign to stand up for the Faith and for religious freedom. This is an
important opportunity for Christians to stand together and shine a light on the
modern day persecution of Christians. The 9:30 am Mass on this day (at SS Philip & James, Severn Way) will be celebrated as a Votive Mass of the Martyrs. Refreshments follow to which all are invited. Please also wear something red in solidarity with persecuted Christians. Many churches and schools are supporting this. Westminster
Cathedral, many other cathedrals and churches (and even Blackpool Tower) will be lit up in red for this event.

Tuesday 27th November: SOUPFEST18

Soup is being sold in aid of Bedford’s homeless on November 27th, in Harpur Square between 11.30 am – 6 pm. For details visit www.soupfest.co.uk

Sunday 25th November: CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR YARL’S WOOD

There are notices about this in the newsletters of Holy Cross and SS Philip & James. They  say:

It would be greatly appreciated if we could collect items for the residents at Yarl’s
Wood. This year we have been asked to collect DVDs and craft items such as
fabric, for making and repairing items of clothing, cotton thread, wool, coloured
paper, colouring pens and similar. Leave these, by 16th December, in the
collection box in the church porch.  Thank you.

Sunday 25th November: ALPHA

A notice in the newsletter of SS Philip & James states:

“LET US CELEBRATE, GIVE THANKS AND
OFFER PRAISE to God Our Father for the
resounding success of the recent Alpha Course.

THANK YOU to all of the guests who supported
and attended the course, and for their positive
comments and feedback. THANK YOU to Kathy,
Margaret, Geraldine, Pam, Rose, Irene, Mary and
Breda, our wonderful team behind the scenes who
arrived early to set up and then later cleared away
and tidied the parish centre. THANK YOU to all our
group facilitators and helpers: Erica, Christine,
Maria, Sheila, Beth, Becca, Irene, Vic and George

who enabled honest, stimulating and enjoyable group discussions about life, God,
the Catholic Faith and Christianity. A big THANK YOU to Kathy Goodwin for all of
the delicious meals and scrumptious desserts she cooked and to Sheila Allen for
sorting out all of the course’s paperwork and administration. THANK YOU to all in
our parishes who prayed for the Alpha Course, the Alpha team and guests.
Please continue to remember in your prayers all those who attended the recent
course and also for the smooth running and success of next year’s course. We
extend a really well-deserved “thank you” to Joan Kedward for her unstinting
efforts and boundless enthusiasm in organising and running the course.”

Sunday 25th November: CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING

A notice in the newsletter of Christ the King church states: ”
Our Feast of Title, will be celebrated on
Sunday 25th November. Evening Prayer with
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will be
sung at 6pm. Our ecumenical partners have
been invited. Please do come to honour our
King in this special way, and to welcome our
guests from other churches.”

 

 

Friday 23rd November: 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

 

Tuesday 20th November: YOUCAT for Kids
Following the publication of the Youth Catechism (YOUCAT) a new resource aimed at younger children “YOUCAT for Kids” is now available. This is a great tool for catechists, parents/guardians, grandparents and anyone who desires to pass on the Faith to children. A special “YOUCAT for Kids session” is to take place in our Pastoral Area in order that during the 90 minute session there will be opportunity to:
 Browse the YOUCAT for Kids and be guided through a method of using this.
 Have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the YOUCAT for Kids; reduced price £10.
 Hear about support and training for catechists with our diocese.
There is no charge for the event but booking via NORES is essential (Email: admin@nores.org.uk / Tel: 01582 723312). Tue. 20th Nov. 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Refreshments from 7.00 p.m. at St Philip and St James Church in Severn Way.

 

Monday 19th November: ANNUAL BEREAVEMENT MASS
This will be held at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road at 7 pm  on Monday 19th November, for all families bereaved during the year.

Sunday 18th November: HOLY CROSS

The following is in the Holy Cross newsletter dated 18th November:

Calling all Great Bakers!
A volunteer or volunteers are sought to make a crown themed cake for Christ the King Sunday! This will be blessed at the Mass on Christ the King Sunday (25/11/18) and served during refreshments. Please contact Fr Wayne if you can help! You also might want to type ‘Christ the King cake’ into an internet search engine and look at the mouth-watering images! You might also be interested to know that it is was once called an Advent ‘Crown’ (and not ‘wreath’) as traditionally it was associated with Christ the King Sunday, that is, the Sunday before the start of Advent! Perhaps this coming Advent we might all pause each day and remember the spiritual wonder of the season and not rush too quickly to CHRISTmas?

Remembrance Sunday
Thank you to all who participated in the Remembrance Sunday service at the Goldington Green war memorial last Sunday. Thank you to Peter Gerrish who liaised with several groups and coordinated the various dignitaries, including those associated with the Royal British Legion and the Royal Green Jackets. Particular thanks also to Ben Mason who acted as M.C. for the service and to Ben Orr for the playing of the Last Post and Reveille. We also had local Beavers, Brownies and Guides arranged by Stella Good; whilst Peter Barron arranged that our altar servers be acolytes for the service. It was a particularly poignant Armistice Day as we gathered on the eleventh day of the eleventh month one hundred years to the day that the guns fell silent in the Great War. It was also an honour for us as the Catholic community to lead the act of remembrance (this being the first occasion that we have done so). Apparently this was the largest attended Goldington Remembrance Sunday service in recent years. Thank you also to Kathy Goodwin and the team for providing refreshments afterwards and to the parish for making available the Hall (which was full of visitors, some on their first visit). Thank you also to those people from other Christian communities who assisted with this important service. Above all, thank you to those who attended this national act of remembrance, Deacon Tony. * We also extend a sincere “thank you” to Dcn Tony himself who lead the Remembrance Sunday service with great dignity.

Sunday 18th November: SS PHILIP & JAMES

These appear in the newsletter of SS Philip & James dated 18th November:

Remembrance Sunday – thanks go to:
• Flower arrangers who decorated the Church with beautiful and appropriately
themed arrangements for Remembrance Sunday. There were lots of very
positive and appreciative comments.
• Musicians who incorporated the specially written Armistice Hymn into the
11:00am Mass and who accompanied it so beautifully. The whole building
reverberated with prayer as we sang it with much passion and enthusiasm.
• People who offered their thanks at the end of the 11:00am Mass for our
observance of that national day of mourning. The Bishops’ Conference
suggested that one Mass every Remembrance Sunday is offered as a
Requiem for the departed as a result of war and conflict. Your vocal support
and compliments are appreciated.
• First Holy Communion and Confirmandi who asked wonderful questions,
such as: “Why were the altar candles a different colour today?” and “Why
were black vestments worn?” etc…
• All young people who presented “Lest we forget” flags at the altar.
• Adults who assisted with the interactive homily at the 11:00am Mass.
• Young people who read the Sacred Scriptures, led the Intercessions, etc…
at the 11:00am Mass.
• Individuals who noticed our small field of poppies outside the Church.
Calling all Great Bakers, British or otherwise
A volunteer (or volunteers) are sought to make a crown-themed cake for
Christ the King Sunday. This will be blessed at the 11:00am Mass on Christ
the King Sunday, 25th November, and served during refreshments. Please
contact Fr Wayne if you can help. Type ‘Christ the King cake’ into an internet
search engine and look at the mouth-watering images

The Jesse Giving Tree
This year we shall combine the Advent Crown with the Giving Tree by
creating a Jesse Giving Tree. This illustrates the account of salvation from
Creation to the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Wonderfully, we shall build this each
Advent Sunday as our young people will bring forward seven plaques
representing a Biblical theme. The newsletter will contain a brief explanation
of each plaque and there will be loanable resources provided for families to
take home and learn more about the ancient Catholic tradition of the Jesse
Tree. It will be a wonderful way for families to observe Advent at home. The
final candle in the Advent Crown will be added on Christmas Day and will be
presented by our young people for blessing. As usual there will be an
opportunity to make a financial donation at the Jesse Giving Tree. This year
the money will be used as part of an exciting parish youth project; for which
there will soon be an important update. It has further been suggested that the
Jesse Giving Tree also support “Mission Together” (an aid agency for
children, part of Missio) which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Thus the
monies collected at the Jesse Giving Tree and the Christmas Tree will
support children and youth in our own parish and across the world. My thanks
to everyone who has already been so supportive of this idea. The Jesse
Giving Tree will help us to truly make a distinction between Advent and
CHRISTmas, it will also be more visible than our usual Advent Crown and will
involve our young people in a fuller way each week. You might also be
interested to know that it is called an Advent ‘Crown’ as traditionally it was
associated with Christ the King Sunday (the Sunday before the start of
Advent). Perhaps this Advent we might all pause each day and remember the
spiritual wonder of the season and not rush too quickly to CHRISTmas? And
to emphasise this, our thanks to Kieran Rentle and Noel O’Hanlon, who have
agreed to erect the Christmas Tree on the 23rd/24th December. The presence
of the Jesse Giving Tree in Advent and then the arrival of the Christmas
Tree so close to Christmas Day will help us to mark the difference between
the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Christmas Stamps
Despite what some supermarkets would have us believe, CHRISTmas is not
about turkey. It is about the overflowing love of God revealed in the Birth of
Jesus Christ. It is not therefore, as is often said, “for the children”. It is for all
people because it is about the hope of our eternal salvation. Therefore as you
make preparations for the great season try to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas
by purchasing only Christian cards and religious postage stamps. [NB] You
may need to ask for the ‘Madonna and Child’ stamps otherwise you will be
offered the secular seasonal stamps featuring red post-boxes.

Saturday 17th November:CONFERENCE FOR CATHOLIC MEN
Man and his Mission. 17th – 18th Nov starting at 10am, Buckden Towers, Buckden, Cambs. Tickets and information: http://www.catholicmen.uk

Saturday 17th November: Chavurah – Fellowship!
Times: 14:30 – 17:30 Place: Turvey
Abbey, Cost: Free! *Everyone can bring a
dish. Option to attend vespers, afterwards.
All welcome to this informal, yet informative
gathering. Together, with the Association of
Hebrew Catholics and Turvey monks, we aim
to bring the deeper meaning of our faith,
from our Jewish roots, back into our prayer
lives, and experience customs such as what
it’s like to be at a Seder and how that can
enrich the last Passover, or the last supper.
This is an opportunity to get deeper into a
living faith by studying Torah – central to
both Judaism and Christianity. Some
accommodation is available for those coming
long distances. For information about AHC:
http://www.hebrewcatholic.net/

For information on Carmelites, of whom many of
us follow the path, starting with Elijah:
http://www.carmelite.org/spirituality

Saturday 17th November: CATHOLIC MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT
A day focusing on your marriage has been arranged on Saturday 17th November at Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Rd, Bedford from 10  am to 4.00 pm. The day is designed to enrich your life as a couple and perhaps consider mentoring engaged couples in the parish. The day is free. Please bring a packed lunch. More information can be obtained from the church.

Sunday 11th November: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICE

By the war memorial on Goldington Green, 10.45 a.m. arranged by Holy Cross and led by Deacon Tony. After the service everyone is invited to Holy Cross hall for refreshments, in this special anniversary year. The event is organised by Goldington Churches Together.

Sunday 11th November:  PRAYER REQUEST. 

An item in Holy Cross newsletter states: “On behalf of our community Joan Kedward has submitted a funding application to our Diocese for the purchase and installation of audio-visual equipment! Can we ask that you hold this Intention in your daily prayers? A successful outcome would allow us to host a plethora of catechetical courses (such as Bible Timeline, Altaration, etc), to host Alpha and to show the latest films, etc. as well as increasing our provision for young people preparing for the Sacraments.”

 

Saturday 10th November: FAIR AND EXHIBITION
This will be held at St Mary’s, Church Lane, between 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. There will be an exhibition in the church, in memory of local men who lost their lives in World War 1.

 

Saturday 10th November: TABLE TOP SALE

Christ the King Parish Hall,

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9 am to Noon, Entry 50p

Refreshments available, Lots of bargains.

For information call 01234 965497

 

 

Saturday 10th November: LATIN MASS AT THE SHRINE
Mass of Reparation for the Irish Referendum
outcome at the Shrine of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, Holy Child & St Joseph, Saturday
10 November at 12.00. This will be a High
Mass with professional musicians in this
beautiful setting and refreshments will be
available afterwards. All welcome.

Thursday 8th November: CURRY NIGHT

The parish fundraising group at St Joseph’s has decided to support two charities for the next two years, namely the Bedford Daycare Hospice, providing care for those with life limiting illnesses and Mary’s Meals, a Catholic charity providing a daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically hungry children into the classroom where they receive the education that could be their route out of poverty.
The  next fundraising event is a Curry Night on Thursday 8th November 7.00 pm for 7.15 pm at Indiya Restaurant, The Broadway, Bedford, at £15 per person of which the restaurant will give £2.50 per diner to our new parish project. Please place your name on the sheet at the back of the church if you wish to indulge in a splendid repast!

 

Monday 5th November: GOLDINGTON CHURCHES TOGETHER

We welcome The Rev’d Simon Dommett as the new Vicar of St
Mary’s Church, Goldington. The licencing service starts at 7.30 pm.

Sunday 4th November: BLESSING OF GRAVES

The annual blessing, arranged by Christ the King Church,  will take place at Norse
Road Cemetery 2 pm on Sunday 4th November.
Meet under the office canopy for short
prayers first.

Sunday 4th November: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING
After 10 am Mass in the Hall on Sunday 4th
November. Enjoy refreshments and keep up
to date with developments in the Parish.
All welcome

Saturday 3rd November: RECLAIM HALLOWEEN 

A notice in the newsletter of Holy Cross Church states: ”

Thank You
To everyone who attended the Vigil Mass for All Saint’s Day and helped us to reclaim Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) and HallowMass (All Saints Day) as Catholic celebrations. All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints Day are celebrations of the Light of Christ seen in the great heroes of the Faith: the Saints of God. What a contrast that is to the trivialisation of evil that we see in the secular and pagan observance of All Hallows’ Eve. We also thank Orla (dressed as St Therese) for leading us in the Angelus and to all the young people who brought forward coloured candles at the Intercessions (each candle representing the children of a different continent and those young people who have died). THANK YOU to everyone who assisted with the All Hallows’ Eve party! A truly wonderful and hallowed time was had by all and what fantastic saintly costumes our young people were wearing! The twenty carved pumpkins with Christian symbols at the foot of the altar were a joy to behold. More than sixty young people attended this celebration and each went home with arms full of saint-themed goodies, glow-sticks and chocolates. The fireworks and sparklers were a real crowd-pleaser especially for the adults! THANK YOU to everyone who fulfilled the All Saint’s Day Mass of Obligation at one of our three Masses! THANK YOU to everyone who attended one of the All Souls Day Masses in our community! Please do continue to pray for all the faithful departed of our parish family.”

October 2018

Wednesday 31st October: ALL HALLOWS EVE

Help is needed to organise a Christian celebration of All Hallows Eve for our young people. This will be held at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road,  and will follow an early Vigil Mass (fulfilling the All Saints Day Obligation on 1st Nov.). We could encourage young people to dress-up as saints and to carve a cross into a pumpkin; we could also have glow-sticks for use outside and perhaps have fireworks whilst the food could be appropriately themed with heavenly cakes and saintly sweets! This would help us to portray a positive alternative and indeed the Christian origin to “Halloween”: the word comes from “All Hallows Eve” which is the evening before All Hallows Day (more commonly called All Saints Day). If you are able to assist with this please let Fr Wayne know ASAP.

Sunday 28th October: BLESSING OF GRAVES
A notice in the newsletter of St Joseph’s Church states: “The blessing of graves in the month of November will be as follows: Foster Hill Road on Sunday 4th November. Norse Road and Kempston on Sunday 11th November. Each service will begin with prayers near the entrance to the cemetery at 2.30 pm followed by the blessing of individual graves. Please let Canon Seamus or Fr Nathaniel know if there is a request to bless any graves in Wootton Cemetery.”

Sunday 28th October: LEGION OF MARY
There will be short talk about the work of the Legion of Mary after the 9.30 am Mass on October 28th  at Our Lady’s, Bedford Road, Kempston.

Sunday 28th October: CLOCKS GO BACK
Don’t forget that the clocks go back one hour
on Sunday 28th October.

Friday 26th October: 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

Monday 22nd October: LOURDES

You are invited to a presentation at Holy Cross church, Goldington Road, on 22nd Oct. 7.30 pm, to find out about the work of Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT) in taking sick and disabled people on a fully accessible pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Sunday 21st October: CHRISTMAS WITH A DIFFERENCE

An item in the Holy Cross newsletter states: “Can you make room for an international student to learn what true British Festive hospitality can mean? HOST UK arranges for international students to enjoy brief homestays with UK hosts, one day, a weekend or, over the festive period-a three day visit. We need hosts so that a smile can spread across many more faces. If you would like to know more, visit http://www.hostuk.org or leave a message on http://visits.hostuk.org/Public/ApplyToBecomeAHost         ”

 

Sunday 21st October: VISITORS TO MASS AT HOLY CROSS AND SS PHILIP & JAMES

Members of the “Legion of Mary” based at Christ the King Church will be present at the 9.15 a.m.  (at Holy Cross) and 11.00 a.m. (at SS Philip & James)  Masses on 21st October. Their desire is to speak about their work and prayer for “the salvation of souls” through evangelisation and in offering people a glimpse of “glories of the Catholic Faith”. Membership of the organisation can be both “active” and “auxiliary” (the former carrying out the actual work and the latter supporting it through prayer). The group meets every Tuesday evening at Christ the King Church.

 

Saturday 20th October: DAY OF REFLECTION

Fr Derek Laverty SS.CC will be leading a Day of Reflection, 10.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m , in the Parish Room at SS Philip & James Church in  Severn Way. All welcome. Bring a packed lunch; drinks will be provided.

 

Friday 19th October: NEW PARISH PROJECT
The parish fundraising group at St Joseph’s Church has decided to support two charities for the next two years, namely the Bedford Daycare Hospice and Mary’s Meals.

The first fundraising event for the above is a Parish Quiz on October  19th at 7.30 pm in the Guild Room at St Joseph’s Church

The next event is a Curry Night on Thursday 8th November 7.00 pm for 7.15 pm at Indiya Restaurant, The Broadway, Bedford, at £15 per person of which the restaurant will give £2.50 per diner to our new parish project. Please place your name on the sheet at the back of St Joseph’s church if you wish to indulge in a splendid repast!

Friday 19th October:  CHISEN QUIZ NIGHT
Friday 19th October 2018 at 7.30 pm
Christ the King church hall, Harrowden Road,
Bedford. Bring and share food. Raffle.
Tickets £5 from Chisen team,

Friday 19th October: VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP
A workshop to help recruit parish volunteers is open
to all parish group leaders or their representative on
Friday 19th October from 10.30  am to 4.30pm in
Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, Bedford, led
by Avril Baigent, diocesan Pastoral Ministry
Adviser. To book a place contact the parish
secretary at holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com
or call 353116.

Sunday 14th October: PRAYER PARTNERS
A notice in the newsletter of Christ the King Church states: “With 15 more children than last year, we
need more Prayer Partners! This involves
praying for your child each day between now
and the time of their First Holy Communion.
You will receive a leaflet telling you about
your child. All Prayer Partners from last year
will be invited to do this again, but anyone
who has not been a Prayer Partner before and
is willing to start, is invited to sign the list at
the back of church. Many thanks.”

Saturday 13th October: 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

Wednesday 10th October: EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Prayer meeting in the Guild Room of St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road,
at 8.00 pm praying before the Blessed Sacrament with songs, readings and intercessory prayer. All welcome.

8th  – 14th October: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ WEEK

We may thank God we have so many good people and positive activity within our schools. They all contribute so much to the work and mission of Bishop Peter and the Diocese. Our Catholic Schools’ Week is a celebration of all that we do. Please remember our schools: our young people and their families, all staff, Governors and Directors in your prayers.

Sunday 7th October: WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE

A  notice in the newsletter of St Joseph’s Church states:
A pilgrimage for the sanctity of human life on Sunday 7th October led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald. Departing St Joseph’s 8.15am. Tickets £16 which includes entry to the Priory. Contact Mary Frost to book a place. Pick up leaflet at the back of the church for full details of the day.

 

Sunday 7th October: ST JOSEPH & ST GREGORY SCHOOL
Teachers and pupils of St Joseph & St Gregory Primary School will be attending  the 9.30 am Mass on October 7th  in St Joseph’s Church.

 

Friday 5th October: PASTORAL AREA COUNCIL MASS & AGM
A notice in the newsletter of St Josephs states: All are invited to the Bedford Pastoral Area Council Mass in St Joseph’s church. in Midland Road,  at 7.00 pm followed by the AGM in the Guild Room. All welcome.

Friday 5th October: WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING

In Holy Cross Parish Hall, Fri. 5th Oct. 12.00
noon to 3.00 p.m. Please support this cause.
Donations of cakes appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Friday 5th October: CAFOD AND MISSIO

In October each year the Church particularly encourages us to look outwards, towards our global family. Specifically, we are asked to do this through our support of CAFOD’s Family Fast Day (5th Oct.) and Missio’s World Mission Sunday (21st Oct.). We know that the Church’s mission is to proclaim the Gospel. By supporting Missio you are spreading the Gospel through building and strengthening the Church overseas. By supporting CAFOD you are spreading the Gospel through helping people in need overseas. Thank you in advance for your prayerful and generous support of both Missio and CAFOD. Both charities would ask that you held them in prayer as they come together for a joint workshop (bring trialled in our Diocese) on 11th Oct. where they will demonstrate the complimentary nature of their work.

Monday 1st October:  OCTOBER FOR OUR LADY
You are invited to an evening showing of the
5 -part dvd series (25 mins.) on the Life of Our
Lady, Mary, Our Mother: ‘Let It Be’. Filmed
on location in the Holy Land, with teaching
and prayer, this is an inspiring and uplifting
series. This will be held at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road,  EACH MONDAY EVENING IN OCTOBER
– at 7.30pm in the Patrick Donegan meeting
room – and ending at 8.30 pm. Book to go
with the series £3. Come and get to know
Our Lady. October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, all
welcome.

September 2018

Sunday 30th September: CALENDARS

A notice in the newsletter of Holy Cross says: “We have produced 2019 calendars featuring
photographs of Holy Cross and SS Philip &
James. They will be available from this
weekend for a minimum donation of £3 each.
The money will go towards a dementia
friendly initiative in our parishes. We have
100 to sell and they’ll be available after
Masses in the narthex.”

 

Sunday 30th September:  TAIZE PRAYER
This will be held at Elstow
Abbey. Centuries of prayer live in this lovely
church, all welcome to come and enjoy the
prayer, silence and chants

Sunday 30th Septembet: PARISH BBQ
The final fundraising event for Fr Boniface will be a barbecue on September 30th at 2.00 pm in the grounds of Our Lady’s church, Kempston. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children. Bring your own drinks.

Saturday 29th September: STUDENT WELCOME MASS

Fr Wayne will be attending the “Wellness Day” for Freshers week at the university and inviting students to come to the Vigil Mass at Holy Cross on Sat. 29th Sept. After Mass there will be a light supper and refreshments in the Hall, to which Parishioners are invited. For catering purposes, a sign-up sheet will be available at the back of church next weekend (22nd & 23rd Sept) so please put your name down if you would like to join us.

Friday 28th September: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA

Christ the King Parish Hall

Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

2pm to 4pm, Raffle

Admission £3 – Tea, cake and dancing

For information call 01234 404563

 

Saturday 22nd September: EVC CONCERT
There will be a Variety Concert in support of EVC Uganda set up to support Fr Boniface in his work for desperately poor children in his care. The concert will be on Saturday 22nd September in St Joseph’s church, Midland Road,  at 7.30 pm. Tickets on sale at £5 on the night or after the Sunday Masses. Come for a fun evening.

Thursday 20th September: WELCOME FATHER NATHANIEL

A  notice in the newsletter of St Joseph’s Church, dated 16th September,  says: “At last we have the good news of a new assistant priest arriving in the parish this
Thursday in the form of Fr Nathaniel
Onwuekwe from Nigeria. We welcome
him as he takes up his duties with us in
both parishes. This means that Mass in
Our Lady’s is restored to Sunday at
9.30 am from next Sunday.”

Monday 17th September: HOLY CROSS PARISH SECRETARY 

We welcome Sheila Allen as our new parish secretary. She will be in the office on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Sunday 16th September: POLISH PILGRIMAGE + SVP STORY

These notices are from the newsletter of Holy Cross Church:

“Polish Pilgrimage 2019
Please be assured that Holy Cross  and SS Philip & James parishioners were held in prayer whilst I was on pilgrimage in Poland. On Sunday 9th September Mass was offered for the parishes in the oldest Church in Krakow (St Albert); then Mass on Holy Cross Day was offered for parishioners in the Chapel of Ss John Paul II in the Salt Mines. Wondrously, I then found myself celebrating Mass at the Shrine of Divine Mercy for Bedford pilgrims whom I unexpectedly encountered! Dcn Tony is planning a pilgrimage to Poland for our parishes in 2019; if you are possibly interested in joining us please do speak with him! Fr Wayne

” SVP: One Family’s Story
“I would like to embrace the whole world in a network of charity”
Blessed Frédéric Ozanam This week of Awareness Month we would like to share a story highlighting the work of an SVP Conference, highlighting just one example of the ways in which our Members assist people in need. A lady in her late 50s, was suddenly abandoned by her husband of nearly 40 years, who left with another woman. She was devastated and found herself almost destitute, no longer able to afford the rent on their flat. She managed to find a cheaper flat in another area, away from her former husband, but had no resources to get started, and as he had taken much of their furniture and household equipment, she needed help in her new home. With the support of the SVP, who purchased a cooker and a fridge/freezer for her, and also found good quality furniture through local appeals, she is now beginning to rebuild her life.”

Sunday 16th September: PARISH FEAST DAY

The 9.15 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Goldington Road,  will be followed by brunch (with hot bacon rolls) with games and activities for the family

Saturday 15th September: PATHWAYS TO PRAYER

Avril Baigent (Pastoral Ministry Advisor), who recently visited Holy Cross  parish to promote a pastoral initiative of Bishop Peter, is asking for potential leaders of prayer groups to attend a “Taster Session” on 15th September in Our Lady of Lourdes Meeting Room, Milton Keynes. Pathways of Prayer is a new resource for the Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation in order “to get everyone in our congregations praying” so that our faith in Jesus Christ might be deepened. The “Taster Session” is for potential group leaders to come and have a look at the resources and to think about how they could run the course in their own parish. To book a place please email Avril: avril@northamptondiocese.com.

Saturday 15th September: LITTLE WAY HEALING MINISTRIES
Open healing day with Fr Laurence Brassill and Mrs
Pauline Edwards and team on Saturday 15th
September 10.45am – 4.30pm in St Joseph’s
Church in Midland Road. . Mass at 10.45 am followed by Exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions until
12.30 pm. Lunch in Guild Room 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm.
Please bring a packed lunch. Sharing in scripture,
testimonies, laying on of hands and prayers for
healing 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm. Web information:
http://www.littlewayhealingministries.com. All welcome

 

Friday 14th September: MASS IN KEYSOE
There will be a Mass celebrated in Keysoe Parish Church on Friday 14th September at 7.00pm, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. A relic of the true cross will be venerated.

 

Friday 14th September: ROSARY LINK

The diocesan initiative ‘Rosary Link for Vocations’ will meet on 14th Sept. at 7.30 p.m. in Our Lady of Ransom Church, Kempston. All welcome! This is a wonderful way to pray for vocations to the sacred ministry and to support those who already live within this vocation.

 

Tuesday 11th September: BECOMING A CATH0LIC

Are you interested in being received into the Catholic Church? Do you want to explore the Catholic Faith? Are you an adult Catholic who has not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation? If any of these apply to you please speak with Fr Wayne ASAP. The sacramental preparation course will begin with Alpha and the first session is on Tue. 11th Sept. in Holy Cross  from 6.30 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.; we shall begin promptly with a light supper. It will not be possible to join the course after it has begun. The Sacrament of Confirmation for adults will be celebrated at the Easter Vigil (20th April 2019) in SS Philip & James Church.

Saturday 8th September: EVENT MENTIONED IN CHRIST THE KING NEWSLETTER

Sponsored Bike’N Hike.
All cyclists, walkers, or even car drivers are asked to take part on Saturday 8th September to raise funds for local historic churches. Just get a few friends and family to sponsor you to visit local churches at any time between 10 am and 6 pm. Half of the money raised will be given back to Christ the King. We will also be eligible to receive a grant from the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust for a parish project: maybe for a new organ, as our present organ needs replacement. Please ask Fr Patrick for a Participants Pack, including sponsor forms.

Saturday 8th September: TABLE TOP SALE
In the Parish Hall of Christ the King, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

9am to Noon, Entry 50p

Tables available @ £5 per table

Refreshments available

For information call 01234 96549

 

Friday 7th September: UNIVERSITY STUDENT PROJECT

A meeting, led by Avril Baigent is to be held in the Parish Hall  of Holy Cross, Goldington Road,  on 7th Sept. at 7.30 p.m. to arrange the practicalities of encouraging Catholics at the local university campus to make Holy Cross  their spiritual home. All welcome to attend! Everyone can be a part of this adventure by praying for God’s blessing upon our work.

Friday 7th September: HOLY HOUR 

At the encouragement of Bishop Peter all parishes are being asked to unite themselves in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament for the forthcoming national Eucharistic Congress. The diocesan Liturgical Commission has prepared resources for this in the form of a Holy Hour. Adoration on Fri. 7th Sept. at Holy Cross, Goldington Road,  will last for one hour (from 10.00 a.m.) and be themed around the diocesan resources.

 

Tuesday 4th September: COME ALONG AND JOIN THE ADVENTURE

New weekly Bible Timeline course: The Great Adventure, starting on
Tuesday, 4th September 2018 at SS Philip & James 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. More information is available from the church. The email address is sspandjparishsecretary@gmail.com

 

Monday 3rd September: ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
The Acts of the Apostles Course looking at the Acts
begins on Monday 3rd September at Holy Cross
Parish Hall 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. Wednesday 5th
September in the Parish Room, Christ the King
Church 10.45 am – 12.45 pm. Tuesday 11th
September at Our Lady’s Church, Kempston
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm. Full details of dates, times and
venues may be on your church noticeboard.

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.

Sunday 2nd September: HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY

There is a photo and notice in the newsletter of SS Philip & James church which says:”
Deacon Tony and Maria (with
their family) celebrating their
twenty-fifth anniversary of
marriage whilst on holiday in
Honolulu. Mercifully they
escaped the worst of the
storm that hit that part of the
world.
Deacon Tony and Maria are
now back “in harness” and
Maria will be back in the
Presbytery office on the 5th
and 6th September this week,
and 12th/13th next week”

Sunday 2nd September: PARISH GATHERING
After the 10am Mass at Christ The King, Harrowden Road, in the Hall on Sunday
2nd September. Please come and enjoy light
refreshments and take the opportunity to
hear all the parish news.

August 2018

Sunday 26th August: POPE FRANCES’ LETTER

This is in the Holy Cross newsletter: ” Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such atrocities. You can read the full letter at http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-08/pope-francis-letter-people-of-god-sexual-abuse.html –            ”

Sunday 26th August: DATA PROTECTION
A notice in the newsletter of St Joseph’s States: “The data protection policy for the diocese and  applied to all parishes can be viewed on the parish
website or the diocesan website
http://www.northamptondiocese.org/data.         ”

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: AFTERNOON VINTAGE TEA
This will be held in Christ the King Parish Hall, Harrowden Road, from 2pm to 4pm. A typical English Tea Room atmosphere, proper crockery,
sandwiches & cakes, dance if you wish. Raffle included. Entry £3. All welcome.

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.severn

Wednesday 22nd August: VISITORS FROM YARL’S WOOD 

From about 3:00 pm Pastor Lonnie Haye and
some staff members from Yarl’s Wood will be visiting SS  Philip &James ,  Severn Way, for a tour of the Church. Would you be able to help serve refreshments for our visitors around 3:45 pm? If so, please contact Fr Wayne. Anyone who is
interested and wants to learn more is welcome to attend.


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 19th August: SVP JOB VACANCIES

This is from Christ The King newsletter:” The SVP is seeking to recruit a Young
Vincentians Programme Manager, and a Mini
Vinnies Officer as part of the expansion of our
youth programme.
Young Vincentians Programme Manager:
£30k pa; full time permanent contract.
Closing date: 15:00 on Thursday 23rd August
2018. Interviews: Thursday 30th August 2018.
Start date: ASAP.
Mini Vinnies Officer: £23k pro rata; 2
days/week; one year contract. Closing date:
10am Monday 20th August 2018. Interviews:
Friday 24th August. Start date: ASAP.
Both roles based at national office. For more
details & application pack, please visit the
vacancies section of the SVP website:
https://www.svp.org.uk/.                       ”

Sunday 19th August: PARISH SECRETARY AT HOLY CROSS

This is in the Holy Cross newsletter:” It is a great joy to announce that Sheila Allen has accepted the position of Parish Secretary! Sheila will take up her role sometime in September. Please continue to pray in thanksgiving for the wonderful way in which Barbara Doyle has undertaken this role; likewise assure her and Peter of your prayers as they decide how to spend their free time together!” Barbara is leaving her role as Parish Secretary on the 14th September.

Sunday 19th August: SAFETY AND SECURITY

This is from the newsletter of SS Philip & James Church: “We have had to improve security at Ss Philip and James but when visiting the church remember that it is rightly open to everyone. Sadly we have found empty bottles of alcohol and also had a meeting disrupted.  Recently The Holy Child and St Joseph, Midland Road, has experienced
wanton and sacrilegious destruction of church property. Please be aware
of these things when visiting your church, especially if you are alone.”

Sunday 12th August: WELCOME

This notice is in the newsletter of St Joseph’s Church: “We welcome Fr David Barrett to our parish who will be assisting here for the next few days. I might have some news regarding a new assistant priest soon. Watch this space!”

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

 

Sunday 5th August: PARISH GATHERING AT CHRIST THE KING CHURCH
After 10 am Mass Sunday 5th August in the Hall. All welcome for refreshments and to hear the latest parish news.
Please come and share your ideas.

Sunday 5th August: TRACE YOUR ANCESTORS

A notice in Christ The King newsletter mentions: “A member of our Latin Mass congregation, is a historian and is offering to trace your ancestors. She has kindly offered her fee of £10 per hour to be divided between the parish and the FSSP. ” Contact the church for details.  The email address is: ctkchurchbed@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 5th August: FROM ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH NEWSLETTER

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
The latest edition of the parish quarterly newsletter is now available at the back of the church. Please take a copy.
BEDFORD FOODBANK

Bedford Foodbank has written to us thanking us for our support over the past few months saying: ‘These donations will help us carry on providing a nutritionally balanced supply of food to families and individuals in and around Bedford who are facing really tough times at the moment and who would otherwise struggle to put food on the table. It is sad that help like this is needed but great that individuals, organisations and communities can come together to meet the need in Bedford and surrounding villages. In the last six months we have helped 3660 people and 1170 of these were children.’ You can continue to give by placing items in the container at the back of both churches.

THE ART OF SEEING & BELIEVING
This is the title of two talks organised by Belief Bedford to be held on Saturday 29th September 10.00 am – 1.00 pm at St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road. Cost £10 per person payable on the day. All welcome.  See poster on noticeboard for full details.

AUTUMN COURSE
Belief is also running a course on Faith, Work and Christian Discipleship on Wednesdays in October and November at St Andrew’s Church Centre, Kimbolton Road, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Cost £5 per person, per session. Booking at belief@standrewsbedford.org. See poster on noticeboard for full details.

SCHOOLS PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
The guardian of our Lady of Guadalupe are seeking a Schools Programme Administration Coordinator. This voluntary role involves contacting schools in locations where the Miraculous Relic Image will visit to invite them to come and learn more about the Relic Image and to coordinate the administration for each visit. We are looking for someone who would be available for a few hours each week during the daytime, who has basic email and word processing skills and a good telephone manner. You would be part of a friendly and supportive team. Please contact St Joseph’s Church for more information. The email address is stjosephsbedford@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 1st August:  EUCHARISTIC ADORATION AT ST JOSEPH/S CHURCH
Eucharistic Adoration  on Wednesday, 1st August,   at 8.00 pm in the Guild Room. A time to be with the Lord in prayer before the Blessed sacrament with song, praise, scripture reading and reflection and intercessory prayer. Come and make time with the Lord who waits for you.

July 2018

29th July: NOTICES IN HOLY CROSS NEWSLETTER

Student Welcome
We extend our sincere appreciation to the following who have volunteered to be part of the “Student Welcome” project that was launched last weekend by Avril Baigent (Pastoral Ministry Advisor for our diocese): Ann-Marie Blaney; Samuel Baker; Kathy Goodwin and Susie Baker! It is not too late to be a part of this new initiative that is being supported by Bishop Peter. The Vigil Mass on 29th September will hopefully be the first opportunity to welcome students from the local university campus to our parish family. The Mass will be followed by refreshments!”

Job Vacancy: Parish Secretary
Part Time 6 hours. We are currently recruiting a Parish Secretary for the parish of Holy Cross in Bedford. Closing date for applications: Tue. 7th August. Interviews will take place on Tue. 14th August. For further details and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies     ”

Barbara Doyle – Retirement
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Barbara for her sterling work over so many years as Parish Secretary at Holy Cross Church; I know my recent predecessors have appreciated her willingness to be of assistance and the professional and friendly manner in which she has dealt with the tasks at hand. We all know that she has worked far more hours than for what she is paid! I want to personally say how much I have valued Barbara’s generous assistance as I acclimatised to a new parish. I very quickly discovered that Barbara possesses a steely determination; she is the Miss Marple of the secretarial world! Barbara will be sorely missed by myself and many parishioners; she has, however, agreed to be of assistance to her successor! She will also continue in a number of roles for which she currently volunteers. Please pray for Barbara and Peter.”

Paschal Candle
The glorious paschal candle in each Church is now much diminished in size having burnt throughout the whole of Eastertide and at each Baptism and funeral since. If you would like to know more about the thought process behind the design of the candle and the practicalities of the decoration please visit the website of Sarah Janavicius http://sarahfjanavicius.co.uk/recent-work.html.   ”

Information about the above can also be obtained if you google: Holy Cross Church Bedford UK or telephone the church on 01234 353116   or try http://www.holycrosschurchbedford.org.uk

 

29th July: TAIZE PRAYER
At Elstow Abbey on Sunday 29th July at
6.30 pm. Peaceful candlelit service with
chants, scripture, silence – All welcome.

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: ALTAR SERVERS

A notice in the newsletters of Holy Cross and SS Philip & James states:

“Bishop Peter has written to the parish to confirm that, in accord with Canon 312 of the Code of Canon Law, he gives permission for a Guild of St Stephen (for those who serve in the sanctuary) to be erected in the parish. Vincent Cardinal Nichols has signed the “Diploma of Affiliation” (which will be hung in the sacristy). Once the Guild Enrolment Book has arrived we shall enrol those servers who have served in the sanctuary for more than a year; each will be presented with a Guild medal; a Handbook and an Enrolment certificate! In his letter Bishop Peter says: “In this way, may the care of the Sacred Liturgy, and the faithful attendance and service of your altar servers, redound to the Glory of God and the good of all who participate in the Worship offered by the Church to God”. Please pray for our altar servers that each will serve with joy and reverence within the sanctuary and at the altar.”

Sunday 22nd July: CONGRATULATIONS

A notice in the Holy Cross newsletter says:

“Congratulations to John Page
John celebrates his 90th birthday this weekend. He was leader of the Holy Cross Cub Scout pack for over 30 years and we recall his service with thanks.”

Sunday 22nd July: NATIONAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM

For details contact Christ the King Church in Harrowden Road.

 

Saturday 21st July: UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE

Avril Baigent, the Pastoral Ministry Advisor for the Diocese of Northampton will be speaking at the Vigil Mass  at 6 pm at Holy Cross, Goldington Road, on 21st July. Avril will propose how the church  community might better relate to the University and hopefully become a spiritual home for their, mostly international, students looking to attend Mass. The Vigil Mass on the 21st July will be followed by refreshments and thus an opportunity to speak with Avril about this exciting adventure.

 

 

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 96549

 

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.

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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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