Weekly Fixtures: Everyone is welcome

Every week there are a breadth of gatherings offered, across our town, which are open to everyone. If you see something below that you’d like to attend, you are very welcome to do so. We’d love to see you. 🙂

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WEEKLY FIXTURES

Bedford Food Bank

Please do remember the weekly needs of those who use this vital service.  The team thanks you for your continued support. https://bedford.foodbank.org.uk/

Churches Together

Please support our Churches Together groups. These include: Goldington Churches Together, Town Centre Churches Together, Shalom and South Bedford Churches Together.

Diocese

You may like to sign up to the monthly email newsletter by visiting http://www.northamptondiocese.org

Interfaith

To find out about local interfaith work visit http://www.bcof.org.uk

 

MONDAYS

Polish Community Prayer Group All Welcome

The Polish True life in God prayer group meets at Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Cuthbert Church in Mill Street, on Mondays at 7pm A prayer gathering in English usually meets on Thursday at 7pm at another location For more information telephone (01234)840745.

Rosary Group

This thriving and happy group meets at 1.45 pm  each Monday at SS Philip & James Church in Severn Way. After the Rosary refreshments are provided.  They usually finish at about 3 pm. New members are welcome. A booklet is available with all the prayers used. Please ask about the Rosary group in your parish.

Acorn Fellowship

This meets regularly on Monday evenings to bring the gospel of Christ to adults with learning difficulties. It you may like to volunteer to help with this, telephone Monica on 07547 026808.

Mothers’ Prayer Group

The group meets in the reconciliation Chapel at St Joseph’s Church, Midland Road, on the first Monday of the month at 11.15 am . They pray for the needs of mothers and families.

Rosary group

Meets at Christ the King church at 6.35 pm

Society of St.Vincent De Paul (SVP)

The SVP is an international lay organisation with more than 11,000 volunteer members which reach out to those in need, offering friendship and providing practical help and support. Members also provide help on the annual SVP pilgrimage to Walsingham held in July. We meet at St Joseph’s Church on Monday Evenings at 8.00.pm . Please ask about the SVP group in your parish.

TUESDAYS

Charismatic Prayer Group

Each Tuesday, at 7.30 pm, this group meets at Our Lady’s , Bedford Road, Kempston.  This includes praise, worship, prayer, times of silence and the sharing of scripture. They usually finish at 9 pm. For more information visit the website of St Joseph/s Church  http://www.stjosephsbedford.org/

[If the above link does not work please google St Josephs Church Bedford UK]

Friendship Club

The Friendship Group meets every Tuesday from 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church hall. Entrance is £2.50 to include fun, games, table-top games, music, occasional quiz/craft/outings & lunch. For an extra £1 you can play bingo with money prizes.

CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION Monthly meetings in the Parish Room, at Christ the King.  at 2 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, when we share our experiences of passing on our faith to our grandchildren.

LEGION OF MARY The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic association whose members are giving service to the Church, on a voluntary basis, all over the world. Meets every Tuesday at 7:30pm in Patrick Donegan Bequest Room at Christ the King Church

WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday Club

This is held at SS Philip& James Church, Severn Way, each Wednesday after the 9.30 am Mass. For more information visit http://sspandjbedford.org.uk/

 

Parish Prayer Group – St Joseph and the Holy Child Church

The Parish Prayer Group meets again this Wednesday at 8.00pm in the Guild Room. All are invited to this time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with hymns, chants, scripture readings, music and intercessory prayer. Come and spend some quiet time in prayer and receive the peace that the Lord wants to give us

Come & See

If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith, either as an enquirer, or as a current member of the Catholic Church, please come along to our Come & See Group which meets at 8pm on Wednesday in the Parish Room, at Christ the King,  during term

Knights of St. Columba

Our motto is Charity, Unity and Fraternity which we try to live up to through the varied work we carry out. We are  a friendly organisation of Catholic men  who support the clergy in the diocese  with their spiritual and practical  work. We raise money for local and national charities particularly at times of crisis and emergency. We organise regular social fundraising events within the Bedford Pastoral Area for a variety of purposes.

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1919 TO 2019: A CENTURY OF SERVICE

The Knights of St. Columba is a Catholic fraternal organisation founded in 1919. We are dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity and have more than 4,000 members in over 300 Councils across the country.

We exist to support the mission and doctrine of the Catholic Church and at the same time to work for the “spiritual and material good of its members and their families”.

Our local Bedford Council 338 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Our Lady’s Church, Kempston at 8.00pm.

We hold a monthly quiz on the third Thursday of the month at the Meltis Club.

We are active in many aspects of parish life in the Bedford Deanery.

To get in touch, please visit the Holy Cross website http://www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

 

The Bible Study Group has been meeting since 1984.  Over the years, members have come and gone, but our numbers tend to be quite stable at between 6 and 10.  Currently there are 9 of us but we would welcome any newcomers.

We meet in each other’s houses, so that no one person is “in charge”, and the host for the evening provides tea, coffee and biscuits.

In the early days we used a Guide Book called “How to start a small Bible Study group” and we simply followed the suggestions in this very helpful little book. We have kept the same basic format throughout the years, and this has worked very well. We choose a theme and read around that subject, often with the help of Study Books bought from Christian bookshops.  We make use of questions that encourage open and frank discussions, with no “right” or “wrong” answer, and we value open discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences.

We meet at 8pm on a Wednesday evening.  If anyone is interested in joining our group or would like help to set up their own group, please contact us via the Holy Cross website. at www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

 

THURSDAYS

Catholic Grandparents Association

Meetings are held at Holy Cross Church, Goldington Road, at 1.45 pm on the second Thursday of each month. Members share experiences of passing on their faith to their grandchildren. All are welcome.

Golden Friendship Club

This meets each Thursday, between 2 – 4 pm, in the hall of Christ the King in Harrowden Road. Tea, coffee, cakes and snacks  are on offer. There is the chance to play cards, games and bingo. Meals are arranged both in the hall and in restaurants. There are also coach trips. All are welcome – as are ideas and suggestions.

FRIDAYS

Friday Rosary Group: St Joseph’s Church in Midland Road

We meet at 2 pm in St Joseph’s for an hour’s devotion to Our Lady by praying the decades of the holy rosary. We pray for peace in the world, peace in our hearts and peace within  families. We also pray for the sick within the Parish.

 

VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEA
All are welcome on the fourth Friday of every month to enjoy good
company, and dancing if you wish, in a traditional English Tea Shop
atmosphere at Christ the King Parish Hall in Harrowden Road,  2 to 4pm. We serve tea and cakes on china crockery. There is a raffle and soft music.
It is a really good afternoon for only £3. Contact Christine Hughes.

MOTHERS’ PRAYERS 12:30 pm Every Friday in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Christ the King.

 

Friday Holy Hour: Our Lady’s in Bedford Road Kempston

We meet every Friday at 5.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in answering Our Blessed Lady’s call to pray the rosary and spread this devotion. The Holy Hour includes Adoration, Lexio Divina, and Prayer. Do come and join us.

 

SATURDAYS

Car Boot or Jumble Sale

Each Saturday, from 8 am until at least 11 am, a car boot or jumble sale is held at Holy Cross Church in Goldington Road.

If you would like to help out then Peter O’Flaherty would love to hear from you – we are always looking for volunteers!

If you have any unwanted toys, clothes or bric-a-brac etc. then please bring them along to be sold, to raise money for the church.

For enquiries, please complete check the website  http://www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

 

BEDFORD STREET ANGELS
They provide a team of Christians, of all ages, to be
available to everyone using the nightclubs and other
entertainments in Bedford Town Centre on Saturday nights.
For Further information visit
http://www.bedfordstreetangels.org.uk

 

SUNDAYS

Latin Mass

A Mass in Latin takes place at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, each Sunday at 8.30 am

Lithuanian  Mass

A Mass in Lithuanian takes place at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, at midday on the last Sunday of each month.

Altar Servers
Altar servers are lay assistants to the Priest during the Mass.
They undertake supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching
and carrying, ringing the altar bell and so on.
Contact the Parish Priest if you would like to be an altar server.

Holy Cross Church has always been blessed with dedicated Altar Servers (boys and girls) to help our priest (and Deacons) at Mass.

If there are any children who have made their First Communion and feel they would like to become an altar server, please make yourselves known.  See Holy Cross website for details at www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

Don’t be shy – give it a try!

 

Secular Franciscan Order

We are a secular international order of men and women founded by St Francis of Assisi in 1221 to help people live in the Franciscan spirit of detachment from earthly possessions and to observe the Gospel of Our lord Jesus Christ. Members make a lifelong commitment to the daily office, regular participation in the sacraments, support of the clergy and local charities. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month in Holy Cross Parish Hall, Goldington Road 3.15 pm.

 

Work with children and young people

Helpers are often needed. Please ask at your local church.

Children’s Liturgy

Meets every Sunday in term time:
Holy Cross Church – 9.15am Mass.

 

 

Coloured drawing of three children reading The Bible with caption 'Share God's Word'.

Activities are usually based around the Gospel.
Special activities during Advent and Lent.

All 3+ children including visitors welcome.

New helpers always welcome, no teaching experience necessary.

 

 

For more information please visit the website www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

 

GROUPS THAT DO NOT MEET ON A PARTICULAR DAY

  For more information about the following please ask at Christ the King Church or visit http://www.christthekingchurchbedford.com 

[If the above link does not work please google Christ the King Church Bedford UK]

BEDFORD FOOD BANK
Bedford Foodbank’s volunteers work with referral partners to
provide a minimum of three days emergency food and
support to people experiencing crisis in our community.
Christ The KIng is  a collection point for the Bedford Foodbank.
For further information contact please the parish’s SVP, or
visit the Christ The King website, or
visit the Foodbank website: bedford.foodbank.org.uk

CAFOD

It is our duty of faith to help our brothers and sisters around the world.
Volunteers are VERY WELCOME to help and support our fundraising events See Christ the King website for more information.

CATECHISTS

See Christ the King website for more information.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS LAY CHAPLAINS

See Christ the King website for more information.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY LITURGY
Children’s Liturgy is celebrated during the Sunday morning Mass.
First Holy Communion/First Confession (including separate
parents’ sessions) and Confirmation classes are also offered to
help children and young people to grow in their faith and
prepare to receive the Sacraments. Contact details can be found
under ‘Catechists’ on the Christ the King website.

CHISEN

(Caring for children with special needs in Ghana.)
Registered. Charity No 1148250
CHISEN Foundation is a charitable organisation which helps children with
disabilities in Ghana – (West Africa). Our mission is to support each child by
providing education, specialist advice, training and general support. We
encourage each child to focus on their abilities and find independence so that
they can live to their full potential and contribute to society.
For more information please contact us . Details are on the Christ the King Website  or visit the website – http://www.chisenfoundation.org

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SOUTH BEDFORD
The parish has strong ecumenical ties with other
Christian churches in the area. Various joint events take place over
the year. Please see the weekly newsletter for details. If you want
to know more, contact our parish ecumenical representative.
Details are on the Christ The King website.

DAUGHTERS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We are grateful for the presence of our convent sisters among us.
For their prayers and all their support.
Contact details are on the Christ The King website.

EXTRA-ORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
If you feel you would like to be an extra-ordinary minister of Holy
Communion speak to the Parish Priest.

FLOWERS IN THE CHURCH

See information on the Christ The King website

GARDENING VOLUNTEERS
Our task is to keep the perimeters of the buildings and the borders
and edging to paths, weeded and tidy. Our group day is once a
month (announced in the newsletter)
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
If you would like the House Shrine for a week in your own
home, please see information on the Christ The King website.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA

The Knights of Saint Columba is a Catholic fraternal service organisation and
the largest of its kind in Britain. For further information see Christ The King website.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD
If you would like to read at Mass please see information on the Christ The King website.

MISSIO
Red Missio Boxes to save your loose change in support of
World Missions.  Missio website – ww.missio.org.uk

MUSIC AND CHOIR
Christ the King has a small music group that sings at the
Masses to encourage parishioners to express their love for
God. We are always looking for new members and
musicians, and it doesn’t matter whether or not you read
music. We are particularly looking for more singers at the 6 pm Mass on
Saturday. Times and dates of practices are published in the newsletter. If you are
interested in singing and making music in the church, or if you would like to book
the choir, an organist or a singer for a special occasion, please see information on the Christ The King website.

PARISH EVANGELISATION TEAM
Interested in sharing your faith and helping the parish to
grow? Inspired by the teaching of the church, a team of
parishioners meets to pray together and witness to Christ
every week in Bedford Town Centre.
Come and join us!
See Christ The King Website for details

PARISH FINANCES

See Christ The King Website for details

PARISH SAFEGUADING

See Christ The King Website for details

PARISH SAFETY

See Christ The King Website for details

PRINTING

See Christ The King Website for details

READING GROUP
There is a reading group in the parish. Catholic in choice, we read
new and old favourites, plus offer good fellowship and a cup of tea. See Christ The KIng website for details.

REFRESHMENTS AFTER 10 am SUNDAY MASS
Tea or Coffee and a chat after 10 am Sunday Mass in the Hall.
Also 1st Sunday of the month our Parish Gathering where you can
hear what’s happening. If you would like to help by going onto the
Rota to serve tea and coffee please see information on Christ The King website.

SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

See information on the Christ The King website of visit www.spuc.org.uk

THE LATIN MASS SOCIETY
The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, which promotes the use of
the Traditional Latin Mass, has a website (www.lms.org.uk) which
contains further information. See also the Christ The King website.

USHERS AND GREETERS
Mass welcomers, ushers or greeters and hymn book distribution
or collection. See Christ The King website for more information.

PARISH REPOSITORY
Please support our stall by the church entrance.
Mass cards, rosaries, candles, and all other religious
gifts are available for you to buy after Mass.

  For more information about the following please ask at SS Philip & James Church  or visit http://www.sspandjbedford.org.uk

The St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian charity which befriends those in need, and provides them with practical assistance – social or financial. It has been established in England and Wales since 1844, there are currently over 10,000 members involved in its work.

If you would like to join the society or find out more, visit the website for SS Philip & James

 

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

This society upholds the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. The Bedford Branch is not exclusive to SS Philip and James but does hold meetings here as well as at other churches. It is the group responsible for organising the Silent Vigil outside the hospital every month and for the White Flower appeal in January. For details of meetings etc, consult the newsletter.

Phone SPUC National HQ on 020 7091 7091 for more information or if you wish to become a member.

 

  For more information about the following please ask at St Joseph’s Church or visit 

http://www.stjosephsbedford.org

[If the above link does not work please google St Josephs Church Bedford UK]

 

AMDG Young Adults Music Group

The group meets weekly, to practise and develop the musical liturgy for the 6.30pm Sunday Mass and other special services throughout the Church Year. We wish to bring praise and glory through the gift of sacred music both new and old. We are always looking for new recruits to join us, you don’t have to be a professional, just love playing music. See St Joseph’s website for contact details. 

 

Altar Servers

Boys and girls are welcome to train as altar servers. You must have made your first communion and be available on a regular basis for certain Sunday masses and other services throughout the Church Year.Contact: See  website of St Joseph’s Church for contact details.

 

Catenian Association

The Catenian Association was founded in Manchester in 1908. Its aims were simply to provide a monthly opportunity for Catholic business and professional men to meet in a cordial atmosphere, to pray together and enjoy a social meal. The association is exclusive to catholic men, ladies nights are held in March, October and December. There are various social events held throughout the year. The President for the year nominates a charity which the members will actively support by fundraising and practical help.

Adult Choir See  website of St Joseph’s Church for contact details.

 

Children’s Liturgy

The children’s liturgy is at the centre of the 9.30 Sunday mass. activities take place in the guild room at St Joseph’s and the meeting room at Our Lady’s. Here children are involved, with their adult helpers in developing a practical and enjoyable way of understanding the theme of the Mass and the day’s Gospel. After this preparation the children join the main congregation to bring back their work for the benefit of all. Adult helpers are always required. You do not have to be a parent to assist. Following our Diocesan guidelines, all those who help the children with the liturgy are required to complete an application and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. Training and support is given to volunteer helpers.See  website of St Joseph’s Church for contact details.

 

 

Parish Fund Raising Group

The group made up from members of both our Churches. We meet every two  or three months ,at St Joseph’s ,to discuss and review the fundraising events being undertaken on behalf of the year’s chosen charity.  This also includes monitoring ,on behalf of the parishioners ,the money which has been raised so far. The projects have ranged from helping the infrastructure of Catholic schools in Palestine, supporting Children from Father Boniface’s orphanage in Uganda, to assisting organisations such as Olive Aid which helps Farmers rebuild their lives, having been cut off from their olive groves by the Israelis’ blockade. See  website of St Joseph’s Church for contact details.

 

News from both churches can be found in a Quarterly Bulletin. This can be seen in the newsletter section of the website http://www.stjosephsbedford.org/

 

 

Please note that the Holy Cross Church website is currently being updated but their will eventually be more information about the following. You may like to visit the website at  http://www.holycrossbedford.org.uk

[If the above link does not work please google Holy Cross Church Bedford UK]

Holy Cross has close links with other churches in the area through Goldington Churches Together. Since Pentecost 2000 we have had a formal commitment with Priory Methodist Church and St Mary’s (C of E) Church. We are pleased to have also developed links with other churches and individual ministers. These include the Word of Faith Centre in 2010 and the University of Bedfordshire Chaplaincy in 2016.

Our aim as a local Churches Together group is to grow closer together by witnessing, worshipping, studying, ministering and serving together in the local community. We are able to achieve more by working together. A good example of this is the Foodbank – which supports many local families thanks to volunteers from different churches.

Events which we may be involved in during the year are listed below. For our latest activities, please see the newsletter and for more information please visit the Holy Cross website.

Time of Year Events
January Week of Prayer for Christian UnityChurch Swap Sunday
Lent United Lent Course
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday walk of witness and service
Good Friday Witness in the town centre
Easter Easter cards for Yarl’s WoodEaster Story Trail
Pentecost Pentecost mealPentecost in the Park
May Churches Together in Bedfordshire Forum
October Goldington Churches Together ‘mini-retreat’
November Remembrance Day service on Goldington Green
December Christmas services are advertised.Carol singing outside Tesco – in aid of a local charity.

Christmas cards for Yarl’s Wood.

The church is cleaned by volunteers formed into teams on a rota basis, which means that each team would be responsible for cleaning every 5-6 weeks.

If anyone is interested in helping with cleaning the church, please contact the Parish Secretary via the Holy Cross website.

Confirmation: 13+ year-olds (Academic Year 9)

This is a joint programme between the parishes of Holy Cross and SS Philip & James. The programme runs from September to June and meetings take place at Holy Cross Church on Saturday afternoon.  As a supportive community, we grow in awareness of how much we are loved by God, explore our faith and different ways to pray, as well as enjoying each other’s company.  The young people follow the Youth Alpha Programme and the YouCat Confirmation Programme, together with an interactive study of the Mass using the Altaration course.  The group participates in the Northampton Diocesan Confirmation Retreat, usually held on a Saturday in April, which is attended by around 350 young people from across our diocese.

Special youth Masses are held on certain Saturday evenings, when Confirmation candidates and First Holy Communion children participate in the liturgy.

Young people will ordinarily be in academic year 9 (aged 13) and above at the commencement of the course. Applications are invited during June each year for the programme commencing in September.  Notices will be placed in the parish newsletter describing the application procedure and providing the date of an enrolment meeting, usually held in July.

For further information, please visit the Holy Cross website.

 

The Repository is open after both Masses over one weekend most months.

A selection of greetings cards commemorating the Sacraments are always available, as well as Mass and sympathy cards.  St Patrick’s Day, Easter and Christmas cards are also on sale at the appropriate times.

We also have a stock of missals, rosaries, crucifixes and other religious items, as well as a selection of children’s books containing colourfully illustrated bible stories.

Any profits made go directly into Parish funds.

Please see the Parish Newsletter for the next date the shop is open.  We look forward to meeting you there.

For more information or enquiries, please see the Holy Cross website

The Parish Council exists to support Fr Wayne in the day-to-day running of the parish and to consider and carry out activities that enhance the life of the parish.  The Council meets four times a year, and may have various sub-committees which meet on a more regular basis.

The Parish Council has nominated positions for Chair, Minutes Secretary, Health & Safety and Safeguarding.  Meetings are open to all parishioners; all parish groups are welcome to nominate somebody to attend meetings to update the Council on their activities and to look at ways that we can work together to support each other.

If you have something you would like to discuss but cannot make a meeting, feel free to get in touch with our Parish Secretary via the Holy Cross website.

Refreshments: 9.15am Mass on Sunday at  Holy Cross

Each week after the 9.15 Sunday morning Mass, a team of volunteers provide refreshments to all those who enjoy the opportunity to chat with other parishioners.

We are always looking for new people to join the rota and it is a great way to meet other parishioners in an informal setting. We have a number of teams consisting of 2 or 3 volunteers per team and you would only be expected to serve refreshments every 7-8 weeks.

For more information or to join the refreshments team rota, please visit the Holy Cross website.

Social Committee at Holy Cross

This small committee aims to organise a range of events throughout the year to provide opportunities for people to come together and socialise; enabling them to feel welcome as part of our parish community.

In addition, we organise events which raise funds for Holy Cross Parish.

We are always looking for parishioners to join the committee, so if you would like to know more, please visit the Holy Cross website.

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The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) Conference at Holy Cross Church is a friendly group who work together to befriend and visit the elderly, the housebound and the sick in their own homes, residential homes or in hospital. We give practical help, including lifts to Mass, to appointments and shopping. In addition, we celebrate Mass for the sick and organise a Christmas lunch for those we visit.

Part of an international organisation, conferences are often “twinned” with SVP conferences in the developing world. At Holy Cross Church we are “twinned” with three SVP conferences in India who are special to us and we are joined to them by prayer, correspondence and financial help.

We meet fortnightly in the summer, at the Holy Cross Pastoral Centre at 7.00pm. In winter, we meet at 2.00pm at Bradgate Road, Bedford.

To find out more, please visit the Holy Cross website.

 

 

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‘Teams’ is an organisation for Christian married couples who want to develop their relationship with God both personally and as a couple. They do this as member of a Team of about 4 to 6 couples and a spiritual counsellor meeting together for a meal and to discuss, pray and share the ups and downs of everyday life.

http://www.teamsgb.org.uk

For more information, please visit the Holy Cross website.

Bishop Peter Doyle has been leading a process of renewal and reorganisation in our diocese through the concept of community.

The “Walking Humbly with our God” process that subsequently emerged was the invitation given to representative groups to prepare a ground-plan for the life and mission of the Church within each local area.

He has drawn together twelve characteristics of our life together that are vital to a thriving, contemporary Catholic community.

“Welcoming” was the first area to be progressed within Holy Cross Church, with a vision to ensure that the community is open, approachable and inclusive in all that it provides and does. Positive action is taken to make people feel welcomed and valued – not only at Sunday Mass but throughout its other varied activities.

A group of parishioners worked through some ideas about what changes could be made at Holy Cross Church. Some of the ideas that were implemented include:

  • Revised process for new Parishioners, including a Welcome Pack;
  • Monthly rota of Welcomers from Parish groups, at weekend Masses.

If you are interested in becoming more involved or have some ideas as to how we can make our Parish more welcoming then please visit the Holy Cross website.

 

 

Baptism Preparation

The purpose of Baptism preparation is to explain the sacrament and the Baptism service to couples who want to have their child/children baptised.

There is also discussion about the responsibilities of parents bringing up their children as Christians, the practicalities of attending Mass and the facilities and activities available to families in the parishes.

Baptism preparation is held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at Holy Cross Church (except for August and October due to holidays). The class is run by Deacon Tony. The sacrament of Baptism can be celebrated during Mass at either Holy Cross Church, Ss Philip & James Church, or as a stand-alone service.

Celebrating the sacrament during Mass serves to introduce the child/children to the community in which they will live. If you want your child to receive the sacrament of Baptism, please see the Holy Cross website for contact details.

 

 

 

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We are an association of Catholic laymen who are committed to their Faith, their families, to those in need and to each other.

Meet: 3rd Wednesday of every month.
7.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: The Swan Hotel, Bedford

Our primary purpose is to establish a network of friends, which enhances their family life, strengthens their Faith and sustains them in difficult times. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those in need.

www.thecatenians.com

For more information please visit the Holy Cross website

 

 

Meet: the second Sunday of each month
Venue: The Devonshire Arms, Bedford
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration & Confession
Holy Cross Church, second Saturday of each month, 12:00 – 12:30pm

Annual Activities
Weekend saunter in the Peak District
Canoe trip on the River Great Ouse
Supper Club at Bedford Pavilion

Detailswww.catholicman.uk

For more information please visit the Holy Cross website.

 

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Sharing Faith, Giving Life
The Pope’s official charity for overseas mission

Each diocese has a ‘Diocesan Director’. They are appointed by the local bishop to coordinate its support of the overseas mission of the Church.

Fr Wayne has been appointed as the Diocesan Director for Missio, covering APF (Association for the Propagation of the Faith) and SPA (Society of St Peter the Apostle).

The aim of Missio is to bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor.  Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of Faith; it thus trains and nurtures future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.

For more information visit the Missio website: www.missio.org.uk

 

There may be more information about the following on the Holy Cross website

 

Daughters if the Holy Spirit Lay Associates

Finance

First Holy Communion

Flowers

Foodbank

Health & Safety

Marriage Preparation

Music Group

Parish Newsletter

Readers

Rosary Group

Safeguarding Children and vulnerable Adults

 

 

You may be able to find information in English about the Catholic Church in Bedford attended by many in the Polish community  (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Saint Katbert)  if you search on Google Chrome for Parafiabedford.uk

Some information about the Catholic Church in Bedford attended by many in the Italian community can be found if you google St Francis Cabrini Church Bedford UK

Several local churches have worked together at Bedford River Festival. There is information about this, and the help these churches provide to the community, on the website http://www.jesusloveinaction.co.uk

 

If you click on the school name above you may be able to visit the website.

For more information about our Bedford Catholic Schools visit http://www.bedfordcatholicschools.org/

If the above link does not work please google bedfordcatholicschools.org

*Do take a look too at our forthcoming events page which lists a large number of complementary activities including social gatherings, pilgrimages and much more!