Just a reminder that Mass tomorrow will be a Missa Cantata, with Matthew Schellhorn providing the music. Come along and experience some beautiful liturgy!
In these troubled times for the Church, let us uphold our priests with the following beautiful prayer:
O Almighty Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him who is the Eternal High Priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the Enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.
O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests, for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in Purgatory.
But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted, and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me, or helped and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly N. O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy Heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen.
Catechism days are starting up again this Sunday! Young or old, regular parishioner, occasional visitor or complete newbie, you are all welcome to as much or as little as you would like. We are extremely blessed to have such holy priests offering instruction to us and our families. Let us take advantage of such instruction!
8:30am Holy Mass, preceded and followed by Confessions
9:30am Coffee, Tea and biscuits in the hall
10:30am Catechism for under-8s
11am Catechism for under-16s
11:30am Presentation for adults (16+)
Please see: https://fssp.co.uk/bedford/bedford-activities/ for full details, a summary is below:
Dates (usually first Sundays)–All welcome
2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec 2018
6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June 2019
|Programme||(timings may vary)|
|8:30am||Holy Mass followed by Confessions|
|10:30am||Catechism (for under-8s)|
|11am||Catechism (for under-16s)|
|11:30am||Presentation for adults (16+)|
Families are invited to stay for as much of the above programme as they wish. Tea & coffee available after Mass.
Choir practice, Altar Server training and First Communion preparation also available; please see https://fssp.co.uk/bedford/bedford-activities/ for more details
If anyone would like to go to this, please get in touch as one of our congregation is attending.
2.30pm Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR–with pilgrimage walk before and after for those who wish. Chesterton has influenced the conversion of many.
For details see www.CatholicGKChestertonSociety.co.uk
In April, we had a very successful talk in Bedford from Regina Caeli, a hybrid academy in the Catholic tradition with thirteen centres in the U.S. More details of that talk are here:
Since then we have secured a venue, formed a board of directors, and we are confident that, if it is God’s will, then we can open the doors during the month of the Holy Rosary, October 2018!
The venue is Unity Hall, Barton Le Clay http://bartonunityhall.wixsite.com/home
Tutoring will occur on Mondays & Thursdays term time (32 week term, October to mid-June).
We intend to start with primary aged children (up to year 6) – if families have children older than this and are ready to commit, please let us know and we will see whether we can accommodate them.
Fees will be as reasonable as possible, with significant sibling discounts for the third child onwards.
This fees will come down when more families enrol; the more families sign up, the lower the fees will be.
We are putting together the website and application forms as we speak!
Our intention is to start in October 2018 — but this depends on the number of families we get!
Please let us know if you are in a interested in Regina Caeli from October 2018, by getting in touch here. If not, please let us know what is stopping you! We will arrange a Q&A over the coming weeks to provide further information.
Also if you have the relevant professional qualifications or experience in teaching and are interested in tutoring at the Academy, please let us know. There will be tuition discounts for staff members.
Whatever your involvement, please do keep Regina Caeli in your prayers! As you know, this is a ground breaking development in the UK designed to put parents back in charge of educating their children. The children will be given back the lost tools of learning so that they can understand the world which God created, debate our increasingly hostile culture and form their souls for Heaven!