Don’t forget that the clocks go back by one hour this coming weekend, so you will get an extra hour in bed!
More importantly, as from 1 November, the 1 pm Mass will be brought forward to 12.30 pm. This is the Feast of All Saints – come and celebrate with us.
Pictured above on the day of his ordination to the priesthood, we were very pleased to welcome Fr Seth Phipps, FSSP, to Bedford for the first time last weekend. He has succeded Fr O’Donohue as the priest who will usually say Mass at Christ the King.
Father heard Confessions on Saturday afternoon whilst the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar, and concluded the afternoon with Benediction. On Sunday he said two Masses for the External Solemnity of the Rosary. His homily was on the theme of the Rosary and we received some very practical advice on how we can overcome distractions and pray the Rosary with greater devotion.
We look forward to getting to know Father better in the coming days.
The following message appears in the Reading newsletter this week. Fr O’Donohue writes:
“I would like to express my gratitude to the faithful in Reading, Bedford, and Chesham Bois for their prayers as well as thoughtful messages and gifts before my leaving the UK for a new assignment. I have thoroughly enjoyed ministering at these apostolates of Our Lady’s Dowry over the past three years and will always be grateful to have had this opportunity. I have offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your intentions”.
Don’t forget that we have Adoration and Confessions this coming Saturday 3 October at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Two priests will be hearing Confessions, one of them Fr Seth Phipps, FSSP, whom we welcome to Christ the King as he begins his ministry with us this weekend.
For the last time, our Parish Priest, Fr Patrick Hutton will be in the other confessional, as he takes a well-earned retirement as from Monday 5 October. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Father for his kind support of the Latin Mass over the last five years and to wish him and his wife Rita every blessing as they begin this new chapter of their lives.
We also said goodbye to Fr Patrick O’Donohue on 27 September as he returned to Ireland to become the first FSSP priest in a permanent apostolate there. We thank him for his three years with us and assure him of our prayers for his new work.