Family Catechism Days with Fatima Devotions

We are delighted to announce the following exciting new initiative at Christ the King, Bedford:

FAMILY CATECHISM DAYS WITH
FATIMA DEVOTIONS
Led by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP)

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, Harrowden Road,
Bedford MK42 OSP

First Saturdays:
3 February, 3 March, 7 April, 5 May, 2 June 2018
All welcome

PROGRAMME (timings may vary):

10 am Fatima Devotions (Rosary & meditation, Confessions)
11 am Holy Mass
12 noon Lunch (bring packed lunch)
12.30 pm Catechism (for under-8s)
1 pm Catechism (for under-16s)
1.45 pm Catholicism in 2018 (for adults)
2.30 pm Altar server training/Gregorian Chant practice

We also offer on 3rd Saturdays :
17 February, 17 March, 21 April, 19 May, 16 June 2018

2.30pm Altar server training/Gregorian Chant practice
5 pm Young Adults Group, 18-35s (talk/discussion/dinner)

For more information, please contact: james.mawdsley(at)fssp.org

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Our Lady of Guadalupe – rescheduled talk

Ladies – come and learn more about the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this country’s replica of which lives in the Shrine in Bedford.  A talk about Our Lady, which had been scheduled for 12 December last year, unfortunately had to be postponed.  It has now been rearranged for Tuesday 16 January, the next meeting of the Ladies’ Group which has arisen from the Latin Mass at Christ the King. This meeting is open to all ladies and will take place at the group’s usual venue in Ampthill at 10.30 am. Tea and coffee will be available before the talk. Please contact the host, Grace Bozzino, on grace.escargot@gmail.com or Barbara Kay on mbky3@outlook.com for directions.  Do come and bring a friend; you will be made most welcome.

Holy Names over the door

 

Epiphanytide House Blessing was a new experience for us and we were not quite sure what to expect.  Fr Mawdsley arrived with a crate containing a thurible, charcoal, incense, a lighter, a bottle of holy water, a sprinkler and blessed chalk.  He gave us a sheet containing the words of the blessing so we could follow and join in where appropriate.  Most of this was in Latin.  Having vested in surplice and stole and after an antiphon and the Magnificat, Fr Mawdsley asked me to led him round each room (including the bathrooms) with Martin, my husband, following him with the thurible.  Each room, and the garden, was sprinkled three times with holy water, and incensed three times.  The Pater Noster, some responses and the Collect for the day were said. The lintel of the front door was marked with blessed chalk:  20 + C + M + B + 18, standing for the century, the initials of the Three Magi, and the year, with the words:  “I place the marks of their holy names over the door of this home to remain there as a constant reminder to us and to all who enter here that this house is truly a house of the Lord”.

It is lovely that our house has been blessed this Epiphanytide and I would thoroughly recommend it – further home blessings are taking place on Fr Mawdsley’s next visit to Bedford on 20/21 January and there is still time to sign the sheet.

Gregorian Chant Practice

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Following our first practice a few weeks ago, we have scheduled a further one for Saturday 20 January, 2 pm – 3.30 pm in the Patrick Donegan room at Christ the King (the green building alongside the church hall). All are welcome and we are all learning together, therefore please don’t be put off if you have never sung Gregorian Chant before. We are aiming to offer our first Sung Mass on Sunday 4 February at 8.30 am.

Please feel free to contact me on mbky3@outlook.com if you have any questions.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th!

Barbara

 

Sursum Corda – Hearts up!

On the snowy morning of Sunday 10 December, Fr Verrier was with us and chose Prayer as the topic for his homily. Here are just a few points.

Father gave a definition of prayer as lifting the heart to God, and communicating with Him, and described the various forms prayer can take: Adoration, Thanksgiving, Contrition and Petition. He gave some practical suggestions as to how we might overcome any distractions in prayer (imagine the distraction is a cricket ball and use the bat to hit it away) and how we need to be persistent and constant in prayer during our daily activities, i.e. praying for the driver who cuts us up! He encouraged us by saying that the prayer which we find the most difficult is counted by God as the most meritorious.

This was the last time we shall be seeing Fr Verrier at Bedford for now, as he is moving from Reading to Warrington in the New Year. We thank him for the times he has been with us over the last few months and his encouraging and inspiring words.  Our prayers and best wishes go with him as he moves North.

Our First Choir Practice

https://80l7p44g40g1tthgg34ewzoc3a-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Gregorian-Chant-Course-Image.jpg On Saturday 9 December, seven potential Latin Mass choir members – three men and four ladies – met under the direction of Fr Verrier, who is a music graduate and before his ordination taught music in schools.  He began with a prayer that our efforts might glorify God and that humility would form part of our disposition. He went on to give the history of the part played by a choir at the Latin Mass and how it is a privilege rather than a right for lay people to sing. We then warmed up our voices and got on to the actual music, working through the ‘Missa Angelis’ which forms the basis of a Sung Mass. All those numbers and mysterious signs in the notation – which looks very different from classical music notation – were explained. We sang with a reasonable degree of accuracy, considering that Gregorian chant was new to most of us and that we had not sung together before. Finally Fr Verrier explained which parts of the Mass are sung by the priest, which by a small group and which by a larger group, including the congregation.
By this time, a fascinating two hours had passed!  After a closing prayer and a blessing, we went our separate ways.

We hope to sing for the first time on Sexagesima Sunday, 4 February 2018. Fr Verrier will not be with us, as he is moving to Warrington after Christmas, but we will find ways of building on what he has started. Please contact Barbara Kay, who has volunteered to be secretary to the choir, on mbky3@outlook.com for details of future practices.

Mass on Friday cancelled

It is with regret that we announce that the Mass planned at Christ the King, Bedford, on Friday 8th December at 7.30 pm, for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, has had to be cancelled. This is due to there being no celebrant available, despite every effort on our part. This is the first time that this has happened since the Latin Mass came to Bedford in August 2015.

There will be an Novus Ordo Mass to mark the Immaculate Conception which Parish Priest Fr Patrick Hutton has kindly offered to say at 7.30 pm.

Please pray for more vocations to the sacred priesthood and for more priests to learn to say the Traditional Mass.