On Saturday 5th September we have another of our regular opportunities for Eucharistic Adoration. St Alphonsus Liguori tells us “You will gain more by praying 15 minutes before the Blessed Sacrament than all the other spiritual exercises of the day”. Our Lord will be exposed on the altar for three hours, from 3 pm – 6 pm, so you will have plenty of time to spend with Him.
Also during this time there will be two priests available to hear Confessions. As Confessions are not being heard after Sunday Mass at the moment, this is an invaluable opportunity. Of this Sacrament, St Francis de Sales says: “Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls”.
Two very good reasons to be at Christ the King on Saturday week! If you can’t come this time, there will be further afternoons of Adoration and Confession on the first Saturday of October, November and December, also from 3 pm – 6 pm.
Every year for the last 10 years the Latin Mass Society has held an annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham walking from Ely in Cambridgeshire to Walsingham in Norfolk over three days on August Bank Holiday. This year because of the Covid-19 Pandemic we have decided to continue this tradition but this time it is a virtual pilgrimage from Willesden, London to Walsingham and we want you to get involved.
How will it work?
After the success of our July Digital Conference we will be bringing Pilgrims a daily schedule of Live-streamed Masses, Meditations, Online Rosary and prayer sessions as we travel along our virtual route from Willesden in London to Walsingham over the three days and we need you to join the walk in your own locations. Willesden to Walsingham is 118 miles. We need Pilgrims to pledge to walk a distance during the Pilgrimage which can be anything from half a mile to 100 miles! You can do your own pilgrimage in your back garden, in your street or even the local countryside, wherever you are in the world and whatever feels safe and suits you. With as many pilgrims signed up to the virtual pilgrimage and all praying together we can add up the total of miles walked, along with rosaries said and songs sung as we pray this August to Our Lady of Walsingham.
How can l sign up?
On our website you can register your name and whether you are a group and how many miles you pledge to walk during the Pilgrimage. We would then like to share your experience during the Pilgrimage online and amongst our other pilgrims. If you are unable to join in with our walk then you can pledge to pray for the pilgrims.
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It was on Sunday 16 August 2015 that a congregation of 16 faithful gathered at Christ the King with Fr Daniel Horgan, who was celebrating the first Latin Mass there for many years. From those small beginnings that day, who would have thought that five years on, we would have a congregation of 160 over the current two Sunday Masses and a growing hybrid homeschooling Academy, with some families even moving into the area so that their children can attend the latter.
We have got to know a series of priests, in the early days on a rota system and in just under the last three years, from the FSSP, each priest an individual who through his ministry has opened up to us different aspects of the Faith. We have had the benefit of many challenging homilies and catechism sessions, and the humbling experience of recognising and facing up to our sins in the confessional, and the joy of receiving Absolution. We have knelt before Our Lord at Adoration afternoons, and received Him sacramentally at Mass. We have celebrated baptisms, First Holy Communions and weddings, shared joys, sorrows and many a good chat over a cup of coffee, with the new friends we have made.
For all this, we say wholeheartedly today “Deo Gratias”.
By kind permission of Fr Patrick Hutton, there will be two Masses celebrated by the FSSP on Saturday 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption. These will take place at 6 pm and 7.30 pm. Bookings are now open and need to be made in the usual way via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you to celebrate this Holyday of Obligation in honour of Our Lady!
After our very well attended afternoon of Adoration and Confession on 27th June, we are pleased to announce that a further similar afternoon will take place at Christ the King, Bedford, on Saturday 1st August from 3 pm – 6 pm. We very much appreciate the attendance of our FSSP priests from Reading to enable this to happen. In addition, many people are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that all the necessary conditions are met to ensure the church is safe to enter, and we are most grateful to them.
It is hoped that while Confessions cannot be heard after Sunday Mass, these afternoons will take place monthly, possibly on the 1st Saturday of the month, but please watch this space for future dates.
We are pleased to announce that the FSSP will be saying two Sunday Masses at Christ the King from Sunday 5 July at 8.30 am and 1 pm.
Due to the need for social distancing, the seating capacity will be much lower than usual. You will need to book for these Masses by e-mailing email@example.com, stating which Mass you would prefer to attend, and will need to give your contact details for Test and Trace in line with Government guidelines.
Fr Patrick Hutton says in this week’s newsletter: Without booking, if there are no seats left free on the day, sadly you would have to be turned away.
Act promptly and spread the word to ensure that you can be present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the first time since 15 March!
Great news! Father O’Donohue will be coming to Christ the King on Saturday 27th June to offer Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 2 pm – 6 pm. This is our first opportunity for adoration since the middle of March and we hope that many people will take the opportunity of spending time with Our Lord.
Naturally we need to observe all the necessary conditions regarding hygiene and social distancing. If anyone can volunteer to be a steward for part of this time, this help would be gratefully received. Please contact Rita Carroll on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone her on 07984 867837. You will need a short session of training; if you see this article before 1 pm on Saturday 20th June and can get to Christ the King for a training session at that time, please do so. Otherwise separate arrangements can be made.
This is a major step towards public Masses being celebrated again – Deo Gratias! – and many thanks to Fr O’Donohue for coming over to be with us.
Dear Guardian Angel, go for me to the church, there kneel down at Mass for me.
At the Offertory, take me to God, and offer Him my service; what I am, what I have, offer as my gift.
At the Consecration, with your seraphic strength, adore my Saviour truly present, praying for those who have loved me, and for those who have offended me, and for those now deceased, that the Blood of Jesus may purify them all.
During Holy Communion, bring to me the Body and Blood of Jesus, uniting Him with me in spirit, so that my heart may become His dwelling place. Plead with Him that through this sacrifice, all people throughout the world be saved.
When the Mass ends, bring home to me and to every home the Lord’s blessing. Amen.
From the FSSP Bedford blog today:
Cessation of Public Masses
In accordance with the recent letter from the Bishops of England and Wales
in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the final public Mass until further notice for our South of England apostolates (Reading, Chesham Bois and Bedford) will be offered at St William of York in Reading at 12 noon on Friday 20th March.
You are reminded that the Sunday Mass from Warrington can be viewed on LiveMass at 11 am. See LiveMass.net. While doing so, you could take the opportunity to make a Spiritual Communion such as the one below:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
We shall miss the FSSP priests visiting Bedford in the coming days. You could make a point of praying for them daily by joining the Confraternity of St Peter: https://www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/.
Finally, a lovely quote from Dame Vera Lynn:
“Even if we are isolated in person, we can still be united in spirit. As the war showed us so many years ago, we are all stronger than we think and however desperate things may seem today, remember that we can still be kind, we can still laugh… and we can still sing”.
And we can still pray.
We announce with regret that in the light of the coronavirus situation, we are unable to serve tea and coffee after the 8.30 am Mass until further notice following guidelines from the Bishops’ Conference and the decision of Christ the King parish. It will be possible to use the toilets in the hall if required and people may wish to meet for a chat without having refreshments.
We remember in prayer those who have died as a result of coronavirus, those who are suffering and those who are ministering to them.
St Rocco, pray for us!