A last minute reminder that there will be a talk for all ladies at the Shrine of Our Lady, Church of Holy Child and St Joseph, Midland Road, Bedford, at 11.30 am today. It will include an Angelus in Latin, a talk and a chance to write a petition and to venerate the Miraculous Relic Image. Ladies, do join us! English Mass is celebrated before the talk at 10.45 am.
During his pastoral visit to Christ the King, Bedford, on the weekend of 12 – 13 May, Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton was called upon to go the extra mile. He was due to preach at the Latin Mass, but at the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances, he not only gave the homily, but celebrated the Mass as well.
He told us afterwards that it was the first time he had celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. Bishop Doyle’s Latin proved to be excellent, and with guidance from Fr Goddard, all went smoothly and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was duly and properly offered.
We have a fantastic evening planned for Friday 6 July under the auspices of the Social Committee at Christ the King. Mick Wooldridge, the husband of one of our congregation, is a barn dance caller and has very kindly offered his services free of charge. Mick also plays the saxophone and will be playing between dances while we catch our breath!
Bring your own food, but there will be a bar, raffle and barn dance costume fancy dress competition. All for a very reasonable £5 for adults and £3 for children. After expenses, the proceeds will be divided equally between the parish and the FSSP. Mary Wooldridge has tickets available in the hall on Sunday mornings. The parish contact is Sue Anstead, 01234 965497.
Come and bring your friends!
As Sung Latin Mass at Christ the King, Bedford, is normally on the first Sunday of the month, the congregation on Sunday 22 April were expecting a Low Mass, but they got a pleasant surprise. Matthew Schellhorn, a professional musician well known in Traditional musical circles, was in the Bedford area over the weekend and had asked if he could sing the Mass. Fr James Mawdsley, FSSP, the celebrant, readily agreed!
Matthew both played the organ and sang the Mass on his own. The music, combined with the liturgy going on simultaneously downstairs in the sanctuary, combined to lift all the senses heavenward.
Every Mass should be sung; Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger said more than thirty years ago, “Wherever man praises God, the word alone does not suffice”. A Sung Mass is not possible at Bedford every Sunday, but Matthew has kindly agreed to return to Bedford to sing the Mass on Trinity Sunday, 27 May. Between now and then, the newly formed schola will sing the Mass on Sunday 13 May to coincide with the visit of the Bishop of Northampton.
The car park was packed and there was an excited buzz in the church hall at Christ the King, Bedford, on Saturday 21 April, the day of the long awaited visit of a representative from the American organisation Regina Caeli Academy, which provides classical hybrid education in the Catholic Tradition. Many home schooling families came along – one from near Norwich – and it was lovely to see such an age range, including several unborn!
There was great interest in, and enthusiasm for, what Regina Caeli can offer, including alternative examinations to GCSEs and ‘A’ levels, but which are still accepted by British universities.
It is, of course, early days yet, and a lot of prayer and planning stands between now and the realisation of the dream. We will keep you updated on developments as they unfold.
After the Latin Mass at Christ the King on the snowy morning of Sunday 4 March 2018, it was with sadness that we said goodbye to Alex Kovacsics, his wife Maria and his children Emilia, Alexander, Adam and Albert. It was their last Sunday with us, as they are moving back to their native Croatia. Alex has been running a very popular and successful restaurant in Bedford town centre, but is swapping this for the more family-friendly life of setting up a vineyard.
The congregation had signed two cards for Alex and family – one of them showing an English country lane complete with red telephone box and pillar box! – and had contributed towards some flowers, chocolates and good English beer, with which Alex was presented amidst the enjoyment of tasty food.
Alex was instrumental in bringing the Latin Mass to Christ the King, Bedford 2½ years ago and more recently in enabling the FSSP Apostolate to be founded. He has been responsible for setting up the altar for Mass and for serving on the altar. For all this we are truly grateful.
Alex promises that he will be back in Bedford from time to time and we look forward to that. Meanwhile, he and Maria are expecting their fifth child and have already invited Fr Matthew Goddard to Croatia to baptise the baby!
We wish Alex, Maria, Emilia, Alexander, Adam and Albert all the best and Godspeed as they start their new life and will miss them.
Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions, Bishop Peter Doyle was unable to visit Christ the King, Bedford on the weekend of 3/4 March. The visit has now been rescheduled for 12/13 May. We are hoping that the sun will be out that weekend to welcome the Bishop, as well as a good congregation at the Latin Mass, at which he will preach.