Regina Caeli – Classical Education in the Catholic Tradition coming to Bedford!

Due to interest from local families, founders of the Regina Caeli academy will be coming to give a talk on 21st April in Bedford, with a view to opening a satellite programme in one or more UK locations, if there is sufficient demand.

Regina Caeli is a private, independent tutoring centre operating in the Catholic tradition. They offer classes that meet twice a week to boys and girls aged 4-18, and have grown rapidly since their launch in 2003, now operating in 14 locations in the United States. Regina Caeli is a response to the need for affordable, authentic, classical education taught in light of the Catholic tradition.

Kari Beckman, one of the founders of Regina Caeli, and Erika Ahern, the Director of Education, will give a talk in Bedford on Saturday 21st April about the hybrid academy and answer any questions that families might have. Please spread the word and, if you have children of school age and live within reach of Bedford, do come along and hear what they have to say!

You can book tickets here. The ticket costs serve as a contribution to cover the costs of Kari’s travel and accommodation. There’s an early bird rate of £25 until 10th February, when the price goes up to £35. 

More information on them is here and an introductory video is here




Epiphany Mass and House Blessings

Fr. James Mawdsley FSSP said the first of what we hope will be many Masses here in Bedford. He gave a very powerful homily on the Ten Commandments.

This Saturday, 6th January, Fr. Mawdsley will say Mass at 11a.m. for the Epiphany, as well as confessions as part of the First Saturday devotions; 100 years after Fatima is a good time to start carrying out Our Lady’s requests! Fr. Mawdsley will also say Mass on Sunday morning at 8:30am, as usual.

At both these Masses there will be a sheet where people can sign up to house blessings and chalking of the doors.



Calling all singers!

Due to popular demand, we plan to have a sung Latin Mass at Bedford once a month. Can you sing Gregorian Chant? Would you like to? If so, please get in touch: We’d love to hear from you!

The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services -The Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium #116, December 4th, 1963


FSSP Retreat in Wales

This looks a wonderful event. More details below and here 

Preached by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP on the theme:

Regardless of your marital status, come to learn about this beautiful sacrament, so misunderstood in modern society. Even though you may have been married for decades, or may not wish to get married, this retreat could help you deepen your appreciation of matrimony and support through your advice and prayer families, couples in difficulty or simply engaged.

Almost all rooms are single: book early if you wish a double room.
Arrival : Friday 8th December 2017 from 4pm.
Holy Mass of the Immaculate Conception (Extraordinary Form): 5pm.
Supper 6:30pm
End: Sunday 10th December at 3pm (Sunday lunch included).

Provided: all accommodation, towels, food (full-board), teas and coffees.
Bring alarm clock, good spirituality books, rosary beads, EF Missal if you own one, warm clothes, pad and pen.

COST: £95.00 per person, full board.
Please note: to keep costs as low as possible, our Fraternity manages the bookings on behalf of Pantasaph. We charge nothing for this work, neither for the advertising costs and the actual giving of the retreat. A voluntary collection will be organised during the retreat for those who can help cover our expenses.

BOOKINGS: Please send your full contact details with your £30 deposit per person to ‘Advent Retreat 2017, St Mary’s Priory, Smith Street, Warrington WA1 2NS, Cheshire, England’.
Cheques to be made payable to ‘FSSP’.

Booking Form here:


22 October – new FSSP priest and record attendance!

Today was the first Mass in Bedford of Father Patrick O’Donohue, a young priest who has recently joined the FSSP in Reading to test his vocation. 75 people were at Christ the King; a record for a Sunday morning. We thank God for such a wonderful blessing and pray that it may continue. Many of us had the pleasure of meeting Fr. O’Donohue in the church hall afterwards and learning more about his background. We look forward to seeing him again soon!

Fr. O’Donohue gave a wonderful sermon in which he mentioned the Sacred Heart, the Eucharist and the little girl who inspired Venerable Fulton Sheen to make a daily Holy Hour. He also talked about the immense act of charity of inviting someone to Mass.

Next week, Fr. Goddard will be saying Mass – the clocks go back on Sunday and so 8:30am is a little more comfortable for those of us who aren’t “morning people”. So, if you are thinking of coming, or haven’t been in a while, you’ll have an extra hour in bed before the 8:30 Mass next week! And if you know someone who might be interested, next week is a good time to bring them along to Mass!


First Sunday of the new FSSP apostolate

Fr. Goddard said the first Mass of the new FSSP apostolate in Bedford this morning, with almost 60 people there. He delivered a wonderful sermon on confession and how to improve on our faults, and spent a long time chatting to parishioners in the hall afterwards and hearing what they wanted – a monthly Sung Mass was mooted, if we can get a choir. A great start to the new apostolate! 

Fr Verrier will be saying Mass next week; he has already celebrated in Bedford once before, but we will be seeing him much more often now!