Catechism day this Sunday!

The monthly catechism day is this Sunday, 2nd December.

Where: Christ the King, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP


8:30 Mass, followed by tea and coffee in the hall,

Catechism for under – 8s at 10:30,

8-16 year olds at 11,

Adults at 11:30.

See you then!


All Saints and All Souls

Holyday of Obligation alert!

This Thursday, 1st November, is a Holyday of Obligation, when all Catholics are bound to attend Mass. There will an Old Rite Mass at Christ the King at 7:30pm. We are extremely lucky in that there will also be an Old Rite Mass for All Souls at 10am on 2nd November.

We also get the chance to release 8 (eight) souls from Purgatory!

From November 1-8, a plenary indulgence is granted for the souls in purgatory if you visit a cemetery and say a prayer.

On All Souls Day a plenary indulgence is granted for the souls in purgatory if you visit a church and recite one Our Father and the Creed.

For the indulgences to be plenary, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Sacramental confession.
  2. A prayer for the intention of His Holiness the Pope must be recited for each indulgence. One prayer can be satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary, or by praying whatever else for His Holiness’s intention. And no, you don’t actually have to know His Holiness’s officially published intention.
  3. Reception of the Eucharist.
  4. You must be free from all sin, both mortal and venial.

This is a good explanation of indulgences:


Catechism Day – this Sunday!

After a very successful Catechism Day at the beginning of September, Fr. O’Donohue will be celebrating Mass and then giving catechism to children, young adults and over-16s this Sunday.

8:30am Holy Mass, preceded and followed by Confessions

9:30am Coffee, Tea and biscuits in the hall

10:30am Catechism for under-8s

11am Catechism for under-16s

11:30am Presentation for adults (16+)

12:15pm Close




Rosary Sunday – another sung Mass!

Matthew Schellhorn will be singing Mass for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, set on October 7th in commemoration of the battle of Lepanto:

Scarlet running over on the silvers and the golds,

Breaking of the hatches up and bursting of the holds,

Thronging of the thousands up that labour under sea

White for bliss and blind for sun and stunned for liberty.

NB the Catechism day is next Sunday, 14th October, when Fr. O’Donohue is back.

FSSP supporting Regina Caeli Academy in Bedford

Some great news for the forthcoming Regina Caeli academy in Bedfordshire. Fr. Patrick O’Donohue of the FSSP will be joining the board of directors as we prepare for launch in September 2019. Please pray for the success of the academy!

From the FSSP’s site:

After another positive meeting with prospective parents, we are pleased to report that plans for the forthcoming Regina Caeli affiliate academy in Bedfordshire are moving forward expeditiously, for opening in September 2019. Fr. O’Donohue will be joining the Board of Directors of this exciting and much-needed educational initiative.

The FSSP will have a key pastoral role in the life of the academy and we look forward to this addition to our thriving Bedford apostolate.