Our Lady of Guadalupe talk – Today!

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.


Christ the King website!

If you come to Mass at Christ the King, or use the parish website: http://www.christthekingchurchbedford.com/, we’d very much like you to complete the below survey. One of the parishioners is redesigning it and would like your views. Thank you!


First Saturday tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a First Saturday, and so there will be Confession from 930am, Mass at 1030am, and Catechism for children, young adults and older adults afterwards! NB timings are half an hour earlier than usual.

Pope Francis uses incense as he venerates a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during the canonization Mass of Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three Fatima seers, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, May 13. The Mass marked the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Marian apparitions, which began on May 13, 1917. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

More music coming to Bedford!

Great news! Two extra sung Masses a month, with music performed by Matthew Schellhorn. 

From the FSSP site:


We are very pleased to announce that we are increasing the number of Sung Masses at Bedford!

You might recall that a few weeks ago Matthew Schellhorn kindly sang and played the organ at our 8.30 Mass. The FSSP is pleased to announce that he has accepted the invitation to sing and play on two Sundays a month outside of July and August.

Matthew has been involved in Sacred Music for all of his life. From 
2013–15 he was the first Director of Music for the International 
Federation Una Voce, during which time he served as Moderator of the Sacred Music Sub-Committee. More recently, between 2017–18 he was Associate Director of Music at St Dominic’s Priory, Haverstock Hill, and continues as Director of Music for the celebrations according to the 1962 Missal at St Anne Line, South Woodford. Since 2015 he has been Director of Music for London of the Latin Mass Society, where in that capacity and with his professional group Cantus Magnus he provides the music for the monthly Masses organised by Juventutem London and for the Sacred Triduum held at St Mary Moorfields, London. His other work includes giving recitals and recording as a pianist, examining for ABRSM, and teaching in Cambridge where is a member of the Faculty of Music. He currently lives in London with his wife, Benna, and their two sons, Ferdinand and Caspar.

Matthew’s involvement with us will be to play the organ and sing on the third Sunday of each month plus one additional Sunday. The dates of those additional Sundays will be chosen with an eye to important celebrations such as the feast of Christ the King and the annual November Requiem for war dead. Our schola, led by Katherine Smith, will continue to sing on First Sundays.

As we look forward to welcoming Matthew, our thanks goes to Katherine and our schola for their ongoing commitment and hard work. After the week before last, they can now pride themselves in saying that they have sung a Pontifical Mass!

Over time Matthew hopes to get to know Christ the King’s parishioners and explore how his musical contribution to the life of our apostolate in Bedford can organically grow and develop.

Extraordinary growth, and more from Bishop Doyle

Pentecost Sunday saw a record attendance – 82 people came to the Old Rite Mass at 8:30am. This represents a 400% increase in less than three short years, showing the significant demand for Mass in the Extraordinary Form. We also had a very gracious letter from Bishop Doyle, where he said “It was a joy to celebrate the Masses, including the Mass in the Extraordinary Form,and to meet so many members of the parish.”

We are truly grateful for all Bishop Doyle’s support and for that of Fr. Patrick Hutton and of course all the priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter.

Watch this space; another very exciting development will be announced shortly!

Bishop Doyle goes the extra mile

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 are very grateful to both Bishop Doyle and Fr Goddard for adapting so readily to the situation and so enabling the Mass to take place.