Don’t forget that the clocks go back by one hour this coming weekend, so you will get an extra hour in bed!
More importantly, as from 1 November, the 1 pm Mass will be brought forward to 12.30 pm. This is the Feast of All Saints – come and celebrate with us.
Pictured above on the day of his ordination to the priesthood, we were very pleased to welcome Fr Seth Phipps, FSSP, to Bedford for the first time last weekend. He has succeded Fr O’Donohue as the priest who will usually say Mass at Christ the King.
Father heard Confessions on Saturday afternoon whilst the Blessed Sacrament was exposed on the altar, and concluded the afternoon with Benediction. On Sunday he said two Masses for the External Solemnity of the Rosary. His homily was on the theme of the Rosary and we received some very practical advice on how we can overcome distractions and pray the Rosary with greater devotion.
We look forward to getting to know Father better in the coming days.
The following message appears in the Reading newsletter this week. Fr O’Donohue writes:
“I would like to express my gratitude to the faithful in Reading, Bedford, and Chesham Bois for their prayers as well as thoughtful messages and gifts before my leaving the UK for a new assignment. I have thoroughly enjoyed ministering at these apostolates of Our Lady’s Dowry over the past three years and will always be grateful to have had this opportunity. I have offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for your intentions”.
Don’t forget that we have Adoration and Confessions this coming Saturday 3 October at the slightly earlier time of 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm. Two priests will be hearing Confessions, one of them Fr Seth Phipps, FSSP, whom we welcome to Christ the King as he begins his ministry with us this weekend.
For the last time, our Parish Priest, Fr Patrick Hutton will be in the other confessional, as he takes a well-earned retirement as from Monday 5 October. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Father for his kind support of the Latin Mass over the last five years and to wish him and his wife Rita every blessing as they begin this new chapter of their lives.
We also said goodbye to Fr Patrick O’Donohue on 27 September as he returned to Ireland to become the first FSSP priest in a permanent apostolate there. We thank him for his three years with us and assure him of our prayers for his new work.
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!