The bell will be ringing again in the church hall at Christ the King on Sunday morning to announce the start of the 2020 catechism talks by Fr O’Donohue. There’s a talk for the under 8s at 10.30, followed by the under 16s at 11.00 and finally the adults at 11.30. Children’s choir will run as usual before the first talk.
For those who are new, we enjoy a cup of squash, tea or coffee and a biscuit in the main hall after Mass before moving over to the Patrick Donegan room next door for our talks.
We look forward to learning more about our Faith and its practice over the coming months.
Monday 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany. This is a Holyday of Obligation in the Universal Church, but this year the Bishops of England and Wales have transferred the celebration of Epiphany back to Sunday 5th January. Following the Traditional calendar, however, the Mass for this Sunday will be that of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
To mark Epiphany, there will be a Low Mass at Christ the King on Monday 6th January at 7.30 pm. Although it is not a Holyday of Obligation this year, it is a most important feast, and assisting at Holy Mass is the best way to observe it.
Some 110 people from far and wide came to the Latin Mass of Reparation for Abortion at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe today. This was a significant increase on the number who came to the same event last year.
Celebrant Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP, gave a inspiring homily on Life and how we should consider how better to support it. He was supported in the sanctuary by Fr Gabriel Diaz as Deacon, making a welcome return to Bedford, and by Brother Albert Robertson from Blackfriars, Oxford, as Subdeacon. Two of our Bedford servers, Nicholas and Christian (the latter serving his First High Mass) plus Oliver and Patrick from London and Columba from Oxford, made up an efficient team.
LMS Chairman Joseph Shaw was singing and he also took some beautiful photos: see https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephshaw/albums/72157711905433672 and his LMS Chairman’s blog and tweet.
After the Mass there was a chance to venerate the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been moved to pride of place at the front of the church. In the Guild Room behind the church there were welcome refreshments and a time to socialise.
We are grateful to the Rector of the Shrine, Canon Seamus Keenan, for inviting the Latin Mass Society to return for a second time – let’s hope it becomes an annual event in future.
Just to remind you of the Solemn High Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bedford this coming Saturday at 12 noon. This will be a wonderful and rare opportunity to see and hear the Latin Mass at its very best. Sacred Ministers, servers and singers are coming from Reading, London and Oxford to take part in this act of reparation for the many millions of abortions which have taken place in this country since 1967.
86 people came to the same event last year – it would be lovely to see an even larger congregation in the church this year to welcome our visitors from the Latin Mass Society. There will be a buffet afterwards where we can socialise. Hope to see you there!
The Catholic Children’s Society is running this Christmas appeal for families in need in this country. “Without you this family would not have had a Christmas” said one grateful recipient. The idea is that you cover a shoebox with Christmas paper and fill it with gifts suitable for a boy or girl of a particular age and return it to a collection point by a certain date – in our case, Christ the King by 8th December. The visiting FSSP priest will take the boxes back to Reading to add to the collection the parishioners there are making.
Interested? There are leaflets in the church and in the hall which give more details of what to include in the box (everything needs to be new) and a label to stick on it to indicate the age and gender of the child who will receive the box. There will also be a sample completed box on display in the hall this Sunday. See also the Society’s website: https://www.cathchild.org.uk/christmas-gift-appeal/.
Thank you for your generosity.
“They really were excellent” said Katherine Smith of the five children who came along to the first meeting of the children’s choir at Christ the King yesterday. They started learning the hymn ‘Rorate Coeli’ which hopefully they will be able to sing at Communion on Advent Sunday. They looked at the English translation of the hymn and discussed words such as ‘iniquity, ‘desolation’ and ‘sanctification’, thus getting some incidental catechesis! It is hoped that more children will join them next Sunday after Mass in the Patrick Donegan room to build on this great start; boys and girls of 7 upwards will be most welcome and the practice will last about 20 minutes.
We are very fortunate at Christ the King to have been joined recently by Neville McNally. Neville has recently moved into the area and is making Christ the King his spiritual home. He is experienced in Gregorian Chant and has joined the adult schola, for which he has been recruiting!
However, he has also suggested that we start a children’s choir. We would begin gently and the choir would sing a short piece at the Offertory or during Communion. Katherine Smith, who directs the adult schola, has kindly agreed to take on this additional venture. There will be an initial meeting this coming Sunday 10 November in the Patrick Donegan room after the 8.30 am Mass. We think that the choir would be suited to boys and girls of 7 upwards. Parents are welcome to stay. You don’t need to be able to read music or Latin, as this will all be explained. Hope to see you there!
We have two special days in the Church calendar this week:
All Saints on Friday 1 November: Mass at 7.30 pm – this is a Holyday of Obligation.
All Souls on Saturday 2 November – trinated Masses at 10.00 am, 10.45 am and 11.30 am. These ‘back to back’ Masses are being said for the first time at Christ the King.
Hainvg enjoyed your coffee and biscuits, listen out for the bell being rung in the hall at Christ the King on Sunday 27 October at 10.30. It marks the start of the catechism session for the under 8s. About 30 minutes later it will ring again, this time for the under 16s, and finally there’s a session for adults starting at 11.30. Come along and hear some really good Catholic teaching from Fr Patrick O’Donohue – in these confused times we need to be clear in our minds about what we believe.
All over the country, the secret is being acted out, and Bedford is no exception. For the last four years priests have been celebrating Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form every week at Christ the King, which has grown from 16 people at the first Latin Mass in August 2015 to around 100 every Sunday by September 2019. These are men and women in their 70s and 80s, young adults, teenagers, children, babies a few weeks old. They come from far and wide, even as far as Norwich, 100 miles away.
What is the attraction? In this age which is marked by noise, change and uncertainty, there is a deep desire in many hearts for silence, stability and clear teaching. All these are to be found in the traditional Latin Mass, which has remained virtually unchanged for many hundreds of years, and which has nourished the faith of the saints and countless others down the ages.
Most people attending a traditional Mass for the first time are struck by the silence as they enter the church. The Mass gives inspiration and space for private thought and prayer. The beautiful vestments, the incense and the precise actions of the celebrant leave one in no doubt that something other-worldly and very special is happening. The transubstantiated Host, the Body of Christ, is handled by the priest alone and received directly onto the tongue of the communicants while kneeling if able. After Mass the congregation remains silent in thanksgiving before leaving the church or staying on for the Rosary.
Interested? The Latin Mass is celebrated at 8.30 am every Sunday at Christ the King, Bedford, see https://latinmassbedford.wordpress.com, and also at 8 am every Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Chesham Bois.