Men’s evening tomorrow 

Tomorrow, the monthly Men’s evening will be at 7:30 at the church of the Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford MK40 1HU. We’ll hear a talk on the miraculous relic of our Lady of Guadeloupe which is kept there. 

More details about the relic are here:

There’ll be refreshments afterwards. All welcome!


Remembrance Sunday

The homily on Pride in the previous article was given during the Requiem Mass for Remembrance Sunday.  It was offered for the souls of the fallen in the First and Second World Wars.  Most families will know of someone in this category and indeed my husband and I remembered his uncle, who died in France right at the end of World War 2 aged only 22.  As at the Mass for All Souls, a cataflaque had once again been set up in the aisle and we heard the Sequence. The black chasuble was worn by Fr O’Donohue and removed for the sprinkling and incensing of the cataflaque.

May all who gave their lives for their country rest in peace.

The Seven Deadly Sins, part 1

St Thomas Aquinas wrote:  “inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin  … the root of pride is found to consist in man not being, in some way, subject to God and His rule.”

Taking up these words was Fr Patrick O’Donohue, our Mass celebrant yesterday.  He  is currently a postulant with the FSSP in Reading and was visiting Bedford for the second time. He gave an inspiring homily on the sin of Pride, saying that pride in our gifts and achievements, and acknowledgement of them in others, was necessary for our own self-respect and good relationships. However, when we take credit for these gifts ourselves and do not recognise them as coming entirely from God, this can cross the boundary into pride.  Indeed the Fall arose from Pride, and thus it may be considered the most deadly of the Seven Deadly Sins as it gives rise to the others. To counteract Pride, we should strive to cultivate the corresponding virtue, Humility.

We look forward to six more homilies on the other Deadly Sins from Fr O’Donohue in the coming months!

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:


Two contrasting Masses

We celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form on the evening of All Saints with a congregation of some 60 people. In his homily Fr Goddard said that the Saints listened to God and obeyed Him, and we must do the same, even though it may bring trials to us as it did to them. The Gospel was part of the Beatitudes in St Matthew’s Gospel and we were told that Jesus Himself perfectly fulfilled the ‘Blessed’ statements that He made about being humble, pure in heart and so on. The atmosphere was one of celebrating the lives and examples of those who have gone before us – both known and unknown – and now pray for us in Heaven.
By contrast, the atmosphere on the morning of All Souls was sombre as we remembered the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  About 50 people attended the Mass.  A cataflaque surrounded by candles had been set up in the aisle. Fr Goddard wore a black chasuble and the joyful parts of the Mass, such as the Gloria, were missing. The sequence reminding us of death and judgment was read out. There was no homily and no Salve Regina at the end; the cataflaque was sprinkled with holy water and incensed.

Let us not forget to pray for those whose place in Heaven is assured, but have not reached it yet.

Gain Plenary Indulgences for the Souls in Purgatory This Week

You may already know this (announced at Mass last Sunday, 29th Nov) , but just in case you don’t, here is the info on indulgences you can obtain for the Poor Souls in Purgatory (each day this week) and also for yourself (today)!

Courtesy of Bridegroom Press: (and re-posted from One Peter Five) (here)

Grant #29.1.1

For the Souls in Purgatory

Plenary Indulgence

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted each and every day from Nov 1 to Nov 8, who devoutly visit a cemetery and there pray, if only mentally, for the departed.

Grant #29.1.2

All Souls’ Day – Plenary Indulgence

A plenary indulgence is granted the faithful who, on All Souls’ Day (or according to the judgment of the bishop, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visits a church or an oratory and recites an Our Father and the Creed.


Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.


Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.
Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.
Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).
Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.
If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.
If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.
Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.
In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.
If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.
For an indulgence attached to a particular day requiring a church visit, the day begins at noon the day before and ends at midnight.
What are you waiting for? This is a fantastic opportunity to help the Church Suffering!

All Saints and All Souls

Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated at Christ the King, Bedford as follows:

All Saints, Wednesday 1 November – Low Mass 7.30 pm (Holy Day of Obligation)
All Souls, Thursday 2 November – Low Mass 10 am

Our celebrant for both these Masses will be Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP,  who will also be our celebrant next Sunday, 5 November, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost.
We look forward to seeing you again, or perhaps for the first time, in our beautiful church.