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December 9, 2023

Bedford & Chesham Bois Sunday Bulletin 10 Nov 2023

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 10 Dec 2023

Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by appointment from the RC Diocese  of Northampton

Residence: St Alban House, 18 Brett Drive, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8RF

Worship: Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP; and on Sundays and major feasts at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Chesham Bois, 30 Amersham Road, HP6 5PE

fssp.org.uk/bedford or fssp.org.uk/chesham



Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:


Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:


Secretary: Mrs Rita Carroll: bedford@fssp.org

Receive this newsletter by email https://fssp.org.uk/manageprofile/index.php

Watch daily Mass by the FSSP on www.livemass.net/locations/warrington.html

Daily Holy Mass readings: www.divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/missa/missa.pl

Vespers: https://www.divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/horas/officium.pl


BEDFORD: Sunday: 8:30am; Mon 10:00am; Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:00am; Sat 10:00am

CHESHAM BOIS: Sunday: 12noon

Holy Days: 11:30am (check website before travelling)


Sat 11:00am-12noon. And during or around Holy Mass when possible, including in Chesham Bois.

Safeguarding: If you have concerns about children or vulnerable adults, please contact the FSSP England Safeguarding Lead, Fr Matthew Goddard: goddard@fssp.org.

Join us for coffee after Sunday Mass, both in Bedford and Chesham Bois. Follow the crowd into nearby parish halls.

Dowry Mag online and soon in print, with 2024 FSSP wall calendar.

In this issue: [click here to open the magazine]

Support our Apostolate

With now five houses across the UK & Ireland, our ministry increases. Find out how you can endow us with the resources we need to serve more souls. Help us bring this country back to Our Blessed Lady, for the love of Jesus.    

Congratulations to Vincent and Alex Grimer for the holy Baptism of their firstborn, little Lily Grimer, performed at Christ the King Church on Sat 9 Dec, 12noon. Let us pray for these newly baptised (or soon to be) and for their families. In these Advent weeks when we commemorate the pregnancy of Our Lady on her way to Bethlehem, let us also pray for the mothers expecting a child in our community.

Thank you to Bishop St Nicholas who took time in his busy schedule to visit our community last Sunday!


Please kindly email Chaplaincy Secretary Mrs Rita Carroll (bedford@fssp.org) the full details of candidates for First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation (includes date of birth). Also for Holy Matrimony (if any), and Baptism. Schedules for preparation will be communicated in January.

For practice purposes, the Latin Mass Society have put together a good series of tutorial videos here

youtu.be/GDfuzBdinUM; and provide printed resources here: lms.org.uk/catalog/altar-servers

Quicker Holy Communion process in Bedford and Chesham Bois:

  • when waiting to kneel at the Communion rail,
  • please do not wait until the entire rail is vacated,
  • but instead go and kneel at the nearest available space.

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Michael Wooldridge, husband of our parishioner Mary, who passed away on Sunday 3 Dec. Frs de Malleray and Coelho prayed by his bed on their way back from Chesham Bois. May he rest in peace.

The annual summer weekend of Juventutem will take place at Ampleforth Abbey on 2-4 August 2024.

facebook.com/londonjuventutem/; instagram.com/juventutemlondon/.

Three holy Masses this Christmas: In Bedford our traditional Christmas Holy Mass will start at midnight this year again (Mass of the Night), followed by the Mass of Dawn at 8:30am. The Mass of the Day will be offered at Chesham Bois at 11:30am.

Can you sing Christmas carols and/or play of an instrument? Contact us. Also, as mentioned from the pulpit, we have started singing hymns right before and after Sunday Mass, plus a simple Latin one during Holy Communion. After a few weeks we should all become familiar with tune and words.

FINANCES: Thank you to the families who have now shifted their standing order from the Reading bank account to the newly created Bedford one with Lloyd. Kindly proceed with the change if you have not done so already, since two priests full time implies ongoing expenses, which are not covered by Reading or by the diocese. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Sort code: 30-80-27   Account number: 44025960

GIFT AID: Increase your donation to the FSSP Chaplaincy by 25% at no further expense to you. Ask Rita for a Gift Aid form, fill it in and hand it back to her. That will help us a lot.

MAILING LIST: Please subscribe for free to the newly created Mailchimp list, now the official medium of information for the Northampton FSSP Chaplaincy. Click on this link: https://facebook.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c6ff52282548a1c81708fb5ef&id=adabc6323e

Or simply visit the Chaplaincy’s dedicated webpage via fssp.org.uk/bedford, or fssp.org.uk/chesham, and click to the right of the screen on “Subscribe to our Bedford and Chesham Bois bulletin”.

Envelopes for Holy Mass intentions are being printed. Meanwhile, you can write on any envelope the intention, contact details, and preferred date if any, and your stipend (average £10.00).

On Mon 11 Dec Fr de Malleray will offer the monthly Mass at the Regina Caeli Academy, whose Nativity play he will attend with the parents on 14 Dec.

Good books to buy as Christmas presents. For children: https://www.isaiahbooks.co.uk/product-page/when-the-stars-shone-bright-a-christmas-tale: £7.99, plus shipping. Discounts available on bulk orders.

For adults: Fr de Malleray’s latest novel: https://aroucapress.com/vermeers-angel;

and his book on the Holy Eucharist (heavily discounted): £10.00, at stall in parish hall after 8:30am Mass.

See more of Fr de Malleray’s books here.

Pray  for  the sick in our congregations. Email their names for insertions in next bulletins.


Sun10/128.30am2 Sunday of Advent (I) BedfordMr & Mrs JonesDyson
Sun10/1212noon2 Sunday of Advent (I) CheshamHoly SoulsMadden
Mon11/1210amSt Damasus I P C(III)Maria Eugenia RIPFinucci Coda
Tue12/128amFeria (III)Andrew Madden RIPMadden
Wed13/128amSt Lucy V M (III)Maria Eugenia RIPFinucci Coda
Thu14/128amFeria (III)Holy SoulsMadden
Fri15/128amFeria (III)Maria Eugenia RIPFinucci Coda
Sat16/1210amSt Eusebius B M (III)Maria Eugenia RIPFinucci Coda

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