FSSP
United Kingdom and Ireland

Bedford

December 26, 2023

Vocation Weekend near Bedford 16-18 Feb 2024

At Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots, Cambs PE19 5TA

Starts Fri 5:00pm; ends Sun 2:00pm

Is God calling ME?
Matrimony, celibacy, monastery, seminary, Fraternity?

COME & SEE
If you are a single Catholic man between 18 and 30 years of age, come and discern with us near Bedford.
Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP will lead the weekend. There will be talks, prayers, Holy Mass and informal chatting with fellow-guests. Possibility of private meetings with a priest, and of confession. Feel welcome confidentially to call, email or write for any questions. Holy Mass each of the three days.

BOOKINGS & CONTACT: [not via Facebook] malleray@fssp.org (read by Fr de Malleray only).

ACCESS: Direct train from London St Pancras to St Neots, every half hour, duration 56 minutes.

The nearest towns are Huntingdon (5 miles NNE of Buckden) and St Neots (5 miles South of Buckden). Both Huntingdon and St Neots are served by the West Anglian Great Northern Railway line from King’s Cross London to Peterborough. Let us know if you would need a lift from the railway station. There also are bus and coach links to both Huntingdon and St Neots from many parts of the country.

VOCATION RESOURCES:

VOCATION NEWS: 15 new FSSP PRIESTS in 23 YEARS

We have currently six young men from the UK & Ireland in formation at our two international seminaries. Three of our deacons from England were ordained priests at St Mary’s Warrington by Archbishop McMahon, OP of Liverpool. Those were the first EF priestly ordinations by a diocesan bishop in England in fifty years. Please pray for them (www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/) and for many more to enter the lists!

We give thanks for 13 priests ordained from or to the UK over the past 23 years: Fr Armand de Malleray in 2001; Fr Konrad Loewenstein in 2002; Fr Brendan Gerard in 2006; Frs Matthew Goddard and William Barker in 2009; Fr Simon Harkins in 2010; Fr Matthew McCarthy in 2011; Fr Ian Verrier in 2015; Fr James Mawdsley in 2016; Frs Alex Stewart and Krzysztof Sanetra in 2017; Fr Seth Phipps in 2018; Fr Gwilym Evans in 2022; Deacon Miklos Homolya in 2024 (planned) – plus Fr Patrick O’Donohue from Ireland (incardinated in 2023).

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 2022, Pope Francis signed a decree confirming the liturgical charism of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter.

Please pray for us. We assure you of our prayer.

O Lord, grant us many holy priests!

December 22, 2023

Sunday Bulletin 24 Dec 2023

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 24 Dec 2023 – 6 January 2024

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

Landline: 01234 954 316

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     

facebook.com/bedfordlatinmass

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:

malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:

pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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


Adoration of the magi, King’s College, Cambridge, picture Malleray

HOLY MASS TIMES

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)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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.


Frs de Malleray and Coelho wish you and your families a blessed feast of the Nativity of the Lord. They thank you for your cards, gifts and generous support. Please note that, unlike in some other churches, in FSSP apostolates the Christmas Offertory collections go to support the ministry, rather than being retained by the priests for personal use. Should you wish to donate money to the priests personally, please make sure to clearly label your envelope with the name of the priest, mentioning “Personal gift”. Thank you.  


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


No dogs inside the church please. Our beloved pets are requested kindly to wait for their masters outside.


VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO (WO)MAN THE HALL KITCHEN FOR SUNDAY COMMUNITY COFFEE. Thank you to those who enquired. Unless we get more people we cannot use the kitchen, which will impact on our Sunday gatherings in the hall. Can you commit to one Sunday a month? Senior or teenage volunteers welcome. Thank you in advance. Please contact Jo Paul for details: joanna.m.paul@outlook.com.





PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

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.




Altar servers training: Fr de Malleray is keen to meet with any boys and men interested. Serving is an honour and brings many graces. One can start with just a Low Mass with one server. As a start, anyone who would like to serve at Midnight Mass is requested to attend a practice led by the Chaplain on Sat 23 Dec, 11:00am to 12noon at Christ the King Church.

Everyone under 18 must have a signed parental consent form (ask Rita Carroll).

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.


Congratulations to Jacek and Catherine Witkowski on the birth of their first child Alice, to be baptised on 6th Jan, 1:30pm, at Chesham Bois.


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 [not at 12noon].


Epiphany: Attending holy Mass on Sat 6th January for the solemnity of the Epiphany is not an obligation this year. But we invite all to our holy Mass that will take place on the traditional date (Twelfth Night after the Nativity) on Sat 6th Jan in Bedford at 10:00am (exceptionally, no confessions from 11am to 12noon, but from 9:00am to 9:55am), and at 12:30pm at Chesham Bois, followed by two infant baptisms.

On the Eve of the Epiphany, Friday 5th Jan, bring containers filled with water clearly labelled to your name, with the cap off, to have them blessed as Epiphany Water from 8:50am, after our usual 8:00am Mass. Please note that this performing this blessing lasts at least 45minutes.


PICK UP AN HYMN BOOK as you enter the church. 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.


Offertory Collections in Bedford: up to now they were retained by the parish.  Increased expenses for two priests in full time ministry leads to retaining the Offertory collection, as per the Chaplaincy statutes. This will start in January (as has been the case in Chesham Bois for years). The Chaplaincy will of course continue to contribute its fair share to the upkeep of Christ the King Church.


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

Christmas collections go to the apostolate, not to individual priests. Thank you in advance.


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


Well done Chesham Bois parishioners for the joyful Christmas Dinner last 16 Dec., with quiz, attended by many among our adult congregation!


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. Also, Fr de Malleray’s book on the Holy Eucharist, heavily discounted to £10.00 after Sunday Mass.


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


HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

Sun24/128.30amVigil Nativity, BedfordGabriella MariaJoseph
Sun24/1212pmVigil Nativity, Chesham Frs Phipps, Goddard, Evans & de MallerayJoseph
Mon25/1212:00amNativity of Our Lord (I) BeFSSP Chapl. Bedford Congregation
Mon25/128:30amNativity of Our Lord (I) BePrivate IntentionWare
Mon25/1211:30amNativity of Our Lord (I) ChFSSP Chapl. Ch. B. Congregation
Tue26/128amSt Stephen Protomartyr (II)Holy SoulsJoseph
Wed27/128amSt John Ap Evangelist (II)Aidan Prebble RIPGrant
Thu28/128amThe Holy Innocents MM (II)Sadie & Dennis Dyson RIPDyson
Fri29/128amSt Thomas of Canterbury B M (I)Dr John P HamelHamel
Sat30/1210am6 Day Octave of the Nativity (II)Andrew Madden RIPMadden
Sun31/128.30amSun within Octave Nativity (II) BeConvers. Jones & Dyson familiesDyson
Sun31/1212pmSun within Oct Nativity (II) ChHoly SoulsMadden
Mon01/018:30amOctave day of the Nativity (I)Conversion of husband and daughterKsenia
Tue02/018amThe Most Holy Name of Jesus (II)Holy SoulsKsenia
Wed03/018amFeria (IV)Priestly and religious vocationsKsenia
Thu04/018amFeria (IV)Paul Sefton RIPCurrie
Fri05/018amFeria (IV)Conversion of sonsBaderko
Sat06/0110amThe Epiphany (I)Ireneusz Oledzki RIPOledzka
Sat06/0112:30pmThe Epiphany (I)Baptism candidates & families
December 16, 2023

Sunday Bulletin 17 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     

facebook.com/bedfordlatinmass

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:

malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:

pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

Secretary: Mrs Rita Carroll: bedford@fssp.org

Happy Nativity scene found inside a bus stop in rural Bedfordshire

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


HOLY MASS TIMES

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)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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.



Choir practice for midnight Mass on Friday 22 December from 7.30pm. Contact Catherine for info.


The initial Ladies’ group was well attended last Monday by 11 ladies. Feedback welcome for such a monthly event. Saturday may be easier for more ladies to attend, it was suggested. Then perhaps with 10am Confessions, 11am holy Mass and 12noon picnic and talk ending around 2pm. Please email Rita Carroll this week so as to allow us to plan for January: bedford@fssp.org.


MEN’s group at Christ the King Church (Patrick Donegan Room) on Thursday 21 December: 7:00pm Biscuits & Tea; 7:30pm Conference by Fr de Malleray, FSSP on “How God prepared his coming into our flesh according to the 7 Greater O Antiphons.”

Special treat for ladies who attended last week’s conference, and for gentlemen who may be prevented from attending this Thursday’s conference.


PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

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.


Altar servers training: Fr de Malleray is keen to meet with any boys and men interested. Serving is an honour and brings many graces. One can start with just a Low Mass with one server. As a start, anyone who would like to serve at Midnight Mass is requested to attend a practice led by the Chaplain on Sat 23 Dec, 11:00am to 12noon at Christ the King Church.

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.



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.


Epiphany: Attending holy Mass on Sat 6th January for the solemnity of the Epiphany is not an obligation this year. But we invite all to our holy Mass that will take place on the traditional date (twelfth night after the Nativity) on Sat 6th Jan in Bedford at 10:00am (exceptionally, no confessions from 11am to 12noon, but from 9:00am to 9:55am), and at 12:30pm at Chesham Bois, followed by infant baptisms.

On the Eve of the Epiphany, Friday 5th Jan, bring containers filled with water clearly labelled to your name, with the cap off, to have them blessed as Epiphany Water from 8:50am, after our usual 8:00am Mass. Please note that this performing this blessing lasts at least 45minutes.


PICK UP AN HYMN BOOK as you enter the church. 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: 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

Christmas collections go to the apostolate, not to individual priests. Thank you in advance.


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


On Mon 11 Dec Fr de Malleray attended a lovely Advent Play at the Regina Caeli Academy. About 120 persons were present, including the 75 pupils (many of them performing on stage), staff and parents. What joy to see this educational activity grow so happily!  

This past week Frs de Malleray and Coelho spent a few hours in Cambridge and admired the wonderful architecture built by our Catholic forefathers to the glory of God and the edification of men.

The two priests also met with Bishop David Oakley of Northampton who was pleased to hear how they were settling in, and recalled his recent visits to the two communities served by the FSSP chaplaincy in Bedford and Chesham Bois.

Please pray for our bishop and clergy.


Looking forward to the Christmas Dinner at Chesham Bois on Sat 16 Dec., with quiz!


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. Also, Fr de Malleray’s book on the Holy Eucharist, heavily discounted to £10.00 after Sunday Mass.


Watch The Surprise, a wonderful play by Catholic author GK Chesterton this Christmas. Sunday 24th December 3.30pm online www.ewtn.co.uk or on sky 586. For GK Chesterton Prayers see; www.CatholicGKChestertonSociety.co.uk


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

HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

Sun17/128.30am3 Sunday of Advent – (I) BedfordFSSP & Trad Latin MassFSSP
Sun17/1212noon3 Sunday of Advent – (I) CheshamMaria Eugenia RIPFinucci Coda
Mon18/1210amGreater Feria of Advent(II)Marian Sullivan & FamilyCassidy
Tue19/128amGreater Feria of Advent (II)Richard Dowd & FamilyCassidy
Wed20/128amEmber Wednesday of Advent (II)Theresa Bryan’s IntentionsCassidy
Thu21/128amSt Thomas Ap (II)Julie Kane & FamilyCassidy
Fri22/128amEmber Friday of Advent (II)Liam Moran & FamilyCassidy
Sat23/1210amEmber Saturday of Advent (II)Sherna BhadresaJoseph
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

https://www.facebook.com/bedfordlatinmass/     

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:

malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:

pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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


HOLY MASS TIMES

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)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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!




PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

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.

HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

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
December 7, 2023

Dowry No60 Winter issue now online

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

December 2, 2023

FSSP Bedford & Chesham Bois Bulletin 3 Dec 23

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 3 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     

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:

malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:

pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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


HOLY MASS TIMES

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)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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.




We had a great family day at Christ the King on Sat 2 Dec. About 60 attended the 10am Holy Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (First Saturday votive devotion) at which Fr de Malleray preached on the two hearts of Jesus and Mary as our twin spiritual “mansion”. Fr Coelho was kept busy hearing confessions for nearly two hours during Mass and during the following holy Hour of Eucharistic adoration prayed especially for the families at the Bedford and Chesham Bois FSSP Chaplaincy.

A shared picnic followed in the (well heated) parish hall, with various stalls displaying children’s books, Regina Caeli Academy mugs and Christmas cards, pro-life literature and books by FSSP Chaplain Fr de Malleray. At 2pm, the many children were treated to a catechism session by Fr Coelho in the adjacent room, while the adults listened to a spiritual conference by Fr de Malleray on Our Lady and the Incarnation, followed by questions and answers. The day ended with a live performance of O Come Emmanuel by all the children on stage, after they had rehearsed with our lead singer Katherine. The feedback was very positive and there is interest for similar events to be scheduled in the future. Anyone is welcome. Contact us with suggestions of dates and themes.


There is a CTS booklet on this topic

Congratulations to Jon and Jacinta Moxham for the holy Baptism of their eight child, newborn Theodore, who became a child of God on 29 Dec; and to Vincent and Alex Grimer for the holy Baptism of their firstborn, little Lily Grimer, scheduled 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.

(Picture Peter Jones)

PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

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. Once we know the size of each group we can schedule meetings.


On Mon 27 Nov several families attended the 10am Holy Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Fr Coelho blessed medals after Mass and offered them to those who did not already have one. These sacramentals are powerful means of sanctification.  


Telephone: A landline number will be communicated soon.


In London last week Fr de Malleray attended a clergy gathering organised by the Ordinariate.


The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst was fully booked for a retreat on the Incarnation last weekend. Fr de Malleray’s conferences will be uploaded soon.


Fr de Malleray sung the Mass and preached on religious life for the monthly Juventutem meeting at St Mary Magdalene’s in Wandsworth, attended by 65 young adults including some non-Catholics. The annual summer weekend of Juventutem will take place at Ampleforth Abbey on 2-4 August 2024.

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


On Sat 9 Dec, Fr de Malleray will attend the fayre of the Goretti Girls, a Catholic social society named after purity martyr St Maria Goretti, for girls aged 10-17. Visit gorettigirls.co.uk.



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).


St Nicholas will visit us in the parish hall on Sunday 3 Dec after our Mass.


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

HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

Sun03/128.30amFirst Sunday of Advent (I) Bedford, then Chesham BoisIreneusz Oledzki RIP (Bedford)Oledzka
Sun03/1212pmDeceased of McCarrick & Carroll familiesCarroll
Mon04/1210amSt Peter Chrysologus BCD (III)Private IntentionZieba
Tue05/128amFeria (III)Holy SoulsWare
Wed06/128amSt Nicolas B C (III)Canon D. McSweeneyDe Cruz
Thu07/128amSt Ambrose B C D (III)Aileen CarterDe Cruz
Fri08/128amImmaculate Conception of Our Lady (I)Conversion of I., & Mr & Mrs J.Dyson
Fri08/127.30pmHoly SoulsMadden
Sat09/1210amFeria (III) Our Lady in AdventPrivate IntentionConsidine
November 24, 2023

Sunday Bulletin 26 Nov 2023 FSSP Bedford & Chesham Bois Chaplaincy

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 26 Nov 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     

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:

malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho:

pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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


HOLY MASS TIMES

BEDFORD: Sunday: 8:30am

Mon 10:00am

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:00am

Sat 10:00am

CHESHAM BOIS: Sunday: 12noon

Hoy Days: 11:00am (check website before travelling)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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 Diocesan Safeguarding Department or speak with Christ the King Church’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.


ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING in Bedford Sat 2 December (Christ the King church & hall).

Feel welcome to bring and sell good books, Christmas cards and other items.

Schedule:

10:00am Holy Mass

11:00am Confessions and Eucharistic adoration for the intention families.

12noon-2pm: Shared picnic lunch in hall with stalls of books and devotional articles to buy as Christmas presents, while chatting with priests and families.

2:00pm Spiritual Conference by Fr de Malleray on Why God became Man. Followed by Q&As. Simultaneously, talk for children and/or learning a few simple hymns.

3:00pm Onward: Coffee, tea.


The spiritual conference by Fr Coelho on Divine Motherhood was attended by 14 ladies (picture below). Would more ladies wish a monthly event of that kind? We could organise it at Christ the King church and hall to welcome more participants than in a private house. There could be holy Mass before or after. In Warrington that event attracted between 30 and 40 ladies on a Saturday afternoon. The same could be offered for men. Please send feedback to bedford@fssp.org.


Fr de Malleray offered Holy Mass at Regina Caeli Academy as new Chaplain, attended by about 80 pupils and staff.


PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

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. Once we know the size of each group we can schedule meetings.


Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal this Monday 27 Nov with blessing and imposing of the Medal after the 10:00am Holy Mass: cf. Rue du Bac apparitions in Paris in 1830.  

Read more on https://catholic-link.org/images/what-is-miraculous-medal-catholic/

Extra Mass for the Immaculate Conception: to celebrate the glorious privilege of our heavenly Mother, two holy Masses will be offered by the FSSP Chaplaincy in Bedford on Friday 8th December 2023:


Welcome to Baby Joseph Osborne who attended his first holy Mass last Sunday after having spent the first two months of his life in hospital. Thank you to the ladies who took turns to cook for the Osborne family during those trying weeks. Let us pray for the health of little Joseph.


Improving the website: Unlike on desktops, information was poorly displayed on mobile phone screens. This was improved. Send us feedback.

Internet: theoretically installed this past Friday, its signal proves very low and will need fixing. Therefore, sadly we are not yet able to communicate well online.

Telephone: A landline number will be communicated soon.


Frs de Malleray and Coelho attended the Deanery meeting with clergy from the Bedford area, hosted by Canon Benny Noonan.


Juventutem London monthly Mass and social on with Fr de Malleray on Friday 1st Dec.: facebook.com/londonjuventutem/; instagram.com/juventutemlondon/.

Juventutem Summer Weekend (special 20th anniversary) in Ampleforth Abbey on 2-4 Aug 2024.


1 to 1 helper (practicing Catholic) sought for a seven-year-old autistic boy at the Regina Caeli Academy in Meppershall. Mon and Thurs in term time, 8.45-15.15, starting Jan. Call 07737 020188 if interested.


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 probably (TBC) at 11:00am.


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 ordered. Meanwhile, you can write on any envelope the intention, contact details, and preferred date if any, and your stipend (average £10.00).


Parish Christmas Fayre on 26 Nov 1-3 pm. There will be a Latin Mass table. Also raffle tickets available with cash prizes, which will be drawn at the Christmas Fayre.


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

        HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

Sunday26/118.30am24th and Last Sunday after PentecostGregory Makulec RIP (Bedford)Pawlowski
Sunday26/1112pm24th and Last Sunday after PentecostHoly Souls (Chesham)Madden
Monday27/1110amFeast of the Miraculous Medal (Feria)Anna Zieba RIPZieba
Tuesday28/118amVotive Mass of Requiem (Feria)Andrew Madden RIPZieba
Wednesday29/118amSt Cuthbert Mayne, Martyr (III)Jan ZiebaMadden
Thursday30/118amSt Andrew, Apostle (II)Baby Lucia Bella Barrie RIPColquhoun
Friday01/128amSt E. Campion & Comp, Martyrs (III)Private IntentionOledzka
Saturday02/1210amSt Bibiana, Virgin & Martyr III)Maria ZiebaZieba

November 18, 2023

Bedford & Chesham Bois Sunday Bulletin 19 Nov 2023

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 19 Nov 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     

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP: malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho: pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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 with homily 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


HOLY MASS TIMES

BEDFORD: Sunday: 8:30am

Mon 10:00am

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:00am

Sat 10:00am

CHESHAM BOIS: Sunday: 12noon

Hoy Days: 11:00am (check website before travelling)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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 Diocesan Safeguarding Department or speak with Christ the King Church’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.


This month of November, please remember to pray for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed.

Read the short Treatise on Purgatory, by St Catherine of Genoa: www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/treatise-on-purgatory-9820

‘An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory’, by Ludovico Carracci

Frs de Malleray and Coelho (pronounce “Father Co-Hello”) have started visiting families at home. It is a great joy to see the eagerness for the household to meet with clergy, who take part in the family prayer and give blessings. Feel welcome to invite the priests at home, even just for coffee or tea.

In addition, two spiritual conferences by Fr Coelho are now scheduled, one for all on Sat 25 Nov in Chesham Bois, 7pm; the other for mothers near Bedford on 20Nov. We would like to start such groups monthly, for men and for ladies.

We also need to begin altar servers’ sessions.

Fr de Malleray will offer Holy Mass at Regina Caeli Academy as new Chaplain, on Mon 20 Nov, 2:20pm.

Fr de Malleray has his first meetings scheduled for converts, Baptism and Marriage preparations.


PREPARATION to the SACRAMENTS:

Please kindly email us the full details of candidates for First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation (includes date of birth). Also for Holy Matrimony (if any), and Baptism. Once we know the size of each group we can schedule meetings.


Thank you to the generous men from our congregations who gave their Saturday morning to build the platform for the future chapel at St Alban House. An altar has been ordered and next month the priests will have a decent setting to pray Lauds, Vespers and Compline, offer private Masses and do meditation.

Also, thank you to the ladies who are putting together a rota for cooking for the clergy.


Fr de Malleray thanks you for your prayers during his  annual retreat last week. He kept you in his prayers as well.


Improving the website: Unlike on desktops, information was poorly displayed on mobile phone screens. This was improved. Send us feedback.

Internet: theoretically installed this past Friday, its signal proves very low and will need fixing. Therefore, sadly we are not yet able to communicate well online.

Telephone: A landline number will be communicated soon.


Fr de Malleray attended the monthly Juventutem Youth Group in London, of which he is the chaplain, last 10 Nov. 70 young adults were present, including as always new faces and converts. Visit facebook.com/londonjuventutem/ and instagram.com/juventutemlondon/. The next date is Friday 1 Dec. Confessions 6-7pm, Sung Mass with homily 7-8pm, social with Q&As 8-9:30pm.


1 to 1 helper (practicing Catholic) sought for a seven-year-old autistic boy at the Regina Caeli Academy in Meppershall. Mon and Thurs in term time, 8.45-15.15, starting Jan. Call 07737 020188 if interested.


Martin, Barbara and Peter Kay would like to thank the community for the Spiritual Bouquet offered for them on their move to Rutland and for their friendship over the past eight years.


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”.


ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING in Bedford Sat 2 December.

Feel welcome to bring and sell good books, Christmas cards and other items. Special guest: St Nicholas!                    

Schedule:

10:00am Holy Mass

11:00am Confessions and Eucharistic adoration for the intention families.

12noon-2pm: Picnic lunch in hall with stalls of books and devotional articles to buy as Christmas presents, while chatting with priests and families.

2:00pm Spiritual Conference by Fr de Malleray on Why God became Man. Followed by Q&As. Simultaneously, talk for children and/or learning a few simple hymns.

3:00pm Onward: Coffee, tea.


Members of our congregations in Bedford and Chesham Bois attended the successful ball of the Good Counsel Network last Saturday in London. Learn more about this deserving pro-life charity here: www.goodcounselnet.co.uk.


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


Parish Christmas Fayre on 26 Nov 1-3 pm. There will be a Latin Mass table. Also raffle tickets available with cash prizes, which will be drawn at the Christmas Fayre.


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

        HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

Sun198.30amVI Sunday after Epiphany (II)Ireneusz Oledzki RIP (Bedford)Monica Oledzka
Sun1912pmVI Sunday after Epiphany (II)Michael O’Donnell RIP Chesham)Chakrabarti
Mon2010amSt Edmund K M (III)Ireneusz Oledzki RIPMonica Oledzka
Tue218amPresentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (III)Souls of the Barrett & Wardell families & friendsBarrett
Wed228amSt Cecilia V M (III)Holy SoulsAnon
Thu238amSt Clement I P M (III)Holly Anne ChakrabartiChakrabarti
Fri248amSt John of the Cross C D (III)Maria ZiebaZieba
Sat2510amSt Catherine V M (III)Maria ZiebaZieba
November 11, 2023

Sunday Bulletin FSSP Bedford & Chesham Bois

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin, 12 Nov 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     

facebook.com/fssp.england

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP: malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho: pe.miguelcoelho@protonmail.com

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 with homily 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


HOLY MASS TIMES

BEDFORD:

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

CHESHAM BOIS:

  • Sunday: 12noon
  • Hoy Days: 11:00am (check website before travelling)

Bedford CONFESSIONS TIMES

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 Diocesan Safeguarding Department or speak with Christ the King Church’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.


Daily Masses in the traditional form have started last week in Bedford. Chaplaincy members are discovering this long prayed-for treasure: attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the rite of ages, daily if they can. The times given are based on your feedback expressed to us via the forms we gave you. Feel welcome to send further feedback. A morning weekday Low Mass is quite a different experience from the busy Sunday Mass. There is much space available across the pews to keep to oneself if one wishes, and meditate silently. The Mass is said within about half an hour.


Remembrance Sunday: This Sunday all across the UK and Europe, we pray for the souls of those who gave up their lives during the two World Wars. Masses of Requiem are offered to that intention. RIP.

Remembrance display at Stowe House

This month of November, please remember to pray for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed.


Frs de Malleray and Coelho (pronounce “Father Co-Hello”) have started visiting families at home. It is a great joy to see the eagerness for the household to meet with clergy, who take part in the family prayer and give blessings. Feel welcome to invite the priests at home, even just for coffee or tea.

In addition, two spiritual conferences by Fr Coelho are now scheduled, one for all on Sat 25 Nov in Chesham Bois, 7pm; the other for mothers near Bedford on 20 Nov. We would like to start such groups monthly, for men and for ladies.

We also need to begin altar servers’ sessions.

Fr de Malleray will offer Holy Mass at Regina Caeli Academy as new Chaplain, on Mon 20 Nov, 2:20pm.

Fr de Malleray has his first meetings scheduled for converts, Baptism and Marriage preparations.


Thank you to the generous men from our congregations who gave their Saturday morning to build the platform for the future chapel at St Alban House. An altar has been ordered and next month the priests will have a decent setting to pray Lauds, Vespers and Compline, offer private Masses and do meditation. This is an essential part of the priestly ministry to souls, although little visible.

Also, thank you to the ladies who are putting together a rota for cooking for the clergy.


Please pray for Fr de Malleray on annual retreat this week (scheduled before the move to Bedford was known). He will keep you in his prayers as well.


Improving the website: Unlike on desktops, information was poorly displayed on mobile phone screens. This was improved. Send us feedback.

Internet: theoretically installed this past Friday, its signal proves very low and will need fixing. Therefore, sadly we are not yet able to communicate well online.

Telephone: A landline number will be communicated soon.


Fr de Malleray attended the monthly Juventutem Youth Group in London, of which he is the chaplain, last 10 Nov. 70 young adults were present, including as always new faces and converts. Visit facebook.com/londonjuventutem/ and instagram.com/juventutemlondon/. The next date is Friday 1 Dec. Confessions 6-7pm, Sung Mass with homily 7-8pm, social with Q&As 8-9:30pm.


Fr Coelho represented the Chaplaincy at the Mass of Reparation for abortion in Bedford on 11 Nov. It is an important annual occasion to intercede with God for the end of abortion and support to mothers. We hope to be more involved in pro-life work soon.


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”.


ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING in Bedford Sat 2 December. Feel welcome to bring and sell good books, Christmas cards and other items. Special guest: St Nicholas!                    

Schedule:

10:00am Holy Mass

11:00am Confessions and Eucharistic adoration for the intention families.

12noon-2pm: Picnic lunch in hall with stalls of books and devotional articles to buy as Christmas presents, while chatting with priests and families.

2:00pm Spiritual Conference by Fr de Malleray on Why God became Man. Followed by Q&As. Simultaneously, talk for children and/or learning a few simple hymns.

3:00pm Onward: Coffee, tea.


The Good Counsel Ball is back, in Kensington, London Saturday 18 Nov, 6pm. Don’t miss it! Great Company, great food and a great live band. Tickets are £125 and you can host a table of 10 friends if you want to. Don’t know anyone who is coming? Don’t worry, it’s a friendly event and we can find you a welcoming spot at St Raphael’s table. For enquiries call Clare on 07795205117. To book tickets email GCNBall@gmail.com


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


Parish Christmas Fayre on 26 Nov 1-3 pm. There will be a Latin Mass table. Also raffle tickets available with cash prizes, which will be drawn at the Christmas Fayre.


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

HOLY MASS INTENTIONS  this WEEK

November 4, 2023

Sunday Bulletin of the FSSP Chaplaincy Sunday 5 Nov 2023

By appointment of Bishop David Oakley of Northampton

Chaplain: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP: malleray@fssp.org

Visiting Priest: Fr Miguel Coelho

Secretary: Mrs Rita Carroll: bedford@fssp.org

Daily Mass at Christ the King Church, Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0SP

Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, 30 Amersham Road, HP6 5PE

Chaplain’s residence: St Alban House, 18 Brett Drive, Bromham, Bedford MK43 8RF

Webpage: fssp.org.uk/bedford, or fssp.org.uk/chesham

Beginning:

Welcome to this first edition of the bulletin of our community in this new chapter of its history. It has been a week since Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP moved from Warrington into a house in Bedford as the new priest Chaplain. Much remains to be done for utilities and furnishing, and the Internet should be installed next weekend. Fr de Malleray is kindly assisted by Fr Miguel Coelho (pronounce “Father Co-Hello”), a visiting priest from Portugal.

After years praying for FSSP clergy in permanent residence in Bedford, this is now happening. As you may know, FSSP priests have been serving the needs of the people who like to worship in the traditional form in the Northampton Diocese since 2007. Our priests travelled from London, then from Reading, and also from Warrington. For years we had to stay every Saturday night in the local Travelodge. Living in Bedford will improve the spiritual environment for Catholics and for anyone needing our spiritual input. (It will also benefit the natural environment, lowering our carbon footprint considerably, some of our readers will happily notice.)

Mass of Christ the King, at Christ the King Church in Bedford, on 29 Oct 2023

Context:

By appointment from Bishop David Oakley, since 25 October 2023 Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP succeeds Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP as Chaplain to the Gregorian Chaplaincy serving the needs of Catholics worshipping in the traditional Latin rite, at Christ the King Church in Bedford, and at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Chesham Bois. The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) is an international Roman Catholic community, founded in 1988 through direct intervention of Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The FSSP is of pontifical right, that is, under the direct authority of the Holy See. On 11 February 2022, Pope Francis issued a decree confirming their liturgical charism.

The FSSP have ministered in the Northampton Diocese since 2007. Bishop Peter Doyle had established them as a “Gregorian Chaplaincy” and Bishop Oakley has now granted them permanent residence in the diocese. The FSSP Chaplaincy is served from Bedford, now its permanent base, whence the priests travel to Chesham Bois for Sundays and major feasts. Members of the FSSP Chaplaincy have been committed parishioners of Christ the King Parish and of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish for years.

Contact: For further information, please visit https://fssp.org.uk or email the FSSP Chaplain Fr de Malleray: malleray@fssp.org, or the FSSP Chaplaincy Secretary Mrs Rita Carroll: bedford@fssp.org.

Answering your needs:

Numbers on our first Sunday, for the feast of Christ the King, were encouraging, with 194 attending Holy Mass in Bedford (8:30am Mass only, since no 12:30pm Mass anymore); and 129 in Chesham Bois (at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church – no 8:00am Mass anymore). What is more, one third of the congregation are children and the other third or about are parents.

It has been a busy but grace-filled first week, with our first Sunday Masses, then the feast of All Saints in both churches (including an impressive 120 people at 7:30pm in Bedford, with numerous children), All Souls with three consecutive Masses of Requiem for the dead, and First Saturday.

Homilies:

On the feast of Christ the King, FSSP Chaplain Fr de Malleray said that families were the outposts of Christ’s kingdom, and encouraged them to be havens of peace where parents, children, and also visitors grow closer to Jesus through Mary and St Joseph. Father reminded people of the encyclical Quas Primas, published in 1925, which affirms that by right Christ must reign not only upon individuals but also upon institutions and nations. With prudence and charity, all Catholics should pray for such a salvific outcome.

On the feast of All Saints, the Chaplain suggested that the secret of saints is to keep focussed on God in everything they do, however menial, and to do it all for the love of God and neighbour. That way, even chores and trials are turned into worthy purification for oneself, and into brotherly intercession for others, friends and fiends alike, after the example of Christ.

Stain-glass window of saints at Chesham Bois Church

On the Commemoration of all the faithful departed (All Souls), the Chaplain asked all to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, since they cannot hasten their entrance into everlasting bliss, but we can. This we do through our devout participation in the saving Sacrifice of Christ reenacted at Holy Mass, and through gaining indulgences when visiting a cemetery between 1 and 8 November to pray for the repose of any soul (and fulfilling the other usual conditions such as state of grace, Holy Communion that day and prayer to the perennial intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff).

All Souls with catafalque at Christ the King Church on 2 Nov 2023

On the First Saturday, Fr de Malleray explained how, when hanging on the Cross, Our Lord had entrusted us all to Our Lady as her spiritual progeny. Being our Mother through grace, she is never oblivious of our needs, or weary of our petitions. On the contrary, caring for us is her deepest joy as she anticipated even on her Annunciation, when she said Yes to Archangel Gabriel. Her Immaculate Heart represents her intercession to God on our behalf, almighty as per God’s very will and power.

Meeting our Parish Priests: On Friday 27 October, in the presence of the Dean of Bedford, Fr de Malleray and Fr Coelho attended the Mass of Installation of the new Parish Priest at Christ the King Church, Fr Richard Aladics who, like Fr de Malleray recently arrived from a northern diocese. Fr Aladics introduced the two priests to the congregation. Lay members of the FSSP Chaplaincy were in attendance. On Wednesday 1 November, the priests met with the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in Chesham Bois, Fr Roy Karakkattu, who welcomed them and said that the change of time from 8:30am to 12noon for the traditional Latin Mass would benefit the wider parish.

Fr Aladics PP cutting his “induction” cake.

Holy Mass times in Bedford:

Based on your feedback regarding weekday Mass times (Bedford), by agreement of Fr Richard Aladics PP, the following schedule is now in force:

Sun 8:30am

Mon 10:00am

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 8:00am

Sat 10:00am

Confessions:

(Bedford): Sat 11:00am to 12noon, and before and during every Mass when a second priest is available.

(Chesham Bois): Shortly before the Sunday 12noon Holy Mass, and during the Mass when a second priest is available.

Practicalities:

CHRISTMAS: How many in your household would actually attend Midnight Mass at Christ the King if starting at midnight?

FINANCES: Thank you to at least 11 households who have now shifted their standing order from the Reading bank account to the newly created Bedford one. Kindly proceed with the change if you have not done so already, since two priests full time means ongoing expenses, which are not covered by Reading or by the diocese. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

  • Sort code: 30-80-27
  • Lloyds Bank 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:

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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”.

RETREAT: Places left on the Weekend of pre-Advent recollection preached by Fr de Malleray in the amazing setting of Stonyhurst, at Theodore House. Please visit this link to book for the event. “Why God became Man.“ Book NOW directly with Stonyhurst: www.christianheritagecentre.com/events.

24-26 Nov 2023.

EF Holy Mass each day, talks by Fr de Malleray, adoration and confessions.

See you there!

ADVENT FAMILY GATHERING in Bedford: tell us today the preferred date for your household:

Sat 2 or Sat 9 December.

Schedule:

10:00am Holy Mass

11:00am Confessions and Eucharistic adoration for the intention families.

12noon-2pm: Picnic lunch in hall with stalls of books and devotional articles to buy as Christmas presents, while catting with priests and families.

2:00pm Spiritual Conference by Fr de Malleray on Why God became Man. Followed by Q&As. Simultaneously, talk for children and/or learning a few simple hymns.

3:00pm Onward: Coffee, tea.

Please email bedford@fssp.org your preferred date.