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February 16, 2024

Sunday 18 Feb 2024 Bulletin

FSSP Chaplaincy Bulletin,

18-24 February 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     



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

NEW PayPal button on our webpage in support of the Chaplaincy: https://fssp.org.uk/donate/


BEDFORD: Sunday: 8:30am; Mon 10:00am; Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 8:00am; Sat 11:00am

CHESHAM BOIS: Sunday: 12noon

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


Sat 10:00am-10:55am. 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.

In general Lent should be a time of penance, almsgiving, and prayer. Please be generous with your sacrifices and mortifications for Our Lord.

We recommend this Lent to donate to the Good Counsel Network, a deserving charity assisting mothers under pressure to abort: https://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/donate


Well done all of us who made or renewed their Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last Sunday.

Chaplaincy Pilgrimage to Walsingham next Spring: With the national Marian Shrine only two hours from Bedford, there is interest for as many as possible to travel there in Eastertide. Please let Rita Carroll know whether you prefer: Day trip; Stay overnight, one/two nights; coach/car.

Traditional Pilgrimage of Pentecost Paris-Chartres in France 18-20 May: join the Brits among 16,000 pilgrims. Email chartres@duc-in-altum.co.uk

Please note that 22nd Feb is FIRST Class feast across the FSSP, so that Lenten mortifications may be lifted on that day for those attending FSSP-led activities.

Stations of the Cross this week: time to be announced on Sunday morning.


Interest was expressed from various quarters (Bedford, Chesham, London) by single ladies for a day of vocational discernment.

Register interest: malleray@fssp.org

Pray for 15 men on vocation discernment with Fr de Malleray at Buckden Towers this weekend 16-18 Feb. O Lord, grant us many holy priests!

Visit https://fssp.org.uk/about-the-confraternity/

TUTORS WANTED: Regina Caeli UK are employing part-time tutors at their Bedfordshire centre. Please contact them for further information and to apply: info@rcahybrid.co.uk

Young pro-lifers: SPUC weekend 23-25 Feb at Stone ST15 0NL, with Mass by FSSP priest:


Chaplaincy Mass centre to relocate across Bedford

The FSSP “Gregorian” Chaplaincy is the canonical structure established in January 2015 by Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton and Very Rev Fr John Berg, then-Superior General FSSP, to serve the needs of those attached to the “usus antiquior” across the Northampton Diocese. It was approved again in December 2023 by Bishop Oakley of Northampton and Very Rev Andrzej Komorowski, Superior General FSSP.

Fr Patrick Hutton, and Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP

Since October 2017 the Chaplaincy has ministered at Christ the King Church in Bedford by kind permission of then-parish priest Fr Patrick Hutton and of his successor Fr Nicholas Nwanzi. During eight years the Chaplaincy has contributed generously to the life of the parish, financially and by ways of activities, services and friendships. The new parish priest Fr Richard Aladics arrived last summer from the Leeds diocese. In late October the FSSP chaplaincy began ministering daily at Christ the King with Bishop Oakley’s permission. Regrettably our daily ministry has made the new parish priest to feel as if he were less able to attend to the needs of his parish. He therefore asked that the Chaplaincy might not serve at Christ the King any longer.

While regretting that state of things, Bishop Oakley reiterated his support to the FSSP Chaplaincy in Bedford, including the announced date for Confirmations on Sat 27 July 2024, 3pm. First Holy Communions will also take place as planned on Corpus Christi Sunday (2 June 2024), as well as any other commitments such as baptisms, receptions of converts, and weddings. An alternative venue is being sought for our daily ministry in Bedford as of Monday 26 February, and soon enough for our 8:30am Sunday Masses. Those carry on as usual at Christ the King until further notice. Our Bedford Offertory collection still goes to the parish, not the Chaplaincy.

Please note that this change is only about relocating our ministry within Bedford. St Alban House remains with two priests full-time, as do our other Mass centre of Chesham Bois, our usual groups and activities, including Regina Caeli Academy and the Scouts. Meanwhile your prayers are welcome for a smooth transition. You may send any comments, questions or suggestions to the Chaplaincy Secretary Mrs Rita Carroll at bedford@fssp.org.


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 soon.

Next Altar servers training: Saturdays 23, 30 March (at a Bedford location to be announced later). Book with Francis Ibabu, our Servers’ Coordinator on: ibabu10@proton.me. Serving is an honour and brings many graces. One can start with just a Low Mass with one server. Everyone under 18 must have a signed parental consent form (ask Rita Carroll).

FINANCES: online donations and standing orders are still gratefully received, being also much quicker and easier to process than cash. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

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

Thank you in advance.

Lenten reading: discover the hidden riches of the medieval Marian hymn Stabat Mater.

Order it from CTS above for £4.50.

Join our Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross of her Son and walk with her on the road from life to death to eternal life, by meditating upon the Stabat Mater line by line.

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.

Pray  for  the sick in our congregations: Tom and Inma Jones, Patsy Crocker, Vincent Jones, Joseph Osborn, Rod Henry. R.I.P. Carl Roberts.  Please email to sick list.


Sunday18/028.30amFirst Sunday of Lent (I) (Bedford)Wladyslaw Baran RIPBaderko
Sunday18/0212pmFirst Sunday of Lent (I) (Chesham)Sebastiano Di Falco RIPDi Falco
Monday19/0210amFeria (III)Stephen Carroll RIPCarroll
Tuesday20/028amFeria (III)In Honour of BVM in ThanksgivingDi Falco
Wednesday21/028am [or instead 7:30pm after 6:45pm Stations, check for updates]Ember Wednesday in Lent (II)Owen Kearns RIPCurrie
Thursday22/028amThe Chair of St Peter, Apostle (I)Conversion husb. & daughterKsenia
Friday23/028amEmber Friday in Lent (II)Edm., George & Joa. NutterMoxham
Saturday24/0211amEmber Saturday in Lent (II)Cathy McGoldrick RIPTubilewicz

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