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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     



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

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


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.

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.


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.


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

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