United Kingdom and Ireland
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     


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



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


  • Sunday: 12noon
  • Hoy Days: 11:00am (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 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!                    


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.


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