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February 18, 2023

What’s on this week – Ash Wednesday, FSSP Fundraising, and Lenten Tips

19th February 2023—Quinquagesima

Sunday 19th February 

8.30 am Stephen Carroll RIP
12.30 pm Private intention

CONFESSIONS Saturdays 3 pm—5 pm

Low Mass and Imposition of Ashes on Wednesday 22nd February at 7.30 pm. There are some hints for
keeping a good Lent below.

Our prayers are with all our FSSP priests and seminarians on Thursday 23rd February, the transferred Feast of
the Chair of St Peter, which is celebrated as a First Class Feast in apostolates of the Fraternity. Members of the
Confraternity of St Peter pray daily for the priests and seminarians and have a Mass offered for them once a
year. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Confraternity, please contact Fr Phipps
(sphipps@fssp.org) for further information and to apply.

Our Offertory collection money is shared between the Parish of Christ the King and the FSSP whose priests
minister to the Latin Mass faithful. The FSSP is reliant on regular supplementary financial giving in order to
maintain their apostolate in Bedford. If you have not done so already, please consider setting up a standing
order to them. These need to be set up by you through your own bank using the following details: account
name: FSSP England (Reading); sort code 30-93-04; account number 02027330. If you are a UK tax
payer, Gift Aid forms are also available. Thank you for your generosity.

If there is the need for sacraments — baptism, confirmation, sick calls etc — please contact Fr Goddard on
telephone number 0118 966 5284 or by email: goddard@fssp.org.

Practical Suggestions for Lent – Fr Matthew Goddard
 Try to get to Mass more often during Lent.
 Try to get to Confession at least once during Lent.
 If you are not already saying a daily Rosary then Lent would be a good time to start. If you do already,
then why not take a second Rosary during Lent for the needs of others.
 The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion which focusses us on the direction Lent leads us, namely
salvation won for us through Christ’s Passion and Death.
 Why not take up a particular prayer intention for Lent. This could be personal or for others in your life,
o For the needs and development of our FSSP Latin Mass Chaplaincy in Bedford.
o For the FSSP (the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter) and all those entrusted to its care.
o For our Regina Caeli Academy.
o For an end to abortion clinic buffer zones.

 Lent would be a good time to make an effort in spiritual reading.
 Only take on things which you think you can manage for 40 days – don’t overstretch yourself.
 Don’t choose something that will make you “crabby”, thus leading you and those around you into sin.
 Don’t give up if you slip up in your resolve, but keep starting again for the 40 days.
 If charity towards a challenging person in your life is particularly difficult, refraining from a lack of charity
and trying to get on with that person can be a greater penance and mortification than, for example,
giving up chocolate or the internet
 Consider supporting a pro-life charity, such as SPUC or The Good Counsel Network.
 Consider supporting a charity which supports persecuted Christians, such as Aid to the Church in Need.

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