25th February - Annual Diocesan Justice and Peace Conference – The Conference takes place at St John’s, Sundon Park, Luton and begins at 10.00am.
28th Feb - Shrove Tuesday
1st March - Ash Wednesday. Beginning of Lent. Easter Sunday is 16th April.
2nd March - Safeguarding Session – "In Safe Hands” – a safer culture for children and adults – this session is for us all from 12 noon to 3.30pm at the Holy Ghost Parish Centre, Luton. Please inform the Safeguarding Office – email@example.com – to book lunch.
4th March - Blaze confirmation retreat run by NYMO. At Thornton College, between Buckingham and Milton Keynes. Believed to be pretty much full.
4th March. Rite of Election at the Cathedral for those seeking to be received into the Church this Easter. 2:30pm.
5th March - First Sunday of Lent
10th & 11th March - The next basic training course in catechesis,‘Being a Catechist’ takes place at Holy Cross, Bedford, from 7.30pm-9.30pm on the Friday, then 9.30am for a 10am start - 4pm on the Saturday. Location and booking details here
10th March - Family Fast Day for CAFOD. Supporting resources here.
11th March -Reflection Morning using the Bishops' Conference booklet "Do you love me ?". With Brian Purfield, Adult Faith Formation. Mount Street Jesuit centre. St Peter's, Higham Road, Rushden, NN10 6AG. Please inform firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01582 723312 Ext 6 to let them know you are coming.
17th March - (Friday) - St Patrick's day
18th March - first of two days presenting "The Gift - a Life in the Spirit course" at Holy Ghost, Luton. Each day begins with tea and coffee at 9.30am and finish by 4pm. You will need to bring a packed lunch, though refreshments will be available. See Bishop Peter's commendation, and booking details, here. The second day is Sat 1st April - timings the same - attendance at both is strongly recommended.
18th March - Introduction to the Enneagram. A one-day course on this well-proven tool for self-knowledge and personal growth. At the Quaker Centre, Downhead Park Milton Keynes. Poster here with all details. There is a further day at St Columba's House, Woking, in June - enquire of webmaster or Marie Heath.
25th March - Blaze second confirmation retreat run by NYMO. At the Restore Hope Centre, Latimer, near Amersham. Fully booked.
26th March. Mothering Sunday. Clocks go forward at 2am on the Saturday (i.e. before you go to bed).
31st March (Friday) - Last day of term in Bucks and Northants - it's 4th April in Beds.
6th April - Thursday - start of the 2017-18 tax year
7th April - Student Cross pilgrims gather in the evening at Desborough and Oxford to begin, next morning, the two routes that take them through parts of our Diocese on their Holy Week pilgrimage to Walsingham.
9th April - Passion (Palm) Sunday - start of Holy Week
13th April - Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, 11am. Mass of the Last Supper in the evening.
14th April - Good Friday. Day of fasting and abstinence. Ecumenical Walks of Witness in many towns; Veneration of the Cross services.
15th April. Holy Saturday
16th April. Easter Sunday.
17th April - Easter Monday - Bank Holiday
18th April - Back to school in Bucks and Northants. Possibly next day in Beds - please check.