21st - 28th August - Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes - more here. In the absence of both the Bishop and the Vicar-General, Mgr Paul Donovan at St Augustine's High Wycombe will again be the point of contact for any urgent Diocesan-level queries.
31st August - Bank Holiday
3rd September (Thurs.) - Back to school in Bucks and Northants. Beds not unitl 7th Sept.
3rd-17th September. Bishop Peter will be on holiday
5th September - Rosary Link for Vocations at Church of Divine Mercy, Slough - 7pm Rosary, 8pm Mass. Then Tues 22 Sept, St Mary’s, Dunstable -9.30am ; Fri 25 Sept, St Thomas Aquinas – Bletchley 8.30 am (Exposition until 5), also St Francis of Assisi, Shefford – 9.30am, and St Joseph’s, Bedford - 7.00pm. Next on Sat 26 Sept , Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, W’boro - 10.30am .
The Rosary Link began in 2004 to pray for vocations and priests. Encouraged by Bishop Peter Doyle and Fr Mark Floody, Vocations Director (for information contact 01933 400157)
12th September. First session in the 2015-16 programme of lectures towards the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Course leaflet here, all enquiries to NORES. At St Mary Magdalene Primary School, Milton Keynes, 10am - 3:30pm
15th September - the English Catholic History Association will be visiting Rushton Triangular Lodge and Lyveden New Bield, two sites associated with Northamptonshire's best-known Elizabethan Catholic recusant nobleman, Sir Thomas Tresham. For enquiries and booking details, contact Vincent Burke, 16 Brandhall Court, Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury. W.Midlands B68 8DE.
19th September - Proclaim 15 follow-up event. 10am-3pm, at St Gregory the Great RC Church Hall, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN3 2HS . Then another on Saturday 17th October 2015, 10am-3pm, at Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church Hall (Damien Hall), Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9AA
To register for a free place please e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 01582 723312 (ext 6) or write to "Proclaim '15 event, Diocesan Pastoral and RE Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD"
19th September - St. Thomas a Becket Foundation Diocesan Mass. 2pm.St. John’s Church, Sundon Park, Luton LU3 3AL for those who are disabled or with special needs, their families and carers. The Mass is being organised by the St. Thomas a Becket Foundation and will be followed by a fun party. All are welcome and there is no cost. If you would like to attend please ring 07930 305362 or 07989 048522 or 07545 807483.
20th September - Home Mission Sunday. This year's theme is: PROCLAIM God’s Mercy. Bishop Peter says: "On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know to be distant from the life of faith. Please support the second collection which provides funding for the Bishops’ national work of evangelisation and includes the development of this year’s Proclaim ’15: Building Missionary Parishes initiative. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. It is possible to donate online at www.catholicnews.org.uk/donations. Commemorative prayer cards for this day are available to take away. Please support the work of Home Mission through your prayers and generosity. See, too, the breadth of parish resources being provided as part of the Proclaim ’15 initiative at www.catholicnews.org.uk/proclaim 15 ".
20-28th September. Bishop Peter away at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, USA.
26th September. Ecumenical Commission open meeting, "The Churches Together for Justice and Peace", more here.
3/4th October. Bishop Peter says: "During August I am recording a message about the forthcoming Synod and the Year of Mercy to be played at all Masses on the weekend of 3/4 October when the Synod begins. The challenge is to ensure that it is possible to play the disc recording with sound and vision, or just with sound at every Mass. May I ask you to get someone with the necessary technical ability onto the task as soon as possible."