11th March. "Lent Talks: Apocalypse Revealed” at St Teresa’s, Beaconsfield, in the new Parish Centre (behind Waitrose in the New Town) at 8.00pm on the three consecutive Tuesday evenings of: March 11th, 18th and 25th. Fr David Sanders OP comes to Beaconsfield to share his findings, and what the ‘Book of the Apocalypse’ means for us today. For many years a member of the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University and now teaching at Blackfriars Hall in Oxford, he has recently been researching and writing on this final book of the New Testament. Highly recommended. No preparation necessary. Each talk is independent, so if you cannot come to all, come to the ones you can. Refreshments available. All welcome.
15th March. CAFOD Day of Reflection . An opportunity to come together to pray and reflect. 11am - 3:30pm at st Teresa's Parish Centre, Beaconsfield. With Brian Purfield of Mount Street Jesuit Centre. Please bring packed lunch. To book, or for all information, lifts etc, please contact email@example.com or ring 01604 785254.
17th March. (Monday) St Patrick's Day
22nd March. The Diocesan Liturgy Commision is offering a training day on Services of Word and Communion, at the RE Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD. Mgr McGinnell writes: "Services of Word and Communion are part of the provision that the Church offers in particular circumstances where Mass cannot be provided. They are not a substitute for the Mass but are always celebrated leading to the celebration of the Eucharist. It is very important for us to reflect deeply on how we celebrate these liturgies. Our Diocesan Ritual is at the heart of this study." With input from Liz Clark and Alex Heath, and Frs Andrew Behrens, Allan Jones and Kevin McGinnell. 10am to 12 noon. Cost £5 per head including refreshments. Flyer and booking form here. Or ring 01582 723313 ext.6.
29th March - Chesterton Conference. "Sanity and Sanctity - Chesterton, His Message to our Times". With top-notch speakers including the Chairman of the American Chesterton Society. Programme runs from 09:15 to 17:00 in the Borlase Hall, St Teresa's, Beaconsfield. Bookings enquiries to Martin Thompson, 570a Dunstable Rd, Luton LU4 8RT, or firstname.lastname@example.org . Flyer and booking form now available here.
29th March. The National Board of Catholic Women offer a day of information, reflection & discussion for Catholic Women on modern slavery & human trafficking - led by Sister Patricia Mulhall, CSB - TRAC-UK (Trafficking Awareness and Campaigning to end sex trafficking), RENATE (Religious In Europe Networking Against Trafficking & Exploitation) and former Board Member of UNANIMA International (working for women and children at the UN). At Sacred Heart Church, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HZ. 11am to 3pm - Register/Tea/Coffee from 10.30am. Please bring a packed lunch. Contact Maura Potter, tel: 01628 666278. Poster here.
30th March - Mothering Sunday. Clocks go forward in early hours ( = one hour less sleep and the risk of being very late for Sunday Mass)
4th April - end of term for our schools
6th April. 2014-15 tax year begins.
8th April - Microsoft ceases support for computers running on the twelve-year-old Windows XP operating system. This does not mean they will stop working, but they will become increasingly vulnerable to online hazards and to incompatibility with modern programs. ChurchMarketPlace have a guide to what this might mean for you, and their offers for upgrading your systems, available here.
11th April - Student Cross pilgrims gather in the evening at Desborough (near Kettering) and Oxford for the two "Legs" that pass through our Diocese on their way to Walsingham. They begin walking early on Saturday morning. Give them a cheer on if you see them on the roads of Northants or North Bucks.
13th April - Passion (Palm) Sunday. Beginning of Holy Week.
17th April. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, 11am. Evening Masses of the Lord's Supper
18th April. Good Friday. Day of fasting and abstinence. Bank Holiday
19th April. Holy Saturday. Evening Vigil Masses.
20th April. Easter Sunday
21st April. Easter Monday. Bank Holiday.
23rd April- Back to school.
26th April - "Sing a New Song: Music ministry, repertoire and skills for cantors and choirs" . With well-known composer Christopher Walker. 10am to 4pm at St Teresa's, Beaconsfield. Poster/ booking form here. Book early, this is likely to be popular.