25th December (Thursday) - Feast of the Nativity. Holy Day of Obligation. (Solemnity)
26th December - Feast of St Stephen (Boxing Day - Public holiday)
28th December (Sunday) - Feast of the Holy Family
29th December - Feast of St Thomas a Becket - Patronal Feast of the Diocese
1st January 2015 (Thursday) - Feast of Mary, Mother of God (Solemnity) : World Day of Prayer for Peace. Public Holiday
4th January (Sunday) - Feast of the Epiphany. (Solemnity)
6th January (Tuesday) - Back to school.
18th January. Peace Sunday will be observed in England and Wales on this day, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B). Peace Sunday is being promoted by Pax Christi with the support of the Catholic Bishops' Conference. The theme chosen by Pope Francis is "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters".
Pax Christi have produced Liturgy and reflection materials to support parishes in celebrating the day. See their website's Peace Sunday page: http://paxchristi.org.uk/news-and-events/peace-sunday/
18-25th January - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Resources available from the Vatican and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
21st January - Ecumenical Service at the Cathedral to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism from the Second Vatican Council, which laid the foundation for Catholic involvement in the ecumenical movement. Bishop Peter has invited Bishops, Church leaders and ecumenical guests from the four counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckingham and Northamptonshire, and also Milton Keynes, to join us for this very special event, at which Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. Poster here. More details on the event page here. All choirs and singers, please note the appeal to you !
23-24th January - Disciples
of Jesus, Journeying with Mark - A Retreat
for all involved in catechetical or liturgical ministry. At the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon
year we travel with Mark’s Gospel through the Sundays of the Year. This retreat
will be a time of spiritual nourishment and inspiration at the beginning of the
year. You will have the opportunity to reflect on and pray with the Gospel in a
number of ways. Sessions will be led by members of the RCIA Network who are
experienced in a variety of parish ministries. It is intended for anyone
involved in chaplaincy, catechetical or liturgical ministry including RCIA, First
Communion, and Confirmation Catechists; Readers, Musicians, Leaders of Children’s
Liturgy of the Word. All details and prices from the NORES Office 01582 723312 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Or see http://www.rcia.org.uk/Events/2015/index.html
2nd February (Monday) - Feast of the Presentation / Candlemas
16-20th February - Half term