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. For last-minute bookings please phone 01582 723312 (ext 6).
27th April. Second Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday. Special events at Great Missenden parish: Sunday Mass ▪ Icons of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II to be consecrated. 11:00am, bi-lingual English & Polish Mass, 12:30pm/1:00pm, Celebratory Parish Lunch. 3:00pm ▪ SUNG DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Confession can be celebrated . Fr Michael Patey from Bedford will be the Guest Preacher. 4:00pm, Afernoon Tea. Also: Veneration of the Holy Image and new Icons. See newsletter on their website.
This is also the date of the canonisation (proclamation of sainthood) in Rome, for Popes Bl. John Paul II and Bl. John XXIII. It may be shown live in 3D at your local cinema, and live on EWTN and Vatican TV
28th April. Divine Mercy Mass at Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford, 2.00 p.m. Fr Christopher Poswiata, from Poland, will be the principal celebrant and will bring the Relic of Sr Faustina for Veneration. There will be a talk by Sr Justyna of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, followed by refreshments. Confessions available, 1.00 p.m. - 1.45 p.m.
28th April - ‘Faith and Culture: Evangelisation in the Modern World’ . At St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes MK6 5EN (see the Schools dropdown on our Church Finder facility) . Next in their series of ‘Thinking Theology’ lectures. 7pm in the School theatre, which will be signposted from the main car park at the front of the School. No charge: tea and coffee will be provided. The lecture will be given by Rev Dr Paul Rowan, and will look at how we evangelise in a complex western culture. This time together hopes to offer an overview of the nature and purpose of evangelisation in the Roman Catholic Tradition and will look to place an emphasis on some of the skills and personal dispositions required of all who seek to play a part in the New Evangelisation, in the home, in the parish, in the school and in the workplace.
3rd May - Bishop Peter's 70th birthday. Ad multos annos ! (Which is, more or less, Latin for "Many happy returns")
5th May - Bank Holiday Monday.
10th May - Retreat and Formation Day with Diana Klein entitled ‘The Vocation of a Catechist’ - 11am-4pm at Sacred Heart RC Church Hall, 5 Beaudesert, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HZ. Diana has been a catechist for 25 years, was catechetical adviser for Westminster Diocese for 13 years, and writes about catechetics for The Pastoral Review and edits the Parish Practice page in The Tablet. Diana has taught at the Heythrop College, the Missionary Institute London, Campion House and the Benedictine Study and Art Centre. To book a place please contact the NORES office via firstname.lastname@example.org , 01582 723312 (ext 6) or RE Centre, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD. To cover costs we invite a donation of £5 per person on the day and also ask participants to bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.
11th May. Fourth Sunday of Easter. World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
20th May. Inside the Psalms with Andrew Reid - A workshop for singers, choirs and cantors. 7.30-9.30pm at St Gregory the Great, 22 Park Avenue North, Northampton NN3 2HS. Full details and bookings info here.
26th May. Bank Holiday Monday.
26th-30th May. Half term.
27th May. Mass for the work of Pro-Life Organisations will be held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, in the Church of The Holy Child and St Joseph, Brereton Road, Bedford MK40 1HU at 7.30 pm. The Principal celebrant will be Bishop John Sherrington, auxiliary Bishop of Westminster. All welcome.
29th May. Feast of the Ascension. Not a Holy Day of Obligation.