13th March - Faith-sharing concert at St Joseph's, Bedford , 7:30pm. With Teresa Brown. All welcome.
15th March. Mothering Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
17th March (Tue.) - St Patrick's Day
21st March (Sat.) - Invitation to the Women of the Diocese. Bishops from all over the world will be meeting in Rome with Pope Francis in October for the Synod on the Family. Our own Bishop Peter will be attending. He needs YOUR VIEWS to take with him to Rome !
Voice your opinions, feelings, and experience with regard to marriage and family. Contribute to the feedback: gathered by discussion and related directly to Bishop Peter. Have your say at a meeting with a direct link to the Synod in Rome.
There are 2 opportunities to take part: Saturday 21st March: St Joseph the Worker, Luton, 68, Gardenia Avenue, Limbury, LU3 2NS - and Saturday 28th March: St Teresa’s, Beaconsfield, 40, Warwick Road, HP9 2PL. On each occasion: Coffee at 10.30, Start at 11am, End at 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Organised by the Diocesan Branch of the National Board of Catholic Women. Contact: Maura Potter 01628 666278. Poster here.
25th March (Wed.) - Feast of the Annunciation
25th March - Liturgy in School - a special training to develop a Diocesan reflection on the basic principles for celebrating liturgy in schools, with a special focus on Mass in school. Every school needs to be represented. Booking forms are bring sent out to all schools. out. Being able to celebrate the Eucharist in school is a unique privilege and also a unique responsibility. Schools need to be able to prepare the liturgy well, but also to be fully equipped for these celebrations, practically and spiritually. Enquiries to NORES, email@example.com , 01582 723312
27th March. End of term. Student Cross pilgrims gather in the evening to begin, on Saturday morning, their Holy Week pilgrimage to Walsingham; one group ("Leg") stays overnight at Desborough, near Kettering. Starting from Newton at 10:20, they can be found at Grafton Underwood by 11:40, the Dukes Arms at Woodford for lunch, St Nicholas' in Islip near Thrapston by 3:45 and overnighting in Wadenhoe before passing into East Anglia Diocese on Sunday late morning. Kettering and Thrapston parishioners, if you are in the area, seek them out and cheer them on !
Another Leg starts from Oxford and passes through North Bucks on the Sunday, lunching at Padbury north-west of Winslow and arriving via Thornton and Beachampton in Stony Stratford for their overnight stop at St Mary & St Giles.
29th March - Palm Sunday. Clocks forward one hour in the early hours.
2nd April. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, 11am
3rd April. Good Friday. Public holiday. Day of fasting and abstinence.
5th April. Easter Sunday.
6th April. Easter Monday. Public holiday. Start of the new tax year.
12th April. Second Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday
14th April (Tuesday). Back to school.
25th April - Retreat for Catechists - 10am – 3pm at the Monastery of Christ our Saviour, Turvey Mews, Turvey, Beds MK43 8DH. Our day will include:
-Times of guided reflection led by Alex Heath and other members of the Bishop’s Council for Catechesis
- Opportunity to meet other catechists and enjoy the beautiful and prayerful setting at Turvey
- Opportunity for personal prayer.
The cost is £10 per person (places are limited to 35) Bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Pre- booking is essential. To book your place please send a non-refundable cheque payment of £10 made payable to ‘R.E. Service’ along with your name, phone number and e-mail address to: CATECHIST RETREAT 2015, NORES 33 Westbourne Rd, Luton LU4 8JD. For general enquiries- Tel: 01582 723312 (x 6), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org