23rd June - EU membership referendum. The Bishops issued a guidance statement on this in April - text here. Further Christian reflections on the issues can be found on the Reimagining Europe website (hosted by the Church of England and Church of Scotland) . Searching the Internet for Christian views on the referendum will yield a wide range of views and opinions - as you might expect.
24th June - Rosary Link for Vocations. St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley – 8.30am Mass ; St Joseph’s, Bedford – 7.30pm ; Sat 25 June, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Wellingborough - 10.30am.
The Rosary Link began in 2004 to pray for vocations and priests. It is encouraged by Bishop Peter Doyle and Fr Mark Floody, Vocations Director (for information contact Donna Gardner on 01933 400157). A poster with all the year's dates is downloadable here.
25th June - Ordination of Michael Bates to the transitional; Diaconate at Oscott College
29th June - SS Peter and Paul: Holy Day of Obligation.
8th July - NORES LECTURE 2016 – 7.30pm at the RE Centre: Canon John Udris – ‘Mercy through the Eyes of the Mystics’.
9th July - Ordination of Crispin Walkling-Lea and Tony Quinlan to the Permanent Diaconate at Holy Cross, Bedford. 11.30am
20th July - last day of term for Northants schools: Bucks and Slough are 21st, Beds 22nd.
25th-31st July - World Youth Day, Krakow, Poland. Offical website here: NYMO site here. Bishop Peter will be joining our pilgrims for the final weekend.
5th-21st August: Rio Olympics.
29th August (Mon.) - Bank Holiday
5th September - Back to School for all of our schools (but do check with your children's school)