September 2014 is SVP Awareness Month, themed "Concern is not enough". Local SVP groups are encouraged to deliver poster and speaking campaigns in parishes.
6th-19th September - Bishop Peter is on holiday
19th September. Rosary Link for Vocations. - St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley 8.30 am ; St Francis of Assisi, Shefford, 9.30am: * Our Lady of Walsingham, Corby 7pm: St Joseph’s, Bedford 7.30pm.
Also on Sat 20th Sept, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Wellingborough - 10.30am
The Rosary Link began in 2004 to pray for vocations and priests...Encouraged by Bishop Peter Doyle and Fr Mark Floody, Vocations Director *Denotes concelebration with Fr Damien Walne (contact 01604 406410)
21st September. Home Mission Sunday. "In the Heart of the Family" - supporting outreach to non-churchgoing and lapsed Catholics. There is a mandatory second collection. Online resources are promised... more information here.
21st September - Pro-Life Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Led this year by Rt Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, with Fr Jeremy Davies and The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
"The Pilgrimage will also be graced with the presence of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought from its shrine in the Diocese of Northampton."
All information on http://www.prolifepilgrimage.org/ .
Sadly, one of the foremost pro-life groups in our Diocese, Luton Good Counsel, who were always much involved with the annual pilgrimage, had to cease operations at Easter through lack of successor volunteers to replace the long-serving team. Bishop Peter said at the time, ‘I am so grateful to the Luton Good Counsel team for their dedicated and committed service over 15 years to people with fundamental and life-changing decisions to make. I have always been impressed by the way in which the work of Luton Good Counsel is carried out in the context of prayer and with the support of so many people of goodwill. It is only fair and right that the team lay down the baton they have carried in the name of the Lord. I give thanks to God for everyone involved with Luton Good Counsel, and I am confident that Our Lady of Good Counsel will inspire others to carry on the good work perhaps in a new form.’”
24th September - Being a Catechist: Basic Training for the Ministry of Catechesis. A five-session course equipping us to be effective and reflective catechists in our parish settings. Led by Alex Heath of NORES and the Evangelisation Committee. At the RE Centre, Holy Ghost, 7:30-9:30pm, concluding on 22nd October. This is intended for the Luton Pastoral Area but is available to be delivered in any part of the Diocese, so you may wish to visit to sample the programme. More details in NORES News September 2014 which will doubtless go up on their website soon; or ring 01582 723312
3rd October - The last in the Vatican II series of talks – “Longing for union with Christ” (Unitatis Redintegratio n.20 - The Decree on Ecumenism). To be led by Charles Witehead, KSG, member of a team from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. These open lectures, begun in the 2012-13 Year of Faith. are organised in conjunction with the Benedictine Community of Turvey Abbey which arranged a parallel series of talks for religious, and are held at RE Centre, Holy Ghost, 33 Westbourne Rd, Luton LU4 8JD at 7.30pm on Fridays. It will be very helpful for the organisation of the evenings if you can book in advance using the form downloadable here or via email to email@example.com . To cover costs we invite a donation of £5 per evening..
4th October 2014. Diocesan Justice and Peace Conference. You are invited to the one-day Diocesan Justice and Peace conference which is being held at Holy Family, Langley, Slough, starting at 9.30am with coffee and registration. Our speakers are Canon James Cronin (Director, APF), who will be speaking on the Plight of Persecuted Christians around the world, and David McLoughlin (Newman College) speaking on Justice in the Gospels. We hope there will be plenty of time for discussion. We are sure it’s going to be a really interesting and informative day.
There will be a chance to meet and chat to others involved in Justice and Peace around the diocese. The conference is open to all and those attending are asked to bring something for a shared lunch. Please do contact Nicky Wiseman if you would like further copies of the poster that has been sent to parishes, either sent in the post or e-mailed - or if you would like any further information about the day
5th-11th October - Diocesan Education week. Mgr McGinnell writes: "Usually Education Week has been held in February. People have often commented that it is not a good time of the year, so this year in our diocese we celebrate EDUCATION SUNDAY and EDUCATION WEEK from 5-11 October. Bishop Peter is preparing a Pastoral Letter for all parishes for Education Sunday, 5th October.He will also send a Schools' Pastoral Letter for the week to be shared with pupils and staff.Monday
6th October is our day for all STAFF NEW TO THE DIOCESE, held at NORES. On Tuesday 7th October we keep the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and we invite all to reflect on Mary, as the Seat of Wisdom.
Thursday 9th October is the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman, a great educator himself – both as a university tutor in Oxford, Rector of the Catholic University of Dublin, and founder of two secondary schools where he taught and cared for pupils. Friday 10th October will be our celebration of the SCHOOLS’ MASS this year, at Dunstable. "
12th October is Prisoners' Sunday. A second collection is requested for the Prison Advice & Care Trust, PACT.
18th October - Annual Diocesan Altar-servers' Mass at the Cathedral, 12 noon
19th October - World Mission Sunday. Mandatory second collection. Information at the Missio website, or for the Pope's message, go here.
27th-31st October - Half-term week.