13th February - Diocesan Marriage Celebration Mass. 12 noon, Holy Ghost, Luton
4th/5th March - "24 Hours for the Lord". An international initiative commended by Bishop Peter and, last year, by Pope Francis. Churches are invited to arrange to stay open from Friday evening to Saturday evening, conduct a Penitential Service and have the Sacrament of Reconciliation available for as much time as possible. See 2015 material here.
6th March. Mothering Sunday. Fourth Sunday of Lent
17th March (Thurs.) - St Patrick's Day
18th March - Student Cross pilgrims assemble in the evening to begin their Holy Week walk to Walsingham. One group starts from Desborough, near Kettering, and walks through the north of the Diocese until crossing into Cambridgeshire on Sunday morning. Another group starts from Oxford and crosses North Bucks on Sunday between Poundon (east of Bicester) and Stony Stratford, stopping at Padbury near Winslow for lunch. If you're in those areas, do turn out to cheer them on !
19th March - "Landings" workshop. "After an encouraging response to the announcement of a Landings workshop, a date has now been set: March 19th at St. Teresa’s Beaconsfield. We aim to start at 10:00 and finish between one and half-past with a mid-morning break for refreshments. The object is to demonstrate the power of the Landings process and how it helps returning Catholics. All welcome - potential returners or “welcomers” alike, or those simply interested in recommending Landings to others. No commitment will be asked for but, if you are thinking of attending, please phone or e-mail so we can gauge numbers. Speak to Maggie or Ian on 01753 482 496 or e-mail
20th March. Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday) - beginning of Holy Week
24th March. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, 11am. Mass of the Lord's Supper in the evening. Strictly, this is the end of Lent, but fasting is still enjoined for Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Schools close at end of day
25th March. Good Friday. Bank Holiday. Many places will have an ecumenical Walk of Witness, and an afternoon Passion Service in which the Cross is venerated.
26th March. Holy Saturday. NB put your clocks forward as you go to bed.
27th March. Easter Sunday. The Resurrection is celebrated, sometimes beginning with a Vigil Mass the previous evening.
28th March. Easter Monday. Bank Holiday.