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The Vine is our monthly Diocesan newspaper. The November issue and others can be read online here .

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29th November. One of our seminarians. Benedetto D'Autilia, will be ordained to the Diaconate at Oscott College - pray for him, and all our students ! 

30th November. First Sunday in Advent. Beginning of a new Church Year (Year B for Sunday Mass readings, Week 1 for the Divine Office Psalter. ) 

Year of Consecrated Life gold circle logo30th November. Also the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life declared by the Vatican. Bishop Peter says "Pope Francis has invited the whole Church to celebrate this year by giving thanks for the contribution of consecrated men and women to the life of the Church. Recognising the many ways in which religious and those in other forms of consecrated life enrich the Church in our Diocese, may I encourage parishes where there are religious communities to organise a celebration during the year, and may I invite all parishes to pray for vocations to the consecrated life"

30th November. Advent Carol Service by candlelight, Cathedral, 7pm. Carols and readings led by the Cathedral Choir. All welcome. Poster here

5th December - ACTA (A Call to Action - see their entry in Groups & Societies) are meeting this day at the Church of St John the Apostle, Sundon Park Road, Luton, LU3 3AL. Time 11.00 for 12.00 until 15.00/16.00  Please bring a packed lunch and we will eat as we gather. Everyone welcome.

6th December - Landings workshop. 10am until 1.30pm in St Teresa’s Parish Centre, Beaconsfield.  To be led once again by Frs. James Leachman and Daniel McCarthy (OSB). The Landings programme brings together ordinary Catholics with one or two who may have been away from the regular practice of their faith. We share experiences of how faith has helped with life’s ups and downs in lay-led meetings that are gentle, confidential and enriching. Open to all who may be interested, the workshop will show what Landings does and how it works. You will be under no pressure to commit to anything so, to find out more or to reserve a place, please call Maggie or Ian on 01753 482 496 or e-mail Maggie

8th December. Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Patronal Feast of the Diocese. (Solemnity) Mass with Bishop Peter at the Cathedral, 7pm. This occasion will also mark the start of the Year of Consecrated Life in our Diocese. 

19th December - End of term

Christmas crib under altar25th December (Thursday) - Feast of the Nativity. Holy Day of Obligation. (Solemnity)

26th December - Feast of St Stephen (Boxing Day - Public holiday)

28th December (Sunday)  - Feast of the Holy Family

29th December - Feast of St Thomas a Becket - Patronal Feast of the Diocese

1st January 2015 (Thursday) - Feast of Mary, Mother of God (Solemnity) : World Day of Prayer for Peace. Public Holiday

4th January (Sunday) - Feast of the Epiphany. (Solemnity)

6th January (Tuesday) - Back to school. 

18-25th January - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Resources available from the Vatican and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Ecumenism banner logo for Jan 2015 meeting21st January  - Ecumenical Service at the Cathedral to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism from the Second Vatican Council, which laid the foundation for Catholic involvement in the ecumenical movement. Bishop Peter has invited Bishops, Church leaders and ecumenical guests from the four counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckingham and Northamptonshire, and also Milton Keynes, to join us for this very special event, at which Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. Poster here. More details to follow. 

23-24th January - Disciples of Jesus, Journeying with Mark - A Retreat for all involved in catechetical or liturgical ministry. At the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon Next year we travel with Mark’s Gospel through the Sundays of the Year. This retreat will be a time of spiritual nourishment and inspiration at the beginning of the year. You will have the opportunity to reflect on and pray with the Gospel in a number of ways. Sessions will be led by members of the RCIA Network who are experienced in a variety of parish ministries. It is intended for anyone involved in chaplaincy, catechetical or liturgical ministry including RCIA, First Communion, and Confirmation Catechists; Readers, Musicians, Leaders of Children’s Liturgy of the Word. All details and prices from the NORES Office 01582 723312 or admin@nores.org.uk   . Or see http://www.rcia.org.uk/Events/2015/index.html

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