22nd-29th August - Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. More...
3rd September. Back to school in Beds and Slough - - Luton, Bucks, Northants are 4th September. Please check with your own school.
September 2014 is SVP Awareness Month, themed "Concern is not enough". Local SVP groups are encouraged to deliver poster and speaking campaigns in parishes.
5th September. Rosary Link for Vocations. Church of Divine Mercy, Slough - 7pm Rosary, 8pm Mass. Later dates -
Tues 9th Sept - St Mary’s, Our Lady Immaculate, Dunstable -9.30am.
Fri 19th Sept - 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.
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)
9th September. Bible Timeline course beginning at Sacred Heart, Northampton - all welcome - more here.
14th September - Racial Justice Sunday. The CARJ website does not yet seem to have any resources available but doubtless they will soon,,,
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.’”
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. More details in due course. The annual Schools Mass takes place in Dunstable on 10th October.
18th October - Annual Diocesan Altar-servers' Mass at the Cathedral, 12 noon