29th November. First Sunday of Advent. Beginning of Year C in the three-year Sunday cycle for Mass readings: Year II for the weekday Mass cycle. Psalter cycle re-sets to Week 1 whatever it has been in the previous week.
4th Dec (Fri) - Rosary Link for Vocations. St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley 8.30 am (Exposition until 5) . St Francis of Assisi, Shefford – 9.30am. SS Philip and James, Bedford – 7pm . Church of Divine Mercy, Slough - 7pm Rosary, 8pm Mass. St Martin de Porres, Luton – 7pm. Then on Tues 8 Dec - St Mary’s, Dunstable – 9.30am|: and on Sat 12 Dec, 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 (for information contact 01933 400157)
8th December. Patronal Mass of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral. 7pm. Bishop Peter will open a Holy Door to mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy.
13th December. Bishop Peter to open a Holy Door at St Joseph's, Gerrards Cross.
18th December - End of Term
25th December (Friday) - Feast of the Nativity . Holy Day of Obligation.
The Bishop suggests: "You may wish to
channel the Crib Offerings to the Friends of the Holy Land who help the poorest
Christian communities in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. For further
information visit www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk. "
26th December - Feast of St Stephen
27th December (Sunday) - Feast of the Holy Family
28th December - Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bank Holiday.
31st December - New Year's Eve
1st January 2016 (Fri) - New Year's Day. Feast (solemnity) of Mary, Mother of God. World Day of Prayer for Peace. Bank Holiday
3rd January (Sun) - Feast of the Epiphany
5th January (Tue) - Back to school
10th January (Sun) - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
17th January - Peace Sunday. Resources from Pax Christi
18th-25th January - Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity