3rd March - Marriage Celebration Day. Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to Celebrate your Marriage with your family at a special mass at The Holy Family Catholic Church, 226 Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Slough SL3 7UD, - Gathering from 11.30am, Mass at 12:00 noon. Celebrant: Bishop Peter. Pastoral blessing certificates will be presented to couples celebrating significant milestones in their marriage. Please contact Eamonn & Paola McMorrow on 07412151517 or at email@example.com All are welcome to attend - refreshments available after the Mass. Poster here
4th March - RCIA Lent Retreat, at Holy Ghost, Luton. More details from firstname.lastname@example.org
9th-10th March - "24 hours for the Lord". Pope Francis and Bishop Peter have asked that our churches be kept open as much as practicable, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation offered more than normal, between 5pm on Friday 9th to 5pm on Saturday 10th. A list of what is being offered at some of our churches is here and will be updated as more details come in.
10th March - Society of St Gregory (church music) Spring Gathering at Holy Ghost, Luton, 10am-4pm. More details here.
11th March - Fourth Sunday of Lent - Mothering Sunday. Strictly known as "Laetare Sunday", from the opening words of the old Latin introit verse ("Rejoice, O Jerusalem!"), when some Lenten customs are relaxed, and some clergy will wear rose-coloured vestments.
17th March - Passing on the Faith - Evangelisation & Catechesis Day . David Wills from the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton will help us explore some new resources to help us in our mission of passing on the faith. This day will take place in Beaconsfield - 10am - 4pm. All are welcome especially catechists, members of Bible Timeline groups and those interested in evangelisation. All information and booking details here.
17th / 18th March - From the first Vespers or Mass of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, crosses and statues in churches should be veiled in purple,
23rd March - Student Cross pilgrims gather in the evening at Desborough and Oxford for their Holy Week pilgrimage to Walsingham, which takes them through parts of our Diocese.
25th March. Palm Sunday. Start of Holy Week. NB clocks go forward at 2am this morning !
29th March. Holy Thursday. Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, 11am. Evening Masses of the Lord's Supper with foot-washing.
30th March - Good Friday. A day of fasting and abstinence. Many towns will hold a Walk of Witness. Services (not Masses) of Veneration of the Cross are held.
31st March. Holy Saturday. A day of liturgical nothingness, until the evening when the Easter Vigil Mass begins. And it'll be a full moon for those starting outside in darkness ! Sunset will be about 7:30pm, the hour having changed.
1st April. Easter Sunday.