24th May - Safeguarding Study Day postponed until 7th December because of circumstances affecting the speaker.
26th May - Beginning of the Pentecost Novena initiative
27th May - Now Thank We All Our God. a day for singers and musicians with Martin Foster from the national Liturgy office. At Christ the King, Bedford. All details here.
28th May (Sun.) - Feast of the Ascension. World Communications Day. "Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time" The Bishop says : "Please
encourage prayer for all who are working in the field of communications and
especially for the Catholic Communications Network, the media office of the
Bishops’ Conference, who are so supportive of the Bishops and whose advice and
guidance I have greatly valued. The CCN also works on selected campaigns to
promote the Catholic Faith in public life such as the www.artofdyingwell.org/ website. Resources
are being sent to parishes. Please promote the retiring collection for the
invaluable work of CCN.
include a newsletter insert, homily notes, bidding prayers and also the
possibility of donating online at http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/donate-wcd
29th May - Bank Holiday. Half term begins.
1st-2nd June - Bishop Peter will be taking part in an international conference in Dublin in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018.
2nd June - Rosary Link for Vocations at Church of Divine Mercy, Slough - 7pm Rosary, 8pm Mass . Then Tues 6 June, St Mary’s, Dunstable -9.30am . Thurs 8 June, St Francis of Assisi, Shefford – 9.30am. Fri 9 June - St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley - 8.30 am. Wed 14 June - St Gregory’s, Northampton – 7.30pm. Fri 16 June - St Joseph’s, Bedford - 7.00pm. Sat 17 June - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, W’boro - 10.30am.
The Rosary Link began in 2004 to pray for vocations and priests. It is encouraged by Bishop Peter Doyle and Fr Mark Floody, Vocations Director (for information contact 01933 400157)
4th June - Pentecost Sunday.
5th June - Back to school
8th June - The General Election. A guidance note from the Bishops' Conference is here.
10th June. The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham . This year the programme is a little different: it begins begins with Mass at the Shrine (Chapel of Reconciliation) at 12 noon, then walking the Holy Mile to the village of Walsingham in the afternoon, arriving at the Abbey Grounds for a short service at 4pm. This is a different itinerary to previous years, so pilgrims and coach drivers need to know this in advance.
11th June - Trinity Sunday.
18th June. Corpus Christi. Also Fathers' Day in the secular calendar.
24th June - Ordination of Peter Collins to the Permanent Diaconate at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Great Missenden, Also the Feast of the Immaculate Heart.
28th June - Bishop’s Anniversary Mass (12 years) to celebrate the Priesthood and our Jubilarians at 12 noon in the Cathedral, followed by a lunch reception in the Bishop’s Garden. "I hope that as many priests and deacons as possible will attend this occasion" says Bishop Peter. .