20th September - "Laxton Hall near Corby in Northamptonshire, was the venue for a truly wonderful spiritual gathering on Saturday [ says an item on the Independent Catholic News website ]
Each year from the start of this millennium, young Poles have been invited to a mini 'World Youth Day' type of gathering at the shores of Lake Lednica in Poland . . . . As many as 150,000 at a time gather for prayer, reflection and Mass under the Spiritual guidance of Father Jan Góra.
This year, as part of its campaign to reach out to the youth of the Polish Community in Britain, the Polish Catholic Mission in England & Wales asked Father Góra to lead an equivalent gathering in England.
The proceedings started with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and included hymns, witness, dancing in praise of God, prayers, Mass and Adoration, and throughout the day, six priests were kept busy hearing confessions non-stop.
Logistics co-ordinator Jan Sikorski, who is Chairman of the Trustees of the Polish Catholic Mission continued, " We had over 500 mainly young Polish people at Laxton Hall expressing their Faith and re-affirming their commitment to Jesus Christ. . . . In return He gave us a magnificent day and an opportunity to re-connect ourselves to Him."
19th September - Congratulations to the Youth Office team and their website on coming a very creditable second in the "Provision for Youth" section of the annual Christian Web and Blog Awards, presented at a ceremony in London.
10th September - The Beds and Herts Churches Media Trust is looking particularly for a Catholic from Bedfordshire with media skills.
The Trust is dedicated to helping all churches in developing their communication skills and needs someone with media/communication experience to join the Trustees. Meetings are about four or five times a year around the two counties. The Trust wants to keep the group as broad based and ecumenical as possible especially as the Bedfordshire area is under represented.
James Rueth from Leighton Buzzard has been the Catholic representative for many years. He has now retired from his role as a Trustee.
If you are interested contact Fr James Cassidy, 01908 237777, E-mail email@example.com
7th September - Farewell to Fr Giovanni Meneghetti of the Italian Mission, who leaves St Francesca Cabrini in Bedford to join his Order's Regional office in Basel: and Benvenuto ! to Frs Pietro Celotto and Mario Della Costa who come to take over, covering also the ministry to Italian communities in Bletchley and Peterborough.
And welcome also to Fr. Peter Ha Thanh Nguyen from Vietnam who is spending a year based at the Cathedral studying English.
6th September- Encouraging Evangelisation in the Year of St. Paul .
"Home Mission Sunday this year falls on the 21st September 2008 and the Catholic Agency to Support Evangelisation (CASE) is encouraging Parishes to consider setting up Parish Evangelisation Teams. Following the Diocesan Evangelisation Day in March led by Clare Ward from CASE at NORES, preparatory work is being done to set up a Diocesan Evangelisation Team. This team will offer support to Parishes that may wish to develop evangelisation projects. In the coming weeks more details will be available via the Diocesan website under the ‘Faith’ section.
Adult Faith Formation, Catechesis & Chaplaincy"
6th September - Our best wishes to everyone at the former St Margaret of Scotland Junior and Infants Schools, Luton, which begin their new lives as a single 2-form entry primary school this month. Our thanks to all who have worked so hard to unite the two schools.
Mgr Kevin McGinnell writes: "We celebrated the new community with Mass on 5 September during which class candles were blessed for each of the rooms. It was the first occasion for all of the community to gather for Mass under the one roof and so marked the new beginning. Bringing the two schools together has meant a lot of hard work for staff and governors, and while the buildings are not far apart, work will be needed to draw them closer together. Already the staff and children feel very much part of one larger entity. Everyone will now look forward to the new developments that the enlarged school will bring, especially as the school moves forward to its fiftieth anniversary in 3 years time."