Pray for our Confirmation Children and for all who helped them.

We had a lovely Ceremony during the week. Both our and the St Francis’ Parish united wonderfully for the Evening…… thank you Will and the Servers & your Parents who arranged to get ye to Shefford, Nick and the Singers.

A great Big Thank You to all involved in the Formation of the 21 Candidates – especially Liz Carey-Sheill, Deacon Peter Hyde, Eddie O’Callaghan and Neil Spencer. Thank you too to those who did Sessions, particularly Deacon John and Sue Armstrong.

And a huge “gratias” also to our Social Committee for taking on the task which would have been done normally by our Union of Catholic Mothers (they were in Swanwick for the UCM annual National Conference – this year it was the turn of OUR Diocese to lead the National Annual Event, which very much involved Bishop Peter and our own Diocesan President – who happens to be a Parishioner at Shefford. And – bless them – the Shefford Ladies went to support their local Lady as she ensured the National Committee and various Diocesan Committees got a welcome at Swanwick for their AGM!

So thank you Social Committee – it was a huge relief to Liz when ye selflessly answered her call to help in the Catering for the Confirmed and for their Parents, for their Sponsors and for their Guests.

Bishop Peter was effusive in his compliments to me as he left the Evening. Deo Gratias.

May God reward everybody who can give of their valuable time to evangelise our Young.

Canon Bennie

Churches Together in Biggleswade Joint Service for Pentecost

At 6pm on Sunday 20th May 2018, Churches Together in Biggleswade are holding a joint service of Pentecost Praise supporting Christian Aid.

It will take place at St. Andrew's Church on Shortmead Street with refreshments beforehand from 5:15pm.

All are welcome to the event which will take outdoors (weather permitting!).


A Priestly Prayer

In today's Gospel, Jesus, the great High Priest, show us his prayer, a prayer for all time. John 17 is the High Priestly prayer that teaches us God's plan for our lives.

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From Canon Bennie

I want to repeat my thanks of last week for the lovely Easter Liturgies that we had.

“He who sings prays twice” said St Augustine. Certainly, our Music here was outstanding for both Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The latter lasted well over 2 hours. Normally I would notice when a Liturgy ‘drags’ (and just goes on for too long). When I hopped on my scooter (to get back to Shefford) I was sure the clock on my bike had lost its brains…… I just could not believe it lasted for so long and yet I had never noticed. Thank you all our Musicians. AD MULTOS ANNOS.

Both of our Parishes – at Shefford and here – thoroughly enjoyed joining each other. Obviously, it would have been much lovelier if we had the usual complete Masses and Liturgies in each Parish. But, as with many areas in the Dioceses, nowadays, Parishes are increasingly having to share a priest. Thank you very, very much to those of you who came across for Holy Thursday to St Francis. And thank ye too for the great welcome that you gave folk from St Francis at the Holy Saturday Liturgy. Our Servers – just like the Musicians – made a huge contribution to the “feel great” factor that was present during and after both Thursday and Saturday.

And – finally – thank you…. each and every person for the very generous Easter Collection. ***

The Kerygma

Acts 3:11-26

One of the central truths is the basic gospel message, the kerygma. It is this initial proclamation of the gospel that has the power to change our world our culture and our society – but most of all ourselves. It is first and foremost the message of God's mercy, the message that: "God loves you, Jesus forgives you your sins and the Holy Spirit gives you strength. God has a plan for your life, and you are son or daughter of God, who pours out upon you every spiritual blessing, grace and gift."



I hope you all have a lovely Easter. I pray especially that God will bless, with Joy, your Family, your home, your concerns.

I thank everyone who made our Holy Week and Easter Liturgies. Musicians, Servers, Extraordinary Ministers, Readers, Commentaries, Flowers, Cleaners, all enhance our Liturgies. I thank God for you and for the time that you are able to give to Him and His Church. These lovely occasions never just happen, as if almost, by accident. May God reward you all for the time that you devote to Him.

It was so pleasing to see the wonderful turnout for our Liturgies. Shefford Church, on Holy Thursday, was like a wedding ceremony – bride’s family on the one side of the Church and the groom’s clan on the other side. The turnout was so pleasing and amazing. Again – well done everybody.

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John 13:21-38

"No one is beyond redemption. There is no crime, no misdeed, no transgression beyond the reach of God's mercy. However, the sin or transgression that is beyond God's reach, that cannot be forgiven, is where the person who committed it does not seek or want God's forgiveness or mercy. They close their heart and turn their back on God . . . This is why the grace or repentance, the act of contrition, is such a mercy: because it is a sign of God's presence in our lives."

Lord Jesus, this Lent lead me to make a good confession. May I seek out the grace of God's mercy and forgiveness with a humble and contrite heart.

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Waste some time . . .

John 12:1-11

One of our most precious commodities is our time. During Holy Week, like Mary, we wash Jesus' feet with oil and tears of our time. Waste some time, pour it out generously; find some space to be still and be with God.

Chris (quote from
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The Meaning of the Cross

Jesus's cross "has given a meaning to the various, shifting course, the trials, the temptations, the sufferings, of his earthly state. It has brought together and made consistent all that seemed discordant and aimless. It has taught us how to live, how to use this world, what to expect, what to desire, what to hope. It is the tone into which all the strains of this world’s music are ultimately to be resolved.”

Blessed John Henry Newman

Holy Week

On Sunday Holy Week begins. Remember that Jesus was not the victim of the events or of the circumstances of his Passion and death: we witness the unfolding of God's plan of salvation. It is the greatest story ever told, but it isn't only a story; these are real events from history. We give thanks and praise to Jesus because he chose freely and willingly to lay down his life – for us.

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."
John 10:11

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