Parish Meeting on Wednesday 15 October 2014

The next Parish meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 October, starting at 7:30p.m., in the Club Room at the church. The minutes of the meeting on 7 May 2014 are below, as is the agenda for the next meeting. Remember that all parishioners are welcome; come along and enjoy the company and help to run your Catholic community.

Chris

PCC Minutes AGM 07 05 14

Parish Council Agenda 15 October 2014
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Survey

There will be a survey sheet on each chair at each Mass this weekend. If you can't get there, or if you would prefer to complete the survey online, please go to this link:

St Peter's Welcoming Survey

God bless

Chris
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Meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday 25 September 2013

The next meeting of the PCC will take place in the Clubroom at 7:00pm. Below are the Minutes of the last meeting and the Agenda for the next.

All are welcome to attend to help with running the Parish and Church.

Chris

PCC Minutes 17 Jul 13

PCC Agenda 25 Sep 13
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Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 2 May 13

As a matter of record, though the next meeting has already been held, here are the Minutes of the meeting from 2 May 2013:

Chris

PCC Minutes 02.05.13
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Parish Council Meeting on Thursday

The Parish Council will meet on Thursday 2 May 2013, this week. Here are the Minutes from the last meeting and the Agenda for the next.

Chris

PCC Minutes 31.01.13
PCC Agenda 02.05.13
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Latest news from Churches Together in Biggleswade...

Churches Together in Biggleswade held a meeting on Tuesday 23rd April.

Forthcoming events and requests for volunteers are below.

* Monthly prayer meetings (regular church meetings to which members of other Churches in Biggleswade are especially invited).
        - 22nd May, 7:30 pm, Pentecostal Church.
        - June, New Life Church (details tba).
        - 6th July, 10am, St. Andrew's.

* Christian Aid Week, 12th-18th May 2013.
        - Joint Service, Sunday 12th May, 6pm, St. Andrew's.
        - Street collections - if anyone is interested in helping out, please contact Neil Spencer at neilhspencer@gmail.com or 07910 211824.
        - Collecting outside Asda, Saturday 18th May - St. Peter's is responsible for covering the 12pm to 1:30pm time slot. If you can help, please contact Neil Spencer at neilhspencer@gmail.com or 07910 211824.

* Biggleswade Carnival, Saturday 22nd June 2013. Churches Together in Biggleswade will be having a float and an organising commitee will meet on Thursday 2nd May, 7:30pm at Biggleswade Baptist Church. If anyone would like to represent St. Peter's at this meeting or future meetings arranging the float, please contact Neil Spencer at neilhspencer@gmail.com or 07910 211824.
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Churches Together Newsletter

From Neil Spencer, the latest newsletter from Churches Together.

Churches Together News 13 Mar 13
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Pope uses Twitter - Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

St Peters Catholic Church Biggleswade. Last Sunday’s gospel coincides with The Epiphany of the Lord on 6th January (the 12th day of Christmas), the Feast day that concludes the Christmas story when The Three Wise man followed a bright star to the place when Jesus was born. On route they visited King Herod a rich powerful cruel ruler, who felt threatened by the stories of the coming of the Lord who would be the shepherd/leader of the people of Israel. Herod told the Three Wise Men to return to tell him where they found this infant. Needless to say when the Three Wise Men discovered Jesus they did not return to Herod., but chose another way home. Over two thousand years later, the world is still plagued with ruthless rulers who manage to cause hardship to the less rich and powerless and start wars with those who either try to take over their rule or peacefully object to their reign. In his new year’s message His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the ‘expectation we all have at the beginning of a new year for of better world and calls for inspiration to end the war in Syria, stop the growing instances between rich and poor by breaking away from selfish and individualistic mindset, which finds expression in financial capitalism; the peacemakers are many but not loud enough.’  He prays that everyone can play a part on the path to peace in our families, communities and countries to lead to peace in the world. As part of the Year of Faith in December 2012 the Pope took a huge step in drawing the world together by opening an account on twitter. He can be found @pontifex which means ‘builder of bridges’, so far he has over 700,000 followers. On the 20th January is World Peace Day we have the opportunity to reflect on Pope Benedict's World Peace Day message. Links for this and future information on The Year of Faith can be found at http://stpetersbiggleswade.blogspot.co.uk/or at www.st-peters.eu .
Pastoral Area council meeting will be here on Tuesday 15th January.
Quiz night Friday 8th February tickets on sale NOW, with a choice of Fish, Chicken or veggie option. An ideal opportunity to meet old and make new friends of the Parish.
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New Year Message-His Holiness The Pope

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE BENEDICT XVI
FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE
WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2013  
  
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, [1] as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.
In effect, our times, marked by globalization with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war, demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the common good and the development of all men, and of the whole man.
It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism. In addition to the varied forms of terrorism and international crime, peace is also endangered by those forms of fundamentalism and fanaticism which distort the true nature of religion, which is called to foster fellowship and reconciliation among people.
All the same, the many different efforts at peacemaking which abound in our world testify to mankind’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life. In other words, the desire for peace corresponds to a fundamental moral principle, namely, the duty and right to an integral social and communitarian development, which is part of God’s plan for mankind. Man is made for the peace which is God’s gift.
All of this led me to draw inspiration for this Message from the words of Jesus Christ: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Mt 5:9).
Gospel beatitude.....

the rest can be found at Pope's New Year Message

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Pope Benedict's Christmas Homily




SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI
Saint Peter's Basilica
Monday, 24 December 2012

[Video] Spoken in Italian
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Again and again the beauty of this Gospel touches our hearts: a beauty that is the splendour of truth. Again and again it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him, so that we may dare to love him, and as a child trustingly lets himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.
I am also repeatedly struck by the Gospel writer’s almost casual remark that there was no room for them at the inn. Inevitably the question arises, what would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door. Would there be room for them? And then it occurs to us that Saint John takes up this seemingly chance comment about the lack of room at the inn, which drove the Holy Family into the stable; he explores it more deeply and arrives at the heart of the matter when he writes: “he came to his own home, and his own people received him not” (Jn 1:11). The great moral question of our attitude towards the homeless, towards refugees and migrants, takes on a deeper dimension: do we really have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have time and space for him? Do we not actually turn away God himself? We begin to do so when we have no time for God. The faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances become, the less time we have. And God? The question of God never seems urgent. Our time is already completely full. But matters go deeper still. Does God actually have a place in our thinking? Our process of thinking is structured in such a way that he simply ought not to exist. Even if he seems to knock at the door of our thinking, he has to be explained away. If thinking is to be taken seriously, it must be structured in such a way that the “God hypothesis” becomes superfluous. There is no room for him. Not even in our feelings and desires is there any room for him. We want ourselves. We want what we can seize hold of, we want happiness that is within our reach, we want our plans and purposes to succeed. We are so “full” of ourselves that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for others either, for children, for the poor, for the stranger. By reflecting on that one simple saying about the lack of room at the inn, we have come to see how much we need to listen to Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom 12:2). Paul speaks of renewal, the opening up of our intellect (nous), of the whole way we view the world and ourselves. The conversion that we need must truly reach into the depths of our relationship with reality. Let us ask the Lord that we may become vigilant for his presence, that we may hear how softly yet insistently he knocks at the door of our being and willing. Let us ask that we may make room for him within ourselves, that we may recognize him also in those through whom he speaks to us: children, the suffering, the abandoned, those who are excluded and the poor of this world.
There is another verse from the Christmas story on which I should like to reflect with you – the angels’ hymn of praise, which they sing out following the announcement of the new-born Saviour: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased.” God is glorious. God is pure light, the radiance of truth and love. He is good. He is true goodness, goodness par excellence. The angels surrounding him begin by simply proclaiming the joy of seeing God’s glory. Their song radiates the joy that fills them. In their words, it is as if we were hearing the sounds of heaven. There is no question of attempting to understand the meaning of it all, but simply the overflowing happiness of seeing the pure splendour of God’s truth and love. We want to let this joy reach out and touch us: truth exists, pure goodness exists, pure light exists. God is good, and he is the supreme power above all powers. All this should simply make us joyful tonight, together with the angels and the shepherds.
Linked to God’s glory on high is peace on earth among men. Where God is not glorified, where he is forgotten or even denied, there is no peace either. Nowadays, though, widespread currents of thought assert the exact opposite: they say that religions, especially monotheism, are the cause of the violence and the wars in the world. If there is to be peace, humanity must first be liberated from them. Monotheism, belief in one God, is said to be arrogance, a cause of intolerance, because by its nature, with its claim to possess the sole truth, it seeks to impose itself on everyone. Now it is true that in the course of history, monotheism has served as a pretext for intolerance and violence. It is true that religion can become corrupted and hence opposed to its deepest essence, when people think they have to take God’s cause into their own hands, making God into their private property. We must be on the lookout for these distortions of the sacred. While there is no denying a certain misuse of religion in history, yet it is not true that denial of God would lead to peace. If God’s light is extinguished, man’s divine dignity is also extinguished. Then the human creature would cease to be God’s image, to which we must pay honour in every person, in the weak, in the stranger, in the poor. Then we would no longer all be brothers and sisters, children of the one Father, who belong to one another on account of that one Father. The kind of arrogant violence that then arises, the way man then despises and tramples upon man: we saw this in all its cruelty in the last century. Only if God’s light shines over man and within him, only if every single person is desired, known and loved by God is his dignity inviolable, however wretched his situation may be. On this Holy Night, God himself became man; as Isaiah prophesied, the child born here is “Emmanuel”, God with us (Is 7:14). And down the centuries, while there has been misuse of religion, it is also true that forces of reconciliation and goodness have constantly sprung up from faith in the God who became man. Into the darkness of sin and violence, this faith has shone a bright ray of peace and goodness, which continues to shine.
So Christ is our peace, and he proclaimed peace to those far away and to those near at hand (cf. Eph 2:14, 17). How could we now do other than pray to him: Yes, Lord, proclaim peace today to us too, whether we are far away or near at hand. Grant also to us today that swords may be turned into ploughshares (Is 2:4), that instead of weapons for warfare, practical aid may be given to the suffering. Enlighten those who think they have to practise violence in your name, so that they may see the senselessness of violence and learn to recognize your true face. Help us to become people “with whom you are pleased” – people according to your image and thus people of peace.
Once the angels departed, the shepherds said to one another: Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened for us (cf. Lk 2:15). The shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem, the Evangelist tells us (cf. 2:16). A holy curiosity impelled them to see this child in a manger, who the angel had said was the Saviour, Christ the Lord. The great joy of which the angel spoke had touched their hearts and given them wings.
Let us go over to Bethlehem, says the Church’s liturgy to us today. Trans-eamus is what the Latin Bible says: let us go “across”, daring to step beyond, to make the “transition” by which we step outside our habits of thought and habits of life, across the purely material world into the real one, across to the God who in his turn has come across to us. Let us ask the Lord to grant that we may overcome our limits, our world, to help us to encounter him, especially at the moment when he places himself into our hands and into our heart in the Holy Eucharist.
Let us go over to Bethlehem: as we say these words to one another, along with the shepherds, we should not only think of the great “crossing over” to the living God, but also of the actual town of Bethlehem and all those places where the Lord lived, ministered and suffered. Let us pray at this time for the people who live and suffer there today. Let us pray that there may be peace in that land. Let us pray that Israelis and Palestinians may be able to live their lives in the peace of the one God and in freedom. Let us also pray for the countries of the region, for Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and their neighbours: that there may be peace there, that Christians in those lands where our faith was born may be able to continue living there, that Christians and Muslims may build up their countries side by side in God’s peace.
The shepherds made haste. Holy curiosity and holy joy impelled them. In our case, it is probably not very often that we make haste for the things of God. God does not feature among the things that require haste. The things of God can wait, we think and we say. And yet he is the most important thing, ultimately the one truly important thing. Why should we not also be moved by curiosity to see more closely and to know what God has said to us? At this hour, let us ask him to touch our hearts with the holy curiosity and the holy joy of the shepherds, and thus let us go over joyfully to Bethlehem, to the Lord who today once more comes to meet us. Amen.

© Copyright 2012 - Libreria Editrice Vaticana
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Biggleswade Chronicle Village News




St Peters Catholic Church, Biggleswade. 
Last Sunday’s gospel Luke 3: 1-6 tells us about repentance, repentance being a door that opens to allow God to visit any soul. Luke goes on to tell us how in the Kingdom of Heaven God tells us that He has throne in the highest heaven, surrounded by majesty, glory and splendour, but His dwelling on earth is in the perfect humble and contrite heart.

Chrtistmas Bazaar-A huge thank you to all those who supported the Christmas Bazaar with a few totals yet to be added we can announce that we raised a huge amount £1,870. 

Christmas Mass & Services- Volunteers are needed to help with these please see the forms in the porch. First Holy Communion, forms in church porch, please complete and hand into Parish Office by 16th December. Classes commence Sunday 13th January 2013. 

Sacrament of Confirmation, if you wish to be considered please complete forms in the church porch and return to Parish Office.
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Notices in Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

HELP Needed for Christmas Bazaar see Chris's post below


St.Peters Church,Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 13:24-32, Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory;” At this time early Church Fathers believed that rather than meaning ‘their generation’ that this gospel referred to the age of Christianity and compared it to the ‘old testament’ and ‘new testament’ being different generations. Although the meaning may have changed down the ages two questions remain unanswered When will he come? And how will he come? Sceptics now refer to the worlds television cameras showing that the world is indeed passing away when we see/hear of nations brandishing nuclear weapons; others starve as society’s economies fall in times of another brandished saying ‘austerity cuts’. When there is so much that we can have little control over maybe time would be best spent concentrating on our inner strength - faith, in turn our developed relationship with God will build courage to deal with life’s’ burdens. From then we can feel reassured that when earth passes away God’s love will not. We must not be preoccupied with predictions of the day or hour that the Lord will come, these matters far less than how He will find us living on his arrival.

First Holy Communion, forms in church porch, please complete and hand into Parish Office by 16th December. Classes commence Sunday 13th January 2013.

Sacrament of Confirmation, if yu wish to be considered please complete forms in the church porch and return to Parish Office.

Carmel in Beds- Carmelite Prayer group next meeting Wednesday 28th November commences at 6.30 pm. Parish Room. Everyone welcome, the aim is to further the cause of the Church by prayer and good works.

Christmas Bazaar Saturday 1st December 11-2pm, help required for setting up etc, baking, donating gifts, sell Grand Draw raffle tickets.

-Grand Draw ticket stubs need returning on 25th November

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Biggleswade Chronicle Village News


St Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade.

In one week we experienced a huge contrast, we joyfully watched firework displays then within 7 days solemnly remembered those who fought in all wars from the First World War to those in Afghanistantoday. Another contrast was seen in the gospel last Sunday Mark 12:41-44, where rich people donated large amounts of excess money they had to the Country’s Treasury and the widow women who gave only two small coins; all the money she had. In biblical times, sadly Widows were usually very poor. This was because it was the Husband’s position to work and provide money for his wife and family, so if he died there was no benefit system to help for rent or food. Jesus knew that the Widow had given all the money that she needed to live on and told His disciples that she had contributed more than all the other people put together, because she had given everything she had. The Widow had put her trust in that God would provide what she needed to live on. So, in the Lord’s eyes she was much more generous than the rich people because she had nothing left over. She gave all she had. God wants us to be able to give a lot too. He wants us to allow sharing to be more important than keeping.

November 17th Saturday 10.30-11.30 Coffee Morning to meet new Parish priest Fr. Richard Moroney and chat with friends.
 
November 22nd Thursday 7.30 pm Parish council meeting, All parishioners welcome.
 
Altar Servers – required for Saturday Evening 6.30pm CONTACT Andrew & Caroline Kluth.
 
Christmas Bazaar 1st December, donations required for Grand Draw, box in church porch. Please contact Parish Office for further details 01767-312023. http://www.st-peters.eu/.

 
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Over this weekend and the next, we will be conducting a parish census. It is more than four years since the last census was taken and our parish records need to be updated. Accurate and complete information about who is living in the parish and pastoral area is vital to strengthening the Catholic community.
You will find a Census card on your seat together with a pen/pencil; would one representative of each household please complete the card and hand it to an usher as you leave the Church after Mass.
The Census is collecting basic information including name, address, telephone and email. Please be assured that the Census information will be used for Church-related activities only. This includes mailings in the parish and Together in Faith, a parish and diocesan fundraising campaign.

Chris
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The times for the services at Christmas are in the latest News Bulletin.

Chris
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The next meeting will be in the front room of the church on Wednesday 13 October. All are welcome, and if you want to influence the running of the Parish you should come and take part.

Chris
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The Parish Calendar is a way to see all the fixtures and events in the Parish's year. I update it from the Bulletin or when someone tells me about an event, so please do let me know if something needs to be in there.

But if you have frequent updates, why not do it yourself? I can help you to share the calendar and give you permission to insert events etc ... It's reasonably simple to learn how and I should be happy to provide a bit of coaching. You would just use the programme that you use to access the Internet and there you.

Chris
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