Letter from Father Bennie

Since Thursday – until next Thursday – we pray for all our brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we share Baptism in common.

During the week of Prayer for Christian Unity we ask God to bless us all who believe in Him and we also plead that He will enable us all to spread the great news of His Kingdom.

Please do sacrifice some of your valuable time to attend a Service in your Local Village Church during this very special week each year (18th to 25th January).

Fr. Bennie

Letter from Father Bennie

Thank you all who are helping: me to settle into life at St Peter’s. Thank you especially for the welcome you gave me at the weekend. It was wonderful to be able to meet you, if only in passing.

Now that you no longer have a Resident Priest it is obvious that I will need much help so that essential routine tasks and jobs are carried out. I thank especially Alban Macdonald who has filled in so many gaps in my first week.

Hopefully more of you will be able to give God some of your time in helping the Mission of our Parish

Fr. Bennie

Letter from Father Richard

Retirement Party – Last Sunday

I cannot thank God enough for the wonderful afternoon that was my retirement party. I will begin by thanking Carolyn Blake and Ian Bond who co-organised the event. A lot of work went into the invitations, and who to send them to, and the general management of the event.

Ian and his wife Marilyn gave the venue for free. Marilyn was that lady at the party dressed in blue, who seemed to be organising things.

I did say that I would be paying for the catering, but in the event Ian and Marilyn bore the main cost as a gift. Thank you Marilyn and Ian.

Carolyn, thank you for sticking with it, getting the invitations printed etc. What an afternoon! The stars were all of you who came. How wonderful you are.

You have no idea how grateful my family were. My sisters, brothers-in-law – my nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was lovely to see so many people from previous parishes there, including 4 people from Kettering whom I hadn’t seen for 30 years. Quel surprise!

Thank you again.

Fr. Richard


Letter from Father Richard

Dear Parishioners,

At the time of writing, I am trying to find a supply priest for this coming weekend. For a number of weeks now, I have been unwell with infections in my teeth or now, an infection in my sinuses. I am on a course of antibiotics again, but feel really drained and unwell. I think too I have an underlying anxiety about my future. Although I stated to the Bishop that I intended to retire about October time (in February), as yet I have no certainty about future accommodation. I do have a meeting about this on this coming Monday. Please pray for a successful outcome.

Just as the future is uncertain for me, so it is uncertain for you. All I want to do is hand over St. Peter’s in good working order to you parishioners and your new Parish Priest Canon Noonan.

To this end could you please be aware of tidiness. Crayons and clipboards are given out to parents for use by their children. Could parents please make sure all the crayons their children use are gathered up and not left on the floor. There are always some to be cleared up after Sunday Masses but last Sunday was particularly bad. The best assumption to make is that this is a household without servants. This also applies to those who use the kitchen. Just lately, people are leaving used cups on the side of the draining board. There are loads of tea towels.


I am in the process of tidying up the cupboards in the Meeting Room. Please bear with me during this process. I have also been attacking kitchen cupboards and drawers.

I hope to see you next week on the 17th September at Shortmead House.

At the moment, I am uncertain about weekday Masses.

Fr. Richard


Parish Census

We will have to work out how best to run the Parish after Father Richard has left; we need to know who is in the Parish and what they can do to help with that organisation.

Please would one member of each family complete the
survey at this link. We promise to keep your information safe and private.

webmaster and IT bod . . .

CHANGE by Father Richard


Changes are coming. From the end of October Canon Noonan will become Parish Priest of Shefford and Biggleswade. Father John Danford will become Parish Priest of Leighton of Buzzard and Flitwick. There will be ‘ordinarily’ one Mass on Sunday in Shefford and Flitwick and two Sunday Masses here in Biggleswade. The two Sunday Masses for Biggleswade will be 6:30 pm Saturday and 11.00 am Sunday. To continue to maintain and enhance the fabric of the Parish is vital if the Parish Community is to survive, and survive as a living witness of God’s presence among the people of Biggleswade. Programs of Baptism Preparation, R.C.I.A. and Holy Communion and Confirmation will be worked on between the Parish Priest and the Deacons.

So far maintenance and improvements to the property has been a shared responsibility between me, the Parish Priest, Alban Macdonald, Chris Barker (The Finance Committee), various voluntary gardeners, Michael Brett, Alison and Harry Grundy, Alban Macdonald etc . . .

Lots of people have helped along the way. Carolyn Blake, Rosario DiMarco, the people of the cleaning rota, Flower Ladies, Pat Smyth, John Lang etc.

Sue Lang has been a vital help in setting up the Office.

Maria Leer and Jackie Hardy are kingpins in the catechetical programme.

Maria Bullock, who has been cleaning here for 20 years, both in the house and the church deserves a special thank you for her tremendous help and constancy throughout the years. Maria is our only paid employee; her service to the priest and people have gone far beyond what could be paid for.

Thought has to be given as to how to continue both improving and maintaining the material ’plant’.

Suggestions will be invited at a later date. Please think about providing a present and a future for our community of faith.

Father Richard

Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday 2 September at 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting takes place on Wednesday, after evening Mass. Here are the Minutes of the last meeting and the Agenda for this.


Minutes PCC 15.07.15

PCC Agenda 02.09.15

Parish Council Meeting on Wednesday next week

The meeting will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 29th April. Here are the minutes of the last meeting, held on 14th January.


Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 14 January 2015

Father Richard's Anniversary Mass

Father Richard's Anniversary Mass went wonderfully, helped in no small part by Bishop Peter's presence to bless the proceedings and to tell us a bit about our Parish Priest :-)

Here are a few photos from the event. Let me know if you want the image file for any other use.


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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.


PCC Minutes AGM 07 05 14

Parish Council Agenda 15 October 2014

Thank you from Claredon St. Night Shelter

The following card was revived from the Claredon Street Night Shelter in Bedford and Fr Richard wanted this to be shared amongst the parish....


Celebrating the Feast of Saint Benedict

11th July is the Feast of Saint Benedict
and another opportunity for getting together after the 9.30am Mass.  
Father Richard cut the cake, which was decorated with a medieval image of Saint Benedict - quite a remarkable achievement by Gunns Bakery.

Do visit the Meeting Room when you are next in church, as there is an exhibition of text and images related to the life and works of the saint.


Minutes of the Parish Meeting on 19 March 2014

The next meeting of the Parish will be at 7:15 pm on Wednesday 7 May 2014; this will be the AGM.

The minutes of the last meeting, kindly put together by Babs, are below.


PCC Minutes 19 Mar 14

Father Richard's Induction

Bishop Peter Doyle presided over the induction of our Father Richard as Parish Priest at St Peter's on Tuesday 25 February. It was well-attended mass and the social gathering afterwards, fuelled by small eats that all had brought, was a great Parish occasion. Congratulations to Father Richard, and thank you for being our priest.

Here are some photos of the occasion, by Carolyn and Peter.


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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


Confirmation photos

The photos from the recent Confirmation are here.


Parish Meeting tomorrow

The next meeting will be tomorrow. The minutes of the last meeting are below.


PCC Minutes 250913

Mass times over Christmas 2013

These are the planned times for Masses over the Christmas period this year:

Christmas Eve:
Children’s Mass – 5 p.m.
                Carol Service – 11:30 p.m.
                Midnight Mass – midnight
Christmas Day:
                8:30 a.m.
                10 a.m.
Boxing Day:
                11 a.m.


Fr. Richard's 1st Anniversary Mass and Celebration at St. Peter's.

The church was filled with family, friends and parishioners, celebrating Fr. Richard's 1st year at St. Peter's.



















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.


PCC Minutes 17 Jul 13

PCC Agenda 25 Sep 13

Information leaflet – from Father Richard

At this Sunday's Mass there will be a folded leaflet of information from Father Richard to all his parishioners. I have included it with the Parish Bulletin.


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:


PCC Minutes 02.05.13

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.


PCC Minutes 31.01.13
PCC Agenda 02.05.13

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.

New Year Message-His Holiness The Pope


1 JANUARY 2013  
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


Pope Benedict's Christmas Homily

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.

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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.

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


Christmas Bazaar

See Brenda's post below as well . . .

The Christmas Bazaar is almost upon us and the Social Committee have worked hard but they could do with a hand. To begin with they need stuff to sell and raise money:

• Good quality "preloved" items.
• Cakes, bottles and other luxury consumables.
• Items that you would like someone to give you.

The Committee also needs help with setting up, manning the stalls and taking it all down. Please contact Claire on 222572 to volunteer for part (or all) of this endeavour.

And don't forget to come and enjoy the Bazaar on the day. There will be delicious snacks, including jacket potatoes with lovely fillings that you won't want to miss!

God bless


Christmas Bazaar


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/.


Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

St.Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 12:28-34 tells us about a scribe who puts this question to Jesus “What is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied in two parts the first part that one must love the Lord our God with all your heart and strength, the second part to love thy neighbour as yourself. This is a well known commandment that we all believe in and practise every day to the best of our ability. When writing this each week I look at what scriptures have written over the past 2000 years together with homilies written by modern day people to try to arrive at a meaning for that week’s gospel. Sometimes the actual meaning is so profound it goes straight over my head! And is only fully appreciated by the very educated catechists amongst us. Today we have a connection between the gospel and the Year of Faith (Oct 2012 to Nov 2013). This gospel reminds us that faith has to be put into action. It is difficult, but by dedicating time to learn more about our faith, loving God through the prayer and the sacraments we can then put this into practise by loving our neighbour as ourselves; this is a part of what the Year of Faith is about.

November 11th Sunday-Remembrance Day, please note Mass will start at 9.45 am and not 10am. This is to enable Fr.Richard to reach the Cenotaph in the Market Square for 11am.

November 14th Wednedsday 7.30 pm Social Club meeting, All welcome.

November Sacred Heart Flitwick 15th 7.30pmThe Common Good, exploring the way social teaching works in the real world.

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.

Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

St.Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade, Last Sundays gospel was from Mark 10:46-52. This gospel informs us of the miracle that Jesus performed when He restored the sight of the blind beggar. All through this scripture unlike previous gospels Jesus did not correct the disciples; there was a reason for this. The gospel says, Jesus is heading for Jerusalem, he had just left Jericho that was about 15 miles north east of Jerusalem a major crossroads where travellers and beggars to meet from all other directions to lead into Jerusalem, and although not mentioned, Jesus was heading towards His Passion (the crucifixion and resurrection). Jesus knew this but the Disciples were not aware of how close they were to this event or fully comprehended what it meant. There are several reflections within this text. One being the referral to a beggar, an image of great faith, a faith that overcome huge obstacles; in this instance the Disciples who prevented him from reaching Jesus. The beggar was Bartimaeus, being the son of Timaeus; Mark used this name and linage as a metaphor for all of those outside of the faith, those who did not have the full insight into Jesus, the model of all those who are marginalized, forced to beg for mercy while the great ones of the world pass by. This was endorsed when Mark mentioned that the beggar was found sitting ‘by the way’, in this time people who believed in God and Jesus called themselves ‘members of the way’. Therefore, as Bartimaeus was found beside ‘the way’ this meant that he (or they) were not yet members.  Through this metaphor it can be perceived that there was also a contrast between Jesus ‘The Son of David’ from royal lineage and Bartimaeus being the son of Timaeus being of no importance or statue. Therefore through Jesus’ mercy by reinstating Bartimaeus sight  He transformed Bartimaeus life rather than just solving a problem.

November 11th Sunday-Remembrance Day, please note Mass will start at 9.45 am and not 10am. This is to enable Fr.Richard to reach the Cenotaph in the Market Square for 11am.

Shared Supper & Social Evening-Friday 2nd November 7.30pm, please bring a plate of food (1 plate only please & indentify to ensure its returned). An opportunity to meet with our new priest Fr. Richard Moroney and with old friends, entertained by local choir T.A.G.S.

Sponsored bike & hike Many congratulations to Andrew Kluth who raised £343 for the Beds & Herts. Historic Churches, ½ will go to St Peter’s. Thank you to all those who sponsored.
Coffee Morning Saturday 17th 10.30-11.30 am Invitation to meet Fr. Richard and chat with friends.

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St.Peters Catholic Church Station RoadBiggleswade

Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 10:35-45 calls for great reflection on why we aspire and need for respect and admiration? Two of the disciples James and John wanted to sit on either side of Jesus in His Kingdom so that those who saw them would be in awe by the influence they had. But Jesus believed that these positions were not his to give, as this decision belonged to God. Jesus’ viewpoint was that being self-centred or for any reason for us to be perceived as powerful amounts to nothing and was not important. What was important to Jesus was to humbly follow the will of God; it was this that leads Jesus to sacrifice his own life on the cross. To feel so powerful leads to others feeling inadequate and powerless which was the opposite of what Jesus taught. Last week we said good-bye to Fr.Jude who has been our priest for the past weeks. Our grateful thanks and prayers travel with him to his new Parish in Bedgrove Buckinghamshire. We are please to announce the arrival of our new Parish Priest Fr. Richard Moroney from Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire. Please join us at Mass & pray this weekend to welcome and support him through this transition.

Friday 2ndNovember 7.30pm, Shared Supper & Social Evening-please bring a plate of food (1 plate only please & indentify to ensure its returned). An opportunity to meet with our new priest Fr. Richard Moroney and with old friends, entertained by local choir T.A.G.S.
Help needed for two parishioners
-the first lady has dementia she needs help for 1 hr on Sat/Sunday mornings to help wash and prepare for the day.
-The second requires a lift to and from Sunday’s morning 8.30 Mass please contact the Parish office on 312013.

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

Marriage-The parish with to congratulate Theresa Home & James Blunden who married recently at St. Peter’s we pray for there happy and fulfilled marriage.




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Apologies for error in the chronicle that read 'it is harder for a camel '... it should have read
" it is easier for a camel "
St.Peters Catholic Church. Biggleswade.
Last Sunday’s gospel Mark 10:17-30 calls for a profound understanding into the meaning of the word ‘wealth’. When this gospel was written nearly two thousand years ago a wealthy man was described as one who owned many animals, lived in a large basic building and had servants and maybe owned a large area of land, if he was very wealthy he may have artefacts and pots of gold, but what use was this? Back in these times there was no electricity, central heating or television; no fast delivery service to bring them the latest dvd, cd or tablet pc. In this period technical knowledge was limited therefore even natural resources were left within the earth. As man developed he changed his surroundings and wealth, his money, purchased the finest things from food, clothes, and houses to armies to gain control over weaker populations. Now in the twenty-first centaury the people of the developed world have numerous riches that include computers, cars, holidays, mobile phones. In the undeveloped word there are still populations that live very basically sometimes in a crowded room and long for the food, sanitation & medicines that will save the lives of their young children. Many people of the developed world share their wealth by generously donating money to help the undeveloped world as they feel that their own society supports them in times of need through benefits, free health care and charitable organisations. There are very special people who have time and share this by undertaking sponsored events to raise money for good causes. In this gospel Jesus speaks about a wealthy man who approached him to ask what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replied “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven”. In our society today we have many riches that are taken for granted. Often we hear of situations where volunteers are needed urgently to ensure facilities, clubs for the children, elderly or disabled can remain open. Perhaps we can consider ‘time’as a wealth that we may be able to give freely to help others in our society today?
Shared Supper & Social Evening
Friday 2nd November-, to welcome Fr Richard, please bring a plate of food,entertainment supplied by the TAGS choir, further information in the church porch.
Christmas Bazaar Saturday 1st December-, please donate gifts for the raffle, there is large tea chest in church porch.
Operation Christmas Child-Please donate Shoe boxes full of gifts for children from deprived areas world wide. This year the boxes from the post code SG will be going to Kenya. Leaflets are available in the church or information can be obtained from http://www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk/what-to-pack.Is a yearly event which was originally set up by Mr David Cooke after watching a news broadcast on TV in 1990 that showed the horrors the children in orphanages in Romaniahad to endure. David's aim was to fill one lorry with gifts and drive it to Romania. The response to his appeal was overwhelming and on the 12th of December a convey of vehicles including lorries donated by local companies set off for Romania.


Apostleship of the Sea

Apostleship of the Sea collection raised nearly £350 for this very important charity that supports all foreign people working on merchant ships to make contact with their family and loved ones back home and ensures that fair and decent working conditions are maintained. Considering that 95% of all British trade is carried by sea the physical and spiritual needs of the seafarers is paramount; thank you for your contribution.

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Last Sunday’s gospel was from Mark. There are four gospels in the New Testament that narrates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. This chapter ascribes the time that Jesus returned to his native town after a long absence. Sadly, he was rejected by his old neighbours and townspeople, they could not accept his wisdom nor the rumours about the miraculous healings that he had performed.  To do so they would have had to accept that they had somehow been blind to the prophet in their midst and they would have to admit this to one another. Maybe they were afraid of doing that. Who was this man to challenge the status quo?  This shows how apt people are to undervalue what is familiar to them, and brings into play the proverb ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ written by  prose writer  Apuleius who lived c125-180 AD.  

St Peters is very glad to welcome Fr. Tad (a visiting priest from Poland) who will be here for the next 3 weeks to take Mass at weekends and during the week whilst Fr. Eamon is taking his summer holiday. 
Volunteers are required to organise refreshments after 10am Sunday Mass.


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St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Biggleswade.
Last Sunday celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi. The festival of Corpus Christi celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The name 'Corpus Christi' is Latin for 'the body of Christ'. This jubilant festival is celebrated to proclaim the truth of the transubstantiation of bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ during Mass. 1.The human person cannot live without the experience of divine love and human love.  The human person cannot live without the experience of divine intimacy and human intimacy.  The human person cannot live without communion.  Man becomes fully realized in communion because he is created for communion by a God who is the most perfect communion (1.From the Vatican website).

Sixteen children took their First Holy Communion on Saturday 9th June. The church was packed with their families, friends and parishioners to celebrate with the children in receiving the Holy Sacrament. Please pray for them and the Catechists who gave their time freely for several months to ensure the children were fully prepared for this wonderful day and for those who worked extremely hard to ensure that everyone enjoyed refreshments thereafter.
Saturday 16thCarmel in Bedfordshire – Visit to Monastery of Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Ware, Hertfordshire. Start time has been brought forward from 10 am to 9.30, all places now taken.
Also, on the 16th  at 1pm a Mass of thanksgiving at Northampton Cathedral for 50thAnniversary.
Royal Race night Friday 22nd June, 7.30pm - Fun night with Wine Tasting, Ladies Fancy Hat & Gents Waistcoat competitions.
Further details see church porch or email stpetersbiggleswade@gmail.com.

Website Update

I'm going to streamline the website, removing pages which I think are out of date or are not used. If you have any suggestions or requirements for a page (or more) on this website, do let me know.


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St.Peter’s Catholic Church, Biggleswade.Last Sunday was Trinity
Sunday,it is celebrated a week after Pentecost Sunday also known as
Holy Trinity Sunday and is one of the central mysteries of our faith.
We can never fully understand the mystery of the Trinity, but we can
sum it up in the following formula: God is three Persons in one. The
three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—are all equally God,
and They cannot be divided. We do believe in one God, just as we say
in the Creed, but He is three persons.

Saturday 9th June St Peters Market Stall, scrumptious home-made cakes
for sale. 

Saturday 16th June Carmel in Bedfordshire - Visit to
Monastery of Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Ware, Hertfordshire. To
celebrate Mass, lunch and a talk by the Nuns, car share; 9.30am start.

Friday 22nd June, 7.30pm Royal Race Night- Fun night with Wine
Tasting, Ladies Fancy Hat & Gents Waistcoat competitions.

Further details see church porch or email stpetersbiggleswade@gmail.com.

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St.Peter’s Catholic Church, Biggleswade.
Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, after Easter Sunday, Christmas is the second-greatest feast in the Christian liturgical calendar, but Pentecost Sunday is not far behind. For that reason, it is often called the "the birthday of the Church”. Like Easter Sunday Pentecost is a moveable date but the earliest possible date for Pentecost Sunday is May 10; the latest is June 13. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter and 10 days after the Ascension of Our Lord, and marks the descent of the Holy Spirit/Ghost on the apostles. The Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary spent nine days in prayer between The Ascension of Our Lord and Pentecostal Sunday waiting for the fulfilment of Christ's promise to send His Spirit. This was the origin of the Novena, or nine-day prayer, to ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit and to prepare us to receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit which are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (or courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. On this day St. Peter, the first pope, was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles.
Diamond Jubilee Fun Day on Tuesday 5th June 2-6pm, organised by Churches Together Biggleswade & Biggleswade Town Council to be held at Eagle Farm Road Field. Many free activities including Fairground rides-Games & Competitions - Arena Events - Live Music. St.Peter’s is organizing and cooking the BBQ, your help is needed to set up, cook, serve and clean up.
Homemade Cakes needed for Market Stall on Saturday 9th June.
Royal Race Night-Friday 22nd June Hat competition for Ladies & Waistcoat completion for Gents.
For information on all events please see Church Porch for further details.

Father Raphael

Here's a typical photo of our visiting priest Father Raphael chatting outside St Peter's after Mass today.


Priest and parishioner

Improving the Website

Do let me know if you want to put something on the website, or if you would like to see an addition to the information displayed (or, indeed, how it is displayed). The website is a resource for the Parish, for all of us, so use it if you wish.

God bless


Help needed with Christmas Bazaar

Here's a message from the Entertainments Committee:

I am sure that you have noticed the sheets of paper spread about the Church, asking for help with the Christmas Bazaar, but perhaps you feel that you wanted more details before volunteering to help.
Let me give you some dates and times, and then perhaps, you can allocate some of your time.

On the evening of Wednesday, 23rd November, at 7pm, people will be in the “Basilica” (the long hut beside the car park), to sort out donations.

On Thursday, l 1st December, after the 9.30am Mass, we will move the chairs and kneelers, and bring in the big tables, and that evening at about 7pm, we will be filling the tables.

On Friday 2nd December, Mass will be celebrated in the Sanctuary behind the folding doors. After Mass is finished, we will continue to sort, separate and prepare for the next day as well as decorating everything, while the Market Square lights are being switched on.

On Saturday, 3rd December, about 9am, we will tie the Bazaar notices to the railings nearby, prepare the potatoes and other food in the clubroom and wait for the fresh cakes to be brought in.

At 11am our local MP, Alistair Burt, will open the Bazaar, which is when we will need help behind the stalls.

At the end of it all, some unsold items will be put back in the “Basilica” prior to recycling. The floor has to be swept, the money counted, and all the furniture replaced ready for the 6.30pm Mass. We would be very grateful if you would talk to us about helping, even If it is something you have never done before!


Farewell Fr Tad

Thanks to Fr Tad for again visiting us and giving us a different view of the world and of witness from a different perspective. Fr Tad left a couple of documents on the Parish noticeboard, documents relating his work in Russia. He sent them to me a few days ago to put on the website and this seemed to be the best place for them.

I hope that you enjoy reading them, but let me know if the format is difficult, or if the documents won't open on your computer.

God bless


Brief history of Russia – Fr Tad

Fr Tad's memories

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.


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.


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.


The Sanctuary looks wonderful with the palms.


Altar and Sanctuary with Palms

Here is a copy of the paper in the back of the Church, Walking Humbly with our God. Please read and comment to Canon Michael.



Over the past few weeks, as part of the “Walking Humbly with Our God” programme, a series of conversations has taken place in which parishioners were asked to think about the strengths and weaknesses of the parish.

Thank you to all those who gave their time and thought to this process.

The following is a summary of the common themes that emerged:


Blessing of weekday Mass
Good liturgy
Good music: musicians & choir
Thriving Family Mass.
Lots of Altar Servers.
Good parish administration.
Good co-operation among
parish organisations/groups. .
Good social activities.


Poor take-up of the Sacrament of Confession
No provision for parish teenage youth.
Weekend parish – many only attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days.
No Catholic school in the parish.
Because we have managed without a priest in the past, there is the worry that we might be left without a resident parish priest.

Further feedback would be welcome. If you wish to add any further comments, please put them in writing and hand them to Canon Michael.

The next Parish meeting will be next Wednesday, after the 7:30pm Mass. Here is the agenda; feel free to come and help run your parish.


PCC Agenda 27.01.10

blue health and safety helmet pictureThere's a new person responsible for ensuring that all the Parish's fixtures, fittings and activities comply with Health and Safety rules: me.

I'll be checking around the fabric of the buildings and generally looking at activities with a critical eye, but please help me out by keeping your own eyes open for potential risks to anyone using the buildings or facilities of the Parish.

You can contact me using the link at the bottom of each page of this website.


The next meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday 11 November; do come and make your contribution to running the Parish. The Minutes of the last meeting are on the Parish Meetings page.


Thanks very much to Father Tadeusz for his ministry while Canon Michael has been away. Here's a photograph to remember him by (sorry about the quality, it's a mobile phone photo; I'll use a proper camera next time).



Thanks to Babs Gurney for the minutes of the last Parish meeting (on 18 February). You can find them on the Parish Meetings page.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 May 2009 at 8pm, after the 7.30pm Mass.


Thanks to Canon Michael and all his organisers for a wonderful Easter Triduum. The servers did a wonderful job, I enjoyed listening to the readers and the decorations were just right. The joy of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil was almost palpable, and I gather that the Sunday 1000 Mass was completely packed. Wonderful!

Happy Easter, everyone.


A great time was had by all and £250 was raised for charity. Well done to the Social Club and to all who attended.


(Photos courtesy of Alban Macdonald)
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The next meeting of the Parish is at 8pm (after 7.30pm Mass) on Wednesday 18 February in the Club Room; why not come along and help to run the Parish for Canon Michael and the whole community?

The Minutes, kindly typed up by Babs Gurney, are available on the Parish Meetings page.


The next Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 26 November; as usual it will be at 8.00pm, after evening Mass.


The next Parish meeting will take place on Wednesday, 2 days’ time. Here are the minutes of the last meeting. Do consider attending to meet our new Parish Priest and to help him find out more about his new parishioners.


PCC Minutes - 25.06.08

We welcome Canon Michael to St Peter’s Biggleswade. I have updated the front page to show him (and his smile!).


Since we must say farewell to Father Joe, an informal function has been organised for next Friday evening at 7.30pm. Fr Joe has worked very hard for us in rather trying conditions as first the “administrator” and latterly our Parish Priest. Let’s see him off with warmth and good wishes for his continued work in the Lord.


The next Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 September at 8.00pm, after the evening Mass. If you wish to take part in the decision-making in the Parish do make sure that you are there ...

I’ll attach the minutes of the last meeting when I receive them.