Operation Christmas Child

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 seeing the horrors the children in orphanages of Romania had to endure after watching a news broadcast on TV in 1990. 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 with 17 volunteers; who on return vow to repeat the work. From then Operation Christmas child was born

The years that followed saw further trips to other countries including Albania, Belarus, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Kenya & Russia by 1996 over a million shoe boxes and medical aid.


Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

St.Peter’s Catholic Church Biggleswade.

This week sees ther launch of the ‘Year of Faith’, called for by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, why it is called so is best explained in His words “it is a twelve month opportunity to get closer to God” and goes on to say "Faith is a lifelong companion that makes it possible to perceive, ever anew, the marvels that God works for us. Intent on gathering the signs of the times in the present of history, faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world."
The Year of faith started on Thursday 11thOctober which was the 50th anniversary of the ‘Second Vatican Council’, this was opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and concluded three years later in 1965 under Pope Paul VI. The purpose of which was to address relationships between the Roman Catholic Church and the modern world. This week prior to the launch the Holy Father has focused on the power of social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter as digital tools for evangelisation that he hopes will create a more dynamic and humane world. St.Peter’s has a Blog which everyone is invited to comment on this or other issues at http://www.st-peters.eu The gospel this week was from Mark 10:2-16 concerns the complexity of human relationships that opens the door to reflections about the heart of how our community evolves.

Fr. Jude will be conducting parish duties until Fr Richard Moroney arrives hopefully during week commencing 22nd October.  http://www.northamptondiocese.org/NEWSANDEVENTS/tabid/54/Default.aspx

Weekday Mass
There will be weekday Mass most days, please see website or church bulletin or notice board outside church for confirmation.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday morning before Mass.

Year of Faith
To celebrate the start of ‘The Year of Faith’ Bishop Peter Doyle will be addressing the people and clergy of our Pastoral area on Tuesday 16th October at 7.45pm at Sacred Heart Church Flitwick.

Christmas Bazaar –Saturday 1stDecember, please place donations for items in the box within the porch.



Year of Faith

The Year of Faith starts on Thursday 11th October.
There are many web sites devoted to this and various lectures held throughout the UK
here is a brief list
Year of Faith
Northampton Diocese Web site
Rome reports
The Vine Newspaper On-line
National Catholic Register

Biggleswade Chronicle village News

St.Peters. Catholic Church, Biggleswade.
To fully appreciate this weeks gospel (Mark 9:38-43, 45 & 47-48) we need insight that previously Jesus had called the twelve disciples to Him, then instructed them each to travel around the villages of Galilee to cast out evil. Unfortunately, some believed they were especially privileged, even Mark judges that some of his fellow disciples lacked faith when they failed to cast out what they believed to be a demon in a young boy who was actually suffering from epilepsy. The gospel contains a collection of sayings spoken by Jesus. The first warns not to have an exclusive attitude, meaning that someone who does not completely your share opinions& faith can still be a good person carrying out good deeds. Second confirms this and that any good deed should be welcomed and rewarded. The third, we should not put obstacles in someone else way by using disparaging comments’ about another’s faith or undermine their pursuit of what is right. Jesus then points out the extreme lengths one should go to rather then commit sin, these extreme ways was to teach the seriousness of sin. Please note neither Jesus or any other Christian teaching has ever condoned self harm of this or any other magnitude. Finally the extreme reference to hells eternal fire was an attempt to express the dreadful pain one would endure by loosing God and excluding ones self from the love of others.

Churches Together joint service Sunday 7th Oct, 6pm Baptist Church, London Road.

Year of faith,Tuesday 16th October 7.45pm, Bishop Peter Doyle will be addressing the people and Clergy of our Pastoral Area at Sacred Heart Church, Flitwick.

Biggleswade Chronicle-Village News

St.Peter’s Catholic Church,Biggleswade.

In last Sunday’s gospel from Mark (9:30-37) Jesus reveals yet again that he will suffer, die and rise again. The Disciples become embarrassed when they were caught in a power struggle by Jesus. They fail to understand what Jesus is preaching nor comprehend that their Messiah, the Son of God should suffer so badly and then die. This begs the question why didn’t the Disciples just ask Jesus to explain? Why did they allow a greater understanding to elude them? Perhaps they didn’t want to be perceived as ignorant, confused or clueless. Today some 2000 years later we still seem afraid to ask hard questions about our Faith and prefer to sidestep these difficult issues. Yet if we feel unable to ask these questions out loud then maybe we could ask Jesus directly in Prayer? After all, if the Disciples had had the courage to ask Jesus these difficult questions then maybe their relationship with Jesus could have become more empowered. Neither less this part of the gospel concludes with the symbol of purity, innocence, gullibility and total trust by a child allowing Jesus to embrace them. Jesus then tells the Disciples that ’Anyone who welcomes one of these children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ In hope that his action would communicate His desires where words seem to have failed.
Sunday 30th September
Please support - All Parishioners are invited to walk under the Banner of ‘St. Peter’s on Sunday 30th September for the Diocesan Procession of Faith lead by Bishop Peter. To leave St.Peters at 12.15 to gather at 13.00 for 13.30 start at St.Josephs Church, Midland Road, Bedford. To be concluede with outdoor Benediction in Bedford Park.

Sunday 7th October
Churches Together joint service 6pm Baptist Church, London Road.

Pat Smith - The way of St James

Pat Smith is walking the full 500 miles of the Camino Del Santiago. 

His pilgrimage takes 33 days to complete the walk – trudging c15 miles per day - every day.
He began his journey yesterday Wednesday 26th and would have arrived in St Jean de Port (in France) lat last night and he expects, God willing, to collect his certificate on 3rd November in Santiago Compostella.
He starts this his ascent of the Pyrenees this morning from St Jean de Port (in France) and finishes at Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain. So please keep Pat in your prayers and thoughts during this time.
Pat is doing this to help the Kasiisi Porridge Project by raising funds for a huge water tank that will help make the project self-sustaining. If you'd like to sponsor him in his quest then click here to go to his JustGiving page.
Should you wish to follow his journey you'll find his blog (that he hopes to update) http://kasiisiporridge.org/category/pats-walk-2012/


    Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

    The gospel last week Mark 8:27-35, has deep implications for our faith. When we asked about our faith we often assume anonymity as it is more convenient to repeat things previously learnt rather than expose our true understanding. Hence we become like the disciples in this scripture because when they were asked ’who I am’ by Jesus was they replied by repeating previous learnt, often incorrect statements. A personal reply would have consisted of experience, critical and profound thinking often perceived as threatening by others. The Lord has not just asked us to imitate His examples or practice His teachings, He would rather we were able to understand ‘why’ we should do so, and that Faith and Works are indeed inseparable. In this era there were not surveys and systematically evaluations to record what people believed. Peter was the only disciple who had the courage to give a personal response to Jesus’ question by saying “you are the Christ”. (Greek term Christ in Hebrew means Messiah, meaning Saviour). Jesus knew that the Disciples were looking forward to the coming of the Saviour; who was seen as a political leader and liberator.  So, He seized the occasion to make a conscious decision to correct their wrong idea by presenting them with the image of a suffering Messiah which was rejected by all elders. Unfortunately Peter reacted negatively to this and looked for an easier path, and in turn Jesus had to confront and oppose his views as to fulfil God’s plan. Today we could compare this to being upset by family member who opposes our view, later to only realizing they were right and then we are grateful for their integrity.
    Sunday 30th-Please support - All Parishioners are invited to walk under the Banner of ‘St. Peter’s on Sunday 30th September for the Diocesan Procession of Faith lead by Bishop Peter. To leave St.Peters at 12.15 to gather at 13.00 for 13.30 start at St.Josephs Church, Midland Road, Bedford. To be concluede with outdoor Benediction in Bedford Park.
    Carmelites in Beds-next meeting is on Wednesday 26th September start 6.30 pm. Guest speaker Canon John Udris speaking about Therese of Lisieux.
    Congratulations to Andrew for completing the sponsored Bike n’ Hike, sponership money  now being collected.

    Minister Lists

    I have restored the pages for Readers and Eucharistic Ministers. Sue Laing, the Parish Secretary has taken over organising the lists after the sad death of Jenny Frodsham.

    I hope that Sue has not taken on too much . . .


    Biggleswade Chronicle Village News

    St Peter’s Catholic Church. Biggleswade. Just when Great Britain starts to celebrate the most successful Paralympics Games, this week’s gospel (Mark 7:31-37) tells us how Jesus heals a disabled man. Jesus was very precise in choosing his words as he prayed to God to heal the man who stood before him. This man was hearing impaired and without speech. He chose the word ‘ephphatha’ which means ‘be opened’, in this instance Jesus requested that God opened this man’s ears to sound and opened the pathway in his mouth so he could speak clearly. We all know of stories of the tragic cases of how some disabled people are walled in solitude.  We can also be placed in solitude as we become closed to the words of Jesus, to become deaf to His message by ignoring His preaching and ignoring his request to communicate with God and with each other. This can result in a loss of trust that often destroys our relationships with God and each other.  We often hear of relationships where people do not understand each other or no longer speak to each other.  Some people have reviewed their perception of the world because of Paralympics and by adjusting to the reality of disability they are now seeing a disability in a totally different way.  Jesus would like us to open our ears and loosen our tongues so that like the people who have learnt from the Paralympics we can remove barriers to commence a dialogue of salvation. Sacrament of Confirmation; If you would like to be considered for this Sacrament please complete the form in the church porch and return them to the Parish Office (in the Presbytery).16th September .6pm, St.Swithens Church Sandy. Invite everyone to a Songs of Praise as apart of their Diocesan Vision for Living Gods Love. Carmelites in Beds-next meeting is on Wednesday 26thSeptember start 6.30 pm. Day for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist- 22nd September in Luton please contact the Parish Office for further details.Diocesan Procession of Faith Sunday 30th September lead by Bishop Peter. For information please see Church Porch for details.

    Please not that it is likely that the Harvest Super will be postponed, further information after the Social Club meeting on the 13th.


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