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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.

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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.

Turning away from sin

Yesterday's Reflection in Bible Alive was significant for me; it talked about sticking to the straight path, but gave hope for those normal people who find it difficult. In particular the quote from St John Chrysostom was instructive:

"Thus we will always be inclined to stray from the path of love; day by day we will make wrong choices. Yet even to speak of ‘straying from the path’ is to show that we seek the path and discern the direction it leads. To be a disciple of Christ is not a guarantee of always remaining on the path; rather it is a commitment – a promise – to stay as near to the path as the will allows, and to struggle back onto the path after straying. This is as much as we can undertake in our own strength; through the grace of God we hope that over the years our journey will become straighter."
I found that thought heartening . . .
p.s. Today's Reflection is good as well, giving an interpretation of the Beatitudes. C

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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 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.


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

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.

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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 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.

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

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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.

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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.
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