This annual pilgrimage to Walsingham for the Sanctity of Life was set up by Fr Jeremy Davies (previously at Our Lady Help of Christians Church) about 39 years ago. Fr Jeremy passed away on 5th November 2022. Hence this year’s pilgrimage was even more poignant at a time when the sanctity of human life is under constant threat. The Mass was presided over by the Most Rev. Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark. A packed coach from Luton and Dunstable joined
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On Saturday 15th July around 350 delegates from across the diocese gathered at Thornton College for the Diocesan Assembly - Pilgrims of Hope. This was part of the response to the synod listening process in 2022. In the months running up to the Assembly, delegates took part in preparation sessions run in Pastoral Areas around the diocese. Bishop David addressed the Assembly at the start of the day which was followed by a message and prayer from Pope Francis. Delegates spent
Our Lady Help of Christians celebrated the feast day of St Thomas the Apostle in style as he is also the Patron Saint of India and there is a large Indian community at our Lady’s. The Mass was presided over by Fr Brendan and was followed by refreshments in the parish hall when an Indian banquet was served. It is hoped this will now become an annual celebration.
A wonderful tradition in the Catholic Church is the blessing of graves. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church - 962 - states “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one church; and we believe in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers” Catholics gathered at Luton General
The St Alban’s Festival, held at Holy Ghost Church, organised by the Luton and Dunstable Pastoral Area Council brought Catholics together to hear inspirational speakers and to share ideas and good news via a market Place of stalls. It proved to be a very fruitful event and very worthwhile for those who were able to attend with participants saying they enjoyed being part of it, the lovely atmosphere, that they met lots of people providing good networking opportunities. The Knights of
The First Saturday of the Month Devotion in Reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary are held at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. The Rosary commencing at 8.30am is followed by the Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Act of Reparation. Adoration and Confessions commence at 9.00am followed by Mass at 9.30am. This is a very popular devotion welcomed by local Catholics and being encouraged by Bishop David. An example of its popularity was witnessed on
This year Our Lady Help of Christians celebrated its feast day in style with parishioners organising a Rosary Procession around their church as a wonderful witness to our faith. This was followed by Mass, presided over by Fr Brendan Seery, in which Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned followed by refreshments in the parish Hall.
Alpha is a course that creates a space, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about faith, life and God. The parishes in Luton and Dunstable ran their first Alpha course during the Summer at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Convivial suppers were held on Tuesday evenings over a period of 11 weeks, which were followed by a video presentation and chats on every table. Those attending found the sessions inspirational and rewarding. Anyone interested in a conversation about faith,
Fr Jeremy DaviesThe Requiem Mass for Fr Jeremy Davies (25th March 1935 to 5th November 2022) was held on Friday 2nd December 2022 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham. The Principle Celebrant was the Rt Rev John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster Fr Jeremy was at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Luton from April 2005 to March 2021. Fr Jeremy Davies - Funeral Homily Fr Jeremy Davies - Funeral order of service Fr Jeremy Davies -
Fr Allan’s Induction Mass at the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Stopsley, was held on Saturday 17th September 2022. Bishop David presided at the Mass as part of his pastoral visitation of the parish. Fr James Cassidy, C.R.I.C. who has come with Fr Allan, a certain type of BOGOFF deal as Bishop David mentioned in his sermon, was also present, as was Very Rev. Fr Rinaldo Guarisco, C.R.I.C. the Superior General of the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, the congregation to which Frs Allan and James belong.