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Groups in the Parish

Altar servers

Altar servers are lay assistants to the Priest during the Mass. They undertake supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing the altar bell and so on. Contact the Parish Priest if you would like to be an altar server. Full training will be given.

Bedford Food Bank

Bedford Foodbank’s volunteers work with referral partners to provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in our community. We are a collection point for the Bedford Foodbank. Forfurther information contact please the parish’s SVP, or visit the Foodbank website: www.bedford.foodbank.org.

Bedford Street Angels

They provide a team of Christians, of all ages, to be available to everyone using the nightclubs and other entertainments in Bedford Town Centre on Saturday nights. For Further information Tel. 01234 262505 or www.bedfordstreetangels.org.uk.

CAFOD

It is our duty of faith to help our brothers and sisters around the world. Volunteers are VERY WELCOME to help and support our fundraising events.

Catholic Grandparents Association

Monthly meetings in the Parish Room at 2pm on the first Tuesday of each month, when we share our experiences of passing on our faith to our grandchildren.  

Catholic Schools 

There are three Catholic schools in Bedford.
St Thomas More (secondary) 
St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s (primary)
St John Rigby (primary) 

Children’s Sunday Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy is celebrated during the Sunday morning Mass. First Holy Communion/First Confession (including separate parents’ sessions) and Confirmation classes are also offered to help children and young people to grow in their faith and prepare to receive the Sacraments. 

CHISEN Foundation

CHISEN Foundation is a charitable organisation which helps children with disabilities in Ghana–(West Africa). Our mission is to support each child by providing education, specialist advice, training and general support. We encourage each child to focus on their abilities and find independence so that they can live to their full potential and contribute to society.
For more information please contact us on.
Tel. 07594 588 729
[email protected]
www.chisenfoundation.org

Churches together in South Bedford

The parish has strong ecumenical ties with other Christian churches in the area. Various joint events take place over the year. Please see the weekly newsletter for details.  

Come & See Group

If you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith, either as an enquirer, or as a current member of the Catholic Church, please come along to our Come & See Group which meets at 8pm on Wednesday in the Parish Room during term time.

Daughters of the Holy Spirit

We are grateful for the presence of our convent sisters among us.
For their prayers and all their support.
Contact Shalom Convent Tel: 01234 350794

Extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion

If you feel you would like to be an extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion speak to the Parish Priest. 

Flowers in the Church

If you would like to help with the flowers please contact the Parish Priest. 

Gardening Volunteers

Our task is to keep the perimeters of the buildings and the borders and edging to paths, weeded and tidy. Our group day is once a month (announced in the newsletter), or whenever you can get here at other times please feel free! 

Golden Friendship Club

We meet every Thursday 2pm until 4pm in the parish hall.
New members are very welcome. Please just come along and join us for a cup of tea or coffee and see for yourself what happens. Perhaps you have some talent that we could enjoy? Come along and make our club a more interesting place for our senior citizens. Enjoy other people’s company, just come along. Minimum age 50 years.  

Guardian of the Home Shrine – Our Lady of Guadalupe

If you would like the House Shrine for a week in your own home, please contact the Parish Priest or www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk/

The Knights of Saint Columba

The Knights of Saint Columba is a Catholic fraternal service organisation and the largest of its kind in Britain. For further information: Tel: 01234 400787.

The Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic association whose members are giving service to the Church, on a voluntary basis, all over the world.
Meets every Saturday at 9:30am in Patrick Donegan Bequest Room. See more details on the specific page.
Legion of Mary for England and Wales: www.legionofmary.org.uk

Ministers of the Word

If you would like to read at Mass please contact the Parish Priest.

Missio

Red Missio Boxes to save your loose change in support of World Missions.
website: www.missio.org.uk

Mother’s Prayers

12:30 pm Every Friday in the Sacred Heart Chapel.  

Music and Choir

Christ the King has a small music group that sings at the Masses to encourage parishioners to express their love for God. We are always looking for new members and musicians, and it doesn’t matter whether or not you read music. We are particularly looking for more singers at the 6pm Mass on Saturday. Times and dates of practices are published in the newsletter. If you are interested in singing and making music in the church, or if you would like to book the choir, an organist or a singer for a special occasion, please contact the Parish Priest.

Parish Evangelisation Team

Interested in sharing your faith and helping the parish to grow? Inspired by the teaching of the church, a team of parishioners meets to pray together and witness to Christ every week in Bedford Town Centre.  

Parish Finances

Contact the Parish Finance Committee. 

Parish Repository

Please support our stall by the church entrance. Mass cards, rosaries, candles, and all other religious gifts are available for you to buy after Mass.

Parish Safeguarding Representative

If you have any concerns regarding the well-being of children or vulnerable adults, please contact the Parish Safeguarding Representative

Parish Safety Officer

If you become aware of any hazards in the church, church hall or the grounds, contact the Parish Safety Officer via the Parish Priest. 

Reading group

There is a reading group in the parish. Catholic in choice, we read new and old favourites, plus offer good fellowship and a cup of tea.
 

Refreshments after 10.30am Sunday Mass

Tea or Coffee and a chat after 10.30am Sunday Mass in the Hall. Also 1st Sunday of the month our Parish Gathering where you can hear what’s happening. If you would like to help by going onto the Rota to serve tea and coffee please speak the Parish Priest.

Society for the protection of unborn children

Society for the protection of unborn children
(020) 7091 7091 [email protected]. Website: www.spuc.org.uk

St Vincent de Paul Society

The parish’s St Vincent de Paul society meets on Tuesday evenings every fortnight. If you require assistance or a home visit from the parish’s SVP, please speak or telephone the Parish Priest or to use our contact form – CLICK HERE.

The Latin Mass Society

The Latin Mass Society of England and Wales, which promotes the use of the Traditional Latin Mass, has a website (www.lms.org.uk) which contains further information. See also latinmassbedford.wordpress.com/.

Ushers or Greeters

Mass welcomers, ushers or greeters and hymn book distribution or collection.

Vintage Afternoon Tea

All are welcome on the fourth Friday of every month to enjoy good company, and dancing if you wish, in a traditional English Tea Shop atmosphere at Christ the King Parish Hall, 2 to 4pm. We serve tea and cakes on china crockery. There is a raffle and soft music. It is a really good afternoon for only £4.