Week Commencing 19th January 2014
Responsorial Psalm “Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.”
16 Jan 2014 – Bishop Peter will celebrate his Requiem Mass on thursday 16th January at 1:30pm. Father Joe will be buried in a private family celebration at Buckfast Abbey, in Devon. He was an Oblate of Buckfast Abbey. The family have requested that donations be given to a memorial and flower fund in Father Joe’s memory, rather than any flowers.
15 Jan 2014 – Father Joe’s body will be received into the Church in Wednesday, 15th January at 7pm. Mass will be celebrated for him, and the church will be open for a silent prayer vigil throughout the night. The church will be close at 11am and will be reopen at 12noon.
04 Jan 2014 – The reception of Fr. Joe Williams’ body (our former parish priest) into the Church of St Martin de Porres, Luton is at 7.00pm on Wednesday, 15th January, 2014. Bishop Peter will celebrate the Funeral Mass on Thursday, 16th January in St Martin de Porres, Luton at 1.30pm followed by a burial – details still being confirmed.
It will be a great tribute to Father Joe for the Parish to continue its strong Catholic life in his absence. As far as possible local priests will serve you as best as they can. Mgr. Sean Healy and Father Tony Harris will celebrate Mass this weekend. During the week daily Mass at 9am from Monday to Thursday will be celebrated, and on Friday at 7:30pm the clergy of the Deanery will come together with you for a concelebrated Mass of Requiem for Father Joe. Please continue to support everyone who helps to keep the parish running.
If you need to contact Monsignor Kevin McGinnell, phone 01582 728849 / 07889762005 or any of the other parishes.
03 Jan 2014 – For more update on Fr. Joe Williams, see BBC
02 Jan 2014 – For more update on Fr. Joe Williams, see BBC
01 Jan 2014 – Fr Joe was undiscovered in his car at Morrisons’ car park in Houghton Regis for three days from 27 December after he slumped inside his car after shopping. Funeral arrangement is tentatively planned for 16th January 2014 at 1.30 pm but this will be confirmed after agreeing with his family.
27th December 2013. Fr Joseph Williams RIP. Bishop Peter writes: “It is with much sadness that I write to let you know that Father Joseph Williams died suddenly while out shopping on Friday, 27th December. Although there has to be a post-mortem,it would seem that he died of natural causes. Aged 42, Joe was ordained priest on 1st July 2000. He served as an assistant priest in Burnham and Kettering before moving to Biggleswade as Parish Administrator in 2006. From 2008 to 2011 he was Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Milton Keynes and then Parish Priest of St.Martin de Porres, Luton. Please pray for the repose of Joe’s soul, for his family and for his parish. May he rest in peace.” Funeral arrangements will be notified as soon as possible.
Source from here
1st January 2014 (New Year Mass):
Our thanks goes to Bishop Peter Doyle (Bishop of Northampton) for the wonderful mass as well as the blessing of Our Lady’s Statue.
To read the Bishop’s Advent Pastoral Letter, click here
Weekday Masses are usually from Monday to Friday at 9.00am.
SUNDAY MASSES – Saturday Vigil: 6.30pm, Sunday: 9.00am, Sunday: 11.00am
Parish Priest: To be confirmed
Secretary: Charlotte Seery
Parish Safeguarding Rep: Maura Byers
Newsletter Editor: Oliver Pena
A copy of the parish newsletter in PDF format, can be downloaded from here each week.
The Roman Catholic parish of St Martin de Porres is located near Lewsey Farm, North of Luton.
The parish church, St Martin de Porres, is at 366 Leagrave High Street Luton LU4 0NG (at the junction between Leagrave High Street and Clydesdale Road.
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