News

News and Events in the Parish and beyond

Parish Registration

 

We will soon be using a new computer system called Caspar to help with managing the parish.  In order for this to be effective, we are asking for all of our parishioners to complete a registration form by clicking on this link, www.caspar.church/me?ID=56044   (If you don’t have an email address, please call the parish office on a Monday between 10am and 11am and Elaine will be able to assist you).

 

Admission to Catholic Secondary Schools for 2025

 

LUTON PASTORAL AREA, DUNSTABLE & the POLISH PARISH – Catholic Schools may ask for your priest to sign a form stating that you are a practising Catholic family.  If you need this for any Catholic school within or without the diocese you must collect a SIGN UP CARD (available from the church porch).  On given Sundays in the coming months your priest will stamp this card if you are present at Mass with the child[ren] involved. The responsibility for this lies with parents/guardians/carers alone.

Please see Fr Michael or Fr Liam after Mass this weekend for your second stamp for your ‘Sign-Up-Sunday’ card.  (NB: Attendance at Saturday Vigil Mass is also included as the Sunday date).  The card can only be stamped if the child named on the card is present.  Please make sure you have completed the front of the card.

Parish Hall

 

Owing to the increased use of the hall by parish groups, with regret we are no longer able to offer the hall for private functions, other than those directly linked to a liturgy in the church e.g. a baptism celebration.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Considerate Parking

 

Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking along Clydesdale Road, being careful not to block people’s driveways or cause obstructions on the roadway.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Vinny’s Pantry – Food Bank

 

Open Every Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm at Our Lady Help of Christian’s Hall (52 Castle Street, LU1 3AG).  If you are in need of food, other essential supplies or need help or advice, pop along for a cuppa and chat with the friendly SVP Members. 

We will host a collection box for the food bank in our church porch for non-perishable food goods (e.g. tinned fruit, vegetables, meats, fish), as well as household cleaning materials and toiletries.  Please consider adding an extra item to your weekly shop to donate to this worthy initiative

Corpus Christi Procession

 

Our Lady’s, Castle Street at 3pm on Sunday 2nd June.  All welcome. First Holy Communion children will lead the procession; they need to have arrived by 2.45pm.

Blessing of Graves – Luton Catholic Pastoral Area

 

Sunday 9th June             3.00pm       Church Cemetery, Crawley Green Road

Sunday 16th June          3.00pm       Luton General Cemetery, Rothesay Road

Sunday 23rd June          3.00pm       The Vale

Permanent Diaconate

 

Fr Tony Brennan, our diocesan director for the permanent diaconate, invites anyone interested in finding out more about becoming the permanent Diaconate in our diocese to come along to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunstable on Saturday 8th June from 10am-12noon.

Couples for Christ

 

You are invited to join Christian Life Program(CLP).  CLP is an integrated course for a renewed understanding of God’s call to us Christians.  Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th June in our church hall from 2-5pm.  CLP is open to everyone, not just married couples.

Women in Ministry

 

Northampton Diocese has a Women in Ministry group which has been active for a number of years.  The next gathering is on June 8th at St Mary’s Woburn Sands, 10am until 4pm.  This is an opportunity to reflect on women in the catholic church, their calling and vocation, their gifts and ministries, their voice in the synod and a chance to listen, pray, share, and reflect. For more information please visit https://northamptondiocese.org/women-in-ministry/ or email helen.burgess@northamptondiocese.org.  All are welcome!

Holy Hour Eucharistic Ministers

 

All lay eucharistic ministers are invited to come to the Cathedral or join by live stream the annual diocesan gathering to celebrate eucharistic ministry and to renew their commitment. The Holy Hour takes place on 9 June at 3pm.

St Alban’s Festival

 

Saturday 15th June 2024 – 10.00am, Mass at 12.30pm.  Holy Ghost Parish Centre, (LU4 8JD). An opportunity celebrate inspirational Catholic activity locally. All welcome. Market Place – Parishes and Catholic ministries are invited to take a table to display leaflets and to talk to people about your group. To reserve a table please email: paulacloonan@gmail.com Organised by Luton and Dunstable Pastoral Area Council. www.lutonpastoralarea.org

Residential Youth Retreat

 

‘D-Summer’ which stands for ‘Discipleship Summer’, all about living out our faith and building friendship with God.  For young people in school years 7-13 on 5th-7th July in Brentwood, Essex (Cost £80). Led by our Youth Ministry Office (NYMO) in partnership with the Sion Community.    Discover what it means to be a disciple, and what difference that can make in our lives.  Visit www.nymo.org/d-summer

Pilgrimage to Walsingham

 

For the Sanctity of Life – Saturday 3rd August.  Led by Bishop David Oakley. Coaches available – see information in church porch.  Adults £24.00, Children, teenagers and students £8.00. Seats reserved only with payment. Bring a packed lunch and drinks. For more information go to www.prolifepilgrimage.org  and to book kevin.drew@btinternet.com or 07802 525581.

Annual Mass for Marriage & Family Life

 

Will be celebrated by Bishop David on 7 September 2024 at 12 noon at Northampton Cathedral.  Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after Mass in the Cathedral Centre.   More details to follow in due course.   Please contact Sam at mfl@northamptondiocese.org if you have a special anniversary this year.