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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 Teresa Williams assisted by Jenny Becker, teresawilliams2000@hotmail.co.uk 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 www.bedfordstreetangels.org.uk.

CAFOD

Rachel Kirkham – CAFOD Representative
Tel. 01234 314093
Victor Ciantar – CAFOD Representative
Tel. 07711 370341
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.

Catechists

Barbara Kay (First Holy Communion – Children’s classes) Tel. 01234 340759 mbky3@outlook.com.
Chris Norfolk (First Holy Communion – Children’s classes) Tel. 07962 426572 cnorfolk6@googlemail.com.
Teresa Williams (First Holy Communion – Parents’ classes) Tel. 01234 217201 teresawilliams2000@hotmail.co.uk .
Katherine Smith (First Holy Communion – Parents’ classes) Tel. 07985 214854 katie.peddie@gmail.com .
Michael Manley (Confirmation) Tel. 07919 837720
Liz Duggan (Confirmation) Tel. 07922 001862.

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. All welcome.
Contact Liz Duggan Tel. 07922 001862

Catholic Schools – Lay Chaplains

There are three Catholic schools in Bedford.
St Thomas More (secondary) – Helen Burgess
St Joseph’s & St Gregory’s (primary) –
St John Rigby (primary) – Mary Ward
Parish contact: Mary Ward.
marygolarzward@yahoo.co.uk

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. Contact details can be found under ‘Catechists’ above.

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
chisenfoundation@outlook.co
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. If you want to know more, contact our parish ecumenical representative.
Rosemarie Langley on Tel. 01234 360754.

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.
For more information contact Ursula & Chris – Tel. 01234 349216.

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. The ministers’ coordinator and weekly rota compiler is Jon Foster.

Flowers in the Church

Flower arranging team coordinator is Teresa Davies. If you would like to help with the flowers please Tel. 01234 742128 or mobile 0754 0417 150.

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!
Contact Martin Kay for more information. Tel. 01234 340759 or email: mbky3@outlook.com.

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.
For more information contact the Secretary – Marion Mangan.  Tel. 01234 306382

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 Teresa Williams who will arrange this.
Tel. 01234 217201 Teresawilliams2000@hotmail.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 Tuesday at 7:30pm in Patrick Donegan Bequest Room. See more details on the specific page.
Contact: Chris Norfolk Tel. 07962426572 cnorfolk6@googlemail.com.
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 Chris Brookes (Tel. 01234 349216) for the Saturday 6pm Mass, or Barbara Kay (Tel. 01234 340759) for the Sunday Mass at 10am Mass.

Missio

Red Missio Boxes to save your loose change in support of World Missions.
Local contact: John Grogan Tel: 07773712688
Missio website: www.missio.org.uk

Mother’s Prayers

12:30 pm Every Friday in the Sacred Heart Chapel. Contact Marion Mangan Tel. 01234 306382

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 Katherine on Tel. 07985 214854.

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. Come and join us!
Contact: Chris Norfolk. Tel. 07962 426572

Parish Finances

Parish Finance Committee – Contact: Chris Brookes. Tel. 01234 349216 chris@brookes-family.co.uk.

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.
Contact Victoria Kondoh or Rosie Opare.

Parish Safeguarding Representative

If you have any concerns regarding the well-being of children or vulnerable adults, please contact the safeguarding rep at the above number.
Marie Gallagher Tel. 01234 271869.

Parish Safety Officer

If you become aware of any hazards in the church, church hall or the grounds, contact Michael Mangan Tel. 01234 306382.

Printing

For church fundraising events, tickets, flyers, posters, binding etc. produced at very low rates.
Contact Tony Cooper Tel. 01234 342823 lapcooper@outlook.com.

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.
Contact Rachel Kirkham. Tel. 01234 314093

Refreshments after 10am Sunday Mass

Tea or Coffee and a chat after 10am 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 to Jennie Tel. 07766 806581 or Nigel Tel. 07780 617057.

Society for the protection of unborn children

Society for the protection of unborn children
Parish Representative: Teresa Williams
Teresawilliams2000@hotmail.co.uk. Tel. 01234 217201 or (020) 7091 7091
information@spuc.org.uk. Website: www.spuc.org.uk

St Vincent de Paul Society

The parish’s St Vincent de Paul society meets on Tuesday evenings every fortnight. For more information please contact Ursula Brookes.
If you require assistance or a home visit from the parish’s SVP, please speak to the Parish Priest.

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. The local representative, Barbara Kay. Tel. 01234 340759, is a regular member of the 8.30 am congregation and is very happy to answer any questions.
See also latinmassbedford.wordpress.com/.

Ushers or Greeters

Mass welcomers, ushers or greeters and hymn book distribution or collection. Contact Marion Tel. 01234 306382.

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. Contact Christine Hughes.