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Highlights of parish life in Houghton Regis
The year opened with a celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, with our friends at Holy Cross Church on 1 January; we welcomed Katherine, a Reader-in-training, from Leighton Buzzard on placement with us for a month; an image of Our Lady was installed at St Thomas' Church (Our Lady of Lowry Drive?); and the weekly Thomas Whitehead Academy gathering at All Saints' resumed on Tuesdays with Stef and Lindsay joining Fr Diego in leading worship.
As Accession Day approached, Fr Diego and parish volunteers went hunting for "Treebilees" (Jubilee Trees) to be planted in the churchyard.
On Accession Day we marked the beginning of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee by planting six treebilees in the churchyard.
See more about that occasion here.
Bell-ringers from Oxford University visited All Saints' on their ringing tour; we planted bare-root roses on the churchyard access paths; care homes visiting resumed after months of severe restrictions.
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine started, we collected money, food, clothing, medications, and first aid goods for the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (Luton Branch). The generosity of local people has been amazing!
Holy Week and Easter celebrations took place in April. We welcomed the Rev Tim Hines as our preacher on Palm Sunday.
See more about Palm Sunday here;
and about Good Friday here.
The Platinum Jubilee weekend brought joy and community spirit across the town with so many lovely events organised to mark the historic milestone.
See more about our celebrations here.
June also brought around the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the day when we give special thanks for the gift of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ we receive at Mass. It was a great joy to mark the occasion with Sung Mass, Procession, Benediction, and refreshments.
See more about Corpus Christi here.
Over the summer we welcomed many a number of weddings at All Saints', we took part in town events, and Fr Diego celebrated the 10th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.
September was marked by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Accession of King Charles III. A book of condolences was opened at the Parish Church and we hosted a number of services to pray for the repose of the soul of our late Queen and for the reign of the new King.
See more about the Solemn Requiem here
and about the Commemoration Service here.
Autumn saw maintenance works carried out at the Parish Church and the initial works to set up a tryptic above the high altar in memory of Father Colin Gay, former Honorary Assistant Priest of Houghton Regis.
Christmas preparations got underway with volunteers organising a wonderful Christmas Fayre and Advent services.
Snow day in Houghton Regis, see here.
Carols by Candlelight, see here.
2022 has been a whirlwind of a year that brought us many blessings, but also challenges and our town community faced great sorrows.
For all the graces, blessings, joy, and comfort we have received from God over the past twelve months, let us thank and praise the Lord!
Christmas Day features the celebration of four Masses, beginning with the Vigil service at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve and ending with the Sung Mass at 10:30am on the Day.
The reason behind this extraordinary number of services is the Christmas story itself. Over the four celebrations the story of Jesus birth as narrated in the gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John unfolds. At the the 5:30pm Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve we read verses from Matthew 1:1-25; at the 11:00pm Midnight Mass we read Luke 2:1-14, the birth of Jesus, at the 8:30am Dawn Mass (at St Thomas' Church) on Christmas Day we read Luke 2:15-20, Jesus in the manger; and finally at the 10:30am Mass we read John 1:1-18, a meditation on the coming of the Lord Jesus as "the true Light" coming into the world.
If you cannot attend all of these services, take time to read quietly the Bible passages set for them over Christmas.
On Sunday 18 December, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we held our traditional service of Carols by Candlelight. The service featured the retelling of the Christmas story, prayers, joyful carolling, and choir anthems.
The PCC of Houghton Regis would like to thank the volunteers who decorated the church for this special occasion and for the approaching Christmas celebrations.
Photos: Dr Matthew Hurley
Copyright: All Saints' PCC Houghton Regis
The Parish Church and the churchyard looked like an enchanted winter wonderland in the fresh snow. However, the snow also kept churchwarden Steve and Father Diego very busy with clearing and gritting the paths so that worshippers and pupils from Thomas Whitehead Academy could visit the church as normal.
Photos: Father Diego
Copyright: All Saints' PCC Houghton Regis