Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett

By Marguerite Cook

Nun and Art Historian
February 25, 1930 – December 26, 2017

On the feast of St. Stephen, a much loved Catholic Nun died. Sister Wendy Beckett became an art critic and TV presenter during the 1990s. Sister Wendy wrote numerous books, and Pope John Paul II commended her for giving a positive image to the church. Sister Wendy’s obituary in The Times said St.Thomas à Becket; the 12C saint and martyr was a distant ancestor of this popular nun.  (more…)

Notes from the Organ Loft – March 2019

Notes from the Organ Loft – March 2019

By Peter Roberts

Psalm 51 is an excellent text to consider during Lent. It has also been set to music by numerous composers in varying styles, two of which I will briefly discuss. Readers might like to look up the famous ‘Misere Mei, Deus’ by Gregorio Allegri. Written during the Renaissance, it is an interesting early example of blended styles, drawing inspiration from Gregorian chant and from contemporary polyphony. (more…)

Fr John Warmoll Anniversary Mass

Fr John Warmoll Anniversary Mass

Father John Warmoll was the founder of the parish of the Holy Child & St Joseph. He died on 14th February 1885 in Bedford.

We had a Mass on the anniversary of Father John Warmoll death at 10:45 am, where Michael Simmonds gave a talk about his life.  (more…)

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations

Jean Petts, a long-serving member of the parish as housekeeper to the priests over many years, celebrated her 80th birthday on 1st January 2019.

There was Mass for her intentions, followed by a tea party in the Guild Room with invited parishioners.

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An update from EVC Uganda

An update from EVC Uganda

EVC Uganda is a charity that was born from our parish here at St Joseph’s as a result of the visits of Fr Boniface from Uganda. The charity was set up to support his work helping and providing an education for the poor orphaned children in Uganda.

To find out more about EVC Uganda, or if you wish to become a volunteer, please visit their website.  (more…)

Adoremus 2018 Liverpool

Adoremus 2018 Liverpool

The Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage was held in Liverpool on 7th, 8th and 9th September.

Our weekend started with an interesting talk by Canon Mervyn Tower from Corpus Christi Oxford.

He told us that to deepen our understanding of adoration and the Holy Eucharist we had to understand the beginnings within the Scriptures. (more…)