Coming to the Feast Day Mass?


Preparations are well in hand for the Feast Day Mass on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 7.30 pm at The Shrine, Church of the Holy Child & St Joseph, Midland Road, Bedford MK40 1HU. Invitations have been sent out to those on our guest list, and Father Jeremy Davies is looking forward to being our Principal Celebrant.

We ask, if possible, that you please arrive by 7.00 pm and, if you are coming in a large group, to contact Barbara Kay direct (details below) and we can advise about coach parking, drop off, etc.

Flowers are being discussed, so that the church looks beautiful for Our Lady on her Feast Day and catering is also being arranged so that guests will have an opportunity to meet over drinks and snacks afterwards at nearby St Frances Cabrini Church, 10 Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG.

It could be that you would like to come to the Feast Day Mass, but have not received an invitation. Please be assured that you would be very welcome to join us for this inspiring and uplifting evening. Barbara Kay, our Guest Co-ordinator, would be happy to hear from you on 01234 340759, e-mail


Parking around the church is very limited, although there is ample public car parking nearby. A town centre map and car park information are available on Bedford Borough Council’s website. An excerpt of the town centre map is available below.


If you would like overnight accommodation, we have three suggestions:

  1. The Pilgrim’s Progress (42 Midland Road, Bedford MK40 1QB, tel 01234 363751) – a Wetherspoon hotel in the town centre, jsut a few minutes’ walk from the church and a short taxi ride from the train and bus stations.
  2. The Premier Inn (Riverside Square, Bedford MK40 1PX, tel 0871 622 2418) – a brand new hotel in the town centre overlooking the river, but within easy walking distance of the church.
  3. Bedford Travelodge (Bedford Heights, Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7PH, sat nav postcode: MK41 7PH, tel: 08719 846276 ) – in a pleasant suburb of Bedford, but only a short drive from the town centre and with plenty of parking.

Other accommodation may be found on the Bedford Borough Council website:

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!

The Holy Child and St Joseph Catholic Church, Midland Road, Bedford

The Holy Child and St Joseph Catholic Church, Midland Road, Bedford



The Pilgrim’s Progress Hotel – the church can be seen on the right of the picture

Premier Inn by the river

Bedford Travelodge