by Marguerite & Kenneth Cook
On February 14th 2013, a Mass was celebrated at St Joseph’s for Father John Warmoll, on the anniversary of his death.
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1863, Fr Warmoll celebrated his first Mass in Bedford at midnight on Christmas Day. This Mass was said in the front parlour of a small Bedford home, with fourteen people attending. The Reformation had meant that Masses had been celebrated in secret, for the two centuries previously.