Newsletter: 17th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 2
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Comm – St Cyril of Jerusalem
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Solemnity – St Joseph
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria 
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Stations of the Cross

Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities. That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

LATIN IN LENT
During the season of Lent the music at Mass needs to be more sombre in tone to reflect the season. We will therefore sing the Mass setting to the simplex Latin tone at the 6pm Vigil Mass and 11am Mass. Music and text can be found in the hymn book (number 505 for the Sanctus and 509 for the Angus Dei). There is of course no Gloria sung or said during Lent and the word Alleluia is not used until Easter.

WHERE IS ST PATRICK?
As St Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday this year the Sunday Solemnity has to take precedence and so St Patrick’s day is not observed liturgically in England and Wales. We do of course ask for his intercession and remember in our prayers the Church and people of Ireland. St Patrick, ora pro nobis!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND:
CAFOD “Family Fast Day”. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth. At the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries please contact Mike Smith on 01908 507184
or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity SEPO. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
If you are signed up to the Parish envelope scheme then your new box of envelopes is ready for collection. Envelopes are available from St Thomas Aquinas Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church) this weekend and from All Saints Church next weekend. If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter:10th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
1st Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 1
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

SUMMIT ON THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Following the summit in Rome, two weeks ago, involving the Pope and the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, the Bishops of England and Wales have published online their response as well as the “concrete initiatives” which emerged from the summit. These can be viewed at: http://www.catholicew.org.uk/Home/Featured/Vatican-Meeting-on-the-Protection-of-Minors

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

APPEAL THIS WEEKEND: We welcome to the Parish Fr Henry from the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 11th March
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 15 MARCH
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters around the world. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. On Friday 15 March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help them?Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth.Please collect your Fast Day envelope and give whatever you can. If you are a tax payer please do fill in the Gift Aid slip.
Please also join us for our simple Breakfast from 9am at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room on Friday 15th March, to raise money.

NEXT WEEKEND:
We are delighted to have with us next weekend at the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy! £3 per head, Children Free

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries please contact Mike Smith on 01908 507184
or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

GLOBAL HEALING
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, the Milton Keynes Parish Cluster are hosting an evening entitled “Global Healing, looking at how our faith helps us to care for our common home”, on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. The evening includes a film, refreshments, discussion and chat. All are very welcome to attend.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 3rd March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 4
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6:00pm(Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Feria –
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria –
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration

Beginning of LENT

Ash Wednesday
(STA) 10am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
(AS) 11am Holy Mass
(AS) 7pm Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Commemoration SS Perpetua & Felicita
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Comm – St John of God
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm Holy Mass in Italian
Saturday (STA) Comm– St Frances of Rome
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

SUMMIT ON THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Following the summit in Rome, two weeks ago, involving the Pope and the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, the Bishops of England and Wales have published online their response as well as the “concrete initiatives” which emerged from the summit. These can be viewed at: http://www.catholicew.org.uk/Home/Featured/Vatican-Meeting-on-the-Protection-of-Minors

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

PRAYER OF HEALING FOR THE
VICTIMS OF ABUSE IN THE CHURCH

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Thomas Cleary, Whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 5th March, 11.15am at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS Today: Sunday 3rd March, 3pm at All Saints Church. Everyone Welcome!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members).
Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.
MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

CAFOD Coffee Morning, Raffle & Pound stall raised £105. Many thanks for your generosity.

GLOBAL HEALING
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, the Milton Keynes Parish Cluster are hosting an evening entitled “Global Healing, looking at how our faith helps us to care for our common home”, on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. The evening includes a film, refreshments, discussion and chat. All are very welcome to attend.

Second Collection Next Weekend: There will an appeal given by the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter:24th February 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalter – Week 3
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feast – St David
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019:
Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of:
Eileen Hession, whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 25th February, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.
Thomas Cleary, Whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 5th March, 11.15am at St Thomas Aquinas Church

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church

GENTLE REMINDER
In keeping with Sacred Scripture and the custom of the Church, men and boys are reminded to remove hats and headwear (except for explicit medical reasons), when entering the church. This is a mark of respect through which we give honour to God.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

SVP Kindly request your help with the following;
2 seater sofa, settee
Small chest of drawers
Side tables
Coffee tables
Small single or double wardrobes
Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). NB: There is ample parking at the Church!
• 1:30pm – Holy Rosary offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed)
• 2:00pm (prompt) – Welcome
• 2:05pm – St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
• 2:45pm – Tea/Coffee
• 3:15pm – Anointing of the Sick
• 4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
• 5:00pm – Light Supper in the parish hall
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• 5:15pm – Sacrament of Confession
• 6:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
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FEBRUARY 100 CLUB WINNERS
£25 – P Fuller
£12 – Joanita Fernandes
£12 – Betty Thompson

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU:
7th – 11th September 2020. 
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. This will be held at the Cathedral from Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help.
If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please:
Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED SELLER ON Ebay?
Help is needed to sell items online to raise funds for our Parish Charity SEPO. If you can help please contact Angela White on 01908 648994.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 17th February 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Psalter – Week 2
Monday (STA) Votive Mass; Holy Angels
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Votive Mass; Holy Trinity
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Votive Mass; St Joseph
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Votive Mass; Holy Eucharist
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feast- St Peter’s Chair/Cathedra
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA)Memoria- St Polycarp
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019: Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul

David Corker, whose Funeral Service will be on Wednesday 20th February, 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Eileen Hession, whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 25th February, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

WEDDING BELLS
Please pray for: Thomas Redfern & Nicola Wells
who are to be married on Thursday 21st February 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES
Copies of the 2019 edition of the Diocesan Directory are available at the back of our Churches. The Directory contains Mass times and full details of all parishes, pastoral areas and Catholic schools as well as other useful diocesan information. £3 per copy.

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). NB: There is ample parking at the Church!
• 1:30pm – Holy Rosary offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed)
• 2:00pm (prompt) – Welcome
• 2:05pm – St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
• 2:45pm – Tea/Coffee
• 3:15pm – Anointing of the Sick
• 4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
• 5:00pm – Light Supper in the parish hall
~~~
• 5:15pm – Sacrament of Confession
• 6:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
~~~

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THe PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. This will be held at the Cathedral from Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.
MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Church in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints have been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help.
If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please:
Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED SELLER ON Ebay?
Help is needed to sell items online to raise funds for our Parish Charity SEPO. If you can help please contact Angela White on 01908 648994.

FR CHRISTOPHER
Over the coming week Fr Christopher will be in Rome as part of the preparations for the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October called for by Pope Francis. The task of organising this and providing resources has been given to Missio. Please hold the planning group in your prayers. Do be assured that Fr Christopher will hold the parishes in prayer each day and most especially at the Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. In his absence please refer all clergy matters to Fr Benedetto.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 10th February 2019

 

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019: Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul

David Corker, whose Funeral Service will be on Wednesday 20th February, 1:45pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

WEDDING BELLS
Please pray for: Thomas Redfern & Nicola Wells
who are to be married on Thursday 21st February 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: School Improvement Director
Required for September 2019; Salary Band (L25-28).
St Luke Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Kettering and Corby: St Thomas More, St Edward’s, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Schools. For an informal discussion about the role and any queries you may have, please telephone Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 or 07794919533 or email Nicola.Vaughan@st-luke-at.co.uk Please return your completed application form by email to Eamonn McAuley, Chair of the Board, at Eamonn.McAuley@st-luke-at.co.uk The directors welcome any candidates who would like to visit the Trust and meet the staff. Should you wish to arrange an appointment, please call the Trust office on 01536 203251.Application close date: Monday 11th February 2019 at 12.00pm. Interview Date: Week beginning 25th February 2019
THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year there will be two services to celebrate the World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is ‘Come Everything is Ready’, and is prepared by the women of Slovenia. One service is being held at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Friday 1st March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The organisers are looking for people to participate in the service, readers and non readers. If you would like to be involved , please email: rosemary.kearsey@ btopenworld.com
The second is being held at Christ the King, Kents Hill at 7.30pm. The services will include readings and hymns. All are very welcome.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

RETIREMENT HOUSING FOR CATHOLICS
Is this for you OR for someone you know?
St Scholastica’s Retreat:
– OPEN DAY – Saturday, 16th February, 2019
The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm – more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – Princes Risborough (01844) 344437. Email: info@stscholasticas.co.uk http://www.stscholasticas.co.uk

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES
Copies of the 2019 edition of the Diocesan Directory are available at the back of our Churches. The Directory contains Mass times and full details of all parishes, pastoral areas and Catholic schools as well as other useful diocesan information. £3 per copy.

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). NB: There is ample parking at the Church!
• 1:30pm – Holy Rosary offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed)
• 2:00pm (prompt) – Welcome
• 2:05pm – St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
• 2:45pm – Tea/Coffee
• 3:15pm – Anointing of the Sick
• 4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
• 5:00pm – Light Supper in the parish hall
~~~
• 5:15pm – Sacrament of Confession
• 6:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
~~~

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk
With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 3rd February 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Psalter Week 1
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
6:00pm(Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass
During the Week
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Memoria – St Agatha
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Memoria – St Paul Miki &
Companions
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am NO MASS
4:30-5:00pm CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019: Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

THE DOWRY TOUR OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica will be taken to each Cathedral for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020. The Statue will be at Northampton Cathedral from 5pm on Thursday 7th February 2019 until the closing Mass at 12noon on Saturday 9th February 2019.

A coach will be leaving All Saints Church, Bletchley, at 8am on Saturday the 9th February so that we will be able to attend devotions and Mass at the Cathedral. The Coach should leave the Cathedral at 1:30pm to return to Bletchley by 2:30pm. You may wish to take something to eat and drink with you. Please contact the Parish Office on 01908 372315 to reserve your place. Money (£15) will be collected on the day. “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England” Pope Leo XIII

CHANGES TO THE WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
In order to visit the Cathedral for the Dowry Tour of our Lady of Walsingham please note that there will be NO 9:30am Mass on Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Church on the 9th February and that 10am Confessions will be heard at 4:30pm instead.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS 3rd February
3pm at All Saints Church, followed by refreshments
All are very welcome!

WEDDING BELLS
Please pray for the following couples who are getting married in our Parish this month:
Joseph Sesay & Aginiesza Jarztnska
Saturday 9th February 1pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

Thomas Redfern & Nicola Wells
Thursday 21st February 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: School Improvement Director
Required for September 2019; Salary Band (L25-28).
St Luke Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Kettering and Corby: St Thomas More, St Edward’s, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Schools. For an informal discussion about the role and any queries you may have, please telephone Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 or 07794919533 or email Nicola.Vaughan@st-luke-at.co.uk Please return your completed application form by email to Eamonn McAuley, Chair of the Board, at Eamonn.McAuley@st-luke-at.co.uk The directors welcome any candidates who would like to visit the Trust and meet the staff. Should you wish to arrange an appointment, please call the Trust office on 01536 203251.Application close date: Monday 11th February 2019 at 12.00pm. Interview Date: Week beginning 25th February 2019

THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year there will be two services to celebrate the World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is ‘Come Everything is Ready’, and is prepared by the women of Slovenia. One service is being held at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Friday 1st March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The organisers are looking for people to participate in the service, readers and non readers. If you would like to be involved , please email: rosemary.kearsey@ btopenworld.com
The second is being held at Christ the King, Kents Hill at 7.30pm. The services will include readings and hymns. All are very welcome.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

RETIREMENT HOUSING FOR CATHOLICS
Is this for you OR for someone you know?
St Scholastica’s Retreat:
– OPEN DAY – Saturday, 16th February, 2019
The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm – more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – Princes Risborough (01844) 344437. Email: info@stscholasticas.co.uk http://www.stscholasticas.co.uk

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter:27th January 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Solemnity of St THOMAS AQUINAS

6:00pm (Sat) (STA)      Vigil Holy Mass

7:30am            (STA)                 Holy Mass

9:00am (AS)                      Holy Mass

11:00am (AS)                  Holy Mass

6:30pm (AS)                      Holy Mass

 

During the Week

Psalter – Week 3

Monday (STA) Feria

9:30am            Rosary

10:00am      Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS)  Feria

9:30am            Rosary

10:00am      Holy Mass followed by Adoration

(STA) 3:00pm       Dementia Friendly Mass

Wednesday (STA) Feria

10:00am      Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday (AS) Memorial – St John Bosco

10:00am      Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feria

8:30am                  Holy Mass followed by Rosary

7.00pm                   Mass in Italian

Saturday (STA) Feast – Presentation of the Lord

        CANDLEMASS

9:30am           Holy Mass followed by Adoration

10:00-10:30am    CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE

AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

ITALIAN MASS Friday 1st February 2019
7pm ST Thomas Aquinas Church.
All Welcome

PARISH PATRONAL SOLEMNITY
As a Parish family, we will be celebrating this Sunday the Solemnity of St Thomas Aquinas, priest and Doctor of the Church, who is the patron saint
of our Parish community. The readings and propers at Mass are therefore those proscribed for the Feast Day rather than the Sunday. Last year Ms Nina Delisser kindly presented the parish with the gift of a Holy Relic (first class) of St Thomas Aquinas complete with documents of authentication. The veneration of Holy Relics is a rich part of Catholic tradition and piety and helps us to make a real and tangible connection with the Saints who have gone before us. The relic of our Holy Patron will be processed into Church and placed in the sanctuary during the 6pm Vigil Mass, 9am Mass & 11am Mass with the opportunity to personally venerate the relic at the end of Mass. St Thomas Aquinas, ora pro nobis.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY
Evangelization – Young People
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

THE DOWRY TOUR OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica will be taken to each Cathedral for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020. The Statue will be at Northampton Cathedral from 5pm on Thursday 7th February 2019 until the closing Mass at 12noon on Saturday 9th February 2019.

A coach will be leaving All Saints Church, Bletchley, at 8am on Saturday the 9th February so that we will be able to attend devotions and Mass at the Cathedral. The Coach should leave the Cathedral at 1:30pm to return to Bletchley by 2:30pm. You may wish to take something to eat and drink with you. Please contact the Parish Office on 01908 372315 to reserve your place. Money (£15) will be collected on the day. “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England” Pope Leo XIII

CHANGES TO THE WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
In order to visit the Cathedral for the Dowry Tour of our Lady of Walsingham please note that there will be NO 9:30am Mass on Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Church on the 9th February and that 10am Confessions will be heard at 4:30pm instead.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 29th January:
St Thomas Aquinas Church
An opportunity for those with Dementia and their carers to come together to celebrate Mass and spend some time together in a friendly and supportive environment.
All are very welcome to attend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS 3rd February
3pm at All Saints Church, followed by refreshments
All are very welcome!

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: School Improvement Director
Required for September 2019; Salary Band (L25-28).
St Luke Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Kettering and Corby: St Thomas More, St Edward’s, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Schools. For an informal discussion about the role and any queries you may have, please telephone Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 or 07794919533 or email Nicola.Vaughan@st-luke-at.co.uk Please return your completed application form by email to Eamonn McAuley, Chair of the Board, at Eamonn.McAuley@st-luke-at.co.uk The directors welcome any candidates who would like to visit the Trust and meet the staff. Should you wish to arrange an appointment, please call the Trust office on 01536 203251.Application close date: Monday 11th February 2019 at 12.00pm. Interview Date: Week beginning 25th February 2019

THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year there will be two services to celebrate the World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is ‘Come Everything is Ready’, and is prepared by the women of Slovenia. One service is being held at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Friday 1st March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The organisers are looking for people to participate in the service, readers and non readers. If you would like to be involved , please email: rosemary.kearsey@ btopenworld.com
The second is being held at Christ the King, Kents Hill at 7.30pm. The services will include readings and hymns. All are very welcome .

JANUARY 2019 100 CLUB WINNERS
E.Eade £25
V.Peterson £12
A.Ridout £12

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 20th January 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter – Week 1
6:00pm(Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Memoria – St Agnes
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memorial – St Francis de Sales
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feast – Conversion of St Paul
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Memoria – Sts Timothy & Titus
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY
Evangelization – Young People
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 29th January:
St Thomas Aquinas Church
An opportunity for those with Dementia and their carers to come together to celebrate Mass and spend some time together in a friendly and supportive environment.
All are very welcome to attend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

COMPASS – SPRING 2019
God’s Big Story: “The Drama of Salvation in Six Acts” is being offered by Compass as an 8 week course at Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley on Tuesday evening from 22nd January to 19th March. The course is being presented by Steve Chilcraft.
For more information visit:
http://www.missionpartnership. org.uk/compass.

THE DOWRY TOUR OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine and Basilica will be taken to each Cathedral for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of the preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020. The statue will be visiting Northampton Cathedral between 7th and 9th February. This Tour is groundbreaking and is coming at a very important time in our nation’s history. Each visit has Mass – Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament – silence – devotions – powerful intercession – the invocation of the Saints and Martyrs of England and Wales. This is our opportunity to show our own devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham. Please keep the tour in your prayers. “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England” Pope Leo XIII

PARISH PATRONAL SOLEMNITY – Next Sunday
On the Weekend 26th-27th January we, as a Parish family, will be celebrating the Solemnity of
St Thomas Aquinas, priest and Doctor of the Church,
who is the patron saint
of our Parish community.
Readers, please contact the parish office for the readings of that Sunday.

WEDDINGS 2019 – If you are planning to get married during 2019, please contact the Parish Office to make the necessary arrangements. There will be a meeting for all couples getting married this year on Tuesday 29th February at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE) at 8:00pm.

CELEBRATION 2019
Celebration provides religious formation to young people from year 6 up to 6th form. It is a residential weekend being held at Thornton School from Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August. Application forms will be available in late January.

THANK YOU FROM CAFOD – the gift of water – In the arid area of Sebeya (Ethiopia) bringing clean water has been a fantastic achievement. In 2017/18 you helped the people of Sebeya irrigate their farmland by: Drilling a deep well; installing two water pumps with solar generators and providing training to maintain them; Building two irrigation reservoirs with pipelines. 1262 families now have an improved water source under 1.5km away (less than a 30 minute walk). Thank you so much for standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Sebeya.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS 3rd February
3pm at All Saints Church, followed by refreshments
All are very welcome!
CRIB DONATIONS. This year the crib donations raised £800 which will be sent to ‘MISSIO’ (Red Boxes).
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford
All Welcome.
Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

NYMO EVENTS IN 2019
The Northampton Youth Ministry Office (NYMO) offer many opportunities for young people aged 11- 18, as well as young adults up to 30 years old. Here are some details of upcoming events. This is open to everyone and all are extremely welcome:
– LUX Residential Week-end: 1st to 3rd February in Northampton. A mix of fun, games and teaching. Very popular, so book early.
– True Survivor Week-end: 25th to 27th May. For young men aged 14+, this weekend couples survival techniques in the wild with spiritual survival techniques. Cost £100 per person.
– Summer Camp 2019: 4th to 8th August. At the start of the summer holidays, over 100 young people gather together for a mix of outdoor activities, sleeping in a castle, a day out at Alton Tow-ers and daily Mass, talks, music and lots of fun! Cost £200 per per-son (incl. transport).

For further details please visit http://www.nymo.org.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter:13th January 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
The Baptism of the Lord

6:00pm(Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Psalter – Week 1
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memorial – St Anthony Abbot
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY
Evangelization – Young People
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY:
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
(The White Flower Appeal)
S.P.U.C. works throughout the UK to protect unborn babies, and their mothers, from abortion and its devastating consequences.

CRIB DONATIONS – Final Sunday
This year all money raised will be donated to the children’s arm (Mission Together) of ‘MISSIO’ (Red Boxes), SU PPORTING THE Mission of the Church!
Thanks you for your kindness and generosity!

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of

Emanuela Calogera Terrasi, whose Funeral Service will be on Tuesday 15th January, 3:30pm at the Oak Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium

UNWANTED CHRISTMAS GIFTS?
Please put in the Food Bank basket for the next £1 stall.

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Handyman – Milton Keynes Cluster and St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley
– 21 hours per week (flexible)
We have a vacancy for a Handyman to work across the parishes of the Milton Keynes Cluster and St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints. This is a great opportunity to work in a parish environment for someone with experience working in related roles.

Any applicant should have good knowledge of building maintenance and Health and Safety, be practical and adaptable with a can do attitude.

Full information for the position and an application form can be found on the diocesan website http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 18th January 2019 and interviews will be held on Monday 28th January 2019.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 14th January; 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE 31st JANUARY 2019
Want to know more about your Faith? Join us for a basic introduction to the Catholic Faith in four parts: GOD, THE CHURCH, THE MORAL LIFE, PRAYER. For each part there is a day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion. Cost: £25 per person per day (£10 for the unwaged). Price includes a full lunch. No qualifications needed – just interest, good will and a sense of humour!
Launch and Part I: January 31 2019, 10am-3pm
(arr. 9.30am for refreshments).NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD.
To book, contact: admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.
OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – comes to the Diocese
A date for your 2019 Diary.
Our Diocese of Northampton is the first Diocese in the Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham in 2019. It will take place from Thursday 7th February to Saturday 9th February, at Northampton Cathedral.
More details to follow.

THANK YOU!
A huge Thank You! To our great team of volunteers who made the Seniors’ Party on Saturday such a wonderful occasion.

COMPASS – SPRING 2019
God’s Big Story: “The Drama of Salvation in Six Acts” is being offered by Compass as an 8 week course at Whaddon Way Church, Bletchley on Tuesday evening from 22nd January to 19th March. The course is being presented by Steve Chilcraft.
For more information visit:
http://www.missionpartnership. org.uk/compass.

CELEBRATION 2019
Celebration provides religious formation to young people from year 6 up to 6th form. It is a residential weekend being held at Thornton School from Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August. Application forms will be available in late January.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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