Newsletter: 26th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
6th Sunday of Easter – Year C
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) Feast – St Augustine of Canterbyry,
Apostle of England
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
(STA) 3pm Dementia Friendly Mass
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
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HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Wednesday (STA)
7:30pm Vigil Holy Mass
Thursday (AS)
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7:30pm Holy Mass
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Friday (STA) Feast – Visitation of the BV Mary
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Memoria – St Justin
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Eva Nora Fitzpatrick, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 10th June, 11:15am at All Saints Church.

Sylvia Palmer, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 17th June, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Thursday 30th May
Solemnity – A Holy Day of Obligation

Vigil Mass (Wed) 7:30pm St Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass 10:00am All Saints Church

Mass 7:30pm All Saints Church

CONGRATULATIONS AND PRAYERS to our young people in the Parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mass with Bishop Peter last Friday at All Saints Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes our initiation into the Catholic Church and through which we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable us to take upon ourselves the full responsibility of the Christian life. We pray that all of us who have received this sacrament may use the spiritual gifts God has entrusted to us to the full.

SVP AWARENESS WEEK-END: John Scott and the SVP Team want to THANK YOU for a truly awesome response to their invite to join them after Mass recently. Will all who expressed interest in the work of SVP, and also all those who offered items of furniture etc please relay that information again to the SVP HOTLINE 07788796378 so that the Members can follow up on your intentions to benefit the SVP and those in desperate need.Finally, more than 200 people participated in John’s Raffle for a £50 Voucher to dine at his favourite restaurant BRASSERIE BLANC in Central Milton Keynes. CONGRATULATIONS to the WINNERS:- Omolola Adekanmbi: Anne Marie-Duranthon: Sewa Adetola: Maggie Osgathorpe: Marie Clifford.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth.
YOUR SERVICE TO THE CHURCH
As baptised members of the Church each of us is part of the body of Christ and all of us are called to serve Him in the world. We are the hands and feet of Jesus remembering in our prayer that God has no hands and feet but ours. God is continually calling us to build His Kingdom of love, peace and justice. We serve God and His people in a variety ways and in diverse and varied contexts. Our work for God is our service; we are not just volunteers but joyful servants of the Lord rejoicing in His presence among us. Our most important work is that of prayer and worship, praising God and loving our neighbour. There are also practical ways we can contribute to the life of our Parish.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to consider if God might be calling you to serve His Church in a specific and practical way alongside our life of prayer and worship. Next weekend we will be giving each Parishioner a form with a list of areas of Parish life you may feel called to be part of or participate in. Please take time in your prayers this week to ask God how He is calling you to serve Him and what skills, talents and gifts you can offer to the Body of Christ.

God of mercy,
unite your Church in the Holy Spirit
that we may serve you with all our hearts
and work together with unselfish love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN

Second Collection Next Weekend: Catholic Media. Supporting the Church’s Mission through use of the Media.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS: Next Sunday
2nd June, 3pm at All Saints Church

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3:00 pm Tuesday 28th May: 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.

HEAD TEACHER VACANCY
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Luton are seeking to appoint a Headteacher for January 2020 or earlier, if possible. Visits to the school are encouraged; please contact Mrs A. Board on 01582 572964 or finance@stjosephs.primaryluton.co.uk. For further details, see our advert on http://www.mynewterm.com.
Closing date for applications is Friday 7th June 2019. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19th June 2019

SUMMER REFLECTION DAY
ALIVE IN CHRIST – 22 June, 10am – 4pm
at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey
Jacks Lane, Turvey MK43 8DH Cost £15
Bishop Peter hopes to attend.Please take a packed lunch.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: admin@nores.org.uk
Tel: 01582 723312 Ext 6.

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

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Newsletter: 19th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
5th Sunday of Easter – Year C
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) Opt. Mem – St Bernardine of Siena
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

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

Wednesday (STA) Opt. Mem. – St Rita of Cascia
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
(AS) 7:30pm Holy Mass of CONFIRMATION

Saturday (STA) Memoria – St Bede the Venerable
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Prisco Carrillo, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 20th May, 12noon at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Eva Nora Fitzpatrick, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 10th June, 11:15am at All Saints Church.

Sylvia Palmer, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 17th June, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

CONGRATULATIONS AND PRAYERS to children from both Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School who celebrated their first Holy communion this weekend. As ever it was a joyous and truly spiritual occasion. Please continue to pray for the children being prepared in the Parish who will celebrate their first Holy Communion on Saturday 8th June.

MASS of CONFIRMATION
Please pray for our young people in the Parish who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mass with Bishop Peter on Friday 24th May, 7:30pm at All Saints Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes our initiation into the Catholic Church and through which we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable us to take upon ourselves the full responsibility of the Christian life.
A reminder that there is a rehearsal for our confirmandi with their sponsors on Thursday 23rd May, 7:30pm at All Saints Church.

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY
During the month of May the Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass in honour of Our Blessed Mother.

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNIONPracticalities
At the 9am & 11am Mass there is often a jam as people queuing to return to their seats after receiving Holy Communion get stuck behind people queuing to receive Holy Communion. To solve this can the rows on the side aisles come up to receive communion at the same time as the corresponding centre rows. We tried this at the 11am Easter Day Mass and it worked well, so let’s give it a try!

BLESSING OF GRAVES
AT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CEMETERY
During this Easter season when we remember the resurrection of the Lord, it seems an appropriate time to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a service and blessing of graves at St Mary’s cemetery in Woburn Sands on Sunday 19th May at 1pm.
All are welcome.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room. Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

PARISH SAFEGUARDING – UPDATE
It is with pleasure that we welcome Andrew Terrey who has joined Marie Day in the Parish Safeguarding team.
Andrew and Marie will be organising an event for Group leaders in June. They would be grateful if all group leaders who work with children and vulnerable adults could email their details and the name of the group that they lead to mdparishrep@gmail.com.

CONGRATULATIONS to David who ran the full MK marathon in 4 hrs 10 min! David raised well over £1,100 for our Parish SEPO. If you sponsored David and still owe money please put it in an envelope your name and money marked “MARATHON” and either put it in the collection basket at Mass or hand it in at the Presbytery. THANK YOU!

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE: “The Moral Life”
May 16 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD.
Come and join us to learn about the many-faceted jewel of the Church’s teaching on morality!
Mass at 9am for those who wish.
Course from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments).
Come and join us for an engaging day with full lunch, no qualifications needed.
For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Theme: Discernment and Vocation.
Dates: 24-26 May 2019 – Location: Liverpool
The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ).There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God.If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website http://www.fcjsisters.org

SUMMER REFLECTION DAY
ALIVE IN CHRIST – 22 June, 10am – 4pm
at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey
Jacks Lane, Turvey MK43 8DH Cost £15
Bishop Peter hopes to attend.Please take a packed lunch.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: admin@nores.org.uk
Tel: 01582 723312 Ext 6.

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

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Newsletter: 12th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 4
4th Sunday of Easter
Day of Prayer for VOCATIONS
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
3:00pm (AS) Divine Mercy Devotion
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Opt. Mem. – Our Lady of Fatima
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feast – St Matthias, Apostle
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) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA)
No Mass

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019: The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Sylvia Palmer, who died Monday 6th May. Please pray also for her husband Victor and the family at this difficult time.
Sylvia was a very active and popular member of our parish, a former president of the Legion of Mary, Sylvia regularly visited the sick and housebound and was a great support to many. Funeral details to follow.

SVP AWARENESS – This Weekend
John Scott and Members of SVP want to meet you all to THANK YOU for all your support.
FREE Refreshments and snacks will be available after the 6:00pm Mass on Saturday and again after 11:00am Mass on Sunday. Please drop in to say hello.

SECOND COLLECTION This Weekend:
Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund. Supporting our students training to serve as priests in our Diocese. Thank you for your continued support.

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY
During the month of May the Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass in honour of Our Blessed Mother.

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION – Practicalities
At the 9am & 11am Mass there is often a jam as people queuing to return to their seats after receiving Holy Communion get stuck behind people queuing to receive Holy Communion. To solve this can the rows on the side aisles come up to receive communion at the same time as the corresponding centre rows. We tried this at the 11am Easter Day Mass and it worked well, so let’s give it a try!

BLESSING OF GRAVES
AT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CEMETERY
During this Easter season when we remember the resurrection of the Lord, it seems an appropriate time to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a service and blessing of graves at St Mary’s cemetery in Woburn Sands on Sunday 19th May at 1pm.
All are welcome.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room. Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.
PARISH SAFEGUARDING – UPDATE
It is with pleasure that we welcome Andrew Terrey who has joined Marie Day in the Parish Safeguarding team.
Andrew and Marie will be organising an event for Group leaders in June. They would be grateful if all group leaders who work with children and vulnerable adults could email their details and the name of the group that they lead to mdparishrep@gmail.com.

CONGRATULATIONS to David who ran the full marathon on Monday in 4 hrs 10 mins. If you have sponsored him we will be collecting after Mass. Alternatively, drop your ‘named envelope’ into the Presbytery. Many thanks.

THANK YOU
Valerie Peterson would like to ‘Thank you’ all for giving clothes so generously for the cyclone in Zimbabwe.
God bless you all.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE: “The Moral Life”
May 16 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD.
Come and join us to learn about the many-faceted jewel of the Church’s teaching on morality!
Mass at 9am for those who wish.
Course from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments).
Come and join us for an engaging day with full lunch, no qualifications needed.
For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

MARCH FOR LIFE
To support the sanctity of life, there is a march being held on Saturday 11th May in London. The March will start in Westminster at 2pm for more information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk or email: info@marchlife.co.uk or call 07885505116/07773501721

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Theme: Discernment and Vocation.
Dates: 24-26 May 2019 – Location: Liverpool
The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ).There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God.If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website http://www.fcjsisters.org

SUMMER REFLECTION DAY
ALIVE IN CHRIST – 22 June, 10am – 4pm
at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey
Jacks Lane, Turvey MK43 8DH Cost £15
Bishop Peter hopes to attend.Please take a packed lunch.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: admin@nores.org.uk
Tel: 01582 723312 Ext 6.

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

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Newsletter: 5th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 3
3rd Sunday of Easter
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
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Feria
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) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Memoria – St Fremund
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019:
The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity: That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION – Practicalities
At the 9am & 11am Mass there is often a jam as people queuing to return to their seats after receiving Holy Communion get stuck behind people queuing to receive Holy Communion. To solve this can the rows on the side aisles come up to receive communion at the same time as the corresponding centre rows. We tried this at the 11am Easter Day Mass and it worked well, so let’s give it a try!

SECOND COLLECTION Next Weekend:
Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund. Supporting our students training to serve as priests in our Diocese. Thank you for your continued support.

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY
During the month of May the Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass in honour of Our Blessed Mother.

BLESSING OF GRAVES
AT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CEMETERY
During this Easter season when we remember the resurrection of the Lord, it seems an appropriate time to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a service and blessing of graves at St Mary’s cemetery in Woburn Sands on Sunday 19th May at 1pm.
All are welcome.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) –
Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry. For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE: “The Moral Life”
May 16 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD.
Come and join us to learn about the many-faceted jewel of the Church’s teaching on morality! Mass at 9am for those who wish.
Course from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments).
Come and join us for an engaging day with full lunch, no qualifications needed.
For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

MARCH FOR LIFE
To support the sanctity of life, there is a march being held on Saturday 11th May in London. The March will start in Westminister at 2pm for more information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk or email: info@marchlife.co.uk or call 07885505116/07773501721

POST-EASTER CLERGY LEAVE
Fr Benedetto will be away on holiday this week (6th-11th May).

SVP Awareness:
John Scott and Members of SVP want to meet you all to THANK YOU for all your support.
FREE Refreshments and snacks will be available after the 18:00 Mass on Saturday 11th May and again after 11:00 Mass on Sunday 12th May.
Please drop in to say hello

MILTON KEYNES MARATHON
David Hanley will be running the MK Marathon (26.2miles) on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May for our Parish Charity ‘SEPO’.
Detailed information is on the posters. Please support and Sponsor David our own Marathon Man. Thank you for all your support.

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

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Newsletter: 28th April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
3:00pm (AS) Divine Mercy Devotion
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Feast – St Catherine of Siena
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Solemnity – St George, Patron of England
(Transferred from 23rd April)
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
3.00pm (STA) Dementia Mass

Wednesday (STA) Memoria – St Joseph the Worker
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Memoria – St Athanasius
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feast – SS Philip & James, Apostles
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feast – Martyrs of England and Wales
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019:
The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity:
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

DEMENTIA MASS
Tuesday 30th April 3pm St Thomas Aquinas Church, Bletchley.
All Welcome

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION – Practicalities
At the 9am & 11am Mass there is often a jam as people queuing to return to their seats after receiving Holy Communion get stuck behind people queuing to receive Holy Communion. To solve this can the rows on the side aisles come up to receive communion at the same time as the corresponding centre rows. We tried this at the 11am Easter Day Mass and it worked well, so let’s give it a try!

DIVINE MERCY FEAST
All Saints Church
Confessions available from 2.00pm
Devotions start at 3:00 pm
3 o’clock prayer
Address on the subject of Divine Mercy
Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image
Sung Chaplet
Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Benediction
Devotions end at 4 pm
Refreshments afterwards in the Meeting Room
All welcome

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY
During the month of May the Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass in honour of Our Blessed Mother.

BLESSING OF GRAVES
AT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CEMETERY
During this Easter season when we remember the resurrection of the Lord, it seems an appropriate time to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a service and blessing of graves at St Mary’s cemetery in Woburn Sands on Sunday 19th May at 1pm.
All are welcome.

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION – Thank You!
Thank you once again for your generous gift this year and for many prayers, cards and messages of support.

MESSAGE FROM CAFOD
Thanks to your continued generosity our church network was able to spring into action immediately, as soon as Cyclone Idai hit. Your support has helped get people to safety. It’s providing them with food, clean water and shelter to see them through. Thank you for remembering your sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry. For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Vacancy Parish Youth Minister – Bedford – Full Time
We are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish.
Full details of the role can be found by visiting http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840.
The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

POST-EASTER CLERGY LEAVE
Fr Christopher is on holiday this week (29th April – 4th May). In his absence please address all general enquiries to Jo at the Parish Office and all pastoral matters to Fr Benedetto. Fr Benedetto will then be away from 6th-11th May.

COFFEE AFTER 11:00AM MASS TODAY
In the Meeting Room. Proceeds to CAFOD

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

 

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Newsletter: 21st April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
EASTER Sunday
(STA)
8:00am Holy Mass
10:00am Holy Mass in Italian
(AS)
9:00am Holy Mass
11:00am Holy Mass

During the week (EASTER WEEK)

Monday (STA) Easter Octave
12:00noon Holy Mass

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

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

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

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

Saturday (STA) Easter Octave
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Sunday (AS)
2.00-3.00pm CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

BISHOP PETER WRITES:
“As I meet with the victims and survivors of abuse, I am acutely aware that many are still isolated and that they need to know that the Church is empathetic to their needs. That we are all part of the body of Christ is brought home by the hurt we all experience when one of our children or adults suffers due to abuse.
The development of the relationship between the Church and victims and survivors is a journey we are all on, during which we will gain strength through listening and a gradual deepening of understanding.
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Office are developing a program to support the victims and survivors of abuse and aid our Diocese to understand the effects of abuse better.

Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters at St Mary’s in Woburn Sands at 12 noon on 12 October 2019

All victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters are invited to this Mass. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church. There will be light refreshments after the Mass”

Individual meetings for victims and survivors, families and supporters with Bishop Peter:
Bishop Peter is offering to meet with victims and survivors, their families and supporters commencing from May 2019 and continuing on a bimonthly basis. For more details or to book a meeting with the Bishop, contact the safeguarding office on: 01604 723514.

DIVINE MERCY FEAST DAY – next week
SUNDAY 28 th APRIL at ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Confessions from 2:00 pm
Devotions 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments in the Meeting Room afterwards.
All Most Welcome

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION
The Easter Collection is your gift to the Priests in the Parish and provides a modest income for Fr Benedetto and myself until Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support, kindness and generosity.
MESSAGE FROM CAFOD
Thanks to your continued generosity our church network was able to spring into action immediately, as soon as Cyclone Idai hit. Your support has helped get people to safety. It’s providing them with food, clean water and shelter to see them through. Thank you for remembering your sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.
CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to our small army of volunteers who have helped prepare for and taken part in the Easter Celebrations. We are indebted to our musicians, servers, readers, Extraordinary Ministers, Sacristans, cleaners, launderers, flower arrangers, parish welcomers, catechists and our Confirmandi as well as all those who do the little jobs and tasks that go unseen and unnoticed.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Vacancy Parish Youth Minister – Bedford – Full Time
We are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish.
Full details of the role can be found by visiting http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840.
The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.

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

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Newsletter: 14th April 2019

– HOLY WEEK –
PALM SUNDAY of the LORD’S PASSION

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 HOLY WEEK
Monday (STA) Monday of Holy Week
9:30 am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Tuesday of Holy Week
9:30 am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
7:00pm – 8:00pm CONFESSIONS at All Saints Church

Wednesday (STA) Wednesday of Holy Week
10:00am Holy Mass

THE EASTER TRIDUUM
Service Times
Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions (STA)
11:00-11:45am Confessions (AS)
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Penny Cloake, whose Funeral Service will be on Monday 15th April, 1.45pm at All Saints Church.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In preparation for Easter
Priests are available for confession
at the following times:

Tuesday 16th April
7:00pm-8:00pm All Saints Church

Saturday 20th April
10:45am – 11:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.
11:00am – 11:45am All Saints Church.

SERVERS REHEARSAL – For Easter Vigil
If you are an Altar Server and would like to Serve at the 8.30pm Easter Vigil on Saturday Evening please come along to a rehearsal at 1pm on Saturday 20th April at All Saints Church.

BISHOP PETER WRITES:
“As I meet with the victims and survivors of abuse, I am acutely aware that many are still isolated and that they need to know that the Church is empathetic to their needs. That we are all part of the body of Christ is brought home by the hurt we all experience when one of our children or adults suffers due to abuse.
The development of the relationship between the Church and victims and survivors is a journey we are all on, during which we will gain strength through listening and a gradual deepening of understanding.
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Office are developing a program to support the victims and survivors of abuse and aid our Diocese to understand the effects of abuse better.

Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters at St Mary’s in Woburn Sands at 12 noon on 12 October 2019

All victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters are invited to this Mass. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church. There will be light refreshments after the Mass”

Individual meetings for victims and survivors, families and supporters with Bishop Peter:
Bishop Peter is offering to meet with victims and survivors, their families and supporters commencing from May 2019 and continuing on a bimonthly basis. For more details or to book a meeting with the Bishop, contact the safeguarding office on: 01604 723514.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

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. 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.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

GOOD FRIDAY collection for
‘The Holy Places’.

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION
The Easter Collection is your gift to the Priests in the Parish and provides a modest income for Fr Benedetto and myself until Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support, kindness and generosity.

DIVINE MERCY FEAST DAY
SUNDAY 28 th APRIL at ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Confessions from 2:00 pm
Devotions 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments in the Meeting Room afterwards.
All Most Welcome

CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

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

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Newsletter: 7th April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
5th 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
QUARANTORE 8th-11th April
Monday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Tuesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Thursday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
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 APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Penny Cloake, whose Funeral Service will be on Monday 15th April, 1.45pm at All Saints Church.

TODAY: Divine Mercy Devotions
3pm at All Saints Church,
followed by refreshments. All are very 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.
Monday 8th April, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: Saturday 13th April
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. All are welcome to attend.

THIS WEEK – PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS

Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints Church during these days of Devotion.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In preparation for Holy Week and Easter
Priests are available for confession
at the following times:

8th -11th April (During 40 Hours Devotion at St Thomas Aquinas Church): Monday – Thursday 11:00am -11:30am &
7:00pm – 7:30pm.

Saturday 13th April
10:00am-10:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Tuesday 16th April
7:00pm-8:00pm All Saints Church

Saturday 20th April
10:45am – 11:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.
11:00am – 11:45am All Saints Church.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – Service Times

Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

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. 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.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
The price includes:
✓ Return flights: Luton – Krakow.
✓ Airport duty and passenger taxes.
✓ 1 aircraft hold suitcase (20kgs).
✓ Dinner, bed and breakfast in Krakow.
✓ Several tourist visits (including to the famous Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau, Divine Mercy Shrine and places associated with St John Paul II) with entrance fees included.
✓ Northern Star Travel representative.
✓ Local English-speaking tour guides.
✓ Daily Mass in wonderful churches!
✓ Free time to explore.
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.
TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE
For spiritual formation in this holy season, last chance for Catholic Basics “The Church”, April 11 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD. Come and join us from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments) for an engaging day with full lunch. For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform.
With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Friday 5th April – Confirmation Group ‘Youth Stations of the Cross Rehearsals’

PLEASE NOTE:
For this week only (Friday 5th April) ‘Youth Stations of the Cross’ rehearsals will now be held at:
All Saints Church
Shenley Road,
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK3 6HG
Please arrive promptly by 5.55pm.
Rehearsals finish 8pm.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Newsletter: 31st March 2019

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of:
John Cawley, whose Funeral Graveside Service will be on Tuesday 2nd April, 12.30pm at Wolverton Cemetery.

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

Society of St Vincent de Paul – Helping some of the most vulnerable in our community: Retiring Collection at all Masses this weekend.

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 8th April, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
Envelopes are available from All Saints Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church). If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

ST STEPHEN’S SILVER MEDALS
If you are a Altar Server and have completed over 10 years of service in the Parish please speak to Fr Christopher about applying for your silver medal as an order for medals will be made next week.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to all those who supported the CAFOD Quiz last week. We raised an amazing £300 which will go on this occasion towards assisting those caught up in the Cyclone Idai. For those who would like to contribute to this appeal please go to:
cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Cyclone-Idai Telephone 0808 5858885 or use the CAFOD boxes in each church. Please remember to keep our brothers and sisters in need in your prayers.
Thanks too to the Irish Centre who hosted the Quiz.

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).

PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS
Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – Service Times

Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

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. 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.

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

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
The price includes:
✓ Return flights: Luton – Krakow.
✓ Airport duty and passenger taxes.
✓ 1 aircraft hold suitcase (20kgs).
✓ Dinner, bed and breakfast in Krakow.
✓ Several tourist visits (including to the famous Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau, Divine Mercy Shrine and places associated with St John Paul II) with entrance fees included.
✓ Northern Star Travel representative.
✓ Local English-speaking tour guides.
✓ Daily Mass in wonderful churches!
✓ Free time to explore.
✓ Social gathering in Bedford to try some Polish food (date to be confirmed)!
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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