Home Page – The Season of Lent

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH WEBSITE: Our Parish serves the whole of Bletchley as well as its outlying villages, Newton Leys, parts of Emerson Valley and Furzton. As we learning to steer a course through the necessary restrictions brought about by the pandemic we are finding news ways to reach out, stay connected and share our faith.

MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday 27th February Lent Feria
NO MORNING MASS
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass of the Second Sunday in Lent

SUNDAY 28th FEBRUARY: SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass

Monday 1st March Feast – St David, patron of Wales
10:00am (STA) Mass

Tuesday 2nd March  Lent Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass

Wednesday 3rd March Lent Feria
NO MASS TODAY

Thursday 4th March Lent Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass

Friday 5th March Lent Feria
CAFOD Lent Fast Day
10:00am (STA) Mass

Saturday 6th March Lent Feria
NO MORNING MASS

SUNDAY 7th March: THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass of the third Sunday in Lent
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass

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

Please note that the 7:30am Sunday Mass and 6:30pm Sunday Mass remain suspended.


JOIN US AT MASS FROM HOME: Live Stream via Facebook
Holy Mass will be live streamed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 10am and on Sunday at 11am. If you are unable to connect for the live broadcast it will remain available for 24 hours and so can be viewed later on. We will post a link around 10 to 15 minutes before each broadcast which will appear below

Tuesday 2nd March Ad 2021 Feria, Second Week of Lent 10:00am Mass from All Saints Catholic Church.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

BISHOP DAVID’s LENTEN MESSAGE

PRAYING WITH THE POPE: Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.

THE HOLY FATHER’s INTENTION FOR MARCH AD 2021:
March: The Month of St Joseph
Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the month: Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for all those who have died in over the last few weeks including:
Barrie Norman
Rhys Garcia
Rudy Garcia
Vivian Williams
Patrick Russell
Vanessa Cox
Bridget Hughes

May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life.
May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise.
May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock.
May he forgive all your sins, and set you among those he has chosen.
May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God, forever.

Gentlespaces: 01908 382318

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PARISH OFFERTORY GIVING
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge effect on our Parish income and we still have bills to pay. As a means of mitigating against this loss we would like to encourage those parishioners who do not currently give by Standing Order to donate online. This can be done at:
https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/
Please ensure that you type the parish name and area i.e. “St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley” in the NOTES SECTION of the donate page.

Or.., by Standing Order via your own bank:
You can also set up a standing order for donations to the parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows.
Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name; 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley

Alternatively CHEQUES made payable to “St Thomas Aquinas Church” can be posted to:
The Presbytery, 1 Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 2JE.

GIVE US A CALL TO DONATE OVER THE PHONE: Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available by phone for you to donate to our Parish community over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details.

BIG WALK FOR WATER CAFOD 2021

Please take part in the Big Walk for Water with CAFOD. On Saturday 20 February, join with communities across England and Wales to walk 5 miles, 10,000 steps or whatever distance you can manage. Please sponsor us if you can, or join for our virtual walk, the more the merrier! (Check government guidelines) Go to www.cafod.org.uk/walk for more info.

Donations can be made directly on the St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish JustGiving page as follows: justgiving.com

CATHOLIC RADIO IN THE UK

Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio www.heavensroadfm.com is an online radio broadcasting features like prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience – they also have many podcasts and broadcast over 40 daily live Masses from 15 churches in England and Ireland from their website www.heavensroadfm.com.

NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

https://mailchi.mp/cbcew/230320-1183805?e=6d9352d0c4

KEEPING UPDATED ON COVID IN MILTON KEYNES: As we have a Parishioner who is a volunteer Covid Champion, we will be receiving regular updates and information about the Covid 19 situation in Milton Keynes, which we hope you will find useful.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKMK/bulletins/2c40092

If you are attending Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church please scan the QR Code below on the same day you attend using the NHS COVID-19 App.

Or if you are attending Mass at All Saints Church please scan the QR Code below on the same day you attend using the NHS COVID-19 App.

The YEAR OF ST JOSEPH AD 2020-2021
“In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“with a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8th December) 2020 and extending to the same celebration in 2021.
At the conclusion of his Letter, the Pope adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

St Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace,
mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen

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MARRIAGE SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT
Retrouvaille is the name of a programme designed to help heal and renew marriages. The word “Retrouvaille” simply means “rediscovery”.

The programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your partner, and a loving relationship in your marriage.
For more details, please click on the image above or the link below.

https://www.retrouvaille.org.uk/

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY TOGETHER

PRAYING THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY TOGETHER

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Every blessing to you all.
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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