Newsletter: 16th February 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday Sixth Sunday of the Year

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

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

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
1:30pm (AS) Nuptial Mass Kieren Malone & Melissa Rowley

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

Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (AS) Word of Life: Mass, teaching and Adoration

Saturday Feast: Chair of St Peter
11:00am Bishop Peter’s Leaving Mass at Northampton Cathedral
NB No Mass or Confessions today at St Thomas Aquinas Church

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

CORONOVIRUS
Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Guidelines for Catholic Parishes
Everyone is invited to practice universal good hygiene at Mass.
• All Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to use the hand sanitising gel (available at the back of church).
• Those with cold-like symptoms are asked to refrain from receiving the Precious Blood and to refrain from receiving the Sacred Host directly on the tongue. NB: We receive the fullness of Holy Communion (Jesus’ actual Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) when we receive Holy Communion under one kind only.
• Whilst it is always optional at Mass the Sign of Peace has not at this time been suspended.
• Copies of the Document from which the above is drawn can be found on the noticeboard.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered

Bishop Peter’s Farewell Mass
A “Farewell Mass” for Bishop Peter will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11:00am on Saturday, 22nd February. All are very welcome to attend but please note that there is limited seating and parking at the Cathedral. It is advised to get there in plenty of time. We pray for God’s blessing for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our bishop-elect, Canon David Oakley:

O Lord, who for the feeding of your flock
have chosen your servant David as our bishop elect,
grant him, we pray,
a spirit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that, by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him,
he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN

Change of Schedule
There will be no Confessions or Mass on Saturday 22nd February at St Thomas Aquinas Church due to the Bishop’s Leaving Mass at the Cathedral.

Requiescat in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Phyllis Harrison, whose Funeral service will be at 3:30pm on Monday 17th February at Crownhill Crematorium.
Stephen Hunt, Jo Hunt would like to express her sincere thanks to everyone for the gifts of Mass cards and expressions of sympathy of the loss her son Stephen whose Funeral Service took place on 5th February.

SVP Retiring Collection This Weekend

The Word of Life Team…
You are cordially invited to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry on Friday 21st February 2020 and every 3rd Friday of the month, at All Saints Church.
*Featuring: Mass and Teaching; Adoration;
Worship/Praises and Prayers
*Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
*Venue: All Saints Church, Shenley Road,
Bletchley, (Milton Keynes) MK3 6HG.
Come and enjoy the glory, beauty and power of His presence. Everything you need is with Jesus. Come with your family and invite your friends.

2020 Northampton Diocesan Directories
The latest Directory is now available at the back of each Church for the bargain price of just £3! It is full of useful information concerning each of the Parishes within the Diocese, including Mass times, clergy, prayer groups and statistics. There are also articles on ordinations to both the Priesthood and Diaconate and Obituaries for the Clergy who have died in the last year. Snap up a copy while they last!

Palm Crosses
Traditionally we burn the old palms from last year to make the Ash that we receive on Ash Wednesday. Could all parishioners please bring in last year’s palms, for the next two weekends, so that the ash can be produced for this year’s services on 26th February

Ash Wednesday – 26th February
Mass Times
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church
“Walk with Me” Lent Booklets
Available form the back of church for £1

Celebration 2020
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 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Thinking Theology Lecture
‘Camino to Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Story’ The spiritual Significance of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century.
Monday 23rd March 2020 at 7.00pm, The Chapel, St Pauls Catholic School. Guest Speaker Fr Brendan Seery.
Admission Free

The Year of the Word
There will be a great DIOCESAN SCRIPTURE FEST on June 6 in Thornton College. It is hoped that as many as possible will go, especially all Parish readers. See http://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search WORDFEST2020 for the booking details.

Youth Conference
NYMO will be hosting a Youth Ministry Conference on the 7th March, for all who love young people in our Church, and want to work to lead them to a closer encounter with Christ. The event is being held at the RE Centre in Luton. More details at https://nymo.org/conference/ or call Fiona on 01582 720627

CAFOD Family Fast Day
Please join us for a continental breakfast after 10am Mass on Friday 6th March in St Thomas Aquinas church Meeting Room.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts
suitable for CAFOD £stall or raffle, please leave in Food Bank Box at the front of church.

CAFOD Supporters’ event – All welcome
Come and hear from CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, about her experience visiting our partners and giving input at global events, be inspired by other supporters and have an energising session. Sat 22 Feb – St Augustine Church, 1 Langcliffe Drive, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7PL 10:30am – 1.30pm (coffee/tea from 10am with shared lunch from 1:30pm).
Please let us know you are coming – 01494 863 777 or northampton@cafod.org.uk.

Coach Trips
*Thursday 16th July to Cromer leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm. Cost £15 per person.
*Thursday 17th September to Portsmouth leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm Cost £15 per person.
To book your seat phone Michael/Vivienne Smith on
01908 507184.
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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Newsletter: 9th February 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday Fifth Sunday of the Year
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Monday Memoria: St Scholastica
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
1:45pm (AS) Funeral Service for Robert Christopher Jones

Tuesday Memoria: Our Lady of Lourdes
8:00am (BPS) Mass at Bishop Parker School
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Feast: Ss Cyril & Methodias
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday Memoria: Our Lady on Saturday
9:30am (STA)
Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered

Bishop Peter’s Farewell Mass
A “Farewell Mass” for Bishop Peter will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11:00am on Saturday, 22nd February. All are very welcome to attend but please note that there is limited seating and parking at the Cathedral. It is advised to get there in plenty of time.
We pray for God’s blessing for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our bishop-elect, Canon David Oakley:

O Lord, who for the feeding of your flock
have chosen your servant David as our bishop elect,
grant him, we pray,
a spirit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that, by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him,
he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN

Bishop Peter’s retirement gift from the Parish. Last week’s Second Collection raised £1,200 which we now send to Bishop Peter for his retirement.

Requiescat in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Robert Christopher Jones, whose Funeral service will be at 1:45pm on Monday 10th February at 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. Monday 10th February, 3.30-5:00 pm
Now at a change of venue:
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE

Coffee after the 11am Mass today
The ladies of the Society of St Theresa and the Child Jesus will be serving refreshments after the 11am Mass at All Saints in the Meeting Room. Everyone welcome!

Celebration 2020
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 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
You are invited to a Rosary gathering / procession to honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to pray for the sick. Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 6pm. Meeting outside Christ the Cornerstone 300 Saxon Gate west, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2ES. For more information please phone Monica
on 07401 366330.

Thinking Theology Lecture
‘Camino to Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Story’ The spiritual Significance of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century.
Monday 23rd March 2020 at 7.00pm, The Chapel, St Pauls Catholic School. Guest Speaker Fr Brendan Seery.
Admission Free

The Year of the Word
There will be a great DIOCESAN SCRIPTURE FEST on June 6 in Thornton College. It is hoped that as many as possible will go, especially all Parish readers. See http://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search WORDFEST2020 for the booking details.

Youth Conference
NYMO will be hosting a Youth Ministry Conference on the 7th March, for all who love young people in our Church, and want to work to lead them to a closer encounter with Christ. The event is being held at the RE Centre in Luton. More details at https://nymo.org/conference/ or call Fiona on 01582 720627

CAFOD Family Fast Day
Please join us for a continental breakfast after 10am Mass on Friday 6th March in St Thomas Aquinas church Meeting Room.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts
suitable for CAFOD £stall or raffle, please leave in Food Bank Box at the front of church.

CAFOD Supporters’ event – All welcome
Come and hear from CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, about her experience visiting our partners and giving input at global events, be inspired by other supporters and have an energising session. Sat 22 Feb – St Augustine Church, 1 Langcliffe Drive, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7PL 10:30am – 1.30pm (coffee/tea from 10am with shared lunch from 1:30pm).
Please let us know you are coming – 01494 863 777 or northampton@cafod.org.uk.

Coach Trips
*Thursday 16th July to Cromer leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm. Cost £15 per person.
*Thursday 17th September to Portsmouth leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm Cost £15 per person.
To book your seat phone Michael/Vivienne Smith on
01908 507184.
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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Newsletter:2nd February 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday The Presentation of the Lord
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Monday Memoria: St Blaise
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
4:30pm (STA) Funeral Vigil Mass

Wednesday Memoria: St Agatha
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
2:30pm (STA) Funeral Service of Stephen Hunt

Thursday Memoria: St Paul Miki & Companions
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

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

Saturday Memoria: Our Lady on Saturday
9:30am (STA)
Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered

Bishop Peter’s Farewell Mass
A “Farewell Mass” for Bishop Peter will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11:00am on Saturday, 22nd February. All are very welcome to attend but please note that there is limited seating and parking at the Cathedral. It is advised to get there in plenty of time. We pray for God’s blessing for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our bishop-elect, Canon David Oakley:
O Lord, who for the feeding of your flock
have chosen your servant David as our bishop elect,
grant him, we pray,
a spirit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that, by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him,
he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN

Second Collection – This weekend:
Bishop Peter’s retirement gift from the Parish.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Stephen Hunt, whose Funeral Service will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 5th February at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Robert Christopher Jones, whose Funeral service will be at 1:45pm on Monday 10th February at All Saints Church.

Celebration 2020
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 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
You are invited to a Rosary gathering / procession to honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to pray for the sick. Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 6pm. Meeting outside Christ the Cornerstone 300 Saxon Gate west, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2ES. For more information please phone Monica
on 07401 366330.

Thinking Theology Lecture
‘Camino to Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Story’ The spiritual Significance of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century.
Monday 23rd March 2020 at 7.00pm, The Chapel, St Pauls Catholic School. Guest Speaker Fr Brendan Seery.
Admission Free

Christmas Crip Appeal 2019
Many thanks for generous response in support of Mission together ensuring Children across the World hears the story of Jesus benefit from a healthy meal and receive an education. This year we raised £600.00

The Year of the Word
There will be a great DIOCESAN SCRIPTURE FEST on June 6 in Thornton College. It is hoped that as many as possible will go, especially all Parish readers. See http://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search WORDFEST2020 for the booking details.

Mass Intentions
When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: First, to offer the Mass reverently and validly in accord with the norms of the Church. Second, to offer the Mass in union with the whole Church and for the good of the whole Church. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died. If you would like a Mass offered for your intention, at the discretion of the Parish Clergy, please contact Jo in the office to check if the date you would like is available. Due to a very high demand and less available clergy it is unlikely that a Mass can be offered straight away, normally Mass Intentions are usually booked up for about three months at a time. We would advise you to organise Mass intentions as early as possible to avoid disappointment. We print the list of Mass Intentions (the ‘pink sheet’) every week and this is posted at the back of Church. Please note that funerals take priority and may occasionally cause the Mass schedule and intention to be changed at short notice: thank you for your understanding. Donations for Mass intentions can be given to Jo at the Parish Office, to the clergy, or placed in the Sunday collection. Please place your donation in an envelope with your name, the name of the person for whom the Mass is offered and what the Intention is for: for example: get well, thanksgiving, RIP etc and the date of the Mass if you have already arranged this with the Parish Office.

CAFOD Supporters’ event – All welcome
Come and hear from CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, about her experience visiting our partners and giving input at global events, be inspired by other supporters and have an energising session.
Sat 22 Feb – St Augustine Church, 1 Langcliffe Drive, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7PL 10:30am – 1.30pm (coffee/tea from 10am with shared lunch from 1:30pm).
Please let us know you are coming – 01494 863 777 or northampton@cafod.org.uk.

Coach Trips
*Thursday 16th July to Cromer leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm. Cost £15 per person.
*Thursday 17th September to Portsmouth leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm Cost £15 per person.
To book your seat phone Michael/Vivienne Smith on
01908 507184.
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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Newsletter: 26th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday Third Sunday of the Year

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

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

Tuesday Parish Solemnity: St Thomas Aquinas
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
3:00pm (STA) Dementia friendly Mass

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

Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Memoria: St John Bosco
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday Memoria: Our Lady on Saturday
9:30am (STA)
Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Bishop Elect Canon David Oakley
The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and currently rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton.

Fr David James Oakley was born on 28th November 1955 in Stourbridge. He is the eldest of five children to Joyce and Fred Oakley. The family moved to Birmingham when David was 7 years old. After school, he worked in a well-known department store and entered Oscott in September 1974. Fr David was ordained on 5th July 1980 and has served in several parishes within the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He has always suggested that the parish is his natural habitat. Fr David studied catechetics at the Maryvale Institute and was awarded a MEd degree. He was appointed Pastoral Director and Procurator at Oscott in 1994. During this time he researched a PhD thesis in Pastoral Theology, which was later published. As Parish Priest at Maryvale, Fr David directed the diocesan Department for Parish and Family Catechesis, developing resources in collaboration with CaFE. At the same time, he undertook licentiate studies in the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s, Maynooth and was awarded the STL degree. Since February 2013, he has been the twenty-third Rector of Oscott.

Message from Canon David Oakley (Bishop elect) to the Diocese:
“I have been asking Our Lady and St Joseph to pray for me, and to intercede for us all in the Diocese of Northampton. Let us keep each other in prayer over the next few weeks, and let us pray that as this new chapter in the Diocese of Northampton opens, that all of us together will be able to continue that great mission we have been entrusted with of building God’s kingdom in this part of his vineyard”

Bishop Peter’s Farewell Mass
A “Farewell Mass” for Bishop Peter will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11:00am on Saturday, 22nd February. All are very welcome to to attend but please note that there is limited seating and parking at the Cathedral. It is advised to get there in plenty of time.

We pray for God’s blessing for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our bishop-elect, Canon David Oakley:

O Lord, who for the feeding of your flock
have chosen your servant David as our bishop elect,
grant him, we pray,
a spirit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that, by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him,
he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN

Second Collection – Next weekend:
Bishop Peter’s retirement gift from the Parish.

The Year of the Word
Pope Francis has instituted this Sunday as being dedicated to the Word of God. He remarked that today the Sacred Scriptures should be properly ‘enthroned’ at all Masses and that the homily (as part of the proclamation of the Word) should emphasise the honour we should pay to the Holy Scriptures. He asked for a renewed effort in providing members of the faithful with the training needed to be genuine proclaimers of the Word of God, of the importance of actively listening to these sacred texts at Mass and of the need to authentically read the Word of God.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Owen Lowe, whose Funeral Service will be at 2:45pm on Friday 31st January at Crownhill Crematorium.
Robert Christopher Jones, whose Funeral service will be at 1:45pm on Monday 10th February at All Saints Church.
Stephen Hunt, whose Funeral Service will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday 5th February at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Phoenix Youth Group
Tuesday 28th January, 7:30pm – 9pm
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting room (MK2 2JE)
For young people in the Parish in school years 7-11. Come along for Pizza, games and an opportunity to share and reflect on our Catholic faith.

Celebration 2020
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 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Dementia Friendly Mass
3pm Tuesday 28th 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.

Baptism Preparation Meeting
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 30th January, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

Thank You
Last week’s second collection for the Comboni Missionaries raised £1,308! This is something of a record for a second collection. Many thanks for your generosity and support for this important work of mission.

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
You are invited to a Rosary gathering / procession to honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to pray for the sick. Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 6pm. Meeting outside Christ the Cornerstone 300 Saxon Gate west, Central Milton Keynes MK9 2ES. For more information please phone Monica
on 07401 366330.

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

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Newsletter: 19th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday Second Sunday of the Year

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

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

Tuesday Memoria: St Agnes
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
11:30am (STA) Funeral Service of Patirck McGivney

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

Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Memoria: St Francis de Sales
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary

Saturday Feast: Conversion of St Paul
9:30am (STA)
Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

A New Bishop for Northampton Diocese
The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and currently rector of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David in Northampton Cathedral at 11 am on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2020. Bishop Peter Doyle rejoices in this good news. The Bishop has worked closely with Bishop Elect David during his seven years as rector of the seminary at Oscott, and knows him to be a man of faith and prayer, and a pastoral priest and wise teacher. Bishop Peter joins the priests and deacons, and the religious and people of the Diocese of Northampton in giving thanks to God and welcoming Bishop Elect David and praying for him as he prepares for his ordination as Bishop.

Second Collection – This weekend:
Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers)
“We are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity In all the places we serve we share our deep faith in God through service:
• Ministering through the Sacraments
• Helping improve quality of life
• Preparing local Christian leaders to serve their people
• Providing resources such as food, clean water, churches, medicine, schools, and community centers”

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Patrick McGivney, whose Funeral Service will be at 11.30am on Tuesday 21st January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Owen Lowe, whose Funeral Service will be at 2:45pm on Friday 31st January at Crownhill Cremotrium.

Phoenix Youth Group
Tuesday 28th January, 7:30pm – 9pm
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting room (MK2 2JE)
For young people in the Parish in school years 7-11Come along for Pizza, games and an opportunity to share and reflect on our Catholic faith.

Celebration 2020
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 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Dementia Friendly Mass
3 pm Tuesday 28th 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.

Baptism Preparation Meeting
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 30th January, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

Recycling – Refuse Sacks
As a Parish we are very conscious of the moral and ethical imperative to recycle as much as we can and to avoid unnecessary waste ending up in landfill. We have over the years had a steady supply of re-cycling sacks from Milton Keynes Council, however this supply is drying up and recycling sacks are no longer issued by the council to Churches. On average we use around 10 sacks per week, so we need your help. If you have any surplus rolls of recycling sacks could you bring them to church and leave them in the sacristy. Together we can therefore ensure that we are able to recycle as much as we can.

SVP Thank you
On behalf of the Society of St Vincent de Paul [SVP] and particularly those in need who we assist in various ways, I want to THANK YOU for all you have done in the past year to support our efforts. You truly are a very generous people; no more so than your response to our cash collection just before Christmas which raised an amazing total of £1025:83. This is the highest SVP Retiring Collection I have ever known [and that spans over 35 years in this Parish].
This enables us to tackle, with great confidence, some of the more challenging situations we encounter.
May God Bless you and all those that you hold dear during this coming year. John Scott SVP Conference President.

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

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Newsletter: 12th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday: The Baptism of the Lord
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Here ends the Season of Christmas Ordinary time resumes

Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
Friday Memoria: St Anthony
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary
Saturday Feria
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Message from Bishop Peter:
”I am thrilled that the Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley (presently Rector of Oscott Seminary) as the new Bishop of Northampton. (His Episcopal Ordination will be at Northampton Cathedral on 19th March at 11am). I know that you will give him the loving support which I have experienced in my time in the Diocese and for which I want to thank you so very much. “

Second Collection – Next weekend:
Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers)

We are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity from diverse cultures who have dedicated our lives to following Christ’s example and St. Daniel Comboni’s missionary ideal of evangelization. Today the Comboni Missionaries serve on five continents. We first worked in Europe and Africa, moving to North and South America in the 1930s, and expanding into Asia in the 1980s. Comboni Missionary priests and brothers believe God’s call to mission is as strong today as it was 2000 years ago when Jesus told His apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). We live a vowed life and dedicate ourselves to taking the Gospel to the poorest and most abandoned wherever they are, no matter how dire their circumstances. Jesus advocated for the poor, blessed them, listened to them, and loved them “even unto death.” We, as Comboni Missionaries strive to do the same.
In all the places we serve we share our deep faith in God through service:
• Ministering through the Sacraments
• Helping improve quality of life
• Preparing local Christian leaders to serve their people
• Providing resources such as food, clean water, churches, medicine, schools, and community centers”

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Concetta Adorno, whose Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am on Tuesday 14th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Thomas Vincent McEntee, whose Funeral will be at 3.30pm on Friday 17th January at Crownhill Crematorium.
Thomas McGivney, whose funeral Service will be at 11.30am on Tuesday 21st January 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. Monday 13th January, 3.30-5:00 pm
Now at a change of venue:
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020
18th – 25th January

On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.
In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28). Social media: Show your support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages to our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post (note there is a delay before they appear). You can also find updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Twitter by following the #wpcu2020 hashtag.

Recycling – Refuse Sacks
As a Parish we are very conscious of the moral and ethical imperative to recycle as much as we can and to avoid unnecessary waste ending up in landfill. We have over the years had a steady supply of re-cycling sacks from Milton Keynes Council, however this supply is drying up and recycling sacks are no longer issued by the council to Churches. On average we use around 10 sacks per week, so we need your help. If you have any surplus rolls of recycling sacks could you bring them to church and leave them in the sacristy. Together we can therefore ensure that we are able to recycle as much as we can.

New Year’s Resolution:
Make a Difference Through CAFOD

Try something that is calorie-free and life giving. We really need people who are interested to go into our Catholic schools and inspire students to act on their sense of justice. You don’t have to be a teacher to do this role, only a passion for CAFOD’s work and an ability to communicate well with children and young people. If you are good at motivating others, we have the ideal role for you – inspiring other volunteers in nearby parishes. Also, we would love to share more of the great acts of love carried out by our parishes and schools via media. So, if you are able to help promote our work in this way, we would love to hear from you. All necessary training, travel expenses and resources will be provided. To get in touch:
northampton@cafod.org.uk or 01494 863 777.

The Word of Life Team…
You are cordially invited to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry on Friday 17th January 2020 and every 3rd Friday of the month, at All Saints Church.
*Featuring: Mass and Teaching; Adoration;
Worship/Praises and Prayers
*Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
*Venue: All Saints Church, Shenley Road,
Bletchley, (Milton Keynes) MK3 6HG.
Come and enjoy the glory, beauty and power of His presence. Everything you need is with Jesus. Come with your family and invite your friends.

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

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Newsletter: 5th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies

Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
Friday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary
Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for January: Promotion of World Peace
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.

Divine Mercy Devotions
Today: 5th January
3pm at All Saints Church, everyone very welcome!

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Vimie Seymour who passed away on the 24th of December.
Joyce Daly, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Concetta Adorno, whose Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am on Tuesday 14th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
We offer our sincere sympathy and the loving support of our faith and prayers to all the recently bereaved.

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 13th January, 3.30-5:00 pm
Now at a change of venue:
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE)

Christmas Crib Appeal
Throughout Christmastide we invite you to make a donation at the Christmas Crib to help the children’s arm of Missio (called “Mission Together”) in support of some of the world’s most deprived children. Your support this Christmas will help many children across the world to:
~ Hear the story of Jesus and see His love for them
~ Benefit from a healthy meal
~ Receive an education, a home and safety.

May all children
In all the world
Share love
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love
Now and forever
Amen

Parish Office Holiday Closure
The Parish Office will re-open on the 6th January.

Clergy Post-Christmas Leave
Fr Christopher is away visiting his parents in Cornwall until Saturday 11th January. In his absence please direct all clergy matters to Fr Emmanuel.

Recycling – Refuse Sacks
As a Parish we are very conscious of the moral and ethical imperative to recycle as much as we can and to avoid unnecessary waste ending up in landfill. We have over the years had a steady supply of re-cycling sacks from Milton Keynes Council, however this supply is drying up and recycling sacks are no longer issued by the council to Churches. On average we use around 10 sacks per week so we need your help. If you have any surplus rolls of recycling sacks could you bring them to church and leave them in the sacristy. Together we can therefore ensure that we are able to recycle as much as we can.

New Year’s Resolution:
Make a Difference Through CAFOD

Try something that is calorie-free and life giving. We really need people who are interested to go into our Catholic schools and inspire students to act on their sense of justice. You don’t have to be a teacher to do this role, only a passion for CAFOD’s work and an ability to communicate well with children and young people. If you are good at motivating others we have the ideal role for you – inspiring other volunteers in nearby parishes.Also, we would love to share more of the great acts of love carried out by our parishes and schools via media.So if you are able to help promote our work in this way, we would love to hear from you. All necessary training, travel expenses and resources will be provided. To get in touch: northampton@cafod.org.uk or 01494 863 777.

Catholic Basics
Part I “God” on Jan 25th 2020 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD. Come and join us from 10am to 3pm (arr. 9.30 for refreshments) for an engaging and informative day. Course pack and sandwich lunch provided in £15 cost. This is the second year of this successful course. For details and booking: Tel 01582 23312 or admin@nores.org.uk.

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

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Newsletter:29th December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday: Feast of the Holy Family
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peter
to be read at all Masses

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

Monday Feast: St Thomas Becket
Secondary Patron of the Diocese of Northampton
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday Seventh Day of the Christmas Octave
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday Solemnity: Mary Mother of God
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday Memoria: SS Basil & Gregory
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
Friday Memoria: The Most Holy Name of Jesus
10:00am (STA) Mass
Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for December: The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peter
For the Feast of the Holy Family Bishop Peter has written a Pastoral letter to all the Schools and Parishes of our Diocese which will be read out at Masses this weekend.

Christmas Crib Appeal 2019
Throughout Christmastide we invite you to make a donation at the Christmas Crib to help the children’s arm of Missio (called “Mission Together”) in support of some of the world’s most deprived children. Your support this Christmas will help many children across the world to:
~ Hear the story of Jesus and see His love for them
~ Benefit from a healthy meal
~ Receive an education, a home and safety.

May all children
In all the world
Share love
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love
Now and forever
Amen

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Isobel McCann, whose Funeral Service will be at 10:45am on Monday 30th December at Crownhill Crematorium.
Flory Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at 11:30am on Thursday 2nd January at All Saints Church
Joyce Daly, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
We offer our sincere sympathy and the loving support of our faith and prayers to all the recently bereaved.

Christmas Collections – Gifts to your Priests
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Emmanuel and myself, in the form of the Christmas Offering. Fr Emmanuel and I divide the money, which you kindly give us, 50:50 which provides us with a modest income until Easter.

Divine Mercy Devotions & Eucharistic Adoration
Next Sunday: 5th January
3pm at All Saints Church, everyone very welcome!

Advance Notice – Change of Mass Time
After a number of requests were made and consultation sought the 8:30am Mass on Fridays at St Thomas Aquinas Church is going to be moved to the later time of 10:00am. This will take effect from Friday 3rd January 2020. The hope is that more people will be able to attend at a time that many consider to be more convenient.

Parish Statistics 2019
Average Sunday Mass Attendance
6pm Vigil (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 180
7:30am (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 79
9:00am (All Saints Church): 229
11:00am (All Saints Church): 296
6:30pm (All Saints Church): 165
Average Sunday Total: 949
Baptisms: 43
First Holy Communions: 71
Confirmations: 34
Weddings: 9
Funerals: 36

Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy
Starting in January 2020 a ten-part Bible study, in which you will discover how God is constantly calling us to a deeper relationship with him as well as the ways we are called to be the voice of God to others. We will come to know the prophets and their messages will shed light on our faith and our lives. The group will meet on: Friday evenings after the 7pm Mass at St Augustine’s Church, Heelands, MK13 7PL. A book will need to be purchased before the start of the course.
For further details please contact Christine Scotcher on
01908 318079 or email:bibletimeline2018 @gmail.com

Parish Office Holiday Closure
The Parish Office will re-open on the 6th January.

Clergy Post-Christmas Leave
Fr Christopher is away visiting his parents in Cornwall until Saturday 11th January. In his absence please direct all clergy matters to Fr Emmanuel.

May the Holy Family pray for our families and inspire us to persevere in faith
We pray that you and your families will have a peaceful and Holy Christmastide and a joyful New year.
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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Newsletter:25th December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies

Wednesday Solemnity:
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
9:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas
10:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
11:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas

Thursday Feast: St Stephen, protomartyr
12:00pm (STA) Mass
Presentation of St Stephen’s Guild Bronze and Silver Medals to Altar Servers

Friday Feast: St John the Evangelist
8:30am (STA) Mass

Saturday Feast: The Holy Innocents
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS
1:00pm (STA) Wedding of Jordan Taylor
and Kathryn Lawrence

Sunday Feast of the Holy Family
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peter
to be read at all Masses

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

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for December: The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Christmas Liturgies
Christmas Eve – 24th December
10am am MASS of the Day (not Christmas)
St Thomas Aquinas Church

  1. 30 – 11 am Confessions
    St Thomas Aquinas Church

4.30 pm Children’s MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

12 Christmas Midnight MASS
St Thomas Aquinas Church

Christmas Day – 25th December
8 am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

9.00 am & 11.00 am
MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

St Stephen’s Day – 26th December
12 Noon Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church

All our Altar Servers are encouraged to attend this Mass of the Patron of the Servers Guild. If you have been serving regularly for at least a year and are due your bronze medal, please speak to Fr Christopher or Mr Bernard Guina

Christmas Crib Appeal 2019
Throughout Christmastide we invite you to make a donation at the Christmas Crib to help the children’s arm of Missio (called “Mission Together”) in support of some of the world’s most deprived children. Your support this Christmas will help many children across the world to:
~ Hear the story of Jesus and see His love for them
~ Benefit from a healthy meal
~ Receive an education, a home and safety.

May all children
In all the world
Share love
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love
Now and forever
Amen

Christmas Collections – Gifts to your Priests
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Emmanuel and myself, in the form of the Christmas Offering. Fr Emmanuel and I divide the money, which you kindly give us, 50:50 which provides us with a modest income until Easter.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Isobel McCann, whose Funeral Service will be at 10:45am on Monday 30th December at Crownhill Crematorium.

Flory Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at 11:30am on Thursday 2nd January at All Saints Church

Joyce Daly, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

We offer our sincere sympathy and the loving support of our faith and prayers to all the recently bereaved

Advance Notice
After a number of requests were made and consultation sought the 8:30am Mass on Fridays at St Thomas Aquinas Church is going to be moved to the later time of 10:00am. This will take effect from Friday 3rd January 2020. The hope is that more people will be able to attend at a time that many consider to be more convenient.

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Parish Statistics 2019
Average Sunday Mass Attendance
6pm Vigil (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 180
7:30am (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 79
9:00am (All Saints Church): 229
11:00am (All Saints Church): 296
6:30pm (All Saints Church): 165

Average Sunday Total: 949

Baptisms: 43
First Holy Communions: 71
Confirmations: 34
Weddings: 9
Funerals: 36

Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy
Starting in January 2020 a ten-part Bible study, in which you will discover how God is constantly calling us to a deeper relationship with him as well as the ways we are called to be the voice of God to others. We will come to know the prophets and their messages will shed light on our faith and our lives. The group will meet on: Friday evenings after the 7pm Mass at St Augustine’s Church, Heelands, MK13 7PL. A book will need to be purchased before the start of the course.
For further details please contact Christine Scotcher on
01908 318079 or email:bibletimeline2018 @gmail.com

Parish Office Holiday Closure
The Parish Office will be closed from 24th December and will re-open on the 6th January. The clergy will still be available for urgent matters.

We pray that you and your families will have a peaceful and Holy Christmas
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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Newsletter: 22nd December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent

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

Monday Feria – O Emmanuel
9:30am (AS) Funeral Service of Sandra Brimson
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria / Christmas Eve
10:00am (STA) Mass of Advent
4:30pm (AS) Children’s Mass of Christmas
9:30pm (AS) Carols
10:00pm (AS) Vigil Mass of Christmas
12:00am (STA) Christmas Midnight Mass

Wednesday Solemnity:
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
8:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
9:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas
10:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
11:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas

Thursday Feast: St Stephen, protomartyr
12:00pm (STA) Mass
Presentation of St Stephen’s Guild Bronze and Silver Medals to Altar Servers

Friday Feast: St John the Evangelist
8:30am (STA) Mass

Saturday Feast: The Holy Innocents
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS
1:00pm (STA) Wedding of Jordan Taylor
and Kathryn Lawrence

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

THE SEASON OF ADVENT
A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the return of Jesus at the end of time.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for December: The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Spend time with The Lord this Advent!
Advent Holy Hour -a time for quiet reflection and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
7pm-8pm Monday 23rd December at All Saints Church

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Sandra Brimson, whose Funeral Service will be at 9:30am on Monday 23rd December at All Saints Church.

Isobel McCann, whose Funeral Service will be at 10:45am on Monday 30th January at Crownhill Crematorium.

Flory Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at 11:30am on Thursday 2nd January at All Saints Church

Joyce Daly, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

We offer our sincere sympathy and the loving support of our faith and prayers to all the recently bereaved

The Giving Tree
Please take a tag from the Christmas Tree in church and buy a present for someone extra this year. Wrap it (if the item is not food), label it and return it under the tree. Your gift will be gratefully received by someone in need locally or overseas.

The Seniors’ Christmas Party will be taking place on 11th January at West Bletchley Community Centre. If you would like to go please complete one of the invitations held in the scarcity and place in the box next to them. Please note that this is the final week to show an interest in attending.
If you have any questions regarding the party contact John or Mary on 01908 377767

Children’s Nativity
This is a message for anyone in years 3,4,5 or 6 at primary school. Would like to be a reader at the Children’s Christmas Mass at 4.30pm Christmas Eve at All Saints?
If you would, please come for a rehearsal this afternoon at 2.30 at All Saints. (The actors will arrive about 3pm)

Christmas Liturgies
Christmas Eve – 24th December
10am am MASS of the Day (not Christmas)
St Thomas Aquinas Church

  1. 30 – 11 am Confessions
    St Thomas Aquinas Church

4.30 pm Children’s MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

12 Christmas Midnight MASS
St Thomas Aquinas Church

Christmas Day – 25th December
8 am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

9.00 am & 11.00 am
MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

St Stephen’s Day – 26th December
12 Noon Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church

All our Altar Servers are encouraged to attend this Mass of the Patron of the Servers Guild. If you have been serving regularly for at least a year and are due your bronze medal, please speak to Fr Christopher or Mr Bernard Guina.

Can you help!
Parish Readers and Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are needed for our Christmas Liturgies. There are sign up sheets for each Mass of Christmas at the back of Church.

Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy
Starting in January 2020 a ten-part Bible study, in which you will discover how God is constantly calling us to a deeper relationship with him as well as the ways we are called to be the voice of God to others. We will come to know the prophets and their messages will shed light on our faith and our lives. The group will meet on: Friday evenings after the 7pm Mass at St Augustine’s Church, Heelands, MK13 7PL. A book will need to be purchased before the start of the course.
For further details please contact Christine Scotcher on
01908 318079 or email:bibletimeline2018 @gmail.com

Christmas Collections – Gifts to your Priests
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Emmanuel and myself, in the form of the Christmas Offering. Fr Emmanuel and I divide the money, which you kindly give us, 50:50 which provides us with a modest income until Easter.

Advance Notice
After a number of requests were made and consultation sought the 8:30am Mass on Fridays at St Thomas Aquinas Church is going to be moved to the later time of 10:00am. This will take effect from Friday 3rd January 2020. The hope is that more people will be able to attend at a time that many consider to be more convenient.

Parish Office Holiday Closure
The Parish Office will be closed from 24th December and will re-open on the 6th January. The clergy will still be available for urgent matters.

We pray that you and your families will have a peaceful and Holy Christmas
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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