Newsletter: 9th December 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
2nd Sunday of Advent– 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) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA)Opt. Mem. – Our Lady of Guadalupe
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memoria – St Lucy
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Memoria – St John of the Cross
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm Advent Holy Hour with CONFESSIONS
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

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

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POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION
FOR DECEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Transmission of Faith
That people involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Next Weekend: SECOND COLLECTION
for Church Flowers
CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
CHRISTMAS EVE – 24TH DECEMBER
10 am MASS of the Day (not Christmas)
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10. 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 Italian Language
MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

9.00 am & 11 am
MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church
ST STEPHEN’S DAY – 26TH DECEMBER
12 Noon Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church
All 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.
SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD
THIS ADVENT!
Time for quiet reflection and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An opportuiny to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
7pm-8pm Friday 14th December at
St Thomas Aquinas Church
7pm-8pm Friday 21st December at All Saints Church
Please note: This replaces the usual Advent Penitential Service.

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 locally or overseas.

THE SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY will be on Saturday 12th January at West Bletchley Community Centre, from 2pm til 6pm. If you would like to attend please complete one of the invites and place it in the box which you can find in the Sacristy. Completed forms should be received by Sunday 23 December. Please note places are limited and are filled on a first come first serve basis. For any further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767.

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. Next Meeting: 10th DECEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 14th January; 11th February; 11th March;
8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 15th DECEMBER
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.

THANK YOU – to all who helped and supported the Parish Fayre – a great effort as always and a wonderful day

PRIESTHOOD – Is God Calling You?
Our diocesan vocations team are inviting any men who are considering a life of priesthood to contact Fr Mark Floody frmark@northamptoncathedral.org or Fr Andrew Richardson frandyrichardson@gmail.com and attend the next vocations weekend. The weekend is held at Northampton Cathedral from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. These weekends are great opportunity for anyone discerning priesthood to connect with others and make progress on their own journey of discernment.
AN INVITATION FROM THE GUARDIANS OF THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, BEDFORD.
The Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7:30pm at the Church of The Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford (MK40 1HU). Principal Celebrant, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, Bishop Peter Doyle in attendance. The Rector and Guardians of the Shrine do hope you will be able to join them. Full details: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk

CAN YOU HELP? Could you offer a lift from central Bletchley to the 11am Sunday Mass at All Saints? Car would need to accommodate a “walker”. Please call Maggie on 01908 563277

PARISH FAYRE – GRAND PRIZE DRAW WINNERS!
£250 – Uriel
£100 – Mr Logan
£50 – M. McCarthy
Christmas Hamper – M. Golden
Case of Wine – T. Simpson

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS NATIVITY
Performance for our “Senior Citizens” at St Thomas Aquinas School on Friday 14th December. Doors will open at 12.30pm for mulled wine and mince pies and the performance will start at 1.15pm. Tickets can be purchased from Angela White for £1 each or can be obtained from the school. Please call 01908 373977.

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

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Newsletter: 2nd December 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
1st Sunday of Advent – Year B

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

During the Week
Monday (STA) Memoria – St Francis Xavier
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Memoria – St Birinus
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Memoria – St Ambrose
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7.00pm Holy Mass in Italian
(AS) 7.00pm Advent Holy Hour with CONFESSIONS
Saturday (STA) Solemnity – Immaculate Conception
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

THE SEASON OF ADVENT

A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the return of Jesus at the end of time.

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POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION

FOR DECEMBER 2018

Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:

The Transmission of Faith

That people involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

 

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION – DECEMBER:  Thanksgiving for the Diocesan Year as it draws to close. 

Bishop Peter invites you to a special Mass to mark the close of the Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Saturday, 8 December at 11.30am in Northampton Cathedral. The Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, will be principal celebrant at the Mass. If you would like to attend please let one of the clergy know. 

REQUIESCANT IN PACE  

Please pray for the soul of:

Joan Bernadette Carrigan, whose Funeral Mass will be on Friday 30th November, 1:45pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Guiseppina Pilla, whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 4th December, 1:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

 This Weekend: SECOND COLLECTION forHelping to support our persecuted and oppressed Christian brothers and sisters around the World.

 Today: DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS

3pm at All Saints Church, followed by refreshments

All are very welcome!

  

SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD

THIS ADVENT!

Time for quiet reflection and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An opportuiny to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).

7pm-8pm Friday 7th December at All Saints Church

7pm-8pm Friday 14th December at

St Thomas Aquinas Church

7pm-8pm Friday 21st December at All Saints Church

Please note: This replaces the usual Advent Penitential Service.

 

MASS IN THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE

Friday 7th December, 7pm

at St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

ADVENT 2018 ‘My Day by Day’ Booklets

Now available at back of Church.  £1. each

 

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. Next Meeting: 10th DECEMBER

3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room

Future Dates: 14th January; 11th February; 11th March;

8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

 

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

 

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 15th DECEMBER 

This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday  at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.

 

THANK YOU to all who helped and supported the Parish Fayre – a great effort as always and a wonderful day

 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in THIS WEKKEND after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass.

Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when

applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

 

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools

If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

 

AN INVITATION FROM THE GUARDIANS OF THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, BEDFORD.

The Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7:30pm at the Church of The Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford (MK40 1HU). Principal Celebrant, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, Bishop Peter Doyle in attendance. The Rector and Guardians of the Shrine do hope you will be able to join them. Full details: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk

 

THE SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY will be on Saturday 12th January at West Bletchley Community Centre, from 2pm til 6pm. If you would like to attend please complete one of the invites and place it in the box which you can find in the Sacristy. Completed forms should be received by Sunday 23 December. Please note places are limited and are filled on a first come first serve basis. For any further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767.

 

CAN YOU HELP? Could you offer a lift from central Bletchley to the 11am Sunday Mass at All Saints? Car would need to accommodate a “walker”. Please call Maggie on 01908 563277

 

100 CLUB WINNERS NOVEMBER 2018

£25 – D. Caballero

£12- J. Caballero

£12 – A. Too-Chung

 

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher  &  Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter:25th November 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
CHRIST the KING Sunday– Year B

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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
3:00pm Dementia Mass (STA)
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feast – St Andrew the Apostle
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Opt. Memorial – St Edmund Campion
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 INTENTION
FOR NOVEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION – NOVEMBER: Month of Prayer for all who have died, for those who have helped us live our baptismal vocation.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of:
Edward Hayes, whose Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 28th November, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.
Joan Bernadette Carrigan, whose Funeral Mass will be on Friday 30th November, 1:45pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Guiseppina Pilla, whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 4th December, 1:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 27th November: 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.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION MEETING
For Parents who would like to have their children Baptised in the coming weeks. 8 pm Thursday 29th November at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Next Sunday: DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
3pm at All Saints Church, followed by refreshments
All are very welcome!

Next Sunday: SECOND COLLECTION for Helping to support are persecuted and oppressed Christian brothers and sisters around the World.

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. Next Meeting: 10th DECEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room

ADVENT 2018 ‘My Day by Day’ Booklets
Now available at back of Church. £1. each

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 15th DECEMBER
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.

THANK YOU – to all who helped and supported the Parish Fayre – a great effort as always and a wonderful day

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when
applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH IN THE
THE LEGION OF MARY? Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us
PRIESTHOOD – Is God Calling You?
Our diocesan vocations team are inviting any men who are considering a life of priesthood to contact Fr Mark Floody frmark@northamptoncathedral.org or Fr Andrew Richardson frandyrichardson@gmail.com and attend the next vocations weekend. The weekend is held at Northampton Cathedral from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. These weekends are great opportunity for anyone discerning priesthood to connect with others and make progress on their own journey of discernment.
MISSIO (APF) RED BOXES
Please return any filled Red Boxes and remember to collect a new one so we can send the money off to Missio.
Any queries please see Mr Ron Graham.

BUILDING WORKS: Work on relining the concrete gutters and repairing the flat roofs have now been completed at St St Thomas Aquinas Church. Work has now started at All Saints Church to do the same with the gutters and to replace the flat roofs with new material. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Let keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas
Despite what some supermarkets would have us believe, CHRISTmas is not about turkey. It is about the overflowing love of God revealed in the Birth of Jesus Christ! It is not therefore, as is often said, “for the children”. It is for all people because it is about the hope of our eternal salvation! Therefore as you make preparations for the great season try to keep CHRIST in CHRISTmas by purchasing only Christian cards and religious postage stamps. NB: You may need to ask for the ‘Madonna and Child’ stamps at the Postoffice otherwise you will offered the secular seasonal stamps featuring red postboxes.

CAN YOU HELP? Could you offer a lift from central Bletchley to the 11am Sunday Mass at All Saints? Car would need to accommodate a “walker”. Please call Maggie on 01908 563277

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

 

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Newsletter: 18th November 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

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 – Year II
Monday (STA Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Memoria – St Edmund
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Memoria – Presentation of the blessed Virgin Mary at the Temple
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memorial – St Cecilia
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Memorial – St Andrew Dung-Lac & companions
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

2018 PARISH FAYRE
12 noon, Saturday 24th November
At Bishop Parker School
A Fun Afternoon for all the family!
Please access the School via rear entrance on Barton Road (located off Drayton Road) MK2 3BT.
Plenty of parking available.

We are looking for donations of items on the following Sundays:
18th November: Soft Drinks & Bottles of Drink
24th November: Freshly baked cakes {On the day}
Please bring any donations to Mass and leave them in the Sacristy. If you would like to help with the Fayre as a volunteer please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION
FOR NOVEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION
NOVEMBER: Month of Prayer for all who have died, for those who have helped us live our baptismal vocation.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE – Please pray for the soul of
Edward Hayes, whose Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 28th November, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

SECOND COLLECTION Today:
The Diocesan Priest’s Fund, Helping to care for sick and retired Clergy of the Northampton Diocese.

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. Next Meeting: 10th DECEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room

ADVENT 2018 ‘My Day by Day’ Booklets
Now available at back of Church. £1. each
AN EVENING ON GLOBAL HEALING
A new film sponsored by our Bishops to explore the relationship between our faith and our common home! Join us for a free and inspiring evening of film, food & friendship, responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. Monday 19th November
7pm – St Thomas Aquinas Church meeting room
All very Welcome

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 24th NOVEMBER
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.
Future Date: 15th December

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when
applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH as a Legionary?
THE LEGION OF MARY was established in our Parish in 2006. Over the years the Legion has proved to be a very valuable and supportive part of our Parish. As your Parish Priest I am asking you to consider becoming part of this very worthwhile Parish group. Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE 31st JANUARY 2019
Want to know more about your Faith? Join us for a basic introduction to the Catholic Faith in four parts: GOD, THE CHURCH, THE MORAL LIFE, PRAYER. For each part there is a day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion. Cost: £25 per person per day (£10 for the unwaged). Price includes a full lunch. No qualifications needed – just interest, good will and a sense of humour!
Launch and Part I: January 31 2019, 10am-3pm
(arr. 9.30am for refreshments).NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD.
To book, contact: admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.

PRIESTHOOD – Is God Calling You?
Our diocesan vocations team are inviting any men who are considering a life of priesthood to contact Fr Mark Floody frmark@northamptoncathedral.org or Fr Andrew Richardson frandyrichardson@gmail.com and attend the next vocations weekend. The weekend is held at Northampton Cathedral from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. These weekends are great opportunity for anyone discerning priesthood to connect with others and make progress on their own journey of discernment.

MISSIO (APF) RED BOXES
Please return any filled Red Boxes and remember to collect a new one so we can send the money off to Missio.
Any queries please see Mr Ron Graham.

BUILDING WORKS: Work on relining the concrete gutters and repairing the flat roofs have now been completed at St St Thomas Aquinas Church. Work has now started at All Saints Church to do the same with the gutters and to replace the flat roofs with new material. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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

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Newsletter: 11th November 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 4
32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Memorial – St Josaphat
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Opt. Memorial – St Albert the Great
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

REMEBERANCE SUNDAY
At Mass today we pray for particularly for all the victims of war and for those who have given their lives for others in the defense of freedom.

WE WILL REMEMBER:
Those who’ve fallen from our sight, who rest within the heart of God….
Lest we forget the price you paid, we will remember you. We will remember, we will remember, we will remember you.
Those who have fallen from our skies, many tears the broken lives….
Lest we forget…
Those who have disappeared at sea, who fought for peace and liberty….
Lest we forget…
Those who have fought with eager grace and have been lost without a trace….
Lest we forget…

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION
FOR NOVEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION
NOVEMBER: Month of Prayer for all who have died, for those who have helped us live our baptismal vocation.

SVP Retiring Collection this weekend

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEK: The Diocesan Priest’s Fund, Helping to care for sick and retired Clergy of the Northampton Diocese.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE – Please pray for the soul of
Michael Joseph Kennedy, whose Funeral Mass will be on Friday 16th November, 11:00am at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
12th NOVEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Date: 10 December.

ADVENT 2018 ‘My Day by Day’ Booklets
Now available at back of Church. £1. each

PARISH FAYRE: Saturday 24th November
Donations needed for the Parish Fayre. We are looking for donations of items on the following Sundays:
11th November: Sweet & Candles
18th November: Soft Drinks & Bottles of Drink
24th November: Freshly baked cakes {On the day}
Please bring any donations to Mass and leave them in the Sacristy. If you would like to help with the Fayre as a volunteer please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804.
AN EVENING ON GLOBAL HEALING
A new film sponsored by our Bishops to explore the relationship between our faith and our common home! Join us for a free and inspiring evening of film, food & friendship, responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. Monday 19th November
7pm – St Thomas Aquinas Church meeting room
All very Welcome

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when
applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH as a Legionary?
THE LEGION OF MARY was established in our Parish in 2006. Over the years the Legion has proved to be a very valuable and supportive part of our Parish. As your Parish Priest I am asking you to consider becoming part of this very worthwhile Parish group. Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us
CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE 31st JANUARY 2019
Want to know more about your Faith? Join us for a basic introduction to the Catholic Faith in four parts: GOD, THE CHURCH, THE MORAL LIFE, PRAYER. For each part there is a day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion. Cost: £25 per person per day (£10 for the unwaged). Price includes a full lunch. No qualifications needed – just interest, good will and a sense of humour!
Launch and Part I: January 31 2019, 10am-3pm
(arr. 9.30am for refreshments).NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD.
To book, contact: admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.

PRIESTHOOD – Is God Calling You?
Our diocesan vocations team are inviting any men who are considering a life of priesthood to contact Fr Mark Floody frmark@northamptoncathedral.org or Fr Andrew Richardson frandyrichardson@gmail.com and attend the next vocations weekend. The weekend is held at Northampton Cathedral from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. These weekends are great opportunity for anyone discerning priesthood to connect with others and make progress on their own journey of discernment.

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

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

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Newsletter: 4th November 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Psalter Week 3
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

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

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

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

Friday (STA) Feast – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Memorial – Pope St Leo the Great
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saint’s Church, Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION
FOR NOVEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Service of Peace
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION
NOVEMBER: Month of Prayer for all who have died, for those who have helped us live our baptismal vocation.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY
Bishop’s Maintenance Fund

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
3 pm Sunday 4th November at All Saints Church
All Welcome

INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Please help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia who have lost everything – there are CAFOD donation boxes at both churches or at http://www.cafod.org.uk/donations.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3pm Tuesday 27th NOVEMBER
An opportunity for those with Dementia and their carers to come together to celebrate Mass and spend some time
Together in a friendly and supportive environment.
All are very welcome to attend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
12th NOVEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Date: 10 December.

PARISH FAYRE: Saturday 24th November
at BISHOP PARKER SCHOOL
Donations needed for the Parish Fayre. We are looking for donations of items on the following Sundays:
11th November: Sweet & Candles
18th November: Soft Drinks & Bottles of Drink
24th November: Freshly baked cakes {On the day}

Please bring any donations to Mass and leave them in the Sacristy. I Thank you for your kind donations so far, next week we are looking for sweets or candles, but any item suitable for the fayre will be greatly appreciated. Also after Mass this week there will be draw tickets available. Please return any unsold tickets or sold counterfoils to any of the Masses, or bring with you on the day
If youou would like to help with the Fayre as a volunteer please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804

AN EVENING ON GLOBAL HEALING
A new film sponsored by our Bishops to explore the relationship between our faith and our common home! Join us for a free and inspiring evening of film, food & friendship, responding together to Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and to pass on a healthy planet to our children’s children. Monday 19th November
7pm – St Thomas Aquinas Church meeting room
All very welcome

CAFOD RETREAT ~ SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
‘Countering Consumerism’
10 am – 4 pm Thornton College MK17 OHJ
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: 01494 863777

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when
applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

FAMILY FIREWORKS ~ Bishop Parker School:
6:00-8:00pm Friday 9th NOVEMBER
Price £3 each / Family of 4 £10. This is always a very popular event and the tickets are available now from Bishop Parker School Office .

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 24th NOVEMBER
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.
Future Date: 15th December

TEACHER OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (TMS/UPS)
St Paul’s Catholic School
The Governors have an exciting opportunity to recruit a teacher to join this successful and thriving department in September 2019. The person appointed with be an excellent teacher, able to teach across KS3, KS4 and KS5 and to enthuse, encourage and help pupils achieve the best that is possible. Closing date: 5 November at 9 am
Details/Application Form: http://www.st-pauls.org.uk or
Email enquiries@st-pauls.org.uk or call 01908 669735

OCTOBER 100 CLUB WINNERS
£25. Fr B D’Autilia £12. M Baldock £12. B Tassell

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH as a Legionary? THE LEGION OF MARY was established in our Parish in 2006. Over the years the Legion has proved to be a very valuable and supportive part of our Parish. As your Parish Priest I am asking you to consider becoming part of this very worthwhile Parish group. Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE JANUARY 31 2019
Want to know more about your Faith? Join us for a basic introduction to the Catholic Faith in four parts: GOD, THE CHURCH, THE MORAL LIFE, PRAYER. For each part there is a day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion. Cost: £25 per person per day (£10 for the unwaged). Price includes a full lunch. No qualifications needed – just interest, good will and a sense of humour!
Launch and Part I: January 31 2019, 10am-3pm
(arr. 9.30am for refreshments).NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD. To book, contact: admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.

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

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Newsletter: 28th October 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
30th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration with Rosary
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration with Rosary
3.00pm Dementia friendly Mass
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

* Holy Day of Obligation *
(STA) 7:30pm Vigil Mass of All Saints
Thursday Solemnity – ALL SAINTS
(AS) 10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
(STA) 7:00pm Holy Mass in Italian
(AS) 7:30pm Holy Mass

Friday – Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
ALL SOULS’ DAY
(STA) 8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
(STA) 10:00am Holy Mass in Latin
(AS) 12:00 noon Holy Mass in Italian
(STA) 7:30pm Holy Mass
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 INTENTION
FOR OCTOBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Mission of Religious. That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised and those who have no voice.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION
OCTOBER: Month of Prayer for our schools, for our young people and their vocation within the Church.

TODAY we welcome to Mass a speaker from the
St Vincent de Paul Society to talk about their work.

INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Please help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia who have lost everything – there are CAFOD donation boxes at both churches or at http://www.cafod.org.uk/donations.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE – Please pray for the soul of
(Margaret) Peggie Halsey, whose Funeral Service will be on Thursday 1st November, 1pm at the Willow Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3pm Tuesday 30th October
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.

ALL SAINTS DAY – Thursday 1st November
A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
7:30 pm Vigil MASS (Wed) St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00 am Holy MASS All Saints Church
7:00 pm Italian MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
7:30 pm MASS All Saints Church

ALL SOULS DAY – Friday 2nd November
8:30 am MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00 am LATIN MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
12 Noon Italian Mass All Saints Church
7:30 pm SUNG MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 12 November; 10 December.

OUR LADY’S MONTH OF OCTOBER
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin. The Rosary will be prayed by the Legion of Mary after each weekday Mass this month.

PARISH FAYRE: Saturday 24th November
Donations needed for the Parish Fayre. We are looking for donations of items on the following Sundays:
4th November: Bottles of Drink
11th November: Sweet & Candles
18th November: Soft Drinks & Bottles of Drink
24th November: Freshly baked cakes {On the day}
Please bring any donations to Mass and leave them in the Sacristy. If you would like to help with the Fayre as a volunteer please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804.
SPUC CAMPAIGN – Postcards to your MP!
Please send a SPUC postcard (available at the back of Church) to your MP (Iain Stewart MK South) to ask him to vote against Diana Johnson’s Ten-Minute Bill on Tuesday 23rd October. If successful the Bill could lead to changes in the law that would remove effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in Northern Ireland and also in England and Wales.

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

MK PASTORAL AREA HEALING SERVICE
As part of our preparation towards Advent, we are pleased to announce that a Healing Service with Holy Mass will be held for all parishes in Milton Keynes. The service will include a time for Adoration, Confessions, Praise and Worship and Holy Mass. It will be a special time of inner healing and waiting on the Lord. For more information, please email mkprayers@outlook.com or call 07725200866
Date: 4pm Saturday 27th October 2018
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, St Paul’s School Campus Moorgate, Leadenhall MK6 5EN

FAMILY FIREWORKS ~ Bishop Parker School:
6:00-8:00pm Friday 9th November
Price £3 each / Family of 4 £10. This is always a very popular event and the tickets are available now from Bishop Parker School Office .

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.
Future Dates: 24th November / 15th December
TEACHER OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (TMS/UPS)
St Paul’s Catholic School
The Governors have an exciting opportunity to recruit a teacher to join this successful and thriving department in September 2019. The person appointed with be an excellent teacher, able to teach across KS3, KS4 and KS5 and to enthuse, encourage and help pupils achieve the best that is possible. Closing date: 5 November at 9 am
Details/Application Form: http://www.st-pauls.org.uk or
Email enquiries@st-pauls.org.uk or call 01908 669735

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH as a Legionary?
THE LEGION OF MARY was established in our
Parish in 2006. Over the years the Legion has proved to be a very valuable and supportive part of our Parish. As your Parish Priest I am asking you to consider becoming part of this very worthwhile Parish group. Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us

CAFOD RETREAT ~ SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
‘Countering Consumerism’
10 am – 4 pm Thornton College MK17 OHJ
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: 01494 863777

OCTOBER 100 CLUB WINNERS
£25. Fr B D’Autilia £12. M Baldock £12. B Tassell

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

 

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Newsletter: 21st October 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
MISSIONS SUNDAY
Psalter Week 1
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Opt. Mem. – St John Paul II
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration with Rosary
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration with Rosary
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) 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 INTENTION
FOR OCTOBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Mission of Religious. That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalised and those who have no voice.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION
OCTOBER: Month of Prayer for our schools, for our young people and their vocation within the Church.

TODAY we welcome to Mass a speaker from MISSIO
(Red Boxes) to talk about how we can support the Pope’s Official Charity for World Mission.

SECOND COLLECTION today: Mission Sunday “Missio”

INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Please help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia who have lost everything – there are CAFOD donation boxes at both churches or at http://www.cafod.org.uk/donations.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE – Please pray for the soul of
(Margaret) Peggie Halsey, whose Funeral Service will be on Thursday 1st November, 1pm at the Willow Chapel, Crownhill Crematorium.

ALL SAINTS DAY – Thursday 1st November
A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
7:30pm Vigil MASS (Wed) St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00am Holy MASS All Saints Church
7:00pm Italian MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
7:30pm MASS All Saints Church

ALL SOULS DAY – Friday 2nd November
8:30am MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00am LATIN MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church
12noon Italian Mass All Saints Church
7:30pm SUNG MASS St Thomas Aquinas Church

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 12 November; 10 December.

OUR LADY’S MONTH OF OCTOBER
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin. The Rosary will be prayed by the Legion of Mary after each weekday Mass this month.

PARISH FAYRE: Saturday 24th November
Donations needed for the Parish Fayre. We are looking for donations of items on the following Sundays:
28th October: Toys & Toiletries
4th November: Bottles of Drink
11th November: Sweet & Candles
18th November: Soft Drinks & Bottles of Drink
Please bring any donations to Mass and leave them in the Sacristy. If you would like to help with the Fayre as a volunteer please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION MEETING
For Parents who would like to have their children Baptised in the coming weeks. 8 pm Thursday 25th October at St Thomas Aquinas Church
SPUC CAMPAIGN – Postcards to your MP!
Please send a SPUC postcard (available at the back of Church) to your MP (Iain Stewart MK South) to ask him to vote against Diana Johnson’s Ten-Minute Bill on Tuesday 23rd October. If successful the Bill could lead to changes in the law that would remove effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in Northern Ireland and also in England and Wales.

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

MK PASTORAL AREA HEALING SERVICE
As part of our preparation towards Advent, we are pleased to announce that a Healing Service with Holy Mass will be held for all parishes in Milton Keynes. The service will include a time for Adoration, Confessions, Praise and Worship and Holy Mass. It will be a special time of inner healing and waiting on the Lord. For more information, please email mkprayers@outlook.com or call 07725200866
Date: 4pm Saturday 27th October 2018
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, St Paul’s School Campus Moorgate, Leadenhall MK6 5EN

FAMILY FIREWORKS ~ Bishop Parker School:
6:00-8:00pm Friday 9th November
Price £3 each / Family of 4 £10. This is always a very popular event and the tickets are available now from Bishop Parker School Office .

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. Future Dates: 24th November / 15th December
TEACHER OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (TMS/UPS)
St Paul’s Catholic School
The Governors have an exciting opportunity to recruit a teacher to join this successful and thriving department in September 2019. The person appointed with be an excellent teacher, able to teach across KS3, KS4 and KS5 and to enthuse, encourage and help pupils achieve the best that is possible. Closing date: 5 November at 9 am
Details/Application Form: http://www.st-pauls.org.uk or
Email enquiries@st-pauls.org.uk or call 01908 669735

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO SERVE HIS CHURCH as a Legionary?
THE LEGION OF MARY was established in our
Parish in 2006. Over the years the Legion has proved to be a very valuable and supportive part of our Parish. As your Parish Priest I am asking you to consider becoming part of this very worthwhile Parish group. Membership is open to practising Catholic male and female parishioners. The work of the Legion in our Parish focuses mainly on visiting the sick, bereaved, and housebound and contributes very much in assisting the Priests of our Parish. If you are interested in finding out more about The Legion of Mary you are very welcome to attend one of the weekly meetings. Meetings are held in the Meeting Room at All Saints Church every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm-9.00pm.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary pray for us

Fr Christopher is away this week (Mon-Fri) in Rome on in-service training with Bishop Peter and other Priests of the Diocese. In his absence please direct all clergy matters to Fr Benedetto and all general enquiries to Jo at the Parish Office.

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

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Newsletter: 14th October 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Psalter Week 4
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Memoria – At Teresa of Avila
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Holy Mass (No Adoration Today)

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

Wednesday (STA) Memoria -St Ignatius of Antioch
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday (AS) Feast – St Luke the Evangelist
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Opt. Memorial – St Paul of the Cross
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

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS SUNDAY
Part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation
To mark “Catholic Schools Sunday” students from our Parish Schools will be taking part in our 6pm Vigil Mass and 11am Sunday Mass. There will also be a talk at the 6pm Vigil, 9am and 11am Masses by Mr Robert Mundy our Executive Head
Teacher of the Bletchley Catholic Schools Federation. Please pray for our Catholic Schools and the vital role they play in evangelization and the Mission of the Church.

SECOND COLLECTION today:
Catholic Teacher’s Training Fund

INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
– what are we doing? CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to reach tens of thousands of people affected by Indonesia’s devastating tsunami. More than 1,500 people have been killed and thousands of homes have been destroyed after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, which triggered a tsunami, struck Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, on Friday 28 September. Our Caritas aid workers on the ground have a wealth of experience responding to this type of disaster and are already present in two dioceses near the affected area – Makassar in South Sulawesi and Manado in North Sulawesi. They are being supported by our sister agency Catholic Relief Service (CRS) who are already addressing the immediate needs of survivors, with clean drinking water and food, shelter – tents tarpaulin, and blankets – medical and health services, alongside solar and fuel oil, due to fuel shortages. Please help our brothers and sisters in Indonesia who have lost everything – there are CAFOD donation boxes at both churches or at http://www.cafod.org.uk/donations.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE – Please pray for the soul of
Peggie Halsey, who died on 2nd October.
Funeral to be announced
Deirdre Gleeson, who died on 27th September.
Funeral at St Thomas Aquinas Church on Monday
15th October at 11.15am

PARISH STATISTICS “Head Count”
This is the last weekend for our Mass count. Can collectors please count all adults and children including those serving at the Altar.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 12 November; 10 December.

OUR LADY’S MONTH OF OCTOBER
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin. The Rosary will be prayed by the Legion of Mary after each weekday Mass this month.

PARISH FAYRE: Save the Date Saturday 24th November
We will be holding this year’s Christmas Fayre at Bishop Parker School on Saturday 24th November. This will be the Parish’s main fund raising event and is always well supported. Why not come along & see the improvements that have been made to the school. Also ample parking has been agreed with the local businesses on Barton Road, so there will be no issues with parking. As usual we will be seeking donations and will provide a timetable for items to be donated in the next few weeks. If you are interested in helping out, or have any new ideas that we could incorporate, please contact the Parish office or Mags Holloway on 07886196804.

SPUC CAMPAIGN – Postcards to your MP!
Please send a SPUC postcard (available at the back of Church) to your MP (Iain Stewart MK South) to ask him to vote against Diana Johnson’s Ten-Minute Bill on Tuesday 23rd October. If successful the Bill could lead to changes in the law that would remove effective legal protection for unborn babies and their mothers in Northern Ireland and also in England and Wales.

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.
2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance.
There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP Next Meeting: 20th October 2018 This group meets once a month on a Saturday 3:00-5:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. Future Dates: 24th November / 15th December

MK PASTORAL AREA HEALING SERVICE
As part of our preparation towards Advent, we are pleased to announce that a Healing Service with Holy Mass will be held for all parishes in Milton Keynes. The service will include a time for Adoration, Confessions, Praise and Worship and Holy Mass. It will be a special time of inner healing and waiting on the Lord. For more information, please email mkprayers@outlook.com or call 07725200866
Date: Saturday 27th October 2018 at 4pm
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, St Paul’s School Campus Moorgate, Leadenhall MK6 5EN
Celebrant and Speaker: Rev Fr Gladson Dabre OSA.

LUX ‘GOLD’
Kings Park Conference Centre, Northampton
1st – 3rd February 2019
A fun residential weekend for young Catholics aged 11-18 years. Contact Fiona on 01582 720627 or
Email Fiona@nymo.org

‘FLAME’ 2019
Wembley Arena
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Price £20 (ticket price only). Contact Fiona on
01582 720627 or email Fiona@nymo,org

FAMILY FIREWORKS
Bishop Parker School have organised a Fireworks Evening for Friday 9th November 6pm-8pm.
Price £3 each / Family of 4 £10.
This is always a very popular event and the tickets are available now from Bishop Parker School Office .

BOOKS FOR SALE at the back of All Saints Church
£1. per book: Donations from the sale will go towards our Parish Project ’SEPO’ in Zambia. We do ask, however, that these books are not read during Mass.

TEACHER OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (TMS/UPS )
St Paul’s Catholic School
The Governors have an exciting opportunity to recruit a teacher to join this successful and thriving department in September 2019. The person appointed with be an excellent teacher, able to teach across KS3, KS4 and KS5 and to enthuse, encourage and help pupils achieve the best that is possible. Closing date: 5 November at 9 am
Details/Application Form: http://www.st-pauls.org.uk or
Email enquiries@st-pauls.org.uk or call 01908 669735

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

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Newsletter: 7th October 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Psalter Week 3
27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Opt. Mem. – Bl John Henry Newman
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Opt. Mem. – St John XXIII
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Memorial – St Edward the Confessor
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 INTENTION FOR OCTOBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for: The Mission of Religious.
That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves, and be present among the poor, the marginalised, and those who have no voice.
DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION – OCTOBER
Month of Prayer for our schools, for our young people and their vocation within the Church.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of
Terry Gilmartin , who died on 23rd September at Milton Keynes Hospital, funeral on 12th October St Thomas Aquinas Church 12 Noon. Terry’s body will be received into church on Thursday 11th at 4pm.
Gerard Cloake, who died on 23rd September . Funeral at Crownhill Crematorium Oak Chapel on 11th October 11.30am
Peggie Halsey, Who died on 2nd October. Funeral to be announced
Deirdre Gleeson, who died on 27th September. Funeral at St Thomas Aquinas Church on Monday 15th October at 11.15am

CAFOD Family Fast Day
Second Collection this weekend

PARISH STATISTICS “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statitcs report for the Diocese. This year we have been asked to count Mass attendance on the last two Sundays of September and the first two Sundays of October. Could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS – This weekend
Sunday 3pm at All Saints Church

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
Monday 8th October
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
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.
Future Dates: 12 November; 10 December.

OUR LADY’S MONTH OF OCTOBER
The Month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin. The Rosary will be prayed by the Legion of Mary after each weekday Mass this month.
PARISH FAYRE:
Save The Date – Saturday 24th November
We will be holding this year’s Christmas Fayre at Bishop Parker School on Saturday 24th November.
This will be the Parish’s main fund raising event and is always well supported. Why not come along & see the improvements that have been made to the school. Also ample parking has been agreed with the local businesses on Barton Road, so there will be no issues with parking.
As usual we will be seeking donations and will provide a timetable for items to be donated in the next few weeks.
If you are interested in helping out, or have any new ideas that we could incorporate please contact the Parish office or Mags Holloway on 07886196804.

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

2019 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2018 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 1st /2nd December (Advent Sunday). If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2020 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2020 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2019 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance.
There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 3rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

MK FOOD BANK is very short of supplies.
Great reliance is placed on your generosity. Food can be left at All Saints, in the box located on the left hand side towards the front of church. A basket is located at the back of St Thomas Aquinas Church.

ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL OPEN EVENING
For prospective Year 7 pupils and parents
Tuesday 9th October 2018; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Call: 01908 669735 Email: enquiries@st-pauls.org.uk
MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
Next Meeting: 20th October 2018
This group meets once a month on a Saturday
3:00-5:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.
Future Dates: 24th November / 15th December

CHILDREN’S LITURGY AT 6PM VIGIL MASS
Will now take place on the first Saturday of each month.
If you would be interested in either being a Children’s Liturgist or a helper please contact Fr Christopher.
Volunteers will need to have a DBS Check organized by the Parish.

JUSTICE & PEACE CONFERENCE
Northampton Justice and Peace Commission invite you to a conference on ‘Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking’. On Saturday 13th October at St John’s Parish Hall in Luton, Sr Patricia Mulhall cub and Michael Duthie will be sharing their experience for you. For more details contact call 01494 875 485

FAMILY FIREWORKS
Bishop Parker School have organised a Fireworks Evening for Friday 9th November 6pm-8pm.
Price £3 each / Family of 4 £10.
This is always a very popular event and the tickets are available now from Bishop Parker School Office .

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

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