Newsletter: 20th October 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
29th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week
Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

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

Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (AS) Rosary (All Saints Meeting Room)

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

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

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

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass this month.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER:
A Missionary “Spring” in the Church
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church. This month is an “Extraordinary Month” of Mission.

WELCOME: This weekend we welcome to the 6pm Vigil Mass Knights of St Columba from across the Province of Northampton who are celebrating 100 years of the foundation of the Order. The Knights in our Diocese also work in close partnership with the Guardians of the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Diocesan Shrine in Bedford. It is a great honour to have the image and the guardians with us also at the Vigil Mass. After Mass there is an opportunity to come forward and venerate the image as we ask for Mary’s powerful intercession.

THIS WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION:
Mission Sunday. “World Mission Sunday”. As our global church comes together on this special day, Missio asks the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in India and throughout the world, through your prayers and financial support.”

Next Weekend: Retiring Collection for the Society of St Vincent DePaul (SVP)

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Cormac Rynne, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium MK at 10:00am on Friday 25th October.

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

ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS DAY(S)
All Saints Day: Friday 1st November (Holy Day of Obligation)
8:30am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00am Mass – All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass – All Saints Church

All Souls Day: Saturday 2nd November
9:30am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of the faithful departed: Monday 4th November
(Mass for the Repose of the Souls of all whose Funerals have taken place in our Parish over the last 12 months).
7:30pm Mass -St Thomas Aquinas Church.

A NEW ‘ENGLISH’ SAINT FOR OUR CHURCH!
“The Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman last Sunday was a moment of true celebration for the whole Church but perhaps most particularly, for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is therefore hoped that the Church will rise to the challenge of suitably celebrating this momentous event. We therefore echo the prophetic words of Pope Benedict XVI who, whilst standing on the hallowed soil of Newman’s homeland, remarked that he was saint for our time; a man, who like us, was both truly ordinary and truly extraordinary. There are scholars who will comment on the seeming contradictions in Newman’s life; these are false dichotomies. Rather we should see these for what they are: complementary strengths. The one constant thread in the life of Newman was his search for the truth of Jesus Christ; it was this that led him to the one true fold of the Redeemer: the Catholic Church. He was not content to settle for shadows or pale imitations. Only the fullness of truth revealed by Christ and bestowed by Him to the Catholic Church was enough to appease his conscience. In this regard Saint John Henry Newman can be viewed as a catalyst to authentic mission, spiritual renewal and ultimately the numerical growth of our communities. Now that he is able to see Truth Himself, that is Jesus Christ, may St John Henry Newman pray for us!”

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT IN THE PARISH
We are the parish group of bereavement survivors; we offer you a safe space to share your feelings and experiences following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who have gone and reflect on God’s teachings to guide us through bereavement and coping with the future. All are welcome no matter how long you have been bereaved. Future Dates: 11 November; 9 December. Time 3.30 to 5 pm “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

DAY OF REFLECTION. A day of reflection, inspiration, and prayer for all in ministry to the sick, whether in homes, hospitals or care homes. We invite all who have an interest or involvement in this ministry to join with us. This event is offered by the Pastoral Ministry Office in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society and will be held at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes on 9th November, 10-3pm please use the following link: http://www.pastoralministryoffice.org to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Bring your own lunch!

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE
Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas School between 12-2pm. Wanted: Helpers for this year’s Christmas Fayre – Can you bake? Paint faces? Entertain children? Run a stall? Help set up or clear up? Create a poster to advertise the event? Do you want to organise a stall that we haven’t had before? If you can help in any way to make this event a success, then please contact the Parish office or Mags Holloway at hollers35@sky.com or 07886196804.
There is a meeting for all Parish Fayre Volunteers on Monday 21st October, 7:00pm in St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room.

THE LEGION OF MARY invite you to join them at All Saints Church Meeting Room on Wednesdays at 7pm to pray the Holy Rosary in the month of October.

MESSAGE FROM THE FOOD BANK – Thank you so much for your generous Harvest Festival contribution to the Food Bank. The food will be distributed to families and individuals in need of help across Milton Keynes. Thank you for supporting us in helping to provide urgent food relief for people in need.

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

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Newsletter: 13th October 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
28th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week
Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

Tuesday Memoria: St Theresa of Avila
9:30am (AS) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (AS) Rosary (All Saints Meeting Room)

Thursday Memoria: St Ignatius of Antioch
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Feast: St Luke the Evangelist
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

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

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass this month.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER:
A Missionary “Spring” in the Church
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church. This month is an “Extraordinary Month” of Mission.

TODAY: Harvest Donations for the Food Bank
Please place tinned and dry goods (no fresh produce please) in the basket before the Altar that will be donated to the local Foodbank.

NEXT WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION:
Mission Sunday. “World Mission Sunday is on 20th October. As our global church comes together on this special day, Missio asks the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in India and throughout the world, through your prayers and financial support.”

A NEW ‘ENGLISH’ SAINT FOR OUR CHURCH!
Canonisation of John Henry Newman – Sunday 13th October – Rome. “Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom” The ‘Kindly Light’ to which Newman refers in his famous hymn led him through challenges to faith: from university academic to theologian, conversion from Anglican vicar to Catholic priest and cardinal, through steps from ‘venerable’ to ‘blessed’ and canonisation, from Oxford, to his Parish at Littlemore and to Oscott Seminary . In 1852, from the pulpit of Oscott’s College chapel, in the First Provincial Synod of Westminster, Newman delivered his famous sermon ‘The Second Spring’, a moving account of the recovery of English Catholicism from the dark days of penal times to its Victorian splendour. It characterised the expression of the restoration of Catholicism, and ‘Second Spring’ passed into common usage to describe Catholic life in Victorian England. In today’s secular world, we, too, are confronted with challenges to faith presented by change,
development and progress, but in St John Henry Newman we have a powerful intercessor and guide.
May St John Henry Newman Pray for us!!

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS WEEK: 7th – 13th October
To mark end of the week of celebration and prayer for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese Isabella who is a student at St Paul’s Catholic School will say a few words about her experience of Catholic education at the 11:00am Mass Today.

COFFEE AFTER 11am MASS Today The Society of St Theresa of the Child Jesus invites you for refreshments after 11am Mass every second Sunday – any donations to Parish funds.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT IN THE PARISH
“Mourn with those who mourn” – Romans 12:15
We are the parish group of bereavement survivors; we offer you a safe space to share your feelings and experiences following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who have gone and reflect on God’s teachings to guide us through bereavement and coping with the future. We meet every second Monday of the month at 3:30pm at All Saints Church Meeting Room. To find out more and see if this group is right for you get in touch with Fr Christopher who will point you to the group organisers for a friendly chat. All are welcome no matter how long you have been bereaved. Future Dates: Monday 14 October; 11 November; 9 December. Time 3.30 to 5 pm
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

THIS WEEKEND: “Head Count” Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics 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. Today could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

DAY OF REFLECTION. A day of reflection, inspiration, and prayer for all in ministry to the sick, whether in homes, hospitals or care homes. We encourage Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, members of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary and parishioners who have an interest or involvement in this ministry to join with us. This event is offered by the Pastoral Ministry Office in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society and will be held at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes on 9th November, 10-3pm – please use the following link http://www.pastoralministryoffice.org to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Bring your own lunch!

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE We are pleased to confirm that this year’s Parish Fayre will be held on Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas school between 12-2pm. Wanted: Helpers for this year’s Christmas Fayre – Can you bake? Paint faces? Entertain children? Run a stall? Help set up or clear up? Create a poster to advertise the event? Do you want to organise a stall that we haven’t had before? If you can help in any way to make this event a success, then please contact the Parish office or Mags Holloway at hollers35@sky.com or 07886196804

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Business, Education, Charities or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

THE LEGION OF MARY invite you to join them at All Saints Church Meeting Room on Wednesdays at 7pm to pray the Holy Rosary in the month of October.

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

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Newsletter: 6th Ovtober 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
27th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week

Monday Memoria: Our Lady of the Rosary
9:30am (STA) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

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

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

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

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

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

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass this month.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER:
A Missionary “Spring” in the Church
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church. This month is an “Extraordinary Month” of Mission.

SECOND COLLECTION Today: CAFOD family fast day

Next Week: Harvest Donations for the Food Bank
Please bring along to Mass tinned and dry goods (no fresh produce please) that can be donated to the local Foodbank and place in the basket before the Altar.

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS WEEK: 7th – 13th October
To mark this week of celebration and prayer for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese this weekend young people from the Parish will take a few moments at the end of Mass to share their experiences of Catholic Education. We welcome Emma (7:30am); Beau (9am); Isabella (11am) and Jason (6:30pm).

COFFEE AFTER MASS The Society of St Theresa of the Child Jesus invites you for refreshments after 11am Mass every second Sunday – any donations to Parish funds.

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT IN THE PARISH
“Mourn with those who mourn” – Romans 12:15
We are the parish group of bereavement survivors; we offer you a safe space to share your feelings and experiences following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who have gone and reflect on God’s teachings to guide us through bereavement and coping with the future. We meet every second Monday of the month at 3:30pm at All Saints Church Meeting Room. To find out more and see if this group is right for you get in touch with Fr Christopher who will point you to the group organisers for a friendly chat. All are welcome no matter how long you have been bereaved. Future Dates: Monday 14 October; 11 November; 9 December. Time 3.30 to 5 pm
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

BISHOP PARKER SCHOOL OPEN DAYS
Open days for parents of children wanting to start School in in September 2020: 10th October at 11:15am and 26th November at 11:15am. For more information please contact Mrs Lucy Duckworth the School Administrator on 01908 372129

ST PAULS CATHOLIC SCHOOL OPEN EVENING
An Open Evening for prospective year 7 parents is on Tuesday 8th October 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the School.


ECUMENICAL DAY OF REFLECTION:
Saturday, 12th October 2019 St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, MK2 2JE. Led by Fr Wayne Coughlin, Parish Priest in Bedford and Diocesan Director of Missio (the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission). Theme: “Entering the Mystery: Salvation history in art”. Start Time: 10:15am / Concludes at: 4:00pm. Participants are asked to contact the Booking Secretary (Sheila) by Monday, 7th October to confirm attendance: holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com / (01234) 353116. Any queries can be addressed to the Booking Secretary (details above).

THIS WEEKEND: “Head Count” Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics 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. Today could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

DAY OF REFLECTION. A day of reflection, inspiration, and prayer for all in ministry to the sick, whether in homes, hospitals or care homes. We encourage Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, members of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary and parishioners who have an interest or involvement in this ministry to join with us. This event is offered by the Pastoral Ministry Office in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society and will be held at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes on 9th November, 10-3pm – please use the following link http://www.pastoralministryoffice.org to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Bring your own lunch!

DEPUTY HEADTEACHER VACANCY
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint a Deputy Headteacher for January 2020 or earlier, if possible. Visits to the school are encouraged; please contact Mrs A. Board on 01582 572964 or finance@stjosephs.primaryluton.co.uk. For further details, see our vacancies page at http://www.stjosephsprimaryluton.co.uk Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 11th October 2019. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 16th October 2019.

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE We are pleased to confirm that this year’s Parish Fayre will be held on Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas school between 12-2pm.We would love to make this year’s event bigger and better than last years, with some new ideas that we would like to make happen.If you can spare some time to help us organise the event or some time on the day, please contact Mags Holloway on 07886196804 or email hollers35@sky.com.Watch this space for progress updates.
Thank you for your continued support for this important social event.

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

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Newsletter: 29th September 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
26th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week

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

Tuesday Memoria: St Teresa of the Child Jesus
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
3:00pm (STA) Dementia Friendly Mass

Wednesday Memoria: Holy Guardian Angels
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

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

Friday Memoria: St Francis of Assisi
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
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 SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

BISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER – Today
In preparation for the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October called for by Pope Francis, Bishop Peter has prepared a pastoral letter which will be read out at all Masses this weekend.

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEK:
CAFOD family fast day
This Friday CAFOD invites you to have a simple meal like a bowl of soup and to donate the money you save to help some of the poorest communities in our world. Please place the money in a CAFOD Envelope and put it in the second collection next weekend.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
Newman retired from Anglican ministry in October 1845 and was received into the Catholic Church by Blessed Dominic Barberi at Littlemore near Oxford. Bishop Nicholas Wiseman, of the then Midland District, offered Newman and his community of Oxford converts a home in
Old Oscott House, near Birmingham, which had been used as a school since the seminarians moved to the New Oscott College in 1838. Following ordination in Rome, Newman established the first English Oratory there and renamed the house Maryvale. His plan was to study, write, educate, lead missions, help local clergy and care for the poor.
Maryvale occupies a unique place in the history of the Catholic Church in England. Catholic worship has been celebrated continuously on the site for over 1000 years.
This is the seventh in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEACHING AND THEOLOGY OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS
The “Thomistic Institute” have developed an exciting new “Aquinas” course that can be delivered directly into your email inbox. The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone. The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Aquinas 101 is a series of free video courses from the Thomistic Institute that help you to engage life’s most urgent philosophical and theological questions with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the end, you’ll be able to read Aquinas on his own terms and to master the essentials of his thought.
Enrolling in a video course is easy – and it will always be free! We’ll send you two e-mails a week with everything you need. https://aquinas101.thomisticinstitute.org

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

ECUMENICAL DAY OF REFLECTION:
Saturday, 12th October 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, MK2 2JE. Led by Fr Wayne Coughlin, Parish Priest in Bedford and Diocesan Director of Missio (the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission). Theme: “Entering the Mystery: Salvation history in art”. Bring-and-share lunch. NB: Sandwiches, etc. can be bought locally if preferred. Tea, coffee and biscuits available on arrival and throughout the day. Start Time: 10:15am / Concludes at: 4:00pm.
People can come for the whole or part of the day.
The 9:30am Mass will be celebrated as normal.
There will be an opportunity to purchase, at a reduced price, a wonderful book consisting of famous works of art (all profits will support Missio). We shall be joined by ecumenical guests from the newly formed “North Bedford Churches Together”. Participants are asked to contact the Booking Secretary (Sheila) by Monday, 7th October to confirm attendance: holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com / (01234) 353116. Any queries can be addressed to the Booking Secretary (details above).

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

THIS WEEKEND: “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics 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. Today could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

PARISH FAYRE We would like to invite anyone who has an idea or suggestion to come along to a meeting on 30th September at 7pm St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. We would really love some new ideas and to involve more of our Parish in this annual event.

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

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Newsletter: 22nd September 2019

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND:
Fr Clements’s Parish “Borehole Project”.
A borehole has now been drilled to 200 metres and the parish now has its own source of free, clean water. Funds are still needed however to complete a reservoir and to reduce the fluoride content to the recommended level.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 24th September:
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 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
‘In 1828, Newman was appointed Vicar at Littlemore, a very poor hamlet near Oxford which had neither church nor school. He discovered that the majority of the children were
uneducated and illiterate, and if people went to Church on Sunday, they had to walk three miles into Oxford. Newman took his duties as Vicar very seriously saying: “I have the
responsibility of souls on me to the day of my death.” He rented a room where his congregation could meet. He began to catechize the children and to explain St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Newman cared for the poor, the sick and the overlooked. He eventually founded a church and a school. It was during his time in Littlemore that he converted to Catholicism.
This is the sixth in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEACHING AND THEOLOGY OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS The “Thomistic Institute” have developed an exciting new “Aquinas” course that can be delivered directly into your email inbox. The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone. The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Aquinas 101 is a series of free video courses from the Thomistic Institute that help you to engage life’s most urgent philosophical and theological questions with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the end, you’ll be able to read Aquinas on his own terms and to master the essentials of his thought.
Enrolling in a video course is easy – and it will always be free! We’ll send you two e-mails a week with everything you need. https://aquinas101.thomisticinstitute.org

ECUMENICAL DAY OF REFLECTION:
Saturday, 12th October 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, MK2 2JE. Led by Fr Wayne Coughlin, Parish Priest in Bedford and Diocesan Director of Missio (the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission).
Theme: “Entering the Mystery: Salvation history in art”.
Bring-and-share lunch. NB: Sandwiches, etc. can be bought locally if preferred. Tea, coffee and biscuits available on arrival and throughout the day.
Start Time: 10:15am / Concludes at: 4:00pm.
People can come for the whole or part of the day.
The 9:30am Mass will be celebrated as normal.
There will be an opportunity to purchase, at a reduced price, a wonderful book consisting of famous works of art (all profits will support Missio). We shall be joined by ecumenical guests from the newly formed “North Bedford Churches Together”. Participants are asked to contact the Booking Secretary (Sheila) by Monday, 7th October to confirm attendance: holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com / (01234) 353116. Any queries can be addressed to the Booking Secretary (details above).

THIS WEEKEND: “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics 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. Today could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Thursday 26th September at All Saints Meeting Room following the 10:00am Mass. Tea, coffee, cake 7 tombola. All very welcome.

ANNUAL LEAVE: Fr Christopher will be on vacation until Tuesday 1st October. In his absence please address all general enquiries to Jo at the Parish Office and all Clergy matters to Fr Emmanuel.

THE ANNUAL ACADEMIC MASS FOR TEACHERS will be celebrated at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School on Tuesday 1st October at 4.30pm. All Catholic teachers are welcome to attend including those teaching in non-Catholic schools

BLETCHLEY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FEDERATION – UPDATE

New Foundation Governor is Needed
We are looking for a new Foundation Governor for the Bletchley Catholic Schools Federation. This federation includes both Bishop Parker Primary School and St Thomas Aquinas Primary School. The Federation Governor should be a practising Catholic and not be a parent of either school. We have enough parents on the Governing Board already and want to get the right balance. We are looking for a professional who can bring a range of skills and talents to our governing table. Someone who can hold the schools to account and is able to ask searching questions as a critical friend. There are three full Governing Board meetings per year. Professionals with building, HR or finance experience would be ideal but other professions are very welcome to put their name forward to support our Bletchley schools. So if you would like to come forward or you know someone else who may be interested in becoming a Foundation Governor please contact either school or email me. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Outstanding News!
On July 1st Diocesan Inspectors came to St Thomas Aquinas School to inspect RE, Collective Worship and the Catholic life of the school. The school was graded outstanding for all aspects. The inspectors told us that they had not seen pupils as religiously articulate as our pupils before. They also praised the Catholic life of the school as a major strength which permeates all we do. The report is a really good read and I would commend it to you. This can be downloaded from the St Thomas Aquinas school website under school statutory information. So congratulations to pupils, parents, staff and governors! We are very proud of this magnificent achievement. Cathy Stormonth – Chair of Governors

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

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Newsletter 15th September 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
24th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week

Monday Memoria: SS Cornelius & Cyprian
9:30am (STA) Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) 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: SS Andrew Kim Taegon
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feast: St Matthew the Apostle
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

BLETCHLEY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS FEDERATION – UPDATE
New Foundation Governor is Needed
We are looking for a new Foundation Governor for the Bletchley Catholic Schools Federation. This federation includes both Bishop Parker Primary School and St Thomas Aquinas Primary School. The Federation Governor should be a practising Catholic and not be a parent of either school. We have enough parents on the Governing Board already and want to get the right balance. We are looking for a professional who can bring a range of skills and talents to our governing table. Someone who can hold the schools to account and is able to ask searching questions as a critical friend. There are three full Governing Board meetings per year. Professionals with building, HR or finance experience would be ideal but other professions are very welcome to put their name forward to support our Bletchley schools. So if you would like to come forward or you know someone else who may be interested in becoming a Foundation Governor please contact either school or email me. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Outstanding News!
On July 1st The Diocese visited St Thomas Aquinas School to inspect RE, Collective Worship and the Catholic life of the school. The school was graded outstanding for all aspects. The inspectors told us that they had not seen pupils as religiously articulate as our pupils before. They also praised the Catholic life of the school as a major strength which permeates all we do. The report is a really good read and I would commend it to you. This can be downloaded from the St Thomas Aquinas school website under school statutory information. So congratulations to pupils, parents, staff and governors! We are very proud of this magnificent achievement.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY:
HOME MISSION SUNDAY “Supporting the Church’s Mission here in England and Wales as we seek to share the message of Christ with those whom we live and work.”

Second Collection Next weekend: Fr Clements’s Parish “Borehole Project”. A borehole has now been drilled to 200 metres and the parish now has its own source of free, clean water. Funds are still needed however to complete a reservoir and to reduce the fluoride content to the recommended level.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Joan Butler, who died in Saturday 7th September at her home in Cornwall. Joan and her family have a long association with our Parish and we pray for her soul and for the family at this time.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
‘Lead Kindly Light’, written when Newman became very ill while travelling abroad, is a prayer seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance while experiencing sadness and spiritual conflict. It suggests three levels of interpretation: Newman’s longing for his earthly home; a restless soul yearning for heavenly homecoming; and Newman’s search for clear direction in his own faith. In the first stanza, Newman calls on the Kindly Light, the Holy Spirit, to rescue him from his homesickness and his struggles with his mission in the Anglican faith, and to lead him on safe paths to heaven. In the second stanza, Newman recalls with sadness and remorse his proud and willful past. In the final stanza, God’s powerful Love and Newman’s faith and hope overcome darkness, brokenness and doubt. This is the fifth in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 24th September:
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 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING Thursday 26th September at All Saints Meeting Room following the 10:00am Mass. Tea, coffee, cake 7 tombola. All very welcome.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

NEXT WEEKEND: “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics 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. Next week could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

ANNUAL LEAVE: Fr Christopher will be on Vacation until Tuesday 1st October. In his absence please address all general enquiries to Jo at the Parish Office and all Clergy matters to Fr Emmanuel.

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

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Newsletter: 8th September 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
23rd Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

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

During the Week

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

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) 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
11:30am (AS) Funeral Service of Louis Rodricks

Friday Memoria: St John Chrysostom
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feast: Exaltation of the Holy Cross
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
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 SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Louis Archangelo Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at All Saints Church at 11:30am on Thursday 12th September.

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

SECOND COLLECTION Next week:
HOME MISSION SUNDAY “Supporting the Church’s Mission here in England and Wales as we seek to share the message of Christ with those whom we live and work.”

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
Canonisation is the final step in the official process of declaration of Newman’s sainthood. To ensure objective scrutiny of holiness, evaluation can only begin five years after the candidate’s death. Individuals are declared “servant of God”, and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints scrutinises evidence of candidates’ holiness, work, and signs that people have been drawn to prayer through their example. Following approval, and the Pope’s decision that candidates lived a life of “heroic virtue”, they are called “venerable”. At Beatification the title “blessed” is given when incidents attributed to candidates can be ‘verified by evidence’ and accepted as miracles. Normally, sainthood is recognised by canonisation following two Vatican-authenticated miracles. Our last canonisation was in 1970 when Pope Paul VI made 40 English and Welsh martyrs saints.
This is the fourth in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

A MESSAGE FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
ACN continues to provide urgently needed packages of food, hygiene products and clothing to help Christians in Syria return to their everyday routines. £150 will cover one month’s supply for a family in need. The needs of families are extensive as many of them lost all of their possessions.
Please give whatever you can to help us continue this vital project, everything makes a difference. You can donate via our website http://www.acnuk.org/getinvolved/donate

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING:
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

RETIRING COLLECTION Today, for the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER
We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ST PAUL’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL?
Why not book one of St Paul’s Friday school tours for Year 5 and 6 parents?
St Paul’s Friday school tours take place on:
13th, 20th and 27th September or 11th October at 9.30am. The tours take approximately one hour.
To reserve your place please call 01908 669735 or email Belinda.Joyce@st-pauls.org.uk with your preferred date.

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

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Newsletter: 1st September 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
22nd Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
3:00pm (AS) Divine Mercy Devotions
6:30pm (AS) Mass

During the Week

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

Tuesday Feast: Pope St Gregory the Great
9:30am (AS) 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
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
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 SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS Today
3pm at All Saints Church, everyone very welcome!

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Louis Archangelo Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at All Saints Church at 11:30am on Thursday 12th September.

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

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in Birmingham on 19 September 2010 making him Blessed John Henry Newman. Following research by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved Cardinal Newman’s canonisation for Sunday 13 October 2019, and this will be a day of great celebration and rejoicing in the UK than throughout the world.
The first miracle attributed to Newman’s intercession involved the complete and inexplicable healing of a deacon from a disabling spinal condition. His second miracle concerned the healing of a pregnant American woman. The woman prayed for the intercession of Cardinal Newman following a life-threatening diagnosis, and her doctors have been unable to explain how or why she was able to suddenly recover.
This is the third in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

A MESSAGE FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
ACN continues to provide urgently needed packages of food, hygiene products and clothing to help Christians in Syria return to their everyday routines. £150 will cover one month’s supply for a family in need. The needs of families are extensive as many of them lost all of their possessions.
Please give whatever you can to help us continue this vital project, everything makes a difference. You can donate via our website http://www.acnuk.org/getinvolved/donate

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING:
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

ROSARY LINK FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD
Friday 6th September 8.30am Mass followed by Rosary

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
Interested in becoming a Catholic? Seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation as an Adult? Want to learn more about your Catholic Faith? If any of these apply to you then we invite you to join our 2019-2020 Journey in Faith Programme. The Course will begin this Thursday 5th September 2019 at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE) 7:30 – 9:00 pm and will continue on Thursday evenings until Easter 2020. Weekly Sunday Mass or Saturday Vigil Mass attendance is essential for those who desire to be Baptised and Confirmed in the Church.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER
We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

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

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Newsletter: 25th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
21st Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

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

Tuesday Memoria: St Monica
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
NO 3:00pm Dementia Mass in August

Wednesday Memoria: St Augustine
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday Memoria: The Passion of St John the Baptist
(NO Mass at 10am Today)
7:00pm (AS) Mass (Farwell to Fr Benedetto)

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
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 AUGUST:
Families, Schools of Human Growth
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.”

PARISH OFFICE – SUMMER BREAK
The Parish Office will re-open on Wednesday 28th August following the Summer Break.

TEMPORARY CHANGE TO MASS WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Please note there will be NO 10:00am Mass on Thursday Morning this week as the leaving Mass for Fr Benedetto will be celebrated at 7:00pm at All Saints Church.

WELCOME FR EMMANUEL OKAMI
Fr Emmanuel will be spending this weekend in the Parish saying hello to parishioners and getting “a feel” for Bletchley before beginning his Priestly ministry amongst us in the second week of September. We pray he will be very happy amongst us here in the Parish.

FR BENEDETTO’S LEAVING MASS will be celebrated at All Saints Church on Thursday on 29th August at 7:00pm, followed by a Reception at the Irish Centre (Pavilion, Manor Field, Bletchley, MK2 2HX). Fr Benedetto invites everyone to attend as he bids farewell to the Parish.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019

When Newman was created cardinal on 12 May 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, he took as his motto in Latin “Cor ad cor loquitur”, which means “Heart speaks to heart.” This mirrors Newman’s commitment to education, to establishing Catholic universities and his passionate care for the sick and the poor. When Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman on 19 September 2010, he praised his pastoral zeal for the poor and the bereaved and noted Newman’s emphasis on the vital role of establishing Catholic ministry in universities. We ask for his intercession for all those engaged in Catholic education not least the teachers, staff and governors of our Catholic Schools in Milton Keynes, and for those who bring relief help and support to the poor and vulnerable in our community, particularly for members of the SVP.
This is the second in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

A MESSAGE FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
ACN continues to provide urgently needed packages of food, hygiene products and clothing to help Christians in Syria return to their everyday routines. £150 will cover one month’s supply for a family in need. The needs of families are extensive as many of them lost all of their possessions.
Please give whatever you can to help us continue this vital project, everything makes a difference. You can donate via our website http://www.acnuk.org/getinvolved/donate

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. (Please note there is no meeting in August). The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER
We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Administrative Assistant – St Barnabas Cluster Milton Keynes – Paid part time role 16 hrs. We are currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant for the St Barnabas Cluster – Milton Keynes. The role would ideally be worked over 4 days. For full details and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or email hradmin@northamptondiocese.com.

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

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Newsletter 18th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
20th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

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

Tuesday Memoria: St Bernard
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday Memoria: St Pius X
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday Memoria: The Queenship of B.V. Mary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
7:00pm (AS) Mass

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feast: St Bartholomew
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
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 AUGUST:
Families, Schools of Human Growth
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.”

PARISH OFFICE – SUMMER BREAK
The Parish Office will be closed for a summer break from 14th August until the 27th August. The clergy are still available for urgent matters.

FR BENEDETTO’S LEAVING MASS will be celebrated at All Saints Church on Thursday on 29th August at 7:00pm, followed by a Reception at the Irish Centre (Pavilion, Manor Field, Bletchley, MK2 2HX) where food will be served. Fr Benedetto invites everyone to attend as he bids farewell to the Parish and leaves to take up his new position as Parish Priest of Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in High Wycombe. If you are able to attend, please sign the list at the back of Church so we know how many to cater for.

WELCOME BACK FR CLEMENT
Our good friend Fr Clement has arrived from Kenya and will be spending a couple of months with us in the parish as he enjoys some rest and relaxation and provides some cover while Fr Benedetto and Fr Christopher take some time off. Fr Clement is very keen to meet new parishioners as well as old ones. If you would like him to call in for a visit, a house blessing or a meal etc please contact the Parish Office.

HELLO TO FR EMMANUEL OKAMI
A priest of the Diocese of Ilorin, Nigeria, Fr Emmanuel has been serving as an Assistant Priest in the Parish of Our Lady of Peace, Burnham for the last 9 months. He has a wealth of experience and we look forward to welcoming him as our new Assistant Priest in September. We pray he will be very happy amongst us here in Bletchley.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:

Rome on 13 October 2019
Newman (21 February 1801 – 11 August 1890), born in London, was an Oxford University academic, poet and theologian. Originally an Anglican priest, and later a Catholic priest and cardinal, he was an important figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. In 1845 Newman officially left the Church of England and his teaching post at Oxford University and was received into the Catholic Church. Following ordination as a priest he became an influential religious leader, based in Birmingham. In 1879, he was created a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in recognition of his services to the cause of the Catholic Church in England. In 1854 he was instrumental in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, which became University College, Dublin.
This is the first in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

**COACH TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH
12th September. Coach leaves from All Saints Church at 8:00am. Cost £14.50. Contact Viv Smith 01908 507184
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

A REQUEST
Do you have any redundant First Holy Communion Outfits? if so, please contact Angela at the Parish Office.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER
We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Administrative Assistant – St Barnabas Cluster Milton Keynes – Paid part time role 16 hrs. We are currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant for the St Barnabas Cluster – Milton Keynes.
The role would ideally be worked over 4 days. For full details and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or email hradmin@northamptondiocese.com.

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

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