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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2019-2020 If your child will be in year 3 or above from September 2019 and you would like to enrol them on the Parish ‘First Holy Communion Programme’ please e-mail the parish office as soon as possible at: staq@uwclub.net We will send you an application form which will need to be completed and returned to the parish office with a copy of your child’s Catholic Baptism Certificate. If your child was baptised at either St Thomas Aquinas or All Saints Church we will already have your child’s baptism certificate. If your child will be in year 3 at St Thomas Aquinas School, then the school will run a separate programme and you do not need to enrol of this Parish Course. Further details will be sent with enrolment forms on application to the Parish Office.

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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Newsletter: 11th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
19th 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 Feast: The Transfiguration of the Lord
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday Memoria: St Maximillian Kolbe
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (STA) Vigil Mass of the Assumption of B V. Mary

Thursday Solemnity: ASSUMPTION 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 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.”

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Elio Ruta, whose Funeral Service will be at All Saints Church at 11:30am on Monday 12th August.

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

LEAVING GIFT FOR FR BENEDETTO
This weekend there will be a Second Collection at all the Masses so that we can present Fr Benedetto with a financial gift from the Parish in recognition of his service and commitment to our community over the last four years.

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.

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
14th August 7:00pm Vigil Mass, St Thomas Aquinas Church
15th August 10:00am Mass, All Saints Church
15th August 7:00pm Mass, All Saints Church

QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIPS
At St Thomas’ C of E Church, Simpson (Simpson Village, MK6 3AF). Saturday 17th August 2019. 7:00pm, £12 per person, bring your own drink. Places must booked – maximum of 8 people per table. Contact Pat Hodges missquiz@sky.com or
Tel. 01908 644785. Proceeds to Fr Clement’s Parish “Water Bore Hole Project in Kenya”.

**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

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

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Newsletter: 4th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
18th 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 Feast: The Transfiguration of the Lord
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

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

Friday Feast: St Benedicta of the Cross
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
7:00pm (STA) Mass in the Italian Language

Saturday Feast: St Lawrence
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.”

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Alberto Marcucci, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 1:15pm on Tuesday 6th August.
Frances Byron, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 2:45pm on Thursday 8th August.

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

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.

LEAVING GIFT FOR FR BENEDETTO
Next weekend there will be a Second Collection at all the Masses so that we can present Fr Benedetto with a financial gift from the Parish in recognition of his service and commitment to our community over the last four years.

WELCOME BACK FR CLEMENT
Our good friend Fr Clement will be arriving from Kenya on 9th August 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.

PLEASE NOTE
During August there are NO Divine Mercy Devotions on the 1st Sunday of the Month. The next Divine Mercy Devotions will be on Sunday 1st September at 3pm, All Saints Church.

A REQUEST
Do you have any redundant First Holy Communion Outfits? if so, please contact Angela at the Parish Office.
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
14th August 7:00pm Vigil Mass, St Thomas Aquinas Church
15th August 10:00am Mass, All Saints Church
15th August 7:00pm Mass, All Saints Church

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 on 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.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
If anybody experiencing bereavement and would like support from our members, please contact Parish Office, who will put you in touch with the group organisers who can arrange home visits.

A THANK YOU FROM THE PALMER FAMILY
Donations in memory of Sylvia Palmer raised over £1,300
for Willen Hospice. Many thanks for your loving support.

QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIPS
At St Thomas’ C of E Church, Simpson (Simpson Village, MK6 3AF). Saturday 17th August 2019. 7:00pm, £12 per person, bring your own drink. Places must booked – maximum of 8 people per table. Contact Pat Hodges missquiz@sky.com or
Tel. 01908 644785. Proceeds to Fr Clement’s Parish “Water Bore Hole Project in Kenya”.

**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.

ADVANCE NOTICE
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.

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

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Newsletter: 28th July 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
17th 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 Martha
9:30am (STA) Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
3:00pm (STA) Dementia “friendly” Mass

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

Thursday Memoria: St Alphonsus Liguori
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
7:00pm (STA) Mass in the Italian Language

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.”

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Nellie Prichard, whose Requiem Mass will be at All Saints Church at 3pm Friday 2nd August.
Alberto Marcucci, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 1:15pm Tuesday 6th August.

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

FAREWELL TO FR BENEDETTO…
After serving our Parish with dedication and love over the last four years Fr Benedetto will be leaving us at the end of August to take up his new post as Parish Priest of Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in High Wycombe. He goes with our prayers and our love and we thank him for all he has contributed to the life of our Parish. He will be greatly missed but at least he won’t be too far away.

…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.

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 on 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.

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 30th July:
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.

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

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Due to low numbers we have unfortunately decided that the monthly parish bereavement group will no longer be running for the time being. If demand increases, we will revisit this decision in the future. If anybody experiencing bereavement and would like support from our members, please contact Parish Office, who will put you in touch with the group organisers who can arrange home visits.
Thank you to all who have supported the group during this time.

MASS STIPENDS FOR ZAMBIA – SEPO
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, supported by our Parish charity SEPO has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

MATTER OF HEALTH & SAFETY
Please keep the stairs at the back of All Saints Church free. Do not sit or stand on the stairs during Mass as easy and safe access is required at all times. Please also take extra care particularly with young children when using the Lady Chapel where there are lit candles. Young children must be supervised at all times in the Church. Thank you for your co-operation.

**COACH TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH
12th September. Coach leaves from All Saints Church at 9am. 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.

**PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 7th October 2019. £599.00 pp sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, from Birmingham or Stansted, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board. All guided tours included. WCHR rooms on request. Single room supp £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
**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.

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

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Newsletter: 21st July 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
16th 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 Feast: St Mary Magdalen
9:30am (STA) Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feast: St Bridget of Sweden
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

Thursday Feast: St James the Apostle
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Memoria: Ss Joachim & Anne
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 JULY: Integrity of Justice: That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Nellie Prichard, whose Requiem Mass will be at All Saints Church at 3pm Friday 2nd August.
Alberto Marcucci, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 1:15pm Tuesday 6th August.

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

FAREWELL TO FR BENEDETTO…
After serving our Parish with dedication and love over the last four years Fr Benedetto will be leaving us at the end of August to take up his new post as Parish Priest of Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in High Wycombe. He goes with our prayers and our love and we thank him for all he has contributed to the life of our Parish. He will be greatly missed but at least he won’t be too far away.

…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.

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 on 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.

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

MASS STIPENDS FOR ZAMBIA – SEPO
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, supported by our Parish charity SEPO has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

END OF THE ACEDEMIC YEAR
FOR OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS!
We pray that all our staff and students will have an enjoyable Summer Holiday after a very successful and full academic year. We pray especially for those students moving on to new schools and for members of staff taking up new positions. Hope you now can all enjoy a well earned rest! We also congratulate Marian Pierce on completing 27 years of teaching at Bishop Parker School and pray she has a happy retirement.

MATTER OF HEALTH & SAFETY
Please keep the stairs at the back of All Saints Church free. Do not sit or stand on the stairs during Mass as easy and safe access is required at all times. Please also take extra care particularly with young children when using the Lady Chapel where there are lit candles. Young children must be supervised at all times in the Church. Thank you for your co-operation.

**COACH TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH
12th September. Coach leaves from All Saints Church at 9am. 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.

**PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 7th October 2019. £599.00 pp sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, from Birmingham or Stansted, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board. All guided tours included. WCHR rooms on request. Single room supp £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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Newsletter: 14th July 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
15th 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
1:00pm (STA) Baptisms
6:30pm (AS) Mass

During the Week

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

Tuesday Memoria: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

Thursday Feria
NO 10:00am Mass at AS
9:15 am Mass at Bishop Parker School

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

Saturday Feria
11:30am (NC) Mass of Ordination at Northampton Cathedral – Rev David Donaghue.
NO 9:30am Mass or Confessions at STA Today

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


POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JULY: Integrity of Justice: That those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Deborah Elves, whose Funeral Mass will be at St Thomas Aquinas Church at 10:45am on Tuesday 16th July.

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

FAREWELL TO FR BENEDETTO…
After serving our Parish with dedication and love over the last four years Fr Benedetto will be leaving us at the end of August to take up his new post as Parish Priest of Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in High Wycombe. He goes with our prayers and our love and we thank him for all he has contributed to the life of our Parish. He will be greatly missed but at least he won’t be too far away.

…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.

TEMPORARY CHANGE TO MASS SCHEDULE (x2)
On Thursday there is a Leaver’s Mass at Bishop Parker School. As Fr Benedetto is also away there will be NO 10am Mass at All Saints Church on Thursday 17th July. On Saturday 20th July Fr Christopher and Fr Benedetto will be attending David Donaghue’s Ordination at Northampton Cathedral so there will be NO 9:30am Mass and NO 10:00am Confessions on Saturday 20th July at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

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 on 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.

SECOND COLLECTION Today
Apostleship of the Sea: a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide.
Next Weekend: Retiring Collection for the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

A NEW PRIEST FOR OUR DIOCESE
Please pray for Rev David Donaghue, who is to be Ordained Priest by Bishop Peter at Northampton Cathedral on Saturday 20th July at 11:30am. You are very welcome to attend. Some of you may remember David from the month he spent in our Parish on placement as a student in 2018. David, who is originally from Northampton, was ordained a Deacon in June last year and has just completed his studies at St Mary’s College, Oscott. It is expected that he will be appointed as an assistant Priest to a Parish in our Diocese during the Summer.

MASS STIPENDS FOR ZAMBIA – SEPO
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, supported by our Parish chatoty SEPO has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please: Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

MATTER OF HEALTH & SAFETY
Please keep the stairs at the back of All Saints Church free. Do not sit or stand on the stairs during Mass as easy and safe access is required at all times. Please also take extra care particularly with young children when using the Lady Chapel where there are lit candles. Young children must be supervised at all times in the Church. Thank you for your co-operation.

**COACH TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH
12th September. Coach leaves from All Saints Church at 9am. 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.

**PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 7th October 2019. £599.00 pp sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, from Birmingham or Stansted, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board. All guided tours included. WCHR rooms on request. Single room supp £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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