Newsletter: 21st April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
EASTER Sunday
(STA)
8:00am Holy Mass
10:00am Holy Mass in Italian
(AS)
9:00am Holy Mass
11:00am Holy Mass

During the week (EASTER WEEK)

Monday (STA) Easter Octave
12:00noon Holy Mass

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

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

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

Friday (STA) Easter Octave
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Easter Octave
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Sunday (AS)
2.00-3.00pm CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

BISHOP PETER WRITES:
“As I meet with the victims and survivors of abuse, I am acutely aware that many are still isolated and that they need to know that the Church is empathetic to their needs. That we are all part of the body of Christ is brought home by the hurt we all experience when one of our children or adults suffers due to abuse.
The development of the relationship between the Church and victims and survivors is a journey we are all on, during which we will gain strength through listening and a gradual deepening of understanding.
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Office are developing a program to support the victims and survivors of abuse and aid our Diocese to understand the effects of abuse better.

Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters at St Mary’s in Woburn Sands at 12 noon on 12 October 2019

All victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters are invited to this Mass. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church. There will be light refreshments after the Mass”

Individual meetings for victims and survivors, families and supporters with Bishop Peter:
Bishop Peter is offering to meet with victims and survivors, their families and supporters commencing from May 2019 and continuing on a bimonthly basis. For more details or to book a meeting with the Bishop, contact the safeguarding office on: 01604 723514.

DIVINE MERCY FEAST DAY – next week
SUNDAY 28 th APRIL at ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Confessions from 2:00 pm
Devotions 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments in the Meeting Room afterwards.
All Most Welcome

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION
The Easter Collection is your gift to the Priests in the Parish and provides a modest income for Fr Benedetto and myself until Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support, kindness and generosity.
MESSAGE FROM CAFOD
Thanks to your continued generosity our church network was able to spring into action immediately, as soon as Cyclone Idai hit. Your support has helped get people to safety. It’s providing them with food, clean water and shelter to see them through. Thank you for remembering your sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.
CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to our small army of volunteers who have helped prepare for and taken part in the Easter Celebrations. We are indebted to our musicians, servers, readers, Extraordinary Ministers, Sacristans, cleaners, launderers, flower arrangers, parish welcomers, catechists and our Confirmandi as well as all those who do the little jobs and tasks that go unseen and unnoticed.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Vacancy Parish Youth Minister – Bedford – Full Time
We are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish.
Full details of the role can be found by visiting http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840.
The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.

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

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Newsletter: 14th April 2019

– HOLY WEEK –
PALM SUNDAY of the LORD’S PASSION

Psalter – Week 2
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During HOLY WEEK
Monday (STA) Monday of Holy Week
9:30 am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Tuesday of Holy Week
9:30 am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
7:00pm – 8:00pm CONFESSIONS at All Saints Church

Wednesday (STA) Wednesday of Holy Week
10:00am Holy Mass

THE EASTER TRIDUUM
Service Times
Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions (STA)
11:00-11:45am Confessions (AS)
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Penny Cloake, whose Funeral Service will be on Monday 15th April, 1.45pm at All Saints Church.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In preparation for Easter
Priests are available for confession
at the following times:

Tuesday 16th April
7:00pm-8:00pm All Saints Church

Saturday 20th April
10:45am – 11:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.
11:00am – 11:45am All Saints Church.

SERVERS REHEARSAL – For Easter Vigil
If you are an Altar Server and would like to Serve at the 8.30pm Easter Vigil on Saturday Evening please come along to a rehearsal at 1pm on Saturday 20th April at All Saints Church.

BISHOP PETER WRITES:
“As I meet with the victims and survivors of abuse, I am acutely aware that many are still isolated and that they need to know that the Church is empathetic to their needs. That we are all part of the body of Christ is brought home by the hurt we all experience when one of our children or adults suffers due to abuse.
The development of the relationship between the Church and victims and survivors is a journey we are all on, during which we will gain strength through listening and a gradual deepening of understanding.
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Office are developing a program to support the victims and survivors of abuse and aid our Diocese to understand the effects of abuse better.

Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters at St Mary’s in Woburn Sands at 12 noon on 12 October 2019

All victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters are invited to this Mass. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church. There will be light refreshments after the Mass”

Individual meetings for victims and survivors, families and supporters with Bishop Peter:
Bishop Peter is offering to meet with victims and survivors, their families and supporters commencing from May 2019 and continuing on a bimonthly basis. For more details or to book a meeting with the Bishop, contact the safeguarding office on: 01604 723514.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, 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.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

GOOD FRIDAY collection for
‘The Holy Places’.

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION
The Easter Collection is your gift to the Priests in the Parish and provides a modest income for Fr Benedetto and myself until Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support, kindness and generosity.

DIVINE MERCY FEAST DAY
SUNDAY 28 th APRIL at ALL SAINTS CHURCH
Confessions from 2:00 pm
Devotions 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments in the Meeting Room afterwards.
All Most Welcome

CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

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

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Newsletter: 7th April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
5th Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 1
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
QUARANTORE 8th-11th April
Monday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Tuesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Thursday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Quarantore
11:00-11:30am CONFESSIONS
7:00-7:30pm CONFESSIONS
8:00pm Holy Mass
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Penny Cloake, whose Funeral Service will be on Monday 15th April, 1.45pm at All Saints Church.

TODAY: Divine Mercy Devotions
3pm at All Saints Church,
followed by refreshments. All are very welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 8th April, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: Saturday 13th April
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. All are welcome to attend.

THIS WEEK – PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS

Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints Church during these days of Devotion.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
In preparation for Holy Week and Easter
Priests are available for confession
at the following times:

8th -11th April (During 40 Hours Devotion at St Thomas Aquinas Church): Monday – Thursday 11:00am -11:30am &
7:00pm – 7:30pm.

Saturday 13th April
10:00am-10:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Tuesday 16th April
7:00pm-8:00pm All Saints Church

Saturday 20th April
10:45am – 11:30am St Thomas Aquinas Church.
11:00am – 11:45am All Saints Church.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – Service Times

Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, 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.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
The price includes:
✓ Return flights: Luton – Krakow.
✓ Airport duty and passenger taxes.
✓ 1 aircraft hold suitcase (20kgs).
✓ Dinner, bed and breakfast in Krakow.
✓ Several tourist visits (including to the famous Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau, Divine Mercy Shrine and places associated with St John Paul II) with entrance fees included.
✓ Northern Star Travel representative.
✓ Local English-speaking tour guides.
✓ Daily Mass in wonderful churches!
✓ Free time to explore.
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.
TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE
For spiritual formation in this holy season, last chance for Catholic Basics “The Church”, April 11 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD. Come and join us from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments) for an engaging day with full lunch. For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform.
With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Friday 5th April – Confirmation Group ‘Youth Stations of the Cross Rehearsals’

PLEASE NOTE:
For this week only (Friday 5th April) ‘Youth Stations of the Cross’ rehearsals will now be held at:
All Saints Church
Shenley Road,
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK3 6HG
Please arrive promptly by 5.55pm.
Rehearsals finish 8pm.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
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Newsletter: 31st March 2019

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of:
John Cawley, whose Funeral Graveside Service will be on Tuesday 2nd April, 12.30pm at Wolverton Cemetery.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

Society of St Vincent de Paul – Helping some of the most vulnerable in our community: Retiring Collection at all Masses this weekend.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 8th April, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
Envelopes are available from All Saints Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church). If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

ST STEPHEN’S SILVER MEDALS
If you are a Altar Server and have completed over 10 years of service in the Parish please speak to Fr Christopher about applying for your silver medal as an order for medals will be made next week.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to all those who supported the CAFOD Quiz last week. We raised an amazing £300 which will go on this occasion towards assisting those caught up in the Cyclone Idai. For those who would like to contribute to this appeal please go to:
cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Cyclone-Idai Telephone 0808 5858885 or use the CAFOD boxes in each church. Please remember to keep our brothers and sisters in need in your prayers.
Thanks too to the Irish Centre who hosted the Quiz.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS
Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – Service Times

Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

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

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, 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.

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
The price includes:
✓ Return flights: Luton – Krakow.
✓ Airport duty and passenger taxes.
✓ 1 aircraft hold suitcase (20kgs).
✓ Dinner, bed and breakfast in Krakow.
✓ Several tourist visits (including to the famous Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau, Divine Mercy Shrine and places associated with St John Paul II) with entrance fees included.
✓ Northern Star Travel representative.
✓ Local English-speaking tour guides.
✓ Daily Mass in wonderful churches!
✓ Free time to explore.
✓ Social gathering in Bedford to try some Polish food (date to be confirmed)!
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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Newsletter: 24th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
3rd Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 3
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday(STA) Solemnity – Annunciation of the Lord
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass
Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities. That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul

Thomas McKay, whose Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 27th March, 12noon at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

John Moran, whose Funeral Mass will be on Thursday 28th March, 3:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

John Cawley, whose Funeral Graveside Service will be on Tuesday 2nd April, 12.30pm at Wolverton Cemetery.

LATIN IN LENT
During the season of Lent the music at Mass needs to be more sombre in tone to reflect the season. We will therefore sing the Mass setting to the simplex Latin tone at the 6pm Vigil Mass and 9am & 11am Mass. Music and text can be found in the hymn book (number 505 for the Sanctus and 509 for the Angus Dei). There is of course no Gloria sung or said during Lent and the word Alleluia is not used until Easter.

SECOND COLLECTION TOTALs:
10/03/19 for St Patrick’s Missionary Society raised £1,700.
17/03/19 for CAFOD raised £1,723.
Thanks you for your wonderful kindness and generosity!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 26th March: 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.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 8th April, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS

Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity SEPO. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. 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.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
8:00 PM THURSDAY 28th MARCH
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE)
For parents who wish to have their children Baptised in the coming weeks.

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
If you are signed up to the Parish envelope scheme then your new box of envelopes is ready for collection. Envelopes are available from All Saints Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church) this weekend. If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

ST STEPHEN’S SILVER MEDALS
If you are a Altar Server and have completed over 10 years of service in the Parish please speak to Fr Christopher about applying for your silver medal as an order for medals will be made in the next two weeks.

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

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Newsletter: 17th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
2nd Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 2
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Comm – St Cyril of Jerusalem
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Solemnity – St Joseph
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria 
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Stations of the Cross

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

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities. That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

LATIN IN LENT
During the season of Lent the music at Mass needs to be more sombre in tone to reflect the season. We will therefore sing the Mass setting to the simplex Latin tone at the 6pm Vigil Mass and 11am Mass. Music and text can be found in the hymn book (number 505 for the Sanctus and 509 for the Angus Dei). There is of course no Gloria sung or said during Lent and the word Alleluia is not used until Easter.

WHERE IS ST PATRICK?
As St Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday this year the Sunday Solemnity has to take precedence and so St Patrick’s day is not observed liturgically in England and Wales. We do of course ask for his intercession and remember in our prayers the Church and people of Ireland. St Patrick, ora pro nobis!

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND:
CAFOD “Family Fast Day”. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth. At the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries please contact Mike Smith on 01908 507184
or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity SEPO. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
If you are signed up to the Parish envelope scheme then your new box of envelopes is ready for collection. Envelopes are available from St Thomas Aquinas Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church) this weekend and from All Saints Church next weekend. If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

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

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Newsletter:10th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
1st Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 1
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

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

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

Wednesday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass

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

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

SUMMIT ON THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Following the summit in Rome, two weeks ago, involving the Pope and the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, the Bishops of England and Wales have published online their response as well as the “concrete initiatives” which emerged from the summit. These can be viewed at: http://www.catholicew.org.uk/Home/Featured/Vatican-Meeting-on-the-Protection-of-Minors

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

APPEAL THIS WEEKEND: We welcome to the Parish Fr Henry from the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
Monday 11th March
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 15 MARCH
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters around the world. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. On Friday 15 March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help them?Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth.Please collect your Fast Day envelope and give whatever you can. If you are a tax payer please do fill in the Gift Aid slip.
Please also join us for our simple Breakfast from 9am at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room on Friday 15th March, to raise money.

NEXT WEEKEND:
We are delighted to have with us next weekend at the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy! £3 per head, Children Free

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries please contact Mike Smith on 01908 507184
or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. 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.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

GLOBAL HEALING
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, the Milton Keynes Parish Cluster are hosting an evening entitled “Global Healing, looking at how our faith helps us to care for our common home”, on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. The evening includes a film, refreshments, discussion and chat. All are very welcome to attend.

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

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Newsletter: 3rd March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 4
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Beginning of LENT

Ash Wednesday
(STA) 10am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
(AS) 11am Holy Mass
(AS) 7pm Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Commemoration SS Perpetua & Felicita
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Comm – St John of God
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm Holy Mass in Italian
Saturday (STA) Comm– St Frances of Rome
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS
STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Ave, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Rd, MK3 6HG

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

SUMMIT ON THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Following the summit in Rome, two weeks ago, involving the Pope and the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, the Bishops of England and Wales have published online their response as well as the “concrete initiatives” which emerged from the summit. These can be viewed at: http://www.catholicew.org.uk/Home/Featured/Vatican-Meeting-on-the-Protection-of-Minors

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

PRAYER OF HEALING FOR THE
VICTIMS OF ABUSE IN THE CHURCH

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Thomas Cleary, Whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 5th March, 11.15am at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS Today: Sunday 3rd March, 3pm at All Saints Church. Everyone Welcome!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members).
Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.
MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help. 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.

CAFOD Coffee Morning, Raffle & Pound stall raised £105. Many thanks for your generosity.

GLOBAL HEALING
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, the Milton Keynes Parish Cluster are hosting an evening entitled “Global Healing, looking at how our faith helps us to care for our common home”, on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. The evening includes a film, refreshments, discussion and chat. All are very welcome to attend.

Second Collection Next Weekend: There will an appeal given by the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

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

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Newsletter:24th February 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalter – Week 3
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

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

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

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

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

Friday (STA) Feast – St David
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feria
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019:
Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of:
Eileen Hession, whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 25th February, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.
Thomas Cleary, Whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 5th March, 11.15am at St Thomas Aquinas Church

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church

GENTLE REMINDER
In keeping with Sacred Scripture and the custom of the Church, men and boys are reminded to remove hats and headwear (except for explicit medical reasons), when entering the church. This is a mark of respect through which we give honour to God.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through.
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT
7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!
£3 per head, Children Free

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

SVP Kindly request your help with the following;
2 seater sofa, settee
Small chest of drawers
Side tables
Coffee tables
Small single or double wardrobes
Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). NB: There is ample parking at the Church!
• 1:30pm – Holy Rosary offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed)
• 2:00pm (prompt) – Welcome
• 2:05pm – St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
• 2:45pm – Tea/Coffee
• 3:15pm – Anointing of the Sick
• 4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
• 5:00pm – Light Supper in the parish hall
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• 5:15pm – Sacrament of Confession
• 6:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
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FEBRUARY 100 CLUB WINNERS
£25 – P Fuller
£12 – Joanita Fernandes
£12 – Betty Thompson

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU:
7th – 11th September 2020. 
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THE PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. This will be held at the Cathedral from Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.

MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help.
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.

ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED SELLER ON Ebay?
Help is needed to sell items online to raise funds for our Parish Charity SEPO. If you can help please contact Angela White on 01908 648994.

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

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