Newsletter: 4 September 2011

THE NEW TRANSLATION OF THE MASS begins today. Please see overleaf for your new responses. Although unfamiliar, if you speak them clearly and boldly, and you will soon get used to the new words.
The Mystery of Faith
Many people will miss our familiar “Christ has died”  In fact that text was not in the Latin missal.  You will recognise how the new translations of the other three acclamations are and have always been – they are prayers addressed directly to Jesus Christ.  One example is “When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.”  You will notice many other changes too in the priest’s words in the Eucharistic Prayers, all of which try to help us find greater riches in the text.
Parish Christmas Fair
(formerly the Parish Bazaar)
Please put the date in your diary: Saturday 26th November at Lord Grey School. We have a meeting for anyone who would like to offer help in any way: Monday 12th Sept, 7.30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. The fair is under new management, and will be organised at this meeting. Hence we need a high attendance of all helpers, new and old so that we know who is doing what.

May He Rest In Peace. John Taylor late of Corrigan Close whose requiem Mass is on Thursday at 2pm at All Saints Church.

Wedding Bells. Congratulations to
Victoria Mayes and Andrew Gibbs
who were married yesterday and to
Vania Peacock and Yorick Kilpin
who were married last Saturday, all at St Thomas Aquinas Church. Every blessing upon them.

Catechism Classes for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation will soon be underway for children of school year 3 and above who do not attend Bishop Parker or St Thomas Aquinas schools. Please note that children of other Catholic schools such as St Bernadette, St Monica and St Mary Magdalene will need to attend these classes. Would parents please come to a meeting on Monday 12th September at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room at 6.30pm (just before the Fair meeting) to enrol their children.

DO YOU KNOW anyone who is going into Milton Keynes General Hospital?  We have an excellent system in place for Catholics but they will only be visited and receive Holy Communion if you tell the Chaplaincy Team they are there.
Be sure to ring (01908) 243700.

Boxes, Little Boxes. They’re all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same. Envelope boxes are arranged alphabetically on the heaters for you to collect. Thus week from St Thomas Aquinas Church, next week from All Saints.

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS today 3 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Clare Allsop is organising a Rosary Procession for 8th September, Our Lady’s Birthday. 6pm from Christ the Cornerstone, CMK.

Clergy Moves. As you may have read in The Vine, many priests are moving parish this week. Locally, we bid farewell to Fr Joe Williams who has been our next door neighbour in Coffee Hall for three years, as he moves to St Martin de Porres in Luton, with pastoral responsibility for the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. His parish will be taken over by Fr James Cassidy and Fr Allan Jones and run from St Augustine’s, Heelands.

“Aladdin” starring Gareth Gates is the next Panto at MK Thatre. We have reserved 200 seats for Friday 13th January 2012. We usually take over the theatre for the night! Cost: £18 (£19 if bought after 30th September) Sign Angela’s list if you want to go.

May God Bless Us All,
Fr Michael

Please bring homemade cakes, fruit, vegetables, etc., for the Harvest to the Mass you are attending on the day and add them to the display on the altar.  Thanks.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima
11th – 15th October [by Air].  £480. Per person
Sign List at Back of Church. Contact TESS (378558)

Coach Trip to Rochester Christmas Market
Saturday 1st December, fare £11
Contact Michael/Vivienne Smith 507184

Pilgrimage to Poland 2nd-6th June 2012
Visiting the tomb of Sr Faustina who founded the Divine Mercy Devotion. Cost: £695 based on a group of 30. Details and itinerary from Michael Smith 507184
The Parish has no responsibility for these advertised trips

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