Newsletter: 25 December 2011

ON THE FEAST OF STEPHEN our altar servers gather in honour of their patron saint. Mass is at 12 noon at St Thomas Aquinas Church, at which all new servers who have completed one full year of service are present with a medal (and not a “medical” as reported in last week’s bulletin when our spell-checker was having an early Christmas holiday!). We currently have no fewer than 58 youngsters serving at God’s altar which must be a diocesan record. Many thanks to them and to those who supervise them (and there is always room for more!).

SVP THANK YOU. On behalf of the Society, and particularly those who benefit from your donations, I want to place on record our sincere appreciation for your continued generosity. Your response to our December collection, of over £800., is truly exceptional coming on the heels of over £500 in November. I ask for your prayers for the benefit of those in need. If you need help please either speak to myself (07743508627), anyone on the Parish Team or leave a confidential message on our SVP HOTLINE (07788796378). God Bless.

THANK YOU MESSAGE: Maggie, David, Liam, Danny, Anne, David, Cian and Fintan would like to thank you all for your continued prayers and love. Your generosity and support has been overwhelming and, as a family, and extended family, have been humbled by your love. All I have to do now, is get better! With love and gratitude, The Thomas Tribe.

NEW MISSALS (with new Mass wording) have arrived at long last. One sale at £9.99p or £16.99p for a posh leather one. Would make a nice Christmas present.

PLEASE TAKE your free Christmas prayer booklet (while stocks last!).

TODAY’s COLLECTION is your annual Christmas Day gift to your priests, which will be divided 50:50 between Fr Michael and Fr Joseph. Thank you for your generosity from your priests. It is our privilege to serve you with our ministry.

EXTRA CHRISTMAS MASS on Thursday 11.15 am at Caton House Care Home on the Racecourse Estate. All welcome, especially those who find it difficult to attend Mass in Church. The parish is fully open over Christmas week and New Year, however, we may slow down a little in the middle of January.

DIVINE MERCY. No devotions next Sunday (New Year’s Day).

MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
John Vassallo, aged 74, late of Thames Close who died on Sunday. John’s Requiem Mass is on Wednesday, 12.30 pm at All Saints Church.

NEW YEAR WEEKEND. Next weekend we revert to the usual schedule of Mass times. I suppose that the 7.30 am Mass will co-incide with the sunrise, the dawn of the New Year, a lovely way in which to see in the New Year.
NB. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, takes
Precedence over the Sunday – readers please
note.

Fr CLEMENT’s 100 CLUB.
Winners for December
£25. A.M. Duranthon
£12. L. Lanzon-Miller ~ £12. P. Lawson

BAPTISM PREPARATION continues Thursday 8 -9 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. For those who have a baby for baptism this is your first step. NB: If your baby is over two years of age, please supply details of your own Catholic baptism. 

FINALLY Fr Michael, Fr Joseph and Deacon Noel would like to thank you for the cards, gifts and good wishes received.

We wish you and those you love
a blessed Christmas and a hopeful New Year.

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May God Bless Us All

Fr Michael

What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
Answer … incorrectly !

If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
Answer … One if he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one bag stack !!

The professor discovered that her theory of earthquakes was on shaky ground !!!

A dentist and a manicurist married.
They fought tooth and nail !!!!

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