Newsletter: 3rd December 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Today we have a Video Presentation by Bishop Peter which will be shown before Mass begins.

 

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR

DECEMBER 2017

Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:

The Elderly

That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

 

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

Please Pray for the Repose of the Soul of

Michael Mullins, a faithful Parishioner here in Bletchley for many years, who died on 20th November in Co Clare, Ireland.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

MONDAY 11th DECEMBER

3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room

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.

Future Dates (2018): 08  Jan;  12 Feb;  12 March; 09 April; 14 May; 11 June;  09 July.

 

MASS AT CATON HOUSE

10:30 am Monday 18th December

Children from St Thomas Aquinas School will be singing carols after Mass, followed by refreshments.

All Most Welcome

 

LIFT THE BAN ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS:

“Protect Our Right to Choose a Catholic Education”

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit www.catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED – coffee this Sunday after 11am Mass – please come along if you can to support Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.

 

APPLICATIONS TO

BISHOP PARKER and ST THOMAS AQUINAS  SCHOOLS ~  September 2018

If you are currently getting a diary stamped for your child, please note you must complete a Supplementary Form for each Catholic School that you add as a choice.  These are now available from each of the School Offices. Diaries need to be handed in to Fr Christopher this weekend r the 6pm Mass on Saturday  or the 9am or 11am Mass on Sunday. If you have a sufficient record of Mass attendance then a reference will be sent directly to Bishop Parker or St Thomas Aquinas School.  If your child was Baptised in the Parish there is no need to attach their Baptismal Certificate to the suppimentary form.  References will be sent to parents in December/January and the schools will be ‘copied in’.  The supplementary forms can, therefore, be returned directly to school.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS:

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2019

If your child will be starting School in September 2019 and you require a reference from Fr Christopher to support an application to a Catholic Primary School, then you will need to register for a diary which is stamped at each Mass as a record of your child’s Church attendance.  There will be a Registration evening for parents:  6 pm Monday 11th December – St Thomas Aquinas Church (MK2 2JE) Without a completed diary Fr Christopher is unable to issue references(Diaries are not required for Catholic Secondary Schools). Copies of the Admission Policy for Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School can be found on each school’s website.

 

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS

St Thomas Aquinas School:  The Golden Years

Christmas Production will take place on 12th December at 1 pm  in the School Hall.  Mince pies and mulled wine will be served from 12.30pm.  If you would like a ticket, charged at £1.00 each, please contact the school office on 01908 373977 or email

office@st-thomasaquinas.co.uk.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY

Aid to the Church in Need

 

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS TODAY

3 PM at All Saints Church

Followed by Refreshments

 

PARISH FAYRE GRAND DRAW

PRIZE WINNERS

£250 -S. Grady

£100 L. Mae Milado

£50 Peter

Hamper – Antonio

Case of Wine – V. Smith

Small Hamper – Vivienne

 

COACH TRIP TO LONDON

THURSDAY 7th DECEMBER

Christmas Market and Lights

Departs All Saints Church 10 am ~ Fare £11.

Details:  Mike Smith 01908 507184

 

 

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP

3 pm Saturday 16th December

Open to all ladies in the Parish

Meets at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room

 

THE SENIORS CHRISTMAS PARTY will take place on Saturday 13 January 2018 at West Bletchley Community Centre. If you are interested in going please complete one of the invitations which can be found in the Sacristy and then place it in the box provided. As places are limited then it will be arranged on a first come basis.

Please note that sadly this year we are unable to offer to arrange lifts to and from the party. 

For further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Dr Dominic Vella, a former pupil at St Thomas Aquinas School, and member of our parish, has been awarded a substantial prize for Research in the area of Mathematics. We are very proud of his achievement and the contribution he has made to this field of study! Well done Dominic!!

 

 

 

 

ARE YOU NEW?  HAVE YOU MOVED?

I am a new/existing* parishioner. Please add me to the Parish List. I would/would not* like to be contacted by a Parish Welcomer.

 

NAME……………………………………………….

 

ADDRESS……………………………………………

 

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TEL……………………………………………………

 

Parish Priest:  Fr Christopher Perry     Assistant Priest: Fr Benedetto D’Autilia

The Presbytery, 1 Sycamore Avenue,  Bletchley, MK2 2JE,   Tel:  01908 372315

Email: staq@uwclub.net      Parish Website: www.bletchleyparish.co.uk

Parish Pastoral Worker:                           Angela White

Parish Visit Co-Ordinator:

 Maggie Osgathorpe                                       07504 343133

Parish Safeguarding  Representative:

  Marie Day                                                    07882 713797

mdparishrep@gmail.com

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Parish Primary Schools:

Bishop Parker School, MK2 3BT                  01908  372129

St Thomas Aquinas School, MK3 5DT         01908  373977

St Paul’s Secondary School MK6 5EN         01908  669735

Parish Deacon:  Rev. Noel Guina     Tel: 01908 649356

email: guina@btinternet.com

Parish Office:                                                01908 372315
Parish Secretary                                            Jo Cerrone

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday                                     10:00 am – 3:00 pm

[JO: Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri.  EILEEN: Thurs]

At Other Times:                                           By Appointment

 

CHAPLAINCY AT MK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
If you know of a Catholic in hospital please contact:
Hospital Chaplaincy                                     01908 996061

Please remember to inform the Chaplain

that you are a Catholic

MARRIAGE CARE

For confidential advice, please call  0800 389 3801

http://www.marriagecare.org.uk

 

School Admissions September 2018

Diaries are stamped at the beginning and at the end of each Mass within the designated areas.

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SERVICES THIS WEEK

ST THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH

Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE

 

VIGIL MASS (Saturday)    6:00 pm

SUNDAY MASS:                 7.30 am

Monday:                                9:30am Rosary

                                              10:00 am MASS followed by

Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday:                        10:00 am MASS

                                               followed by Rosary

Friday:                                  8:30 am MASS

followed by Rosary

Saturday:                              9:30 am MASS followed by

Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

                                             10:00-10:30 am Confessions

                                             

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

 

SUNDAY MASSES:           9:00am/11:00 am/6:30 pm

Tuesday:                              9:30am Rosary

                                            10:00 am MASS followed by

Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday:                          10:00 am MASS

                                             followed by Rosary

 

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher Perry, Fr Benedetto D’Autilia, Deacon Noel Guina

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