Newsletter: 24th December 2017

Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation

Please hold Bishop Peter and the Diocese in your prayers this month at the start of our year of prayer and vocation. We especially ask our Diocesan Patrons, Mary Immaculate and St Thomas Becket to intercede for us as together we seek to be faithful missionary disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

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.

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

8th January 2018

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):  12 Feb;  12 March; 09 April;

                               14 May; 11 June;  09 July.

 

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.

READERS and EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

NEEDED for the CHRISTMAS MASSES

Please ‘sign up’ , at the back of church, for these important ministries over Christmas.

 

ST STEPHEN’s DAY – 26th DECEMBER

12 Noon Mass ~ St Thomas Aquinas Church

All Altar Servers are encouraged to attend this Mass of the Patron of the Servers Guild.  If you have been serving regularly for at least a year and are due your bronze medal please speak to

            Fr Christopher or Mr Bernard Guina.

 

MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Please Pray for the Soul of…

Pauline Byrne, 82, late of Church Green Road, whose Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday 2nd  January, 12:15pm  at All Saints Church.

Jesu Mercy + Mary Pray

 

MESSA ITALIANO

7 pm Giovedi 4 Gennaio

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS

Sunday 7th January 2018

3 pm at All Saints Church

Followed by Refreshments:  All Welcome

 

THE SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

This is the final weekend to get your applications in to attend the Christmas Party on 13th January 2018. 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”

 

GIFTS TO YOUR PRIESTS

Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Benedetto and myself, in the form of the Christmas offering.  Fr Benedetto and I divide the money, which you kindly give us, 50:50 which provides us with a modest income until Easter.  Deacon Noel joins us in also thanking you for your many cards and Christmas presents.

 

CHRISTMAS MASSES

 

CHRISTMAS EVE – 24th DECEMBER

 

4.30 pm Children’s Mass

All Saints Church

 

9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil Mass

All Saints Church

 

12 Midnight Mass

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY – 25th DECEMBER:

 

9.00 am & 11 am Mass

All Saints Church

 

8am  Italian Language Mass

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

10 am Mass

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

(Confession)

 

5:00pm – 6:00pm Sunday 24th December

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

 CRIB DONATIONS

This year all money raised will be donated to

‘MISSIO’ (Red Boxes)

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UPDATE ON SPUC POSTCARD CAMPAIGN

Boots, the high street retailer, seems to have postponed its provision of low cost morning-after pills, no doubt because of the opposition it received by way of SPUC’s postcards. Thanks to those who gave in a postcard to Boots.

 

ADMISSIONS and BAPTISM

St Thomas Aquinas School

Please do not forget the necessity to get the ‘supplementary form’ completed at the relevant school by 15th January 2018 if applicable.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

The National Director UK has written to us thanking you for your kindness and compassion.  Our collection raised £798.49p for which they are extremely grateful.

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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

 

 

 

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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

 

CHRISTMASS DAY            See Schedule overleaf

 

Tuesday (St Stephen’s Day)  12noon MASS

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 &11:00am

 

CHRISTMASS DAY            See Schedule overleaf

 

Tuesday:                              NO Mass at All Saints

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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