THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
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
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.
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.
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
7 pm Giovedi 4 Gennaio
St Thomas Aquinas Church
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS
3 pm Sunday 7th January 2018
All Saints Church
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: 12 Feb:
12 March: 09 April: 14 May: 11 June: 09 July
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
Your kindness and compassion is much appreciated as is the collection which raised £798.49p for which they are extremely grateful.
GIFTS TO YOUR PRIESTS
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity 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.
This year all money raised will be donated to
‘MISSIO’ (Red Boxes)
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.
NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN
December 2017 update
Christmas has come early for our Cathedral Development Campaign with the wonderful news of a £66,000 grant from a Catholic Foundation, to help support the running costs of the proposed Centre. This is a huge encouragement to us all and builds on the amazing generosity of all our donors. On top of that we are delighted to report that the Capital fund stands at £2.39m … well on the way to our target of £3.2m. This includes a £25,000 grant from another Northamptonshire-based trust. If you would like to hear more about the project, please do get in touch with the Campaign Office on 01604 712065 or via email:
I would like to take this opportunity once again to thank you, our donors and supporters, for sharing our vision. On behalf of the team, I would like to wish you a happy and blessed Christmas and New Year. I look forward to updating you further in 2018. Best wishes from
Angela Madge, Campaign Administrator.
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.
Parish Priest: Fr Christopher Perry Assistant Priest: Fr Benedetto D’Autilia
The Presbytery, 1 Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, MK2 2JE, Tel: 01908 372315
Parish Pastoral Worker: Angela White
Parish Visit Co-Ordinator:
Maggie Osgathorpe 07504 343133
Parish Safeguarding Representative:
Marie Day 07882 713797
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
Parish Office: 01908 372315
Parish Secretary Jo Cerrone
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
For confidential advice, please call 0800 389 3801
SERVICES THIS WEEK
ST THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH
Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE
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
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