Newsletter: 25th December 2017

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

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.

 

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

 

MESSA ITALIANO

7 pm Giovedi 4 Gennaio

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS

3 pm Sunday 7th January 2018

All Saints Church

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

8th JANUARY

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.

 

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.

 

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:

cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

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.

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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

 

 

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

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