Newsletter: 11th March 2018

MOTHERING SUNDAY
As we offer Mass today we pray in thanksgiving for the Vocation of Christian Motherhood. In particular we thank God for our own Mothers, for the example of Mary, Mother of God and for Holy Mother Church. We pray for our Bishop and Northampton Cathedral as the Mother Church of our Diocese.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR
MARCH 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for Evangelization: “Formation is Spiritual Discernment” That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation is spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.

Diocesan Year of Prayer and Vocation
March 2018
Month of Prayer for Repentance and Forgiveness.
Bishop Peter encourages us all this month to spend time before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

SVP Retiring Collection this weekend

COMMISSIONING of EXTRA-ORDINARY MINISTERS OF
HOLY COMMUNION …
will take place at the beginning of all Masses this weekend for all those who have completed one of the two training sessions. Please come forward and stand before the altar when asked to do so by the Priest.

COMMISSIONING of READERS…
will take place at all Masses next weekend for those who have completed the training.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
Monday 12th March
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 09 April: 14 May: 11 June: 09 July

HELPING OUR PARISHES PASS ON THE FAITH
10am – 4 pm 17th March, St Teresa’s RC Church Hall,
Beaconsfield HP9 2PL Details: Tel 01582 7233312(Ext 6)
Or via admin@nores.org.uk

CLEANERS required for All Saints Church
Should you be able to help please contact Parish Office.

REQUIESCAT IN PACEM
Please pray for the soul of
Bernard George Hester, aged 87, formerly of Scottney Gardens, whose Funeral Service will be on Friday 16th March, 11:30am at Crownhill Crematorium.

Rose Scott, aged 76, formerly of Countisbury, Furzton whose Funeral Mass will be on Friday 23rd March, 10:00am at All Saints Church followed by Committal at Crownhill Crematorium at 11:30am.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA ‘RACE KNIGHT’
In aid of our Parish
7pm Friday 23rd March at the Irish Centre
Tickets: Adult £1. Children free
Licensed Bar ~ Cold Buffet

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB
Will start up again following the Confirmations in May. Please look out for further details.

PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
19th – 22nd March 2018
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS

Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

CHANGES FOR EXTRA-ORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
A gentle reminder to those who have completed the recent training that the proposed changes take effect this weekend.
Please come forward and stand before the Altar after the Lamb of God is said or sung. Line up as the priest says “Behold the lamb of God…” After the bell is rung (or after the priest has received from the Chalice) come and stand at both sides of the Altar.
After Communion Hosts are returned to the Altar and Chalices to the credence table by the side of the Altar on the Sanctuary. Please then return to your seats while the Clergy cleanse the sacred vessels with water.

SECOND COLLECTION next weekend
Flowers for the Church at Easter

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION
A reminder that in England and Wales you are permitted to receive Communion either in the hand or directly on the tongue. If however you are holding a child in your arms or one hand is impeded please receive directly on the tongue.
When receiving on the hand please hold out both hands and do not take the Host from the priest / minister with your fingers, instead allow the Host to be placed in your hands.
Please consume the host in front of the priest / minister before either going to receive from the chalice or returning to your seat.
Self intinction (dipping the host in the Chalice) is never permitted in the Catholic Church.

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School
Teacher Vacancies
FULL TIME TEACHER REQUIRED – APRIL 2018
We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic, engaging and inspirational teachers to work as part of our “outstanding” team, from April 2018.
Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018
Interview date: Friday 23rd March 2018

FULL TIME PERMANENT TEACHERS REQUIRED – SEPTEMBER 2018
Applications from students who will be NQTs in September 2018 are very welcome and a financial package would be available to support successful candidates as they complete their teacher training commitments and during the summer recess. The school can offer a very effective induction programme for newly qualified staff.
Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018
Interview date: Friday 23rd March 2018

Website: http://www.st-thomasaquinas.co.uk
Email: office@st-thomasaquinas.co.uk

COACH TRIP *
Stratford-upon-Avon. Departs from All Saints Church at 9am on 21st June. Tickets £12.50. First come first served for seats. Please contact Mike or Viv Smith on
01908507184
*Disclaimer – This event is NOT organised by the Parish and the parish does not accept responsibility for its organisation or running.

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher, Fr Benedetto, Deacon Noel

 

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