Newsletter: 6th May 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
6th Sunday of Easter Year B
6:00pm(Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the week
Monday (STA) Feria
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Holy Mass followed by
Adoration & Rosary

Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am Holy Mass followed by
Adoration & Rosary

Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
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Solemnity of the ASCENSION of the LORD
Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday
7:30pm (AS) Vigil Mass with Confirmations

Thursday
8:00am (STA School) Holy Mass for the School
10:00am (AS) Holy Mass followed by Rosary
12:00noon (STA) Regina Cœli & Holy Mass
7:30pm (STA) Holy Mass
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Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (AS) Feria
10:00am First Holy Communion Mass
12:30pm First Holy Communion Mass

4:30-5:00pm (STA) CONFESSIONS

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church,
Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY MORNING SCHEDULE
Due to the Celebration of First Holy Communion Masses over the next two Saturdays there will be NO 9:30am Mass on Saturday 12th May and Saturday 19th May. Confesssions on these Saturdays is also moved to 4:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

FAREWELL BUT NOT GOODBYE to Deacon Noel
After 18 Years of faithful service as a Deacon in our Parish, Dcn Noel Guina has decided to retire at the beginning of June. Noel was ordained a Deacon at All Saints Church, Bletchley on 8th July 2000 and has served under three Parish Priests. He has had a number of responsibilities in the Parish not least his involvement in the Journey in Faith Programme, Baptism Preparation and Divine Mercy Devotions. He is much loved by us all and his service as a Deacon amongst us will be greatly missed.
On a personal note Noel has been a great friend and support to me and was a tremendous help when I took up the Post of Parish Priest in 2013. Noel ‘s presence in the Parish has provided a sense of continuity and stability between the three incumbencies. Noel has done all this while continuing to work at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office at Hanslope Park, a position from which he will also be retiring from at the end of May. Noel politely requests “no fuss or gifts” as he wants to retire quietly and without any big party. His final Mass will therefore be at 11am on Sunday 3rd June. Our prayers and our love go with him.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR MAY 2018 Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
Evangelisation: The Mission of the Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES – Dublin 2018
In August 2018, Pope Francis will be visiting Dublin,
Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. NYMO are
inviting young adults aged 16-30yrs to be a part of this
amazing opportunity. If you are interested and for more
information, please email : fiona@nymo.org or call 01582 720627.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION – May
Month of Prayer for preparing for Confirmation and all confirmed and their vocation within the church.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of
Fr Anthony (Tony) Harris who died peacefully at his home in Luton. Fr Tony served as Parish Priest of Bletchley from 1969 to 1974. Ordained a Priest on 25th April 1954 he was previously with the Redemptorist Fathers before being incardinated in Northampton Diocese in 1966. Fr Tony’s body will be received into Sacred Heart Church, Leighton Buzzard at 4:45pm on Tuesday 8th May. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day at 11am.

MASS OF CONFIRMATION with Bishop Peter
Please pray for our Confirmandi who are to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th May at All Saints Church. (Vigil Mass of the Ascension of the Lord).

DIOCESAN “E-NEWSLETTER”
Our Diocese would like to keep you up-to-date with the latest news and information from Bishop Peter, the curial departments, our Catholic Cathedral in Northampton and our whole diocese. Each month, you can receive this information through an e-newsletter. To subscribe, visit the diocesan website at: http://www.northamptondiocese.org and enter your email address in the box in the top right hand corner of the page.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: 14th MAY
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 11 June: 09 July

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS: Today 3:00pm
All Saints Church
Everyone Welcome!

BLOOD & WATER
The Church and Her Sacraments
This 6 weeks course will address the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sacraments. What are the sacraments, their origin and meanings? How can we as Catholic engage fully in sacramental life?
10th May Session Three – The Sacraments of Healing
17th May Session Four – Holy Matrimony
24th May Session Five – Holy Orders
31st May Session Six – Sacramentals and Funerals
The sessions will take place on Thursdays (dates shown above) from 8pm to 9pm in St Thomas Aquinas Church (MK2 2JE). It is advised that parishioners wishing to attend this programme will need a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP 19th MAY … meets on Saturdays 3:00-5:00 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. Future Dates: 23rd June / 21st July /
18th August / 22nd September / 20th October /
24th November / 15th December.

MESSAGE FROM CAFOD
Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition but we still have some way to go yet! To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent or call 0303 303 3030

MARY’s MONTH OF MAY
The Legion of Mary will be leading ‘The Rosary’
after the weekday Masses during May.

MILTON KEYNES MARATHON
Bank Holiday ~ 7th May
26.2 miles finishing at The Stadium
Please sponsor David Hanley, a parishioner, who is running on behalf of our Parish Charity, SEPO

MAY DEVOTIONS Saturday 19th May
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, BEDFORD
Guest Speaker: Brenden Thompson
9am-12noon Ss Philip & James Church, Bedford (MK41 0DP)
4pm-7pm Holy Cross Church, Bedford (MK41 7BX)
See poster at back of church for more details

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE Saturday 9th June
Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp!
Returns circa 8:00 pm
To book your seat please bring £12.65 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham~ England’s Nazareth

FOOD BANK APPEAL
We are running short of long life juice/tinned fish/pasta sauce. Your support is greatly appreciated.

APRIL 100 CLUB WINNERS
1st £25. Donna Healy. 2nd £12. Mary Clancy
3rd £12. Anita Smart

KEEP OUR CHURCHES CLEAN!
Half eaten biscuits, sweets and chewing gum, water bottles and apple cores, chewed up paper and screwed up newsletters, pencils and pens are just some of the items that we have to clean up either on a Sunday afternoon or a Monday morning from both our Churches. Please help us! When you leave Church please take any items of personal litter with you or dispose of it in the bins in the Sacristy. Newsletters which are unwanted can be returned to the back of Church to be used again. If we all do a little bit it will make a BIG difference. Thank you!

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

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