Newsletter: 23rd September 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK

Psalter Week 1
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 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 – Year II
Monday (STA) Memorial –Our Lady of Walsingham
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday Feria
(STA) 10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memorial – St Vincent de Paul
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA) Feast – SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION FOR SEPTEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for: Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and find work in their own countries.

DIOCESAN YEAR OF PRAYER AND VOCATION – SEPTEMBER
Month of Prayer before the Eucharist.
http://www.catholic news.org.uk/adoremus2018
National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress – 7 – 9 September

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of
Veronica Okwonko, whose Funeral Mass is on Friday 28th September, 11:00am at All Saints Church.

SECOND COLLECTION this weekend for FR CLEMENT’S PARISH “boar hole project”.

PARISH STATISTICS “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statitcs report for the Diocese. This year we have been asked to count Mass attendance on the last two Sundays of September and the first two Sundays of October. Could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 8 October; 12 November; 10 December.

MK FOOD BANK is very short of supplies.
Great reliance is placed on your generosity. Food can be left at All Saints, in the box located on the left hand side towards the front of church. A basket is located at the back of St Thomas Aquinas Church.

J & P CONFERENCE
Northampton Justice and Peace Commission invite you to a conference on ‘Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking’. On Saturday 13th October at St John’s Parish Hall in Luton, Sr Patricia Mulhall cub and Michael Duthie will be sharing their experience for you. For more details contact call 01494 875 485

DEMENTIA Friendly MASS
3 pm Tuesday 25th September: St Thomas Aquinas
An opportunity for those with Dementia and their carers to come together to celebrate Mass and spend some time together in a friendly and supportive environment.
All are very welcome to attend.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP
Next Meeting: 20th October 2018
This group meets once a month on a Saturday
3:00-5:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.
Future Dates:
24th November / 15th December

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
For parents seeking Baptism for their children
8 pm Thursday 27th September
St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL – TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
The Diocese of Northampton is offering a six week training programme in Catholic leadership and management. This is an excellent and valuable opportunity for those wishing to learn more about leadership in Catholic education and what makes Catholic leadership distinctive. Sessions will be delivered by Cat Manley, Laura Maw and Joanne Pughe and will take place on Thursdays, between 4.00-5.30pm, in the Study Suite at St Paul’s Catholic School on: 18th October;
15th November; 10th January; 28th March; 9th May and 13th June. The course will be appropriate for any member of staff whether they are Catholics or not and, particularly, for those who aspire to a leadership role at any level in a Catholic school. The course is free to anyone currently working in a Catholic school, and costs £30 if you do not currently work in a Catholic School.
Please email: Josephine.clark@st-pauls.org.uk by 1st October 2018 to reserve your space.
WORKSHOP TO HELP RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS
on Friday 19th October To help address the issues surrounding the running of volunteer organisations, Avril Baigent (the Diocesan Pastoral Ministry Adviser) will be returning to Fr Wayne Coughlin’s parishes in Bedford to lead a workshop and discussion about how to recruit and support volunteers, whilst also looking at succession planning. The day will cover why people volunteer, getting new people involved in parish life and dealing with ‘tricky’ situations. If you are a leader of a group and are unable to attend perhaps you could send a representative? The day is being held at Holy Cross Church (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP) from 10:30am to 4:30pm. There is plenty of parking! Please bring something for lunch; refreshments will be served throughout the day. You may be interested to know that there is Mass at 9:30am and that this followed by Adoration until 10:30am. To book a place please contact the Parish Secretary: holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com / (01234) 353116

PARISH FAYRE 2018
This year’s Parish Fayre is booked for Saturday 24th November and is to be held at Bishop Parker School.
Do you have any ideas or suggestions to make this year’s event bigger & better than previous years?
All ideas welcome. We are holding a planning meeting on Friday 28th September at 7pm and we would love to have some new ideas and for our team to grow.
If you can’t join us please feel free to put your suggestions forward to the Parish office or contact Mags on 07886196804

THOMAS TOT’S
Due to ongoing building work at St Thomas Aquinas School, Thomas Tot’s will be held at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting room from Thursday 13th September until further notice. All Pre-School Children are welcome, donation £1 per child.

MCMILLIAN COFFEE & CAKE MORNING after the 10am Mass on Thursday 4th October in All Saints Meeting Room, All welcome.

SEPTEMBER 100 CLUB WINNERS
£25 E Ridout
£12 A Heming
£12 W Gilbert

With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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