Newsletter: 9th December 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
2nd Sunday of Advent– Year C

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 Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA)Opt. Mem. – Our Lady of Guadalupe
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Memoria – St Lucy
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Memoria – St John of the Cross
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm Advent Holy Hour with CONFESSIONS
Saturday (STA) Feria
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

THE SEASON OF ADVENT
A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the return of Jesus at the end of time.

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POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTION
FOR DECEMBER 2018
Please join Pope Francis this month in praying for:
The Transmission of Faith
That people involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
Next Weekend: SECOND COLLECTION
for Church Flowers
CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
CHRISTMAS EVE – 24TH DECEMBER
10 am MASS of the Day (not Christmas)
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10. 30 – 11 am Confessions
St Thomas Aquinas Church
4.30 pm Children’s MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church
9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

12 Christmas Midnight MASS
St Thomas Aquinas Church
CHRISTMAS DAY – 25TH DECEMBER
8 am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10am Italian Language
MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

9.00 am & 11 am
MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church
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.
SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD
THIS ADVENT!
Time for quiet reflection and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An opportuiny to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).
7pm-8pm Friday 14th December at
St Thomas Aquinas Church
7pm-8pm Friday 21st December at All Saints Church
Please note: This replaces the usual Advent Penitential Service.

THE GIVING TREE
Please take a tag from the Christmas Tree in church and buy a present for someone extra this year. Wrap it (if the item is not food), label it and return it under the tree. Your gift will be gratefully received by someone locally or overseas.

THE SENIORS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY will be on Saturday 12th January at West Bletchley Community Centre, from 2pm til 6pm. If you would like to attend please complete one of the invites and place it in the box which you can find in the Sacristy. Completed forms should be received by Sunday 23 December. Please note places are limited and are filled on a first come first serve basis. For any further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
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. Next Meeting: 10th DECEMBER
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 14th January; 11th February; 11th March;
8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS now on sale at the back of Church.

MOTHERS’ PRAYER GROUP: 15th DECEMBER
This group meets once a month 3:00-5:00pm on a Saturday at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room.

THANK YOU – to all who helped and supported the Parish Fayre – a great effort as always and a wonderful day

PRIESTHOOD – Is God Calling You?
Our diocesan vocations team are inviting any men who are considering a life of priesthood to contact Fr Mark Floody frmark@northamptoncathedral.org or Fr Andrew Richardson frandyrichardson@gmail.com and attend the next vocations weekend. The weekend is held at Northampton Cathedral from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th December. These weekends are great opportunity for anyone discerning priesthood to connect with others and make progress on their own journey of discernment.
AN INVITATION FROM THE GUARDIANS OF THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, BEDFORD.
The Feast Day Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Wednesday 12th December 2018, 7:30pm at the Church of The Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford (MK40 1HU). Principal Celebrant, His Excellency the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Adams, Bishop Peter Doyle in attendance. The Rector and Guardians of the Shrine do hope you will be able to join them. Full details: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk

CAN YOU HELP? Could you offer a lift from central Bletchley to the 11am Sunday Mass at All Saints? Car would need to accommodate a “walker”. Please call Maggie on 01908 563277

PARISH FAYRE – GRAND PRIZE DRAW WINNERS!
£250 – Uriel
£100 – Mr Logan
£50 – M. McCarthy
Christmas Hamper – M. Golden
Case of Wine – T. Simpson

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS NATIVITY
Performance for our “Senior Citizens” at St Thomas Aquinas School on Friday 14th December. Doors will open at 12.30pm for mulled wine and mince pies and the performance will start at 1.15pm. Tickets can be purchased from Angela White for £1 each or can be obtained from the school. Please call 01908 373977.

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

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