Newsletter: 16th December 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 3
Gaudete – 3rd 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 – O Wisdom
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feria – O Adonai
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Feria – O Root of Jesse
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Feria – O Key of David
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feria – O Rising Sun
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
(AS)7:00pm Advent Holy Hour with CONFESSIONS
Saturday (STA) Feria – O King
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.REJOICE, The LORD is Coming!

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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.
This 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.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS NATIVITY
Rehearsal today 3pm – All Saints Church
For children in Reception and School Years 1-3.
Children in school years 4-6 are invited to take part as readers/singers. The play will be at the beginning of the Children’s Mass 4:30pm on Christmas Eve at All Saints Church.

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 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.
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.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE 31st JANUARY 2019
Want to know more about your Faith? Join us for a basic introduction to the Catholic Faith in four parts: GOD, THE CHURCH, THE MORAL LIFE, PRAYER. For each part there is a day of engaging teaching with opportunities for interaction and discussion. Cost: £25 per person per day (£10 for the unwaged). Price includes a full lunch. No qualifications needed – just interest, good will and a sense of humour!
Launch and Part I: January 31 2019, 10am-3pm (arr. 9.30am for refreshments).NORES Centre, Holy Ghost Parish, 33 Westbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8JD.
To book, contact: admin@nores.org.uk or phone Jackie on 01582 723312.

CHIDREN’S LITURGY TRAINING
Saturday 12th January 2019 10:30am – 1pm
St Augustine’s Church, Heelands,
Milton Keynes (MK13 7PL)
For those who are either new to, or presently working with, Children’s Liturgy in the Parishes.
An opportunity to share good ideas, practice and resources. Please contact Jo at the Parish Office (01908 372315) if you would like to attend.

SINGING CAROLS AT MILTON KEYNES HOSPITAL
This year there will be Carol singing at the Milton Keynes Hospital on Sunday 23rd December from 6.45pm to 8.30pm. All are welcome to join in, there will be refreshments afterwards. Please meet in the Hospital Chapel at 6.45pm.

MK FOOD BANK
At this time of giving, please remember those who are dependent on your generosity. The Food Bank are short of these specific items at the moment; spreads, sugar, tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned spaghetti, dried rice, tinned rice pudding, tinned soup (especially vegetable). Please place items in the box at the back of each church. Your support is appreciated.

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

 

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