Newsletter: 23rd December 2018

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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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.

SVP THANK YOU: On behalf of the SVP and particularly those in need who we assist in various ways, I want to THANK YOU for all you have done in the past year to support our efforts. You truly are a very generous people; no more so than your response to our recent cash collection which raised an amazing total of £840:00. The highest SVP retiring collection I have ever known. This enables us to tackle, with great confidence, some of the more challenging situations we encounter. May God Bless you and all those you hold dear. John Scott SVP Conference President.
DECEMBER 100 CLUB WINNERS!
£25 K. Hackett
£12 D. Caballero
£12 S. Palmer

Handyman – Milton Keynes Cluster and St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints – 21 hours per week (flexible)
We have a vacancy for a Handyman to work across the parishes of the Milton Keynes Cluster and St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints. This is a great opportunity to work in a parish environment for someone with experience working in related roles.

Any applicant should have good knowledge of building maintenance and Health and Safety, be practical and adaptable with a can do attitude.

Full information for the position and an application form can be found on the diocesan website http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 18th January 2019 and interviews will be held on Monday 28th January 2019.

 

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

 

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