Newsletter: 30th December 2018

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2

The Holy Family – 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) 7th Day of Christmas Octave
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Solemnity of MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Monday (STA) 6:00pm Vigil Mass
Tuesday (AS) 12:00 (noon) Holy Mass

Wednesday (STA) Memoria – SS Basil & Gregory
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday (AS) Memoria – The Most Holy Name of Jesus
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feria
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

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

CRIB DONATIONS
Throughout Christmastide we invite you to make a donation at the Christmas Crib to help the children’s arm of Missio (called “Mission Together”) in support of some of the world’s most deprived children. Bishop Peter is backing this national campaign and has asked that all parishes consider supporting this endeavour. Recently “Mission Together” has made the following grants:

Cambodia (7 projects): £26,935
South Africa (3 projects): £19,013
Sri Lanka (4 projects): £24,908
Kenya (5 projects): £23,766
Malawi (7 projects): £29,94
Myanmar (5 projects): £22,974

More than 20,000 of the world’s most deprived children have been helped by Missio and will be helped directly by you through your offering at the Christmas Crib.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for the soul of
William (Bill) Gilbert, whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 7th January, 11:30am at St Thomas Aquinas Church. Bill’s Body will be received into the Church at 6pm on Sunday 6th January.
Jesu mercy, Mary pray

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS – GIFTS TO YOUR PRIESTS
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Benedetto and myself, in the form of the Christmas offering. Thanks also for your many cards and presents. Your love and support his truly humbling.

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Handyman – Milton Keynes Cluster and St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley
– 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.

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.

PARISH STATISTICS 2018
Average Sunday Mass Attendance
6pm Vigil (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 171
7:30am (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 86
9:00am (All Saints Church): 185
11:00am (All Saints Church): 341
6:30pm (All Saints Church): 145
Baptisms: 56
First Holy Communions: 93
Confirmations: 31
Weddings: 10
Funerals: 47

DECEMBER 100 CLUB WINNERS!
£25 K. Hackett
£12 D. Caballero
£12 S. Palmer

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

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