Newsletter: 10th February 2019

 

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019: Universal – Victims
For a generous welcome to the victims of human trafficking, enforced prostitution, and violence.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul

David Corker, whose Funeral Service will be on Wednesday 20th February, 1:45pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

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: 11th February; 11th March; 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CELEBRATION 2019
Application forms for Celebration ’19 are available from your priest. Now in its 42nd year Celebration explores issues in Christian faith through discussion, drama, games and prayer. Its open to all Catholic youngsters in Milton Keynes in school years 6-13 Residential, It is held at Thornton Convent over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and all the school’s sporting facilities are available.

WEDDING BELLS
Please pray for: Thomas Redfern & Nicola Wells
who are to be married on Thursday 21st February 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

CAFOD QUIZ NIGHT 7.30 PM Friday 22nd March
At: The Irish Centre, Fenny Stratford (MK2 2HX)
All Welcome. Compete for the coveted Parish trophy!

JOB OPPORTUNITY: School Improvement Director
Required for September 2019; Salary Band (L25-28).
St Luke Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust consisting of four schools in Kettering and Corby: St Thomas More, St Edward’s, Our Lady of Walsingham and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Schools. For an informal discussion about the role and any queries you may have, please telephone Nicola Vaughan on 01536 203251 or 07794919533 or email Nicola.Vaughan@st-luke-at.co.uk Please return your completed application form by email to Eamonn McAuley, Chair of the Board, at Eamonn.McAuley@st-luke-at.co.uk The directors welcome any candidates who would like to visit the Trust and meet the staff. Should you wish to arrange an appointment, please call the Trust office on 01536 203251.Application close date: Monday 11th February 2019 at 12.00pm. Interview Date: Week beginning 25th February 2019
THINKING THEOLOGY LECTURE
St Paul’s Catholic School, Leadenhall, invites you to a lecture entitled “Henceforth All Generations Will Call Me Blessed”, about the place of Our Lady in the Scriptures by Fr Pius on Monday 25th February at 7pm, in the Chapel. Admission free.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
This year there will be two services to celebrate the World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is ‘Come Everything is Ready’, and is prepared by the women of Slovenia. One service is being held at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone on Friday 1st March, 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The organisers are looking for people to participate in the service, readers and non readers. If you would like to be involved , please email: rosemary.kearsey@ btopenworld.com
The second is being held at Christ the King, Kents Hill at 7.30pm. The services will include readings and hymns. All are very welcome.

2019 SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE
The annual youth conference of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place from 15-17 March 2019, at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, Milton Keynes. For young people aged 16 upwards. See poster and flyers at the back of Church for further information.

RETIREMENT HOUSING FOR CATHOLICS
Is this for you OR for someone you know?
St Scholastica’s Retreat:
– OPEN DAY – Saturday, 16th February, 2019
The Retreat offers sheltered housing to practising Catholics aged 60 or over in 36 self-contained flats at £491pcm – more information on the poster and from The Warden: Deacon Seán Duffy – Princes Risborough (01844) 344437. Email: info@stscholasticas.co.uk http://www.stscholasticas.co.uk

DIOCESEAN CENTRE – FUNDRAISING UPDATE
The Diocese has received the news that planning and listed building consent has been granted to Northampton Cathedral for the new Diocesan Centre. Building work will begin in the next few weeks and it is anticipated to take around a year to complete. Thanks to all in our Parish who have supported and contributed to this fundraising Campaign. The Centre will be an important resource for our Diocese and Cathedral in the years ahead. If you haven’t already and would like to make a donation to the campaign please contact Angela Madge on 01604 712065 or email:
cathedralcampaign@northamptondiocese.com

DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES
Copies of the 2019 edition of the Diocesan Directory are available at the back of our Churches. The Directory contains Mass times and full details of all parishes, pastoral areas and Catholic schools as well as other useful diocesan information. £3 per copy.

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). NB: There is ample parking at the Church!
• 1:30pm – Holy Rosary offered for members and beneficiaries of the SVP (living and departed)
• 2:00pm (prompt) – Welcome
• 2:05pm – St Vincent de Paul’s Way of the Cross
• 2:45pm – Tea/Coffee
• 3:15pm – Anointing of the Sick
• 4:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
• 5:00pm – Light Supper in the parish hall
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• 5:15pm – Sacrament of Confession
• 6:00pm – Vigil Mass (fulfills Sunday Obligation)
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PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU: 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
An opportunity to see the world famous Passion Play which only takes place every 10 years. For more information please contact Mike Smith on
01908 507184 or email: mikevivienne@yahoo.co.uk
With every blessing for the week ahead
Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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