Newsletter: 17th February 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Psalter – Week 2
Monday (STA) Votive Mass; Holy Angels
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Votive Mass; Holy Trinity
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Wednesday (STA) Votive Mass; St Joseph
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday (AS) Votive Mass; Holy Eucharist
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Friday (STA) Feast- St Peter’s Chair/Cathedra
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary
Saturday (STA)Memoria- St Polycarp
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

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, 12:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Eileen Hession, whose Funeral Mass will be on Monday 25th February, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:
Ash Wednesday 6th March
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints 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 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!

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.

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.

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

EXPLORING VOCATIONS TO THe PREISTHOOD
Northampton Diocese will be hosting a weekend for those men considering the Vocation to the Priesthood. This will be held at the Cathedral from Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March. If you are interested please contact the Cathedral Parish Office on 01604 714556 or speak to Fr Mark Floody.
MASS STIPENDS FOR AFRICA
Fr Francis, the Parish Priest of St Agatha’s Church in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints have been supporting St Agatha’s Parish over a number of years through our Parish charity Sepo. There is very little income to support the priests in the Parish and Mass Stipends for your Intentions would go a long way to help.
If you would like a Mass said by Fr Francis please:
Write your name on an envelope. Write what / who your intention is for and enclose an offering. We suggest a donation £10 per Mass. Please mark the Envelope “SEPO”. The envelope can be placed in the collection basket, handed in at the Parish Office or given to Fr Christopher or Fr Benedetto.

ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED SELLER ON Ebay?
Help is needed to sell items online to raise funds for our Parish Charity SEPO. If you can help please contact Angela White on 01908 648994.

FR CHRISTOPHER
Over the coming week Fr Christopher will be in Rome as part of the preparations for the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October called for by Pope Francis. The task of organising this and providing resources has been given to Missio. Please hold the planning group in your prayers. Do be assured that Fr Christopher will hold the parishes in prayer each day and most especially at the Mass in St Peter’s Basilica. In his absence please refer all clergy matters to Fr Benedetto.

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

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