Newsletter:10th March 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
1st Sunday of Lent
Psalter – Week 1
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
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday (STA) Feria
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

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

Saturday (STA) Feria
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 MARCH 2019: Evangelization: Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

SUMMIT ON THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH Following the summit in Rome, two weeks ago, involving the Pope and the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences, the Bishops of England and Wales have published online their response as well as the “concrete initiatives” which emerged from the summit. These can be viewed at: http://www.catholicew.org.uk/Home/Featured/Vatican-Meeting-on-the-Protection-of-Minors

SAFEGUARDING
As you are aware the Catholic Church takes its responsibility for safeguarding our young and vulnerable adults very seriously. Periodically we audit our safeguarding records to ensure that they are complete. We would therefore be grateful if all leaders of the groups that are active as part of our parish would register their name, group and contact details with Marie Day, our safeguarding representative. Marie’s email address is mdparishrep@gmail.com

APPEAL THIS WEEKEND: We welcome to the Parish Fr Henry from the St Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
St Thomas Aquinas Church: Wednesdays 10:30am
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

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.
Monday 11th March
3.30-5:00 pm All Saints Church Meeting Room
Future Dates: 8th April; 13th May; 10th June; 8th July.

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: FRIDAY 15 MARCH
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters around the world. Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. On Friday 15 March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help them?Through CAFOD’s global Church network your support can reach to the ends of the earth.Please collect your Fast Day envelope and give whatever you can. If you are a tax payer please do fill in the Gift Aid slip.
Please also join us for our simple Breakfast from 9am at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room on Friday 15th March, to raise money.

NEXT WEEKEND:
We are delighted to have with us next weekend at the 11am Mass at All Saints, CAFOD partner Rawan who will be sharing with us her work – equipping and empowering Palestinian and Jewish young people to bring change to their communities so as to build a more peaceful and egalitarian society. We welcome her to our community

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! £3 per head, Children Free

SVP KINDLY REQUEST YOUR HELP…
with the following: 2 seater sofa, settee; small chest of drawers; side tables; coffee tables; small single or double wardrobes. Please call SVP on: 07788796378

LENT RETREAT DAY IN BEDFORD
Saturday, 23rd March at Holy Cross Church, Bedford (355 Goldington Road, MK41 0DP). Org anised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and open to everyone (not just members). Begins at 1:30pm. NB: There is ample parking at the Church!

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MUNICH AND OBERAMMERGAU 7th – 11th September 2020
Led by Fr Christopher Perry
A deposit of £250 per person is now due ASAP along with completed booking forms. Cheques should be made payable to Northern Star Travel. Forms and Cheques should then be sent to Mike Smith, 24 Lambourn Court, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2DA. Any queries 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. Friday 22nd March – Sunday 24th March at Northampton Cathedral 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 Parish in Mongu, Zambia, has kindly offered to say a Mass for your intentions. St Thomas Aquinas & All Saints Parish has 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.

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE FOOD BANK – St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints Parish has now contributed 1,000 bags of food to the Food Bank. Many thanks for your continued support.

JOB VACANCY
Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator – NYMO
A rare opportunity has occurred to join our youth ministry office (NYMO) and take youth ministry in the Diocese of Northampton into its next phase of development. The offices are based in Luton, but the role will involve travel throughout the diocese. Support with relocation can be provided if necessary, the detail of which would depend on the needs of the candidate. For full details of the role, job profile and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or call 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be Tuesday 26th March 2019 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019.

GLOBAL HEALING
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, the Milton Keynes Parish Cluster are hosting an evening entitled “Global Healing, looking at how our faith helps us to care for our common home”, on Wednesday 13th March at 7pm at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone. The evening includes a film, refreshments, discussion and chat. All are very welcome to attend.

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

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