Newsletter: 31st March 2019

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR APRIL 2019: Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones. For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of:
John Cawley, whose Funeral Graveside Service will be on Tuesday 2nd April, 12.30pm at Wolverton Cemetery.

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

Society of St Vincent de Paul – Helping some of the most vulnerable in our community: Retiring Collection at all Masses this weekend.

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

SUNDAY COLLECTION GIVING ENVELOPES
Envelopes are available from All Saints Church (on the heaters on the right hand side of the Church). If you are not on the envelope scheme and would like to be please contact Jo at the Parish Office.

ST STEPHEN’S SILVER MEDALS
If you are a Altar Server and have completed over 10 years of service in the Parish please speak to Fr Christopher about applying for your silver medal as an order for medals will be made next week.

THANK YOU
Many thanks to all those who supported the CAFOD Quiz last week. We raised an amazing £300 which will go on this occasion towards assisting those caught up in the Cyclone Idai. For those who would like to contribute to this appeal please go to:
cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news/Cyclone-Idai Telephone 0808 5858885 or use the CAFOD boxes in each church. Please remember to keep our brothers and sisters in need in your prayers.
Thanks too to the Irish Centre who hosted the Quiz.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HOLY IN EVERYDAY LIFE? A Day of Reflection for Catholic Women on: Living in the Spirit of Gaudete et Exsulate. A chance to consider Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to “Rejoice and be Glad”. Led by Sister Kate Stogdon.
Saturday 6th April 2019 11:00am to 3pm (coffee from 10:30am at Our Lady of Grace, Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY (Please bring a packed lunch).

PARISH LENT DEVOTION
40 HOURS FOR THE LORD (QUARANTORE)
8th – 11th APRIL 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS
Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – Service Times

Holy Thursday – 18th April
11:00am Chrism Mass at Northampton Cathedral
7.30pm Mass of The Lord’s Supper (STA)

Good Friday – 19th April
12 Noon Youth Stations of the Cross (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (STA)
3:00pm Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord (AS)
8:00pm Stations of the Cross (AS)

Holy Saturday- 20th April
[NO 9.30 am Mass]
10:00 am Blessing of Easter Baskets (STA)
10:45-11:30am Confessions
8:30 pm EASTER VIGIL OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION (AS)

Easter Day – 21st April
8:00am Mass of Easter Day (STA)
9.00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
10:00am Mass of Easter Day in Italian Language (STA)
11:00 am Mass of Easter Day (AS)
[NO 6.30 pm Mass]

STA: St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE
AS: All Saints Church, Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

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. 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.

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE
Bishop Peter Doyle invites you to celebrate your marriage with your family at a special Mass on Saturday 6th April 2019, 12noon at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Aspley Hill, Woburn Sands, MK17 8NN. If this is a special anniversary year for you please contact the Diocese on 07412151517 or email: mfl@northamptondiocese.com

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
The price includes:
✓ Return flights: Luton – Krakow.
✓ Airport duty and passenger taxes.
✓ 1 aircraft hold suitcase (20kgs).
✓ Dinner, bed and breakfast in Krakow.
✓ Several tourist visits (including to the famous Salt Mines, Auschwitz Birkenau, Divine Mercy Shrine and places associated with St John Paul II) with entrance fees included.
✓ Northern Star Travel representative.
✓ Local English-speaking tour guides.
✓ Daily Mass in wonderful churches!
✓ Free time to explore.
✓ Social gathering in Bedford to try some Polish food (date to be confirmed)!
Clergy on the pilgrimage: Fr Wayne Coughlin, Deacon Tony Quinlan and Fr Christopher Perry.
For bookings and more details please contact:
Deacon Tony – (01234) 950453.

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher & Fr Benedetto

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