Newsletter: 28th April 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 2
2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Holy Mass
7:30am (STA) Holy Mass
9:00am (AS) Holy Mass
11:00am (AS) Holy Mass
3:00pm (AS) Divine Mercy Devotion
6:30pm (AS) Holy Mass

During the Week
Monday (STA) Feast – St Catherine of Siena
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday (AS) Solemnity – St George, Patron of England
(Transferred from 23rd April)
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
3.00pm (STA) Dementia Mass

Wednesday (STA) Memoria – St Joseph the Worker
9:30am Rosary
10:00am Holy Mass

Thursday (AS) Memoria – St Athanasius
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Friday (STA) Feast – SS Philip & James, Apostles
8:30am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

Saturday (STA) Feast – Martyrs of England and Wales
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR MAY 2019:
The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity:
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

DEMENTIA MASS
Tuesday 30th April 3pm St Thomas Aquinas Church, Bletchley.
All Welcome

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION – Practicalities
At the 9am & 11am Mass there is often a jam as people queuing to return to their seats after receiving Holy Communion get stuck behind people queuing to receive Holy Communion. To solve this can the rows on the side aisles come up to receive communion at the same time as the corresponding centre rows. We tried this at the 11am Easter Day Mass and it worked well, so let’s give it a try!

DIVINE MERCY FEAST
All Saints Church
Confessions available from 2.00pm
Devotions start at 3:00 pm
3 o’clock prayer
Address on the subject of Divine Mercy
Blessing of the Divine Mercy Image
Sung Chaplet
Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Benediction
Devotions end at 4 pm
Refreshments afterwards in the Meeting Room
All welcome

MARY’S MONTH OF MAY
During the month of May the Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass in honour of Our Blessed Mother.

BLESSING OF GRAVES
AT ST MARY’S CATHOLIC CEMETERY
During this Easter season when we remember the resurrection of the Lord, it seems an appropriate time to remember our loved ones who have died. There will be a service and blessing of graves at St Mary’s cemetery in Woburn Sands on Sunday 19th May at 1pm.
All are welcome.

EASTER SUNDAY COLLECTION – Thank You!
Thank you once again for your generous gift this year and for many prayers, cards and messages of support.

MESSAGE FROM CAFOD
Thanks to your continued generosity our church network was able to spring into action immediately, as soon as Cyclone Idai hit. Your support has helped get people to safety. It’s providing them with food, clean water and shelter to see them through. Thank you for remembering your sisters and brothers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

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 20th May, 3.30-5:00 pm
All Saints Church Meeting Room.
Future Dates 10th June; 8th July.

SAFEGUARDING (FYI) – Photographs or filming inside the Church MUST NOT take place without express permission. No photographs / films are to be posted on social media or any other internet platform. Thank you for your co-operation.

2019 POLAND PILGRIMAGE
Departs: 2nd September / Returns: 8th September
Cost: £700 (sharing) – £865 (single room).
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.

CAN YOU HELP?
One of the services offered by our parish is preparation to the Sacrament of Marriage. Engaged couples marrying in a Catholic Church are required to attend a one-day preparation course prior to their wedding. We are seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of course facilitators. You will receive full training and support! If you are interested, please call and speak to:
Luci on 07789381367 or Brian on 07795 461270

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Would you like to help shape the future of Catholic education in the Diocese? Do you have the skills to help direct the strategy and ethos of academies which currently educate over 10,000 pupils across the Diocese? Bishop Peter is currently recruiting Foundation Directors (non-executive) for our new Multi Academy Trusts in the north and south of the Diocese. The closing date for the first round of applications is 31 May 2019. Application details at: https://bit.ly/2OPBIYx or by contacting Debbie Main on 01582 723312 or main@nores.org.uk

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Vacancy Parish Youth Minister – Bedford – Full Time
We are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish.
Full details of the role can be found by visiting http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840.
The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2019
Saturday 8th June. Departs All Saints Church 8:00am sharp! Returns circa 8:00 pm.To book your seat please bring £12.45 (non-refundable fare) to Jo at the Parish Office or give it to one of the clergy in an envelope clearly marked with your details and contact number.
We always have a lovely time at Walsingham ~ England’s Nazareth

TALK IN LUTON
Roy Shoeman, international speaker, Jewish Catholic is giving a talk on ” The Role of Judaism in Salvation from Abraham to the 2nd Coming” on Sunday 30th June, at 6.30pm at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Hall, Castle Street, Luton, LU1 3AG. Everyone is very welcome.

POST-EASTER CLERGY LEAVE
Fr Christopher is on holiday this week (29th April – 4th May). In his absence please address all general enquiries to Jo at the Parish Office and all pastoral matters to Fr Benedetto. Fr Benedetto will then be away from 6th-11th May.

COFFEE AFTER 11:00AM MASS TODAY
In the Meeting Room. Proceeds to CAFOD

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

 

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