Newsletter: 5th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 3
3rd Sunday of Easter
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
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

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

Wednesday (STA) Feria
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Rosary

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

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

Saturday (STA) Memoria – St Fremund
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.

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!

SECOND COLLECTION Next Weekend:
Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund. Supporting our students training to serve as priests in our Diocese. Thank you for your continued support.

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.

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.

CATHOLIC BASICS COURSE: “The Moral Life”
May 16 2019 at the Diocesan Centre, Luton, LU4 8JD.
Come and join us to learn about the many-faceted jewel of the Church’s teaching on morality! Mass at 9am for those who wish.
Course from 10am to 3pm (9.30am for refreshments).
Come and join us for an engaging day with full lunch, no qualifications needed.
For booking, contact Jackie email admin@nores.org.uk or phone 01582 723312.

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

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.

MARCH FOR LIFE
To support the sanctity of life, there is a march being held on Saturday 11th May in London. The March will start in Westminister at 2pm for more information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk or email: info@marchlife.co.uk or call 07885505116/07773501721

POST-EASTER CLERGY LEAVE
Fr Benedetto will be away on holiday this week (6th-11th May).

SVP Awareness:
John Scott and Members of SVP want to meet you all to THANK YOU for all your support.
FREE Refreshments and snacks will be available after the 18:00 Mass on Saturday 11th May and again after 11:00 Mass on Sunday 12th May.
Please drop in to say hello

MILTON KEYNES MARATHON
David Hanley will be running the MK Marathon (26.2miles) on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May for our Parish Charity ‘SEPO’.
Detailed information is on the posters. Please support and Sponsor David our own Marathon Man. Thank you for all your support.

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

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