Newsletter: 12th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 4
4th Sunday of Easter
Day of Prayer for VOCATIONS
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) Opt. Mem. – Our Lady of Fatima
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
Tuesday (AS) Feast – St Matthias, Apostle
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)
No Mass

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.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Sylvia Palmer, who died Monday 6th May. Please pray also for her husband Victor and the family at this difficult time.
Sylvia was a very active and popular member of our parish, a former president of the Legion of Mary, Sylvia regularly visited the sick and housebound and was a great support to many. Funeral details to follow.

SVP AWARENESS – This Weekend
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 6:00pm Mass on Saturday and again after 11:00am Mass on Sunday. Please drop in to say hello.

SECOND COLLECTION This 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.

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!

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.
PARISH SAFEGUARDING – UPDATE
It is with pleasure that we welcome Andrew Terrey who has joined Marie Day in the Parish Safeguarding team.
Andrew and Marie will be organising an event for Group leaders in June. They would be grateful if all group leaders who work with children and vulnerable adults could email their details and the name of the group that they lead to mdparishrep@gmail.com.

CONGRATULATIONS to David who ran the full marathon on Monday in 4 hrs 10 mins. If you have sponsored him we will be collecting after Mass. Alternatively, drop your ‘named envelope’ into the Presbytery. Many thanks.

THANK YOU
Valerie Peterson would like to ‘Thank you’ all for giving clothes so generously for the cyclone in Zimbabwe.
God bless you all.

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

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.

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

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 Westminster at 2pm for more information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk or email: info@marchlife.co.uk or call 07885505116/07773501721

VOCATIONS WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Theme: Discernment and Vocation.
Dates: 24-26 May 2019 – Location: Liverpool
The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ).There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God.If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our website http://www.fcjsisters.org

SUMMER REFLECTION DAY
ALIVE IN CHRIST – 22 June, 10am – 4pm
at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, Turvey
Jacks Lane, Turvey MK43 8DH Cost £15
Bishop Peter hopes to attend.Please take a packed lunch.
BOOKING ESSENTIAL: admin@nores.org.uk
Tel: 01582 723312 Ext 6.

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

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