Newsletter: 19th May 2019

SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Psalter Week 1
5th Sunday of Easter – Year C
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) Opt. Mem – St Bernardine of Siena
10:00am Holy Mass followed by Adoration

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

Wednesday (STA) Opt. Mem. – St Rita of Cascia
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
(AS) 7:30pm Holy Mass of CONFIRMATION

Saturday (STA) Memoria – St Bede the Venerable
9:30am Holy Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am CONFESSIONS

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.

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul
Prisco Carrillo, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 20th May, 12noon at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Eva Nora Fitzpatrick, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 10th June, 11:15am at All Saints Church.

Sylvia Palmer, whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 17th June, 12:30pm at All Saints Church.

CONGRATULATIONS AND PRAYERS to children from both Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School who celebrated their first Holy communion this weekend. As ever it was a joyous and truly spiritual occasion. Please continue to pray for the children being prepared in the Parish who will celebrate their first Holy Communion on Saturday 8th June.

MASS of CONFIRMATION
Please pray for our young people in the Parish who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mass with Bishop Peter on Friday 24th May, 7:30pm at All Saints Church. Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes our initiation into the Catholic Church and through which we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable us to take upon ourselves the full responsibility of the Christian life.
A reminder that there is a rehearsal for our confirmandi with their sponsors on Thursday 23rd May, 7:30pm at All Saints Church.

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 COMMUNIONPracticalities
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 MK marathon in 4 hrs 10 min! David raised well over £1,100 for our Parish SEPO. If you sponsored David and still owe money please put it in an envelope your name and money marked “MARATHON” and either put it in the collection basket at Mass or hand it in at the Presbytery. THANK YOU!

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.

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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