Newsletter: 4th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
18th Sunday of the Year (C) – Ordinary Time

6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

During the Week

Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feast: The Transfiguration of the Lord
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

Thursday Memoria: St Dominic
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Feast: St Benedicta of the Cross
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
7:00pm (STA) Mass in the Italian Language

Saturday Feast: St Lawrence
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Devotions
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR AUGUST: Families, Schools of Human Growth
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.”

REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Alberto Marcucci, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 1:15pm on Tuesday 6th August.
Frances Byron, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium at 2:45pm on Thursday 8th August.

We offer our sincere sympathy and the loving support of our faith and prayers to all the recently bereaved.

FR BENEDETTO’S LEAVING MASS will be celebrated at All Saints Church on Thursday on 29th August at 7:00pm, followed by a Reception at the Irish Centre (Pavilion, Manor Field, Bletchley, MK2 2HX) where food will be served. Fr Benedetto invites everyone to attend as he bids farewell to the Parish and leaves to take up his new position as Parish Priest of Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in High Wycombe. If you are able to attend, please sign the list at the back of Church so we know how many to cater for.

LEAVING GIFT FOR FR BENEDETTO
Next weekend there will be a Second Collection at all the Masses so that we can present Fr Benedetto with a financial gift from the Parish in recognition of his service and commitment to our community over the last four years.

WELCOME BACK FR CLEMENT
Our good friend Fr Clement will be arriving from Kenya on 9th August and will be spending a couple of months with us in the parish as he enjoys some rest and relaxation and provides some cover while Fr Benedetto and Fr Christopher take some time off. Fr Clement is very keen to meet new parishioners as well as old ones. If you would like him to call in for a visit, a house blessing or a meal etc please contact the Parish Office.

…HELLO TO FR EMMANUEL OKAMI
A priest of the Diocese of Ilorin, Nigeria, Fr Emmanuel has been serving as an Assistant Priest in the Parish of Our Lady of Peace, Burnham for the last 9 months. He has a wealth of experience and we look forward to welcoming him as our new Assistant Priest in September. We pray he will be very happy amongst us here in Bletchley.

PLEASE NOTE
During August there are NO Divine Mercy Devotions on the 1st Sunday of the Month. The next Divine Mercy Devotions will be on Sunday 1st September at 3pm, All Saints Church.

A REQUEST
Do you have any redundant First Holy Communion Outfits? if so, please contact Angela at the Parish Office.
HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
14th August 7:00pm Vigil Mass, St Thomas Aquinas Church
15th August 10:00am Mass, All Saints Church
15th August 7:00pm Mass, All Saints Church

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS
Interested in becoming a Catholic? Seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation as an Adult? Want to learn more about your Catholic Faith? If any of these apply to you then we invite you to join our 2019-2020 Journey in Faith Programme. The Course will begin on Thursday 5th September 2019 at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE) 7:30 – 9:00 pm and will continue on Thursday evenings until Easter 2020. Weekly Sunday Mass or Saturday Vigil Mass attendance is essential for those who desire to be Baptised and Confirmed in the Church.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
If anybody experiencing bereavement and would like support from our members, please contact Parish Office, who will put you in touch with the group organisers who can arrange home visits.

A THANK YOU FROM THE PALMER FAMILY
Donations in memory of Sylvia Palmer raised over £1,300
for Willen Hospice. Many thanks for your loving support.

QUIZ NIGHT WITH FISH & CHIPS
At St Thomas’ C of E Church, Simpson (Simpson Village, MK6 3AF). Saturday 17th August 2019. 7:00pm, £12 per person, bring your own drink. Places must booked – maximum of 8 people per table. Contact Pat Hodges missquiz@sky.com or
Tel. 01908 644785. Proceeds to Fr Clement’s Parish “Water Bore Hole Project in Kenya”.

**COACH TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH
12th September. Coach leaves from All Saints Church at 8:00am. Cost £14.50. Contact Viv Smith 01908 507184
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

NEW YEAR’S PANTO
The Parish have secured 200 tickets for the performance at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd January 2020, 7pm, Ticket Price £22. Please fill in a ticket request form at the back of Church and return in an envelope with payment to the Parish Office ASAP. First come, first served.

ADVANCE NOTICE
The Parish Office will be closed for a summer break from 14th August until the 27th August.
The clergy are still available for urgent matters.

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

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