Newsletter: 25th August 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
21st 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 Memoria: St Monica
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
NO 3:00pm Dementia Mass in August

Wednesday Memoria: St Augustine
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

Thursday Memoria: The Passion of St John the Baptist
(NO Mass at 10am Today)
7:00pm (AS) Mass (Farwell to Fr Benedetto)

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feria
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.”

PARISH OFFICE – SUMMER BREAK
The Parish Office will re-open on Wednesday 28th August following the Summer Break.

TEMPORARY CHANGE TO MASS WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Please note there will be NO 10:00am Mass on Thursday Morning this week as the leaving Mass for Fr Benedetto will be celebrated at 7:00pm at All Saints Church.

WELCOME FR EMMANUEL OKAMI
Fr Emmanuel will be spending this weekend in the Parish saying hello to parishioners and getting “a feel” for Bletchley before beginning his Priestly ministry amongst us in the second week of September. We pray he will be very happy amongst us here in the Parish.

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). Fr Benedetto invites everyone to attend as he bids farewell to the Parish.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019

When Newman was created cardinal on 12 May 1879 by Pope Leo XIII, he took as his motto in Latin “Cor ad cor loquitur”, which means “Heart speaks to heart.” This mirrors Newman’s commitment to education, to establishing Catholic universities and his passionate care for the sick and the poor. When Pope Benedict XVI beatified Newman on 19 September 2010, he praised his pastoral zeal for the poor and the bereaved and noted Newman’s emphasis on the vital role of establishing Catholic ministry in universities. We ask for his intercession for all those engaged in Catholic education not least the teachers, staff and governors of our Catholic Schools in Milton Keynes, and for those who bring relief help and support to the poor and vulnerable in our community, particularly for members of the SVP.
This is the second in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

A MESSAGE FROM AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
ACN continues to provide urgently needed packages of food, hygiene products and clothing to help Christians in Syria return to their everyday routines. £150 will cover one month’s supply for a family in need. The needs of families are extensive as many of them lost all of their possessions.
Please give whatever you can to help us continue this vital project, everything makes a difference. You can donate via our website http://www.acnuk.org/getinvolved/donate

BAPTISM PREPARATION MEETING
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 26th September, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. (Please note there is no meeting in August). The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

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.

A REQUEST FROM BISHOP PETER
We need people who, in the midst of all changes to education policy will keep Christ at the centre of everything they do. Do you have experience in Education or HR? I would like you to consider whether you are someone who could serve our children as they grow in faith by volunteering as a Director for our new Multi Academy Trust. For more details contact Debbie Main on main@nores.org.uk or 01582 723312

JOB OPPORTUNITY
Administrative Assistant – St Barnabas Cluster Milton Keynes – Paid part time role 16 hrs. We are currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant for the St Barnabas Cluster – Milton Keynes. The role would ideally be worked over 4 days. For full details and an application form, please visit http://www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or email hradmin@northamptondiocese.com.

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

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