Newsletter: 29th September 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
26th 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 Memoria: St Jerome
9:30am (STA) Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Memoria: St Teresa of the Child Jesus
9:30am (AS) Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
3:00pm (STA) Dementia Friendly Mass

Wednesday Memoria: Holy Guardian Angels
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

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

Friday Memoria: St Francis of Assisi
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 SEPTEMBER:
The Protection of the Oceans
That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

BISHOP’S PASTORAL LETTER – Today
In preparation for the Extraordinary Month of Mission in October called for by Pope Francis, Bishop Peter has prepared a pastoral letter which will be read out at all Masses this weekend.

SECOND COLLECTION NEXT WEEK:
CAFOD family fast day
This Friday CAFOD invites you to have a simple meal like a bowl of soup and to donate the money you save to help some of the poorest communities in our world. Please place the money in a CAFOD Envelope and put it in the second collection next weekend.

CANONISATION OF
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN:
Rome 13th October 2019
Newman retired from Anglican ministry in October 1845 and was received into the Catholic Church by Blessed Dominic Barberi at Littlemore near Oxford. Bishop Nicholas Wiseman, of the then Midland District, offered Newman and his community of Oxford converts a home in
Old Oscott House, near Birmingham, which had been used as a school since the seminarians moved to the New Oscott College in 1838. Following ordination in Rome, Newman established the first English Oratory there and renamed the house Maryvale. His plan was to study, write, educate, lead missions, help local clergy and care for the poor.
Maryvale occupies a unique place in the history of the Catholic Church in England. Catholic worship has been celebrated continuously on the site for over 1000 years.
This is the seventh in a series of articles about John Henry Newman before his canonisation on 13 October 2019.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEACHING AND THEOLOGY OF ST THOMAS AQUINAS
The “Thomistic Institute” have developed an exciting new “Aquinas” course that can be delivered directly into your email inbox. The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone. The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Aquinas 101 is a series of free video courses from the Thomistic Institute that help you to engage life’s most urgent philosophical and theological questions with the wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas. In the end, you’ll be able to read Aquinas on his own terms and to master the essentials of his thought.
Enrolling in a video course is easy – and it will always be free! We’ll send you two e-mails a week with everything you need. https://aquinas101.thomisticinstitute.org

MASS FOR VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
A Mass for victims and survivors of abuse, their families and supporters will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woburn Sands at 12 noon on Saturday 12th October. The focus will be on healing, reconciliation and the forming of compassionate links with the Church.

ECUMENICAL DAY OF REFLECTION:
Saturday, 12th October 2019
St Thomas Aquinas Church, Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, MK2 2JE. Led by Fr Wayne Coughlin, Parish Priest in Bedford and Diocesan Director of Missio (the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission). Theme: “Entering the Mystery: Salvation history in art”. Bring-and-share lunch. NB: Sandwiches, etc. can be bought locally if preferred. Tea, coffee and biscuits available on arrival and throughout the day. Start Time: 10:15am / Concludes at: 4:00pm.
People can come for the whole or part of the day.
The 9:30am Mass will be celebrated as normal.
There will be an opportunity to purchase, at a reduced price, a wonderful book consisting of famous works of art (all profits will support Missio). We shall be joined by ecumenical guests from the newly formed “North Bedford Churches Together”. Participants are asked to contact the Booking Secretary (Sheila) by Monday, 7th October to confirm attendance: holycrosschurch896@btconnect.com / (01234) 353116. Any queries can be addressed to the Booking Secretary (details above).

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.

THIS WEEKEND: “Head Count”
Its time for the Parish to complete the annual statistics report for the Diocese. This year we have been asked to count Mass attendance on the last two Sundays of September and the first two Sundays of October. Today could collectors please count all those at Mass, including children. Please include those serving on the Altar.

PARISH FAYRE We would like to invite anyone who has an idea or suggestion to come along to a meeting on 30th September at 7pm St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. We would really love some new ideas and to involve more of our Parish in this annual event.

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

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