Newsletter: 13th October 2019

28th 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) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

Tuesday Memoria: St Theresa of Avila
9:30am (AS) Divine Mercy Chaplet
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary

Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (AS) Rosary (All Saints Meeting Room)

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

Friday Feast: St Luke the Evangelist
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Saturday Feria
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

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

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Legion of Mary will pray the Rosary after each weekday Mass this month.

A Missionary “Spring” in the Church
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the Church. This month is an “Extraordinary Month” of Mission.

TODAY: Harvest Donations for the Food Bank
Please place tinned and dry goods (no fresh produce please) in the basket before the Altar that will be donated to the local Foodbank.

Mission Sunday. “World Mission Sunday is on 20th October. As our global church comes together on this special day, Missio asks the faithful of England and Wales to support the missionary work of the Church in India and throughout the world, through your prayers and financial support.”

Canonisation of John Henry Newman – Sunday 13th October – Rome. “Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom” The ‘Kindly Light’ to which Newman refers in his famous hymn led him through challenges to faith: from university academic to theologian, conversion from Anglican vicar to Catholic priest and cardinal, through steps from ‘venerable’ to ‘blessed’ and canonisation, from Oxford, to his Parish at Littlemore and to Oscott Seminary . In 1852, from the pulpit of Oscott’s College chapel, in the First Provincial Synod of Westminster, Newman delivered his famous sermon ‘The Second Spring’, a moving account of the recovery of English Catholicism from the dark days of penal times to its Victorian splendour. It characterised the expression of the restoration of Catholicism, and ‘Second Spring’ passed into common usage to describe Catholic life in Victorian England. In today’s secular world, we, too, are confronted with challenges to faith presented by change,
development and progress, but in St John Henry Newman we have a powerful intercessor and guide.
May St John Henry Newman Pray for us!!

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS WEEK: 7th – 13th October
To mark end of the week of celebration and prayer for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese Isabella who is a student at St Paul’s Catholic School will say a few words about her experience of Catholic education at the 11:00am Mass Today.

COFFEE AFTER 11am MASS Today The Society of St Theresa of the Child Jesus invites you for refreshments after 11am Mass every second Sunday – any donations to Parish funds.

“Mourn with those who mourn” – Romans 12:15
We are the parish group of bereavement survivors; we offer you a safe space to share your feelings and experiences following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who have gone and reflect on God’s teachings to guide us through bereavement and coping with the future. We meet every second Monday of the month at 3:30pm at All Saints Church Meeting Room. To find out more and see if this group is right for you get in touch with Fr Christopher who will point you to the group organisers for a friendly chat. All are welcome no matter how long you have been bereaved. Future Dates: Monday 14 October; 11 November; 9 December. Time 3.30 to 5 pm
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

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.

DAY OF REFLECTION. A day of reflection, inspiration, and prayer for all in ministry to the sick, whether in homes, hospitals or care homes. We encourage Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, members of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary and parishioners who have an interest or involvement in this ministry to join with us. This event is offered by the Pastoral Ministry Office in partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society and will be held at Christ the King Church, Milton Keynes on 9th November, 10-3pm – please use the following link to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Bring your own lunch!

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE We are pleased to confirm that this year’s Parish Fayre will be held on Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas school between 12-2pm. Wanted: Helpers for this year’s Christmas Fayre – Can you bake? Paint faces? Entertain children? Run a stall? Help set up or clear up? Create a poster to advertise the event? Do you want to organise a stall that we haven’t had before? If you can help in any way to make this event a success, then please contact the Parish office or Mags Holloway at or 07886196804

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 Business, Education, Charities 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 or 01582 723312

THE LEGION OF MARY invite you to join them at All Saints Church Meeting Room on Wednesdays at 7pm to pray the Holy Rosary in the month of October.

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

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