Newsletter: 20th October 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
29th 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 Feria
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 Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

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

Saturday Memoria: Our Lady on Saturday
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.

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER:
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.

WELCOME: This weekend we welcome to the 6pm Vigil Mass Knights of St Columba from across the Province of Northampton who are celebrating 100 years of the foundation of the Order. The Knights in our Diocese also work in close partnership with the Guardians of the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Diocesan Shrine in Bedford. It is a great honour to have the image and the guardians with us also at the Vigil Mass. After Mass there is an opportunity to come forward and venerate the image as we ask for Mary’s powerful intercession.

THIS WEEKEND SECOND COLLECTION:
Mission Sunday. “World Mission Sunday”. 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.”

Next Weekend: Retiring Collection for the Society of St Vincent DePaul (SVP)

REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Cormac Rynne, whose Funeral Service will be at Crownhill Crematorium MK at 10:00am on Friday 25th October.

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

ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS DAY(S)
All Saints Day: Friday 1st November (Holy Day of Obligation)
8:30am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00am Mass – All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass – All Saints Church

All Souls Day: Saturday 2nd November
9:30am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church

Mass of the faithful departed: Monday 4th November
(Mass for the Repose of the Souls of all whose Funerals have taken place in our Parish over the last 12 months).
7:30pm Mass -St Thomas Aquinas Church.

A NEW ‘ENGLISH’ SAINT FOR OUR CHURCH!
“The Canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman last Sunday was a moment of true celebration for the whole Church but perhaps most particularly, for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is therefore hoped that the Church will rise to the challenge of suitably celebrating this momentous event. We therefore echo the prophetic words of Pope Benedict XVI who, whilst standing on the hallowed soil of Newman’s homeland, remarked that he was saint for our time; a man, who like us, was both truly ordinary and truly extraordinary. There are scholars who will comment on the seeming contradictions in Newman’s life; these are false dichotomies. Rather we should see these for what they are: complementary strengths. The one constant thread in the life of Newman was his search for the truth of Jesus Christ; it was this that led him to the one true fold of the Redeemer: the Catholic Church. He was not content to settle for shadows or pale imitations. Only the fullness of truth revealed by Christ and bestowed by Him to the Catholic Church was enough to appease his conscience. In this regard Saint John Henry Newman can be viewed as a catalyst to authentic mission, spiritual renewal and ultimately the numerical growth of our communities. Now that he is able to see Truth Himself, that is Jesus Christ, may St John Henry Newman pray for us!”

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT IN THE PARISH
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. All are welcome no matter how long you have been bereaved. Future Dates: 11 November; 9 December. Time 3.30 to 5 pm “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

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 invite all 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: http://www.pastoralministryoffice.org to register or contact your parish secretary if you need any help with this. Bring your own lunch!

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE
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 hollers35@sky.com or 07886196804.
There is a meeting for all Parish Fayre Volunteers on Monday 21st October, 7:00pm in St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room.

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.

MESSAGE FROM THE FOOD BANK – Thank you so much for your generous Harvest Festival contribution to the Food Bank. The food will be distributed to families and individuals in need of help across Milton Keynes. Thank you for supporting us in helping to provide urgent food relief for people in need.

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

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