Newsletter: 3rd November 2019

THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES
31st 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
3:00pm (AS) Divine Mercy Devotions
6:30pm (AS) Mass

During the Week
Monday Memoria: St Charles Borromeo
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
7:30pm (STA) Memorial Mass for the Faithful Departed (whose funerals have taken place in the Parish over the last 12 months).

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

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

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 Feast: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
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

POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR NOVEMBER:
Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Near East:That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

2019-2020 THE YEAR OF THE WORD
Our Bishops have called 2020 to be a celebration of the Word of God throughout all our parishes, communities and schools. The initial launch was on the feast of St Jerome, 30 September 2019, with the Year formally beginning in Advent 2019. Bishop Peter has described the purpose of the Year in these words: “At heart we want to help everyone be prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed in the liturgy.”

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS Today
3pm at All Saints Church, everyone very welcome!

“REQUIESCANT IN PACE
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Kathleen Teresa Stevens, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon on Friday 8th November at All Saints Church.

Mary Ellen Lineham, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Thursday 14th November at All Saints Church.

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

MASS FOR 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.

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY: Bishop Peter’s Maintenance Fund

SAVE THE DATE – PARISH FAYRE
Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas School between 12-2pm.
Donations needed: Are you able to donate any of the following items on the following dates:
Sunday 3rd November – Toys / Games / Toiletries
Sunday 10th November – Bottles
Sunday 17th November – Sweets / Candies
Saturday 30th November – Freshly baked cakes / biscuits

Donated items can be left in the Sacristies of both Churches. Cakes and biscuits can be brought to the School on the day. There are carrier bags available at the back of both Churches which you are welcome to take to put your donations in. Thanks for your support.

Grand Prize Draw tickets: Books of tickets are available at the back of Church. Please take some and return the completed foils with the money for the tickets to the parish office or the Church sacristy.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: Please remember in your prayers, all those whose lives have been turned upside down by war and violence. Please take a leaflet from the back of the Church, detailing the work of Aid to the Church in Need or visit http://www.acnuk/org for more information.

CAFOD World Gifts are CAFOD’s charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family. Available all year round, but specially at Christmas please consider our gifts for weddings, baptisms, anniversaries and birthdays. Brochures are available at the back of the church.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – Please join us for a Creation Celebration Mass on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church. Pope Frances reminds us that our earth was here before us and it has been given to us freely, not to exploit, but to care for. By coming together for a Creation Celebration we can give thanks for the gift of God’s creation – a gift we are invited to enjoy together. Light refreshments after Mass.

FR BENEDETTO – Mass of Induction Fr Benedetto has settled well into his new Parish and invites Parishioners from Bletchley to attend his Mass of Induction on Thursday 7th November, 7pm at Our Lady of Grace, 29 Squirrel Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4RY. Please email Jo at the Parish Office if you are attending so we can let Fr Benedetto know the numbers.

ADVANCE NOTICE(S) – SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
2020 Catholic Primary School Admissions
Completed 2019 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass on the weekend of 23rd /24th November. If there is a sufficient record of attendance (stamps) then we will notify Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School directly. We will inform you by email if a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” has been issued. If you are applying for another Catholic Primary School then please contact the Parish Office after you have received a confirmation email and Fr Christopher will complete any necessary forms. Please remember that a Certificate of Catholic Practice does not guarantee a school place but does support your application. In the event of over subscription “Admissions Criteria” are applied. The “Admissions Policy” for each school can be viewed on their respective websites. Please ensure that you collect and complete all the necessary supplementary forms when applying for a school place which can be obtained from School Reception.

2021 School Admissions for Catholic Primary Schools
If you will be applying for a Catholic Primary School place in 2021 you will need to obtain a “Certificate of Catholic Practice” to support your application. Certificates are issued to all those who complete a Parish 2020 Diary which is stamped at the beginning and end of Sunday Mass as a record of your child’s attendance. There is a meeting for interested parents on Monday 2rd December, 7pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church (MK2 2JE), where you will able to register and collect a diary.

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

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