Newsletter: 17th November 2019

33rd 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) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
4:30pm (AS) Reception of Body into Church

Wednesday Memoria: St Edmund
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
11:30am (AS) Funeral Service of Robert James Taylor

Thursday Memoria: Presentation of B Virgin Mary 10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet

Friday Memoria: St Cecilia
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

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.

Welcome to Bishop Peter
Its wonderful to be able to welcome Bishop Peter to our Parish today as he makes his visitation and joins us for all the Sunday Masses. Bishop looks forward to greeting you after Mass. Following the 11am Mass you are welcome to join Bishop Peter for refreshments in the meeting room. Bishop Peter will be then back on Saturday 30th November to celebrate and preach at the 6pm Vigil Mass.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Robert James Taylor, whose Funeral Service will be at 11:30am on Wednesday 20th November at All Saints Church.

Michele Pozzuto, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12noon on Monday 25th November at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

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

Second Collection Today: The Diocesan Priest’s Fund. Helping to care for sick and retired Clergy of the Northampton Diocese.

Retiring Collection Next Week:
Society of St Vincent de Paul

Save the Date – Parish Fayre
Saturday 30th November at St Thomas Aquinas School between 12-2pm.

Parish Fayre 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.

Invitation to the Young People in our Parish
If you are in School Years 7-11 we would like to invite you to the re launch of PHOENIX- our youth group for pupils at secondary school.
We know the challenges young people face and want to support you as you grow in faith. We want to offer you the chance to meet, socialise and explore your faith with other young people who belong to our parish. Perhaps they are friends you see at Mass or maybe they go to a different Mass to you? Maybe you used to go to school together but now go to different schools?
Why not take this opportunity to meet up with friends and make new ones?We plan to meet on the following Tuesday dates from 7.30 pm-9pm in the parish meeting room at St Thomas Aquinas Church:
November 25th, December 17th, January 28th,
February 25th, March 31st, April 28th,
May 19th, June 30th.
RSVP via email to Fr Christopher: It will help him ensure there are enough refreshments for all.

Our Lady of Fatima
The Statue of our Lady of Fatima and the relics of St Jacinta and St Francisco will be visiting the Church of St Phillip and St James, Bedford MK41 7BX on Saturday 7th December 9am-4pm. There will be a series of devotions and Mass. For further information please visit http://www.worldfatima- or see the poster at the back of 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.

Love and Mercy : Faustina. The Odeon at MK Stadium
On Monday 18 November 2019 at 20.45pm, there will be a showing of the movie called Love and Mercy : Faustina. This is a docudrama on Divine Mercy and the mission of Sr Faustina following the apparitions of Jesus.

School Admissions – Important Message
2020 Catholic Primary School Admissions:
Completed 2019 diaries will be collected in after the 6pm Vigil; 9am &11am Mass next weekend – 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 is sued 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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