Newsletter: 1st December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday First Sunday of Advent

6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Monday Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Memoria: St Francis Xavier
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
1:15pm (STA) Funeral Mass of John Burgess

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

Friday Feria
8:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary
9:45am (AS) Funeral Mass for Harriet Kent
7:30pm (STA) Mass to celebrate God’s gift of Creation

Saturday Memoria: St Ambrose
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

Advance Notice – Christmas Liturgies

Christmas Eve – 24th December:
(AS) 4.30 pm Children’s MASS of Christmas
(AS) 9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil MASS of Christmas
(STA) 12:00am Christmas Midnight MASS

Christmas Day – 25th December:
(STA) 8:00am MASS of Christmas
(AS) 9.00am MASS of Christmas
(STA) 10:00am MASS of Christmas
(STA) 11:00am MASS of Christmas

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

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for December: The Future of the Very Young
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

Welcome again to Bishop Peter
Bishop Peter will celebrate and preach at the 6pm Vigil Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church this weekend as he completes his Pastoral Visitation of the parish. Refreshments are served in the meeting room after Mass so you can have an opportunity to talk with him.

Pastoral Letter
Bishop Peter has prepared an Advent pastoral letter which will be read out at all the Sunday Masses in the Parish

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
John Burgess, whose Funeral Mass will be at 1:15pm on Wednesday 4th December at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

Harriet Kent, whose Funeral Mass will be at 9:45am on Friday 6th December at All Saints Church.

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

Second Collection This Week:
Aid to the Church in Need: A Pontifical Foundation of the Catholic Church, supporting the Catholic faithful and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. Each year ACN fund over 5,000 projects in more than 140 countries around world, helping to support the Church in its mission, and bringing hope and solidarity to millions of people. From priests to catechists and seminarians to Sisters, you enable us to help persecuted and suffering Christians live out their faith.

Divine Mercy Devotions Today
3pm at All Saints Church, everyone very welcome!

Bereavement Support Group
Do you miss someone? Would you like to talk about it? Our Parish Bereavement Group gives you the safe space to share your grief following the loss of a loved one. We listen and talk about those who are gone and reflect on our faith to guide us through. Monday 9th December, 3.30-5:00 pm
Now at a change of venue:
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE)

Our Lady of Fatima Comes to Bedford
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. For further information please visit http://www.worldfatima- or see the poster at the back of Church.

Mass to thank God for the gift of Creation! Please join us for a Creation Celebration Mass on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church to give thanks for the gift of God’s creation. Light refreshments after Mass.

Spend time with The Lord this Advent!
Advent Holy Hour -a time for quiet reflection and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. An opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
7pm-8pm Monday 16th December at St Thomas Aquinas Church
7pm-8pm Monday 23rd December at All Saints Church

2021 Catholic Primary School Admissions
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.

Invitation to our Senior Citizens St Thomas Aquinas School welcomes you to our Christmas performance of ‘Superstar’ where there will be a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine for all. Doors will open at 12.30pm on Friday 13th December and entrance is by ticket only. The cost of each ticket is £1.00. Please call the school office on 01908 373977 to reserve your ticket.

The Seniors’ Christmas Party will be on Saturday 11th January at West Bletchley Community Centre, from 2pm till 6pm. If you would like to attend please complete one of the invites and place it in the box which you can find in the Sacristy. Completed forms should be received by Sunday 22nd December. Please note places are limited and are filled on a first come first serve basis. For any further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767

Safeguarding Update – Educare
Did you know that the diocese provides free e-learning safeguarding training? You can access the training online, on a variety of subjects, at a time and place to suit you. If you are interested, please email: to register your interest. Please give your name, email address, the name of your parish and your role, which can include parent/grandparent. On receipt of the information the safeguarding administrator will register you with Educare, who will contact you directly with a welcome email and your password,

A message from CAFOD: Why should we get involved in the 2019 general election? As Catholics, Pope Francis reminds us that we have a shared responsibility for our neighbours and the world and calls us to join a new dialogue about the future.. For more information on questions to ask candidates please go to

Thank you to all who helped and supported our Parish Fayre this weekend. It was a happy and sociable occasion and has helped to generate much needed funds for the Parish

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

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