Newsletter: 22nd December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday Fourth 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 – O Emmanuel
9:30am (AS) Funeral Service of Sandra Brimson
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday Feria / Christmas Eve
10:00am (STA) Mass of Advent
4:30pm (AS) Children’s Mass of Christmas
9:30pm (AS) Carols
10:00pm (AS) Vigil Mass of Christmas
12:00am (STA) Christmas Midnight Mass

Wednesday Solemnity:
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
8:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
9:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas
10:00am (STA) Mass of Christmas
11:00am (AS) Mass of Christmas

Thursday Feast: St Stephen, protomartyr
12:00pm (STA) Mass
Presentation of St Stephen’s Guild Bronze and Silver Medals to Altar Servers

Friday Feast: St John the Evangelist
8:30am (STA) Mass

Saturday Feast: The Holy Innocents
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration & Rosary
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS
1:00pm (STA) Wedding of Jordan Taylor
and Kathryn Lawrence

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

THE SEASON OF ADVENT
A time of expectant waiting and preparation for the return of Jesus at the end of time.

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.

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 23rd December at All Saints Church

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Sandra Brimson, whose Funeral Service will be at 9:30am on Monday 23rd December at All Saints Church.

Isobel McCann, whose Funeral Service will be at 10:45am on Monday 30th January at Crownhill Crematorium.

Flory Rodricks, whose Funeral Service will be at 11:30am on Thursday 2nd January at All Saints Church

Joyce Daly, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12:30pm on Wednesday 8th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

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

The Giving Tree
Please take a tag from the Christmas Tree in church and buy a present for someone extra this year. Wrap it (if the item is not food), label it and return it under the tree. Your gift will be gratefully received by someone in need locally or overseas.

The Seniors’ Christmas Party will be taking place on 11th January at West Bletchley Community Centre. If you would like to go please complete one of the invitations held in the scarcity and place in the box next to them. Please note that this is the final week to show an interest in attending.
If you have any questions regarding the party contact John or Mary on 01908 377767

Children’s Nativity
This is a message for anyone in years 3,4,5 or 6 at primary school. Would like to be a reader at the Children’s Christmas Mass at 4.30pm Christmas Eve at All Saints?
If you would, please come for a rehearsal this afternoon at 2.30 at All Saints. (The actors will arrive about 3pm)

Christmas Liturgies
Christmas Eve – 24th December
10am am MASS of the Day (not Christmas)
St Thomas Aquinas Church

  1. 30 – 11 am Confessions
    St Thomas Aquinas Church

4.30 pm Children’s MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

12 Christmas Midnight MASS
St Thomas Aquinas Church

Christmas Day – 25th December
8 am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

10am MASS of Christmas
St Thomas Aquinas Church

9.00 am & 11.00 am
MASS of Christmas
All Saints Church

St Stephen’s Day – 26th December
12 Noon Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Church

All our Altar Servers are encouraged to attend this Mass of the Patron of the Servers Guild. If you have been serving regularly for at least a year and are due your bronze medal, please speak to Fr Christopher or Mr Bernard Guina.

Can you help!
Parish Readers and Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion are needed for our Christmas Liturgies. There are sign up sheets for each Mass of Christmas at the back of Church.

Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy
Starting in January 2020 a ten-part Bible study, in which you will discover how God is constantly calling us to a deeper relationship with him as well as the ways we are called to be the voice of God to others. We will come to know the prophets and their messages will shed light on our faith and our lives. The group will meet on: Friday evenings after the 7pm Mass at St Augustine’s Church, Heelands, MK13 7PL. A book will need to be purchased before the start of the course.
For further details please contact Christine Scotcher on
01908 318079 or email:bibletimeline2018 @gmail.com

Christmas Collections – Gifts to your Priests
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity once again towards Fr Emmanuel and myself, in the form of the Christmas Offering. Fr Emmanuel and I divide the money, which you kindly give us, 50:50 which provides us with a modest income until Easter.

Advance Notice
After a number of requests were made and consultation sought the 8:30am Mass on Fridays at St Thomas Aquinas Church is going to be moved to the later time of 10:00am. This will take effect from Friday 3rd January 2020. The hope is that more people will be able to attend at a time that many consider to be more convenient.

Parish Office Holiday Closure
The Parish Office will be closed from 24th December and will re-open on the 6th January. The clergy will still be available for urgent matters.

We pray that you and your families will have a peaceful and Holy Christmas
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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