Newsletter:25th December 2019

This Week’s Liturgies

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

Sunday Feast of the Holy Family
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Peter
to be read at all Masses

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

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.

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

Christmas Crib Appeal 2019
Throughout Christmastide we invite you to make a donation at the Christmas Crib to help the children’s arm of Missio (called “Mission Together”) in support of some of the world’s most deprived children. Your support this Christmas will help many children across the world to:
~ Hear the story of Jesus and see His love for them
~ Benefit from a healthy meal
~ Receive an education, a home and safety.

May all children
In all the world
Share love
Share friendship and live
In the peace
Of God’s love
Now and forever

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.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of

Isobel McCann, whose Funeral Service will be at 10:45am on Monday 30th December 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

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 Statistics 2019
Average Sunday Mass Attendance
6pm Vigil (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 180
7:30am (St Thomas Aquinas Church): 79
9:00am (All Saints Church): 229
11:00am (All Saints Church): 296
6:30pm (All Saints Church): 165

Average Sunday Total: 949

Baptisms: 43
First Holy Communions: 71
Confirmations: 34
Weddings: 9
Funerals: 36

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

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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