Newsletter: 12th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Sunday: The Baptism of the Lord
6:00pm (Sat) (STA) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Here ends the Season of Christmas Ordinary time resumes

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
Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
Thursday Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Rosary and D.M Chaplet
Friday Memoria: St Anthony
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary
Saturday Feria
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity
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

Message from Bishop Peter:
”I am thrilled that the Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley (presently Rector of Oscott Seminary) as the new Bishop of Northampton. (His Episcopal Ordination will be at Northampton Cathedral on 19th March at 11am). I know that you will give him the loving support which I have experienced in my time in the Diocese and for which I want to thank you so very much. “

Second Collection – Next weekend:
Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers)

We are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity from diverse cultures who have dedicated our lives to following Christ’s example and St. Daniel Comboni’s missionary ideal of evangelization. Today the Comboni Missionaries serve on five continents. We first worked in Europe and Africa, moving to North and South America in the 1930s, and expanding into Asia in the 1980s. Comboni Missionary priests and brothers believe God’s call to mission is as strong today as it was 2000 years ago when Jesus told His apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). We live a vowed life and dedicate ourselves to taking the Gospel to the poorest and most abandoned wherever they are, no matter how dire their circumstances. Jesus advocated for the poor, blessed them, listened to them, and loved them “even unto death.” We, as Comboni Missionaries strive to do the same.
In all the places we serve we share our deep faith in God through service:
• Ministering through the Sacraments
• Helping improve quality of life
• Preparing local Christian leaders to serve their people
• Providing resources such as food, clean water, churches, medicine, schools, and community centers”

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Concetta Adorno, whose Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am on Tuesday 14th January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Thomas Vincent McEntee, whose Funeral will be at 3.30pm on Friday 17th January at Crownhill Crematorium.
Thomas McGivney, whose funeral Service will be at 11.30am on Tuesday 21st January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

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 13th January, 3.30-5:00 pm
Now at a change of venue:
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room (MK2 2JE)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020
18th – 25th January

On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer. Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.
In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28). Social media: Show your support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages to our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post (note there is a delay before they appear). You can also find updates about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Twitter by following the #wpcu2020 hashtag.

Recycling – Refuse Sacks
As a Parish we are very conscious of the moral and ethical imperative to recycle as much as we can and to avoid unnecessary waste ending up in landfill. We have over the years had a steady supply of re-cycling sacks from Milton Keynes Council, however this supply is drying up and recycling sacks are no longer issued by the council to Churches. On average we use around 10 sacks per week, so we need your help. If you have any surplus rolls of recycling sacks could you bring them to church and leave them in the sacristy. Together we can therefore ensure that we are able to recycle as much as we can.

New Year’s Resolution:
Make a Difference Through CAFOD

Try something that is calorie-free and life giving. We really need people who are interested to go into our Catholic schools and inspire students to act on their sense of justice. You don’t have to be a teacher to do this role, only a passion for CAFOD’s work and an ability to communicate well with children and young people. If you are good at motivating others, we have the ideal role for you – inspiring other volunteers in nearby parishes. Also, we would love to share more of the great acts of love carried out by our parishes and schools via media. So, if you are able to help promote our work in this way, we would love to hear from you. All necessary training, travel expenses and resources will be provided. To get in touch: or 01494 863 777.

The Word of Life Team…
You are cordially invited to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry on Friday 17th January 2020 and every 3rd Friday of the month, at All Saints Church.
*Featuring: Mass and Teaching; Adoration;
Worship/Praises and Prayers
*Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
*Venue: All Saints Church, Shenley Road,
Bletchley, (Milton Keynes) MK3 6HG.
Come and enjoy the glory, beauty and power of His presence. Everything you need is with Jesus. Come with your family and invite your friends.

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

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