Newsletter: 19th January 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday Second Sunday of the Year

6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) 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 Agnes
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
11:30am (STA) Funeral Service of Patirck McGivney

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 Francis de Sales
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration and Rosary

Saturday Feast: Conversion of St Paul
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

A New Bishop for Northampton Diocese
The Holy Father has appointed Canon David Oakley, a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and currently rector of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, to be the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton. Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect David in Northampton Cathedral at 11 am on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, 19 March 2020. Bishop Peter Doyle rejoices in this good news. The Bishop has worked closely with Bishop Elect David during his seven years as rector of the seminary at Oscott, and knows him to be a man of faith and prayer, and a pastoral priest and wise teacher. Bishop Peter joins the priests and deacons, and the religious and people of the Diocese of Northampton in giving thanks to God and welcoming Bishop Elect David and praying for him as he prepares for his ordination as Bishop.

Second Collection – This weekend:
Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers)
“We are a world-wide group of more than 3,500 priests, brothers, sisters, and laity 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

Patrick McGivney, whose Funeral Service will be at 11.30am on Tuesday 21st January at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Owen Lowe, whose Funeral Service will be at 2:45pm on Friday 31st January at Crownhill Cremotrium.

Phoenix Youth Group
Tuesday 28th January, 7:30pm – 9pm
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting room (MK2 2JE)
For young people in the Parish in school years 7-11Come along for Pizza, games and an opportunity to share and reflect on our Catholic faith.

Celebration 2020
Celebration provides religious formation to young people from year 6 up to 6th form. It is a residential weekend being held at Thornton School from 28th -30th August. Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Dementia Friendly Mass
3 pm Tuesday 28th January:
St Thomas Aquinas Church
An opportunity for those with Dementia and their carers to come together to celebrate Mass and spend some time together in a friendly and supportive environment.
All are very welcome to attend.

Baptism Preparation Meeting
The next meeting for parents who are requesting Baptism for their children will be at 8pm on Thursday 30th January, 8pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, MK2 2JE. The meeting is for parents and guardians only, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate young children.

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.

SVP Thank you
On behalf of the Society of St Vincent de Paul [SVP] and particularly those in need who we assist in various ways, I want to THANK YOU for all you have done in the past year to support our efforts. You truly are a very generous people; no more so than your response to our cash collection just before Christmas which raised an amazing total of £1025:83. This is the highest SVP Retiring Collection I have ever known [and that spans over 35 years in this Parish].
This enables us to tackle, with great confidence, some of the more challenging situations we encounter.
May God Bless you and all those that you hold dear during this coming year. John Scott SVP Conference President.

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

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