Newsletter: 16th February 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday Sixth 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 Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration
1:30pm (AS) Nuptial Mass Kieren Malone & Melissa Rowley

Wednesday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary

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

Friday Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
7:00pm (AS) Word of Life: Mass, teaching and Adoration

Saturday Feast: Chair of St Peter
11:00am Bishop Peter’s Leaving Mass at Northampton Cathedral
NB No Mass or Confessions today at St Thomas Aquinas Church

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

CORONOVIRUS
Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Guidelines for Catholic Parishes
Everyone is invited to practice universal good hygiene at Mass.
• All Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to use the hand sanitising gel (available at the back of church).
• Those with cold-like symptoms are asked to refrain from receiving the Precious Blood and to refrain from receiving the Sacred Host directly on the tongue. NB: We receive the fullness of Holy Communion (Jesus’ actual Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) when we receive Holy Communion under one kind only.
• Whilst it is always optional at Mass the Sign of Peace has not at this time been suspended.
• Copies of the Document from which the above is drawn can be found on the noticeboard.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for February
Listen to the Migrants’ Cries
We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters, victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered

Bishop Peter’s Farewell Mass
A “Farewell Mass” for Bishop Peter will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 11:00am on Saturday, 22nd February. All are very welcome to attend but please note that there is limited seating and parking at the Cathedral. It is advised to get there in plenty of time. We pray for God’s blessing for Bishop Peter as he continues his ministry, and for our bishop-elect, Canon David Oakley:

O Lord, who for the feeding of your flock
have chosen your servant David as our bishop elect,
grant him, we pray,
a spirit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that, by faithfully governing the people entrusted to him,
he may build up in the world the sacrament of the Church
Through Christ our Lord, AMEN

Change of Schedule
There will be no Confessions or Mass on Saturday 22nd February at St Thomas Aquinas Church due to the Bishop’s Leaving Mass at the Cathedral.

Requiescat in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Phyllis Harrison, whose Funeral service will be at 3:30pm on Monday 17th February at Crownhill Crematorium.
Stephen Hunt, Jo Hunt would like to express her sincere thanks to everyone for the gifts of Mass cards and expressions of sympathy of the loss her son Stephen whose Funeral Service took place on 5th February.

SVP Retiring Collection This Weekend

The Word of Life Team…
You are cordially invited to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry on Friday 21st February 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.

2020 Northampton Diocesan Directories
The latest Directory is now available at the back of each Church for the bargain price of just £3! It is full of useful information concerning each of the Parishes within the Diocese, including Mass times, clergy, prayer groups and statistics. There are also articles on ordinations to both the Priesthood and Diaconate and Obituaries for the Clergy who have died in the last year. Snap up a copy while they last!

Palm Crosses
Traditionally we burn the old palms from last year to make the Ash that we receive on Ash Wednesday. Could all parishioners please bring in last year’s palms, for the next two weekends, so that the ash can be produced for this year’s services on 26th February

Ash Wednesday – 26th February
Mass Times
10:00am Mass St Thomas Aquinas Church
11:00am Mass All Saints Church
7:00pm Mass All Saints Church
“Walk with Me” Lent Booklets
Available form the back of church for £1

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.

Thinking Theology Lecture
‘Camino to Santiago – A Pilgrim’s Story’ The spiritual Significance of Pilgrimage in the 21st Century.
Monday 23rd March 2020 at 7.00pm, The Chapel, St Pauls Catholic School. Guest Speaker Fr Brendan Seery.
Admission Free

The Year of the Word
There will be a great DIOCESAN SCRIPTURE FEST on June 6 in Thornton College. It is hoped that as many as possible will go, especially all Parish readers. See http://www.eventbrite.co.uk and search WORDFEST2020 for the booking details.

Youth Conference
NYMO will be hosting a Youth Ministry Conference on the 7th March, for all who love young people in our Church, and want to work to lead them to a closer encounter with Christ. The event is being held at the RE Centre in Luton. More details at https://nymo.org/conference/ or call Fiona on 01582 720627

CAFOD Family Fast Day
Please join us for a continental breakfast after 10am Mass on Friday 6th March in St Thomas Aquinas church Meeting Room.

Unwanted Christmas Gifts
suitable for CAFOD £stall or raffle, please leave in Food Bank Box at the front of church.

CAFOD Supporters’ event – All welcome
Come and hear from CAFOD’s Director, Christine Allen, about her experience visiting our partners and giving input at global events, be inspired by other supporters and have an energising session. Sat 22 Feb – St Augustine Church, 1 Langcliffe Drive, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7PL 10:30am – 1.30pm (coffee/tea from 10am with shared lunch from 1:30pm).
Please let us know you are coming – 01494 863 777 or northampton@cafod.org.uk.

Coach Trips
*Thursday 16th July to Cromer leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm. Cost £15 per person.
*Thursday 17th September to Portsmouth leaving All Saints Church 8am Returning 4pm Cost £15 per person.
To book your seat phone Michael/Vivienne Smith on
01908 507184.
**Disclaimer – This trip is not organised by the Parish, the Parish therefore takes no responsibility for it.

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

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