Newsletter: 23rd February 2020

This Week’s Liturgies
Ordinary Time Year A

Sunday Seventh 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
3:00pm (STA) Mass (especially for those with Dementia and their careers) All welcome

ASH WEDNESDAY The Beginning of Lent
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Stations of the Cross
11:00am (AS) Mass
7:00pm (AS) Mass

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

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

Saturday Lent Feria
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

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

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: The fullness of Holy Communion (Jesus’ actual Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity) can be received under one kind, i.e. the sacred Host.
• 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.

Phoenix Youth Group
Tuesday 25th February, 7:30pm – 9pm
St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting room (MK2 2JE)
For young people in the Parish in school years 7-11 Come along for Pizza, games and an opportunity to share and reflect on our Catholic faith.

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, so that the ash can be produced for this year’s services on 26th February.

“Walk with Me” Lent Booklets
Available form the back of church for £1

Bletchley Pro Life Group
‘You are cordially invited to the inaugural meeting of our newly created parish pro-life group under the patronage of St Philomena. The group is being launched locally with the mission of promoting and defending the life and dignity of every innocent human being from conception to natural death. The first meeting will take place on Monday 2 March 2020 at 7pm at the St Thomas Aquinas meeting room. We will discuss the aims and objectives of the group and the various roles and activities each one of us can contribute.’
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” Jeremiah 1:5

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 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 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.

Vocations Weekend for Young Women
Theme: Discernment and Vocation
Dates: 28th Feb – 1 March 2020
Location: Liverpool

The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). There is nothing quite like religious life – it’s an extraordinary adventure into a deep relationship with God.
If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.
For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at or visit our website

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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