Newsletter: 15th March 2020

This Week’s Liturgies

Sunday Third Sunday of Lent
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
7:30am (STA) Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
6:30pm (AS) Mass

Monday Lent Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followehd by Adoration
11:30 (AS) Funeral Service of Maria Hardy

Tuesday Feast: St Patrick
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday Lent Feria
9:30am Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Stations of the Cross
12:00pm (AS) Funeral Mass of Brian Roberts

Thursday Solemnity: St Joseph
NO 10:00am MASS Today
Please pray for Canon David Oakley as he is Ordained Bishop today at our Cathedral for the Northampton Diocese
11:00am (STA) Funeral Mass of Maria Falco

Friday Lent Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Rosary
2:00pm (STA) Funeral Service for Monica Cahill
2:00pm (AS) Stations of the Cross
led by the Knights of St Columba
7:00pm (AS) Word of Life: teaching and prayer ministry.
Mass, Adoration and sacred teaching

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

Episcopal Ordination
Canon David Oakley is to be ordained the thirteenth Bishop of Northampton on Thursday 19th March 2020 in the Cathedral. As you can imagine it is going to be impossible to accommodate all the people who wish to attend and so the entry will be by ticket only. Two Parishioners from Bletchley have been invited to represent the Parish. It will be possible however to watch the event live on the cathedral website

There will also be Evening Prayer at 7pm on Wednesday 18th March at the Cathedral when the Bishop Elect will make his profession of faith and there will be a blessing of his new mitre, crozier and episcopal ring, everyone is welcome to attend this event.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for March
Catholics in China
We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity.

Requiescant in Pace
Please pray for repose of the soul of
Maria Lillian Hardy, whose Funeral service will be at 11:30am on Monday 16th March at All Saints Church.
Brian Roberts, whose Funeral Mass will be at 12noon on Wednesday 18th March at All Saints Church.
Maria Falco, whose Funeral Mass will be at 11am on Thursday 19th March at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Monica Cahill, whose Funeral Service will be at 2pm on Friday 20th March at St Thomas Aquinas Church.
Philip Zscherpel Funeral details to follow.

Health Concerns: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Stage 2 of the “Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Guidelines for Catholic Parishes” has been implemented by Bishop Peter for Northampton Diocese. As a precaution and to help mitigate the risk of spreading the virus the use of Holy Water stoups, the sharing of The Peace, Communion from the Chalice, the use of Hymn Books by the Congregation, Parish Diary Stamping for School Admissions and First Holy Communion Preparation, the Offertory Procession and the Collection by means of the passing of a basket from person to person, ARE SUSPENDED until further notice. Collections will be taken at the door after Mass. Please take Newsletters home with you after Mass and do not leave them in the Church after they have been used. Vulnerable parishioners (such as the elderly, people with weakened immune systems and those with long term conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease) are dispensed from the Obligation to attend Sunday Mass if they believe it could compromise their health. Please practice good personal hygiene. Hand sanitiser is available at the back of church. Please ensure that tissues are not discarded anywhere other than in a bin.
Please pray for all those affected by the virus and those supporting them.
A copy of the “Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Guidelines for Catholic Parishes” is available on the noticeboard or online at:

Stations of the Cross in Lent
St Thomas Aquinas Church:
Wednesdays after 10:00am Mass
All Saints Church: Fridays 2:00pm

Second Collection This Weekend:
CAFOD (Catholic Action for Oversees Development). Please place your donation / envelope in the baskets at the front of Church.

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

Legion of Mary Auxiliary Members
Auxiliary members of the Legion of Mary are invited to attend The Acies (our yearly consecration to Our Lady and renewal of Legionary Promise). It will be held at St Mary’s Church, Stony Stratford at 9:15am on Saturday 21st March. Please bring a plate of food to share. If you need a lift, please contact the Parish Office during office hours.

Theme – 40 Hours for Life: Praying for the protection of human life from conception to natural death.
Monday 30th March – Thursday 2nd April 2020
St Thomas Aquinas Church
Each Day will consist of 10 hours of Exposition of the
Blessed Sacrament
The programme for each day will be:
10:00am HOLY MASS
followed by Exposition and Morning Prayer
11:00am Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
12 noon Midday Prayer with Talk
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
(Tuesday 31st March: 3:00pm Mass)
4:30pm Evening Prayer
7:00pm Holy Rosary
(Priest available to hear Confessions)
7:40pm Compline and Benediction
8:00pm HOLY MASS
Please note that there will be NO Masses celebrated at All Saints during these days of Devotion.

Advance Notice

Your opinions matter so make them count
Calling all residents of central Bletchley, Fenny Stratford & Lakes Estate you are invited to join your local policing team to set your local priorities. Get involved or just come along and see what it is all about. The meeting will be held on Monday 27th April 2020, 7pm To 9pm, Sycamore Hall, Drayton Road, Bletchley, MK2 3RR.

The Word of Life Team…
You are cordially invited to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry on Friday 20th March 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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