Online Parish Newsletter – January the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Fr Christopher completes self isolation on 23rd January but will remain on limited duties until his health improves. Livestream Mass will commence on Sunday 24th January at 11am and the Parish Office will be open for telephone and email enquiries on Monday 25th January between 12noon and 2pm. Public Masses will not resume however until it is deemed safe enough based on risk assessments and the availability of stewards.

If you need the ministry of a priest before next week please contact the St Barnabas Parish Cluster on: 01908 221228.

Daily Mass is available via livestream from our Diocesan Cathedral and can be accessed via the link below.

Live Streaming

WELCOME TO OUR PARISH WEBSITE: Our Parish serves the whole of Bletchley as well as its outlying villages, Newton Leys, parts of Emerson Valley and Furzton. As we learning to steer a course through the necessary restrictions brought about by the pandemic we are finding news ways to reach out, stay connected and share our faith.

BISHOP DAVID OAKLEY HAS RELEASED A MESSAGE FOR CLERGY AND LAITY ACROSS THE DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON AS THE BURDEN OF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO GRIP US. Please click the picture below to be directed the Diocesan Website.

LOCKDOWN RETREAT

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PRAYING WITH THE POPE: Each year, the Holy Father asks for our prayers for a specific intention each month. You are invited to answer the Holy Father’s request and to join with many people worldwide in praying for this intention each month.

THE HOLY FATHER’s INTENTION FOR JANUARY AD 2021: Intention for evangelization – Human fraternity.
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.

Gentlespaces: 01908 382318

PARISH OFFERTORY GIVING
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge effect on our Parish income and we still have bills to pay. As a means of mitigating against this loss we would like to encourage those parishioners who do not currently give by Standing Order to donate online. This can be done at:
https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/
Please ensure that you type the parish name and area i.e. “St Thomas Aquinas and All Saints, Bletchley” in the NOTES SECTION of the donate page.

Or.., by Standing Order via your own bank:
You can also set up a standing order for donations to the parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows.
Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name; 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: St Thomas Aquinas, Bletchley

Alternatively CHEQUES made payable to “St Thomas Aquinas Church” can be posted to:
The Presbytery, 1 Sycamore Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK2 2JE.

GIVE US A CALL TO DONATE OVER THE PHONE: Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available by phone for you to donate to our Parish community over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details.

NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

https://mailchi.mp/cbcew/230320-1183741?e=6d9352d0c4

KEEPING UPDATED ON COVID IN MILTON KEYNES: As we have a Parishioner who is a volunteer Covid Champion, we will be receiving regular updates and information about the Covid 19 situation in Milton Keynes, which we hope you will find useful.

This week’s update has information on the progress of vaccination, also useful information for parents about supporting children’s mental health in lockdown. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKMK/bulletins/2ba6951

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKMK/bulletins/2b421b3

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKMK/bulletins/2b4d163

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

If you are attending Mass at St Thomas Aquinas Church please scan the QR Code below on the same day you attend using the NHS COVID-19 App.

Or if you are attending Mass at All Saints Church please scan the QR Code below on the same day you attend using the NHS COVID-19 App.

The YEAR OF ST JOSEPH AD 2020-2021
“In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (“with a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. The Letter marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To celebrate the anniversary, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph,” beginning on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (8th December) 2020 and extending to the same celebration in 2021.
At the conclusion of his Letter, the Pope adds another prayer to St Joseph, which he encourages all of us to pray together:

St Joseph, patron of the Church, pray for us.

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace,
mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen

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MARRIAGE SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT
Retrouvaille is the name of a programme designed to help heal and renew marriages. The word “Retrouvaille” simply means “rediscovery”.

The programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your partner, and a loving relationship in your marriage.
For more details, please click on the image above or the link below.

https://www.retrouvaille.org.uk/

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY TOGETHER

PRAYING THE CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY TOGETHER

LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Every blessing to you all.
Fr Christopher & Fr Emmanuel

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