Online Parish Newsletter – October: The Month of The Holy Rosary

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 emerge from the lockdown we are finding news ways to reach out, stay connected and share our faith.

JOIN US AT MASS FROM HOME: Live Stream via Facebook
We will be live streaming weekday Mass in the Parish at 10am Monday – Friday and 9:30am on Saturday. Sunday Mass will now be live streamed at 11am. If you are unable to connect for the live broadcast it will remain recorded for 24 hours and so can be viewed later on. We will post a link around 10 to 15 minutes before each broadcast which will appear below:

THURSDAY 29th October Feria, Thirtieth Week of the Year in Ordinary Time (Year II). Mass 10:00am from All Saints Church.

THE HOLY ROSARY: The month of October is a good time to re-evaluate the place the Rosary has in our lives. Many great popes, saints, and Christian leaders have exhorted us to pray the rosary. It is a powerful prayer, they say, one that can change your life, strengthen the family, bring peace to the world, convert entire nations, and win the salvation of souls.

Saint John Paul II said that as a young man, praying the Rosary helped him realize that not only does Our Mother Mary direct us towards Christ, but Christ also directs us towards His mother. Christ is saying ‘look what marvels I have worked for my mother’. Devotion to the saints and especially to Our Lady, is so important because it marks out why our faith is so special. God’s grace is not something superficial, but penetrates the core of our being. God has promised to make us like Himself. Our Lady is the first in whom this promise has been fulfilled, and so she is worthy of the highest of praise.

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 OCTOBER: The Laity’s Mission in the Church. We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS AND PUBILC ACTS OF WORSHIP resumed on Saturday 4th July. In accordance with Goverment directives public acts of worship will be limited with one metre plus social distancing in place. St Thomas Aquinas Church can accommodate 40 households and All Saints Church, 60 households. (Baptisms are limited to no more than 6 persons, Weddings are limited to 15 persons while the limit for Funerals remains at 30 people). Unfortunately once we have reached capacity we are legally unable to admit anyone else into the building. Please therefore get to Mass in good to time to avoid disappointment. Please note that face masks or coverings will need to be worn. Please do not congregate in groups in the car park before or after Mass, and following the Government’s directive, do not socialise with more than six people.

The Bishop’s have stated that obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still suspended and so if you are in an “at risk group” or have any any concern about the risk of infection we still encourage you to remain at home. The resumption of Public Mass is a process that will take time. We anticipate that numbers at Mass we will be small to begin with and we will of course be observing all appropriate hygiene and safety measures.

At this stage there cannot be any congregational singing and the Mass will be shorter than normal. The exchange of the peace and the use of holy water, children’s liturgy and the stamping of parish diaries will remain suspended.

You do not need to book or obtain a ticket to attend Mass but it is requested that the parish participate in the UK Government’s Test and Trace System. If you are attending a public Mass in our Parish we invite you to email:

staq.register@gmail.com

Please write: your name, contact telephone number and the date and time of the Mass you are attending. Your participation in this scheme is strongly encourageded but remains optional. Your details will be held securely by the Parish for 21 days after which they will be permanently deleted in accordance with GDPR. Your details will only be used for the test and trace system. A full copy of the Parish Privacy Notice can be found on this website or at the back of each Church on the Notice board.

Alternatively 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.

Posters with the QR Codes are also displayed in both Churches.

MASS SCHEDULE:

+ Sunday 25th October Thirtieth Sunday of the Year
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass
1:00pm (STA) First Holy Communion Mass by inviation only

Monday 26th October Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday 27th October Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday 28th October Feast: Ss Simon & Jude
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass

Thursday 29th October Feria
9:30am (AS) Holy Rosary
10:00am (AS) Mass

Friday 30th October Feria
9:30am (STA) Holy Rosary
10:00am (STA) Mass

Saturday 31st October Memoria: Our Lady on Saturday
9:30am (STA) Mass
10:00am (STA) Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

+ Sunday 1st November Solemnity of All Saints
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass

Please note that the 7:30am Sunday Mass and 6:30pm Sunday Mass remain suspended. It is hoped that these will be reinstated in due course.

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

REQUIESCANT IN PACE

Please pray for repose of the soul of

Aquilina Giordano, whose Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, 26th October at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

NB Attendance at all funerals is by invitation only.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS: When disaster strikes, this amazing charity gift can make a life-saving difference to those in urgent need – providing essential shelter to a family who have lost absolutely everything.

Click on picture above or go to worldgifts.cafod.org.uk
to order, or see what other good gifts you can choose.

Last week’s collection for World Mission Sunday (MISSIO) raised £306.41. Thank you for your support.

CONGRATULATIONS
We offer our prayers for the young people who are receiving Holy Communion for the first time this weekend at St Thomas Aquinas Church. 29 children completed their preparation to receive this most wonderful Sacrament through our Parish Programme.

We are very grateful to our small team of Catechists who have worked with the group utilising Zoom and Youtube in recent weeks. We now look forward to December when the present Year 4 from St Thomas Aquinas School will also celebrate their First Holy Communion Mass at All Saints Church. The Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for 2021 should begin in January; details will be made available in December, so watch this space!

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS – Next Sunday
Next Sunday we celebrate our Feast of Title: “All Saints”. We give special thanks to God for all those faithful parishioners and clergy who have served the Parish (and the Church of All Saints in particular) over the years.

All Saints 1965

St Thomas Aquinas Church had opened in 1955 but in 1960 land was acquired for a second Catholic Church in expanding West Bletchley and the foundation stone for All Saints was laid on 10 May 1964. Served from St Thomas Aquinas, the Church opened in 1965. All Saints was built to seat 300 and cost £31,400 and was designed by J.S Comper in a loosely Classical Basilican style. The building was paid for out of the regular generosity of Parishioners who were asked to donate “a schilling a week”. The most notable fitting in the church is also the newest, and is a fine carved, painted and gilded square panel reredos depicting the Crucifixion with Our Lady and St John, in the distinctive Primitive Italian-influenced style of Stephen Foster. Bletchley soon grew to be and remains one of the most populous Parishes in the Diocese of Northmapton.
All Saints of God – Pray for our Parish!
All Saints of God – Pray for our Catholic Schools!
All Saints of God – Pray for our departed loved ones!
All Saints of God – Pray for us!

DO YOU WANT TO SERVE YOUR PARISH COMMUNITY?


Have you got skills in finance and buildings? Have you considered being a Foundation Governor for the Bletchley Catholic Schools Federation?
We are looking to fill two vacancies for Foundation Governors to serve our Parish Schools. Please consider if God might be calling you to serve the Church and Catholic Education in this important role. Please contact Fr Christopher for more details.

RIGHT TO LIFE UK: Help protect babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot.

Sadly abortion is currently available in the UK, right up to birth, for babies with cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot. All of these conditions can be corrected. A cross-party group of MPs from the three largest parties in the UK Parliament have come together to bring forward the Abortion (Cleft lip, cleft palate and club foot) Bill. The Bill will change the law to clarify that cleft palate, cleft lip, and club foot are not grounds for abortion in the UK. Can you help with getting your MP to support the Bill? Please visit www.standupandsmile.org.uk to email your MP asking them to support the Bill. It only takes 30 seconds.

HEATING IN CHURCH
The weather has turned decidedly colder now we have entered the month of October and we would normally have the heating on during both the Sunday and weekday Masses. Concern has rightly been raised however about our heaters as they pump hot air into the building which could possibly contribute to the spread of infection.

Following Diocesan advice we will therefore heat the Churches for an hour before Mass but it will then remain off during the Mass itself. Windows will also be open during Mass to maximise ventilation. It will mean that the Churches will be colder than normal and so we do advise you to wear warm clothing if needed.

JOB OPPORTUNITY

PRAYER TO ST MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

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/

FR EMMANUEL’S LATEST PUBLISHED BOOKS: During the weeks of lockdown Fr Emmanuel was very busy completing his manuscripts in preparation for their publication.

His books can now be purchased at:
www. amazon.co.uk. Just type Fr Emmanuel Okami into the search box. Or just click on the picture above! Happy reading!

Do you want to serve the Parish? Do you want to help us ensure we can stay open for the public celebration of Mass? Volunteer today as a Parish Steward and join a happy band of helpers. Email Fr Christopher at: staq@uwclub.net

PARISH OFFERTORY GIVING
The suspension of pubilc Masses during the lockdown 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: NRCD Trust
Payment Ref: STAQ 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.

HOW WE CAN HELP OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS:

Aid to the Church in Need is an international Catholic pastoral aid organization, which yearly offers financial support to more than 5,000 projects worldwide. It aims to help Christians in need wherever they are repressed or persecuted and therefore prevented from living according to their faith. Please sign up for the newsletter at www.acnuk.org./newsletter. Donations are urgently needed to help provide legal aid for victims of persecution; support Catechists and to help provide Covid 19 emergency aid for the poor. Please call 0345 6460110 to donate.

School Admissions: September 2021
As a result of the closure of our Churches during the time of pandemic if you were issued with a 2020 Parish Diary for a Certificate of Catholic Practice for School Admissions in September 2021 then you will now automatically be given a reference by Fr Christopher irrespective of the number of stamps. The Diary does not need to be handed in. Fr Christopher will contact the School informing them you have been granted a Certificate of Catholic Practice.

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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