Online Parish Newsletter – August: The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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.

Friday 14th August: Memoria of St Maximilian Kolbe 19th Week in Ordinary Time (Year II). 10am Mass from St Thomas Aquinas Church.

DEVOTION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men and women. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.

PUBLIC CELEBRATION OF MASS AND PUBILC ACTS OF WORSHIP resumed on Saturday 4th July. This is great news! At the moment the attendance at each Mass or act of worship will be limited with one metre plus social distancing in place. St Thomas Aquinas can accommodate 40 people and All Saints 60 people with some flexibility if households sit together. Unfortunately once we have reached capacity we are unable to admit anyone else in 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. The 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 will be no 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. A Priest will be available for confession before each Sunday Mass.

UK GOVERMENT TEST AND TRACE :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.

REVISED MASS SCHEDULE:
Saturday 15th August: Saturday Memoria of Our Lady
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

+ SUNDAY 16th August: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass
9:00am (AS) Mass
11:00am (AS) Mass

Monday 17th August: Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration

Tuesday 18th August: Feria
10:00am (AS) Mass followed by Adoration

Wednesday 19th August: Feria
10:00am (STA) Mass

Thursday 20th August: Memoria of St Bernard
10:00am (AS) Mass

Friday 21st August: Memoria of St Pius X
10:00am (STA) Mass. 7:00pm Word of Life Ministry (Livestream only). Adoration, Sacred Teaching, Praise and Worship.

Saturday 22nd August: Memoria of The Queenship of Mary
9:30am (STA) Mass followed by Adoration
10:00-10:30am (STA) CONFESSIONS

+ SUNDAY 23rd August: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
6:00pm (STA) (Saturday) Vigil Mass of Sunday
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

YOU ARE INVITED TO A ROSARY GATHERING…
to honour the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Monday 17th August, 6pm, outside the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 200 Saxon Gate West, MK9 2ES. Praying for an end to the pandemic. Please remember to bring your face mask. Social distancing will be observed.

THE WORD OF LIFE TEAM… cordially invite you to our Word of Life teaching and prayer ministry via livestream on Friday 21st August 2020 at 7:00pm for Adoration; Sacred Teaching; Worship/Praises and Prayers. Follow the link which will be posted on the homepage 10 minutes before.

HOLY HOUR led by Deacon Liam Castle Praying before the Lord for an end to the COVID pandemic. Friday 28th August, 6:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

WELCOME TO DEACON LIAM CASTLE
On Saturday 1st August we welcomed Deacon Liam Castle to the Parish. Liam will be spending a month with us on placement before returning to St Mary’s Seminary, Oscott in September to complete his final year of study before Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.

Deacon Liam on the day of his Ordination with Bishop David and Bishop Peter

Deacon Liam comes from Bedford and was ordained a Deacon by Bishop David at Northampton Cathedral on Sunday 12th July 2020. I am sure you will all make him feel very welcome and at home in Bletchley.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARJORIE Le GALL: Over the last few years Marjorie, who is a parishioner here in Bletchley, has been discerning a vocation to the Religious Life. After much prayer and spiritual direction Marjorie has now entered the Convent in Cambridge as she prepares to join the Noviciate of the English Dominican Congregation of St Catherine of Siena.

We support Marjorie with our prayers and our thankful that as a parish we have been able to accompany her on her journey towards this wonderful vocation. Her clothing ceremony (at which she is clothed in the Dominican Habbit and Rosary) will take place on 24th September, the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
May Our Lady of Walsingham, St Dominic, St Catherine of Sienna, St Thomas Aquinas, St Philomena and all the Saints pray for her.

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!

ONLINE SEMINARS:

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.

SVP NOTICE
Young professional man seeking to rent a one room flat or alternative.
For further details please contact
John Scott SVP 07743508627 or ScottSVP@aol.com

Summer of Hope – Coronavirus Appeal

Click on the CAFOD Logo above to find out more about the Summer of Hope in Milton Keynes and the YouTube video below to hear what our Bishop has to say about the Summer of Hope in the Diocese.


CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.
You can donate at www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirus to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family.
Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the
appeal: www.cafod.org.uk/summerofhope

CHILDREN’S LITURGY RESOURCES, CAFOD have created a sign up service by which parents can access online Children’s Liturgy materials. Please follow the link: https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

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.

MESSAGE from Fr Wayne Coughlin, Diocesan Director of Missio: I have been reluctant to make appeals that parishioners support Missio (which is the Pope’s Official Charity for Overseas Mission) due to the sheer number of demands being placed upon people at this time and given how wonderfully so many of the faithful have responded to requests from charities such as the SVP, the Foodbank, etc. However, Missio has learned that due to the Covid-19 crisis many Priests and Religious Sisters in the poorest parts of the world don’t have any income or even enough food to eat. Missio is therefore asking people to support Pope Francis’ Emergency Covid-19 Fund: https://missio.org.uk/donate/covid-19-emergency-fund/

Missio Home-schooling Resources These free downloadable resources are aimed at Sunday Mass, homeschooling or for support staff caring for children in school. The activity sheets include simple tasks, questions, prayers and Sacred Scripture. They are designed to help young people learn, reflect, and stand in solidarity with children around the world already living in hardship. The special liturgy sheets for each Sunday of the year plus many other wonderful resources can be found here: https://missiontogether.org.uk/calendar/home-and-parish-resources/

MESSAGE FROM CATHOLIC MARRIAGE CARE: The latest UK government figures have shown a dramatic and substantial increase in calls to mental health and relationship support helplines. Families, individuals and couples are seeking advice, direction and support during arguably our greatest cross-generational challenge. Marriage Care Milton Keynes is at the forefront of providing counselling support and marriage preparation for couples in Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages. Unlike some relationship organisations, we do not charge a session fee to our clients. All clients are invited to donate via a mobile app. We urgently require the following volunteers: Individuals or couples to train as marriage preparation facilitators Trained relationship couple counsellors – who can spare a few hours each week. For further information please email milton-keynes.admin@marriagecare.org or telephone 07795 461270.

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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