Newsletter: 12th February 2012

TODAY we welcome a speaker from Marriage Care who will tell us all about the work they do for the church. There will be a Retiring Collection for their work.

Midweek Mass Watch
There is no Mass on Wednesday but otherwise there are no changes to the schedule this week.

PHOENIX YOUTH GROUP meet Tuesday, 7-9 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. As usual, please bring your £2. subs for the pizza and soft drinks.

CONFIRMATION. Feedback tells us that our 45 candidates and their leaders spent a fabulous two days at Alton Castle last weekend. Some youngsters said that the centre reminded them of “Hogwarts” and how beautiful it looked in the snow! Staff at Alton Castle have told me of how well-behaved our youngsters (and leaders!) were, a credit to our parish and also of how well-informed they were about Confirmation etc. – a credit to their parents, catechists and teachers over the years.

No Confirmation class this week,
the next one being Friday 24th February.

“SNOW USE WORRYING”. Please don’t rush to the Confessional box because you were unable to get to Mass last Sunday. It is only a sin to miss Sunday Mass if it is due to our own fault (laziness etc). Snow is beyond our control, so no sin is involved. God does not want us to slip over and risk broken bones! “Bravo” to those who did make it; for once people had no problem finding a seat!

WORKAID is an organization who send many items, including farming tools, etc., to Africa. They are currently making an Appeal for unwanted carpentry tools (in any condition). For more information about their work please see the “Workaid” Website. Please leave any items at back of church marked ‘Workaid’. Thank You.

OUR LEGION OF MARY PRAESIDIUM have had a ‘cabinet reshuffle’ of their officers. Dorothy Caballero is the new President, Sylvia Palmer Vice-President, Mary Taylor Secretary and Deborah d’Almeida Treasurer. The group meet every Tuesday, 7.30 pm for Rosary and devotions. During the week they visit parishioners at home or in hospitals or care homes. They are a happy bunch and would welcome anyone who would like to join them.

Advance Notice

MK NORTH PASTORAL AREA
LENT DAY RETREAT
11 am – 3 pm Saturday 24th March
St Mary’s, Woburn Sands
Given by Fr Mark Elvins OFM Cap, the noted Franciscan Retreat Leader currently helping us out in Winslow. Coffee from 10.30 am. Take a packed lunch. All welcome. Put the date in your diary.

NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK
7th – 14th February
This week is dedicated to the celebration of marriage and ends appropriately on St Valentine’s Day! Please remember the special sacrament of marriage in your prayers during the week; praying for faithfulness of couples, for couples experiencing difficulties, for a greater recognition of marriage as the bedrock of our society. If anyone is experiencing difficulty in a relationship, MARRIAGE CARE is there to help. You can contact them on 0800 389 3801 or at http://www.marriagecare.org.uk. Alternatively, if you think you might like to help us MARRIAGE CARE is currently recruiting new volunteers. Please contact Patty Greaves (07808 024526).

CATECHISTS’ ASSEMBLY 2012
‘Anchor Your Faith’
10 am – 3 pm Saturday 25th February
Nores, Holy Ghost Catholic Church
Parish Centre, Westbourne Road, Luton LU4 8JD
See Poster at back of church for details.
Booking: 01582 723312 or admin@nores.org.uk

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PRAYER GROUP meet 18th February at Albert and Maria del Grosso, 11 Earls Close, Bletchley, MK2 (07960 826144).

May God Bless Us All

Fr Michael

MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
“Sister Act”
2.30 pm Wednesday 27th June … £24.
7.30 pm Thursday 28th June … £39.50p
“Mousetrap”
28th September … Details to follow

FAURE REQUIEM and DURUFLE REQUIEM
8 pm Saturday 25th February
Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Milton Keynes Chorale
Phone: 01908 617697 or http://www.mkchorale.org.uk

NEW PARISHIONER?

Welcome to the Parish!

EXISTING PARISHIONER?

Ensure you are on our list.

Please fill in this slip and hand it to one of the Welcomers (with the big yellow rosette!). We will put you on our List of Parishioners. Meanwhile, please help yourself to the Information Sheets at back of church. If you have children, please see the sheet explaining our diary system for places in our Catholic schools. Please note that Fr Michael will only give references (for immigration, schools, jobs, sponsors etc) if you appear on our parish list.

NAME …………………………………………………..

ADDRESS ………………………………………………

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Tel. ………………………………………………………

I would like to give my offering to the parish by:

STANDING ORDER Yes/No

Deacon: Rev. Noel Guina

Tel: 01908 649356 – email: guina@btinternet.com

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Parish Pastoral Worker: Angela White

Parish Visit Co-Ordinator: Eileen Eade

Child Protection Representative:

Marie Day 07882 713797

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Parish Primary Schools:

Bishop Park School, MK2 3BT 372129

St Thomas Aquinas School, MK3 5DT 373977

St Paul’s Secondary School MK6 5EN 669735

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Parish Office: 01908 372315

Parish Secretary Jo Cerrone

Office House:

Monday-Friday: 9.30 am – 12:30 pm

[Jo – Mon-Tues-Wed- Fri: Eileen – Thurs]

At other times: By Appointment

MK GENERAL HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY

If you know of a Catholic in hospital please contact:

Catholic Chaplaincy 01908 243700

MARRIAGE CARE

For confidential advice, please call 0800 389 3801

School Admissions September 2013

Please have your diary signed after Mass

SERVICES THIS WEEK

ST THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH

Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE

Monday: 10 am Mass followed by

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction

Friday: 8.30 am Mass

Saturday: 10 – 10.30 Confessions

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6 pm

Sunday: 7.30 am Mass

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

Tuesday: 10 am Mass

Wednesday 10 am Word, Communion, Rosary

Thursday: 10 am Mass

Sunday Masses: 9 am / 11 am / 6.30 pm

Please take this Newsletter home or replace on shelf.

NB: 6.30 pm Mass-goers, please take the newsletter home. Thank You.

£1. CHILDRENS’ HOLIDAY READS for half- term. Available at back of church. Proceeds for children in Zambia.

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