Newsletter: 26th February 2012

Mass changes this week:
Monday’s Mass will be Maggie Thomas’s Requiem Mass. Tuesday’s Mass will be Lilian Day’s Requiem Mass (hence no 10 am Mass on Monday or Tuesday). Friday’s Mass is at All Saints at 11.30 am followed by a Lenten Lunch (see below) ~ hence no 8.30 am Mass Friday.

TODAY we hear a Pastoral Letter from our Bishop.

LENT begins. A special season given to us each year to help us to celebrate Easter when it comes. Lent is a time for getting to grips with our faith, a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving (giving to charity). You may wish to join one of the extra activities put on for Lent such as the Wednesday Sharing Group or the Discussion Group at Heelands (see below). Whatever you choose to do for Lent, I wish you well with your endeavours.

‘THIS PROMISE IS FOR YOU’. Tuesday evenings during Lent, from 28th February, 7.15 pm-9 at St Augustine’s, Heelands. Includes DVD, talks, refreshments, small groups, music and prayer.
No charge. All welcome.

LINDA LAWLESS is organising a Sharing Group for Lent called ‘Prayer and Share’. Wednesday 10-11 am at St Thomas Aquinas Church: 29th February, 7th and 14th March. Week 1: ‘This is my Beloved Son, Listen to Him’ Mark 9:7. All welcome.

CAFOD. Last week’s coffee event raised £100. includes £37.51p from the collection box.

MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
Maggie Thomas, aged 47, late of Toddington. News of Maggie’s death has brought sadness throughout the parish and beyond. Her Requiem Mass is to be Monday, 9.30 am at St Mary’s Church, 82 West Street, Dunstable, LU6 1NY. The family hope that many Bletchley parishioners will attend; if you are able to offer a lift, please let us know. Please remember Maggie’s husband Dave, her parents, her six children and large extended family in your prayers at this sad time.

Lilian Day, aged 92, late of Corfe Crescent whose funeral Mass is on Tuesday, 1.45 pm at All Saints.

Bridget Coyle, aged 90, late of Pinewood Drive, whose funeral service is on Monday, 1.45 pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church.

SECOND COLLECTION next Sunday for CAFOD [Catholic Fund for Overseas Development]. Please put any money saved from your Friday Fast into this collection. This is an opportunity for your almsgiving this Lent to provide clean water.

CAFOD envelopes are available today please take one home.
NB: For this Lent only the UK government will match ‘pound for pound’ every donation to CAFOD. Our parishioners are always generous to CAFOD but please be especially generous this year while the government is doubling all donations. If you are a UK tax payer please complete the Gift Aid details on the envelope. Thank You.

LENTEN LUNCH FRIDAY 3rd MARCH after 11.30 am Mass at All Saints. Please join us if you can in the Meeting Room for a Ploughman’s. Proceeds for CAFOD.

PHOENIX YOUTH GROUP meets this Tuesday, 7-9 pm in St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. All youngsters in school year 8 or over are welcome. Bring £2. subs for the goodies.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES continue this Friday. 6 pm for Group ‘A’ and 7.30 pm for Group ‘B’ at St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room. Bishop Peter will confirm you on Thursday 15th March. Keep up with your project on the blue card, with a question about every Sunday Mass up to your Confirmation Day.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PRAYER GROUP meet 2 pm 3rd March at Tess C Cavallucci, 18 Sunset Close, Bletchley MK2 2LZ (07960 826144). 

MUSIC SHEETS now available to help sing the new parts of the Mass. Please leave in church after use. Thank You.

May God Bless Us All

Fr Michael

RETROUVAILLE
‘A lifeline for hurting marriages’
Website: www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Call or text 0793380443
Information leaflets at back of church.

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

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: NO Mass

Requiem Mass 9.30 am Dunstable

Friday: NO Mass

Saturday: 10 – 10.30 Confessions

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6 pm

Sunday: 7.30 am Mass

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

Tuesday: 1.45 pm Funeral Mass

Thursday: 10 am Mass

Friday: 11.30 am Mass

2 pm Stations of the Cross

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.

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