Newsletter: 6th December 2015

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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THE YEAR OF MERCY

8th December 2015– November 20th 2016

Inaugurated by Pope Francis

There will be a special Mass at Northampton Cathedral 7 pm Tuesday 8th December at which Bishop Peter will open a Holy Door to mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy.  All are encouraged to attend.

The Holy Father grants a Plenary Indulgence (remission from the temporal punishments due to sin) to anyone who, in a state of grace, passes thorough the Holy Door during the year.

 

 

DIVINE MERCY ROSARY PRAYER GROUP

In keeping with Pope Francis’ declaration of the coming Year of  Mercy, there will be a Divine Mercy Rosary Prayer Group to recite the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet after Thursday 10 am Mass at All Saints Church.  Please do come and join us and feel free to place your petitions in front of the Divine Mercy image.

 

 

PHOENIX YOUTH CLUB

For young Catholics in Year 7 and above.

Meets at St Thomas Aquinas Church Meeting Room.

7 pm Tuesday 15th December

 

SVP RETIRING COLLECTION next weekend

 

THE GIVING TREE

Please take a tag from the Christmas Tree in church and buy a present for someone extra this year. Wrap it (if the item is not food), label it and return it under the tree. Your gift will be gratefully received by someone locally or overseas.

 

THE PARISH FAYRE – THANK YOU!

Many thanks to all helped to organise and run the Parish Fayre this year and also to all who came and supported it, including the choirs from Bishop Parker and St Thomas Aquinas Schools. The day was a real success and a happy occasion! Money is still coming in:  we will publish the total figure when we have it.

 

CHILDREN’S MASS and NATIVITY

Children in years 1, 2 and 3 who usually attend Children’s Liturgy will be invited to take part in the Nativity play which forms part of the 4.30 pm Mass at All Saints Church on Christmas Eve. Invitations, which include a date for a rehearsal, will be handed out shortly.

10 AM MASS MONDAY 7th DECEMBER

St Thomas Aquinas Church

Children from Bishop Parker and St Thomas Aquinas Schools will be singing carols after Mass.   Refreshments afterwards.  All Welcome.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PARENTS:

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2017

If your child will be starting School in September 2017 and you require a reference from Fr Christopher to support an application to a Catholic Primary School, then you will need to register for a diary which is stamped at each Mass as a record of your child’s Church attendance.  There will be a Registration evening for parents: 7 pm Thursday 10th December – St Thomas Aquinas Meeting Room (MK2 2JE) Without a completed diary Fr Christopher is unable to issue references(Diaries are not required for Catholic Secondary Schools). Copies of the Admission Policy for Bishop Parker School and St Thomas Aquinas School can be found on each school’s website.

 

 

 

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS LITURGIES

Service of Reconciliation

with individual Confession:

11 am Wednesday 16th December

at St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

7.30 pm Friday 18th December

at All Saints Church.

 

Christmas Eve – 24th December:

10 am  Mass of the Day (not Christmas)

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

  1. 30 – 11 am Confessions

St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

4.30 pm Children’s Mass

All Saints Church

 

5 pm Italian Confessions ~ St Thomas Aquinas

 

9.30pm Carols and 10pm Vigil Mass ~ All Saints

 

12 Midnight Mass ~ St Thomas Aquinas

 

Christmas Day – 25th December:

8 am / 9.15 am / 11 am Mass ~ All Saints

 

8am Italian Language Mass~ St Thomas Aquinas

 

10 am Mass ~ St Thomas Aquinas

 

SECOND COLLECTION TODAY

Christmas Flowers for the Church

 

 

DIVINE MERCY DEVOTIONS

3-4 pm Sunday 6th December ~ All Saints

Refreshments afterwards.  All welcome.

 

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED ‘EVENT’

Raised £60.  Many thanks to all who supported this.

 

CAFOD

Don’t forget ‘Third Sunday’ Cafod Coffee after 11 am Mass ~ Mulled wine and mince pies !

 

 

THE SENIOR’S FESTIVE PARTY will this year take place on Saturday 16th January 2016.  If you would like to attend please take and complete an invitation, which you can find in the Sacristy. When completed please place them in the Christmas boxes kept the Sacristy. Places are limited and will be on a First Come First Served basis. A waiting list will be kept once we exceed our numbers. The closing date for replies is Sunday 20th December 2015.  If you need any further information please contact John or Mary on 01908 377767

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME

6.30 pm Monday 7th December

First Reconciliation St Thomas Aquinas School

First Holy Communion Class:

6:30pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

6.30 pm Tuesday 8th December:  First Reconciliation for Bishop Parker School and Parish

First Holy Communion Class:

6.30 pm St Thomas Aquinas Church

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY

‘The Magical Christmas Jigsaw’

St Thomas Aquinas School

Invitation to Senior Citizens of the Parish

12.45 pm Friday 11th December

 

WILLEN HOSPICE

The family and participants at the Funeral of Francesco Pilla raised £1500. for the Hospice.

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ARE YOU NEW? HAVE YOU MOVED?

I am a new/existing* parishioner.

Please add me to the Parish List.

I would/would not* like to be contacted by a Parish Welcomer.

 

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Parish Website:                     www.bletchleyparish.co.uk

 

Deacon:                                                  Rev. Noel Guina

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

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Parish Pastoral Worker:                           Angela White

Parish Visit Co-Ordinator:            Maggie Osgathorpe

Child Protection Representative:

  Marie Day                                               07882 713797

************************************ Parish Primary Schools:

Bishop Parker 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 Hours:

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: Hospital Chaplaincy                                  01908 996061

Please remember to inform the Chaplain

that you are a Catholic

MARRIAGE CARE

For confidential advice, please call 0800 389 3801

 

 

School Admissions September 2016

Diaries will be stamped at the beginning and the end of each Mass within the designated areas.

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SERVICES THIS WEEK

 

ST THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH

Sycamore Avenue, MK2 2JE

 

VIGIL MASS (Saturday):  6:00 pm

SUNDAY MASSES:            7.30 am

Monday:                               10:00 am Mass followed by

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday:                         10:00 am Mass and Rosary

Friday:                                  8:30am Mass

                                              

Saturday:                              9.30 am Mass

                                               10:00 – 10.30 am Confessions

 

ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Shenley Road, MK3 6HG

 

SUNDAY MASSES:           9:00 am / 11:00 am / 6.30 pm

Tuesday:                            10:00 am Mass followed by

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday:                         10:00 am Mass

 

With every blessing for the week ahead

Fr Christopher Perry, Fr Benedetto D’Autilia

Deacon Noel Guina

 

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