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10th July 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Benedictines across the world celebrate the life and witness of their Saint and founder, Benedict, this Sunday, including Father Victor’s own Community of the House of Initia Nova, O.S.B.

Born at Norcia in Umbria around 480, as a young man Benedict left home to study in Rome. In reaction to the decadence and immorality he found there he turned his back on the world and sought solitude as a hermit, living in a cave at Subiaco. Disciples came to him and in time he moved with them to live on the top of Monte Cassino, where he founded a monastery. There he wrote his ‘Rule’ which established the spirituality and way of life of monastic communities in the West ever since.

There are Benedictine communities found within the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican Communions.

He died amongst his community in 547 and is buried at Monte Cassino, together with his sister Saint Scholastica.

To learn more about the House of Initia Nova, visit the display in the Baptistery at the back of church.

THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S

SUNDAY - 11th July 2021

8.00 am Low Mass

10.00 am FESTAL MASS FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF SAINT BENEDICT, FATHER OF WESTERN MONASTICISM

TUESDAY

7.00 pm Low Mass

WEDNESDAY

11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration

12.15 pm Low Mass

THURSDAY

10.00 am Low Mass

FRIDAY

10.00 am Low Mass


SATURDAY

10.00 am Low Mass

SUNDAY- 18th July 2021

8.00 am Low Mass

10.00 am Parish Mass for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST.

TO TUNE IN VIA FACEBOOK TO JOIN IN OUR WORSHIP PLEASE OPEN THE FACEBOOK APP ON YOUR PHONE OR DEVICE AND SEARCH FOR:

“St Martin’s Parish Church, Fenny Stratford “

THIS WEDNESDAY’S MASS WILL BE BROADCAST.

COFFEE AFTER MASS - We would now like to return to offering tea and coffee once more after the Parish Mass (albeit with disposable cups). We therefore need volunteers to help serving and wiping down the tables afterwards. Could we have a few volunteers please? Ideally we would like to look at getting things up and running by Sunday, 11th, July. Please speak to Fr. Victor or to Faith Kemp.

CLEARING UTILITY ROOM IN PREPARATION FOR ROOF REPAIRS AND REDECORATION - Many thanks to those of you who gave of your time to clear the Flower /Utility Room in readiness for the builders to begin work on repairing the leaks in the roof over the toilets, kitchen and utility room and replacing the plaster ceiling and redecorating in the utility room. It was much appreciated.

CHURCH BIG CLEAN - And again, many thanks for those who turned up on Saturday to give the Church a much needed clean and polish. It was once again appreciated.

FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL - Sunday 15th August 2021

INDEED IT IS TAKING PLACE

Advanced notice that we will need bottles, alcoholic and otherwise for our Bottle Tombola and prizes for our Raffle.

There will be a crate located in the Vestry Hall for items donated.

We also need firm pledges of support from

Individual church members to man the various stalls on the day.

We would also welcome ideas as to new and different stalls that we could run.

This is our parish’s major fund raising event which after the year we have had is desperately needed. So please be generous with your time and commitment.

IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE FORTHCOMING CHURCH REPAIRS.

CHEQUES CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO:

Saint Martin’s P. C. C. No. 1 A/c

MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY.

PLEASE don’t forget to contact me if you have any prayer requests or Mass intentions you would like me to offer at Mass or if would like someone added to our parish prayer list of the Sick or Departed.

My contact details are as follows:

Telephone: 01908 372825

Email: victorbullock@talktalk.net

I am also available in person during Surgery Hour on Saturday’s in Church between 10.30am - 12 noon.

THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION AND RECONCILIATION is also available at this time.

Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:

Firstly:

For Ross Stephen Copley and all those recently Ordained to the Sacred Priesthood this Peter-tide.

For those seeking rest and respite through a Summer Holiday or break, that they will find refreshment of body, mind and spirit.

For the continuing process of opening up society once more and for a continued drop in the rate of Covid infections and in the number of hospitalised victims.

For the continued rapid dissemination of the Vaccines for Covid 19 and for all working for this end.

Those who have found themselves out of work, particularly those who have families or other dependents.

For the Government as they seek to rebuild after these very difficult months.

For peace to reign within our homes and amongst one another.

For the elderly, housebound and those living in residential and nursing homes.

For our Ambulance Service and for our other Emergency Service Staff and for Milton Keynes Hospital and all who work there.

For Bishop Jonathan, for Father Victor, Father Ian and Father John and for all parish clergy as they seek to continue to make present in our midst the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the other Sacraments of Christ and offer continuing Pastoral care.

For Genesis Abbey, the Mother House of the Monastic Community of the House of Initia Nova of the Order of Saint Benedict. For it’s Abbot, Michael-John Austin, the community and for those new to its life.

For the Sick:

For Susan Carter, Pam Wilderspin, Abbot Michael-John, Amie Reed, Paul Ward, Jean Holden, Peter White, Roger D’Elia, Norman Kent, Denis & Yvonne Simpson, David Lingham, Sandra Walduck, Eugenius Yung and Doris Weatherley.


For the Departed:

For Kirk Broyles, Jacinta Lusamukha, Robert Denis, Jackie Lane and all the recently departed and for all those who have died of Covid 19.

We pray too for all whose whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time. For Ethel Collier, Audrey Dimmock, Phyllis Hickman, Charles Albert and Alma Johnson. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.

And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.


May God bless and keep you.

Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)

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