20th Nov 2021
My Dear Friends, We come, finally, to the end of the liturgical year which ends with a celebration of the kingship of Christ.
Each of us has been anointed with holy oil at baptism, as priest, prophet and king. The feast of Christ the King is thus a good moment to reflect on our kingship and on what “king” means and how to be one. Understanding the feast makes us understand our own call better.
The responsibility of a king is to care for his subjects, which is why we are obliged to act as custodians of creation: something no other creature is. How far that responsibility takes one can then be seen in the King of the Universe, who is simultaneously the ruler of all and the servant of all. He rules in triumph; and he rules from the Cross.
Perhaps as this year comes to its close we can use this feast as an opportunity to ask ourselves, “Over whom am I, personally, king?” and hence “Whom am I called to serve?”
THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S
SUNDAY - 21st November 2021 8.00 am Low Mass (According to the B.C.P./English Missal) 10.00 am Festal Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King
TUESDAY 7.00 pm Low Mass
11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration 12.15 pm Low Mass
THURSDAY 10.00 am Low Mass
FRIDAY 10.00 am Low Mass (English Missal / B.C.P.)
10.00 am Low Mass
SUNDAY- 28th November 2021 8.00 am Low Mass (According to the B.C.P./English Missal) 10.00 am Parish Mass for the First Sunday of Advent
THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST.
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TEA AND COFFEE IS SERVED AFTER MASS ON SUNDAYS - DO JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP.
COULD YOU TAKE A TURN AT SERVING TEAS AND COFFEES AFTER SUNDAY MASS? At the present time we have a real shortage of volunteers. We are down to around three people who find themselves doing this continuously. Could we have some more volunteers please?
HOW WE RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE PARISH MASS. We have returned to using the Communion rails for Holy Communion. However, to maintain a safe distancing, we invite four people at a time to come forward and kneel at the altar rail. As soon as you have received, please make room for those behind you. If then you then would like to receive from the chalice, remain kneeling at the altar rails.
IF YOU WISH TO MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE ONGOING 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 REMEMBER- 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
I am also available in person during Surgery Hour on Saturday’s in Church between 10.30am - 11.30am.
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION AND RECONCILIATION is also available at this time.
Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:
In this season of Advent, for a holy reflection on our preparations for meeting Our Lord face to face as we meditate on His second coming and on our leaving this world.
For a Holy and Pastoral man to be appointed soon as our new Bishop in succession to Bishop Jonathan Goodall.
For the Monastic Community of the House of Initia Nova as it meets in Convocation this week.
For those at school, college or University, that they may be kept safe and well.
That we may be able to raise the necessary funds to complete the program of repairs on the Church building.
That society may remain open 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.
For those who work, particularly those who have families or other dependents.
For the Government as they continue 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 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 the Monastic Community of the House of Initia Nova of the Order of Saint Benedict as it seeks a new home. For it’s Abbot, Michael-John Austin, for the community and for those new to its life.
For the Sick:
For Rosalio Eluna, Susan Carter, Pam Wilderspin, 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 all the recently departed and for all those who have died of Covid 19.
We pray too for Mary Dunnett, Judy Dartington, John Brooks, Reginald Johnson, Robert Peerless, Arthur Lewis-Parkins, Frank Rowles, Trudy Jackson and all whose whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.
God keep you all.
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)