25th Sept 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters, This weekend we keep as a special time for the prayerful thanking of God for the bounty of the Harvest, for the fields that have been ploughed and the food which has been planted, nurtured and produced on the land. And we thank God too for the plentiful results of the harvesting of the seas. All of this allows us to face the cold winter months knowing that we can sustain our lives and those we care for. That we can keep life in our bodies - something that we do often take for granted. Harvest Festival is a time when we can pause for a moment to thank God for the gift of life that is made possible through all the comforts we enjoy because He, our Creator, has cooperated alongside others, working hard to produce them.
THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S
SUNDAY - 26th September 2021 8.00 am Low Mass (According t the B.C.P./English Missal)
10.00 am Parish Mass of Thanksgiving for the Harvest. (The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
TUESDAY 7.00 pm Low Mass
11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration
12.15 pm Low Mass
THURSDAY 10.00 am Low Mass
10.00 am Low Mass (B.C.P.)
10.00 am Low Mass
SUNDAY- 3rd October 2021 8.00 am Low Mass 10.00 am Parish Mass for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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.
CHANGES TO RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION DURING THE PARISH MASS. We now use the Communion rails, once again, for Holy Communion. However, to maintain a safe distancing, four people at a time will be communicated, kneeling at 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 you may do so by kneeling at the Altar Rails in Saint Catherine’s Chapel, to the right of the main Altar.
A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO CAME TO DECORATE THE CHURCH FOR HARVEST THANKSGIVING. After our Harvest Celebration the fresh and perishable items such as the bread, fruit and vegetables will be distributed to those present at Coffee after Mass, and the tinned and dry items will go into our St. Anthony’s Basket and on to the Bletchley Food Cupboard.
SAINT MARTINS DAY AND THE BROWNE WILLIS DINNER. Our usual festivities will take place this year in honour of our Parish’s Patron Saint and places have been reserved at the Fenny Kitchen for the evening of Thursday the 11th at 7pm. The cost of the three course meal will be in the region of £15 per head. Drinks will be extra. A list will be available soon.
TIME OF CHRISTMAS EVE MASS. 8 am or 10 pm? Let us know what you think?
THE 8.00 am SUNDAY MASS. As we seek to serve a variety of needs and preferences the 8 am Mass on Sundays will be celebrated according to the ‘Usus Antiquor Anglicana’ - the Book of Common Prayer enriched in good old Anglo-Catholic fashion from the English Missal.
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:
For those returning to school, college or University, that they may be kept safe and well.
For a good keeping of our Harvest Festival that God may be both thanked and glorified.
That we may be able to raise the necessary funds to complete the program of repairs on the Church building.
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.
For those who 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 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 Christopher Douglas, David Adler, 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 Anthony Seymour, for 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.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.
God keep you all.
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)