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5th Nov 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we are faced with two courageous women. We have the account of the widow preparing to meet her end because of drought in the First Book of Kings, but who, nonetheless is still willing to share what little food she still has with the prophet Elijah. Then we have the account from Mark’s Gospel of the poor widow who still gives to the temple her small donation of two coins that she can ill afford.

The selfless generosity of these two women in very trying circumstances is a sign and witness to us of God’s reckless generosity in giving us Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.

We too are called upon to emulate their profound trust and give all that we have to God in faith, trusting ourselves that God will always provide and look after us. He is, after all, our loving Father.

THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S

SUNDAY - 7th November 2021 8.00 am Low Mass (According to the B.C.P./English Missal)

10.00 am Parish Mass for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

TUESDAY 7.00 pm Low Mass

WEDNESDAY

11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration

12.15 pm Low Mass

7.00 pm Solemn Vigil Mass of Our Patron Saint Martin

THURSDAY 6.30 pm Festal Vespers of Saint Martin followed by the Browne Willis Dinner

FRIDAY 10.00 am Low Mass (English Missal / B.C.P.)

SATURDAY 10.00 am Low Mass

SUNDAY- 14th November 2021 8.00 am Low Mass

10.00 am Requiem Mass for Remembrance Sunday

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."

TEA AND COFFEE IS SERVED AFTER MASS ON SUNDAYS - DO JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP.

CELEBRATIONS COMING SOON

DO JOIN US FOR SAINT MARTINS-TIDE

SAINT MARTINS VIGIL - This Wednesday 10th November

7pm Festal Mass with the Veneration of the Relic of Saint Martin

Followed by Refreshments

SAINT MARTINS DAY - This Thursday 11th November

Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm.

6.30pm Festal Vespers

Followed by Our Parish Dinner in honour of Browne Willis. Our speaker will be Reverend Father Ian Thomas.

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE REQUIEM MASS OFFERED FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF RYAN PHILLIPS, his Funeral and Celebration of his life has been arranged by his family for 19th November at 11.30 am at Easthampstead Crematorium. Please continue to keep Keith and Carole his parents and Adam his younger brother in your prayers.

May he rest in peace.

WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS. At the present time we have a real shortage of volunteers to help with teas and coffees after the Parish Mass on Sunday mornings. We are now down to three people who find themselves doing this continuously. Could we have some more volunteers please?

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.

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

Email: victorbullock@talktalk.net

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:

Firstly:

For a Holy and Pastoral man to be appointed soon as our new Bishop in succession to Bishop Jonathan Goodall.

For a good keeping of our forthcoming Patronal Festival.

For those newly returned 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 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, 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 Ryan Phillips, Christopher Douglas, for all the recently departed and for all those who have died of Covid 19.

We pray too for David Webb, Mary Wilford, Muriel Hover, Ada Osborne, Bishop John Richards, First Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Thomas Willis, Dan Collier, Valerie Neel, Evelyn Cooper-Smith, John Watts 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)

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