August 20th 2022
THE TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - 21st August 2022
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are reminded in this Sunday’s readings that God’s ways are not our ways. Certainly we cannot ever hope to set limits on His actions or will. He has every right to call to His Kingdom anyone He chooses and we have no exclusive right to a place at His table.
This is important for us to meditate upon, for Our Lord, out of His great love for us, won redemption for us on the wood of the cross BUT our eternal destiny is in our own hands. While that redemption of Christ is offered to us freely, we have to accept it by conforming ourselves to a new way of living - a life lived for and in Christ. A life led in conformity to the will of Our Lord. A life that pleases Him. He does not force His gift of salvation upon us. It is offered and His greatest hope is that we respond in generosity and love.
SERVICES FOR THE WEEK 21st - 28th August
Sunday - 21st August 2022 Parish Mass at the usual time of * 10.00 am *
Tuesday – Mass at 6.30 pm
Wednesday – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11.45 am Mass at 12.15 pm
Thursday - Mass at 10.00 am
Friday - BCP / English Missal Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday - Mass at 10.00 am
Next Sunday - 28th August 2022
Parish Mass for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time at 10.00 am
SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST this week.
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A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO MANNED STALLS OR HELPED IN ANY WAY DURING THE FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL LAST SUNDAY.
THE CHURCH RAISED £722-25
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF YOUR PARISH CHURCH
BENEDICTINE STUDY GROUP
The Study Group continues once again with its reflection on the book “Saint Benedict’s Toolbox” and in the practice of Lectio as prayer. The next meeting takes place this Tuesday, the 23rd August at 7pm at the Vicarage. All are welcome.
IF YOU HAVE ANY PRAYERS 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 the strength to witness more diligently to our Christian faith.
For an end of war in the Ukraine and in Somalia and the Reestablishment of Peace.
That we may always remember, the needs of those so less fortunate than ourselves.
For a Holy and Pastoral man to be appointed soon as our new Bishop in succession to Bishop Jonathan Goodall.
For those at school, college or University, that they may be kept safe and well.
That society may now heal from the Covid pandemic and return to normal.
For those who work, particularly those who have families or other dependents.
For the Government, that integrity may return to politics, that Covid mandates may come to an end and that they may continue to rebuild after these very difficult two years.
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 and Father Ian 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 settles into its new home in Ponce, Puerto Rico and that it finds the funds to furnish its new Motherhouse. For it’s Abbot, Michael-John Austin, for all of the community and for those new to its life.
For the Sick:
For Suzanna Moirano, June Reid, Nicola Monaghan, Father Gary Ecclestone, Rosalio Eluna, Susan Carter, Pam Wilderspin, 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 William MacPherson, Herbert Culley, Bill Collins, Joan Watts James Crook 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 bless you and keep you
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)