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December 12th 2020

Updated: Jan 23

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We make our journey through this season of Advent awaiting the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: not just commemorating his birth at Bethlehem, but more properly his second coming at the end of time - the moment when he will judge both the living and the dead.

The liturgy for this Third Sunday of Advent is unique and rather special as the vestments and some of the trappings are rose coloured. This reminds us that this Sunday is called “Gaudate” (Rejoicing) Sunday from the first words of the ancient Entrance Chant or antiphon that is usually sung. (“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near.” This is because are already beyond halfway through Advent, the Lord is truly near and we are filled with that reassuring, confident joy that God will visit his people and reveal His goodness. He is a God who will never fail us.


IMPORTANT NOTICE

Now that Lockdown is over please note that Weekday Masses are once again being celebrated in the Parish at the usual times. There is no better way of preparing for the coming of the Lord than by attending Mass regularly and devoutly and making your Confession. Please see below for the Mass schedule and times of Confessions.

SECONDLY please note that as Mass can be attended in person as God intended, only the Parish Mass on Sundays and the Wednesday lunchtime Mass will continue to be broadcast.

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY

Low Mass at 8 am

Parish Mass at 10 am

AND MASSES DURING THE WEEK AT THESE TIMES:

Tuesday at 7 pm Wednesday at 12.15 pm

(with Adoration from 11.45 am)

Thursday at 10 am Friday at 10 am

Saturday at 10 am

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY

Low Mass at 8 am

Parish Mass and Children’s Crib Service at 10 am (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE BEGIN OUR PREPARATION FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S HOLY NATIVITY TOGETHER AS A PARISH FAMILY. Our Church is open once more and we owe it to our loving Lord, and to each other, to restore and support his worship in our Parish Church. As I’ve said again and again, we are a family and we need each other. Now more so than ever.

Yes we will need to continue to be careful and look out for each other. We will need to continue with all our hygiene requirements, but we now are able to come together as a Parish family and worship. Thanks be to God.

A THANK YOU

Many thanks to those of you who gave up time to prepare the Church building for the Nativity. The Christmas Tree and Crib are now beautifully decorated, as are the window sills and the tops of the pillars in the nave and the rest of the Church.

Let us pray that our worship this Christmas is full of cheer.

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 “

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.

We will also continue to maintain a presence on the Saint Martin’s Parish Church Facebook Page and our Church What’s App group so that we can remain in touch with as many members of our Saint Martin’s parish family as we can.

Please continue to remember the following in your prayers:

Firstly:

For a good keeping of this Advent season that we may be continually ready to meet the Lord.

For our country, now free from lockdown, that the infection rate may continue to decline.

For the 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 to support.

Those who are despairing at the future of their businesses and those that work for them.

Those who still live in fear of this global pandemic and those who live in fear and are living with anxiety and depression.

For the Government in their seeking solutions for the common good at this time.

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 and all our parish clergy as they seek to continue to make present in our midst the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the Sacraments of Christ and offer continuing Pastoral care.

For 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, the community and for those new to its life.

For the Sick:

For Jonathan Kemp, Jean Holden, Mary Cowan, Peter White, Fr. John Aelred, Fr. Gerry Livingstone, Roger D’Elia, Shirley Milburn, Paul Ward, Norman Kent, Peter Woodward, Gay Lavery, David Gregg, Denis & Yvonne Simpson, Mary Collier, Benjamin Duarri, David Lingham, Sandra Walduck, Eugenius Yung, Doris Weatherley and Joy Hornell.

For the Departed: For all who have died recently, among them Keith Robinson and for all those who have died of Covid 19.

We pray too for all whose years mind falls at this time, among them Ellis Hands, Robert Mutton, Amy Vaughan, Doris Collins, Irene Stevens and Peter Walsh. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.

With best wishes and continued blessings upon you and your families during this Advent season.

Father Victor

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