July 16th 2022
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are called to both work and pray - and indeed it it is often difficult to strike the right balance, as Martha found in our Sunday Gospel reading.
May we always be willing to do the work of the Lord without forgetting the Lord of all work.
SERVICES FOR THE WEEK 17th July - 24th July
Sunday - 17th July 2022
Parish Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday – Mass at 6.30 pm - Benedictine Study Group at 7.00 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 - 24th July 2022
Parish Mass for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 10.00 am
SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST. Tune in via our Parish Facebook page. 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.
ADVANCE NOTICE OF OUR PARISH SUMMER GARDEN PARTY / BARBECUE which will take place at the Vicarage next Sunday 24th July between 12 noon and 2.30 pm. Pray for the blessing of good weather and be ready to bring garden / camping chairs. Tables we can provide.
Offers of help will be gratefully received by Father Victor. Swooning Vicars are not a pretty sight.
BENEDICTINE STUDY GROUP
The Study Group continues its reflection on the book “Saint Benedict’s Toolbox” and in the practice of Lectio as prayer. The next meeting will take place this Tuesday 19th July 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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Baby Harvey Seymour, Maggie Richards, Tony Ashby and all the recently departed , and for Alice Eames, Julia Cheney, Peter Fraser 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
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)