July 2nd 2022
My Dear Friends,
We are reminded this weekend that the gift of peace is something that cannot be touched, felt or smelt. It is, instead, an attitude that can only arise from a peaceful and peace-loving people. As we endeavour to deepen Christ’s hold upon us so that we become more and more the instruments of His will and presence in the world, let us always seek to reflect the peace of Christ, the peace he bequeathed to His Church, upon those whom we meet day in and day out.
SERVICES FOR THE WEEK 3rd - 9th July
Sunday - 3rd July 2022
Parish Mass at 10.00 am
Tuesday – Mass at 7.00 pm
Wednesday – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 11.45 am Mass at 12.15 pm
Thursday - No Mass today at 10 am
Friday - BCP / English Missal Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday - Mass at 10.00 am
Next Sunday - 10th July 2022 Festal Mass for the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, Father of Monasticism. Patron Saint of Europe at 10.00 am
SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST. Tune in via our Parish Facebook page.
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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 on 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 12th 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
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 a grateful heart for the blessings we receive in the gift of the Blessed Sacrament.
Continued thanksgiving for the faithful service to this nation and its people of Elizabeth our Queen for over 70 years.
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 the Burca Family, Brother Francis Calvert OSB, 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 Maggie Richards, Tony Ashby, Eileen Welsh and all the recently departed , and for Jack Brinklow, John Hartup, Margaret Link, Ellen Brown, Albert Chandler, James Hibbard, Vincent Barber 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.
May God bless and keep you,
Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)