July 30th 2022
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are presented with a reminder that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with the world: God has made it and He made it to be good. Sin, of course, entered in to warp it but, essentially, creation still points us towards the one who made it and made us. For we have been wonderfully made in His image. And yet we must be constantly looking beyond creation to the Creator; for only then will we come to appreciate the even greater gift He has given us in the Kingdom to which He calls us.
SERVICES FOR THE WEEK 31st July - 7th August
Sunday - 31st July 2022 Parish Mass at 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 - No Mass today
Friday - BCP / English Missal Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday - Mass at 10.00 am
Next Sunday - 7th August 2022
Parish Mass for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time at 10.00 am
SUNDAY MASS WILL BE BROADCAST this week. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO BROADCAST NEXT SUNDAY.
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.
PARISH SUMMER GARDEN PARTY / BARBECUE Many thanks to George for manning the barbecue and to all who contributed and supported last Sunday’s Parish Garden Party. There has been so much positive feedback and hopefully we can do this again next Summer.
Stay tuned for info about a Bonfire Night Party at the Vicarage on Saturday 5th November.
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 on the 16th August - Tuesday at 7pm at the Vicarage. All are welcome.
THE GREAT FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY takes place on Sunday, the 14th August at 9 am. PLEASE NOTE THE 9 am start. This is due to the Fenny Poppers Festival which kicks off at 11 am but which is preceded by very loud sound tests from 10 am.
FENNY POPPERS FESTIVAL
We need Volunteers 🦸♂️
Bottles for the Bottle Tombola
Prizes for the Raffle
Books for the Bookstall
Good quality Bris-a-brac for the White Elephant Stall
Large bins 🗑 (to keep the church clean)
Disposables🥤 (napkins, plates, plastic forks, if you have any you don’t need)
Extension lead 🔌
Slow cooker 🫕
Ice box 🧊
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 success of the Fenny Poppers Festival and our Money Raising.
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, Harriet Chaney, Maggie Richards, Tony Ashby and all the recently departed , and for Dorothy Adams, Charles Osborne, Rhoda Haddon, Robert Owen 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)