March 25th 2023
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
- 26th March 2023
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This weekend we have set before us that wonderful Gospel account of the raising of Lazarus. In that awe inspiring moment, Our Lord manifested His mastery over death. By the gift of Baptism He offers us all eternal life: if we but remain with Him in His suffering and death. For it is through His saving death and glorious resurrection that we can look forward in faith to eternal union with Him.
SERVICES FOR THE WEEK
Sunday - Parish Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent 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 - Mass at 10.00 am - Christian Apologetics: How to Explain & Defend the Faith in the Vicarage at 7.00 pm
Friday - BCP / English Missal Mass at 10.00 am
Saturday - Mass at 10.00 am
Next Sunday - Passion / Palm Sunday - 2nd April 2023 Parish Mass at 10.00 am
TEA AND COFFEE IS SERVED AFTER MASS ON SUNDAYS - DO JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP.
SPECIAL LENTEN SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place at 7.00 pm on Tuesdays and at 12.45 pm on Wednesdays in Lent.
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS: HOW TO EXPLAIN AND DEFEND THE FAITH. This is a Video Presentation Course that both develops our own understanding of the Christian faith and how we present and commend this precious gift to others. It takes place on Thursdays at the Vicarage and starts at 7.00 pm. All are welcome.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES 2nd April
PALM SUNDAY - Blessing of Palms, Procession & Parish Mass at 10.00 am.
3 - 5th April
MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK - Mass & Address at 7.00 pm.
MAUNDY THURSDAY- Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Eucharistic Procession & Watch at 7.00 pm.
GOOD FRIDAY - Children’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00 pm.
HOLY SATURDAY - Office of Readings & Morning Prayer at 10.00 am
Easter Vigil. Blessing of the New Fire & Paschal Candle & First Mass of Easter at 8.00 pm.
EASTER SUNDAY - Festal Mass, Blessing of the Easter Garden & Easter Eggs at 10.00 am.
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 good and faithful keeping of Lent.
For the strength to remain firm in our Christian faith and to give witness to it through our own example.
For the people of Turkey after the recent devastating earthquake and for those seeking to aid them at this time.
For an end of war in the Ukraine and in Somalia and the re-establishment of Peace.
That we may continue to remember, the needs of those so less fortunate than ourselves.
For our new Bishop Paul Thomas, that he may receive those heavenly gifts and graces to equip him to be a truly holy pastor teacher and High Priest.
For those at school, college or University, that they may be kept safe and well.
For those who work, particularly those who have families or other dependents.
For the Government, that in this time of rising costs we may see increased integrity within the world of politics.
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 continues 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 Judy Rogers, Benyamin Kha-jeh-pour, Gary Ashby, Richard Lyons, Heather Burke, Suzanna Moirano, June Reid, Nicola Monaghan, Rosalio Eluna, Susan Carter, Pam Wilderspin, Jean Holden, Peter White, Denis & Yvonne Simpson, Paul Ward, David Lingham, Sandra Walduck, Eugenius Yung and Doris Weatherley.
For the Departed:
For Father Joseph Loveday and all the recently departed, and for Beatrice Keep, Iris Collier, John Mead, Joan Peacock, William Meredith, Doris Eames, Alfred Duffield, Reginald Gammage and all whose Year’s Mind occurs at this time. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
And let Light Perpetual shine upon them.
Every blessing to you and your families, Father Victor (Brother Cuthbert OSB)