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March 5th 2022

My Dear Friends, Lent is a Forty Day journey through which we walk with Christ to Jerusalem to be with Him in His suffering and death in order to be with Him also in His resurrection to glory. This Sunday’s readings at Holy Mass remind us that it is only by God’s mercy that we can be strengthened against temptation and saved from death.

The beautiful thing is that the Lord’s grace is rich enough to respond generously to all those who seek His help. We should never feel afraid of asking for that help for it is freely given - such is the God who loved us into being - the God who came in search of us through becoming man - the God who died and rose again for us and the God who has won for us the gift of eternal life.

Will we use this Lent to turn our lives around and seek this wonderful God with all our hearts and souls?

THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARTIN’S

SUNDAY - 6th March 2022 8.00 am Low Mass (According to the B.C.P./English Missal)

10.00 am Penitential Procession & Parish Mass for the First Sunday in Lent

5.00 pm Service of Penance and Benediction

TUESDAY 7.00 pm Low Mass

WEDNESDAY 11.45 am Eucharistic Adoration

12.15 pm Low Mass 12.45 pm Stations of the Cross

THURSDAY 10.00 am Low Mass

FRIDAY 10.00 am Low Mass (English Missal / B.C.P.)

SATURDAY 10.00 am Low Mass

SUNDAY 13th March 2022 8.00 am Low Mass (According to the B.C.P./English Missal)

10.00 am Parish Mass for the Second Sunday in Lent

**PLEASE NOTE - THIS WEEK’S SUNDAY MASS WILL NOT BE BROADCAST.**

IT IS OUR HOPE THAT FROM NEXT SUNDAY THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE BEEN HAVING WILL BE RESOLVED AND BROADCASTING WILL RESUME AS NORMAL

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.

THE KEEPING OF LENT

SPECIAL SUNDAY SERVICES

1st Sunday of Lent - 6th March

10.00am - Lenten Procession and Parish Mass 5.00pm – Service of Penance & Benediction

5th Sunday of Lent - 3rd April 5.00pm – Evensong and Benediction

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Wednesdays after 12.15pm Mass

LENT GROUP

“Another Story Must Begin

A Lent Course based in Les Miserables”

What does this have to tell us about Forgiveness, Mercy, Compassion and, ultimately, Redemption

Join us on this Tuesday at 7.15pm (8th March) at the Vicarage to begin our Lent Course

LENTEN SPIRITUAL READING

A selection of good & very modestly priced spiritual reading can be found on the table by the font. Please Browse.

LENTEN GIVING

This year is for the Additional Curates Society and in support of future Ordinands. Please take a collecting box home.

Please Join In With What You Can And Get The Most Out Of This Lent

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: victorbullock@talktalk.net

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:

That we may strive for a good keeping of Lent, that it may be a time of true growth in Grace.

The strength to witness more diligently to our Christian faith.

For an end of war in the Ukraine 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, Father Ian and Father John 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 seeks a new home. For it’s Abbot, Michael-John Austin, for the community and for those new to its life.

For the Sick:

For Auriol McDonald-Moore, Frances Guess, 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 all the recently departed among them Barbara Kate Judge

and for Leonard Gammage, Leslie Huckle, Henry Mortimer, Rachael Joyce, Ronald Suddery 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.

With every blessing,

Father Victor (Dom Cuthbert OSB)

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