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Wishing everyone a very blessed Palm Sunday!
Please note we begin our 11 o’clock Palm Sunday Mass outside of the New Hall (Pugin Rooms)
(Day of fasting & abstinence)
10.30a.m. at Higginson Park
Short United Prayer
Solemn Walk of Witness
11.15 a.m. All Age worship (Methodists)
3.00 pm Good Friday Liturgy (St Peter’s)
7.30 pm Stations of the Cross (St Peter’s)
FATHER MICHAEL TO HAVE HIP REPLACEMENT I am scheduled to have a right hip replacement on May 8th, subject to pre-op tests going well. Fr Ken Bowen has kindly offered to cover for me while I am recovering.
CHILDREN’ S LITURGY Our children’s liturgy is going strong! Parents and all ages of children welcome, parents to join for babies and toddlers. Volunteers DBS checked. Even if you’re running a few minutes late and we already went over to the Pugin Rooms, not to worry, you are still very welcome to drop off your children at the Old Hall – just across the church in the room to the right. Please also join us for a coffee/tea/juice after mass in the New Hall where we can show parents what we learned this week and enrich our community spirit! We are still looking for volunteers to lead or support, teens also welcome, would look good on university or job application! Contact: Madeline via the parish email or 07896718094 if interested.
Would you like to read at Mass? The numbers in our Reading Teams have reduced over the last couple of years, and it would be good to build them all up again. Do YOU think you would like to read at Mass? Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Thank you. Marie Lou Stephenson, Parish Co-Ordinator for Readers
BLUEBELL RUN 2019 This year's Run will take place on a Sunday, namely the 28th April. As usual, drivers/guests are asked to assemble outside St. Peter's School in good time for a 2:00pm departure. We will visit the bluebell display at Cowleaze Woods (between Stokenchurch and Christmas Common), returning to the Pugin Rooms for afternoon tea at 3:30pm.We urge all prospective guests and drivers to enter their names/contact nos. on the clipboard list at the back of the new Church porch asap so that we can establish numbers, indicating whether you will be a guest or prospective driver. Once again, it is possible that we may be short of drivers so we should be especially grateful for any new volunteers.Any offers/queries, please call Malcolm (M.483450) or Tony (M.484255).
Mum2Mum Events Thursday, 9th May at 7.30 p.m in the Pugin Rooms Dr. Diana Hudson, author, teacher, a dyslexic herself and mother of dyslexic children, will help us understand children who have specific learning difficulties. The discussion will focus on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Tickets cost £8. Friday, 14th June at 12.30 p.m. Beyond the Birds and the Bees, a talk by Levi Fernandez Tickets can be booked at https://mum2mum.ticketlight.co.uk/ or contact Levi at email@example.com
ST PETER’S BABY AND TODDLER GROUP
A lovely stay and play baby and toddler group run by a teacher of our school with crafts, toys, baked goods, and tea! Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm in the Pugin Rooms. £2 suggested donation. For more information visit the Facebook page StPeterBandT. Our Baby and Toddler Group is still looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering your time for the next generation of our church and our community, your help would be greatly appreciated please contact Mrs Jen Boyle on 07876 211103.
TO BOOK A MASS INTENTION Post your request with the offering through the Rectory door.
BAPTISMS take place on the first Sunday of the month. Parents should phone to arrange to come and see Father Michael to prepare for baptism and book the date of the baptism at that meeting.
COLLECTION COUNTERS GREATLY NEEDED We need some volunteers to join the rota of those who count the Sunday collection. It’s a job that takes 1 hour to 1 ½ hours either on a Sunday evening (after the 5:30 mass) or on a Monday morning. Our hope is to have 4 teams of 2 people so your turn would come up just once a month. Volunteer names to Father Michael. Thanks!
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE 30th May to 6th June
Includes return flight from Heathrow, 7 nights in 4* Hotel Grace, breakfast & dinner daily, full religious programme, local guide, spiritual director. Price from £569. Book online @ aglowpilgrimages.com or call Jonathan on 0800 6894792.
HOLY FAMILY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 24th to 29th. June 2019. Heathrow to Toulous and then by coach to Lourdes. Price £590/- inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spiritual Director to be announced later. Contact Matthew Fernandes on 01753 675786 or Mob. 07958666067 and Myo Lyn on 07807375061
Vacancy Parish Youth Minister – Bedford are delighted to advertise the role of Catholic Parish Youth Minister in the parishes of Ss Philip and James and Holy Cross, Bedford. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for a practising Catholic, with the right skills and experiences, to support and develop local young people in their faith and relationship with their parish. Full details of the role can be found at www.northamptondiocese.org/vacancies or calling the diocesan HR Advisor on 01604 714840. The closing date for applications will be 03/05/2019.
THE SVP- TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION
The St Vincent De Paul Society meets from 8.00pm – 9.00p.m. every Monday evening in the Pugin Rooms. The purpose of this group is to befriend our local sick and lonely community members, providing company and a listening ear, especially important in the winter months. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support. As we visit people in their homes we have strict safeguarding policies and procedures and all visiting members must hold a DBS certificate. New members are always welcome! Come along to the Monday meeting to find out how you can help and be a part of this wonderful ministry. https://www.svp.org.uk/