The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 13th August 2017 ~ The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year A, Weekdays Year 1

 

 

REFLECTIONS.

1 Kings 19: 9, 11-13

The prophet Elijah is fleeing for his life. When all seems lost, he hears the voice of God, not in a mighty wind or earthquake, but in a gentle breeze

Romans 9: 1-5

St Paul tells us about the sorrow and anguish he suffers because his fellow Jews refused to accept Christ as the Messiah.  

Matthew 14: 22-33

Caught in the middle of high winds and rough seas, at the word of Jesus, Peter begins to walk on the water.

At times storms of one kind or another blow up and threaten not only our peace and our security, but our very life. At such moments we know we cannot save ourselves. Only God can save us and restore calm to our troubled lives.

But we must learn to turn to God, not just in times of difficulty, but at all times. Let us turn to him now. 

FLOWER FESTIVAL 22nd - 24th September

 Flower Festival theme ‘Nations within our Parish Community’

To be held in the church and John Paul II Centre.

Doors will open from 10.00 am for viewing arrangements. 

Along side flower displays other events will take place:

Friday Evening: Tickets are now on sale for the Flower Festival Cheese and Wine Evening  with light music, which will be held on the Friday 22nd September, at 7.30 pm at the John Paul II Centre. Tickets cost only £5 each and are available from Jackie Flynn or the parish office.

Saturday: An Autumn Market will be held in the John Paul II Centre. Home produce stalls and lots more.

Sunday: 11.00 am Multilingual Mass followed by ‘Food from around the Globe’ buffet. 4.00 pm: Closing of the event with ‘Songs of Praise’ with representatives from all Bicester Churches.  Please pop the dates in your diaries as this will be a spectacular weekend of flowers and events! One not to be missed! Spread the word  - everyone is welcome to come along.

Grand Raffle. Café. Free entry.

Grand Raffle tickets are on sale from this weekend. Please sell to family and friends, only 50 p a ticket! A large selection of  super prizes to be won! Raising funds for the Church Repair Fund.

Stewards and help with refreshments are needed, especially on the Friday and Saturday. If you can help in any way, please add your name to the list at the back of church if you can cover a 2 hour slot (or more!).  Thank you.

CHURCH REPAIR FUND

In the next 24 months I will be appealing for donations in order to raise funds for the CHURCH REPAIR WORK. At this moment in time, our target is £120,000.00. Thecost of repairs could be less or more, than our target amount. It will all depend on the expert’s analysis. I will be meeting the Structural Engineer in due course and will keep you informed of their findings. Meanwhile, I appeal for your generosity, to please start giving something towards our target. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver! 

See what we are trying to raise money for and the progress of the appeal here

DAY TRIP TO ST CHAD’S

The Ladies CAMEO Group are organising a trip  to visit the Heritage Open day of St Chads Cathedral, Birmingham on Saturday, 9th September.  St Chad is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece by AWN Pugin, the first Catholic cathedral to be built in England after the Reformation. Departing at 9.47 am from Bicester North for a 12.00 noon tour.  There will be a lunch/coffee break at some point. We need to pre book places so if you would like to join us please contact Janet Marshall or Lucia at parish office or add your name to the list on the notice board. See poster on the notice board for more details.

SECOND COLLECTION

Weekend of the 19th and 20th August - Appeal on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor. More about their work here.

MARRIAGE CARE

August is traditionally the month for weddings, but it’s also a good time for us all to give our relationships a ‘spring clean’. Marriage Care UK tell us families are often physically together but they are not really focused or paying attention to each other. Research in recent years has shown that the average person can spend up to 8 hours and 41 minutes on electronic devices and that we spend more time with our phones than our partners! The August ‘Marriage Care’ challenge is to leave the mobile  devices at home and go out for the weekend. Visit www.marriagecare.org.uk for ideas.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

will be taking place at Barnes Close, Bromsgrove (Non Residential)  9th-10th September 2017 and at the Ibis Hotel, Rugby (Residential) 24th-26th November 2017.  They are enrichment weekends for normal, ordinary marriages (NOT counselling). ME weekends have proved time and time again to be of immense value to  couples however long they have been married.  All discussions are private to the participating couples; there is no group work. For further information go to www.wwme.org.uk or contact Phil & Rita Jackson on 0121 2447762.

ALTAR LINEN

The ladies who currently wash and iron the altar linen are looking for some extra help especially for about 6 weeks September/October time. If you can help please speak to Christine Tett or Anne Swanson or contact the parish office.

SACRAMENTAL DATES 2018.

Next year His Grace, Archbishop Longley will be the main celebrant for our Confirmation Mass, which will take place on Saturday, 17th March at 6.00 pm. First Holy Communions will be held on 2 weekends: Sunday 13th & 20th May. I would like to see all families with children who are preparing for their sacraments to attend church regularly as part of their commitment in preparation for the sacraments. Enrolment and session dates are now available at the back of the church and on our website.

Full 2017/2018 programme here.

OHCT RIDE & STRIDE - SATURDAY - 9 SEPTEMBER - 10.00 AM TO 6.00 PM

Sponsorship Forms are now available. If you are able to Ride, Stride or Welcome Visitors from Other Churches and Parishes for an hour or two please contact Tim Lane on 01869 277523. 50% of all sponsorship raised is passed on to Parish Funds - over £700 has been raised from the last three years - so please enjoy some exercise and support this terrific day if you possibly can.         .

MORE CATECHISTS AND YOUTH LEADERS:

I am hoping to recruit more volunteers to become Catechists and Youth Leaders from September. I am planning to organise a short training course in order to equip you as Catechists with some knowledge of Catechism & teaching methodology. Youth Leaders will also have some sessions on how to engage and plan different activities with young people. If you are interested, please drop me an email. May I request our Catechists & Youth Leaders to kindly speak to people you think may be interested. In the next few months let us pray that many may come forward to get involved in these ministries.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS:

I would like to encourage Children who made their First Holy Communion this year and other young people to become altar servers. Speak to Deacon Michael after one of the weekend Masses. 

APF/MISSION BOX

Please could all Red Mission Box holders empty and/or return the contents of their boxes to the parish office or welcomers. Please remember to include your name when delivering your donation. Empty boxes are available at the back of church. Thank you.  

PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND: 

From 22nd to 29th November 2017: On this occasion we hope to travel to Mount Sinai and are awaiting for more details before the itinerary is announced. If you are interested in joining us please let me know. 

PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN & FATIMA:

From 11th to 18th October 2017 from London Stansted. The price £930. For more details contact Kirsten 07525464305 or Joseph on 07748638402

READERS & EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS:

I am looking for more people to volunteer to get involved in these ministries. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me via the office. Futher information here:

     

MONTHLY LUNCHES IN 2017

Thank you to all the Lunch Ladies, new volunteers ,supporters, for a successful first lunch of 2107!  £401.52 was raised for parish funds. We will need more volunteers, and if you can assist us, contact the Parish Office: Our Monthly Lunch commence on Tuesdays on the following dates: 25th July; 22nd August; 26th September; 24th October; 28th November. Thank you.

SOCIAL EVENTS IN 2017 SHEET

This weekend welcomers will be giving away our Social and fundraising events dates. Please note those dates in your diaries. Also available here.

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS IN 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. Please note these dates in your diaries: 4th August, 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November, 1st December.. 

Winners 100 club drawn on Sun 30 July 2017. £100 John Nelson-8, £50 Neil and Ann Poole-99, £25 Paul Cousins-32.                                                                   
 
 

 

 

 

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND

Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 97

Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 114

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 146

Total: 357 devout Christian souls.

REGULAR FEATURES

SUNDAY COFFEE

Come along for a coffee and meet new and old fellow parishioners after 9.00 am and 11.00 am Masses this weekend and every Sunday in the in the main hall downstairs of The John Paul II Centre. Come along...all welcome!

LEGACIES AND LAST WILL

Have you thought of including the parish in your last will? In the past Parishes were left with legacies. If you would like to leave a legacy to the parish, please contact Fr. John. The large statue of the Immaculate Conception that adorns the front of the church, Bicester's first piece of public Sculpture was paid for by a legacy left to the parish. May the donor rest in peace.

DBS ~ DISCLOSURE AND BARRING SERVICE

If you are a parishioner who currently comes into contact with children or vulnerable adults as part of your voluntary work in the parish , for example with the youth group, children's liturgy, sacramental programme catechists, baby and toddler group or as an Extraodinary Minister taking Holy Communion to the sick and housebound, etc.,and have not been DBS (CRB) checked, please contact our safeguarding reprasentative, Elizabeth Green, right, as soon as possible. E-mail. safeguarding@immaculate-conception .org.uk

Elizabeth Green

VOTIVE LIGHTS

The votive lights in Our Lady's Chapel are now £1 each. Those in front of the statues of the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph are now 50p.  For health and safety reasons, we request that only those candles provided by the parish are used. Thank you for your co-operation.

BAPTISMAL PREPARATION

Fr. John would like to meet all parents requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their children. An application form is available for download here or can be collected from the Parish Office. Please e-mail Fr. John or the Parish Office to arrange an appointment.

PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY

If you are planning to get married either within The Parish of the Immaculate Conception or elsewhere, please use the form below to make contact with the Parish Office. Thank you.

Sacrament of Matrimony application form 

BATTHULA CARE TRUST

This is a charity started by Rev. Fr. John Batthula to raise funds to help poor families in India. The funds are used for a wide range of activities such as building homes for a Leper colony, purchasing books and educational equipment for impoverished schools, helping the aged and much more. More on their Website.

PRINTED BULLETIN NOTICES

Please note that the deadline for notices to be included in the weekly bulletin is 3.00 pm of the Thursday of each week.

MISSION BOXES/APF

The Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place. Please could all Red Mission Box holders empty and return the contents of their boxes to the parish office/piety shop. Please remember to include your name when deliveing your donation. Empty boxes are available at the back of church, please take one with you!

MASS INTENTIONS

Please use the Mass offering envelopes at the back of the church. These can be posted through the door of the presbytery or given to the welcomers. Please be sure to give plenty of notice if specific dates are required.

PARISH OFFICE

The parish office is located on the first floor of The John Paul II Centre. If the main doors are closed, then please press the buzzer located near the doors and wait for a member of staff to respond. When you exit the building please ensure that the door is fully closed. Office hours are 9.00 am to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday. The telephone number is 01869 253 277.

WANTED

Do you have any old photographs of parish life, the church (Priory Road or The Causeway), St. Mary’s School, etc. that could go into a parish archive? If so, please could you deliver these to the parish office marked with your name. These will be scanned and returned to you. Thank you. A selection of older photographs can be seen here

ROSARY WEBSITE

This website has been set up by a parishioner. Please take a look on therosary3.com which takes you to a quiet place within; away from the noise and din of life, and all its distractions into the presence of God.

CATHOLIC SINGLES 

Is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the web-site www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email in-fo@catholicsingles.org.uk

FOOD BANK 

Please leave donation in sacristy kitchen. Please, no alcohol or anything containing alcohol, no perishable foodstuffs and nothing past its use by/sell by date. More about the work of the Bicester Food Bank here.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES 

Still a few remaining for the next financial year, please collect them as you leave. Anyone wishing to join, please pick up a leaflet and return to the clergy or office.

TRAIDCRAFT STALL

Your Traidcraft stall now has Christmas cards, Advent calendars and gifts for sale. Please take a look after all Masses this weekend, in the hall or at the back of church. There is a catalogue if you would like to place an order, or you can order online at traidcraftshop.co.uk. Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, working with producers and supporting people to trade out of poverty.

BUY A BRICK

If you would like to but a brick in remembrance of a loved one, family, friends, as a Christmas gift or for any occasion please complete a form which is available at the back of church and deliver to parish clergy or the office. Bricks cost £250 each. The wall of bricks can be viewed in the John Paul II Centre.

PIETY SHOP OPENING HOURS

Located in the former Lady Chapel this will be open after most weekend Masses. Rosaries, CTS books, sympathy, mass, baptism, holy communion, confirmation cards, other items of piety also on sale..