The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 15th October 2017 ~ The Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year A, Weekdays Year 1

 

 

 

October, Month of the Rosary

Pope Benedict XVI in an address at the Basilica of St. Mary Major where he prayed the rosary with the faithful said: "Today, together we confirm that the Holy Rosary is not a pious practice banished to the past, like prayers of other times thought of with nostalgia. Instead, the Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the centre, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son, and also what he did and said."

REFLECTIONS

Today's Gospel tells about some people who refused an invitation to a wedding feast, and others who accepted it. We are here because God, in his love, has invited us, and we have accepted his invitation. But mere presence here is not enough. Very important is the spirit in which we come. We should come in a spirit of thankfulness and joy. 

Isaiah 25:6-10. The image of a banquet is used to describe the blessings God has in store, not only for Israel, but for all nations. 

Philippians 4:12-14.19-20. Paul says that for him poverty and riches, hunger and plenty are all the same. With God's help he can cope with anything life brings. 

Matthew 22:1-14. The strange story of the invited guests who refused to turn up for a wedding feast with the result that their places were given to others.                                   

INSTALLATION AS CANON:

Friday, 8th December 2017, 12.00 noon at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, followed by a buffet lunch. If you have reserved a seat please deliver payment to the  Piety Shop or Parish Office. Cost £12 pp. return. Thank you.

FAMILY VISITATIONS: 

Between October & December 2017.  First we will be visiting the families of the children who will be starting their Sacramental preparations. We will contact the families directly to arrange our visits.  Year 6 Pupils families - Fr. Linh; Year 2 Pupils families - Deacon Michael  & Year 3 Pupils families - Deacon Nick.

RCIA AND SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR CATHOLIC ADULTS:  

Those who wish to become Catholics, please contact the Parish Office or Ron Weaver. If there are any Catholic adults who are not confirmed may contact the office as well.  Sessions will commence in November.

PIETY SHOP

New children's books just in. Cards, gifts and more.

PARISH BASED COURSES

“Becoming a Catechist” Saturday, 4th November 2017.

Mass at 10.15 am & Sessions from 11.00 am to 2.30 pm. In the John Paul II Centre.

Would you be interested in becoming a Extraordinary Minister or Lector? 

Saturday 16th December 2017. Mass at 10.15 am & Sessions from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm. Both Courses to be guided by Sr. Gillian Murphy from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham   

WREATH MAKING NIGHT

Will take place again this year on Tuesday, 28th November at 7.00 pm. Pop the date into your diaries. More info nearer the time

TRAIDCRAFT

Traidcraft is the UK's leading FairTrade organisation. Established in 1979 their mission is to support people in the developing world to trade their way out of poverty and to bring about trade justice. The parish Traidcraft stall is open after all masses on the third weekend of each month, selling tea, coffee, food items and gifts. Additional items can be ordered directly from Traidcraftshop.co.uk or by placing an order with the stall holder. If you would like more information or could help manage the stall occasionally please contact Ann Poole on 07768241174 annjpoole@yahoo.co.uk.

CHURCH REPAIR FUND

I appeal to your generous donations towards the CHURCH REPAIRS. So please give as much as can. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver! Target amount  £ 120,000.00

So far donations/funds raised £25,846.98.   

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

SECOND COLLECTIONS:

5th November - Johnson Association (Infirm & Retired Clergy)
26th Nov. -National Catholic Youth - 10th Dec. - Poor Parishes Fund

HOLY LAND:

From 22nd—29th November 2017. Cost of the Pilgrimage is £879 (Half Board, flights from Luton) if you would like to join the group,  a few more places are available. So hurry up and contact me as soon as possible.      .

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS

will be taking place 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.

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.        .

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.  

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

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: 24th October; 28th November. Thank you.

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS IN 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. Please note these dates in your diaries, 3rd November, 1st December.. 

Winners 100 club for August 2017: £100 Christine Tett-84, £50 Roger Mall-39, £25-Patrick Cracroft-Brennan- 93.

 

 

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND

Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 114

Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 127

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 127

Total: 368 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..