The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday,  27th May 2018 - The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.

 

 

Today the Church invites us to celebrate the mystery of the Trinity. We begin and end each Eucharist with the names of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit on our lips. This is a mystery to be celebrated with childlike love and trust. God is a Father to us; he is a Brother to us; he is a Consoler and Guide to us. This should be the atmosphere in which we live, move, and have our being. Yet we often relegate the father, the Son and the Spirit to the margins of our lives.

 (Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40). Moses reminds the people that the great God of heaven and earth has entered into a close and loving relationship with them. They should respond by doing his will.
(Romans 8: 14-17). By the fact that the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we become children of the Father, and coheirs with Christ his Son.

(Matthew 28: 16- 20). This contains the final instructions of Jesus to his apostles.                                                                           

Canon John Y Batthula.   

SUNDAY 3RD JUNE

Please note that the Bicester Civic Service and Parade will take place on Sunday, 3rd June and that the Causeway and other roads will be closed between 6.00 am and 1.00 pm for security reasons. The parade will take place at approx. 12 .00 noon.

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION TO GARTH PARK    

Will take place on  Sunday, 10th June after 11.00 am Mass. Children who will make their First Holy Communion this month and those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in March are invited along with their families, school staff and parishioners to participate in this celebration. 

HISTORICAL SLIDES SHOW OF BICESTER:

Will take place in the St John Paul Centre on Saturday, 16th June from 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £7.50 per person and that includes a glass of wine.

CHURCH LINENS 

We are looking for volunteers to help with church linen washing and ironing to cover times when the current ladies are away. If you can help please speak to Canon John or contact the Parish Office.                                                         

HOLY LAND   

There are only 6 places available for the Holy Land  Pilgrimage that will take place on 19th –26th November 2018. Cost £979. Please contact Canon John directly if you are interested.

TEDDIES

Teddies that are clean and in good condition are needed for a forthcoming event. Please deliver them to the back of church or JPII Centre. Thank you..  .

ZZAP - retro gaming event

This event is being organised by Peter O’Flynn on Saturday, 7th July 2018 from 10.00am-10.00pm.  Play Retro Consoles, Computers and Board Games! Tickets £5 per person. All Day entry to St John Paul II Centre. Food, Licensed Bar and Retro Prize Raffle available. Something different, but quite normal for the  younger generation!

SYRIAN REFUGEES

Syrian Refugee Family Please see the notice board to see if you can help with items needed for the family due to settle in Bicester.  Add you name and contact details next to the items you can provide and Janet will then contact you. Janet:07434930992.

CAMEO

Coffee at The Kings Arms on Saturday 26th of May 10.30 am. New ladies, come along for a natter, all welcome!

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL:

Will meet in the St John Paul II Centre on Monday,11th June 2018 at 7.30 pm.

PARISH FINANCE COUNCIL:

Will meet in St John Paul II Centre on Monday, 18th June 2018 at 7.15 pm.

FAMILY DAY:

Our annual Family Day celebrations will take place on Sunday, 1st July 2018.  I invite all the young people who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation and their families to participate in the 11.00 am Mass, which is followed by the Family Festival. There will be a BBQ, ‘Real Indian’ food, games and refreshments & a few stalls too. Sign up on the poster at the back of church if you can assist on the day.  Presentation of Certificates will take place at 2.00 pm. Please make sure that all young people who attend St Mary’s and any Non Catholic Schools to join at this celebration.

FIRST CONFESSIONS

First Confessions (Year 2) Children who were enrolled as Candidates for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be making their First Confession on Wednesday, 20th June at 6.30 pm in the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. Parents also will have an opportunity to go for Confession as I will have a couple of visiting priest available.

MONTHLY LUNCH:

My sincere thanks to the organisers and supporters. Total raised £342.60 Our next  monthly lunch is on Tuesday, 26th June from 12.00 Noon. Why don’t you treat your friend to a lunch? Only £5 p.p.

APF

Mission Boxes: Time to be emptied! Please bring donations to the piety shop or to the parish office - thank you.

PARISH 100 CLUB:

Winners 100 club for April 2018: £100 Kathleen Cashman 40, £50 Peter Sims 13,£25 Mander Family 94. Subscriptions: Many thanks to all of you who have paid already, especially by S/Order.  Final cheques and cash to be in the office by 20th May please.

YOUTH WORKER

My appeal has reached £9,000 so far with another £300 pledged. My grateful thanks for donations to date. As I explained last weekend, I will be personally writing to parishioners to appeal to them directly in the hope that we can raise the funds needed. 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION WEEKEND                                                                                                                   

Marriage Preparation Weekend run by Worldwide Marriage Encounter, 29th June (8.00 pm) – 1st July (4.30 pm) at Maryvale Institute, Old Oscott Hill B44 9AG. Bookings can be made online (booking fee of £50) at https://wwme.org.uk/weekends/residential-engaged-encounter-weekend-oscott-birmingham. For further information please contact Phil & Rita Jackson 0121 244 7762 or visit the website https://wwme.org.uk/

PIETY SHOP  

Reconciliation, birthday, and occasional cards. Communion ties together with Holy Communion items now available.  

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: ADOREMUS - LET US ADORE:

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool from 7th to 9th September 2018.  Flyers were distributed last weekend  and I hope that you have had the opportunity to read and perhaps made a decision whether you would like to participate in this event. If you are interested, we have 5 tickets (individuals will need to pay for the tickets and arrange own travel)available between our 2 parishes and I will offer them to the first 5 interested parishioners to contact me.  Therefore, please do not delay if you are interested

CHURCH CLEANING

We have 6 fantastic cleaning teams that clean the church on a rota system throughout the year. We are always on the look out for new volunteers who can join the teams to share the load. If  you can spare a couple of hours every 7 weeks please contact the parish office or, if you happen to know any of the cleaners please speak to them to ask what the job entails. 

WELCOMERS 

More welcomers are needed for all Masses  to warmly welcome parishioners and visitors at the start of Mass and store hymn books and leave the porch tidy after.  Please speak to Sue Wilde for more info, alternatively add your name to the list at the back of church and we will contact you.  If you would like to give it a try without commitment  please indicate this on the sheet.   It’s a great way of getting to know your fellow parishioners! More details here.

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS 2018:

The coffee morning on Friday raised £262.93 towards parish funds. Many thanks to all who came along. Dates for the rest of the year: 8th June; 13th July; 10th August; 14th September; 12th October; 9th November and 14th December.

MONTHLY LUNCHES 2018:

Our monthly Lunches  will be held on every 4th Tuesday of the month. Dates for the rest of the year as follows:  22nd May; 26th June; 24th July; 28th August; 25th September; 23rd October; 27th November.

2018 Important Dates

  • Corpus Christi - 10th June  (Eucharistic Procession)
  • First Confessions (Year 2 ) - Wednesday 20th June
  • Family Day -1st July
  •  Volunteers involved in different ministries -  Mass followed by Cheese and Wine Evening -  7th Septembe

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

 

ST MARY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - OFSTED 2017

Read the full report here.

REGULAR FEATURES

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST SUNDAY.

7.30 pm 58

9.00 am 169

11.00 am 530

Total 777

SECOND COLLECTIONS

MAY

27th - Parish Maintenance  

JUNE

3rd- Parish Maintenance

10th  - Survive Miva

17th - Day for Life

24th - Peter’s Pence

SACRAMENTAL DATES 2018.

 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.        .

RCIA AND SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION FOR CATHOLIC ADULTS:  

Sessions will commence on Tuesday, 7th November from 8.00 pm to 9.15 pm in St John Paul II Centre.  Please make sure that you attend these sessions without fail. Please pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you. Further information on the RCIA Page.   

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

 

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.

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..