The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 10th December 2017 ~ The Second Sunday in Advent.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.

 

 

In today's liturgy the Church enables us once again to hear the lonely voice of John the Baptist calling us to repentance, urging us to prepare a way so that Christ our Savior can come to us. 

(Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11). This contains a piece of good news. God is coming to save his people. The people are urged to prepare a way for him. 

(2 Peter 3:8-14). If the Lord appears to be slow in coming. Peter says it is only so that people may have a chance to repent and so be ready to meet him when he comes. 

(Mark I: 1-8). John the Baptist appears on the scene to announce to the people the imminent coming of their Savior and to prepare them for his coming

God bless you all. Canon John Y Batthula.           

Please pray for ther soul of the late

Louisa Hook

Recently deceased

Louisa's body will be received into the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 12th December. This will be followed by a short Vigil Service.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 12.00 on Wednesday, 13th December followed by cremation at Oxford Crematorium.

May she rest in peace.

May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.  Amen.

 

 WALK WITH ME 

Journey of Prayer through Advent Booklets and advent calendars are available this weekend. £1 donations for booklets gratefully receive into candle money boxes - thank you.

PARISH CELEBRATION SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER

To celebrate CANON John’s Installation as a Chapter Canon. All parishioners along with St Mary’s School pupils, their families and staff are invited to Mass on Sunday, 10th December at 11.00 am. A buffet will take place afterwards at the JPII Centre. Please add your names to the list at back church if you intend to come along to the reception buffet and also if you are able to bring food to share. This will be an opportunity for the parish to congratulate Canon John on this special occasion.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE

Will take place on Monday 18th December at 7.00 pm. A number of priests will be present to her confessions.  

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ education-cap or search for ’Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. 

CHRISTMAS CRIB AND STARS 

Volunteers are needed to help with crib set up and to decorate trees with stars this year. Please contact Lucia at the Parish Office if you can help.                                                                                                         

CHRISTMAS EVE 6.00 PM MASS

Canon John would like the acted gospel that is normally said at the 9.00 am Mass on Christmas Morning now be said at the 6pm Mass on Christmas Eve due to the number of families that attend this Mass. With this in mind, we would like to invite year 6 children to let Miss Grant know if they are intending to be at this Mass to enable her to choose the roles. A small rehearsal may be needed for the main roles but further details will follow. All other children are invited to come to Mass dressed as angels and shepherds. We will need a variety of ages so that some of the older  children can guide the younger ones. If there are any questions please feel free to contact Jan Hartley . We would love to see the sanctuary full of angels and shepherds.   

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS

If you subscribe to the papers via church please ensure that all newspaper payments for 2017 are paid up by the end of the year. Thank you.  

YOUTH GROUP

Youth Group Christmas Party at the Parish Centre Monday, 11th December from 19.15-21.00. We really look forward to seeing you.                                                            

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Many thanks to all who came along and supported the bazaar last weekend. Special thanks to all the stall helpers, St Marys children for their beautiful singing and to anyone who helped to set up and clear away. The total raised will be announced in due course. The winner of the Hamper Raffle was Miss Patricia Pickering.

GRAND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 

Please take away raffle tickets to sell to family &  friends to raise funds for our Church Maintenance Fund,  and remember to return stubs and payments in good time before the draw on Christians Eve. Thank you.

MONTHLY LUNCH

£515.40 was raised at Tuesdays lunch. An enormous thank you to all the ladies & gent who regularly provide the lunches and to all who come along to enjoy! Next one January 23rd 2018.

MISSIO RED BOXES

Please could all box holders empty and return their donations asap so that contributions can be banked before the end of year.

100 CLUB NOVEMBER WINNERS

£100 Paul Chrisp 100. £50 Chris Hartley 71. £25 Malcolm Bulpitt 49.

 

APPEAL FOR DIOCESAN REFUGEE CENTRE

Thank you to everyone who donated items of clothing for this appeal. We were able to deliver a mountain of bags , 100+, on Friday!

PIETY SHOP

Advent calendars, Christmas cards and wrapping paper, 2018 diaries and calendars & more! .

CAROL CONCERT

St Mary’s School Carol Concert. Wednesday 13th, December at 7.00 pm here in church. All Welcome.

ADVENT MASSES

Will be held in school on Thursdays at 8.00 am.                                                                                         

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:  

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.      

PARISH BASED COURSES

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. Course to be guided by Sr. Gillian Murphy from Maryvale Institute, Birmingham   .        

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:

10th December. - Poor Parishes Fund .

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.        .

 

 

 

ST MARY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - OFSTED 2017

Read the full report here.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December

  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester - 9.00 am
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 10.00 am
  • Bullingdon Prison - 10.00 am             
  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester - 11.00 am        
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 12.00 noon (Latin Mass) 
  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester – 6.00 pm         
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 9.00 pm
  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester – 11.30 pm Carols   
  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester – Midnight (12.00 midnight)

Christmas Day – Monday 25th  December

  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester - 9.00 am
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 10.00 am
  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester - 11.00 am
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 12.00 noon (Latin)

St. Stephen’s  Day – Tuesday 26th  December

  • Immaculate Conception, Bicester – 12.00 noon  
  • Holy Trinity, Hethe – 12.00 noon

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND

Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 84

Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 164

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 152

Total: 400 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

 

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..