The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Telephone: 01869 253277

Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 11th November 2018 - The Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.

 

 

With regard to gifts we have a saying that goes: 'It's the thought that counts.’ Yet in practice we often forget this and use a different criterion. We judge a gift by its size, that is, by its cost. But this can be so unfair. Christ did not fall for it. He said that the poor widow who gave exactly one penny gave more than anyone else. We often judge our own contribution and that of others by standards other than those of the Gospel.

(1 Kings 17:10-16) In this reading we meet a pagan widow who in the middle of a famine shares the last of her food with a hungry man. In doing so she learns a great lesson, namely that it is in giving that we receive.

(Hebrews 9:24-28) Through his death Christ has taken our sins upon himself and he has opened for us the door of salvation.

(Mark 12:38-44) The offering of the widow. In the eyes of others her offering was the least. But in the eyes of Christ it was the greatest.   

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Constantina Roper

 

Recently deceased.

A Funeral Service for Constantina will be held at Oxford Crematorium on Wednesday, 14th November 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of

Stephen Harland

Recently deceased.

Stepen's body will be received into the church at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 13th November. This will be followed by a short Vigil SErvice.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 14th November followed by burial in Bicester Cemetery.

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.

PARISH SICK LIST

Due to the New Data Protection Regulations  anyone wishing to be listed here will need to contact the Parish Office personally by email to: admin@immaculate-conception.org.uk  or  if you are  unable to email then by phone: 01869 253 277                                                                                                                                

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATIONS 2018—2019:

Dates for the Sacraments are now available on the website and at the back of church.   

FILIPINO ANNUAL DAY OF PRAYER 

Will be held on Saturday, November 10th, at 4.00 pm. Singing, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament , Holy Rosary, Mass at 6.00 pm.  Refreshments in the John Paul II Centre afterwards.  All Welcome.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 11TH NOVMBER 2018

To help with security measures road closures will be implemented in the area therefore the Causeway will be closed from 6.00 am until 2.00 pm. No parking or waiting will be allowed. Sunday Masses will be held at the usual times.     

NOVEMBER-MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS

Holy Souls envelopes are now available for you to place names of departed loved ones whom  you wish to pray for. All offerings will be used as stipends for Masses for the Holy Souls. Envelopes can be placed into the casket which will be placed in Our Lady's Chapel from the 1st November. Leaflets with Mass and other event details for November are available this weekend with bulletins.

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

This Feast will be celebrated on National Youth Sunday, 25th November. However, the collection for Youth Sunday will be taken on the weekend of 1st /2nd Dec due to the Verona Fathers Appeal taking place on the 24th/25th Nov. Youth members of the parish are invited to add  their names to the list to be involved in Masses on the 1st Dec at 6pm and 2nd Dec at 9am . Please see list on the notice board.  All ‘newly baptised’ and their families are invited to 11am Mass on 2nd Dec.

CATENIAN

Carol singing Saturday,  15th December at 7.00 pm at the  St John Paul II Centre. Families and friends are invited to come and sing favourite carols and Christmas songs and share some free soft drinks and snacks with us (The Catenians!), however, the bar will be open for purchasing alcohol. We hope you can join us! 

CIRCLE OF PRAYER.

Prayer is the essence of the church, from personal or joint ,using the usual format, or the Mass, Eucharist, psalms and the Bible. In Advent and throughout the year. Would you like to join with others, and  bring the generations together in our parish? If so please contact. Janet Marshall on 07434930992

BICESTER FOOD BANK CHRISTMAS 2018.

Requests this year: Children’s toys new or in good condition. Selection boxes. Christmas biscuits, cakes, tin’s of ham and salmon. Please see poster for more details and place any donations in collection box at the back of church.   

MEN’S NIGHT

Please note this will be held on Friday, 30th November this month.      

OXFORD TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS

Oxford Technical Solutions Ltd: Are trying a new fund raising idea which could help parishioners and others to find jobs, as well as helping the church financially. If you are job hunting, go to https://www.oxts.com/current-vacancies.  Any applications to OXTS need to reference Mark Thompson (parishioner who works there) in order for a ‘finders reward’ to be obtained. The application should not be through a recruitment agency.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

This joint event between parish and school  will take place at St Marys School this year, on Friday, 14th December, late afternoon onwards. Parishioners are encouraged to help on the day as well as contribute items. Chocolate bars & boxes, bottles (alcoholic & non alcoholic) and raffle prizes are needed. Please deliver to the parish office or directly to school. A list will  go up soon for stall helpers names to be added. We look forward to your support at our annual fundraiser!!

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS

these will be given out after all Masses this weekend, please take them away to sell to family and friends. Stubs to be returned with payments to the piety shop or parish office. Thank you. Draw will take place on Dec 23rd.

VOCATIONS DAY

Wednesday, 5th December Mass at 9.30 am followed by Exposition all day until Holy Hour at 6.00 pm.

ST. MARY'S SCHOOL OPEN MORNING

St Mary's Catholic Primary School will be holding an Open Morning on Wednesday, 14th November from 10.00 – 11.30 am. More details here

We invite prospective parents and pupils to come along and visit our school and meet pupils, staff and governors.  If your child was born on or between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, you need to apply for a primary school place now.  Deadline for applications is 15th January 2019.  You can apply online  www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/admissions

PIETY SHOP 

The CTS New Sunday Missal is available to order from the piety shop at £5.95. An ideal companion for the liturgical year. Masses and readings for all Sundays an Solemnities, just turn to the right date and you will find everything you need. This volume runs from the First Sunday of Advent 2018 to Christ the King 2019. 

ALTAR SERVERS:

Have you thought of becoming an Altar Server? If you have made your First Holy Communion, then you are eligible to become one, though remember you have to make a commitment to participate at Mass regularly. You are required to arrive 20 mins before Mass begins, senior servers will help and train you.

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP AND ST ANTHONY:

From November devotional prayers will be said after Post Communion Prayer, every First Saturday of the month for Our Lady of Perpetual Succor and every first Tuesday of the month for  St Anthony.

£100 Christine Tett  No.84, £50 Clare Whitehead no. 89, £25 Mary Mellett  no. 45.      

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED:  #REDWEDNESDAY: 28TH NOVEMBER 2018 

Time to see Red: Stand Up for Faith and Freedom.  If you can be a #REDWEDNESDAY CHAMPION, by increasing participation in our parish or school please visit www.acnukorg/redwednesday or contact the parish office. Merchandise will be available in November. Can you help sell? Come and see our church lit up red on Wednesday 28/11 in support of  #REDWEDNESDAY.

 INDEPENDENT INQUIRY                                                  

As many of you will already be aware, the Archdiocese of Birmingham will be participating in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) at a hearing next month (November) in London. IICSA was set up some years ago by the government following a number of high profile and serious cases of historic child abuse. Through its investigations, IICSA is seeking to understand “what went wrong, and why”. The Archdiocese has been asked to participate in IICSA’s investigations along with other organisations within the Catholic Church.  A Pastoral Letter will be read out in all churches next weekend (3/4 November) on this matter.

If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call 0121 230 6240 or emergency out-of-hours on 07976 516629. Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry.

Copy of the Archbishop's Pastoral Letter here.

ARE YOU SUPPORTING YOUR PARISH FINANCIALLY?

 I know there so many parishioners who are not aware of the way they can support our parish financially and I feel that it is the right time that I remind those who are not supporting/not aware of their obligation to support the parish.  There are two ways you can give your f inancial contributions to your  parish. If you are a tax payer you can set up a  Standing  order or contribute via Gift Aid envelopes. Its is easy to set up, all is required is for you to complete and sign a form, these can be obtained from the  Parish office and at the back of church. Completed  forms can be delivered to the Parish Office alternatively to the clergy.Contribute what you can, God loves a cheerful giver. 

MONTHLY LUNCH: 

£419.30 was raised at the lunch on Tuesday, thank you to all involved and everyone who came along in support.

ZZAP! RETRO GAMING EVENT

Back by popular demand!  John Paul II Centre. SAT 24TH NOV, 2018 10:00 am. Tickets on sale from Monday 1st October.

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/451258

ZZAP! is a retro video gaming event suitable for all ages. Play over 40 retro consoles, computers and board games! Test your skills in our video gaming contests!

Hot food, snacks and licensed bar! Tickets £5 per person for all day entry (10.00 am – 8.00 pm) available on the door. You can also buy tickets in advance without the booking fee from St John Paul II Parish office, St Mary’s School office and the Piety Shop. Keep up-to-date with the event at ZZAP! Retro Gaming Event
Charity fundraising event in aid of the parish Youth Worker appeal.

FUNDRAING COMMITTEE:

Have you got any new ideas you would like to suggest? Would you like to join the Committee? Please contact me at office email: admin@immaculate-conception.org.uk

YEAR FOR PRIESTS:

It is an opportunity to pray for priests you have encountered in your life and some of them might have become friends. Please pray also for vocations to the priesthood. There will be ample of opportunities to pray as a community with the Eucharistic Lord, and I hope to invite priests wh

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 contact the parish office.  It’s a great way of getting to know your fellow parishioners!

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS 2018:

 Dates for the rest of the year:; 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: 23rd October; 27th November.

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 112

9.00 am 171

11.00 am 172

Total 455

SECOND COLLECTIONS

November              

11th Parish Maintenance

18th Catholic Youth Service

25th Verona Fathers

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.. 

ALTAR SERVERS

Any children (who have received their First Holy Communion) who wish to become altar servers please speak to Canon John or Deacon Michael after Masses. Any altar servers who are no longer serving ~please return your clean albs to the sacristy.

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.                     .  

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.