The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 19th November 2017 ~ The Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year A, Weekdays Year 1

 

 

REFLECTIONS

(Proverbs 31: 10-13.19-20.30-31). By worldly standards the woman mentioned in this reading would hardly be classified as a talented person. Yet according to the writer she has something far more precious than jewels, namely, a loving heart and caring hands.                 

(1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6) Paul tells his friends that he doesn't know when the Lord will come back. Therefore, he urges them to be always ready lest they be caught unawares. 

(Matthew 25: 14-30). This contains the story of three men who got some money from their master, and how two of them used it well, whereas the third failed to make any use of it at all. Here we meet a man who brought back to his master everything he had been given, and yet was censured. He was blamed, not for misusing the gifts he had been given, but rather for not having used them at all. Which of us could say in all truth, that we always do our best? Do we not all bury at least some of our talents?   

God bless you all. Canon John Y Batthula.           

Please pray for ther soul of the late

Maureen Mary Kinane

Recently deceased

A Funeral Service for Maureen will be celebrated at 1.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 21st November, at Banbury 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.

 

                                        

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.

EUCHARIST AND FAMILY DAY:

On Saturday 25th November at  St John Paul II Centre  from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.  Workshops on this day will be of interest to Extraordinary of Holy Communion, Parish & Family workers, Teachers, Catechists, Children’s Liturgy teams, as well as parishioners.  Bring a packed lunch.  Book your place by calling on 07821582096.

HOLY LAND 

We will both be away from Wednesday, 22nd to Wednesday, 29th November and we assure you all of our prayers.

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.

PIETY SHOP

New selection of birthday and greetings cards, gifts, 2018 diaries and more.  Christmas cards on sale from this weekend.

100 CLUB

Winners 100 club for October 2017: drawn on Sun 29 October 2017   £100 Eileen Penhallow -16 £50 Jim Bridle- 21 £25 D L  Allen- 53.               

YOUTH SUNDAY

26th November 6.00 pm and 9.00 am Masses. Parish youth are invited to volunteer to be involved in church ministries on Youth Sunday.  List is on the notice bard to sign up.   

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 1.00 PM-4.00 PM. 

Donations of the following are needed for the event: Clean teddies, chocolate,( bars or boxes),  bottles (alcoholic and other drinks), cakes, unwanted gifts, raffle prizes, books, CDs.  Please leave donations at the back of church or the John Paul II Centre. Thank you. List of stalls will go up next week, please volunteer if you can.

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.

RED WEDNESDAY

#RedWednesday - stand up for Faith and Freedom on 22nd November! Last year Aid to the Church in Need UK launched #RedWednesday calling UK Christians and others to stand up for faith and freedom and to shine a light on the discrimination and violence faced by millions of Christians around the world to-day. This year the campaign begins with an International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday 19th November, #RedWednesday on 22nd November when we are urged to wear something red and to make aware in our neighbourhoods  the plight of millions of persecuted Christians. The campaign ends on Sunday 26th November when we are asked to "go to Mass for someone who cannot". 80% of all acts of religious discrimination in the world to-day are directed at Christians, a fact not mentioned in the mainstream media. Please take a leaflet/prayer card from the back of church. Red Wednesday merchandise (items will cost from £1-£5) will be on sale at the Immaculate Conception on the weekend of 18th /19th November. All proceeds will go to Aid to the Church in Need.

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   

WREATH MAKING NIGHT

Tuesday, 28th November from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm. Come along to make wreath for Christmas! Bring foliage (ivy, holly, conifer) and enthusiasm. No fee, but donations gratefully received. Please just add you names to the list at the back of church so we can arrange enough resources.     

CHURCHES IN BICESTER REFUGEE SUPPORT SWAP SHOP

Emmanuel church, Bure Park, Sat, 25th November 10.30 - 12.00.  New Syrian family coming, and items needed by the 17th November.  Parishioners are invited to the Premier of LINES IN THE SAND which shows how the refugees are living and listening to their stories. Please see notice in the porch.   

APPEAL FOR DIOCESAN REFUGEE CENTRE

Archbishop Bernard Longley has made an appeal for us  to help the St Chads Sanctuary. Collections will be made on the following weekends: 18th/19th, 25th/26th November & 2nd/3rd December. Especially needed: men’s clothing/ warm jackets/ coats/ jeans/ trainers/shoes. Please ensure items are: clean and of   reasonable quality, tied up in a black bin liner, contents clearly marked eg: men’s coats and shoes, and delivered on the above dates to church only. For more info speak to Jo Hurst. See poster in church  for more details. 

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:

26th November. -National Catholic Youth
10th December. - Poor Parishes Fund

NOVEMBER -HOLY SOULS: 

It is a tradition in the church that during the month of November we pray for the Holy Souls and especially for our departed loved ones. Holy Souls envelopes are available from this weekend, please use them to place names of departed relatives & friends. These envelopes can be placed in the casket along with your offerings, which will be used as mass stipends for the Holy Souls during the month of November. Full list of all the November service available here.   .

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.        .

 

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: 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, 1st December.. 

 

 

ST MARY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL - OFSTED 2017

I am happy to share with you that our School was commended for its leadership, teaching and pupils behaviour by the Ofsted Inspector. I have copied a few paragraphs from the report for your information. I congratulate Miss P Pickering, Governors Teaching & non Teaching Staff & pupils.

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You are well aware of the school’s strengths and those areas requiring further development as a result of your in-depth evaluation of the school’s performance. At the same time, you have high expectations for pupils’ achievement and ensure that pupils learn well and develop good social skills. Most parents would recommend the school to others. This is because the school has helped their children to learn and develop well. As one parent told me, ‘They (the staff) have turned my child around.’”

“Governors support the school well and challenge you to drive further improvement. Members of the leadership team provide clear strategic direction. They know what needs to be done to ensure that pupils continue to achieve well. Pupils enjoy coming to school.”

“One pupil said, ‘I don’t like history. I love it.’ Many pupils spoke of the strong relationships between teachers and themselves. This contributes positively to their engagement and enthusiasm for learning. All staff support and challenge pupils to do their best.  Pupils I spoke to are ambitious for their future.”

“You (Miss Pickering), your staff and governors work well to ensure that there is a strong culture of vigilance across the school. Governors regularly monitor the child protection arrangements to make sure that pupils are safe. Leaders and governors continuously seek further ways to improve the school’s procedures to safeguard pupils. They are very aware of their statutory duties.”  (Ofsted 2017)

Read the full report here.

 

MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND

Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 156

Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 179

Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 109

Total: 474 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..