Acts of the Apostles 2: 42-47
Jesus said: 'By their fruits you shall know them'. The first Christians showed the depth of their faith by the fruits they produced in their lives.
1 Peter 1: 2-3
We base our hope of eternal glory on the resurrection of Christ from the dead. This hope helps us to bear patiently the trials of life.
John 20: 19-31
By touching the wounds of the risen Jesus, Thomas' doubt was turned into faith. In today's Gospel we meet Doubting Thomas. Each of us has something in common with him, for at times our minds are darkened by doubt. The risen Jesus is with us now, and he says to us what he said to Thomas: 'Cease doubting and believe.'
APRIL READ OF THE MONTH
A Way of Life for Young Catholics This month Pope Francis' prayer intention is young people. He asks that we pray that young people may respond generously to their vocations & seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or religious life. This booklet is full of practical insights for young Catholics who want to live their faith more deeply but are not sure what steps to take. Available from the piety shop for only £1 a copy.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY:
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Divine Mercy. From 2.00 pm we will be having special devotions, including Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. I look forward to seeing you all.
My sincere thanks to all flower ladies, cleaning team and other volunteers for preparing the church for Easter. God bless you all
Will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday, 13th May at 10.15 am, as they prepare to leave Bicester. All are welcome for Refreshments in the Littlebury Hotel after Mass. Our sincere thanks to the Sisters for their ministry here in Bicester for almost 55 years. They have played a very important role in providing Catholic Education. We are grateful to them and we will surely miss them.
EASTER RAFFLE RESULTS:
Please see list below and collect prizes after Masses from the sacristy if you are lucky to have won! The raffle raised £700 towards the maintenance fund. God Bless you for your support!
- 1st –Commemorative brick- H Parnaby
- 2nd – Family ticket - Indian night –Sandy Collison
- 3rd £25 –Mary Lynch
- Bottle of port – Peter Simms
- E Arden Perfume- Mrs M O‘Driscoll
- Bottle of Whiskey - Mandy Marrs
- Champagne – S Maxwell
- Bottle of wine – Emille Dunn
- Thorntons Chocolates - Janet Marshall
- Milk tray chocolates – Nicky Lane
- Jigsaw- Ron Martina
- Joblings car wash –Neil Poole
COFFEE MORNING :
The next one is on Friday 12th May in St John Paull II Centre.
Tuesday 25th April. In the St John Paul II Centre. at 12.00 Noon. Come along as a family!
Please could all Red Mission Box holders empty and/or return the contents of their boxes to the parish office or welcomers. Please remember to include your name when delivering your donation. Empty boxes are available at the back of church. Thank you.
GIFT AID ENVELOPES 17-18
Please collect your boxes on your way out. If you are a tax payer and would like to subscribe to Gift Aid please speak to the clergy or the parish office.
INDIAN CUISINE EVENING:
Our annual Indian Cuisine Evening is on Saturday 20th May in John Paul II Centre. Tickets are available from Parish Office and Hilary King. Adult Ticket £20; Under 18 ’s Ticket £5 and Family Ticket £50. All proceeds towards the repairs of the Church. I look forward to your support.
ST. GEORGES NIGHT
This event will be held on Friday 28th April from 7pm at the John Paul II Centre. An opportunity to come dressed as a knight, damsel or dragon! It will be a fun filled night with dancing, fancy dress parade, live music, hog roast and more. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 children( under 12 ), £20 2 adults and 2 children (under 12), available from Barbara this weekend, parish office or piety shop thereafter.
A RETREAT WITH A DIFFERENCE
A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30 April (6pm) – Saturday 6 May (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07879 953953
AMPLEFORTH LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
14-21 July 2017 If you would like to visit and may need assistance please contact Ann on 01449 676967. See poster on notice board for more details.
Nick, shown here receiveing the Ministry of Acolyte on Sunday, 14th June 2015, will be ordained as a Permanent Deacon on Saturday 8th July 2017 at 12.00 noon by His Grace, The Most Rev. Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham. Let us pray for Nick as he prepares for his ordination as a Permanent Deacon. Let us also keep his family in our prayers.
PILGRIMAGE TO HOLY LAND:
PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SPAIN & FATIMA:
MONTHLY LUNCHES IN 2017
Thank you to all the Lunch Ladies, new volunteers ,supporters, for a successful first lunch of 2107! £401.52 was raised for parish funds. 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: 25th April; 23rd May; 27th June; 25th July; 22nd August; 26th September; 24th October; 28th November. Thank you.
SOCIAL EVENTS IN 2017 SHEET
This weekend welcomers will be giving away our Social and fundraising events dates. Please note those dates in your diaries. Also available here.
MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS IN 2017
Last week raised £184.85. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event. Please note these dates in your diaries: 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November, 1st December.
FLOWER FESTIVAL ON 23rd, 24th, 25th SEPTEMBER
More information to follow. I’m looking for sponsors, contact Jackie Flynn or Parish Office. .
MASS ATTENDANCE LAST WEEKEND
Saturday, 8.00 p.m. - 182
Sunday, 9.00 a.m - 405
Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - 380
Total: 967 devout Christian souls.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BABY AND TODDLER GROUP
Meets every Thursday from 9.15 am to 10.45 am in the Presentation Convent during term-time. Come along or Contact the parish office. More details
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
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.
Part of the Catholic tradition includes “having a mass said” for a particular intention or for those have died. If you would like to have Mass offered, contact the Parish Office on 252 277 or write the intention on the Mass intention Envelop and enclose you donation, hand it over in the office/clergy/welcomers
GIFT AID ENVELOPES
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..