The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

Telephone: 01869 253277

Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 23rd September 2018 - The Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.

 

 

 

INETERNATIONAL MASS AND SHARED LUNCH:

On Sunday 23rd September we will celebrate 11.00 am Mass in Multilingual where all Children, especially Reception Children from St Mary’s will be participating. After Mass we will gather as a family of God to have a shared Lunch. So may I request you to bring your traditional food to share. There is a list on the notice board, please write you name (for how many people) & what you would like to bring to share with others.

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.   

 

FIRST CONFESSION GROUP: 

Sunday, 31st March 2019 at 9.00 am Mass: Enrolment for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Children`s Classes for those not attending St Mary`s School will take place in the St John Paul II Center from 9.00 am-10.00 am on the following Saturdays: 30th March; 4th May; 11th May; 18th May ; 8th June; 15th June (practice session in the Church)

Parent`s Sessions in the St John Paul II Centre on Saturday, 4th May 9.00 am-10.00 am; Saturday, 18th May 9.00 am-10.00 am; Saturday, 8th June 9.00 am-10.00 am

The children will make their First Reconciliation Wednesday, 19th June 2019 at 6:30 pm in Church.

Sunday, 23rd June 2019 Procession to Garth Park following 11.00 am Mass (Feast of Corpus Christi)

Sunday, 7th July 2019 Family Festival and presentation of certificates after 11.00 am Family Mass .

May I remind the children who will be receiving the Sacraments to start attending Church regularly as it is an opportunity to encounter Christ in Word and Eucharist. I look forward to seeing all at the weekend Masses. God bless you all.

STAFF AND GOVERNORS COMMITMENT MASS:

On Thursday, 4th October at 7.00 pm in Church followed by refreshments in St John Paul II Centre. All staff and governors are asked to participate. It is a privilege and a blessing to work in Catholic Schools and it is an obligation on the part of the governors to support our parish school. I look forward towelcoming you all.

YOUTH GROUP 

Will recommence on  Monday, 1st October for Yr 7 (last years Yr 6) in the St John Paul II Centre from 7.15 pm-8.30pm. A full programme of dates will be available in due course.  

ARCHDIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM METROPOLITAN TRIBUNAL:

The Marriage Tribunal of the Archdiocese is looking for more auditors from our deanery.  If anyone of you wishes to volunteer, please contact me with your details as soon as possible so that I can provide your details  to the concerned department.  A Tribunal official will contact you as soon as possible. A  training day will be held on Wednesday, 24th October 2018 at St Chad’s Cathedral Offices.

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. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO DEACON MICHAEL AND ORISSIA

who will celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary on Tuesday, 25th September 2018. On behalf of the parish community and on my behalf , I would like to assure them of our prayers and wish them a very happy and joyful Silver Wedding anniversary. God bless them. 

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

VOLUNTEERS FOR PRISON MINISTRY NEEDED:

It would be nice to have a few parishioners as volunteers, if interested, please contact me.  Please be aware that it can take up to 3 months for security clearance.

PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Members will meet on Monday, 17th September at 7.00 pm in St John Paul II Centre.

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING:

My sincere thanks to organisers and supporters. Total raised £284.60. Look forward to the next one.                                                                   

MONTHLY LUNCH:

On Tuesday, 25th September at 12.00 noon. Have you tried one of lunches? Delicious and tasty...come along this month to see.

INDUCTION MASS OF FR LINH:

Fr Linh will be inducted officially on Thursday, 11th October during 7.30 pm Mass. If you would like to go, on the coach, please write your name on the list which is on the notice board. Coach will be leaving at 5.00 pm. Cost per  person is  £15.  I need the numbers as soon as possible, so please hurry  up and put down your name.  Please pay in the Parish Office or Piety Shop.

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 who ministered here at Bicester and Hethe. 

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. We plan to light up our church in red on the day in support of  #REDWEDNESDAY.

RETREATS 2018 

The Annual Publication of the Retreat Association Going on a retreat is a must for anyone who feels they need to find new energy and focus. Getting away from it all can bring a different perspective to your life and encourage you to make time for the things you love. The Retreat Handbook amongst other things contains information and programmes for over 230 Christian retreat centres in the UK and beyond. For more information visit www.retreats.org.uk

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!

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.

 

 

Winners 100 club for August 2018: £100 John Hanna 57, £50 Ron and Lucy Weaver 73, £25 Terry Kenny 68.

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.   

FOOD BANK

Please continue with your generous food bank donations over the summer months for those in need. Donations can be left at the back of church                                

PIETY SHOP  

The shop is open around weekend Mass times. There are plenty of CTS booklets in stock as well as greeting cards, religious children's books and a wide range of gifts. Come and have a browse.  Items can be ordered, please just ask.  

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. 

MONTHLY COFFEE MORNINGS 2018:

 Dates for the rest of the year: 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: 25th September; 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 131

9.00 am 145

11.00 am 177

Total 453

SECOND COLLECTIONS

SEPTEMBER

23rd Fr Hudson's Society

OCTOBER

7th CAFOD

14th & 28th Parish Maintenance

21st APF Mission 

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..