21st January 2018

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

Weekdays: 9.15am (preceded by Morning Prayer 9am)
Saturday: 5pm Daventry
Sunday: 9am Yelvertoft
                 10.30am Daventry

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel

COFFEE AFTER MASS

Don’t forget that there is always coffee and tea available after the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. All are welcome

CHOIR & MUSICIANS

We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

BREAD & WINE, AND COLLECTION

To improve the flow of our worship in future, the bread and wine will be brought up as soon as the altar is prepared. The collection will be brought up separately, when it is concluded. As at present, it will be fielded from the collectors by the servers. When there are a larger number at Mass, four collection bags will be used, 2 each side. Collectors are asked to begin at the front and back of each side and meet in the middle. Many thanks to all concerned.

EASTER INTERACTIVE

Volunteers are need to help with this year’s Easter Interactive event which will take place on Mon 19th, Tues 20th & Thurs 22nd Mar. A meeting of all those willing to help is being held on Mon 29th Jan at 2.30pm at the Methodist Church. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Keith on 01327 843319 to let him know whether you would like to be an actor/guide/helper, and the days would could be available.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

is this week and there will be a short time of prayer and reflection followed by a simple lunch of soup, bread and cheese at the following venues:

Tues 23rd Jan – Methodist Church 12pm

Wed 24th Jan – St Augustine’s Church 12pm (VOLUNTEERS  PLEASE!)

Thurs 25th Jan – Holy Cross Church 12pm

ADVANCE NOTICE

Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Fri 2nd March from 2-3pm at St Augustine’s, followed by refreshments in the hall. Volunteer readers always needed so see Anne Kay ON 01327 879976 if you would like to take part.

DIOCESAN MASS FOR MARRIED LIFE

Bishop Peter warmly invites you to the Diocesan Mass for Married Life at Holy Family church, Langley, Slough, on Sat 3rd March, gathering from 11.30am followed by Mass at 12pm. Bishop Peter will give his pastoral blessing to those couples celebrating significant milestones in their marriage i.e. 10,20, 25, 30, 40, 50 etc. If you are celebrating such a milestone, please contact Eamonn & Paola McMorrow on 07412 151517 or at mfl@northamptondiocese.com There are also slips which can be completed and returned to the address stated. All are very welcome to attend and refreshments will be available after Mass.

HELPING PARISHES PASS ON THE FAITH

A day course is being held to explore resources available for evangelisation and catechesis. This will take place at St Teresa’s church hall, Beaconsfield on Sat 17th Mar from 10am-4pm. Leaflets and booking forms are available in the porch.

2018 DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES

A few copies are now available from the repository, price £4 each.

LUX.BE –

a weekend for young people aged 11-18!  2nd-4th Feb 2018 – Please contact fiona@nymo.org or call 01582 720627 for more details.

FAIRTRADE STALL

After 11 years of running the stall, Mary and I have decided to stop selling Traidcraft products in the church.  I will sell items from the catalogue at home and welcome enquiries. Special thanks to those who have helped us to support families out of poverty. (Current stock on offer at reduced prices). Maggie Nichols

THE DAMIEN CHAPEL

is open during the day for private prayer.

 

PRAYER PETITIONS

These may be pinned to the notice board in the Damien Chapel.

 

14th January 2018

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

Weekdays: 9.15am (preceded by Morning Prayer 9am)
Saturday: 5pm Daventry
Sunday: 9am Yelvertoft
                 10.30am Daventry

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel

PLEASE PRAY

for the repose of the soul of Jim Scott, recently deceased. His funeral will take place on Tues 16th Jan at 2pm at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Yelvertoft.

COFFEE AFTER MASS

Don’t forget that there is always coffee and tea available after the 10.30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. All are welcome

CHOIR & MUSICIANS

We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

MANY THANKS

to all those involved with Deacon David’s farewell last Sunday. Our prayers are with him and his family as he moves.

CATECHISM CLASSES

have resumed and children will make their First Confessions on 27th January.

BREAD & WINE, AND COLLECTION

To improve the flow of our worship in future, the bread and wine will be brought up as soon as the altar is prepared. The collection will be brought up separately, when it is concluded. As at present, it will be fielded from the collectors by the servers.

When there are a larger number at Mass, four collection bags will be used, 2 each side. Collectors are asked to begin at the front and back of each side and meet in the middle. Many thanks to all concerned.

EASTER INTERACTIVE

Volunteers are need to help with this year’s Easter Interactive event which will take place on Mon 19th, Tues 20th & Thurs 22nd Mar. A meeting of all those willing to help is being held on Mon 29th Jan at 2.30pm at the Methodist Church. If you cannot make the meeting, please contact Keith on 01327 843319 to let him know whether you would like to be an actor/guide/helper, and the days would could be available.

A BIG THANK YOU

to Neville Berrill for his dedication to the 300 Club over so many years. He has now decided to stand down and the running of this will be undertaken by Joy Brown, Lorna Chatwin & Dolly Templeton. If you would like to join the 300 Club, please see them after the 10.30am Mass. 

THE PROCESSIONAL CRUCIFIX

is currently with the menders to make sure that it stays vertical.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

There will be a short time of prayer and reflection followed by a simple lunch of soup, bread and cheese at the following venues:

Tues 23rd Jan – Methodist Church 12pm

Wed 24th Jan – St Augustine’s Church 12pm (VOLUNTEERS  PLEASE!)

Thurs 25th Jan – Holy Cross Church 12pm

CAFOD SUPPORTERS’ EVENT

Come and hear about CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe, our Lent focus country. Deborah Purfield, CAFOD co-ordinator, will share her experience of her visit to El Salvador. This will be at the following parishes:

Sat 27th Jan – St Teresa’s hall, Beaconsfield;

Sat 3rd Feb – St Mary’s Hall, Woburn Sands

Wed 7th Feb – Our Lady Help of Christians, Oxford

All sessions will be from 10.15am-2.30pm (refreshments from 10am with shared lunch from 1.30pm). Please book a place – 01844 274724 or norlthampton@cafod.org.uk

THE DAMIEN CHAPEL

is open during the day for private prayer.

PRAYER PETITIONS

These may be pinned to the notice board in the Damien Chapel.

ADVANCE NOTICE

Women’s World Day of Prayer will be on Fri 2nd March from 2-3pm at St Augustine’s, followed by refreshments in the hall. Volunteer readers always needed so see Anne Kay ON 01327 879976 if you would like to take part.

2018 DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES

A few copies are now available from the repository, price £4 each.

31st December 2017

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

Weekdays: 9.15am (preceded by Morning Prayer 9am)
Saturday: 5pm Daventry
Sunday: 9am Yelvertoft
                 10.30am Daventry

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel

 

THANK YOU

Fr. James and Fr. Allan thank you for the many cards and kind gifts they received over Christmas, as well as the Christmas collection, traditionally, ‘for the clergy’. It all made our first Christmas in Daventry memorable.

COFFEE AFTER MASS

Do not forget that there is always coffee and tea available after the 10.30 a.m. Sunday Mass. All are welcome.

PRAYER CARDS

These are available. – They are to help us prepare for the world meeting of families in Dublin next year. We encourage families to us these at home. For more information see www.worldmeeting2018.ie

 

CHOIR & MUSICIANS

We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS/READERS

More volunteers needed to be Eucharistic Ministers or Readers for the new rota due out in the New Year. If you might like to be part of these ministries, see Fr James. Training will be given.

DEACON DAVID

will be moving, with his wife, Anna, to Northumberland to administer St Aidan’s parish, Seahouses, and work in HMP Northumberland and his last Mass will be on 7th January. You might like to take the opportunity to come and wish him well in his new role.

CATECHISM CLASSES

resume on 13th Jan and children will make their First Confessions on the 27th January.

CHRISTMAS THOUGHT

 

I opened the present with decreasing excitement. The wrapping gradually disclosed a small squashy package: it could be one of only two items: socks or handkerchiefs. ‘Of all the unimaginative presents’, I thought. But I did the social thing, put on a smile and ‘thank you’ to the distant, aged relative.

 

The Romans used to exchange gifts at this time of the year, the winter feast; the idea was carried on into Christian times, perhaps stimulated by the gold, frankincense and myrrh given, according to the Gospel, by the wise men to Jesus.

 

We give presents on many occasions as a sign of our affection for another person, that’s clear. But at Christmas it is also a sign of what we have received: God becoming part of our world, being born, being Jesus. – A gift to us from God, the all-powerful.

 

So Christmas presents have a different dimension. We are imitating,

consciously or not, the actions of God. \In receiving them we are, perhaps, saying that we wish to be open to the God who came to share our world.

So accepting the socks, the handkerchiefs, and the after-shave, is one way of being open to the presence of Jesus in other people.

 

 

A happy and holy 2018

to all our parishioners.

 

 

 

24th December 2017

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

 Sunday: 9am Yelvertoft; 10.30am Daventry
                 5pm Children’s Vigil Mass
                11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass
Christmas Day: 9am Yelvertoft
                               9am Polish Mass
                               10.30am Mass
Tues-Fri: 9.15am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9am)

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel
– BUT NOT THIS WEEK

CHRISTMAS THOUGHT

In the Gospels, we read simply that Jesus was laid in a manger – there are no details, just the simple statement. (Luke, 2.7) However, over the years the collective imagination has added details.

We have the donkey: an interesting addition, because the animal appears on Good Friday. According to tradition then, it is at the start and end of the life of Jesus. In the middle – nothing. It is lost in obscurity.

The majority of our lives may be hidden from public view, with perhaps only the briefest of mentions in the local paper when we are born, married and die. As we are growing up we are told not to make a spectacle of ourselves; not to make a fuss. But we have the donkey – an animal which, with its braying, makes a loud fuss at the most inconvenient times. But the Gospels do not mention fuss on Good Friday and we can suppose that there was no fuss at the birth of Jesus. Yet, of course, Jesus proclaimed and lived the Word of God. There might not be much fuss about our lives, but we too are still called to that proclamation.

 

There is often the ox added in the stable. The ox is big, strong, and gentle. It is used for ploughing in many parts of the world. As a domesticated beast it would seem natural for it to be lodged in the stable. On a farm its size, its strength, does matter, but it is a gentle animal. In the crib we see Jesus, a gentle baby, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit. As individuals we may be strong or weak, gentle or forceful; but it is the strength of the Holy Spirit which is our real strength as Christian. As with the ox the appearance is immaterial, the real strength is needed. In our case it is to carry out the mission of Jesus.

PLEASE NOTE

Christmas cards remaining after 10.30am Mass on 24th Dec will be removed.

CHOIR & MUSICIANS

We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS/READERS

More volunteers needed to be Eucharistic Ministers or Readers for the new rota due out in the New Year. If you might like to be part of these ministries, see Fr James. Training will be given.

THANKS TO ALL PARISHIONERS

for their generosity once again with donations to our Giving Tree. All donations have been distributed to those less fortunate than ourselves and have helped to bring a little more Christmas cheer into their lives.

DEACON DAVID

will be moving, with his wife, Anna, to Northumberland to administer St Aidan’s parish, Seahouses, and work in HMP Northumberland and his last Mass will be on 7th January. You might like to take the opportunity to come and wish him well in his new role.

CATECHISM CLASSES

resume on 13th Jan and children will make their First Confessions on the 27th January.

 

A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS

from Frs Allan & James, who thank all parishioners for the welcome they have received from you.

17th December 2017

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

Mon 9.30am Requiem Mass
Tues: 9.15am
Wed: No Mass Daventry; 9.30am St Lawrence, Long Buckby
Sat: 5pm Daventry
Sun: 9am Yelvertoft; 10.30am Daventry
          5pm Children’s Vigil Mass
          11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass
Christmas Day: 9am Yelvertoft
                               9am Polish Mass
                               10.30am Mass

Please note – The Christmas Vigil Mass is NOT the Sunday Mass.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel

PLEASE PRAY FOR the repose of the soul of Michael Forde, recently deceased, whose funeral will take place on Mon 18th Dec at 9.30am.

Also please pray for Maureen Sapstead, Teresa Corrigan & Fr John Leahy SSCC, all recently deceased.

CHOIR & MUSICIANS We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS/READERS More volunteers needed to be Eucharistic Ministers or Readers for the new rota due out in the New Year. If you might like to be part of these ministries, see Fr James. Training will be given.

GIVING TREE The SVP ask you to donate generously to help those less fortunate over the Christmas period. For many, Christmas is a worrying time, with no money for children’s presents or for extra food. Money from the Giving Tree will be forwarded to the Hope Centre in Northampton, and food will be donated to Daventry Food Bank or used by our own parish food bank. Please check use by dates, as out of date food cannot be used. Many families need quite basic items but sadly we can’t give fresh food. Donations should be in at least a week before Christmas so that they can be delivered on time. Every Christmas, SVP are called on to distribute food and vouchers well in excess of £600. They work with Social Services and Citizens Advice Bureau to help some of those most in need. Many thanks

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE All are welcome to our annual service of carols and readings for Advent THIS SUNDAY at 5pm. A chance to take a pause in the busy run up to Christmas. After the service, there will be refreshments in the hall. There is a clipboard in the porch for volunteer readers at the service. For further details, please see Fr Allan.

DEACON DAVID will be moving, with his wife, Anna, to Northumberland to administer St Aidan’s parish, Seahouses, and work in HMP Northumberland and his last Mass will be on 7th January. You might like to take the opportunity to come and wish him well in his new role.

CATECHISM CLASSES The last session for this year is 16th Dec and children will make their First Confessions on the 27th January.

THE PENITENTIAL SERVICE will be held on Mon 18th Dec at 7pm at the Cathedral

OUR SPECIAL CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS MASS will be at 5pm on Christmas Eve as usual.   Children are invited to come dressed as a nativity character.  Mary, Joseph, shepherds, kings (wise persons), inn keepers, angels, sheep, camels, donkeys, and cows are all welcome! Please do not go to any expense – home-made costumes are just fine. There will be a practice for all those children and young people reading at the Christmas Mass on Friday 22nd December at 6.30pm in the Church.

 

LONG BUCKBY A Mass will be celebrated on 20th Dec at 9.30am at St Lawrence’s Church, Long Buckby. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the home of Norah O’Keefe.

HALL KEY Someone came to the presbytery on Wednesday last week and borrowed the hall key, supposedly for Thursday. If this was you, could you please return it as a matter of urgency.

DUE TO THE BAD WEATHER LAST WEEKEND THERETIRING COLLECTION FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS WILL CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND.

10th December 2017

MASS & SERVICE TIMES

For this week:

Weekdays 9.15am (Morning Prayer 9am)
Sat: 5pm Daventry
Sun: 9am Yelvertoft; 10.30am Daventry

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Each Tuesday from 7.30-8.30pm in the Damien Chapel

PLEASE PRAY FOR

the repose of the soul of Michael Forde, recently deceased, whose funeral will take place on Mon 18th Dec at 9.30am.

Also please pray for Maureen Sapstead, Teresa Corrigan & Fr John Leahy SSCC, all recently deceased.

QUIZ NIGHT

Many thanks to all those who supported this event. The total raised for CAFOD was £435, with the same amount going to Christian Aid.

CHOIR & MUSICIANS

We are in need of more members for the choir and also some extra musicians. If interested, contact Alison Mills on 07749 968380.

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS/READERS

More volunteers needed to be Eucharistic Ministers or Readers for the new rota due out in the New Year. If you might like to be part of these ministries, see Fr James. Training will be given.

FAIRTRADE STALL

Chocolate bars large & small, plus Christmas lollipops all at special prices.  Buy now for Christmas surprises.

Also, pick up a CAFOD catalogue from the foyer for alternative Christmas gifts.

TABLECLOTHS

If you have 10 green tablecloths from the hall please return them asap.

GIVING TREE

The SVP ask you to donate generously to help those less fortunate over the Christmas period. For many, Christmas is a worrying time, with no money for children’s presents or for extra food. Money from the Giving Tree will be forwarded to the Hope Centre in Northampton, and food will be donated to Daventry Food Bank or used by our own parish food bank. Please check use by dates, as out of date food cannot be used. Many families need quite basic items but sadly we can’t give fresh food. Donations should be in at least a week before Christmas so that they can be delivered on time. Every Christmas, SVP are called on to distribute food and vouchers well in excess of £600. They work with Social Services and Citizens Advice Bureau to help some of those most in need. Many thanks

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

All are welcome to our annual service of carols and readings for Advent on Sun 17th Dec at 5pm. A chance to take a pause in the busy run up to Christmas. After the service, there will be refreshments in the hall. There is a clipboard in the porch for volunteer readers at the service. For further details, please see Fr Allan.

DEACON DAVID

will be moving, with his wife, Anna, to Northumberland to administer St Aidan’s parish, Seahouses, and work in HMP Northumberland and his last Mass will be on 7th January. You might like to take the opportunity to come and wish him well in his new role.

CHRISTMAS MASSES – ADVANCE NOTICE

23rd Dec – 5pm

24th Dec – 9am Yelvertoft

10.30am Daventry

Christmas Vigil Mass: 5pm

Midnight Mass:

Carols 11.30pm

Mass – Midnight

25th Dec   9am Yelvertoft

9am Polish Mass Daventry

10.30am Daventry

 

Please note – The Christmas Vigil Mass is NOT the Sunday Mass.

CAROL SINGING

in Bowen Square will be on Sat 16th Dec at 11am. All welcome

LONG BUCKBY

A Mass will be celebrated on 20th Dec at 9.30am at St Lawrence’s Church, Long Buckby. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the home of Norah O’Keefe.

THE PENITENTIAL SERVICE

will be held on Mon 18th Dec at 7pm at the Cathedral

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Winners: £100 – M Smythe

£50 – M Dury

£25 D Moore

Profit – £310.50. Thanks to all!

The Christmas cake raffle will be drawn on Sun 17th Dec. Tickets still available at 50p each.

JUSTICE & PEACE NEWS

Amnesty International’s Service of Re-dedication will be held at Holy Cross Church, Daventry this Sunday at 6pm.  All welcome. Information – Maggie Nichols 340732.

Fairtrade stall This will be the last weekend before Christmas to purchase Fairtrade items. It will recommence in the New Year. Thanks to everyone for your support.

APF RED BOXES

Anita Smallwood would like it to thank everyone who donated to the APF Mill Hill Red Boxes. The total raised was £293. Replacement boxes will be in church shortly for you to start filling again.

RETIRING COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND FOR CHRISTMAS FLOWERS