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Dear Friends,

As you know, many of the government guidelines which have been in place over the last year have now changed. There is to be a change in tone from legislation to encouraging personal responsibility. This seems to be a helpful next step.

Since last July, when public worship resumed, our own policy has been one of gentle reintroduction, rather than whole-scale immediate change and I hope that will remain the case as we enter this final phase.

The Bishop's Conference of England and Wales has produced some practical guidance about how we might take the next few steps. It seems sensible, however, that we continue with most of our current practices for the time being and take a fuller look at things in September.

Thanks very much for your continued patience.

With Blessings,

Fr Francis, Fr Stanley, Fr Brendan, Dcn Klaus, Dcn Jon
REQUIESCAT IN PACE
Please pray for all of our loved ones who have died, that they may receive forgiveness of any sins they may have committed, and welcome into that paradise promised to them in Baptism.

In a special way, please pray for Bob Nutt whose funeral is to take place on Thursday 19th August in Plymouth. Bob was a long-time parishioner at Christ the King. 

Also pray for Dawn Goff who died last weekend and whose funeral takes place on Friday 10th September at 11am at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Newport Pagnell. 

So for Bob, Dawn and indeed for all our departed loved ones, 

"Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light come upon them. May they rest in peace! Amen!"
ST AUGUSTINE'S FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS - 29th AUGUST
There will be an opportunity to mark the feast day at St Augustine's on Sunday 29th August between the 8.30 am Mass and the 11.30 am Mass with some cakes and drinks. There will also be an opportunity to continue the celebrations after the 11.30 am Mass until around 1.15 pm.

This is a chance to celebrate not only one of our patrons but also an opportunity to celebrate the ability to profess our faith once more in public. 

There will also be an opportunity to discover more about some of the groups that are present at St Augustine's and maybe even a chance to join them!
 
Click above and scroll down for this Sunday’s scripture readings.
 
Live Streamed Mass on Sunday at 8.30am
We are now streaming Mass live at 8.30am from St Augustine’s, this will also be available to watch later in the day. To subscribe to this new channel click here. This replaces the weekly recorded Mass.
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS FOR THIS WEEK

FRIDAY 20th AUGUST
9.30 am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - Johnny Brennan RIP
**PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS NO EVENING ADORATION OR MASS!**

SATURDAY 21st AUGUST
9.30 am - Our Lady of Lourdes (St Paul's School, Leadenhall) - 

SATURDAY 21st AUGUST - VIGIL MASS
SAT - 5.30pm Vigil Mass - Church of Christ the Cornerstone - Luca Bhasin, Norma, Dunn Family Intention

SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST
8.30 am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - For the Parishioners of the Cluster
8.30am - St Bede's (Newport Pagnell) - Dawn Goff RIP
9.30 am - Our Lady of Lourdes (St Paul's School, Leadenhall) - Private Intention
10 am - St Edward's (Shenley Church End) - Fr Paul's Intention
11 am - St Mary's (Woburn Sands) - Rosie Lynch RIP
11.30 am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - Veronika and Andrej Hajdusek Intention, Michael Reily RIP, Davie Reily RIP
11.30 am Christ the King (Kents Hill) -  Bob Nutt RIP
2 pm - St Augustine's (Heelands)          Mass in Polish
6.30pm - St Augustine's (Heelands) - Special Intention

MONDAY 23rd  AUGUST
9.30am - St Augustine's (Heelands)  - Michael Donighue RIP

TUESDAY 24th AUGUST
9.30am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - Gerard Richardson RIP

WEDNESDAY 25th AUGUST 
9.30am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - Nicholas John Baker RIP

THURSDAY 26th  AUGUST
9.30am - St Augustine's (Heelands) - 
SUMMER OPEN HOUSE 
Please note that there will be NO OPEN HOUSE  over the summer holidays and will resume on Monday 6th September. If you need to speak to anyone in person please contact the Office by phone 01908 221228 or Email: Office@mk-cluster.co.uk during office hours.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
Aid to the Church in Need is a fantastic Catholic charity that supports our brothers and sisters around the world in bringing the saving message of Jesus Christ to all people. 

Aid to the Church in Need works predominately with heroic men and women in some of the most difficult situations around the world to support them in establishing and continuing a Christian presence. For more details, simply click on the logo above. 
From the 3rd  September 2021 at 8:00 pm, and every first Friday of the month thereafter, there will be an opportunity to take part in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for an "Hour of Grace"  at St Augustine's Catholic Church, Heelands (MK13 7PL).

This is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with Jesus - so don't miss out! Invite a friend, bring your family, and allow the Lord of the Harvest to refresh us spiritually!
FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
It's that time of year again! Our six Cluster Parishes and the Church of Christ the Cornerstone are joining forces to create a new Fantasy Football league for the 2021/22 season. We will begin in week two, so you have until 11am on Saturday 21st August to get your team sorted!

If you were in last year's league you don't have to rejoin. If you already have a team and would like to join the league, you’ll find the relevant league code below. If you are a novice and would like to play, then click on the image above and use the code below to join the cluster league. Good luck everyone!!
 
New League Code: yaaacg
 
***Please note the correct code above and accept our apologies that the wrong code was printed last week!***
 

RECYCLING

“(to live simply) is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a way of living life to the full.” Laudato Si paragraph 223

Trash Nothing:
Trash Nothing offers an opportunity to give away your unwanted items, and to freely obtain things you could use. There are so many exciting things on offer – subscribe and start looking.
https://trashnothing.com/beta/
Old Clothing 
Whether reusable or not, any condition or brand, can be left in Marks and Spencer stores with clothing departments. If reusable, they will be sent to Oxfam. If not reusable, they will be recycled into new materials.
Ikea
Ikea offers to buy back unwanted furniture to lessen waste which would otherwise go to landfill.                                                                                                                                                                             Laudato Si Group

MONEY MATTERS
A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially.
 
(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**
 

(2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE
Every Tuesday between 10am - 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.
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