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News and Events in the Parish and beyond

Registration for Sacraments for Luton & Dunstable Parishes 2024-25

 

Applications for First Reconciliation & First Communion and Confirmation will be ONLINE ONLY and will close on 22nd September.  First Holy Communion is for baptised Catholic children in school years 3 and above in September.  Confirmation is for baptised Catholic young people, who have already received their First Holy Communion, and are in school years 8 and above in September.  Go to: https://lutonpastoralarea.org/registration/

Are you an adult interested in becoming Catholic?

 

We will be running a course from September, called RCIA.  If you are interested, please contact the parish office by email parish.stmartindeporres@northamptondiocese.org or speak to Fr Michael or Fr Liam.

Lectionary & Liturgical Fund

 

We are starting a collection specifically towards the cost (£803) of the new lectionaries to be used for the readings at Mass and other liturgical purchases.  If you would like to contribute, please put your donation in an envelope marked ‘Lectionary & Liturgical Fund’ (available from the church porch).  There will also be the option to donate on the Dona card machine.  Our thanks to those who have already given so generously in memory of their deceased loved ones.

Admission to Catholic Secondary Schools for 2025

 

LUTON PASTORAL AREA, DUNSTABLE & the POLISH PARISH – Catholic Schools may ask for your priest to sign a form stating that you are a practising Catholic family.  If you need this for any Catholic school within or without the diocese you must collect a SIGN UP CARD (available from the church porch).  On given Sundays in the coming months your priest will stamp this card if you are present at Mass with the child[ren] involved. The responsibility for this lies with parents/guardians/carers alone.

 

Bethany Mass

 

Mass for people with disabilities and their families. Sunday 21st July at 3p.m. Sacred Heart Church, Stopsley, LU2 9AY. All are welcome.  Access to the Church is step-free, and there is ample parking. The Mass will be followed by refreshments.

Friday Lunch Club

 

Friday Club is now closed for a Summer break and will reopen in September.

Parish Registration

 

Please take a few minutes to register as a parishioner of our church with our new computer system, Caspar at www.caspar.church/me?ID=560444 We politely request that all parishioners register please, so that we have an up-to-date census for our parish.  The system is fully GDPR compliant, secure and puts you in charge of managing your personal data.  The minimum information required is a name and email address (an address and contact number would be useful too).  It really does only take a few minutes!  If you don’t have an email address, please contact Elaine in the parish office and she can help you.

 

Parish Hall

 

Owing to the increased use of the hall by parish groups, with regret we are no longer able to offer the hall for private functions, other than those directly linked to a liturgy in the church e.g. a baptism celebration.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Considerate Parking

 

Please be considerate of our neighbours when parking along Clydesdale Road, being careful not to block people’s driveways or cause obstructions on the roadway.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Day Of Renewal

 

‘WALK THE WALK’ – Saturday 27th July, 10.30am – 3.00pm.  Organised by The Diocesan Charismatic Renewal Team.  Sue and Charles Whitehead will be leading the day in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Milton Keynes. See details on the poster in the church porch or contact cdscnorthampton@gmail.com

Pilgrimage to Walsingham

 

For the Sanctity of Life – Saturday 3rd August.  Led by Bishop David Oakley. Coaches available – see information in church porch.  Adults £24.00, Children, teenagers and students £8.00. Seats reserved only with payment. Bring a packed lunch and drinks. For more information go to www.prolifepilgrimage.org  and to book kevin.drew@btinternet.com or 07802 525581.

Annual Mass for Marriage & Family Life

 

Will be celebrated by Bishop David on 7 September 2024 at 12 noon at Northampton Cathedral.  Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after Mass in the Cathedral Centre.   More details to follow in due course.   Please contact Sam at mfl@northamptondiocese.org if you have a special anniversary this year.