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Dear parishioners,

This weekend we begin the season of Advent, our time of preparation to help us celebrate the birth of the Saviour at Christmas.
The first public Mass after lockdown will be celebrated on Thursday 3rd December, we will then hopefully be able to follow our usual schedule of Mass and service times.
It is vital that we follow all the covid precautions regarding social distancing etc, thanks again to our stewards for their wonderful help. Please volunteer to be a steward if you can, we cannot reopen without them.

Christmas Mass times at St. Mary's

Christmas eve 5pm and 8pm
Christmas morning 9.30am and 11.30am

Mass times this coming week

Thursday 3rd 9.30 Parish Int.
Friday 4th 8.30 Onyemaled Andrew Ihonor Int
Sat 5th confessions 5-5.30
6pm Linda O'Brien RIP
Sunday 6th 9.30am John and Teresa Simkins Ann. Bernadette Braid
11.30am Harvey Pereira 23rd Ann.
Monday 7th 9.30 Holy Souls
Tuesday 8th Funeral Mass family attendance only
Friday 11th 9.30 Bernie Braid RIP
Advent Holy hour and confessions, 14th and 21st December 6.30-7.30pm
Our sympathy and prayers for the families of Mary Higgs, Michael Dillon and Mary Carroll who died recently. May they rest in peace.
Many thanks to Rosemary Duke and all those who helped clear the Marian Hall, demolition will take place this week.
Special collection at Mass the weekend 5/6 December for the work of the SVP.
The Parish office will reopen Monday 7th December.
Many thanks to you all for your patience and help during these difficult times! Please remember to tell others that we are reopen for Mass after the 3rd December.

 

  

Planning Permission for St Marys Church

St. Mary’s Dunstable.The presbytery at St Mary’s was built to house a number of Vincentian Priests when they were running the parish. Now that the Diocese is running the parish the presbytery is far too big for one priest and is a drain on parish finances. It is also in need of repair works.The church is also in need of significant repairs. The windows are single glazed and are a major factor in the significant heat loss from the building which is very costly to heat and very negative from an environmental view point. Now that the church has been listed these works will be more costly.In consultation with the Vincentians, out of courtesy, the Diocese has decided to demolish the presbytery and carry out a small development of affordable housing which is in great demand in Dunstable and very much in keeping with our mission. The development will also include a bungalow for the parish priest.This development will release money for the parish to carry out the necessary repair works on the church and improve its thermal performance.A submission to the Local Authority for Planning Permission for the above will be made this month. 

MVE 200 CLUB draw

MVE 200 CLUB NOVEMBER WINNERS  Congratulations to Pauline Brady who won £100 and Barbara Cheshire £50.

Next month there will be an EXTRA £500 prize. Good luck everyone!

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 BIshop Davids letter on Toddington  

         

Parish Donations

There are three ways to donate:

1) To make a donation to the parish please contact the parish office by phone 01582 662710 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain the banking details that you will need to give to your bank.

2) Donation can go through the online Virginmoneygiving. They included details of the parish name and area or parish priest (Easter offering) that the donation is intended.

To use the Donation page on the main Diocesan website go direct to: to https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/

3) From enquiries we have received we understand that some of our parishioners would prefer to donate by telephone instead of via our online donation facilities. Therefore, in addition to the online donation facilities currently available, we are proposing to begin a ‘Giving Tuesday’ commencing on Tuesday the 5th of May 2020. Each Tuesday between 10:00am and 4:00pm, people will be able to call this number, 01604 712065, and donate to your parish. All they will require is their debit or credit card to hand when they call.  They can make a one-off donation to cover their missed Sunday offerings or call each week knowing their offering is going to the parish they wish.  

 

Daily Mass live streaming from our Cathedral and other churches see below

  

NO ONE SHOULD FEEL ALONE
We are making a list of people who might appreciate a friendly chat on the phone now and again and ‘phone buddies’ to partner them.
If you or anyone you know might appreciate the friendship of a phone buddy or you yourself could support someone in this way please ring Rosemarie 01525 220644 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  

WATCH THE HOLY MASS LIVE

CHURCH SERVICES ENGLAND AND IRELAND

https://www.churchservices.tv/

NORTHAMPTON CATHEDRAL

Live streaming of Mass on Sundays is available through the Cathedral at 11am.

https://northamptondiocese.org/live

https://www.stjosephs.org.uk/Live


 

 

 

MASS TIMES

  ST MARYS           Saturday 6 pm    Sunday 9:30 am

   ST  VINCENTS                                  Sunday 11:30 am

 ST ELIZABETH     No Masses

Confessions at St. Mary's before the 6 pm Mass on Saturdays

Mass on Holidays St. Vincent's 10 am and St. Mary's 7 pm

 

VOLUNTEERING 

 

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There is a role for everyone from simple but essential tasks to Parish groups and coordination.

Consider engaging with Parish life so we can become an even more vibrant Parish family community.

 

 

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