Father Sean writes...

Welcome Back!

Thanks to all of those who have worked hard to prepare for “Welcome Back Sunday” in both our parishes. It really is so good to see many more people returning to Sunday Mass. The Mass is at the heart of our Catholic way of life and we give thanks to God that we are able to celebrate our Catholic faith openly and freely. The Bishops of England and Wales have recently issued a document entitled ‘Honouring Sunday’:

www.cbcew.org.uk/bishops-statement-honouring-sunday/

In it, they recognise that given the concern about the pandemic, not everyone is in a position to fulfil the absolute duty to attend freely Sunday Mass, but they do ask us to assess our attendance at Sunday Mass in the context of other Sunday activities, such as sports or shopping. They remind us that the Mass is the very heartbeat of the Church and our personal life of faith. Lets today be grateful for   being able to enjoy one another’s company!


Synodal process…just to make it clear: the synodal process is attempting to listen to every Catholic, discovering their view of the Church, its successes, its failures, its future. In both parishes we are doing that by asking existing groups to engage with the process, providing opportunities for individuals and groups to come together and reflect on four key questions. Some parishioners have undergone training as ‘listeners’ so that they can aid discussion and catch the comments which come from individuals and groups. Please see the opportunities available for sharing your views:

1. Fr Sean will host an open meeting on Monday at 7h30pm in the parish centre

2. Listeners will be available every weekday between 10am & 12 noon in the parish centre

3. At St Dunstan’s, Deacon Brent will host an open meeting on Thursday 2nd of December at 7h30 pm

4. After all Masses at St Teresa’s  this weekend, listeners will be available as well.

 Walk with Me booklets are available. This is an ideal way to read scripture and pray throughout the Advent season. It follows the Church’s cycle and liturgy and has a daily short, concise and prayerful meditation. This year’s advent edition invites us to a new encounter with Jesus, the Word made flesh, God made man. Copies are available at £1 each.

Rite of Welcome: Today we welcome Grace Olivia Tyrrell and her parents Andrew and Lucy. Grace will be baptised next weekend.

Congratulations: Toby William Matthams will be baptised this afternoon at St Teresa’s!

Confirmation classes:  Registration forms are now available at both parishes. Classes start in January 2022. For more information, please contact the parish office.

Children’s Mass: The next Mass is on Sunday the 5th of December at St Teresa’s at 8:45 am. If you would like to take part by doing the readings, bidding prayers etc, please contact Victoria on 07753 814 685 or email her on: victoriakquinn@hotmail.com.

Children’s Liturgy at St Teresa’s 8:45 am Mass: We now have 2 groups: one for pre First Communion and one for post First Communion. Every 4th Sunday of the month, Deacon Brent will be leading the post Communion Group.

Altar Servers: Thank you to our new altar servers who started their training last week with Deacon Brent. New servers are always welcome. If you are interested, please contact the parish office.

Unwanted Used Religious Books: If you have any unused books, please drop them off (except prayer books) at the parish office  or contact Fr Shyju for more information. Thank you!

Vianney Mission for Priests: This is a group of lay people who meet regularly to pray for priests. A member of the team will be speaking about this ministry at Mass this weekend.

Book of Remembrance: This is on display near the altar. If you would like names to be added, kindly use the forms next to the book.

The Emmaus Group: They provide support for anyone suffering especially the pain of loss and bereavement. The first meeting will be held on Sunday the 12th of December from 2-3:30pm. For more information, please contact Christine via email: murray.christine@talk21.com

Parish Lottery in aid of Mongu: The drawn numbers for November are 20,118,135 winning £5 each and number 240 winning £25. Next month there will be an additional Special Christmas draw of £250!

Wycombe Homeless Connection: Thank you to everyone who kindly helped Christine Wood and Debbie Keegan raise over £1300 (not including gift aid) towards the WYHOC Sleepout Fundraiser! The ladies took part  by forsaking their warm and comfortable beds and sleeping in a garage overnight! If   anyone else would like to help the homeless this winter, there is still time to donate to: www.JustGiving.com/Debbie-Keegan2

Online Retreat: Lift up your eyes and see: Mondays through Advent starting 29th November 7:30-8:30pm

Join Canon John Udris and Avril Baigent for an online retreat helping us to pause, reflect and encounter the Lord.

Join our online community on a Monday night, or watch afterwards. Click on the link for more information and booking requirements: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/advent-retreat-lift-up-your-eyes-and-see-tickets-195238893787

Money Matters …Last weekend’s collection at St Teresa’s amounted to £561.21 and £361.50 at St Dunstan’s.  Thank you!

Best wishes,

Fr Seán, Fr Shyju, Deacon Brent and Sister Winifred.




HOLY MASS THIS WEEK

Below, all the Listed Masses are Public * Wednesday 9.30 Mass & Exposition

DAY

TIME

PARISH

MON
 09:30am
St Teresa's
TUE
 09:30am
 Word & Communion
St Teresa's 
   09:30am
St Dunstan's
WED
 09:30am
St Teresa's
THU  09:30am
St.Teresa's
 FRI  09:30am St.Teresa's
   09:30am
St Dunstan's
 SAT  09:30am St.Teresa's
   06:00pm
St.Teresa's
 SUN  08:45am St.Teresa's
   10:00am
St Dunstan's
   11:30am
St.Teresa's




Sunday 11:30am & Special Days & Events




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READING AT MASS



Welcome to St Dunstan's Catholic Church, Bourne End

St. Dunstan's R.C. Church is located in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire bordering on the River Thames. St. Dunstan's Parish is clustered with St Teresa's in Beaconsfield (http://www.littleflower.co.uk).

On Sunday, 15th April 1956, the first Catholic Church in Bourne End - St Dunstan's - was blessed by Bishop Parker of Northampton. The simple wooden building was a result of eight months' work at weekends and evenings by an enthusiastic band of parishioners, with only one qualified bricklayer!

Prior to this, the Bourne End congregation attended Mass in the dance hall at the Red Lion Pub near the railway station. Mass at that time was celebrated by priests from Burnham, Father Noel Burditt and Father George McCann.

The 'new' Church was consecrated by Bishop Charles Grant and is of a modern design with a fan-shaped worshipping area, a presbytery, parish offices and a car park.

If you are planning to move to the area, you may be sure of a warm welcome. If you are looking for a Catholic primary school for your children, St Peter's Catholic Combined School in Marlow serves the Parish.

Bourne End has a good selection of shops, a library, a primary school, a secondary school and a railway station (Thames Trains).

Whether for a short visit or a long stay, we hope you will enjoy being part of our 'living community of faith'. Mgr Sean Healy is the Parish Priest for both St Dunstan's Parish and St Teresa's Parish in Beaconsfield.