Sunday, 4 December 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Welcome to Fr Benedict Kiely: Fr Benedict was born in London and educated at St. Edmund's Canterbury. He studied for the priesthood at the Franciscan Study Centre, in the same Cathedral town and was ordained there in St. Thomas' Burgate in 1994. He has served in Peckham and Erith before going to the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont in 1999. He founded Nasarean.org to help the persecuted Christians of the Middle East in 2014. He has visited Iraq three times and appeared on US national radio, television and print media to advocate for the persecuted. Today he is preaching an appeal on behalf of ‘Aid to the Church In Need’ which will be sent to help the persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria at this Christmastime. Fr Benedict will return to the US in July to devote his priestly ministry to aid and advocacy for the persecuted in either New York or Washington DC.

Advent Preachers: 
  • Next week: Canon Scott Tanner, who was recently ordained for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign High Priest.  He is a convert, originally from Reading (where he knew Fr Simon Leworthy). He attended the international seminary in Gricigliano, in Florence.  
  • Advent 4: Fr Behruz, born in Tehran, Iran and baptised in St Abraham’s Church (where Fr CB went as a lad).  He left Iran as the Islamic revolution was about to boil over and settled down in the tranquil oasis of St Bart’s, Norbury where he attended BTG. He is presently in Paddock Wood, Kent.  
Sung Vespers & Benediction: During Advent we will have Vespers & Benediction on Sundays at 5pm.   


Bazaar Totals: As the Latin American meal will not be until next Saturday, we have not yet had the total. We have raised just under £10,000 so far.

Today - Helpers of God's Precious Infants - Streatham Vigil:  Today after the Latin Mass, a HGPI procession will leave from here and process to the BPAS abortion clinic on Leigham Court Road (approx 12.30) where a small vigil will be held. They will return to St Bede’s at approx 3pm when they will have Benediction in the Church and refreshments in club.  

Christmas Present for Family in Need: at all the Masses except perhaps Saturday 6pm (the same time as Fr Francis Lynch’s jubilee), Fr CB will talk about a family in need

St Bede's Youth Club: 6.45pm to 8.30pm Sundays in the Club


Parish Council Meeting: Tomorrow at 7.30pm. 

FHC Programme 2017: Letters will be sent out to all the applicants for the First Holy Communion. Our first Mass & meeting will be next Sunday at 9.30am. The first part of the programme with dates for classes & parents meetings up to First Confession will be handed out at this meeting.

Christmas 2016 Masses:  This year we have moved our Christmas Eve Mass times to slightly earlier.    
  • 5.30pm Carols followed by 6pm Children Mass
  • 8pm Mesa en Espanol at La Retraite Convent; 
  • 8pm Latin (Polyphonic Missa Cantata); 
  • 10.30pm Carols followed by 11pm ‘Midnight’ Mass
  • Christmas Day Masses: 8am, 9.30am & 11am Latin. No evening Mass.
The Laurels School Advent Gathering: Wednesday 14th December 7pm here at St Bede’s followed by mulled wine and mince pies at The Laurels School. All are welcome!!


Papa Stronsay Calendar 2017: available to purchase for £8 from their website: http://papastronsay.com/bookshop/product.php?ID=61

Next week - Olivewood Carves:  Next weekend a group from Good Shepherded company in Nottingham will be coming to St Bede's to sell olive wood handcrafts made by Palestinian Christian Families in Bethlehem.  Samples of their work can be seen here: https://goo.gl/photos/9WSVLAMMXte7FT488 and you can also vist their facebook page www.facebook.com/Olivewood-Carves-07830439410-361194330754324/timelin

Room Needed: David Gleeson, a 26 year old from Brisbane, Australia who is a Helicopter mechanic is looking for a room to rent.  His contact details can be found on the newsletter (not shown for privacy & security reasons)

Cleaners for this week: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

1st Sunday of Advent

Thank you for the Bazaar: A huge effort has been made by so many of you. Thank you to Harman Ross who co-ordinates the whole process and to the UCM who do the backbone of preparation; to the Latin American community (incredible bingo); to the Latin Mass community;  to the African & Caribbean Society and the Brew-Graves/Townsend for Santa Grotto. Thanks also to the incredible Stefano Taliana and team for the Christmas Dinner last night; to Lourdes Flor Guedes and team who ran the Bistro; to the John family for curry; to Gino Debiasi for the meat lasagne; to La Casita Restaurant, Streatham High Road for the Shepherd’s pie; to Ciullo’s Restaurant, Balham for the vegetable lasagne; to Samara Davis’s mum for the bangers & mash, to Yolanta for the bigos, to Nuala Fernandez, Rachel Edwards and Elizabeth Small for apple pies and Ann Holder and Eunice Wilkins for trifles.  Also thanks to St Bede’s school for the hall; St Bernadette’s staff for coming to the Bistro (and many bottles) & La Retraite for their donation. Finally thanks to YOU behind the scenes, who washed up, baked cakes, sold/bought tickets & supported us generously etc

Grand Draw today: One of the largest components of the Bazaar profit comes from the Grand Draw. At 1pm today in the club we will meet to discover who the lucky winners are! Hope it’s you!

Advent: You and I live in time and space. When we die our souls move into an eternal dimension. Our Blessed Lord quotes the Old Testament and says “Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man the glories the Lord has prepared for those who love him.” We are all like babes in the womb with no understanding of eternity. However Advent is a season which Mother Church uses to remind us, her children, to make the most of the time we have. The Saints, especially Francis of Assisi have exulted in the marvellous beauty of creation – the space in which we now live. Advent warns us to use our hearts to perceive the graces which come to us in time. 2016 years ago our Lord was born; some time in the future he will come again. This month open your heart and perceive his Advent in all the circumstances of our lives!   

Advent Preachers: 

  • Week 1: the Most Revered Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, who sends us a pastoral letter. He was born in Battersea 73 years ago, his home parish being St Mary Magdalene’s, Wandsworth East Hill.  From there he went to Clapham College and was ordained in 1972.  He spent many years at the Diocesan Seminary in Wonersh (even trying to teach fr Christopher some Canon Law) and eventually became Rector.  
  • Week 2: Fr Benedict Kiely, originally from Faversham in Kent (he is a friend of Fr Lukasz).  He became a priest in the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont but now feels called to offer his priestly life for the people of Syria (he is now studying Arabic).  Because of all of this, we will have a second collection that day for Aid to the Church in Need which helps besieged Christians in the Muslim world.   
  • Week 3: Canon Scott Tanner, who was recently ordained for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign High Priest.  He is a convert, originally from Reading (where he knew Fr Simon Leworthy). He attended the international seminary in Gricigliano, in Florence.  
  • Week 4: Fr Behruz,  He is presently in Paddock Wood, Kent.  
Sung Vespers & Benediction: During Advent we will have Vespers & Benediction on Sundays at 5pm.   

No Youth Club today (Sunday 27th) as we are all worn out with the last few days of the Bazaar .

First Communion Applications - Deadline today: Hand in your form ASAP.  First meeting Sun 11th Dec after 9.30 Mass


New 'Friends of St Bede' needed: the school need some more parents to become “friends of St Bede’s School”.  This is a group of parents which supports the school and co-ordinates socials etc.  

Room Needed: David Gleeson, a 26 year old from Brisbane, Australia who is an Helicopter mechanic is looking for a room to rent.  His contact details can be found on the newsletter (not shown for privacy & security reasons)

Cleaners for this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala & Mamie Bazakana


Helpers of God's Precious Infants - Streatham Vigil:  Next Sunday (4th December) leaving from St Bede's after the 11am Latin Mass.  See poster for more details.