Saturday, 14 July 2018

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) VIII Sunday after Pentecost

Changes to this week's Masses
Thursday 19th July:  
No 9am Mass
10am St Bede's School - End of Term Mass
Friday 20th July: 
No 9am Mass
9.30am St Bernadette School - End of Term Mass (School Hall)

Fr Przemyslaw Zgorecki: Today Fr Przemek is preaching at every Mass in order to say goodbye to everyone before people start drifting away for school holidays.  He will leave us very early on the morning of Monday 30th July and will spend August supplying in the Arezzo Diocese in Italy.  Then in September, he returns to Poland to assist in the parish of The Nativity of the Lord in Poznan.  Pray that he can finish his PhD (most of it is done) without further torture!  
On behalf of you all, I would like to thank my dear Brother for throwing himself so generously into our parish and schools.  The Sacristy has been revolutionised and my library (which included a good number of fr Dinan’s old books) has been happily culled.  The pilgrimages to Lourdes and Chartres were both memorable.  His work in St Bernadette School is much appreciated.  His preaching has been good and he has bravely done both Deacon and Sub Deacon at the Solemn Mass.  His linguistic skills have certainly come in handy and the Latin American community will miss him a lot.  As for myself, I shall be ever indebted to him for his loyal and fraternal kindness and support.  God bless.  fr Christopher.

School Holidays: On Friday our schools will close for the summer (The Laurels finished last Friday).  Once school breaks up the whole character of the neighbourhood changes.  There is a remarkable decrease in traffic and people.  Many of you will go on holiday.  Please remember to be faithful to Sunday Mass wherever you may go.  Bring us back a newsletter from the church you visit.  As Mgr Hallett used to tell the students at Wonersh before they went off for the summer, “Have a good holiday but remember there is no holiday from the spiritual life!”  
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Ewa Ostrynska, Mrs Deborah Hogan, Mrs Linda Sanders and Mr Dominic Malins and the staff at all four schools to have a restful and enjoyable break.

Welcome back to Fr Andrew Southwell & Fr Gabriel Diaz who got back on Tuesday.

Welcome to David Hunter: originally from Ashford (fr CB’s first parish). He is now at Wonersh Seminary preparing for the priesthood.  Last week he received the ministry of Acolyte (Sub Deacon) from His Grace Archbishop Peter Smith.

Special Sunday – Today 11am: The music for this Mass will be: Ordinary - Missa Quarti toni (Victoria); Offertory – O quam metuendus (Victoria); Communion – O sacrum convivium (Byrd); Music provided by Cantores Missæ under the direction of Charles Finch and this Mass has been kindly funded by the LMS.

Fr Lukasz Haduch: Please remember Fr Lukasz in your prayers. He has broken both shoulder and hip in the car accident and has had an operation on the latter.  If anybody wants to send him a card, you can send care of St Teresa’s, 4 Maidstone Road, Ashford, TN24 8TX

Latin Mass Intentions: We currently have nearly 100 Traditional Latin Masses which are waiting to be said.  Therefore we would like to send some of these to France to be said (Old Rite).  If you have not specifically asked for a date/time or have submitted multiple Masses for the same intention, we will be sending a selection of Masses off to them soon so that your intentions are said ASAP and not waiting until 2019.

Do you have any photos of the Corpus Christi Procession? Please send them to our email address stbedecp@gmail.com .  Thank you. 

Cleaners this week: Lucia Rojas Calero & Jose Lozano Rojas and Welva Mendes. 
The new rotas have now been sent in the post, if you haven’t received yours, spare copies are at the back of the Church.

Do you have any old glasses lying around at home?  Paula Tolhurst will be leaving a donation box in the church porch where you can leave them.  Once the box is full, she will send them off with a charity to India.


Saturday, 7 July 2018

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) VII Sunday after Pentecost

No Changes to this week's Masses

Today is Sea Sunday - 2nd Collection: when the Church prays for all those who live & work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically & spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue to work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers.

Thanksgiving Mass & Party today: Every time Mass is offered; (the very word ‘Eucharist’ means thanksgiving) we thank Almighty God. We give thanks for our life, our loved ones, our blessings and most of all for the Good News of salvation.  Today we thank God for our First Communion Children and for the beautiful way all the ceremonies went, including a wonderful Corpus Christi procession & Confirmation.  Dear parents, the ball is in your hands.  Don’t neglect to nourish and nurture your child’s piety.  Otherwise it can all die and they grow up without the treasure of a living faith.  Pray for our families to be strong.

Welcome to Gabriel Leichnig:   a French Seminarian from the traditional “Institute du Bon Pasteur”.  He was born on the Island of Reunion which is next to Mauritius and has finished his philosophy at their seminary south of Chartres.  He was walking alongside some of you on that famous pilgrimage and is here for 3 weeks exposure to parish life.  Next year he will do a pastoral year in Brazil where the Institute have many vocations.  

Welcome back to Fr Andrew Southwell & Fr Gabriel Diaz on Tuesday.

Do you have any photos of the Corpus Christi Procession? Please send them to our email address stbedecp@gmail.com .  Thank you. 

Fr Przemek - Next Week: will preach at every Mass.  Then at around 1pm we will have a presentation followed by a shared lunch.  Welcome and bring some food!

A Question to be Asked: On 22nd September 1994 I came to St Bede’s which is 24 years ago.  I have out stayed all of my esteemed predecessors (including Fr Dinan & Fr Salmon) except Fr Thomas Hooley (who officiated at the wedding of Yolanda & Michael Atkinson) and was here from 1909 to 1953 when he died.  I always thought it would be rather nice to aim to beat that record and to stay here until the Lord calls me from this life.  However much I might have wished to die here, I would hate for the parish I love so much to die with me or to decline with my old age.  In our schools we are urged to consider seriously “succession management” and in parish life this is left up to the vagaries of the Diocesan chess board at any given moment.  To spare our unique parish from any sort of succession that would not fit, I have begun a process of dialogue with the Bishops to ensure a continuity here and God willing, a priest who is well anchored in the Tradition but open to initiative, with virtue, learning, energy and youthfulness to boot!  Please pray about all of this.  Fr Christopher B

Welcome to God's Church: Isobelle Winter Utton-Gaant, daughter of Theo & Marie-Claire; Oliver Durban-Otukwu, son of Chinedu & Jaqueline and Joseph Rafel Markus Gerard Portelli, son of Benjamin & Jutta who were all baptised in June. 

Cleaners this week: Tricia & Emma Johnson, Teresa Ablett & Franca Otuo.  
The new rotas have now been sent in the post, if you haven’t received yours, spare copies are at the back of the Church.

Do you have any old glasses lying around at home?  Paula Tolhurst will be leaving a donation box in the church porch where you can leave them.  Once the box is full, she will send them off with a charity to India.