Sunday, 26 July 2015

17th Sunday OT (Old Rite: IX Sunday after Pentecost)

Last Newsletter / Day for Life: This last Sunday of July is the annual Day for Life and we have leaflets in the back of Church and a second collection which this year goes to assist the work of Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life related activities supported by the Church.  Please be generous and let us all stand up for the right to life!  After this week there is no newsletter but there will be a list of Masses and intentions until September.  


Sunday 12.30 Mass Discontinued: Today is the last time we have the 12.30 Mass.  Bishop Patrick Lynch suggested that we should not wait any longer to make this difficult decision.  Sadly our numbers simply do not warrant so many Masses.  We still have more Masses than most parishes and many Cathedrals!  

Congratulations: to two newly ordained priests: Fr Matthew O'Gorman and Fr Mark Higgins, both old boys of the John Fisher School in Purley.  Last Saturday Fr Benny, Fr Miguel, Mgr Leo and Fr CB were all at the Cathedral for this happy occasion.  Pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life!

Welcome back to Fr Andrew:  He is off to the St Catherine’s Trust summer school in Wales today – back this Friday. 

Welcome to Monsignor Leo White & Fr Tony Logan: who are here to help Fr Benny this weekend.

Fr Chris: is in Scotland this week.  He is in Aberdeen this weekend to celebrate the marriage of Daniel Cutts (nephew of Brian McCully & Susan) who was received into the Church some years ago at St Bede’s.

The Flowers in Church this weekend are in honour of little Michelle Calvalho da Costa who has leukaemia.  Her family say she is still as cheeky and cheerful as ever but ask for our continual prayers.


All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Next Sunday (2nd).  Cost - £15 for adults & £10 for children.  Please see Lloyd Booker or poster regarding the coach and more information. 


Future Dates / Mass time Changes:  
Tues 28th July - Fri 7th August inclusive - No 8am convent Mass due to the Sisters annual retreat.
AUG: Fri 14th: 11am Requiem - Ignatius Ajuga (tbc)
SEPT: Sun 6th: 9.30am Reunion Mass for FHC with DVD and Photos hopefully.

Church Cleaners Rota over the summer
  • 31st July / 1st Aug - Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum & Adiam Berhane
  • 7th / 8th Aug - Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael. 
  • 14th / 15th Aug - Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran.  
  • 21st / 22nd Aug - Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga.
  • 28th / 29th Aug - Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu.
  • 4th / 5th Sept - Aster Weldemaria, Yorusaliam Zekristos & Sara Tuccu.
Assisted Suicide Bill: On Friday 11th September, the House of Commons will debate and vote on a private members bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate & vote against the bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via this link - www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide or send a letter by post.  There are draft copies of the letter provided by the Diocese which are located on the table in the porch.

Draft Letter to MP.     Revised Q&A.

'Pray, Play & Tumble':  Are you a primary or secondary aged scholar looking to keep your parent/carer inspired over the Summer?  Get them in touch with St Bede's Pray Play and Tumble for praise, fellowship, creativity and light refreshment over the holidays most Mondays.  Possible additional meet ups may be organised for activities in the park depending on interest.  Pre-schoolers are very welcome as usual and should please note that from September our regular morning will be on Tuesdays.   Contact susan2468@gmail.com for details.

Summer Youth Events:
  1. Evangelium Conference 31st Jul-2nd Aug: 18-35 year olds at Oratory School, Reading. Cost £95 or concessions £65.  www.evangelium.co.uk Tel: 01834812643 or email evangeliumproject@gmail.com.  
  2. Faith Summer Session 3rd–7th Aug:
    A five day conference for young Catholics 16-35 year old. 
    Cost: £175 or £150 concession.  Closing date for applications - Monday 13th July.  
  3. Faith Summer Break 10th–13th Aug An exciting four days for 11-15 year olds. Cost £160. Closing date for applications - Thurs 23rd JulyBoth Faith events are held at Woldingham in Surrey.  You can book online at www.faith.org.uk or complete one of the booking forms that Fr CB has.  
  4. ‘Summertime 2015’ - Altar Servers Summer Break 11th–14th Aug
    for altar servers aged 10-15 at Woldingham, Surrey.  Cost £135.  For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford (sboyle@clara.net). A booking form can be picked up from Fr Chris or downloaded from their website www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com
Pilgrimage to Fatima: 22nd – 28th November including all excursions £629.  Early booking recommended – for further info call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027 301.


Current Vacancies:
For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.  

Sunday, 19 July 2015

16th Sunday Ordinary Time (Old Rite: VIII Sunday after Pentecost)

End of School:  This past Friday was the end of a very long term.  Our teachers and staff are all quite tired and the pupils themselves need a good break.  Many of our pupils go back to Poland, Eritrea, Latin America or Africa during the summer.  In the Gospel today Our Blessed Lord urges the Apostles to get away and have a break (but the account goes on to show that the crowds figured out where they were heading and circumvented their plans!)  It gets increasingly difficult in our pressurised society to have a proper “work-life balance”.  We have to fight often to achieve a balance in trying to maintain physical fitness (sport or going to the gym); intellectual awareness (reading and culture) and social life.  Over and above all of this is the necessity to nourish and nurture our spiritual life.  In our grossly materialistic culture, this is often the very thing which is ignored.  Mgr Philip Hallett, a beloved rector of Wonersh would tell his seminarians, “Have a good Holiday but remember … there is no holiday from the spiritual life”.  We thank our Heads, teachers and staff for all their hard work and wish them all a good break!       

Mission Assessment It seems that the Mission team were universally admired and welcomed in the parish.  The children’s play in the park, the sing-songs, the skits and the evening talks were all very well done.  The only problem was that on both the Sundays, the Mission was not really successfully sold and so the response was pretty poor.  Nevertheless seeds have been sown and we pray that they may bear fruit for our parish in the years to come.  

Welcome to Fr Martin Thompson & Fr Harry Heijveld:  The former, you remember was for many years in Albania and is now in Athens, largely supporting Albanian immigrants.  Fr Harry is originally from Holland but for many years has lived in Plymouth.  He was widowed and studied for the priesthood with our own Fr Thomas Lynch at Wonersh and both were ordained in 2013.     

Sebastian our seminarian is off to Poland tomorrow for his holidays.  Please pray for him.

12.30 Mass on Sundays: Next Sunday sees the last 12.30 Mass.  It is with great reluctance that this Mass will be discontinued (although the 12.30 slot will remain for special occasions like First Communions, Confirmations and African Caribbean celebrations.)  The Bishop at his January visitation felt that our numbers simply do not warrant so many Masses.  If they were all full we would not be cancelling one.  We still have many options and much variety so do not give up on St Bede’s just because your favourite time is going.

Assisted Suicide Bill: On Friday 11th Sept, the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide) or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church.

Future Dates / Mass time Changes:  From Tuesday 28th July to Friday 7th August inclusive, there will be no convent Mass due to the Sisters annual retreat.

Church Cleaners - 24th / 25th: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues.  (Please note - Baptism at 12noon on Saturday)

Summer Youth Events:
  1. Evangelium Conference 31st Jul-2nd Aug: 18-35 year olds at Oratory School, Reading. Cost £95 or concessions £65.  www.evangelium.co.uk Tel: 01834812643 or email evangeliumproject@gmail.com.  
  2. Faith Summer Session 3rd–7th Aug:
    A five day conference for young Catholics 16-35 year old. 
    Cost: £175 or £150 concession.  Closing date for applications - Monday 13th July.  
  3. Faith Summer Break 10th–13th Aug An exciting four days for 11-15 year olds. Cost £160. Closing date for applications - Thurs 23rd JulyBoth Faith events are held at Woldingham in Surrey.  You can book online at www.faith.org.uk or complete one of the booking forms that Fr CB has.  
  4. ‘Summertime 2015’ - Altar Servers Summer Break 11th–14th Aug
    for altar servers aged 10-15 at Woldingham, Surrey.  Cost £135.  For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford (sboyle@clara.net). A booking form can be picked up from Fr Chris or downloaded from their website www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com
Pilgrimage to Fatima: 22nd – 28th November including all excursions £629.  Early booking recommended – for further info call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027 301.

'Pray, Play & Tumble': Are you a young primary or secondary aged scholar looking to keep your parent/carer inspired over the Summer?  Get them in touch with St Bede's Pray Play and Tumble for praise, fellowship, creativity and light refreshment over the holidays. Days/times may vary.  Possible additional meet ups may be organised for activities in the park depending on interest.  Pre-schoolers are very welcome as usual and should please note that from September our regular term time morning will be on Tuesdays. Contact susan2468@gmail.com for details.



Current Vacancies:
For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.  

Sunday, 12 July 2015

15th Sunday OT - Sea Sunday (Old Rite: VII Sunday after Pentecost)

Mass Changes this week - 
Thursday: 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40am, Adoration & Exposition therefore will be from 10.30am and there will no 8pm Mass until September.
Friday:  No 9am Mass in Church.  There will be Mass at 10am at St Bernadette's School.
From August:  There will no longer be a 12.30pm Mass on Sunday, unless on special occasions.

Thank you to the Missionaries:  As you saw last week we have had an amazing variety of people making up our mission team.  Fr Lorenzo from Segni in Italy, Fr Stephen Kennedy ordained last month, originally from Clondalkin in Dublin and Deacon Se├ín Bradley from Galway.  Then we had four Sisters, two Americans, one Brazilian and one from Argentina.  The four Major Seminarians comprise two Scotsman and two South Londoners.  Four Minor Seminarians comprise two Scotsman, one Sicilian and one from Spain.  Everyday has seen a wonderful programme beginning with Adoration and Mass.  Then they have visited houses in the parish all week.  Every afternoon there has been a special children’s games session in Tooting Bec Common finishing up with the Rosary, the daily Mission talk at 7pm and the music and fun to end the day.  We are very grateful to the team for bringing us the joy and freshness of the Gospel of Our Lord and Saviour.  We need these reminders as we get so slotted into our habitual routines, we can forget about our salvation, our need of sanctification and our need to witness to and serve others.    

Thank You to Martine and Nick Hale, Chris Brew-Graves, Paula Tolhurst, David and Veronica Pierson and David and Katie Hunt who kindly put up Seminarians. 

Thank You also to Shane Pereira, Claudia Linton, Lena Douggan, Arinola Badejo, Viorica Lenghel, Jose Ferreira, Crystal Clovis, Don Pereira, Rachael Edwards, Rita Cernuschi, Arturo Camacho Marquez and the African Caribbean Society who have fed the team.  Having 20 around the table everyday was an experience but there were many skilful helpers who served, washed up and set up for the next meal! 

'End of Mission' Lunch: 1.30pm in the club.  Tickets cost £5 each or £12 for a family of four - courtesy of the African & Caribbean Association.

Special Sunday - 10.45 Mass today: Performed by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch and kindly financed by The Latin Mass Society.
Ordinary:  Missa Aeterna Christi munera by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina.
Offertory: Ego flos campi by Alonso Lobo
Communion:  Ego sum panis vivus by William Byrd.

Today is Sea Sunday: when the Church prayers for all those who love & work at sea.  Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops.  Today’s 2nd 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.  Thank you.  For more information on the work of AoS please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
  
Condolences to Dominic Lynch whose father (Terence) died recently and to John Reddin whose mother (Oonagh) also died.

Fr Simon Leworthy is coming to St Bede’s from August 17th to the 24th before going to see his parents in Australia.  On 2nd October he is to begin in Bridlington, in East Riding, Yorkshire  

Pilgrimage to Lourdes with Mgr Leo & Fr Lukasz: 28th Oct to 1st Nov - there are 10 places available. Cost of trip is £425 with an early flight on 28th and late flight on 1st allowing 3 ½ days in Lourdes.  Contact Marie Chang for details.

Church Cleaners - 17th / 18th: Annie Nongo & Biannie Bilwala.

Welcome to God's Church: Klemens Markus Antonio Maria Schubert Da Silva, son of Washington & Anelise baptised by Fr Andrew and Mirabelle Joanne Raymond, daughter of Raymond and Suharsini baptised by fr Christopher at the end of June

Summer Youth Events:
  1. Evangelium Conference 31st Jul-2nd Aug: 18-35 year olds at Oratory School, Reading.
    Cost £95 or concessions £65.
    www.evangelium.co.uk Tel: 01834812643 or email evangeliumproject@gmail.com.  
  2. Faith Summer Session 3rd–7th Aug:
    A five day conference for young Catholics 16-35 year old. 
    Cost: £175 or £150 concessionClosing date for applications - Monday 13th July.  
  3. Faith Summer Break 10th–13th Aug An exciting four days for 11-15 year olds. Cost £160.
    Closing date for applications - Thursday 23rd July
    Both Faith events are held at Woldingham in Surrey.  You can book online at www.faith.org.uk or complete one of the booking forms that Fr CB has.  
  4. ‘Summertime 2015’ - Altar Servers Summer Break 11th–14th Aug
    for altar servers aged 10-15 at Woldingham, Surrey .
    Cost £135.
    For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford (sboyle@clara.net).  A booking form can be downloaded from their website www.stanselmsdartford.wordpress.com
Pilgrimage to Fatima: 22nd – 28th November including all excursions £629.  Early booking recommended – for further info call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027 301.

'Pray, Play & Tumble': Mondays 10-11.30am starting with prayer and praise in the church followed by refreshments/play time in the parish rooms and an optional session in the school soft room.  Suggested donation: £1.50 per child or sibling group.  Email: (removed for privacy - please see newsletter or notice board). If you can let Susan know you are coming but otherwise do just turn up at ten.   


Current Vacancies:
For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.