Saturday, 15 September 2018

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) XVII Sunday after Pentecost

No changes to this week's Masses

Welcome to Fr Tomasz Gdula:  Fr Tomasz was born in 1985 and ordained in 2014.  He is from Diocese of Siedlce which is 70km east of Warsaw. He has two brothers, two sisters and three nieces not to mention Mum and Dad!  He is at the moment working on a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture in Rome.  His thesis is on the consecration of the temple as we find in the Book of Kings.  We are very happy to have him at St Bede’s and hope he will be very happy here.  
Also visiting unofficially, having a look, is Fr Marcus Holden the new PP!

Bazaar: This year our parish Bazaar is on Friday 30th November at 7pm. The family Bistro is from 6-8.30pm.  The “Christmas Dinner” is on Saturday 1st December at 7.30pm.  The Latin American Bingo is scheduled for Saturday evening 24th November at 8.30pm. As I will not be here, and it is Fr Marcus’ first Bazaar, I do implore you to support this Bazaar and to offer your help generously.  We will soon have the first meeting so please think about any ideas and other people who can help. This has always been a wonderful coming together of the whole parish.  Help make it happen in 2018.  

Welcome to our FHC Families: The photos are now available - there is an envelope for each family containing your order form, a small selection of photos and an envelope to return your completed form).  Please note group photos are only available in the 8x10 format.  Orders must be received by 30th September please with correct monies.  There are still 6 DVDs still waiting for collection – please see fr Chris today.

Patrick Mackessy RIP: His Requiem Mass will be on Monday 24th Sept at 5pm, before he is flown back to Ireland for burial.  There will be a reception in the club afterwards.

Parish Council Meeting:  Rescheduled to Mon 8th Oct at 7.30pm.


Vintage car on offer: We have had a few enquires and it sits on the other side of the club in all its splendour.  Just think a free car with loads of room and a dynamite engine.  


Macmillan Coffee Morning: Friday 21st Sept 8-9.30am Everyone is welcome to come along and support this magnificent cause.


Message from Fr Enoch: Greetings from Nigeria. I arrived safely this morning and it was a smooth flight. I thank you immensely for your fraternal care and unparalleled show of solidarity. You are indeed a priest who lives out fully the priestly life through your amiable example. The spiritual growth in the lives of your parishioners testifies to this, and the universal church is proud of your indefatigable work. I will be in Lagos for a few days and will travel to my diocese this weekend. Kindly extend my regards Frs Gabriel, Romany and Tomasz. Not forgetting to mention Magdalene, Nora, Eunice, the UCM and the entire parishioners. I am grateful to all of you for making my stay enjoyable, and be assured of my constant prayers for you all at God's altar. Please God, we will meet again next summer. In Jesus and Mary. Fr Enoch Usifo


Adoremus - The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress - Theme: I am the Bread of Time: We are grateful to the church for this unique opportunity to gather with the whole Catholic Church in England & Wales for the national Eucharist pilgrimage & congress. The Eucharistic Congress was a gathering of clergy, religious & laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life & mission of the Church. Participants engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist & the daily celebration & adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. “The Eucharist is the supreme proof of the love of Jesus. After this, there is nothing more but heaven itself” (St Peter Julian Eymard).  This congress was an invitation for catechists, teachers, chaplains, youth workers schools & parishes to guide children to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Eucharist contains the entire treasure of the church, Jesus Christ himself, the centre of the Catholic Church.   Phyllis Cort, Paula Tolhurst and Emeka Declan Nwaiwu (also Laura Thompson, Head of RE at La Retraite)


African Caribbean Meeting: Next Sunday after the 9.30 Mass.

Fr Romany: returns tomorrow DV.  

Dates for the future:
September
  • Mon 24th: 5pm Requiem - Patrick Mackessy
  • Thurs 27th: 11am Requiem – Dominic Egan 
  • Fri 28th: St Bede/St Bernadette Federation Masses 9.30 & 11am.  
October:
  • Wed 3rd: Fr Christopher leaves & Fr Marcus Holden arrives.  
  • Sat 13th: 2pm Rosary Crusade (Westminster Cathedral).  
November:
  • Sun 11th: Remembrance / Armistice Day.  
  • Sat 24th: Latin American Bingo for Bazaar.  
  • Fri 30th: Bazaar & Bistro 
December:
  • Sat 1st: Bazaar Dinner.  
  • Sun 2nd: Grand Draw.
    1st Advent Preacher (only in the morning) Fr John Hemer of Allen Hall.    
  • Sat 8/Sun 9th: 2nd Advent preacher Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate.
    Bethlehem Wood for sale from Palestine.  
  • Sat 15/Sun 16th: Fr Christopher returns to St Bede’s to be the 3rd Advent preacher and to say goodbye properly.   
Cleaners this week: Lucia Rojas Calero, Jose Lozano Rojas & Welva Mendes.  

St Elisabeth's Convent - Monastic Choir Concerts: The nuns, who have visited us regularly over the years will be holding concerts in a variety of churches in London over the week of 29th September to 3rd October.  Please see the poster for more details.  A nun from the convent will be here on Thursday 27th September to advertise, pass out flyers and also will have a stall selling wares too.



Saturday, 8 September 2018

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) XVI Sunday after Pentecost

Changes to this week's Masses
Tuesday 11th September  
No 9am Mass
9.30am St Bernadette School 

September Feasts: As we all start school again, we wish our pupils and staff every blessing and grace for a good and fruitful new term.  Our schools are at the heart of our parish and they are the hope for the future.  If we do not transmit the treasure of the faith, it is not worth all the academic success in the world.  That was the reason our schools were founded.  Our Catholic schools are known throughout the world for academic excellence but do they produce Catholics for tomorrow?  Do they produce people who will get married in the church in the years to come?  Do they produce any priestly vocations?  Do they produce any religious vocations?  We have had two in recent years but generally speaking we are in a veritable desert with little fruit.  In this spirit, the two feasts of September are poignant reminders to a society which is lulled into spiritual laziness by having too much money, gadgets and comfort.   The Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the subsequent feast of Our Lady of Sorrows are poignant reminders of St Paul’s sobering words; “If our hope in Christ is for this life only we are the most miserable of people.”  The rumbles of scandal and apostasy are the result of relaxation at the expense of zeal.  The study of Church history is most consoling but let us not let it be repeated in our own lives except in the glorious lives of the Saints!           fr Christopher

Fr Louie Kitt: who is newly ordained will come after the 12.30pm Latin Mass on Thursday to give his first blessings.  He has been appointed to Corpus Christi in Brixton Hill and so with Fr Adrian is our neighbour.

Vintage Car on Offer: In 1994 Senan Greenway took Fr Christopher to get a car.  It was a 2-year-old Honda Accord with not much mileage.  Years later the parish got another car (for the use of Fr Lukasz & Fr Pawel), we now no longer need two cars and so the wonderful ‘old faithful’ blue Honda Accord is on offer for free!  It might not be perfect cosmetically but it is very roomy and has a dynamite engine.  Furthermore, Fr Christopher is in love with this car for sentimental reasons & would like to find a good home for it!  (MOT & Tax due at end of the month). If you want to have a look at this antique blue beauty, it is parked outside the club opposite the little house Mgr lived in.

Fr Christopher: is in Ramsgate this weekend to look at how the place runs with Fr Marcus.  He should be back today for the 6pm Mass.

Dates for the future:
September
  • Sun 16th: FHC Reunion Mass.  
  • Mon 24th: 7.30pm Parish Council meeting
  • Thurs 27th: 11am Requiem – Dominic Egan (formerly of Langholme Close, off Kings Ave).  
  • Fri 28th: St Bede/St Bernadette Federation Masses 9.30 & 11am.  
October:
  • Wed 3rd: Fr Christopher leaves & Fr Marcus Holden arrives.  
  • Sat 13th: 2pm Rosary Crusade (Westminster Cathedral).  
November:
  • Sun 11th: Remembrance / Armistice Day.  
  • Sat 24th: Latin American Bingo for Bazaar.  
  • Fri 30th: Bazaar & Bistro 
December:
  • Sat 1st: Bazaar Dinner.  
  • Sun 2nd: Grand Draw.
    1st Advent Preacher (only in the morning) Fr John Hemer of Allen Hall.    
  • Sat 8/Sun 9th: 2nd Advent preacher Fr John Hunwicke of the Ordinariate.
    Bethlehem Wood for sale from Palestine.  
  • Sat 15/Sun 16th: Fr Christopher returns to St Bede’s to be the 3rd Advent preacher and to say goodbye properly.   
Adoremus Eucharistic Congress: took place in Liverpool over the past two days.  Our delegates were Mrs Phyllis Cort, Mr Emeka Nwaiwu and Miss Paula Tolhurst.  Also attending the Congress is Mrs Laura Thompson, Head of RE at La Retraite. Sadly one of the main organisers for the Southwark Diocese, Fr John Mulligan, passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Fr John Mulligan was parish priest of St Teresa's in Morden as well as being part of the CCF team in Tooting Bec.       

Cleaners this week: Tricia & Emma Johnson, Teresa Ablett & Franca Otuo.  Please note there will be a baptism at 12noon on Saturday.