Sunday, 27 July 2014

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

Last Newsletter until Sunday 7th September

Last Newsletter of the Summer! During the month of August the schools are out, we cease the 12.30 Mass on Sundays and many groups go on holiday.  In the same way, we do not have a newsletter; instead posting a list of Mass times and intentions on the notice boards and our blog (next newsletter will be on 7th September).  
I hope you are all keeping cool and drinking plenty of water!  Please God you will all get an opportunity to rest and relax; but remember “there is no holiday from the spiritual life” so when you are away do check in to the local Church and attend Mass.  We thank God for so many wonderful graces especially the Confirmations, Holy Communions and forthcoming marriages. I thank God for my sabbatical and I thank Fr Simon Leworthy for holding onto the reins of the parish so admirably.  In September he will be visiting his parents.  Fr Christopher Andrews is in Ireland until 5th August.  Our Sisters are on retreat and their regular 8am Mass will begin again on Wednesday 6th August.  I hope you all have a bit of a break.  God bless!  Fr Christopher B

2nd Collection - 'Day for Life' this weekend: This is the day in the Church’s calendar dedicated to celebrating the Sacredness of Life.  Recently in the House of Lords they have debated ‘Assisted Dying’.  We Christians believe that life is sacred from the womb to the tomb.  The proceeds from the ‘Day for Life’ collection provide core funding for the Linacre Centre for Healthcare ethics and to cover the cost of the materials for the Day for Life.  In addition grants will be made to support Catholic charities working in the particular field determined by the theme of the year.


August Events for Youth: 
  1. Evangelium Conference: the seventh annual Evangelium weekend residential conference on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world - for young Catholics 18-35. www.evangelium.co.uk Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd - Oratory School near Reading. 
  2. FAITH Summer Session: A 5-day residential Catholic conference for 16-35 year olds.
    Monday 4th to Friday 8th - Woldingham School in Surrey. 
  3. FAITH Summer Break: A fun-filled few days for 11-15 year olds.
    Monday 11th to Thursday 14th - 
    Woldingham School
    www.faith.org.uk/events
  4. Servers Summertime: especially for Altar Servers.
    Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th - Woldingham School in Surrey. 
  5. Youth 2000: Primarily for 16-30s, anyone up to 35 is welcome.  There is also a separate camping field for families too!
    Thursday 21st to Monday 25th - Walsingham.  
    www.youth2000.org
Altar Servers: From September we hope to be able to email/post future rotas on Google Drive or Dropbox – this is to help reduce costs within the parish and also to ensure Rotas are received in a timely manner.  Please provide your email address by 22nd August – there is a list located in the Sacristy.

Welcome to God's Church: Elizabeth Gabriella Davis, daughter of Stephen & Danielle baptised by Fr Chris B on 12th June and Felicity Mary Hunt, daughter of David and Katie baptised by Dom Christopher Andrews last Sunday.

All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Next Sunday (3rd).  Costs are £15 for adults & £12 for children.  Please see Lloyd Booker regarding the coach and more information. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Fri 15th: Feast of the Assumption - Masses at 7am (Latin), 8am (Convent), 9.30am, 12.30pm (Latin) and 8pm.

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Wed 23rd  - Tues 5th Aug:  No 8am Convent Mass whilst nuns are on retreat.
Fri 1st August: No First Friday Devotions
Sundays in August: No 12.30pm Mass

Church Cleaners - 1st/2nd August: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum and Adiam Berhane.

Accommodation Needed for a Latin American family:  see fr CB for their contact details 

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

Sunday, 20 July 2014

16th Sunday OT (Old Rite: VI Sunday after Pentecost)

Summertime: A great silence has descended on the whole parish and neighbourhood because our four schools have all broken up!  When we used to go on summer holidays from Wonersh Seminary the Rector would remind us that there is “no holiday from the Spiritual life”.  Therefore make every effort to go to Mass wherever your travels take you.  Last week in the USA I was in two different hotels and at two relatives and was able to get to Mass every day.  If you need any help with the address of Churches and times of Mass in the British Isles, you can always consult the internet or the Catholic directory in the parish office.  If you have a break, and I hope you do, make sure that you give some time to your interior life.  Nothing gives us more refreshment than that!      Fr Christopher B

Goodbye to Sebastian Wierzbicki: who is off to Poland early Tuesday morning for his summer holidays.  Please pray for him as he is our special seminarian who has been coming here to St Bede’s for the last year.


August Events for Youth: 

  1. Evangelium Conference: the seventh annual Evangelium weekend residential conference on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world - for young Catholics 18-35. www.evangelium.co.uk Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd - Oratory School near Reading 
  2. FAITH Summer Session: A 5-day residential Catholic conference for 16-35 year olds.
    Monday 4th to Friday 8th - Woldingham School in Surrey. 
  3. FAITH Summer Break: A fun-filled few days for 11-15 year olds.
    Monday 11th to Thursday 14th - 
    Woldingham School
    www.faith.org.uk/events
  4. Servers Summertime: especially for Altar Servers.
    Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th - Woldingham School in Surrey. 
  5. Youth 2000: Primarily for 16-30s, anyone up to 35 is welcome.  There is also a separate camping field for families too!
    Thursday 21st to Monday 25th - Walsingham.  
    www.youth2000.org

Altar Servers: We are going to start emailing or posting the rotas on Google Drive in future to help reduce costs within the parish.  There is a sheet in the Sacristy – please provide your email address and indicate whether you will be away during August.

All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Sunday 3rd August.  Costs are £15 for adults & £12 for children.  Please see Lloyd Booker regarding the coach and more information. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Fri 15th: Feast of the Assumption - Masses at 7am (Latin), 8am (Convent), 9.30am, 12.30pm (Latin) and 8pm.

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Wed 23rd  - Tues 5th Aug:  No 8am Convent Mass whilst nuns are on retreat.
Fri 1st August: No First Friday Devotions
Sundays in August: No 12.30pm Mass

Church Cleaners - 25th/26th July: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues

GK Chesterton Pilgrimage: The 4th Annual London to Beaconsfield pilgrimage is on Wednesday 30th July.  For details, phone or text 07795 205 114 or see their website: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk.

Accommodation Needed for a Latin American family:  see fr CB for their contact details 

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


Sunday, 13 July 2014

15th Sunday OT (Old Rite: V Sunday after Pentecost)

End of School: On Friday our schools will break up for the summer holidays and there will be a huge quiet all over the parish and neighbourhood. At this time I would like sincerely to thank all the staff for their hard work and hope they all get some real time to relax. Our pupils too need to have a break. Don’t forget the FAITH Summer Break which is held from the 11th to 14th August in Woldingham for 11 to 15 year olds. Then there is also the Servers Summertime which takes place on 12th - 15th August especially for Altar Servers. These two youth conferences are great fun and our youth at St Bede’s have always represented us every summer. 
We would like to congratulate The Laurels School which has, last Friday, completed its first year of operation. We have loved having them in the Church every Tuesday for Mass and Confessions and at this moment they are building a Chapel onsite. Next year we hope to have an Altar at their place for the Annual Corpus Christi procession. To all staff and pupils of our four schools we wish you all a good summer holiday! Fr Christopher B.

Welcome to Fr Jose Ramon Villobas: who is staying with us for a month. He is from Huesca, Spain. 

Special Sunday - 10.45 Mass today: Ordinary – Missa Brevis by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina. 
Offertory – Dominus regit me by Carl Nielsen. Communion – Cibavit eos by William Byrd. Performed
by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch and made possible thanks to a generous support from the Latin Mass Society for which we are most grateful. 

A Day with Mary: at Our Lady & St Peter Church in Wimbledon Common. The day starts at 10am with Mass in honour of Our Lady with Fr Philip de Freitas and end around 5.15pm. For more info, please see poster at the back of Church or visit www.adaywithmary.org for all their upcoming venues. 

Sea Sunday - 2nd Collection: Today we celebrate Sea Sunday when the Church prays for all those you live and work at sea. There will a retiring collection for the Apostleship of the Sea – the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain. It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. Please give generously to support its important work. For more info about their work or the Apostleship of the Sea visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.


Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Thurs 17th: The 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40 and will be for St Bede's School.  Exposition and Adoration will be moved to 11am.
Thursdays until September: No 8pm Evening Mass or UCM until September 11th
Fri 18th: There will be no 9am Mass in Church.  Instead there will be Mass at St Bernadette's at 10am.
Tues 22 July - 4th Aug:  No 8am Convent Mass whilst nuns are on retreat.

Church Cleaners - 18th/19th July: Biannie Bilwala, Legion of Mary and Regina Curaj.

GK Chesterton Pilgrimage: The 4th Annual London to Beaconsfield pilgrimage is on Wednesday 30th July.  For details, phone or text 07795 205 114 or see their website: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk.

Scouts: are desperate for helpers – please see fr CB.

Young Italian Expert Gilder looking for work – Any ideas?  Contact Mattia Gas (see Fr CB for contact number)

Class of 63 Sacred Heart Hammersmith. If you or anyone you know where in this group we would love to hear from you for a possible reunion. Please contact Carole (nee Agius) on  carole.appleford@gmail.com.

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

Pilgrimages:
Please see previous blog postings for other pilgrimages and their relevant contact details.