Sunday, 24 May 2015

Pentecost Sunday (Old Rite: Whit Sunday)

Mass Time Changes this week 
Sun 24th: No Rosary, Vespers or Benediction today.
Mon 25th: Bank Holiday - Masses will be 9am at the Convent and 10.30 Latin.
Thurs 28th: No 8pm Mass 

Confirmations We welcome Bishop Patrick Lynch – successor to the Apostles - who is to confirm the following:

  • Francesca Anunwa
  • Jose Baez Villalva
  • Brandy Da Cruz
  • Alan Kafando
  • Susette Khan Oldeboom 
  • Alvin Kobako
  • Aaron McKlish
  • Billy Nacato Ponce
  • Anna-Marie Nwosu
  • Stephanie Paez Lopez 
  • Daniel Paz
  • Ebony-Ruth Peters Macauley
  • Dylan Quintero
Many thanks to Mrs Phyllis Cort, Mark Mosconi and Katie Hunt who have run the programme.

Welcome to Mrs Cathy Davis:  who is here today to see her past pupils receive the sacrament of Confirmation through the ministry of Bishop Patrick Lynch.  Congratulations on her recent appointment to the Head of St Anne’s School, Vauxhall.  We will miss you very much but know you are very much up to the challenge.  

Welcome to:  Mrs Deborah Hogan, Head of St Bernadette, Mrs Sarah Driver, Lay Chaplain of La Retraite and Ms Sarai Sarpi, Head of RE at La Retraite.  They are all here for Confirmation.     

Fr Lukasz away for the summer:  He is returning to Poland to finish his Masters and graduate.  In July he will do a supply in South Ashford before returning to St Bede’s in September for two years whilst he studies for his PhD.    

Bishop Richard Moth:  On Thursday he will be installed as the new Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.  Until now he was the Ordinary for the military and before that he was Vicar General and Chancellor in Southwark.  After his ordination in 1982, his first parish was St Bede’s!  Fr Christopher and Mrs Maggie Keane (President of our UCM) will represent the parish on Thursday.  

Youth Mission 2nd - 12th July: We have a Mission team coming from the newly founded (1980’s) congregation of the Incarnate Word.  Two priests, one deacon, four sisters and five seminarians are coming and we need some volunteers to help give the seminarians’ bed and breakfast (the priests and nuns will stay in the presbytery and convent).  We also need some help with cooking and lunches in between those two dates.  

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) is our heavenly patron and tomorrow is his feast.  We pray that he may obtain for us the grace to observe our faith as he did with joy and enthusiasm.  The chronicles of the time testify him being “one of the most observant and happy of Monks”.  May he, in the communion of Saints, by the power of the Holy Spirit teach us this simple lesson: that happiness is the fruit of observance of taking daily care to love both God and neighbour.

'Pray, Play & Tumble': St Bede's Bank Holiday Fun - Monday 25th May, 11am.  Our meeting point is Balham triangle swings, Cavendish Road.  Pray play and outdoors fun together.  Families, singles, carers, children and grown ups all welcome.  Contact Susan Palmer (07949669297, susan2468@gmail.com) to let her know you are coming and/or just in case there needs to be any last minute change of plan.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 19th: 9.30am Rosary Procession & Crowning at St Bernadette School
Sat 23rd: 11.30am Confirmation Preparation Day
Sun 24th: 12.30pm Confirmation Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch
Sun 31st: Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to do an appeal.  10.45am First Holy Communion (Old Rite)
JUNE:
Sun 7th & Sun 14th: 12.30pm First Holy Communions
Sat 27th: 6pm Reunion Mass for all the Confirmation & FHC Candidates
Sun 28th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession
JULY:
2nd - 12th: Youth Mission.

Church Cleaners - 29th/30th: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu.

St John Bosco - Children Summer Camp: The St John Bosco Centre are now taking bookings for this year’s summer camps.  The St Vincent De Paul Society has been running these camps for Catholic children for more than 60 years.  The camps run the following weeks: 25th Jul – 1st Aug & 1st – 8th Aug for boys (8-13 year old) and 8th – 15th August for girls (9-12 year old).   Activities include mountain biking, boating, fishing, climbing, swimming, orienteering, nature study, arts & crafts to name but a few.  Cost is £145 per child.  If you require more info, please see the poster & information sheet at the back. Booking early is advisable.  www.svpboscocamp.org.uk.    

Altar Servers: The rotas for May & June are now available on Dropbox & Google Drive.  

However we are in need of new Altar Servers to replace those who have now grown up and gone off to college or university.  If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please see fr CB.



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

We are currently advertising on behalf of The Laurels School on Atkins Road; Coloma in Croydon and Bishop Challoner in Shortlands.

Lourdes - 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) will take place this year from Fri 21st–Fri 28th August. This year’s theme is ‘Joy of Mission', taken from the Evangelii Gaudium. 2015 is a special year for us in the Diocese of Southwark. Archbishop Peter mentioned in the Foreword in this year’s Southwark Directory - “This year marks a milestone on our diocesan journey as we celebrate 50 years as our diocese was raised to an ‘Archdiocese and Metropolitan See’ ”. 


Lough Derg - A Place of Pilgrimage:  Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary of St Patrick, is very much a living part of Irish Christian Heritage. A unique island, rich in prayer and faith, an island which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St Patrick himself was called to.  For many people Lough Derg provides an opportunity to step back from their lives, to take stock and examine the direction which their lives are taking. For many others it is a time to come closer to God through prayer and reflection.
One Day Retreats are offered on specific dates in May; 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 & 25. After the Three Day Pilgrimage season One Day Retreats recommence in late August and continue into September. The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May 2015.  Please contact us directly if you wish to find out about the 2015 season or if you wish to organise a group to come to the island for a One Day Retreat or a Group Tour we will be delighted to help you.  Tel/Fax (from UK) 028 68632391.  Or email us: info@loughderg.org

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Ascension of Our Lord (Old Rite: Sunday after the Ascension of Our Lord)

May - The Month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers & magnificence of colour is dedicated to our Blessed Lady.  St Bernadette of Lourdes said “nothing down here can compare to the beauty which I have seen”.  The natural beauty of spring compliments the new life of Easter and foreshadows the life of Pentecost.  In the book of Acts, our Blessed Lady is seen in the midst of the Apostles and early Christians praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the same way we follow the example of Mary, Mother of the Lord in praying for the graces that each of us need. 


May Procession Today: At 2pm this afternoon there will be a May procession with Rosary, Benediction and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady, (followed by Vespers for those who wish to stay).  On Tuesday 19th at 10am, we will have our May procession at St Bernadette School at which we say the Hail Mary in many different languages.  

Confirmations – 12.30pm Mass Next Sunday: Bishop Patrick Lynch will be here to confirm our 13 candidates.  On Saturday we will have a preparation day starting at 11.30 & on Sunday, all candidates should be at St Bede’s school by 11.45 for the group photo.


Welcome to the Franciscan Sisters from Catford: from the Holy Cross bookshop in Catford who will be selling repository items after some of the Masses this weekend.  


The Laurels School need a Temporary Caretaker urgently required.  If you are interested please contact Lara McNanamon ASAP on 020 8674 7229. They would ideally like someone on full-time hours but are happy to discuss part-time too if required!  

Open Day: their next Open Day will be on Tuesday 19th May – please see poster at the back of Church. 

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) is our heavenly patron and Bank Holiday Monday (25th) is his feast.  As the schools will be on half-term we will celebrate his feast on Friday at the 9.40am Mass.  We pray that he may obtain for us the grace to observe our faith as he did with joy and enthusiasm.  The chronicles of the time testify him being “one of the most observant and happy of Monks”.  May he, in the communion of Saints, by the power of the Holy Spirit teach us this simple lesson: that happiness is the fruit of observance which entails.


World Communion Day: World Communications Day is celebrated today, Ascension Sunday. The theme is 'Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love'. On this day we are encouraged to pray for communications professionals, especially those who work in the media.Please support the second collection which provides the funding for the Catholic Communications Network.  The CCN provides support for the Bishops of England & Wales and the Church more widely in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues.  The office is the central point for media enquiries and plays a key role in developing the public profile of the Church.  It is possible to donate online at: www.catholicnews.org.uk/donations. Some commemorative prayer cards for this day have been printed & are available to take away.  Please support the CCN through your prayers & generosity.


Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 19th: 9.30am Rosary Procession & Crowning at St Bernadette School
Sat 23rd: 11.30am Confirmation Preparation Day
Sun 24th: 12.30pm Confirmation Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch
Sun 31st: Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to do an appeal.  10.45am First Holy Communion (Old Rite)
JUNE:
Sun 7th & Sun 14th: 12.30pm First Holy Communions
Sat 27th: 6pm Reunion Mass for all the Confirmation & FHC Candidates
Sun 28th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession

Mass Time Changes this week: 

Tues 19th:  There will be no 9am Mass in Church due to the Rosary Procession at St Bernadette's.
Fri 22nd: 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40am to allow St Bede's School to attend their Feast day Mass.


Church Cleaners - 22nd/23rd : Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga.

Faith Youth Day: 'Is Jesus Christ just a good guy?" For 11 to 15 year olds.  Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 10.30am to 4.30pm at the John Fisher School in Purley.  The speaker will be Fr Stephen Dingley and there will be activities, games, Confessions, Mass and a hot lunch will be provided.  Forms are provided at the back of Church.


St John Bosco - Children Summer Camp: The St John Bosco Centre are now taking bookings for this year’s summer camps.  The St Vincent De Paul Society has been running these camps for Catholic children for more than 60 years.  The camps run the following weeks: 25th Jul – 1st Aug & 1st – 8th Aug for boys (8-13 year old) and 8th – 15th August for girls (9-12 year old).   Activities include mountain biking, boating, fishing, climbing, swimming, orienteering, nature study, arts & crafts to name but a few.  Cost is £145 per child.  If you require more info, please see the poster & information sheet at the back. Booking early is advisable.  www.svpboscocamp.org.uk.    


Altar Servers: The rotas for May & June are now available on Dropbox & Google Drive.  

However we are in need of new Altar Servers to replace those who have now grown up and gone off to college or university.  If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please see fr CB.

'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.  


We are currently advertising on behalf of The Laurels School on Atkins Road; Coloma in Croydon and Bishop Challoner in Shortlands.

Lourdes - 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) will take place this year from Fri 21st–Fri 28th August. This year’s theme is ‘Joy of Mission', taken from the Evangelii Gaudium. 2015 is a special year for us in the Diocese of Southwark. Archbishop Peter mentioned in the Foreword in this year’s Southwark Directory - “This year marks a milestone on our diocesan journey as we celebrate 50 years as our diocese was raised to an ‘Archdiocese and Metropolitan See’ ”. 


Lough Derg - A Place of Pilgrimage:  Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary of St Patrick, is very much a living part of Irish Christian Heritage. A unique island, rich in prayer and faith, an island which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St Patrick himself was called to.  For many people Lough Derg provides an opportunity to step back from their lives, to take stock and examine the direction which their lives are taking. For many others it is a time to come closer to God through prayer and reflection.
One Day Retreats are offered on specific dates in May; 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 & 25. After the Three Day Pilgrimage season One Day Retreats recommence in late August and continue into September. The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May 2015.  Please contact us directly if you wish to find out about the 2015 season or if you wish to organise a group to come to the island for a One Day Retreat or a Group Tour we will be delighted to help you.  Tel/Fax (from UK) 028 68632391.  Or email us: info@loughderg.org

Sunday, 10 May 2015

6th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: V Sunday after Easter)

Welcome to Fr John Garry from St Patrick's Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) who is with us this weekend to make an appeal.  He has had, and continues to have, a wonderful  life as a missionary priest.  He has spent just over 40 years in Africa - 20 years in Kenya, 15 years very difficult circumstances in war torn South Sudan and just over 5 very happy and fulfilling years in a Sudanese Refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Like many missionaries in Africa in the 1970's he was very involved in various development projects that helped raise the dignity of the people he worked with. He has been involved in building schools, dispensaries, food for work projects, famine relief and food distribution, water and agricultural projects etc. But he says his greatest joy was pastoral work and the joy that Christianity brought to peoples live. When his present assignment of making the annual Mission Appeal in parishes is over, he looks forward to returning to the Diocese of Torit in South Sudan. 

May - The Month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers and magnificence of colour is dedicated to our Blessed Lady.  St Bernadette of Lourdes said “nothing down here can compare to the beauty which I have seen”.  The natural beauty of spring and summer is a foreshadowing of the Testament; our Blessed Lady is seen in the midst of the Apostles and early Christians praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the same way we follow the example of Mary, Mother of the Lord in praying for the graces that each of us need. 

May Processions: Next Sunday (17th May) at 2pm we will be hold our May procession with Rosary, Benediction and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady.  Before this, there will be ‘Bring & Share’ lunch in the club.  Then on Tuesday 19th May we will have our Annual May Procession at St Bernadette’s School starting at 9.30am.

The Laurels School need a Temporary Caretaker urgently (to start within the next week or so if possible).  If you are interested please contact Lara McNanamon ASAP on 020 8674 7229. They would be like the position to be full-time but are happy to discuss part-time if required.  
Spring Fete: Next Saturday 16th May from 12 to 3pm. Lots of see and do: Tombola for both children and adults, cakes, bouncy castle, international food & raffle etc.   Entry is £1 for adults – children are free. 
Open Day: their next Open Day will be on Tuesday 19th May – please see poster at the back of Church. 

African & Caribbean Association are holding their first Breakfast Meeting after the 9.30am Mass today. This is the first of what is hoped to be a successful event for the African & Caribbean community within St Bede's.


Ethiopian Martyrs: A letter of condolence and prayer was sent to the Ethiopian Orthodox congregation in Battersea on your behalf on the occassion of the brutal murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Welcome to God's Church: Freya Georgia Anne Voyce, daughter of David & Laura and Pascale Catherine Marie Cilia, daughter of George & Johanna baptised at the end of April and Arthur Grimer, son of Thomas & baptised on Monday by Fr Christopher Basden.


Fr Christopher is away this weekend in Ischia and plans to return on Friday.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 16: 10am - 1pm 'Spreading the Good News as an Encounter with Jesus Christ' - CCF, Tooting Bec.
Sun 17th: Franciscan Sisters from Catford will be here to sell Repository Items.  
2pm May Rosary Procession with Benediction and Vespers to follow.  (preceded by a shared lunch in the club) 
Tues 19th: 9.30am May Procession at St Bernadette School
Sat 23rd: 11.30am Confirmation Preparation Day
Sun 24th: 12.30pm Confirmation Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch
Sun 31st: Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to do an appeal.  10.45am First Holy Communion (Old Rite)
JUNE:
Sun 7th & Sun 14th: 12.30pm First Holy Communions
Sat 27th: 6pm Reunion Mass for all the Confirmation & FHC Candidates
Sun 28th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession

Mass Time Changes this week: 

Fri 15th 7.30pm Requiem for Dante Silva 


Church Cleaners - 15th / 16th: Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran.

Evangelisation Seminar at the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec.  Saturday 16th May 10am to 1pm.  There is no charge, but you are advised to book at the CCF (020 8672 7684 or office@ccftootingbec.org.uk)


Faith Youth Day: 'Is Jesus Christ just a good guy?" For 11 to 15 year olds.  Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 10.30am to 4.30pm at the John Fisher Schhol in Purley.  The speaker will be Fr Stephen Dingley and there will be activities, games, Confessions, Mass and a hot lunch will be provided.  Forms are provided at the back of Church.


Altar Servers: The rotas for May & June are now available on Dropbox & Google Drive.  

However we are in need of new Altar Servers to replace those who have now grown up and gone off to college or university.  If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please see fr CB.

Youth Mission this July: It has been 15 years since we had our last Mission given by Fr John Edwards SJ (RIP).  A couple of years before that we had a mission given by The Legionaries of Christ and many of you can remember the Missions given by Fr Michael Creech and his brother Fr Terry.  From the 2nd to 12th July we have invited a team from Italy to do a Mission especially directed towards to Youth.  


'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 check the 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.  


We are currently advertising on behalf of The Laurels School on Atkins Road; Coloma in Croydon and Bishop Challoner in Shortlands.

Lourdes - 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) will take place this year from Fri 21st–Fri 28th August. This year’s theme is ‘Joy of Mission', taken from the Evangelii Gaudium. 2015 is a special year for us in the Diocese of Southwark. Archbishop Peter mentioned in the Foreword in this year’s Southwark Directory - “This year marks a milestone on our diocesan journey as we celebrate 50 years as our diocese was raised to an ‘Archdiocese and Metropolitan See’ ”.