Sunday, 12 April 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy) (Old Rite: Low Sunday)

Divine Mercy Sunday is a modern Devotion propagated by Blessed Faustina, a Polish Nun, who experienced revelations from our Blessed Lord.  She died before the Second World War & for several decades the revelations were under investigations by the Church authorities.  During the Pontificate of John Paul II, he promoted this devotion which is now spread throughout the world & is recited every day at St Bede’s after the daily Rosary. 

Special Sunday next week: At 10.45am Mass. Sung by Cantores Missae, under the direction of Mr. Charles Finch.

Thank you to the '12 Apostles'  who had their feet washed here on Maundy Thursday.  

  1. Rafael (Brazil); 
  2. Raymond Kafando (Ivory Coast); 
  3. Gabriel Lenghel (Romania); 
  4. Marco Mosconi (Italy/Malta); 
  5. Francis Camille (Seychelles); 
  6. Steve Senior (Anglo-Jamaican); 
  7. Raymond Casey (Ireland); 
  8. Don Pereira (India); 
  9. Guido Taliani (Italy/Libya); 
  10. Paul Mwabla (Rwanda); 
  11. Jim Peters-Macauley (Sierre Leone); 
  12. Lal John (Pakistan).

Goodbye to Fr Andrew: who returned to Rome yesterday.

Welcome to Fr Markus Doppelbauer: from the Diocese of Vaduz in Switzerland.  He will be staying with us for three weeks.

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


Mass Time changes for coming week: - no changes planned at time of writing newsletter 

Church Cleaners - 10th/11th April: Pauine Ajuga, Rose Anunwa and Ms Nazereth Kristros

African & Caribbean Association are holding their first Breakfast Meeting after the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 10th May.  This is the first of what is hoped to be a successful new event for the African & Caribbean community within St Bede's.

'Pray, Play & Tumble' - resumes Monday 13th April. 10am prayer and praise in the church followed by refreshments/play time in the parish rooms and an optional session in the school soft room.  All 0-5yrs children and their carers welcome.  Suggested donation: £1.50 per child or sibling group.  Contact is susan2468@gmail.com  If you can let Susan know you are coming but otherwise do just turn up at ten.   
CD player needed: the group are in need of a CD player to use during their meetings.  If you have one which you would be able to donate, please speak to Fr CB or contact Susan directly.  


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’ ”. 

St George's Hospital Pilgrimage to Lourdes:  26th -29 October - full board, flight and transport.  There are still places available for anyone who would like to join them.  You will need to complete the booking form and  send deposit by April 25th.  Please contact Anne D’Silva 07952 494120 for more details. 

Marriage MoT: All married couples, no matter how long ago they wed, are invited to attend a diocesan marriage-enrichment day on Saturday April 25, from 9.45am to 4.30pm at Holy Cross school, New Malden. It will enable them to explore their relationship more deeply and improve their communication skills. Couples will also gain valuable insights into the call of the Church to the married. Donation: £25 per couple. For details or to book (essential) phone Deacon Philip Pond on 020 8651 2477 or email marriage2014@virginmedia.com

SPUC’S Annual Pro-Life Chain: (a peaceful roadside witness holding pro-life banners) will take place in over 50 locations in the UK. The pro-life chains are held every year at this time to commemorate the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which has resulted in the death of over 8 million unborn babies. The London pro-life chain will take place on Blackfriars Bridge from 11am-1pm Saturday 25th April. Your local contact for this chain is Rhoslyn Thomas, who can be contacted on 07837687344. Please come along and bring friends and family with you to commemorate the lost lives of unborn babies. 

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website www.southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org.

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

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter Sunday

Easter: The culmination of Lent and Holy Week is of course Easter but our celebration cannot be exhausted in one day.  Therefore, Mother Church gives us a week’s Octave when we celebrate more solemnly, and then 50 days until Pentecost (24th May); so that we may truly savour and experience the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives.  Happy Easter to you all!   Fr Christopher, Fr Andrew, Fr Lukasz and Msgr Leo White.

St Patrick's Night:  Thank you to everyone who attended the St Patrick’s Night event held on 21st March.  A profit of £400 was made.  Also thank you to Mick & Giselle Cronin for organising the event.

Boiler: Although we have heat, Mitie has found asbestos around the old piping so the new pipe work has been delayed.

New Readers Rota (April-June 2015): is available at the back of the Church.  Please pick up your copy today.

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Mon 6th April - Easter Monday - Bank Holiday Mass times apply - 9am Convent, 10am English and 10.45am Latin.

Church Cleaners - 10th/11th April: Pauine Ajuga, Rose Anunwa and Ms Nazereth Kristros

'Pray, Play & Tumble' - due to work being carried out to the pipes in the club and recent discoveries - we will be postponing this group use of the club until further notice.  However please contact Susan Palmer with regards to possible use of Church and school soft-play starting up again after the Easter Holidays (Monday 13th April) 


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’ ”. 

Marriage MoT: All married couples, no matter how long ago they wed, are invited to attend a diocesan marriage-enrichment day on Saturday April 25, from 9.45am to 4.30pm at Holy Cross school, New Malden. It will enable them to explore their relationship more deeply and improve their communication skills. Couples will also gain valuable insights into the call of the Church to the married. Donation: £25 per couple. For details or to book (essential) phone Deacon Philip Pond on 020 8651 2477 or email marriage2014@virginmedia.com

SPUC’S Annual Pro-Life Chain: (a peaceful roadside witness holding pro-life banners) will take place in over 50 locations in the UK. The pro-life chains are held every year at this time to commemorate the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which has resulted in the death of over 8 million unborn babies. The London pro-life chain will take place on Blackfriars Bridge from 11am-1pm Saturday 25th April. Your local contact for this chain is Rhoslyn Thomas, who can be contacted on 07837687344. Please come along and bring friends and family with you to commemorate the lost lives of unborn babies. 

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website www.southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org.

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

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Palm Sunday (Old Rite: Palm Sunday/II Sunday of Passiontide)

MASSES: EASTER TRIDUUM: 
Spy Wednesday (1st Apr) 
11.30am (St George's Cathedral) Mass of Chrism. 
7pm - 9pm Tenebrae.  
Maundy Thursday (2nd):  
6pm (Latin); 
8pm (English); 
Adoration 9.30pm – 5am.  
Good Friday (3rd): 
11am Children's Stations of the Cross  
3pm; Liturgy of Our Lord's Death 
5.30pm (Latin). Liturgy of Our Lord's Death
8pm (Convent) Stations of the Cross & Veneration of the True Cross
Holy Saturday (4th): 
7.30pm Latin (La Retraite School); Solemn Easter Vigil
8.30pm Solemn Easter Vigil. 
Easter Sunday (5th): 
8am;
9.30am; Sung 
10.45am (Latin); 
12.30pm; 
(no evening English Mass) 
6pm Misa en Espanol. 
Easter Monday (6th): (Bank Holiday)
9am Convent
10am
10.45am Latin

Holy Week: All of our Sacraments, like satellites around their sun, revolve around the Blessed Sacrament - the Holy Eucharist.  In the Liturgy this week, this close dependence is clearly shown: the Easter Vigil is the traditional time for Baptism; on “Spy” Wednesday the Bishop consecrates the Chrism and blesses the Holy Oils which are used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is intimately joined to Good Friday.  We should all enter into the great Three Days to understand better our own personal incorporation into Christ’s Paschal Mystery with all its implications!  Don’t forget to make the most of this week of weeks.  Put your blessed palm behind your crucifix as a sign of the victory of the Cross.  Make every effort to come to the “Washing of the Feet” on Maundy Thursday; the “Kissing of the Cross” on Good Friday and the Solemn Easter Vigil with the fire on Holy Saturday night.  
Welcome back to Fr Andrew: he will be here until 11th April.  

Welcome to Sister Patricia: who has come from the Cameroons.

Congratulations to Bishop Richard Moth: who will be installed as the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on 28th May.  He was assistant priest at St Bede’s 1982-1985. 

Ray Brooks sadly passed away on Wednesday morning.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday 31st March at 10.45am - St Peter’s Church, West Street, Shoreham, B43 5WG (between St John Street & Ship St). May he Rest in Peace.

Boiler: Mitie have replaced our boiler & we have heat!  They will start on the pipe work this week. 

Confirmation Candidates: are to be involved in this great week.  On Wednesday they meet at St Bede’s to go to the Mass of Chrism at Cathedral in Southwark.  On Maundy Thursday, they will sit behind the 12 Apostles & do the Offertory Procession.  On Good Friday, they will sit in the front row.  On Holy Saturday night, at the 8.30pm Vigil (the first Mass of Easter), they help with tapers to light the candles of the congregation.

Easter Offerings: In the porch & around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for the St Bede’s priests.  As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, & relies on the Collections at Christmas & Easter, as a significant source of income.  These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish.  Please be generous as your means will allow.

The Good Friday Collection for Holy Places is used to maintain 74 churches & shrines associated with the life of Jesus.   It also helps the work of the Church in the Holy Land & neighbouring countries by the relief of poverty & suffering. Parishes, schools, orphanages & medical centres there rely very much on assistance from the Collection, especially at this difficult time.   Gift Aid Donors are asked to place their contribution in one of the spare green envelopes supplied (writing 'Holy Places' on front) thereby boosting their donation by 25% in tax relief.

New Readers Rota (April-June 2015): is available at the back of the Church as well as the names of the readers for Holy Week Masses.  Please pick up your copy today.

Happy Easter & Good Luck to Mrs Davis: We wish all our staff, pupils & parents a restful Easter break.  Mrs Davis will becoming Acting Head teacher of St Ann’s Primary School in Vauxhall after the Easter Holidays.

Welcome to God's Church: Ricardo Cozzani, son of Alessandro & Chiara baptised last Saturday by Fr Christopher


We need help! The front garden needs a makeover.  It needs digging and weeding so that it can then be planted up and made a colourful and welcoming space.  One of our parishioners has offered to lead a working party on Holy Saturday afternoon (4th April) from 2.30 to 5.30pm.  Come and join her.  All welcome; the young and strong, the not so young, keen gardeners and anyone who just wants some exercise – children included.  Bring a spade / fork / trowel if you have one.

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website
www.southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org.

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Holy Week Mass times listed above
Mon 6th April - Easter Monday - Bank Holiday Mass times apply - 9am Convent, 10am English and 10.45am Latin.

Church Cleaners - 4th April: Tania Pereira & Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick.


'Pray, Play & Tumble' returns after the Easter Holidays - Monday 13th April


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