Sunday, 26 March 2017

4th Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday) (Old Rite: Laetare Sunday)

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm
Wednesday - No 9am Mass.  Requiem 10am - Emile Cefai

Welcome to Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve:  He was born and raised in Paris, along with his twin brother and has a Master’s degree in History from La Sorbonne.  He lived in the USA for 20 years mostly in Los Angeles; Deacon Xavier worked in telecommunications and after returning to “school”, obtained a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell, eventually setting up his own business with his twin (also a graduate from Cornell).  After 10 years in landscape Architecture, he felt a call to enter the seminary. He was ordained as a deacon last June for the Institute of the Good Shepherd, an institute of pontifical rights with the exclusive use of the extraordinary form and is am now in his final year of formation at St Vincent de Paul Seminary in Courtalain, located in the diocese of Chartres, France. He says that “It has been a long journey but God has his plan”.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: Have you been yet?

Stations of the Cross:  5pm Sundays

Next week our last Lenten Preacher: will be Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).

Laetare / Mothering Sunday: Today we are at the mid-point of Lent and Mother Church allows us to relax a little from the fast with flowers on the altar & the organ being played. The liturgical colour is softened from violet to rose & the Mass begins with the words “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice Jerusalem). We contemplate the motherhood of the Church which is exemplified by our Blessed Lady herself. On this day we honour mothers & pray for them whether they are living or dead. We pay tribute to all of you who have worked hard to bring up children as this is the most important job in human society. God bless Mothers!

Fr Lukasz is still in Poland with his Mother.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Thank You to everyone who came, helped and supported our St Patrick’s night last weekend, especially the Cronin family who organised it all.  We raised £569 towards this year’s Bazaar fund and £589 which will be sent to Parkinsons UK (this includes a £20 donation made on the night).

UCM Cake Sale & Raffle: Today after the 9.30 Mass, the UCM will be holding a cake sale in the club to raise money for “Hot meal for every child”.    Please come along and support.

Special Sunday - 11am Today: Performed by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch. 
  • Ordinary: ‘Missa Ave maris stella (Tomas Luis de Victoria); 
  • Offertory: ‘Ave maris stella’ (Victoria); 
  • Communion: ‘Benedicam Dominum’ (Orlandus Lassus) and 
  • after Last Gospel: ‘Ave regina caelorum’ (Francisco Guerrero); 
Parish Council Meeting:  this Wednesday (29th) at 7.30pm

Readers Rota for April to June: Now available in the Church Porch – please collect your copy today.

Prayer group for vocations: Last month our nuns, the Handmaids of Mary started a prayer group which will meet every first Saturday in the convent chapel at 5pm.  There will be Rosary and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Please see the poster at the back of Church for more information.
African & Caribbean Association: will have a meeting straight after the 9.30 Mass next Sunday.

Cleaners for this week: Yorusaliam Zekristos, Sara Tuccu and Senayit Halefom.

Upcoming Dates: 
Wednesday 29th: 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
Saturday 1st: 5pm Prayer Group for Vocations - Convent
Saturday 8th: 4.30pm Confirmation Programme starts.  Meeting at the Presbytery for Candidates and parents.
Sunday 9th: Palm Sunday
Wednesday 12th: 11am Mass of Chrism at St George's Cathedral (Confirmation candidates are required to attend this).  7-9pm Tenebrae.
Thursday 13th: Maundy Thursday
Friday 14th: Good Friday
Saturday 15th: Holy Saturday
Sunday 16th: Easter Sunday.

Sunday 7th: 12.30pm Final Profession - Sister Edith
Sunday 11th 1pm First Holy Communions;
Sunday 25th 3pm Corpus Christi Procession.
Sunday 2nd: 12.30pm Confirmations.

Youth Club: Sundays 6.45-8.30pm in the club.  Open to those aged 10 and older!

St Bede's Social Club: Sundays 12-2pm and Fridays 8-11pm
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM): Thursdays 8pm in term-time only 

Active Kids Vouchers: It is that time of year again when Sainsbury’s run their ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’.  All of our schools are collecting these vouchers so you would like to donate yours, please drop them off at the school or in the envelope at the back of Church.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm
Wednesday: No 9am Mass.  Requiem 10am - Nicole Farrugia

Welcome to Fr Bartek Dudek:  In Catholic countries Shove Tuesday is styled ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Carneval’. In the middle Ages it was the moment to use up the fat etc that would not be used during Lent. Archbishop Peter has sent us a Pastoral letter to help prepare us for Lent and so now is the time before Ash Wednesday to pray and think about our forthcoming Lenten resolutions. In the Gospel, Our Lord teaches us how to (and how NOT to!) pray, fast and give alms. These are the three areas of Lent: doing something extra especially in the spiritual life, self-denial especially in our intake of food and drink and finally generosity. Let’s us resolve today to commit to each of these three areas something quite definite and to encourage our children to do the same. Lent is an old Anglo-Saxon word which means Spring so may the fruits come forth after forty days!

Fr Christopher: is swapping with Fr Bartek this weekend.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: Make the effort to attend one extra Mass each week.  St Bede’s have 3 Masses a day and 5 on Thursdays.

Stations of the Cross:  5pm Sundays and in school on Fridays.

Lenten Reflection: on a Stewardship theme for each day of Lent and Holy Week is available by email. You can sign up following this link (those who subscribe in Advent should receive the emails automatically) 

Lenten Preachers: 
  • Next week:  Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve (Toulouse) 
  • 2nd April: Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).
Zygmunt Haduch RIP: On Friday morning, we received the sad news that Fr Lukasz’s father had passed away.  Fr Lukasz (who was in Merville for the Diocese’s priest retreat) flew home to Poland along with his sister who lives in Paris.  The funeral will take place tomorrow (Monday).  Please keep Fr Lukasz and his family if your prayers.

Happy birthday to Mgr Leo: who celebrates his birthday tomorrow!  He is currently in Malta with his friend, Fr Gino (who celebrates his birthday today) and visiting his family. 

Fr Armand de Mallery: On Saturday, the feast of the Annunciation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr Armand will celebrate a High Mass at 9am.  

Special Sunday next week at 11am Mass.

UCM cake sale & raffle: Next Sunday after the 9.30 Mass, the UCM will be holding a cake sale in the club to raise money for “Hot meal for every child”.    

Cleaners for this week: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu.