Saturday, 16 March 2019

2nd Sunday of Lent

Changes to this week's Masses
Wednesday 20th March
No 7am Latin Mass
Thursdays 21st & 28th March and 4th & 11th April
No 12.30pm Latin Mass until after Easter.  
We intend to recommence this Mass thereafter 
Friday 22nd March
The 9am Mass will be at 9.30am 
Saturday 23rd March
A Day with Mary - starting at 9.45am with Mass.  (No 9am Latin Mass?)

Parish Surgery Times:    Mondays 9.40am - 10.40am    Fridays 6.15 - 7.15pm
Fr Marcus runs these two ‘Parish Surgeries’ on a weekly basis and it is the best time to see him for signing school forms, discussing potential baptisms and weddings etc.

Lenten Preachers:
  • This week: Fr David Howell
  • Next week: Fr Armand de Malleray 
  • 31st March: Fr Neil Brett
  • 7th April: Fr Andrew Pinsent 
  • 14th April: Fr Pius Collins
A Day with Mary – Next Saturday (23rd March): here at St Bede’s.  



St Bede's Catechetical Studium – Sunday 31st March 
  • 11am Special Sunday.  Polyphonic Sung Latin Mass with Cantores Missæ;
  • 1pm Shared lunch in the club (bring food along); 
  • 2pm Catechesis for Adults - Pierpaolo Finaldi on the Indispensable role of Our Lady in the Church; 
  • Catechesis for children and young adults with the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate & the priests; 
  • 3pm Tea; 
  • 3.45pm Rosary & Benediction. 
    Open to all parishioners and visitors.

Evangelium Course continues next Friday with ‘The Church’. Starts at 7.15pm in the club followed by a meal at 8.15pm.  If anyone would like to volunteer to help or make a donation towards the cost of the food - please feel free to do so.  

Evangelium for Young Adults - First Friday of the month - next one will be on 5th April at 8.45pm  

First Communion & Confirmation Classes for the Latin Mass Community group: The classes will beginning today and run twice a month in the club 1pm to 1.45pm.  Pick up a flyer from the back of the church with all the dates.

Mary's Meals ‘Rags to Riches’ Campaign – Sunday 31st March:
Mary’s Meals want your unwanted clothing and bedding (no duvets or pillows please) and will be here until 11am on Sunday 31st to collect them all.  Put your clothing/bedding into tied sacks and bring them to Mass where the charity Mary’s Meals will be here to pick them up (all bags need to be here before 11am Mass). Amazingly 4 full black sacks of good quality clothing will feed a child one good nutritious meal every school day for a whole year!  Mary’s Meals is a charity that sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.
Please do not bring the bags in before Sunday 31st

Help Needed: We are planning a work morning to address some maintenance issues on Saturday 30th March. We need some help from the men of the parish - no real skill needed but the work will be physical. Br Vincent of the Fraternity of St Vincent Ferrier (who is helping with the work) will direct us and give a short talk about his community at the end of the morning with refreshments. Please email mrstephendavis@gmail.com to sign up or call the office. 

Gift Aid Envelopes: Don’t forget to collect your new Gift Aid envelopes from Marie Chang if you didn’t do so last weekend.  Out of the 112 boxes of envelopes handed out in 2018, only 60 are being used each week – so if you forget to use yours why not consider signing up for a standing order instead?  If you not a member but are a taxpayer – please speak to Marie if you would like to join.  It costs you nothing and but helps the parish greatly.

DBS / Safeguarding: If your work in conjunction with the parish brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults please check your DBS is up to date with Marcia Marshall (Safeguarding Officer).  She will be checking these and helping start the process for those who don’t on Palm Sunday 14th April at 1.45pm in the club rooms.  

Congratulations to Rachel Hammond & Daniel Nicholls who are engaged and will marry on 20th July.

An Altarpiece of St Bede, our patron, is being commissioned soon. This is being funded as part of a bequest (& will include a memorial). We need to purchase a small shrine votive altar which will stand under the image. A beautifully carved wooden altar has been located - we need to raise £2800 in order to purchase this. Would any individual or group of individuals like to contribute to this altar for St Bede (at which prayers and Masses can be offered)?  Please speak to Fr Marcus.

Lunch for our Priests: The sheet for volunteers to make lunches for the priests is at the back of Church.  Thank you to everyone who has helped over the past two months – it is gratefully appreciated.  

Pilgrimage to Greece - ‘in the Footsteps of St Paul’ 21st – 26th October: There are booking forms at the back of the Church & a poster with the itinerary of all the places we will visit.  Costs £799 per person (single supplement of £30 per night).  A deposit of £300 is required by 29th March to book your place.  

Please be aware that you will need to make sure if you are a British passport holder, that you have at least 6 months still remaining on your passport (expires after April 2020), and that you obtain travel insurance - the EHIC cards which have entitled us to healthcare in Europe previously and therefore have meant slightly cheaper medical costs on a travel insurance policy - will no longer be the case after 29th March!  If you would like to check that your passport is valid for travel - you can do so here www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

Cleaners this week: Tricia & Emma Johnson, Teresa Ablett & Franca Otuo.

Accommodation Wanted: Catholic gentleman seeking a room, preferably with a Catholic family, Non-smoker & non-drinker. Please see the newsletter for contact details.



Saturday, 9 March 2019

1st Sunday of Lent

Changes to this week's Masses
Monday 11th March
2.30pm Requiem Mass for Michael Pereira

Parish Surgery Times:    Mondays 9.40am - 10.40am    Fridays 6.15 - 7.15pm
Fr Marcus runs these two ‘Parish Surgeries’ on a weekly basis and it is the best time to see him for signing school forms, discussing potential baptisms and weddings etc.

Lent Message from Fr Marcus: The season of 40 days has begun! As well as your own personal works of prayer, fasting & almsgiving I want to invite you to engage in our parish Lenten works. First to enjoy our great line up of Sunday preachers - starting with Fr Behruz Rafat. The preachers will also be hearing confessions during the Masses so grab the opportunity for the forgiveness of all your sins. Try to come to some of our quiet weekday Masses - this can be very fruitful spiritually. Then there is Adoration of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament at St Bede's (on Monday mornings) & throughout the Deanery (see the poster). We have a special day of devotion & retreat on Saturday 23rd called 'A Day with Mary' - this can be a very powerful experience of renewal & the outpouring of grace. We have Stations of the Cross on Sunday afternoons. Please join in with supporting our 'rags to riches' charitable project for Mary's meals (details in next week’s newsletter). Perhaps come along to one of our catechetical events - the Evangelium Friday evenings, Young Adult Group (5th Apr) or the special Sunday with guest speaker (31st Mar). Many opportunities! I wish you all a very blessed Lent.   

Upcoming Lenten Preachers:

  • 17th March: Fr David Howell 
  • 24th March: Fr Armand de Malleray 
  • 31st March: Fr Neil Brett
  • 7th April: Fr Andrew Pinsent 
  • 14th April: Fr Pius Collins
An Altarpiece of St Bede, our patron, is being commissioned soon. This is being funded as part of a bequest (& will include a memorial). We need to purchase a small shrine votive altar which will stand under the image. A beautifully carved wooden altar has been located - we need to raise £2800 in order to purchase this. Would any individual or group of individuals like to contribute to this altar for St Bede (at which prayers and Masses can be offered)?  Please speak to Fr Marcus.


Evangelium Course continues next Friday with ‘The Trinity’. Starts at 7.15pm in the club followed by a meal at 8.15pm.
Evangelium for Young Adults - First Friday of the month - next one will be on 5th April at 8.45pm  

Congratulations to our 13 children who made their First Confession yesterday.  Please pray for them as they now prepare for their First Communion on Sunday 16th June.

Gift Aid Envelopes & Scheme: Marie Chang will be handing out the new set of gift aid envelope for the tax year 2019/20 at the Masses this weekend, so make sure you pick yours up on your way out.  Out of the 112 boxes of envelopes handed out last year, only 60 are being used each week – how about signing up for a standing order instead?  If you are a taxpayer and would like to join the scheme - see Marie.  

St Patrick's Night - 16th March - Book your place by Wednesday!!: Come and celebrate St Patrick’s day with our traditional fundraising evening of Irish food, music and entertainment! £20 for a three-course meal with proceeds being split between St Bede’s Bazaar Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Starter: vegetable soup OR salmon
Main: Bacon and colcannon OR lamb stew
Vegetable option
Dessert: homemade cheesecake

Places must be booked in advance either by phoning Mick or putting an envelope with food choice and cash in the Presbytery by no later than Wednesday 13th March.  Please contact Mick if you would like to join in the entertainment or if you know of an Irish dancer!

Induction of Fr Christopher in Ramsgate - Saturday 6th April: The programme will be:
  • 11:00am Induction Mass at St Ethelbert (CT11 7DS) with Mgr. Matthew Dickens (Vicar General as there is no Bishop for Kent at present); 
  • 12:30pm Drinks in St Ethelbert’s hall; 
  • 1:30pm Benediction at St Augustine’s Shrine (CT11 9PA) this is Pugin’s masterpiece of a church; 
  • 2pm lunch across the road at Divine Retreat centre (former Monastic Abbey)
    RSVP with Nora at St Bede’s please
  • 4pm Tea and tour of Minster Abbey (CT12 4HF) on the way back to London by Benedictine Nuns.   
Come to some or all of it.  The coach is now fully booked.

DBS / Safeguarding: if your work in conjunction with the parish brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults please check your DBS is up to date with Marcia Marshall (Safeguarding Officer).  She will be checking these and helping start the process for those who don’t already have one in a couple of weeks’ time – date to be confirmed. 


Latin Mass Community - First Communion & Confirmation Classes: There is a sign-up sheet for this at the back of Church.  The classes will be run twice a month starting on 17th March from 1pm to 1.45pm.

Meeting regarding Chartres Pilgrimage 2019: Tomorrow (11th March) at 7pm in the club.  This is a meeting for those who would like to enquire about the June walking pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres (7–11 June). Timothy Callaghan who is an organiser will give a presentation & explain what is needed (and answer any questions). Details of the pilgrimage are available at the back of the church. 

Lunch for our Priests: The sheet for volunteers to make lunches for the priests is at the back of Church.  Thank you to everyone who has helped over the past two months – it is gratefully appreciated.  

Current Mass situation: We thank you for your patience - our current position with Masses and availability is:

  • Saturday 6pm - May
  • Sunday 8am - June
  • Sunday 9.30am - August
  • Sunday 11am - June
  • Sunday 6pm - June
  • Latin Masses (7am / 12.30pm / 9am Sat) - May 
  • Convent - April
  • Weekdays 9am - mid-April
  • Thursday 8pm - September 
Pilgrimage to Greece - ‘in the Footsteps of St Paul’ 21st – 26th October: There are booking forms at the back of the Church & a poster with the itinerary of all the places we will visit.  Costs £799 per person (single supplement of £30 per night).  A deposit of £300 is required by 29th March to book your place.  

Please be aware that you will need to make sure if you are a British passport holder, that you have at least 6 months still remaining on your passport (expires after April 2020), and that you obtain travel insurance - the EHIC cards which have entitled us to healthcare in Europe previously and therefore have meant slightly cheaper medical costs on a travel insurance policy - will no longer be the case after 29th March!  If you would like to check that your passport is valid for travel - you can do so here www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

A Day with Mary – Saturday 23rd March: here at St Bede’s.  



Cleaners this weekElla Shllaku, Elizabeth Vosas, Maria Galvis & Anais Tarelho.  

Accommodation Wanted: Catholic gentleman seeking a room, preferably with a Catholic family, Non-smoker & non-drinker. Please see the newsletter for contact details.


The Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission will be producing an online series of reflections for Lent 2019. The reflections, sent straight to the subscriber's email inbox, will focus on the forthcoming Sunday readings. Each day there will be a different reflection; Monday & Tuesday will focus on the first reading, Wednesday on the psalm, Thursday & Friday on the second reading and Saturday & Sunday on the gospel. The reflections will draw us deeper into the Lenten season and allow us to hear the readings anew, looking at where they resonate in our own lives and how they can draw us nearer to God. This is a great way to gently engage with Lent every day of the season.   To subscribe now, visit: http://eepurl.com/bF0b6P