Sunday, 14 December 2014

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Thank you for the Bazaar: The money received so far from all the various events have now been counted and we managed to make a profit of £10,679.  A summary of how each stall did is pinned to the notice boards and copies are available for you to take home.

Welcome to Fr Stephen Boyle: He was born and raised in nearby Tooting and was educated at Salesian College, King’s London and in Rome.  Fr Stephen was Parish Priest at Good Shepherd Church in New Addington, near Croydon until 2012 and is now the Parish Priest in St Anslem’s in Dartford and is a member of the FAITH Movement which attempts an intellectual synthesis between evolutionary science and faith.  He has been the Spiritual Director and Southwark Chaplain to the of The Guild of St Stephen since 2000 when he took over from Fr CB.  He organises and runs the “Altar Servers Summertime” at Woldingham which some of our Altar Servers attend as well as the October Half-Term trip to Rome for Altar Servers each year.
Don’t forget to go to Confession as he will be available for all of us this weekend.

Advent Preachers 2014: 
  • 19/20th December -  Fr Terry Martin.  
  • Christmas – Fr Andrew Southwell.  
‘Special Sunday’ at 10.45 Mass today:  The setting will be Missa Quam pulchri sunt by Victoria; Offertory Ne Timeas Maria – Victoria, Communion: Canite tuba in Sion by Guerrero and the Recession will be: Alma Redemptoris Mater - Palestrina.  Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.  

Welcome to Fr Ricardo Mauti: from Argentina.  He is staying with us for two months whilst he works on his Doctorate Thesis on Cardinal Newman.


Please pray for the family of Ms Laura Lowney who is our assistant head at St Bede’s School.  Her father had a tragic accident in Ireland last Thursday.  He was only 54 years old.  RIP


Christmas Carols: Please join the Good Counsel Network on Monday the 15th of December at Westminster station from 4-8pm and on the 22nd of December at Piccadilly Circus underground station underground station from 4-8pm to sing Christmas carols and raise money to save mothers and babies from abortion! Please contact Good Counsel for more information on 0207 723 1740. 


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


Mass Time Changes this week: 
Fri 19th:  The 9am Mass will be moved to 9.30am and will take place in St Bernadette's School.
Sat 20th:  There will be an additional Mass at 12pm for Professor Peter Greach RIP who's first anniversary is this weekend.

Christmas Mass Times: 

  • Christmas Eve:
    6.30pm Children’s Mass.
    8pm (Convent) Misa En Espanol.
    9pm (Latin);
    Midnight Mass.  
  • Christmas Day:
    8am;
    9.30am;
    10.45 (Latin)
    12.30pm.
    No Evening Mass.  
  • Boxing Day:
    9am (Convent);
    10am (English)
    10.45am (Latin).  
  • New Years Eve:
    10.30pm Exposition;
    11.30pm Solemn Te Deum & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament;
    followed by Midnight Mass. 

Adoration on Thursdays: Please ensure a presence between 10.15 and 11.30; we need this Adoration to continue.

Church Cleaners - 19th/20th Dec: Adebayo family, Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo and Gina Uraih.  
The rotas for January to June 2015 will be going out within the next week or so.  If you would like access to the online version, please give your email address to one of the priests (currently posted on Google Drive). 

African & Caribbean Association: will be having their Advent gathering party on today after the 9:30am Mass.


Parish Leafletting: : in the spirit of Evangelisation, we are attempting to leaflet the entire parish.  This will be an invitation to come and join us at Mass and advertise Christmas and the four Advent Preachers.  We need volunteers to do either your own road, block of flats or a road or a block for which have no volunteers. See Fr Christopher or Fr Simon to sign up.   

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

Made for Glory Advent Calendar: The team at the Vocations Centre have been working on a series of short commentaries on the Gospel for each day of Advent. Produced by young people for young people, the 2-min videos can be used in a variety of different contexts to help foster a spirit of Christian discipleship. Starting with one for the first Sunday of Advent, the videos will be available on Youtube day by day: youtube.com/user/madeforgloryuk

FAITH Movement London Talks: Next talk to be held on Tuesday 16th December.  All welcome 7.30pm in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR – nearest tube Piccadilly Circus.  For more info, please see poster on notice board or visit their website www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith

Sunday, 7 December 2014

2nd Sunday of Advent

Thank you for the Bazaar: A huge amount of work and generosity have got into the annual parish bazaar, we are now hovering between £10 – 11,000 in profit and still awaiting further donations.  The list of the winners of the Grand Draw and the list of the raffle prizes are available.  If I can find the Bistro prize winners, I will print them out.  I have lost the Dinner prize list but there were so many – Maria Chang and Michael Burke won the two auctioned restaurant prizes.  Comfort Adu, Anne Keenan and little Serena Pagliardi (niece of Gloria who sings in the choir) won the three top prizes in the Grand Draw.  Congratulations, many thanks and next week we hope to provide the accounts sheet for every stall. fCB

Fr Michael Holman SJ: He was educated at Oxford and was Headmaster of this old school, Wimbledon College (where several of St Bede’s boys have gone).  Now he is the Rector of Heythrop College, London University.  
Don’t forget to go to Confession as he will be available for all of us this weekend.


Advent Preachers 2014: 
  1. 12/13th December - Fr Stephen Boyle.  
  2. 19/20th December -  Fr Terry Martin.  
  3. Christmas – Fr Andrew Southwell.  
Welcome back to Fr Andrew: who is passing through before heading off to St Petersburg on Tuesday for a few days.  He will be back next weekend and will stay with us until after Christmas.

Parish Council Meeting: Tomorrow (8th) 7.30pm.  If you have anything you wish to be discussed, please present it in writing today. 

Congratulations to: Fr Thomas Bakulumpagi who was ordained on Friday evening at St George’s Cathedral by Archbishop Peter Smith and Br Stephen Morrison O.Praem who was ordained yesterday in Chelmsford.  Stephen was Head-Boy at Chavagnes and he has played the organ here at Midnight Mass some years ago.  

Adoration on Thursday: If there is no one here between 10 – 11am we will have to stop Exposition – it is an insult.

First Communion Meeting: today after 9.30am Mass for all parents and First Communion Candidates.

Sister Maria Teresa of the Child Jesus O.D.C: died on 29th November.  She was Ted Emenonyou’s sister and one of the foundresses of the First Carmelites in Nigeria.  This was in Owerri in Imo State and was founded from Rathmines in Dublin, Ireland.  RIP

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
there are no planned changes at time of posting this blog.

Church Cleaners - 12th/13th Dec: Ella Shllaku, Elizabeth Vosas, Maria Eugenia Galvis & Anais Tarelho.

Annual Caribbean Carol Service: Friday 12th December 8pm at the Italian Mission, 20 Brixton Road, SW9 6BU.  Come and enjoy an evening of Caribbean carols, sung by a Caribbean Choir with Gospel Readings and narratives.  Light refreshments afterwards.  For more info, contact Lloyd Booker.

St Bede’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School - Reception Applications for September 2015
If your child was born between 1st Sept 2010 and 31st Aug 2011 and you would like to apply for a Reception place at St Bede’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School for Sept 2015, the application process is now open. Applications need to be submitted by 15th January 2015 to Lambeth Local Authority. You will need also need to fill out our school’s supplementary forms and submit these to the school office at the same time (by 15th January).
On Monday 8th December at 2.30pm, we will be holding a workshop for parents who would like help filling out their application form. Please let the office staff know if you would like to attend (0208 674 7272).
Please remember, even if your child is at St Bede’s Nursery, there is no guarantee that they will be offered a Reception place. Our Admissions Policy, including the criteria, is available on our school website (www.st-bedes.lambeth.sch.uk).
Remember, you will need to get your parish priest to sign your supplementary form 
before it is submitted.
Thank you.

Parish Leafletting: : in the spirit of Evangelisation, we are attempting to leaflet the entire parish.  This will be an invitation to come and join us at Mass and advertise Christmas and the four Advent Preachers.  We need volunteers to do either your own road, block of flats or a road or a block for which have no volunteers.  See Fr Christopher or Fr Simon to sign up.   

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

Made for Glory Advent Calendar: The team at the Vocations Centre have been working on a series of short commentaries on the Gospel for each day of Advent. Produced by young people for young people, the 2-min videos can be used in a variety of different contexts to help foster a spirit of Christian discipleship. Starting with one for the first Sunday of Advent, the videos will be available on Youtube day by day: youtube.com/user/madeforgloryuk

FAITH Movement London Talks: Next talk to be held on Tuesday 16th December.  All welcome 7.30pm in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR – nearest tube Piccadilly Circus.  For more info, please see poster on notice board or visit their website www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith

Sunday, 30 November 2014

1st Sunday of Advent

Advent: You and I live in time and space.  When we die our souls move into an eternal dimension.  Our Blessed Lord quotes the Old Testament and says “Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man the glories the Lord has prepared for those who love him.”  We are all like babes in the womb with no understanding of eternity.  However Advent is a season which Mother Church uses to remind us, her children, to make the most of the time we have.  The Saints, especially Francis of Assisi have exulted in the marvellous beauty of creation – the space in which we now live.  Advent warns us to use our hearts to perceive the graces which come to us in time.  2014 years ago our Lord was born; some time in the future he will come again. This month open your heart and perceive his advent in all the circumstances of our lives!

Thank you for the Bazaar: A huge effort has been made by so many of you.  Thank you for all your hard work – especially all that goes on behind the scenes - the UCM who beaver away for weeks ahead of the bazaar - sorting through all the donations, pricing items and then manning several of the stalls on the actual days; the chefs and all the parishioners who make the food for the Bistro and Christmas Dinner and the servers; Harman Ross for organising and Caroline & Ray Casey for selling the Grand Draw tickets; the money counters who stay behind well after the bazaar is finished so that we can have a rough estimate of the profit made by the Sunday Masses; all the cake makers; the men who come to do the heavy lifting - setting up tables and carrying endless boxes down to the school; and for all those we have forgotten to mention!   Many of us are weary but a big thanks to all.  

Grand Draw today: One of the largest components of the Bazaar profit comes from the Grand Draw. Today at 1.45 in the club we have the Grand Draw when the winning tickets will be revealed.  I hope it is you!

Fr Michael Creech C.Ss.R: He was raised in Clapham; he served Mass as a boy at La Retraite and was ordained by Archbishop Cowderoy in October 1958 for the Redemptorists.  He joined the mission team and for three decades preached in almost every parish in the UK as well as aboard.  Then earning distinctions in History at King’s, London, he became Parish Priest of St Mary’s, Clapham and afterwards in Surrey in Sussex.  He is now trying to retire.  He supplied here 1994 to 1996.
Don’t forget to go to Confession as he will be available for all of us this weekend.


Advent Preachers 2014: 
  1. 5/6th December - Fr Michael Holman SJ.  
  2. 12/13th December - Fr Stephen Boyle.  
  3. 19/20th December -  Fr Terry Martin.  
  4. Christmas – Fr Andrew Southwell.  
Welcome to Fr Lukasz Haduch: who is from the Diocese of Przemysl in Poland.  He was ordained in 2009 and is a student of Canon Law.  He will be staying with us for 6 months. 

Adoration on Thursday: If there is no one here between 10 – 11am we will have to stop Exposition – it is an insult.


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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Fri 5th: 4pm Mass in Polish for the eve of St Nicholas
No First Friday devotions anymore.

Church Cleaners - 5th/6th Dec: Aster Weldemaria, Yorusalim Zekristos & Sara Tuccu.

St Bede’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School - Reception Applications for September 2015
If your child was born between 1st Sept 2010 and 31st Aug 2011 and you would like to apply for a Reception place at St Bede’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School for Sept 2015, the application process is now open. Applications need to be submitted by 15th January 2015 to Lambeth Local Authority. You will need also need to fill out our school’s supplementary forms and submit these to the school office at the same time (by 15th January).
On Monday 8th December at 2.30pm, we will be holding a workshop for parents who would like help filling out their application form. Please let the office staff know if you would like to attend (0208 674 7272).
Please remember, even if your child is at St Bede’s Nursery, there is no guarantee that they will be offered a Reception place. Our Admissions Policy, including the criteria, is available on our school website (www.st-bedes.lambeth.sch.uk).
Remember, you will need to get your parish priest to sign your supplementary form 
before it is submitted.
Thank you.

Parish Leafletting: : in the spirit of Evangelisation, we want to attempt to leaflet the entire parish.  This will be an invitation to come and join us at Mass and advertise Christmas and the four Advent Preachers.  We need volunteers to do either your own road, block of flats or a road or a block for which have no volunteers.  See Fr Christopher or Fr Simon to sign up.   

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

Made for Glory Advent Calendar: The team at the Vocations Centre have been working on a series of short commentaries on the Gospel for each day of Advent. Produced by young people for young people, the 2-min videos can be used in a variety of different contexts to help foster a spirit of Christian discipleship. Starting with one for the first Sunday of Advent, the videos will be available on Youtube day by day: youtube.com/user/madeforgloryuk

Ciel UK Conference: Sat 6th Dec at London Oratory.  Mass 11am & talks in the afternoon from Fr John Humwick from the Ordainate & Jamie Bogle, followed by Q&A, Benediction, and glass of wine - £5 payable on door (for afternoon only – Mass is free!).

FAITH Movement London Talks: Next talk to be held on Tuesday 2nd December.  All welcome 7.30pm in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR – nearest tube Piccadilly Circus.  For more info, please see poster on notice board or visit their website www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith