Sunday, 1 March 2015

2nd Sunday of Lent

Welcome to Fr Martin Edwards - He was born in Beckenham and was educated there at the Challoner School and later at St Andrew’s University in Scotland.  Sensing a vocation he went to the famous Seminary of Econne in Switzerland founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who had been the Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, the Papal delegate and Bishop for all of French West Africa and a unique contributor at the Second Vatican council.  Providence led Fr Martin to Rome in the mid 80’s anticipating reconciliation with the Holy See which never fully happened.  Studying at the English College and the Angelicum (where Fr Andrew is now), he was ordained in 1991.  Since then he has served in Tunbridge Wells, Tooting Bec, South Norwood and is  now the Parish Priest of St Mary Magdalene’s, Wandsworth East Hill.  He is also the national chaplain for Aid to the Church in Need.  (Fr CB is in Wandsworth) 

Lenten Extra Daily Mass St Bede’s has more regular Masses than many a Cathedral and most parishes.  These Masses are for you, especially in Lent.  Make the most of the Bread of Life, the Word of God, some time of peace and a way to achieve the harmony of a balanced life. 

Stations of the Cross: Every Sunday during Lent at 5pm

Lenten Preachers: Upcoming Preachers are:
  • 8th Mar – Fr Michael Creech C.Ss.R.
    'Compassion, mercy, forgiveness are at the heart of the gospel, and can become real in our live's today, and especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation - Confession. This Sacrament so dear to the heart of Christ, and I am so pleased to be with you next weekend - 3rd Sunday of Lent - to help you celebrate over Saturday and Sunday this beautiful Sacrament. Many of you go regularly; but if it is a while back, and you have concerns, why not resolve to make next weekend special'Fr Michael Creech, C.Ss.R
  • 15th Mar – Fr Stephen Morrison O.Praem (Chelmsford).
St Patrick's Night: Giselle & Mick Cronin are organising a St Patrick’s Night on Sat 21st March.  There will be food – Bacon or Traditional Irish Stew, dancing (including some set dancing) and singing of Irish songs!  Bookings available from Mick & Giselle at 9.30 Mass or 07825 557 261.

General Election 2015: The Bishops have written a joint letter to all Catholics in England and Wales encouraging us to participate and vote in the election and offering some key issues and questions for reflection on where candidates stand.  Copies will be available on Sunday 1st March and can be obtained with other information, at that time, from the Bishops’ Conference website www.catholicnews.org.uk. Please read the letter and encourage others to do the same.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 21st Mar: St Patrick's Night

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Wed 4th: There will be no 9am Mass.  At 10am we will have the Requiem of Rubina Long.
Thurs 5th: No 8pm Mass due to lack of priests.

African & Caribbean Meeting after the 9.30 Mass next Sunday

'Pray, Play & Tumble' our new Mothers & Tods group - Mondays 10 - 11.30am in the club.   An opportunity for parents and carers to introduce very young children to their Christian faith.  We'll sing songs with actions, tell a Bible story and join in some short prayers.  Followed by teas and coffees, play, a simple art activity and maybe even a session in the school's soft play room!  Do join us.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers: If you shop in Sainsbury’s, please make sure you collect the Active Kids Vouchers – and if you are not supporting any particular school, St Bede’s & St Bernadette Schools are collecting them.  They can be dropped into the School Office or through the letterbox of the Presbytery. Thank you in advance for your support.

Church Cleaners - 6th/7th March: Aster Weldemaria, Yorusaliam Zekristos & Sara Tuccu.

Cirrus Sextet Gala Concert:  3pm Sunday 1st March at Coloma Convent Girls School, Upper Shirley Road, CR9 5AS.  Tickets are £10 or £5 for concessions available from the school 020 8654 6228. 


Faith Talks: All are welcome to our series of talks on 'The Church and other beliefs' on selected Tuesdays at 7:30pm (next talk is on 24th Feb entitled 'Can I love Christ but not the Church?' - by Sr Andrea Fraile). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.  

Chartres Pilgrimage: The 22nd British Pilgrimage leaves London on Fri 22nd May at 1.30pm and arrives back on Tues 26th May at 4.40pm.  As it is half-term and there is a lack of space available on the ferry, we will travel by Eurostar this year and stay in a hotel in Paris before travelling by coach to Notre Dame on the Saturday.  Due to these changes, it has been necessary to increase the cost to £275 pp (children under 12 - £140).  The registration form (back of Church) should be completed and returned with a deposit of £50 pp to reserve your place.  Payment in full by 25th Mar – early booking is advised!   

SPUC Youth Conference: 6-8 March, SPUC will be hosting its annual Youth Conference in Southport for those aged 16-35. The main speaker will be Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, who will be speaking on ‘The New Evangelisation of the Fallen Christian West’. Other speakers will include Obianuju Ekeocha (Culture of Life Africa), Professor David Paton & Ira Winter (Life fertility care programme). This is the last week to book places, which are £100 each. Sponsored & subsidised places are available. Please speak with Rhoslyn Thomas, who is one of the organisers. 

Message from SPUC: It is essential that we elect people to Parliament who will vote to protect unborn children and their mothers from the horror of abortion; who will uphold the right to conscientious objection to abortion in the health professions; who will vote to spare the elderly and the vunerable from the threat of being killed by assisted suicide and who will vote to maintain parents’ rights to withdraw their children from damaging sex education lessons in schools.  Please ask for a copy of SPUC’s general election handbook.  Call Paul Tully or Katherine Hampton on 020 7091 7091 or contact political@spuc.org.uk.

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


The Laurels School - vacancies for Head of Science and Director of Music starting in September 2015.

Coloma Convent Girls School - vacancy for Geography teacher starting in September 2015 or earlier.

Bishop Challoner School - vacancy for Religious Studies teacher to cover maternity leave starting September 2015 or possible earlier.

Catholic Parliamentary & Public Policy Interships: Now in its 12th year, this scheme will provide 8 recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. www.cbcew.org.co.uk/interns


Sunday, 22 February 2015

1st Sunday of Lent

Welcome to Fr Stephen Langridge - our first Lenten preacher.  Many of you will remember a very young Fr Stephen who came here in 1989 having just been ordained.  He left here in 1994 (just before Fr Dinan) and went to Maidstone and from there Balham.  He is now the Vocations Director for the Diocese.  Fr Stephen was born locally and as a boy attended St Matthew’s Church, West Norwood and the Fisher School in Purley.  He studied at St Benet’s, Oxford and then went to Rome where he lived at the English College and studied at the Gregorian University.  It is unbelievable that he has recently celebrated 25 years since ordination! (He cannot be here for Saturday evening)

Lenten Extra Daily Mass In the three-fold dimension of Lent (prayer, fasting & almsgiving), the first understands some sort of intensification of our spiritual life.  During Lent we should try to go to at least one extra Mass in the week.  There we have provided for us in a short space of time, the Holy word of God, an opportunity to go to Communion, an opportunity to pray, and an opportunity to step out of our normal routine to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in which to rediscover a better perspective of our lives.

Stations of the Cross: Every Sunday during Lent at 5pm


Lenten Preachers: Upcoming Preachers are:

  • 1st Mar - Fr Martin Edwards (Wandsworth East Hill).  
  • 8th Mar – Fr Michael Creech C.Ss.R.  
  • 15th Mar – Fr Stephen Morrison O.Praem (Chelmsford).

Special Sunday - Today at 10.45 Mass: Ordinary: ‘Missa Vulnerasti cor meum’ by Cristobal Morales; Offertory: ‘Super flumina Babylonis’ by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina; Communion: ‘O quam suavis’; Recession: ‘Ave regina caelorum’ by William Byrd.  Music by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.  The next Special Sunday will be 15th March.

Pray, Play & Tumble starts Monday 23rd February 10am -11.30am in the club.   An opportunity for parents and carers to introduce very young children to their Christian faith.  We'll sing songs with actions, tell a Bible story and join in some short prayers.  Followed by teas and coffees, play, a simple art activity and maybe even a session in the school's soft play room!  Do join us.

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Sat 28th: 10am Ethopian Funeral & 12noon Baptism

Welcome Back: to the staff and pupils at all our schools

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers: If you shop in Sainsbury’s, please make sure you collect the Active Kids Vouchers – and if you are not supporting any particular school, St Bede’s & St Bernadette Schools are collecting them.  They can be dropped into the School Office or through the letterbox of the Presbytery. Thank you in advance for your support.

Church Cleaners - 27th/28th February: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal and Ngozi Otukwu.  Please Note: Baptism & Funeral on Saturday AM 

Chartres Pilgrimage: The 22nd British Pilgrimage leaves London on Fri 22nd May at 1.30pm and arrives back on Tues 26th May at 4.40pm.  As it is half-term and there is a lack of space available on the ferry, we will travel by Eurostar this year and stay in a hotel in Paris before travelling by coach to Notre Dame on the Saturday.  Due to these changes, it has been necessary to increase the cost to £275 pp (children under 12 - £140).  The registration form (back of Church) should be completed and returned with a deposit of £50 pp to reserve your place.  Payment in full by 25th Mar – early booking is advised!   

Message from SPUC: It is essential that we elect people to Parliament who will vote to protect unborn children and their mothers from the horror of abortion; who will uphold the right to conscientious objection to abortion in the health professions; who will vote to spare the elderly and the vunerable from the threat of being killed by assisted suicide and who will vote to maintain parents’ rights to withdraw their children from damaging sex education lessons in schools.  Please ask for a copy of SPUC’s general election handbook.  Call Paul Tully or Katherine Hampton on 020 7091 7091 or contact political@spuc.org.uk.

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


The Laurels School - vacancies for Head of Science and Director of Music starting in September 2015.

Catholic Parliamentary & Public Policy Interships: Now in its 12th year, this scheme will provide 8 recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. www.cbcew.org.co.uk/interns

St Ignatius of Loyola Play - Last Week: Inigo, at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington 3rd-28th February.  Tickets cost £15 or £10 for concessions.  No booking fee if you use the web address below or £1.50 if you book your ticket through the box office.  whitebeartheatre.co.uk/event/details/inigo-by-jonathan-moore/  

Faith Talks: All are welcome to our series of talks on 'The Church and other beliefs' on selected Tuesdays at 7:30pm (next talk is on 24th Feb entitled 'Can I love Christ but not the Church?' - by Sr Andrea Fraile). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.  

Sunday, 15 February 2015

6th Sunday OT (Old Rite: Quinquagesima Sunday)

Mardi Gras & Lent: 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!

Bazaar Party: We often hold this on Shrove Tuesday and last week we announced it for ‘Shrove Monday’ but because it is half-term we are postponing it for the time being. 

Ash Wednesday: is a day of fasting (one meal only and two snacks at most) and Abstinence (from meat).  The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their 14th year.  The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their 60th year.  Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

Goodbye & God Bless: to Fr Ricardo Mauti.  He returns back to Argentina after his ‘summer break’ in England.  He has been researching Cardinal Newman (the greatest English theologian after St Bede!)  Fr returns to the Seminary where he is Rector in Santa Fe NW of Buenos Aires 

Confirmation Group: On Wed 18th there will be a compulsory day out in London where we will visit the Convent at Tyburn and attend Mass at the Cathedral.  Meet at Clapham South 9am.Bishop Patrick will come for the Confirmation Mass at 12.30 on Sunday 24th May.

Mothers & Toddlers: Meeting to plan new sessions this Tuesday 11am

Lenten Preachers: Upcoming Preachers are: 22nd Feb – Fr Stephen Langridge.  8th Mar – Fr Michael Creech.  15th Mar – Fr Stephen O.Praem. We are still waiting for a few replies and hopefully will be able to announce the other two preachers next weekend.

Welcome to Fr Colin Marshall:

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Mon 16: 7.30pm Bazaar Party & Debrief - CANCELLED
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday - compulsory trip for Confirmation group

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Wed 18th:  Ash Wednesday - Masses at 7am (Latin) 8am (Convent), 9.30am (English), 12.30pm (Latin) & 8pm. 

Happy Half Term: to the staff and pupils at all our schools

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers: If you shop in Sainsbury’s, please make sure you collect the Active Kids Vouchers – and if you are not supporting any particular school, St Bede’s & St Bernadette Schools are collecting them.  They can be dropped into the School Office or through the letterbox of the Presbytery.  Thank you in advance for your support.

La Retraite Hat-trick of good news for La Retraite RC Girls School as it tops the league tables
La Retraite RC Girls School, in Clapham Park, was extremely happy to top the Lambeth League table for the seventh time in the last eight years. The league tables measure the proportion of pupils achieving the National Benchmark 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.
At 80%, La Retraite was a full 8% clear of the nearest school, 27% ahead of the Lambeth average and 28% ahead of the National average.
The School received a second piece of excellent news when they were awarded £5000 by David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, in the Pupil Premium Awards which celebrate work done to improve the chances of disadvantaged children. The School won one of only 150 awards in the UK for their excellence in supporting such pupils.
They say good things come in threes... La Retraite also learned that it is top of the league table of its family of schools. All schools are also measured against similar schools known as a 'family' of schools; that is, schools in which pupils have near identical attainment from primary schools before they join secondary school. This is a Value Added measurement of performance. Of the 55 secondary schools that La Retraite is measured against, La Retraite came top.
Headteacher, John Conway said: "these are fantastic achievements and are fitting reward for the pupils, their families, the governors of the school and all those working at the school to ensure that the children have the best possible education."

Church Cleaners - 20th/21st February: Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga


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


The Laurels School - vacancies for Head of Science and Director of Music starting in September 2015.

Catholic Parliamentary & Public Policy Interships: Now in its 12th year, this scheme will provide 8 recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. www.cbcew.org.co.uk/interns

St Ignatius of Loyola Play: Inigo, at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington 3rd-28th February.  Tickets cost £15 or £10 for concessions.  No booking fee if you use the web address below or £1.50 if you book your ticket through the box office.  whitebeartheatre.co.uk/event/details/inigo-by-jonathan-moore/  

Faith Talks: All are welcome to our series of talks on 'The Church and other beliefs' on selected Tuesdays at 7:30pm (next talk is on 24th Feb entitled 'Can I love Christ but not the Church?' - by Sr Andrea Fraile). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.