Sunday, 1 February 2015

4th Sunday OT (Old Rite: 4th Sunday after Epiphany)

Goodbye & God Bless to Fr Simon: Fr Simon Leworthy is leaving St Bede’s tomorrow to work in the Middlesbrough Diocese in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  As he was born in Halifax, in some sense, he is returning to his roots.  Fr Simon came here from Reading in September 2012 and replaced Fr Andrew Southwell as Chaplain to the Latin Mass Community.  Last year he was Administrator of the parish during the sabbatical of Fr CB.  We are all very grateful to him for his time here and today in the club just after 12noon we will have a little presentation and a shared lunch in the social club, all are welcome.  For the next few months, Fr Simon is going to live at St Gabriel’s in Ormesby and will also be responsible for Church in Thorntree called Corpus Christi.  God bless!

Heat Problems: Last week the heat in the Presbytery suddenly disappeared.  Rubbish had blocked the water tank.  This week the heat in the Church has gone and the men from ‘Mitie’ think the water is leaking under the Church.  Please pray to St Anthony etc that the leak(s) can be found.  

Fr Bodgan Buksa: rang from Capetown to wish everyone well as did Fr Jose Ramon of Huesca.

Thank you to Bishop Pat Lynch for Parish Visitation: I am afraid we exhausted His Lordship with the 3 day intensive programme from dawn to dusk.  Many thanks to Revd Mother and the Sisters for letting him stay at the Convent for 3 nights.  We all discussed the many gifts of our parish and the huge changes which have affected this part of London in the last generation.  Challenges for the future include: 
  1. Trying to better succeed in transmitting the faith and its sacramental practice to the next generation. All parishes and schools in England face the sad fact that the majority of young Catholics do not practise. 
  2. Trying to maintain the bridges between different language groups and different Mass groups in the parish. 
  3. We have too many Masses which are not full.  The Bishop advises us to think about cutting one or two. Which ones?
Suggestions and ideas are very welcome.

Welcome to Fr Michael Rowe: from Perth, Australia

Fr Lukasz: is in Tours visiting his sister.

Message from Anthony Ozimic: “Dear friends,  As you may know, whilst on holiday in Szczecin (Poland), I was hospitalised from 3 January to 20 January due to bacterial meningitis. I am now recuperating at my parents-in-law's home and hope to return to the UK early next month. I have some secondary issues and residual weakness but God willing I should be fine. Heartfelt thanks to all those who have offered prayers and support for me. God bless, Anthony”

Bible Study: On Friday nights until 27th February 7-8.30pm, 58A Thornton Road (little house next to club entrance), a group will meet up to read and discuss Revelation. Contact Katie Hunt kathleenjoyhunt@gmail.com

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 10th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Thurs 12th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Sat 14th: 4.30pm Confirmation Programme Starts
Mon 16 - Fri 20th: Half Term for our schools
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday - compulsory trip for Confirmation group
MARCH:
Sat 7th: Profession of Sister Carol Cardenas in Madrid


Mass Time Changes this week: 
Mon 2nd: There will be an additional Latin Mass at 12.30pm with the Blessing of Candles.
Tues 3rd: There will be blessing of the throats after the morning Masses

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  Cancelled due to work taking place in the school soft play room and obligations of Katie.  This may start up again in the future - if you are interested in taking over this club - please see fr Christopher.

Church Cleaners - 6th/7th February: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael

The Laurels School Seminar - Family Meals: Wednesday 4th February 7.15pm.  Admission is free for PACT parents & £5 for non-PACT parents.  Please RSVP by phone or email administration@thelaurelsschool.org.uk. 

Urgent Appeal from Good Counsel Network:  Every year at Good Counsel we spend thousands of pounds reaching out to Mums who are set on abortion, and we see many women change their mind and keep their children. We then provide any ongoing support that they really need.  But once in a while we end up with an extra bill. Last week our old boiler finally gave up and stopped working all together, for the last two years it had limped on heating the offices, Chapel and counselling rooms, while making quite a lot of funny noises. So this week we will need to pay £3,600 for a complete overhaul of the heating system including two new boilers. It is not possible to run the building without heat, we cannot expect the Mothers we sit here counselling to sit here in freezing conditions. Anything you can donate at this time would be a great help, you can send a cheque to; The Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel, PO Box 46679, London, NW9 8ZT or you can donate online; http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/Donate.html

Ordinariate in bid to buy former Methodist Church: If the Ordinariate - former Anglicans now in full communion with the Catholic Church - is to thrive in the way that Pope Benedict intended when he established it, its groups up and down the country need their own churches to set up as centres of worship and to further the evangelising mission of the whole Catholic Church. An opportunity has now arisen for the Ordinariate’s Torbay Mission to buy a redundant Methodist church in Torquay, Devon. The local Methodist community is keen to sell it to the Ordinariate so that the Christian flame is kept alight there. But to secure its purchase, the Ordinariate needs urgently to raise £150,000; otherwise the church will have to be put on the open market. If the appeal succeeds, it will be the first church the Ordinariate has bought.  Please support this exciting venture with your prayers and by making a donation if you can. The Ordinariate makes a great contribution to the life of the Catholic Church. Further info can be found here www.ordinariate.org.uk or by emailing the leader of the Torbay Ordinariate, Fr David Lashbrooke: lashy@me.com


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 10th Feb entitled Are all religions equally valid? by Anna-Marie Treloar). 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, 25 January 2015

3rd Sunday OT (Old Rite: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany)

Welcome to Bishop Patrick Lynch ss.cc:  He was born in April 1947 in Cork City, Ireland. He started his primary education in Presentation Convent, Killarney and continued it in St. Fintan's, High school Sutton, Dublin; completing the leaving certificate in Christian Brothers College, Cork in 1964.  On leaving secondary school he entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (The “Picpus Fathers” of which Blessed Damien of Molokai was a member) in Cootehill, Co. Cavan and made a profession of temporary vows in August 1965. He studied Philosophy and theology in the USA, graduating with an M.A. in theology from Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. in 1971. A short period teaching followed in the US after which he returned to Ireland to be ordained a priest in July 1972. Following completion of a diploma in social studies from the Richmond fellowship he was assigned to work in the parish of All Souls, Peterborough. His next move was the parish in Daventry, where he spent nine years, first as assistant priest and then as parish priest. It was at this time he became involved as a team priest in the 'Engaged Encounter Movement'. In 1984 he was transferred to London as director of the formation house of the order. During his time there, he completed a Master’s degree in theology at Heythrop College. In I987 he was appointed parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton in the Archdiocese of Westminster where he served for two years as Vicar for Religious. During this time he was one of a number of people instrumental in setting up 'Emmaus House' - Acton Homeless Concern - a parish based project for homeless people. In 1992 he was elected provincial of the Anglo-Irish province of his Congregation. In the course of his six years as Provincial he came in contact with the international dimension of the Congregation in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa and also studied Spanish. He completed his term as provincial in 1998 and came to the Archdiocese of Southwark to the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead, soon afterwards. His ministry and involvement there with many different migrant communities led to his appointment to the mission commission of the Congregation in the year 2000. Since then he has served as Episcopal Vicar for religious within the Archdiocese. In 2003 he was appointed parish priest of St.Chad's, South Norwood. He was consecrated Bishop by Archbishop Kevin McDonald on 14th February 2006. Bishop Lynch has been to St Bede’s several times previously (for the Inductions of our Heads and the Profession of Sr Micaela), this is his first official visit for a Canonical Visitation.  The Bishop is the Assistant to Archbishop Peter Smith (who came to St Bede’s June 2012 for our Sisters’ Centenary).  Bishop Lynch oversees all the parishes in South East London and our Borough of Lambeth.

This Weekend: Bishop Patrick will preach at all Masses.  He is presiding at the Latin American Mass in Spanish on Saturday evening at 7.30.  On Sunday he is to preside at the African Caribbean celebration at 12.30 at which St Ignatius Caribbean Choir will sing.  The Cantores Missae are singing at the High Mass at 10.45 (“O Magnum Mysterium” by Vittoria and “Sitivit Anima Mea” and the “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina).

Next Weekend: is Fr Simon Leworthy’s last day.

The Family of the Late Denis Doogan would like to thank all who attended his requiem.  “We would like to thank you for the Mass cards, sympathy cards and donations made in his memory.  A Mass will be said for your intentions”.

Bible Study: This Friday 30th (for five consecutive Fridays), a group will meet at 58A (little house next to club entrance) from 7-8.30pm to read and discuss Revelation. Please read the first 2 chapters of Revelation and, if possible, St. Bede's Commentary on the Apocalypse. Contact Katie Hunt kathleenjoy8@gmail.com

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Mon 26th: 12noon Requiem of Dana Bobula.  6pm Reception of Joyce Prior's body into the Church.  
Tues 27th:  No 9am Mass - 11am Requiem for Joyce Prior. 
FEBRUARY:
Mon 2nd: Fr Simon leaves St Bede's
Tues 10th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Thurs 12th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Mon 16 - Fri 20th: Half Term for our schools
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday
MARCH:
Sat 7th: Profession of Sister Carol Cardenas in Madrid


Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 27th: No 9am Mass in Church.  Requiem at 10am

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  Cancelled due to work taking place in the school soft play room and obligations of Katie.  This may start up again in the future - if you are interested in taking over this club - please see fr Christopher.

Church Cleaners - 30th/31st January: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum and Adiam Berhane

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 27th Jan entitled Scandals in the Church: A way forward by Mgr Keith Barltrop). 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.  

Ordinariate in bid to buy former Methodist Church: If the Ordinariate - former Anglicans now in full communion with the Catholic Church - is to thrive in the way that Pope Benedict intended when he established it, its groups up and down the country need their own churches to set up as centres of worship and to further the evangelising mission of the whole Catholic Church. An opportunity has now arisen for the Ordinariate’s Torbay Mission to buy a redundant Methodist church in Torquay, Devon. The local Methodist community is keen to sell it to the Ordinariate so that the Christian flame is kept alight there. But to secure its purchase, the Ordinariate needs urgently to raise £150,000; otherwise the church will have to be put on the open market. If the appeal succeeds, it will be the first church the Ordinariate has bought.  Please support this exciting venture with your prayers and by making a donation if you can. The Ordinariate makes a great contribution to the life of the Catholic Church. Further info can be found here www.ordinariate.org.uk or by emailing the leader of the Torbay Ordinariate, Fr David Lashbrooke: lashy@me.com



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

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


Virgo Prep School - 2 teachers required for September 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015

2nd Sunday OT (Old Rite: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany)

Bishop Patrick Lynch to visit the Parish next weekend: He would like us to think about three things:  
1. What are the changes in this parish in the last 25 years?  
2. What are the gifts of our parish?  
3. What are the challenges in our parish?  
On Friday he will say the Convent Mass and then visit La Retraite School.  At 11am he will visit St Bernadette and before lunch he will visit The Laurels to see their new Chapel and Tabernacle.  After lunch he will preside in choir for Benediction at 2.30pm and talk to the children afterwards.  After school he will visit the staff of St Bede’s.  At 6pm he will visit the scouts and 8.30 the Union of Catholic Mothers.  
On Saturday he hopes at 9.30 to meet the Parish Financial Committee and review the finances.  At 10 he hopes to meet some parishioners and at 11 the Parish Council.  At 12noon he will review the Parish Registers (Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, Marriage and Death).  At 12.30 he will be with the Sisters for lunch.  In the afternoon he will interview the priests and visit some of the housebound.  In the evening he is to preach at the 6pm and say the 7.30 Mass in Spanish.  
On Sunday he will preach at all the morning Masses, the 10.45 Latin Mass will be a ‘Special Sunday’ (music by Cantores Missae) and he will say the 12.30 Mass which is especially for the African Caribbean Community but all are welcome as people love the music (St Ignatius Caribbean Choir).  After lunch he will visit some more housebound sick and at 5.15 he would like to meet the Catechists.  After 6pm Mass at which he will preach and greet the people we are welcoming the priests of the Deanery for supper to meet the Bishop and to say goodbye to Fr Simon Leworthy (whew!)    

Church Unity Octave: Today marks the beginning of prayer for Christian Unity. It is worth noting that when this week was first established, it began on the 18th January which, in the old calendar, marked the feast of the Chair of St Peter, clearly indicating that the Catholic Church understands Christian unity as a return of all Christians under the See of Peter and the Pope.  In our parish area we have an active Anglican parish comprising of two churches and a strong Evangelical presence at the Bonneville Church of All Nations.  We are also proud of our connections with the Eritrean & Ethiopian Orthodox churches; many of the pupils in our schools are Orthodox, including the children of Fr Yohannes (of St Michael’s in Vauxhall) who have attended our schools.  The week finishes on the 25th January; the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. This emphasises again the need for all Christians to be united to the See of Rome which has as its patrons SS Peter and Paul.  “Father, that they may all be one!”


Fr Simon: is away for his post-Christmas break in Helsinki.  He will be back next weekend.


Congratulations to Tony Frost: on his 90th birthday (we wish you!)


Dana Bobula RIP.  Funeral will be held here at St Bede's on Monday 26th January at 12noon.
Joyce Pryor RIP: (Mother of Giselle Cronin) - Funeral will be held here at St Bede's on Tuesday 27th January at 10am.  The body will be brought into the Church the evening before at 6pm.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Fri 23rd - Sun 25th:  Bishop Pat will be here to visit us.  
Sun 25th: 10.45am Special Sunday.  12.30pm African & Caribbean Celebration
Mon 26th: No 9am Mass - 12noon Requiem of Dana Bobula.  6pm Reception of Joyce Pryor's body into the Church.  
Tues 27th:  No 9am Mass - 11am Requiem for Joyce Pryor. 
FEBRUARY:
Mon 2nd: Fr Simon leaves St Bede's
Tues 10th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Thurs 12th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Mon 16 - Fri 20th: Half Term for our schools
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday
MARCH:
Sat 7th: Profession of Sister Carol Cardenas in Madrid
Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 20th: No 9am Mass in Church.  Instead there will be Mass at St Bernadette's School at 9.30am
Thurs 22nd: No 8pm Mass or UCM
Fri 23rd: UCM Mass and meeting at 8pm

Confirmation Programme: will begin at the end of January.  Letters will be going out to all the candidates who have applied with details of the weekly meetings.  

Church Cleaners - 23rd/24th January: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues.

Vocations Weekend for Older Men: The Diocesan Vocations Centre in Whitstable is hosting a weekend for men over 40 to give them the chance to learn more about a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. It will take place from the evening of Friday 23rd and will end with lunch on Sunday 25th January. Places are limited; it is essential that those participating book beforehand. To book a place or for more information please contact the Vocations Director on info@southwarkvocations.com

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 27th Jan entitled Scandals in the Church: A way forward by Mgr Keith Barltrop).  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.  


Ordinariate in bid to buy former Methodist Church: If the Ordinariate - former Anglicans now in full communion with the Catholic Church - is to thrive in the way that Pope Benedict intended when he established it, its groups up and down the country need their own churches to set up as centres of worship and to further the evangelising mission of the whole Catholic Church. An opportunity has now arisen for the Ordinariate’s Torbay Mission to buy a redundant Methodist church in Torquay, Devon. The local Methodist community is keen to sell it to the Ordinariate so that the Christian flame is kept alight there. But to secure its purchase, the Ordinariate needs urgently to raise £150,000; otherwise the church will have to be put on the open market. If the appeal succeeds, it will be the first church the Ordinariate has bought.  Please support this exciting venture with your prayers and by making a donation if you can. The Ordinariate makes a great contribution to the life of the Catholic Church. Further info can be found here www.ordinariate.org.uk or by emailing the leader of the Torbay Ordinariate, Fr David Lashbrooke: lashy@me.com

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  Cancelled due to work taking place in the school soft play room and obligations of Katie.  This may start up again in the future - if you are interested in taking over this club - please see fr Christopher.

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

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


Virgo Prep School - 2 teachers required for September 2015