Sunday, 22 January 2017

Third Sunday (Old Rite: III Sunday after Epiphany)

Sacramental Programmes: This last week saw the actual beginning of the weekly classes to prepare for First Confession and First Communion.  We now will start distributing Confirmation applications  Bishop Patrick Lynch is coming here on Sunday 2nd July for our English and Spanish communities and our Latin Mass community have their Confirmation at St James’ Spanish Place (West End) in November.  Sadly we have no adult converts this year to be received / baptised at Easter (last year, the Guri family were baptised at the Easter Vigil and they emigrated to Florida in June).  Baptismal and Marriage preparation is usually done on an one-to-one basis in addition to Mr Greg Clovis and Mrs Veronica Pierson helping us over the years with engaged couples.  Since Tom Lynch was ordained and Carol Cardenas was professed, we have not had any more vocations from our parish community.  Please pray for our parish to bear fruit!

Fr Lukasz is in Poland until early February.  

Now Available - Confirmation Application forms for 2017 Programme: If you are in Year 8 or above of Secondary school, please collect a purple application form from Fr Chris this weekend.  Bishop Patrick Lynch will come here for Confirmation on Sunday 2nd July.

Tony Frost RIP: His Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 9th February at 11am.  On this day we will cancel the 9am Mass, Adoration & Benediction.


Notice to Readers at the 6pm Masses (Saturdays & Sundays): There has been a change made to the current rota with immediate effect.  Please pick up a new rota today.

St Bede's Youth Club: Sundays after 6pm Mass.  Open to all 10 years and older.

Open Day Fair: St Francis Xavier 6th Form College: On Wednesday 1st February from 4pm to 6pm.  This is another opportunity for prospective students who are looking to continue their studies into the sixth form (Year 12) in September 2017 to come and visit the college (with a parent) to meet staff and students; hear the Principal speak and of course, pick up a prospectus!  You can even start an application online.  


Outstanding Masses from 2016: There are still over 100 Masses still unbooked from last year and we are trying to fit these in as soon as we possibly can whilst still trying to accommodate current requests for anniversaries and those who are really ill.  Therefore we ask for your patience and understanding, and bear with us until at least the end of March. We will look at the Masses we currently have outstanding, and identify those which can be sent out to other priests who need Masses (as per Diocesan policy) or to be said by our priests whilst they are away.   

Cleaners for this week: Tricia & Emma Johnson & Regina Curaj

Concert by Opus XVI Chamber Choir: Next Saturday (28th January), Kate Peacock and the other members of the Opus XVI Chamber Choir will be performing Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Schutz’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis at All Saints Church in West Dulwich (Lovelace Road, SE21 8JY).  The concert starts at 7.30pm 



Faith & Art: a new series of talks on art and artists, in honour of St Catherine of Bologna will be held at the Centre for Catholic Formation at pm on Tuesdays 24th Jan, 28th Feb and 28th Mar.  Drinks and snacks provided, no charge but donations welcome.  Please see their website for the booking form.

Looking for a flat/house share or a room to rent: Ben Edwards (who is 24 and teaches English as a foreign language in Waterloo) is looking for somewhere to rent.  If you know of anywhere or can help, please contact Rachel Edwards.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Second Sunday (Old Rite: II Sunday after Epiphany)

Church Unity Octave: This week 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.  The children of Fr Yohannes (of St Michael’s in Vauxhall) all 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!”

Crib Offerings:  This year, with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, all parishes have been asked to donate crib offerings to ‘Friends of the Holy Land’. Every penny will help the poorest Christian families, especially in & around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with education, employment, health & housing costs and initiatives. FHL is non-political and ecumenical. Therefore, this year we will split the offerings made equally between Good Counsel Network (whom we have sent them to for many years) and Friends of the Holy Land.

First Holy Communion Programme 2017: The programme begins today, starting with the 9.30am Mass and followed by a meeting with Mrs Keane & Mrs Marshall. The First Confessions will take place on Saturday 4th March & First Communions will be on 11th June.

Tony Frost RIP: On Friday we heard that sad news that Tony Frost, formerly of Cavendish Road had passed away.  He would have been 92 this Tuesday.  Tony ran the Youth Club for many years and helped with the Bazaar with Daphne his wife.  For many years, he was a Foundation Governor at St Bede’s School.  His Requiem will be at St Bede’s in early February.  

Notice to Readers at the 6pm Masses (Saturdays & Sundays): There has been a change made to the current rota with immediate effect.  Please pick up a new rota today.

Fr Christopher's Twin? No, it’s his brother Tom, who is passing through with his wife, Melissa and two of the three children as they are doing an University sabbatical in Dollegau and Budleigh Salterton.  They usually reside in Morgantown, West Virginia

St Bede's Youth Club: returns from its Christmas break.  Starts after 6pm Mass on Sundays and open to all aged 10 and over.

Cleaners for this week: Ella Shllaku, Elizabeth Vosas, Maria Eugenia Galvis and Anais Tarelho

Faith & Art: a new series of talks on art and artists, in honour of St Catherine of Bologna will be held at the Centre for Catholic Formation at pm on Tuesdays 24th Jan, 28th Feb and 28th Mar.  Drinks and snacks provided, no charge but donations welcome.  Please see their website for the booking form.