Sunday, 29 March 2015

Palm Sunday (Old Rite: Palm Sunday/II Sunday of Passiontide)

MASSES: EASTER TRIDUUM: 
Spy Wednesday (1st Apr) 
11.30am (St George's Cathedral) Mass of Chrism. 
7pm - 9pm Tenebrae.  
Maundy Thursday (2nd):  
6pm (Latin); 
8pm (English); 
Adoration 9.30pm – 5am.  
Good Friday (3rd): 
11am Children's Stations of the Cross  
3pm; Liturgy of Our Lord's Death 
5.30pm (Latin). Liturgy of Our Lord's Death
8pm (Convent) Stations of the Cross & Veneration of the Cross
Holy Saturday (4th): 
7.30pm Latin (La Retraite School); Solemn Easter Vigil
8.30pm Solemn Easter Vigil. 
Easter Sunday (5th): 
8am;
9.30am; Sung 
10.45am (Latin); 
12.30pm; 
(no evening English Mass) 
6pm Misa en Espanol. 

Holy Week: All of our Sacraments, like satellites around their sun, revolve around the Blessed Sacrament - the Holy Eucharist.  In the Liturgy this week, this close dependence is clearly shown: the Easter Vigil is the traditional time for Baptism; on “Spy” Wednesday the Bishop consecrates the Chrism and blesses the Holy Oils which are used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is intimately joined to Good Friday.  We should all enter into the great Three Days to understand better our own personal incorporation into Christ’s Paschal Mystery with all its implications!  Don’t forget to make the most of this week of weeks.  Put your blessed palm behind your crucifix as a sign of the victory of the Cross.  Make every effort to come to the “Washing of the Feet” on Maundy Thursday; the “Kissing of the Cross” on Good Friday and the Solemn Easter Vigil with the fire on Holy Saturday night.  
Welcome back to Fr Andrew: he will be here until 11th April.  

Welcome to Sister Patricia: who has come from the Cameroons.

Congratulations to Bishop Richard Moth: who will be installed as the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton on 28th May.  He was assistant priest at St Bede’s 1982-1985. 

Ray Brooks sadly passed away on Wednesday morning.  His funeral will be held on Tuesday 31st March at 10.45am - St Peter’s Church, West Street, Shoreham, B43 5WG (between St John Street & Ship St). May he Rest in Peace.

Boiler: Mitie have replaced our boiler & we have heat!  They will start on the pipe work this week. 

Confirmation Candidates: are to be involved in this great week.  On Wednesday they meet at St Bede’s to go to the Mass of Chrism at Cathedral in Southwark.  On Maundy Thursday, they will sit behind the 12 Apostles & do the Offertory Procession.  On Good Friday, they will sit in the front row.  On Holy Saturday night, at the 8.30pm Vigil (the first Mass of Easter), they help with tapers to light the candles of the congregation.

Easter Offerings: In the porch & around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for the St Bede’s priests.  As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, & relies on the Collections at Christmas & Easter, as a significant source of income.  These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish.  Please be generous as your means will allow.

The Good Friday Collection for Holy Places is used to maintain 74 churches & shrines associated with the life of Jesus.   It also helps the work of the Church in the Holy Land & neighbouring countries by the relief of poverty & suffering. Parishes, schools, orphanages & medical centres there rely very much on assistance from the Collection, especially at this difficult time.   Gift Aid Donors are asked to place their contribution in one of the spare green envelopes supplied (writing 'Holy Places' on front) thereby boosting their donation by 25% in tax relief.

New Readers Rota (April-June 2015): is available at the back of the Church as well as the names of the readers for Holy Week Masses.  Please pick up your copy today.

Happy Easter & Good Luck to Mrs Davis: We wish all our staff, pupils & parents a restful Easter break.  Mrs Davis will becoming Acting Head teacher of St Ann’s Primary School in Vauxhall after the Easter Holidays.

Welcome to God's Church: Ricardo Cozzani, son of Alessandro & Chiara baptised last Saturday by Fr Christopher

We need help! The front garden needs a makeover.  It needs digging and weeding so that it can then be planted up and made a colourful and welcoming space.  One of our parishioners has offered to lead a working party on Holy Saturday afternoon (4th April) from 2.30 to 5.30pm.  Come and join her.  All welcome; the young and strong, the not so young, keen gardeners and anyone who just wants some exercise – children included.  Bring a spade / fork / trowel if you have one.

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website
www.southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org.

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Holy Week Mass times listed above
Mon 6th April - Easter Monday - Bank Holiday Mass times apply - 9am Convent, 10am English and 10.45am Latin.

Church Cleaners - 4th April: Tania Pereira & Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick.


'Pray, Play & Tumble' returns after the Easter Holidays - Monday 13th April

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

Sunday, 22 March 2015

5th Sunday of Lent (Old Rite: Passion Sunday / I Sunday in Passiontide)

Passiontide: The statues are all veiled as we approach Holy Week.  Let us pray that we can have one last effort at our Lenten resolutions before the joy of Easter.  We prepare now to contemplate the Holy Cross and all that that means in our daily lives.  St John Vianney, the Parish Priest of Ars said, “all of our troubles come from not loving the Cross!”  There is no crown without the Cross, there is no victory without the battle; there is no dawn without the night.  We ask Our Blessed Lady of Sorrows to obtain for us the grace and courage to pick up our Cross and to win its’ promised grace!

MASSES: EASTER TRIDUUM: 

Palm Sunday (29th) 
9.30am with Procession from St Bede’s School.  
10am Latin Mass with Procession at La Retraite.  
Spy Wednesday (1st Apr) 
11.30am Mass of Chrism at St George’s Cathedral.  
7pm Tenebrae.  
Maundy Thursday (2nd):  
6pm (Latin); 
8pm (English); 
Adoration 9.30pm – 6am.  
Good Friday (3rd): 
11am Stations of the Cross & Relic; 
3pm; 
5.30pm (Latin).  
Holy Saturday (4th): 
7.30pm Latin (La Retraite School); 
8.30pm English. 
Easter Sunday (5th): 
8am; 
9.30am; 
10.45am (Latin); 
12.30pm; 
(no evening English Mass) 
6pm Misa en Espanol. 

Sister Carol Cardenas: :  is returning to Spain to resume her studies and formation.  She will no longer be at the Mother House in Madrid but will be in Ciudad Real where Sister Miceala (professed at St Bede’s in 2005) is a member of the community.  Her family, her parish and her schools have much enjoyed this visit

Boiler: the company called Mitie are to come tomorrow to replace boiler and to reroute piping away from the corroding Victorian pipe work.     



'Pray, Play & Tumble' because of the above we cannot use the club rooms.  Please do not enter the normal way, but go instead to the church and from there you can go to soft playroom in St Bede’s school.  

Congratulations: to all those children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass.

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website
www.southwarkclergysupportfundcampaign.org.

We need help! The front garden needs a makeover.  It needs digging and weeding so that it can then be planted up and made a colourful and welcoming space.  One of our parishioners has offered to lead a working party on Holy Saturday afternoon (4th April) from 2.30 to 5.30pm.  Come and join her.  All welcome; the young and strong, the not so young, keen gardeners and anyone who just wants some exercise – children included.  Bring a spade / fork / trowel if you have one.

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

Deanery Reconciliation Service: Sunday 22nd March 7pm at English Martyrs Church in Streatham.  If you haven’t gone to confession for Easter, there will be several priests from the Deanery will be available to hear your confession.


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


Mass Time Changes this week: 
Fri 27th: 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40 and will be for St Bede's End of Term Mass.

Church Cleaners - 27th/28th March: Tricia & Emma Johnson, Regina Curaj and Rosemary Nicholas & Family.

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.


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


Sunday, 15 March 2015

4th Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday / Laetare Sunday)

Welcome back and Congratulations to Sister Carol Cardenas: who made her First Profession last Saturday in Madrid. She has come home to visit her family before returning to the Ciudad Real in Spain to continue with her studies. When a young woman leaves home & gets married, we tell the parents “you haven’t lost a daughter, you have gained a son”.  When a young woman leaves home & joins the convent we tell the parents “you haven’t lost a daughter, you have gained a family!” That family is the religious congregation of the ‘Siervas de Maria’ (the H&maids of Mary). They are an international congregation of religious Sisters with communities in the USA, Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Philippines & Europe. The Sisters are ministers to the sick & dying.  In that distressing sight they see the suffering Christ as he warned us in the Gospel, “what you did to the least of these my brethren, you did unto me”.  The Sisters always return home to nurse their own parents when elderly or sick. In 6 years, God willing, Sister Carol will make her final Profession & receive the ring. We congratulate her family & her former school, La Retraite. We rejoice that after Tom Lynch’s ordination in 2013, we now have a Profession in 2015.  Pray for them both & pray for vocations to marriage, ordination & consecration!


Photos are the property of the Handmaids of Mary Convent.


Welcome to Fr Stephen Morrison O.Praem: He is a member of the Norbertine Order (Premonstratensian Canons Regular) based in Chelmsford, where his community run 2 large parishes. He was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on 6th Dec 14 by the new Bishop of Brentwood. His jobs now include school chaplaincy, teaching & catechesis, liturgical music & various pastoral roles as curate in the parishes of Chelmsford. Before ordination his studies took him to France at Chavagnes where Ferdia McDermott & numerous members of St Bede’s community have visited & worked, (it was then he first came to know St Bede's), Oxford, London & Rome. He is delighted to be back at St Bede's in this first year of his priesthood, & asks your prayers for the Norbertines' continued zealous work of converting their little corner of Our Lady's Dowry back to the True Faith.

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

Laetare/Mothering Sunday: Today we are at the mid point of Lent and Mother Church allows us to relax a little from the fast with flowers on the altar and the organ being played.  The liturgical colour is softened from violet to rose and the Mass begins with the words “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice Jerusalem…).  We contemplate the motherhood of the Church which is exemplified by our Blessed Lady herself.  On this day we honour all Mothers and pray for them whether they are living or dead.  We pay tribute to all of you who have worked hard to bring up children as this is the most important job in human society.  God bless our Mothers!


Special Sunday - 10.45 Mass today: Ordinary: Missa Simile est regnum (Vittoria) Offertory: Sancta Maria (Guerrero). Communion: Venite comedite (Byrd). Recession: Ave regina caelorum (Guerrero).Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch. 

Next Special Sunday: 19 Apr (Good Shepherd Sunday).

Welcome to Fr Michael Rodriguez who is staying with us for a week. He is from El Paso in Texas.


Fr Christopher is in the New Forest this weekend along with our 13 Candidates.  As part of their preparation programme they are visiting the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph in Lymington.

Our Boiler: Apologies for the miserable frigid church.  We are now advised to replace boiler.  The ‘new’ one was less than 8 years old!

St Patrick's Nite - Saturday 21st March: Make a real effort to support this happy event.  It is a real intermission in the middle of Lent and always a lot of fun.  Bookings available from Mick & Giselle at 9.30 Mass or phone number removed for privacy.  Let’s see a real response to this lovely event which has been so successful in previous years.

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


Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 17th: No 9am Mass.  At 11am we will have the Requiem of Osborne Fernandez.

Church Cleaners - 20th/21st March: Adebayo Family, Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo & Gina Uriah.  Please note - First Confessions on Saturday at 10am & Baptism at 12noon


'Pray, Play & Tumble' on Monday mornings!  0-5s bring your mums, dads, relatives, carers and friends.   The social rooms are open for conveniences and pram parking from 9.30am - 9.55am.  We begin in church at 10am.  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.



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