Sunday, 20 May 2012

Ascension of Our Lord (Old Rite: Sunday after Ascension of Our Lord)

FR ANDREW TO GO TO ROME: Archbishop Peter Smith has agreed Fr Andrew can take a two year sabbatical to resume studies in Rome.  He will study under the guidance of the Dominicans at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas.  He will leave us in October and we wish him all the best in his studies.   We pray that our negotiations for a replacement will be successful.

ST BEDE THE VENERABLE (673-735) is our heavenly patron and Friday it is his feast (Sunday 27th in the Old Rite).  We pray that he may obtain for us the grace to observe our faith as he did with joy and enthusiasm. 

MAY PROCESSION TODAY: At 2.30pm this afternoon there will be a May procession with Rosary, Benediction and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady.  On Wednesday there is the May Procession at St Bernadette's school at 9.30am.

NEW WEBSITE: The new website/blog has been launched this week.  Thank you to Brother Dominic Mary of Papa Stronsay for all the hard work he has put into designing and setting up this new blog for us and Ana who used to load the newsletter each week onto the old website.

REGINA CAELI (Easter Anthem to Our Lady)
Regina Caeli Laetare Alleluia!
Quia quem meruisti portare Alleluia!
Resurrexit Sicut dixit Alleluia!
Ora pro nobis Deum Alleluia!
O Queen of Heaven, rejoice Alleluia!
For he whom you did merit to bear Alleluia!
Has risen as he said Alleluia!
Pray for us to God Alleluia!
(V. Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary Alleluia)
(R. For the Lord has risen indeed Alleluia)

SPECIAL SUNDAY - 10.45am NEXT WEEK: The setting will be Missa Ave Virgo Sanctissima by Juan Esquivel; Offertory Motet is Victoria's Dum Complerentur and Communion Motet is Tantum Ergo.

UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES:  Further information & booking details can be found on posters located on notice board.
Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes 24th - 31st August. Prices from: By Air £754; by Rail £695; by Coach £525.
Southwark 5-day Option 27th - 31st August. Price (by air only) from £505. Contact Deacon Michael Kennedy.
Holy Land 21st - 28th November - led by Fr Adrian McKenna-Whyte and accompanied by Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen. Cost from £1345.  Tel: 0208 678 9051 or email

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN MEETING: Today after 9.30am Mass.  Next African & Caribbean Mass will be Sunday 8th July at 12.15pm.

BIBLE PROGRAMME: continues on Sunday 27th May at 7pm.  Please read the Gospel according to Luke.  New participants are always welcome.

FUTURE DATES: See calendar for upcoming events

MASS TIME CHANGES Mass on Friday (25th)  will be at 9.30am - NOT 9am - for the children of St Bede's school.  On Saturday the 9am Latin is moved to 10am and this will be a Vigil of Pentecost - will last approximately 2 1/2 hours.

INVOCATION 2012: The Invocation Festival is a national Vocations Discernment weekend.  For the 3rd consecutive year it will take place in the beautiful setting of St Mary's College, Oscott.  Anyone aged between 16 & 35 who is trying to discern God's will for their lives is welcome to join us for the festival.  As in past years there will be a coach from London.  For more information visit  To book a place on the coach send an email to or speak to one of the priests and they will pass your name onto Fr Stephen at Holy Ghost.

CHURCH CLEANERS' ROTA: 25th/26th May (after 1pm): Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal and Ngozi Otukwu.

HELPERS OF GOD'S PRECIOUS INFANTS: Processional prayer vigil - Our Lady of the Rosary Church to Marie Stopes Brixton Centre - Saturday 9th June 9am to 12pm.

LA RETRAITE RC GIRLS' SCHOOL ALUMNI SOCIETY (LARAS) 15th June from 4-6pm beginning in the school chapel. If you are an old girl of La Retraite, this is a great opportunity to come and see the school as it is today and reminisce with friends about the good old days. If you would like to attend this event please register your interest via website

LA RETRAITE HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF '79: Did you take your O Levels at La Retraite in 1979?  The old girls are organising a reunion and would like you to get in touch.  Please email: for more details.