Sunday, 27 May 2012

Pentecost - Whit Sunday

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)

PENTECOST: is the culmination of the whole paschal mystery.  If Christmas is “God with us”; if Good Friday & Easter is “God for us” then Pentecost is “God in us”.  The first Pentecost was the beginning of the Church but Pentecost is always happening; the grace of God is always on offer.  However we must make ourselves open to receive His Gifts.  Mother Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit obtain for us this grace!

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.

GIFT AID MEMBER? - DON’T FORGET GIFT AID YOUR MASS OFFERINGS: Please add your gift aid number to any Mass offerings you put in, as we can reclaim the tax on these too!!! There are new envelopes available, or just put your Gift Aid number on the old envelopes.  If you interested in joining the gift aid scheme, please pick up a form from the back of the church.

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

BIBLE PROGRAMME TONIGHT: at 7pm in social club.  Please read the Gospel according to Luke.  New participants are always welcome.

FUTURE DATES: - Check out the calendar for upcoming events

Tuesday 29th - No 9am Mass at St Bede's Church.  9.30am Mass at St Bernadette's School.  Latin Requiem for Aileen Kennedy at 11am.
Wednesday 30th - No 9am Mass at St Bede's Church.  9.45am at convent for La Retraite Class Mass.  Requiem for Yvonne Sheriff at 12.30pm
Sunday 3rd June - 12.15pm Mass is moved to 12.30pm as Latin Mass is likely to overrun slightly.

MESSAGE FROM MCAVEETY FAMILY.  They would like to pass on their sincere thanks for all of the kindness shown and prayers said over the last year for Paul and during Sarah's rehabilation.

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: 1st / 2nd June: Aster Weldemaria, Yorusaliam Zekristos, Philomena Dayanc and Sara Tuccu.

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.