Sunday, 14 October 2012

28th Sunday OT (Old Rite: XX Sunday after Pentecost)

YEAR OF FAITH: 11/10/12 – 24/11/13 - In October 2011 Pope Benedict XVI announced a ‘Year of Faith’ inviting Catholics to rediscover the gift of faith and to seek new ways of proclaiming it with one of the main emphases being us coming to know better and deepen our understanding of our greatest treasure.  Everyone is invited to participate in this Year of celebration and mission, mindful that faith is not meant to be private, but professed and shared.   The ‘Year of Faith’ began last Thursday – 11th October – which was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council – and will conclude on 24th November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.  The 11th October also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and coincides with a gathering of bishops from across the world in Rome for a synod themed, ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. Upcoming events can be found on the Diocesan website (, the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting (, the calendar on our blog or under “Future Dates” in the newsletter.

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN THANKSGIVING MASS / WELCOME TO LA RETRAITE GOSPEL CHOIR: Today at 12.30 Mass, we have our annual Thanksgiving Mass for the African & Caribbean Association followed by a reception in the school hall.   There will be a second collection at this Mass for HCPT.  This Mass will also inaugurate the start of our ‘Year of Faith’.

BAZAAR - FRI 30th NOV / SAT 1st DEC: Now is a good time to start bringing in good quality items for our annual bazaar – bottles, fancy goods, jewellery, cake making materials, home-made jam, groceries, good-as-new toys, CDs and DVDs – NO JUMBLE PLEASE! More draw tickets are available if you haven’t already got yours – or if you just want some more!  Please return the counterfoils and ‘correct money in an envelope’ to either a priest or those handing out new books. 

UCM TABLE TOP SALE: Next Sunday after 9.30am Mass the UCM will hold a Table-Top sale with all proceeds going towards the Bazaar.  There will be cakes, raffle and good-as-new items.  Please come along & support them and kick-start the bazaar total!

FUTURE DATES:     (for school open days – see listing below) 
OCTOBER: Every Sunday 5pm – October Devotions & Benediction
‘Year of Faith’ events – see blog calendar or article above,
Tues 16th – 10.30am Requiem – Robert Marris
Fri 19th – 10am Requiem – Christine O’Leary
Sun 21st – 10.30am UCM Table Top Sale 
Sat 10th – 10am – 5.30pm ‘A day with Mary’ – St Anslem’s, Tooting
Fri 30th & Sat 1st Dec – St Bede’s Christmas Bazaar

Mon 15th – No 9am Mass - Mass at St Bernadette's School at 9.30am
Tues 16th – 10.30am Requiem for Robert Marris.
Fri 19th - 9am Mass has been moved to 8.45am.  Requiem for Christine O'Leary at 10am

OPEN DAYS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS & SIXTH FORMS: (Applications requiring Priest Reference can only be completed by Fr Christopher Basden.  Please submit your application to your chosen secondary school as normal, and inform them that Fr Christopher is away until the end of October - all reference will be completed after his return.  La Retraite, BTG & St Joseph's have been made aware that Fr CB is away.) 

La Retraite: Atkins Road, SW12
Sixth Form Open Evening (6pm – 8pm) 
Wednesday 24th October 

Bishop Thomas Grant: Belltree Grove, Streatham
Sixth Form Open Evening (6pm – 9pm) 
Monday 22nd October 

Sixth Form Open Evening (5.30 – 7.30pm) 
Wednesday 17th October 

Sixth Form Open Morning (10am – 12pm) 
Saturday 10th November  

WELCOME INTO GOD’S CHURCH: Emilia Mia Cobos Guevara daughter of Diego & Valeria baptised by Fr Jose Ticlla Rojas and Crystal Oluwanifesimi Balogun, daughter of Adekunle and Mojisola baptised by Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen.

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA - 19/20th OCTOBER: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum & Adiam Berhane.

FR CHRISTOPHER B: is with his brother in West Virginia.

HOLY LAND TRIP – 21st – 28th NOVEMBER – PLACES STILL AVAILABLE: led by Fr Adrian McKenna-Whyte, from SS Simon & Jude, Streatham Hill & Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen.  For more information contact Fr Adrian: Tel 020 8678 9051,  

SOUTHWARK ARCHDIOCESAN YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE: for more information see item in 16th September's posting.

VACANCIES: Examination Invigilators required at Bishop Thomas Grant School.  For application forms and details of the posts available can be obtained from Mrs S Branson, School Business Manager.  Closing date - Friday 2nd November.  Tel: 0208 835 9207 or email