Sunday, 16 December 2012

Advent III (Gaudete Sunday)

DEACON THOMAS LYNCH:  Yesterday at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh (near Guildford) Tom Lynch was ordained a Deacon.  This is the last step before ordination to the Priesthood, which please God, will happen at our Cathedral in Southwark in July.  Tom was a server here and his Father, Dominic and late Mother, Gwen and brother John have all been wonderful parishioners.  We are so proud!

(SATURDAY) WELCOME TO FR ADRIAN MCKENNA-WHYTE: from St Simon & St Jude parish in Streatham Hill.

FR MARCUS HOLDEN: is our third Advent preacher.  He was ordained in 2005 after six years of seminary at the Venerable English College in Rome. He became parish priest of Ramsgate and Minster in 2010 after serving as assistant priest in Balham (2005-2008) and Royal Tunbridge Wells (2008-2010). He holds several academic degrees in theology including a Masters from Oxford University and a Licentiate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Among his many publications are the Evangelium Course and the Saints of the English Calendar. He is co-founder of the Evangelium Project and the British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and regularly works with the media on behalf of the Catholic Church and in the production of documentary films on faith and religion. He is a popular lecturer at the Maryvale Institute. 

FR CHRISTOPHER BASDEN: is in Ramsgate this weekend swapping with Fr Marcus.

ADVENT PREACHERS: Deacon Tom Lynch (ordained yesterday) will be coming back to his home parish to preach for the last Sunday of Advent.  For the Christmas Masses we have a preacher from Rome – someone you know: Fr Andrew Southwell!  

‘SPECIAL SUNDAY’ 10.45AM TODAY: The setting will be Missa Ave Maris Stella by Tomas Luis de Vittoria; the Offertory Motet will be Ne Timeas Maria – Vittoria, and the Communion Motet will be Exaltabo Te, Domina by Giovanni Croce

YEAR OF FAITH EVENT - SCHOOL OF FAITH: Every Wednesday evening from 9th January to 20th March at 7.30pm and on Saturday 23rd March from 10am, the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec (next to St Anslem’s / opposite the station) will be presenting a public lecture by a variety of dynamic and well known speakers.  The Wednesday evening sessions include a light buffet supper, refreshments, study notes, the weekly keynote lecture and conclude with Compline.  The Saturday sessions include refreshments, study notes, the keynote lecture and Mass between the two sessions.  The cost is  £8 per person per session (payable at the door) or £50 for the entire series of 12 lectures.  To book your place, complete the online registration at; tel: 020 8672 7684/2422 or email

Christmas Masses - See Mass Intentions page (side bar)
Thurs 20th - 4.30pm Reception of Body 
Fri 21st -  10am Requiem for Clara (Claire) Holohan 
Fri 21st - Last Day of School !!!!
‘Year of Faith’ events – see blog calendar, or

Fri 21st - No 9am Mass.  There will be Mass at St Bernadette's School at 9.30am.   

MESSAGE FROM SIMONE’S FAMILY: Our family has been overwhelmed by the hundreds of cards and messages of sympathy we have received on the devastating death of our beloved daughter, Simone.  We very much regret that we cannot respond to you all individually.  But want you to know how much we appreciate your love, support, prayers and Masses.  Thank you all.  With love and prayers from Paul, Mike and Judy on behalf of the Johnson and Cave families.

MORE MASS OFFERINGS NEEDED URGENTLY: especially for the Traditional Latin & convent Masses. 

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA – 21st/22nd Dec: Rosemary Jones & Family and Tricia Johnson & Family  (Rotas for 2013 available at back of Church)

ALTAR SERVERS: Copies of the December rota will be in the sacristy if you haven’t got yours. 

NEW READERS ROTAS: will be available early next week.  

CONFIRMATION 2013:  Forms will be available soon!!!! the deadline for these will after Christmas.  Applications are welcome from anyone who has not been confirmed and is in Year 8 at least.  The Bishop will come on May 12th.  

2013 DIOCESAN DIRECTORIES ON SALE IN PORCH: £3.50 Spiral bound.  £3 standard bound.  Inside Liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish, list of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution.  Buy one today!

Coloma Convent Girls School, Croydon - Full Time Senior ICT Technician - start January. The Governors are seeking to appoint a well-qualified and experienced Senior ICT Technician to maintain, support and develop all aspects of the school’s ICT infrastructure, both hardware and software.  The successful candidate will have excellent knowledge and experience of the general maintenance of the ICT systems.  A knowledge of Apple Macs and/or an interest in recording software and hardware would be an advantage.  For more information and an application form, please download from the school website or contact Mrs. S Dawson (School Secretary) on 020 8654 6228 ext 229 (

Ursuline High School, Wimbledon - Catering Assistant. 20 hours per week (9.00 am – 2.00 pm Monday to Thursday) term time only plus 1 week during the school holidays (a total of 40 weeks).  Full time salary ME1 £14,697(paid pro rata).  The position is subject to CRB disclosure.  The school is committed to safeguarding its students and post holders must be responsible for the safety of the students in their care.  Details and application forms from the website address or from Mrs Martin on 020 8879 4381 or email   Closing date:  Thursday 20th December