Sunday, 20 January 2013

2nd Sunday OT (Old Rite: II Sunday after Epiphany)

SISTER RUTH ASHWORTH 1925-2013: Sister Ruth, born in Harrow, was professed a sister of La Retraite in 1945.  Her Father was a High Court judge; her Mother died early and he then became a priest.  Sister was educated at the Froebel Institute and studied later in Rome and Ireland.  In 1958 when La Retraite School (following the dictates of the 1944 Education Acts) split off the juniors from the seniors, St Bernadette’s and St Bede’s were built.  Sr. Ruth, at that time known by her religious name Mother Mary Teresa became the first head of St Bernadette’s which was a girls junior school with mixed infants; St Bede’s being a boys junior school owned by the Diocese. In 1964, Sr. Ruth took on the headship of their school in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset and from there became head at St Anslem's, Tooting Bec from where she retired in 1990.  After that time for many years, with Sr. Mary Garvey RIP, she served as a foundation governor for St Bernadette’s.  We owe so much to the Sisters of La Retraite and pray for dear Sr. Ruth whose funeral will be Tuesday at 11am in Burnham.  

CONFIRMATION 2013: Applications are welcome from anyone who has not been confirmed.  They must be in Year 8 or above.  Pick up a purple form today – from Fr CB - as the closing date for applications will be soon!  Bishop Patrick Lynch will come here on May 12th 

WELCOME: to Dom Christopher Andrews, OSB, originally from New Zealand now a monk of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma.  We knew him at St Bede’s before he entered the Monastery.  He is flying back to New Zealand tonight - weather permitting of course.

WELCOME BACK: to Fr John Fleming who should be arriving from Australia this morning.  

WE HAVE ALSO WELCOMED: in recent weeks - Fr Scott Hastings (Ohama, Nebraska), Fr Matthew DeBlock (Rockford, Illinois) and Fr Martin Manuel (Madras, India)   

FR SIMON LEWORTHY: is in Rome until Wednesday.

APF BOXES: We apologise for the delay in returning the APF boxes – this has been due to sickness but hopefully they will soon be counted and returned.  Thank you for your patience.

‘YoF’ EVENT” – CREDO GROUP: The Credo group starts 1st February.  It will meet each month on the First Friday at 6.30pm and will be followed by ‘First Friday devotions’. Please see Fr Simon or Mr Washington Schubert for more information.

YEAR OF FAITH EVENT - 'FAITH AND THE INTERNET' (CCF - Tooting Bec): Saturday 2nd February 11am-4pm.  A one day session led by Deacon Paul Milligan on using the internet as a resource and as a means of communicating the faith.  No charge, but please book with the CCF.

FUTURE DATES: Check out the calendar for upcoming events
‘Year of Faith’ events – see blog calendar, or
Sat 26th - 10am Requiem - Andrew Fenech.  12pm - Baptism - Zara Connelly

Next Saturday (26th January) there will be a funeral at 10am and a baptism at 12noon.

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA – 25th/26th Jan: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum & Adiam Berhane. -  Please note:  there is a funeral at 10am on Saturday and a Baptism at 12noon.

YOUNG FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL: Fr Stephen Wang will give a talk on Freedom in the Christian-Catholic Life at Westminster Cathedral Hall - 7.30pm Thurs 31st Jan.  Entry £10 on door refreshments will be served afterwards. For further info 07903 644 935 or email  

SOUTHWARK ARCHDIOCESAN YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE: 22nd - 30th April 2013 -  please see previous postings for more information.

ACCOMMODATION NEEDED: Mature Catholic lady professional is looking for a room within walking distance of Clapham South Tube station to commence early May 2013 for 15 months.  Please see Fr CB for contact details.

VACANCIES: Please see previous blog postings for details of current vacanies in schools within our Diocese, Jesuit Missions & Bishop Conference Internships.