Sunday, 6 January 2013

Epiphany of Our Lord

EPIPHANY: This word refers to the twelfth day of Christmas and traditionally the Christmas festivities and decorations remain up until this date.  The word Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek.  At the Nativity no one really knew about the birth of Christ.  When the three wise men came “the whole of Jerusalem” knew that something had happened in Bethlehem.  The visit of the Magi from beyond the confines of Judaism heralded the universality or “Catholicity” of the Church.  We at St Bede’s are a marvellous example of this universality with so many different national origins.  The other important meaning for us is that the feast urges us to carry the beautiful and comforting message of Christianity into the ordinary life of the people we meet!

CHRISTMAS AGAIN! According to the Julian calendar (which lags behind our Gregorian calendar), Christmas Day is January 7th.  Our Eritrean & Ethiopian parishioners (in union with the Christians in Egypt) mark this day and some will be up all night.  Our Mass for them will be on January 13th at 12.30pm followed by a reception.    

BAZAAR: The final total for the Bazaar is £11,479.  

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN MEETING: Next Sunday after 9.30 Mass

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: don’t forget to do some work in your special books.  Next Sunday all First Communicants should attend 9.30 Mass, and afterwards we will begin our preparations.  It is important for parents and/or guardians to take an active role in helping your child to prepare for the sacraments of Confession & Communion.

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 as applications will close soon (on Fr CB’s return).  Bishop Pat Lynch will come here on May 12th 

WELCOME TO FR MARTIN MICHAL who will be staying with us for the next week.

FR CHRISTOPHER BASDEN: is celebrating Coptic Christmas with Fr Romany Fathy in Sohag, Upper Egypt.  He will be away until 13th January.

WELCOME BACK: to our Heads, staff and pupils after the Christmas holidays. We hope you all had a restful break and are ready to start the new term.

FUTURE DATES: Check out the calendar for upcoming events   
‘Year of Faith’ events – see blog calendar, or
Wed 9th (every Wed to 20th March) - 7.30pm School of Faith - CCF, Tooting Bec
Thurs 10th - 7pm Ordinariate Epiphany Carol Service - St Mary's, Cadogan Street
Fri 11th / Sat 12th - The Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco - Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood, Westminster.
Sun 13th/Mon 14th - The Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco - St George's Cathedral, Southwark.

MASS TIME CHANGES - there are no changes to Mass times at time of posting

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA – 11th/12th Jan: Annie Nongo & Biannie Bilwala .  

FRIENDS OF THE ORDINARIATE EPIPHANY CAROL SERVICE: A festival of carols and readings for the Epiphany of the Lord with music and readings by candlelight.  Thursday 10th January, 7pm at St Mary's, Cadogan Street, (nearest tube Sloane Square). Music during the service will be led by the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.  Free Admission.

YEAR OF FAITH EVENT - SCHOOL OF FAITH: A twelve week series of study seminars on the first part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with nationally acclaimed speakers, including Archbishop Peter.  The series begins on Wednesday 9th January, at 7:30pm, at the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation, (next to Tooting Bec tube), SW17 8BS.  £50 per person for all lectures or £8 per lecture, including a light meal.  To register for all or some of the lectures, visit Fr Christopher B will be attending from 16th January.  (A link has now been added to our blog site for the CCF so you can keep up to date on their events during the Year of Faith).   

THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE RELICS OF DON BOSCO: The Relics will journey across the UK and provide the opportunity for people to come together in celebration of Don Bosco, Patron Saint of Young People.  On Fri 11th & Sat 12th at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood, Westminster and Sun 13th & Mon 14th at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark.  There will be a Eucharistic celebration at the heart of the visit to each venue.  For more info visit, see poster or pick up a flyer. 

SOUTHWARK ARCHDIOCESAN YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE: Holy Land led by Archbishop Peter Smith 22nd–30th April 2013.  Cost of the pilgrimage is £1,465pp (single supp £329, travel ins £64).  Deposit £300 + travel insurance if required.  For more details  contact Gill Didino ( or Fr David Gibbons – 0208 672 7684

For the last ten years the Catholics Bishops Conference has organised Parliamentary and Public Policy Internships for recently graduated Catholics.  This year we are looking to offer at least 6 internships:  Three interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster, two in public policy with CAFOD and one in a media internship in Archbishop’s House Westminster.  All internships will run from September 2013 - July 2014 and include accommodation and subsistence allowances. Full details and an application form can be found on our website:
Completed application forms must either be emailed to or posted to: Michaela Kelly, Head of HR, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1BX. The closing date is 9am on 25th February 2013 and Assessment days will be 25th and 26th March 2013. If you know anyone who may be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply.