Sunday, 24 February 2013

2nd Sunday of Lent

WELCOME TO FR MICHAEL CREECH C.Ss.R: Many of you know Fr Michael who preached many missions here with his brother Fr Terry.  Born in Clapham over 77 years ago, he is still jogging and is in the process of having a Church built in Heathfield, Sussex!   He was brought up here in Clapham, and as a boy used to serve Mass at the Convent of La Retraite.  In 1952 he entered the Redemptorists and in 1958 he was ordained to the priesthood.  He says “it was a very different Church and a totally different world!”  For decades he was on the Mission team and there are very few parishes that he has not visited in Britain.  I always tease him that he should write a book about the extraordinary parishes (and their clergy!) that he has met.  In the early 90’s, he began a degree and was so successful, that he was asked to stay on for his Masters and to teach the students.  He was a great help to Fr Dinan in his last years here and helped out at St Bede’s until 1996 when he became PP at St Mary’s.  Since then he was supposed to have retired but with such energy he is now on his second parish in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.  Fr Michael is so kind and friendly so take this opportunity to make a good confession for Lent.        Next week the newly ordained Fr Oladele!

ST PATRICK’S NIGHT SUPPER: Saturday 7 for 7.30.  This will be organised by the Explorer Scouts to raise money towards the costs of their expedition to Portugal.  Give Scouts of Fr CB £10 to book place.

MASS IN THANKSGIVING FOR PONTIFICATE OF POPE BENEDICT XVI & FOR THE ELECTION OF NEW POPE: Archbishop Peter will be celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday 2nd March at 12.30pm, in thanksgiving for the ministry of Benedict XVI as Pope, and for the Cardinals who will elect his successor. 

SOUTHWARK CATHOLIC YOUTH SERVICE – ‘BORN FOR THIS’: is a powerful and moving depiction of the Stations of the Cross written by CJM. Performed by young people from our secondary schools and musicians from the diocese, it is an excellent opportunity for reflection and prayer in preparation for Holy Week. Suitable for all ages. For more details contact  Aylesford Priory: Sat 23rd March 6pm. AND St. George's Cathedral, Southwark: Palm Sunday, 24th March, 7:30pm.  Free admission.

WELCOME BACK SCHOOLS: we hope all our staff and pupils had a good half-term break and are refreshed.
FUTURE DATES: Check out the calendar for upcoming events
Year of Faith’ events – see blog calendar, or
Sat 2nd - 12.30pm Mass for Pope Benedict XVI - St George's Cathedral
             - 4.30pm Confirmation Class for Candidates & Parents - Presentation by Mr Greg Clovis
Sun 10th (Mothering Sunday) - 10.45am Special Sunday
Fri 15th – 7.30pm Lenten Liturgies of Reconciliation – Bishop Pat Lynch – Corpus Christi, Brixton Hill
Sat 16th – 10.30am First Confessions
Sat 16th - 7.30pm St Patrick's Night Supper
Thurs 28th - Sun 31st - Easter Mass Times - please see 'Mass Times' on side bar or our calendar for details & timings.

MASS TIME CHANGES:  no planned changes at time of posting this blog post.

NEW CATHOLIC SCHOOL FOR BOYS – ‘THE CEDARS’: a new secondary school for boys providing a Catholic education is opening in Croydon (near East Croydon Station) in September 2013.  The school is being set up by PACT, a highly successful educational trust with a strong track record in this area.  They are holding an Open Day on Saturday 2nd March 10.30am-12pm – Coombe Road, Lloyd Park, Croydon, CR0 5RD.

ST BEDE’S SOCIAL CLUB: will be closed due to repainting, flooring and renovation from Tuesday 19th February to Saturday 2nd March.  UCM and Credo groups can come upstairs!

YoF EVENT - COMPUTER COURSE:  One day sessions presented by Deacon Paul Milligan at the CCF in Tooting Bec. ‘Using PowerPoint in Sacramental Programmes’ – Saturday 2nd March.  This session will be more demonstration based with content to take away. No charge, but booking with the CCF is essential as places are limited.; Tel 8672 7684;

YoF EVENT - LENTEN LITURGIES OF RECONCILIATION 2013: Friday 15th March at 7.30pm - Cancelled/Postponed.

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA – 1st/2nd Mar: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu (Please note:  Baptism at 12noon).

CLEANERS - do we have your correct address?  If not - please write it down clearly and leave in the sacristy for for the parish secretary.  Rotas are sent out in June & December for the following 6 months - and a copy is pinned to the notice board at the back of the Church.  
Would you like to join the cleaners rota? - you only need to commit one Friday or Saturday morning (a couple of hours max) every three months 
Are you unable to clean for us anymore? - do you want to be taken off the rota - please let us know
As some people do not turn up for their allocated week, it is unfair for one person to be left to clean on their own - therefore we are looking to rearrange the rota to cover those spaces.

ROOM WANTED: Young practising Catholic student Pasqualino (Naples) is looking for a room – see Fr CB for details.

The Apostleship of the Sea 
SCHOOLS OFFICER: The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is the official charity of the Catholic Church that provides pastoral care to seafarers.   AoS is seeking an individual to engage with schools to raise awareness of seafarers and the work of AoS.  For an application pack or for more information contact John Green, on 07505 653801 or

VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS:  Would you like to volunteer overseas with the Jesuits for six months or longer?  We have assistant teaching placements and other projects in Africa, Asia and South America.  Training takes place in July 2013 and departures are in September 2013, October 2013 and January 2014.  Please see the website or contact

Cabrini Children’s Society
VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST:  Cabrini Children’s Society are looking for volunteers to work as receptionists, at their head office in Purley, to answer the phone and greet visitors. Experience in an office environment would be beneficial and a good telephone manner is essential.   Hours and days by arrangement.  Contact Cathryn Marsden  or phone 020 8668 2181 for further details.

VOLUNTEER FOR MARKETING TEAM: Cabrini Children’s Society are looking for a volunteer to work with the Marketing and Communications Team in Purley for a day or two a week. Days and hours are flexible. You would be involved in exciting projects to raise the profile of Cabrini within the local and national arena including writing and placing press releases, producing newsletters, researching news and relevant information relating to our services and updating the website.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who already has experience in this area with excellent digital skills, a solid understanding of marketing channels and techniques, and is a good communicator.  Contact for further details