Sunday, 17 March 2013

5th Sunday of Lent (Old Rite: Passion Sunday/I Sunday of Passiontide)

THANKS BE TO GOD; A NEW POPE:  On Wednesday night, I think the whole world was caught by surprise as the smoke suddenly gushed white.  After a seemingly endless wait (Fr Andrew was representing us in the huge wet crowd below!) we saw the first glimpse of Pope Francis. This humble pastor has had huge experience and certainly has known the Cross in his own life.  He suffered the loss of a lung as a young man, he was marginalised by his own Society of Jesus and he endured the ugliness of a cruel civil war within Argentina with horrible torture and killings 30 years ago.  He takes the name of the poor man of Assisi who heard the voice of the Lord saying to him “Francis, go and rebuild my Church, for it is in ruins”  As Cardinal Bergoglio, he was the first to implement Pope Benedict’s mandate to allow the traditional Latin Mass alongside the new.  He has stood up for the poor of the world and has set a good example of living a simple life and avoiding pomp, pride and the glorification of his position.  To all our Latin Americans especially, we say “Congratulations!”

WELCOME FR ROGER NESBITT: Fr Nesbitt was born (a little after our new Pope) in South London.  He was educated at St Joseph’s College, Beulah Hill and Imperial College London where he got his M.Sc in Chemical Engineering. Feeling the call to priesthood he entered St John’s Seminary and was ordained at Aylesford by Archbishop Cowderoy in 1967.  For many years he was Head of Religious Education as well as teaching Chemistry at The John Fisher School in Purley (which has produced more vocations to the priesthood than any other school in the Diocese).  With Fr Edward Holloway, he helped to found the FAITH Movement which promotes a new synthesis between Science and Faith; and which has had huge impact on countless young souls including some within our own congregation.  He was in Folkestone for many years and has recently retired.

CONGRATULATIONS: to all those children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass.

FR TOM HENEGHAN RIP – REQUIEM (CORPUS CHRISTI, BRIXTON HILL): Tonight at the 6pm Mass, Fr. Tom’s body will be received into the Church, and the Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith.  The Requiem Mass will be held at 12noon tomorrow with Bishop Patrick Lynch, followed by a reception in the hall afterwards.  Bishop Pat will also accompany Fr Tom’s body return home to Ireland for the funeral Mass and burial in Mayo on Wednesday. Directions to Corpus Christi Church

FUTURE DATES: Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Wed 20th – 7.30pm Last ‘School of Faith’ session.
Sat 23rd – 10am & 2pm School of Faith sessions, Tooting Bec
Sun 24th - Palm Sunday – 10am Latin Mass – at La Retraite
Wed 27th – Mass of Chrism (Confirmation Candidates)

Thursday 21st - 9am is changed to 9.30am and will be a School Mass for St Bede's.  Eucharistic Adoration will be moved to 11am for this week.

Spy Wednesday (27th): 11.30am Mass of Chrism (St George's Cathedral, Southwark) 7-9.15pm Tenebrae.
Maundy Thursday (28th): 6pm (Latin); 8pm; Adoration 9.30pm – 6am.  11pm Mediation on the Passion.  11.45pm Compline/Night Prayer of the Church.
Good Friday (29th): 10am-12pm Confessions. 11am Children’s Stations of the Cross; 3pm Liturgy of the Lord's Death (Confessions after); 3pm (Latin) @ La Retraite School Chapel; Liturgy of the Lord's Death & Mass of the Pre-sanctifed.  8pm Stations & Relic (Confessions after).
Holy Saturday (30th): 10am-12pm Confessions. 7.30pm (Latin) @ La Retraite School Chapel; 8.30pm.  Easter Sunday (31st): 8am; 9.30am; 10.45am (Latin); 12.30pm; 3pm Misa en Espanol; 5pm Solemn Easter Vespers.  (no evening English Mass)

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA – 16th/23rd Mar: Adebayo Family. Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo & Gina Uraih. (Please note: Baptism 12pm)

WELCOME INTO GOD’S CHURCH: Theo Joseph Bingham-Walker, son of Adrian & Catia baptised by Fr Christopher Basden.

LENTEN EXTRA DAILY MASS:  Give the Lord an extra Mass this coming week as you are amazingly blessed by a parish that has more Masses than practically anywhere in England!

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.

Ursuline High SchoolWimbledon
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT31 hours per week (39 weeks p.a.) Full time salary ME4 £16,482 - £17,196 (pro rata). Required from April 2013. 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 via website address or from Mrs Martin on 020 8879 4381 Closing date:   Wednesday 20th March.  

All vacancies are full-time positions - required from September 2013. An application form and further details are available either on the school website or from Mrs. S Dawson on 020 8654 6228 ext 229. Closing date: Monday 25th March.  

Full-time - required from September 2013.  An application form and further details are available either on the school website or from Mrs. S Williams on 020 8654 6228 ext 301. Closing date: Monday 25th March.  

The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, (89 Addison Road, Kensington, W14 8BZ)
Full-time or Term Time plus 2 weeks - Applications are invited for a competent and motivated Senior Science Technician to lead a dedicated hardworking team of technicians.  You will be responsible for the provision of support services to the science department; ensuring equipment is well maintained; purchasing consumables and supporting teaching staff with preparation of experiments and associated duties.
Candidates, although not required to have had experience of working in a school, should be willing to work in a busy but happy environment.  Degree level Science, would be beneficial, but not essential.  

30 hrs per week term-time only - Applications are invited from candidates who could successfully assist the Head of SEN and join a hard-working and dedicated SEN team to support pupils with a statement of special education needs.
Candidates, although not required to have had experience of working in a school, should be able to demonstrate relevant experience/qualifications of working with young people, an ability to encourage and set appropriate targets for pupils behaviour and have a willingness to adapt to a very busy, but happy school environment.

For both posts: Completed application forms should be sent to the Headmaster's Secretary at above address.  Further information and an Application Pack available on the School's website.  Closing date Wednesday 10th April.