Sunday, 5 May 2013

6th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite V Sunday after Easter)

Welcome to Fr Tom Ryan SMA: This year’s annual Mission appeal in our Diocese is for the Society of African Missions.  Fr Tom Ryan is here to make the appeal; he has served as a missionary priest for 30 years, & has worked in Ghana, Liberia & Nigeria. Presently he serves as bursar for the Province of Britain. 
The Society of African Missions (SMA) was founded on December 8, 1856 in Lyon, France. The Founder was Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac; a Frenchman who had a strong commitment to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the peoples of Africa. Sadly, the early years of SMA were marked by tragedy. The first SMA missionaries, including Bishop Brésillac, arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone (West Africa) in the spring of 1859. All of them were struck by yellow fever & most died. Brésillac died on June 25th, only weeks after arriving. He is interred in the SMA chapel at Lyon & is currently a candidate for canonization.
Despite the early setbacks the Society has grown & developed over the years and today minister within 62 dioceses in 16 African countries. The Society has a presence of varying degrees in nine European countries, India, the Philippines, USA, Canada & the Falkland Islands. At present they have just over 1,000 members. 
The British Province of the Society has responsibility for areas of Mission in Nigeria, (Bauchi, Gombe, Nassarawa & Benue States) & Liberia (within the Archdiocese of Monrovia).   In addition to providing funds for the developing entities within, the British Province provides substantial financial support for projects in Liberia West Africa, support to five African Dioceses as well as parishes staffed by provincial personnel in Nigeria & Liberia. 
In its ministries in Africa and the United Kingdom the Society provides for the Spiritual and Material wellbeing of those entrusted to its care. In Africa the Society actively advances the growth of the Catholic Church on that continent and participates in the social development services that the Church provides.

True Story from new Pope: Last month Fr Maurizio, who says the Spanish Mass for us, met Pope Francis & even got his autograph.  When he read it, it actually said. "Dear Father, don't forget to say your rosary every day".   In this month of May we should heed the Holy Fathers counsel & make time to pray the rosary every day. We can do this en route to work or between tasks on the tube or walking somewhere. Keep Our Lady's month special by remembering the daily rosary.

Next Sunday: at the 12.30 Mass, Bishop Patrick Lynch will be here for the Confirmations.  On Saturday we will have a preparation day starting at 11.30 & On Sunday, all candidates should be at St Bede’s school by 11.45, for the group photo.

Welcome to Fr Robert Copsey & Fr Linus Clovis: who have come to help us out for the next few weeks; Fr Copsey will be with us until 13th and Fr Clovis will be with us from Tuesday until 24th May

'Year of Faith' Candles for sale: Two of the Clovis girls are going to the World Youth Day in Brazil in July. In order to raise money for the trip, they will be selling candles with the ‘Year of Faith’ symbol on them after the Mass next Sunday (12th) - priced £2.50 each.

Welcome into God's Church: Fatima Melody Hawanatu Peters-Macauley, daughter of James & Martha baptised by Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen last weekend.

Fr Christopher B: expects to be back on Thursday evening

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events 
May:
Mon 6th - 10am Mass for Migrants in London - Westminster Cathedral
Sun 12th - 10.30am African & Caribbean Assoc Meeting
                  12.30pm Confirmations
                  No Rosary or Benediction.
Sun 19th - 10.30am - 12.30pm UCM Table Top Sale
                  10.45am - Special Sunday
Wed 22nd - 9.30am Rosary Procession @ St Bernadette's School

Mass time changes:  
Mon 6th - Bank Holiday Mass Times: 9am Convent; 10am English; 10.45am Latin

Church Cleaners Rota – 10th/11th May: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.

Job Vacancies: Please see our 'Vacancies' page on sidebar menu for details of jobs currently advertised including two openings for School Governors:
  • Coloma Convent Girls School - Full Time or Part Time Teachers Vacancies (English & Biology).  Start: September 2013.  Closing Date - ASAP
  • Coloma Convent Girls School - Exam Invigilator - 3-4 days per week May/June then variable. Closing Date - Friday 10th May
  • St Thomas a Beckett Church - Parish Secretary - Closing Date - not known
  • Southwark Diocese - Safeguarding Office Administrator - Fixed Term 6mth Contract.  Closing Date: Friday 10th May
  • SFX - Foundation Governor - Closing Date: Friday 10th May
  • Columa & The Quest Acamedy - Governors - Closing Date - not known
Room Wanted: A girl who is working and studying is looking for a room to rent in the area. Please see one of the priests for contact details.

Mass for Migrants: The Annual Mass for Migrants, in honour of St Joseph the Worker, is being held on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May at Westminster Cathedral, the main celebrant will be Archbishop Vincent Nichols.  There will be a banner procession of representatives from London's diverse communities from the Cathedral Hall at 10.30 and Mass at 11am.  All are most welcome to attend this vibrant event.

Feast of St George Preca: Maltese priest and Founder of SDC who was canonized in 2007 is to be celebrated this month in London on Sunday 12th May, 4pm at Holy Rosary Church, Brixton Rd. For more information, see poster on the notice board

Chartes Pilgrimage: Friday 17th – Tuesday 21st May – Cost £250.  Join over 10,000 traditional young Catholics on this 75 miles Pilgrimage. This Pilgrimage normally starts at Westminster Cathedral with Holy Mass on Friday 17th and then we travel to Paris. On Saturday, we start our Pilgrimage from the Paris Notre Dame & arrive at Chartres Notre Dame on Monday 20th. Each day involves High Mass and Confession in the Traditional Roman Rite, Rosary, Mediations & spiritual guidance. On Tuesday 21st, we normally have Mass at the Chartres Notre Dame & then travel back to London. Chartres Blog


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2013: Lourdes – A Doorway of Faith. Friday 23rd August to Friday 30th August.  Three travel options; By rail from £690; By air from £749 and by coach from £520.  For further info and booking forms contact: Fr Edward Perera (Pilgrimage Director), Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, 45b Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, London, SE12 0AE; Tel 020 8857 5006; Email fr.edward@btopenworld.com.  Please see poster at back of the Church or see the link on our sidebar menu.

‘Women of Faith’ A series of talks for the 'Year of Faith': Every Thursday till 16th May at the Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, 7:30pm—9:00pm (nearest: Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle).  Refreshments on arrival; no charge, but please register at the CCF (020 8672 7684 or email office@ccftootingbec.org.uk).