Sunday, 2 June 2013

Corpus Christi (Old Rite: II Sunday after Pentecost)

Corpus Christi: Last Thursday and this Sunday we celebrate this wonderful feast of the Blessed Sacrament.  In union with Pope Francis, many Churches throughout the world are going to have Adoration.  We will start at 4pm and sum it up with Vespers sung by both choirs.  As J.R.R Tolkien (author of the Hobbit etc) says; ''Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.....There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.''.  Our Corpus Christ procession is on Sunday 30th June!

June - Month of the Sacred Heart: On Friday 7th we celebrate the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but the whole month is dedicated to this aspect of his sacred humanity “O Sacred Heart of Jesus we implore – the grace to love this more and more”. 
Today marks the 60th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth's Coronation at Westminster Abbey which took place on 2nd June 1953. 

Welcome back to Mgr Leo and the Lourdes Pilgrims.

Double Yellow Lines outside Church: Last week you were saved by fr CB who did a bit of energetic interfaith dialogue with the traffic warden – Stay off those yellow lines!!!! You may not be so lucky this week or in future - a ticket will be waiting your return.  

Mass Readers: We need some readers for the Saturday & Sunday 6pm Masses starting from July.  If you are interested, please give your details to Fr Christopher.
Mass Offerings: needed for Convent, Saturday evenings & Sun mornings especially the 8am Masses.   Don’t forget you can Gift Aid them as well – so put your number on the envelope too!

Race Night at the Club: Next Saturday (8th June) - doors open 7pm - first race 7.30pm.  Admission will be £3 (includes finger buffet; Bar will also be open).  Horses can be bought and named for £5.  This is being held in memory of Kane Gorny with funds raised going to AvMa - a charity which provides practical support to families who have lost loved ones as a result of medical accidents. Please contact Mick Cronin to purchase tickets and horse or hand an envelope marked "Race Night" with money and your name to the Presbytery.

Welcome Back: to all our staff & pupils – we hope you had a good half-term break.

FUTURE DATES:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events 

Mass time changes:  
Wed 5th - No 9am Mass in Church.  9.30am Mass at St Bernadette's School
Sun 9th - 12.30pm moved to 1.30pm

Congratulations: to Michael McCann & Kathleen O'Keeffe who got married at Holy Cross in Llangollen, North Wales last Tuesday. 

La Retraite Alumni: Are you a past pupil of La Retraite Clapham? We are having an Alumni event on Friday 7th June from 5-7pm, we would love to welcome you back or if you know any old girls could you encourage them to attend. Tickets are available via the school website 

Church Cleaners Rota – 7th/8th June: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu.  We also need volunteers for the new cleaners rota starting in July.  If you would be interested in volunteering, please see Fr Christopher.

Vacancies & Job Opportunities:  Please see our dedicated vacancies page or the notice board inside Church.  There  are currently jobs advertised for Columa Convent Girls' School in Croydon and Urusline High School in Wimbledon and a position for a Marriage & Family Life Co-ordinator in the Kent area. 

Volunteers Needed: to leaflet for SPUC on their streets regarding SSM and pro-life campaigns.  Please email

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2013: Lourdes – A Doorway of Faith. Friday 23rd August to Friday 30th August.