Sunday, 14 July 2013

15th Sunday (Old Rite: VIII Sunday after Pentecost)

Ordination of Thomas Lynch: This coming Saturday at 12.30 our former server, Tom will be ordained in the Cathedral with several others by Archbishop Peter Smith.  The central act of the ceremony is the laying on of hands by the Bishop (and the priests present in union with the Bishop will also lay hands on the heads of those to be ordained).  Afterwards Tom’s hands will be anointed with the sacred chrism and the Bishop will present him with “the tools of the trade” – the sacred Chalice and Paten.  Before all of this, Tom will prostrate - that is lie flat as the litany of the Saints is sung.  Do come to this wonderful ceremony and if it not possible then make sure, you come to his first Mass next Sunday at 9.30am.  We are very proud of Tom and we congratulate his father, Dominic and his elder brother, John.  We fondly remember their remarkable Mother, Gwen, who in the community of Saints will be rejoicing.  Our last ordinations at St Bede’s were in 1998: Fr Philip de Freitas (he is in Wimbledon Common) and in 1975, Fr Anthony Charlton (he is at Tolworth). Please pray for Tom and his companions that they may become holy and zealous priests.             

Fr Simon Leworthy: is in Yorkshire this week on retreat.

Welcome to Sister Julia: from Avila in Spain.  She has previously ministered in the Philippines & Cameroons and has now been assigned the Handmaids of Mary in Clapham Park.

Congratulations to Lloyd Booker: who is graduating on Thursday 18th at Westminster Cathedral as a Pastoral Minister.     

‘Special Sunday’ – Today 10.45am Mass:  The Ordinary will be Missa O quam gloriosum by Tomas Luis de Victoria. The Offertory Motet: Locus iste – Anton Brueckner; the Communion Motet: Ego sum panis vivus – William Byrd.  The Mass will be sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch and kindly sponsored by LMS for The Sodality of St Augustine.

All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Sunday 4th August.  Solemn Mass will be held at 12pm and Rosary & Benediction at 3.30pm.  Price is £13 for adults & £8 for children.  See poster at the back of Church for contact details & coach pick up points - Lloyd Booker is our local representative  Local pick-ups include Clapham Common Pavement  8.45am; Brixton Town Hall 9am & Peckham Bus Garage at 10am. 

Apostleship of the Sea (2nd collection today): Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live & work at sea.  Many of us have never stopped to consider how important seafarers are to our standard of living.  Without them we would not have most of the items we use in our everyday lives.  Many of these seafarers are unable to practice their faith due to long periods away from home, whilst others are denied basis rights and working conditions that we take for granted.
Today's second collection is our opportunity to support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the offical maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church in Great Britain.  This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable AoS to continue its work with seafarers.  Please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers.  Thank you.  For more information on the work of AoS please visit their website at

FUTURE DATES:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events 

Mass time changes:  
Thurs 18th:  9am Mass moved to 9.30am and will be a school Mass - for St Bede's leavers.
Fri 19th:  No 9am Mass.  10am and will be a school Mass - for St Bernadette's leavers.
Sun 21st:  The Latin Mass will be moved to 11.15am.
Sundays in August: No 12.30pm Mass throughout August as per usual summer timetable

Church Cleaners - 19th/20th July: Annie Nongo & Biannie Bilwala.  New rotas have been sent out & a copy is pinned on notice board.  If you haven’t received yours, please give your correct address to Fr CB and collect one of the spare copies!

Upcoming summer events for our younger parishioners!

SVP St John Bosco camp: offers children aged 8-13 a sports and activity based holiday on a camp-site in the Essex countryside.  Run with a Catholic ethos, the camp is especially for children who may not have any other holiday this year.  There are three weeks of the camp:
For boys: 20th - 27th July or 27th July - 3rd August
For girls: 3rd - 10th August
For details and application forms log onto

WYD@Home Brightlights: 26th – 29th July at Aylesford Priory in Kent.  A weekend festival for young adults aged 16-30 offering a great programme of prayer, speakers, bands and workshops.  Experience the Spirit of World Youth Day in Rio.  For more info visit:, call 0845 805 7010 or email:

Altar Servers 'Summertime 2013' – Woldingham, Surrey: Tues 6th – Fri 9th August for altar servers aged 10-15 of Southwark Diocese.  Cost of the week is £135 which covers all accommodation, games and entrance to Chessington.  See Fr CB for application forms.      

FAITH Summer Session (Woldingham, Surrey): Mon 29th July – Fri 2nd Aug for young Catholics aged 16-35 (Cost £155 /concession £130). FAITH Summer Break (Woldingham): Mon 19th – Thurs 22nd Aug for those aged 11-15yrs (cost £120).  For more information on either of these events, check out their website  Application forms are available from Fr Christopher.

Altar Servers’ Rome Trip - 29th–31st Oct.  Cost £399 full board.  Excellent few days for boy & girl servers aged 11-15 of the Southwark Diocese.  This annual trip is led by Fr Stephen Boyle; chaplain to the guild of St Stephen.  In a packed 3 days, there will be guided tours of the main sites & Mass in St Peter’s.  We attend the Wednesday audience with the Pope.  Parents are able to attend.  For more details, pick up a form from Fr CB, download from, or contact Fr Stephen Boyle 01322 220075, email:  Limited numbers so early booking is advisable.    

Vacancies & Job Opportunities:  Please see our dedicated vacancies page or the notice board inside Church.  There  are currently jobs being advertised for Ursuline High School in Wimbledon, Coloma Convent Girls' School in Croydon and The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Kensington and vacancies for Electoral Registration Canvassers for Lambeth.