Sunday, 21 July 2013

16th Sunday OT (Old Rite IX Sunday after Pentecost)

First Mass of Fr Tom Lynch:  Yesterday Tom Lynch was ordained with four other men all for the Archdiocese of Southwark.  It is a proud day for Archbishop Peter Smith who ordained them with the laying on of hands followed by the anointing with sacred chrism and the presentation of the Paten and Chalice.  It is also a very proud day for this parish.  We congratulate Dominic, his father and John his brother and we rejoice with his late Mother, Gwen in the mystery of the Communion of Saints!  This parish has produced many vocations to the priesthood including the Beck brothers, one of whom became the Bishop of Salford.  Others include the Redding brothers, Frs. Duprez, Gower, and David Greenstock who was the Rector of the English College in Valladolid in Spain.  In more recent years, Canon Anthony Charlton and Fr John Henry came from St Bede’s and many of you remember Fr Philip de Freitas who was ordained here in 1998.  On the female side there were many vocations to religious life especially to La Retraite. Now we have Carol Cardenas on the way.  
The photos of the Ordination of Tom & the other four Deacons can be seen here on the Catholic Church (England & Wales) Flickr page -
If anyone has photos of the Ordination or Fr Tom's first Masses, please forward to Fr Christopher and we will load onto the blog.

Next Week: will be last newsletter before the summer break. Don’t forget - No 12.30pm in August!

Welcome Back to Fr Simon Leworthy: from his retreat.

Fr Andrew: is away at the St Catherine’s Trust Summer School in Pantasaph, near Holywell this week, before heading to Scotland to see his family.  

Congratulations to St Bede's School: who received a ‘Good’ in their recent OFSTED visit with ‘Outstanding’ elements!  The report states ‘pupils are enthusiastic learners and are very proud of their school and successes in their learning’ and ‘behaviour is exemplary throughout the school.  Pupils are polite, courteous and well behaved’.  See the school website for more details.

Happy Summer Holidays: to all our staff, pupils and parents.    

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:  
Mon 22nd - Thurs 1st August: No 8am Convent Masses as the nuns are on retreat.
Sat 27th: 10am Mass (for one week only)
Sundays in August: No 12.30pm Mass throughout August as per usual summer timetable.  Please check our Mass Intentions page for Mass times & intentions. 

Church Cleaners - 26th/27th July: Vicki Sabatini, Fernanda Rodrigues & Philomena Dayanc.  
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!

Cleaner needed for the Presbytery: 4 hours per week, £7 per hour.  See Fr CB for more information. Due to new regulations, employees of the Church are required to be processed through the Diocesan payroll and paid monthly into your bank account.

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: 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 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 Coloma Convent Girls' School in Croydon, The Little Way Association in Clapham, Apostleship of the Sea and vacancies for Electoral Registration Canvassers for Lambeth.