Sunday, 15 September 2013

24th Sunday OT (Old Rite: XVII Sunday after Pentecost)

Meville Camille 1939 – 2013.  Meville was born in the Seychelles and came to England in 1958 with his parents and brother, René, and settled on Haverhill Road where they began going to Mass at St Bede’s. During Fr William Dinan’s time here, the Curate at the time, Fr William Hebborn (now at St Anslem’s, Tooting Bec), asked Meville to begin serving the daily Mass.  Gradually he became Sacristan and looked after the Orders and money boxes.  Aside from his physical strength he was a devoted man of prayer, and was here at the Church every morning early to meditate on the Stations of the Cross and set up for the two morning Masses & served at the 8am Sunday Mass every week.  Unbeknownst to all of us he was carrying a tumour which burst and caused poison to his whole system. The staff at St George’s Intensive Care did everything they could and despite rallying a little last week and recognising his visitors from here he left this life in the wee hours of Tuesday 10th September.  Meville will be sorely missed by everyone in the parish - May he Rest In Peace.

Annual Bazaar 29th/30th November: Every year we have this big effort at fundraising to cover the £13,500 the Diocesan tax us (much of it goes towards school development).  It is a huge amount and I do earnestly ask you to think seriously what YOU can do to help us to approximate that challenging total.  We are looking for good articles and good ideas as well (but please no jumble!).  Last week we had the first planning meeting and October 14th at 8pm is the next. 

Mothers & Toddlers Group: Katie Hunt is looking to start up the Mothers & Toddlers group again on Monday Mornings.  If you interested in joining this group, please give your name to Fr CB      

OFSTED: Our Staff at St Bernadette’s are weary this weekend after having had the OFSTED inspection on Thursday & Friday.  Pray for a favourable outcome!  Now all of our schools have been through this inspection recently and we can get back to the real business of teaching and learning.  The Diocesan inspection of RE in the school will no longer automatically follow the OFSTED as in the past.

FUTURE DATES:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sun 15th (Home Missions Sunday) - 3pm Annual Mass, St Mary's Clapham Common.  
                                                        3pm Pan-Africian Annual Mass - Westminster Cathedral 
Mon 23rd - 4.30pm Deanery Mass for Teachers & Governors
Mon 30th - 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
Sat 12th - 2pm Rosary Procession, Westminster Cathedral to Brompton Oratory.
Sun 20th - 12.30pm African & Caribbean Annual Thanksgiving Mass.

MASS TIME CHANGES:  No expected changes at time of posting.
Forthcoming Changes:
Tues 24th: No 9am Mass in Church.  There will be 9.30am Mass in St Bernadette's School
Wed 25th: 9am Mass will be moved to 9.30am for St Bede's School

Secondary School & 6th Form Open Days:  Please see our page on the side bar (situated under Mass Times & Intentions) or notice boards for information on upcoming Open Days & Evenings for September 2014 places.  We will update this page as and when we received more information from the local schools.

Bishop Thomas Grant – Belltrees Grove, Streatham
Mon 16th / Tues 24th / Tues 2nd Oct – 9.30-12noon Open Morning.  
Tues 17th / Thurs 10th Oct – Open Evening 6-9pm.  
Mon 21st – 6th Form Open Evening 6-9pm

La Retraite – Atkins Road
Wed 25th – Opening Evening 4pm – 7pm.  
Mon 29th/ Tues 1st/Wed 2nd/ Thurs 10th / Fri 11th – Open Mornings 9.30am – 12noon.  
Wed 23rd Oct – 6th Form Open Evening 6 – 8pm

The Laurels (girls) – 126 Atkins Road, Clapham
Sat 28th – 2pm - 5pm Open Afternoon

Ursuline High School – The Downs, Wimbledon, SW20
Wed 18th – 6.30-8.30pm Open Evening.  
Mon 23rd – Fri 27th – 9am – 10am & 11.00 – 12.30pm - Open Mornings (by appt only)

The Cedars School (boys) – Lloyd Park, Croydon

Sat 28th – 10am - 1pm Open Morning

Church Cleaners 20th/21st: Adebayo Family, Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo & Gina Uraih. (NB: Two Baptisms on Saturday)

Vacancies & Job Opportunities:  Please see our dedicated vacancies page or the notice board inside Church.  The new secondary school in Clapham South - The Laurels has been looking for a Part-time Minibus driver.

Pere Laval Association Annual Mass Today: St Mary’s, Clapham Common 3pm. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Terry Donnelly CSSp. There will be a social gathering in the church hall after mass. Drinks and Mauritian snacks will be available for purchase.

Mass for Seafarers: The Apostleship of the Sea is holding a Mass on the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea on the 25th September at 5.30pm, Westminster Cathedral presided by Bishop Tom Burns, all are welcome.  For more information email

FAITH movement talks:  Evenings of FAITH 2013 - Reason for Believing.  Come and learn more about the Catholic Faith!  Church of the Most Precious Blood, O'Meara Street, SE1 (nearest tube/rail: London Bridge or Borough) on Wednesday 9th & 16th October at 7.30pm.  It will be preceded by Mass at 6.30pm and light refreshments with the talk starting at 7.30pm - Questions, more refreshments and social time.
On Wednesday 9th - the talk subject is "Creation's witness to the Living God:  The path from science to religion" with Fr Roger Nesbitt.  On the second Wednesday (16th) the talk subject is "Jesus Chrisit: source and summit of all creation" with Fr Hugh McKenzie.   For more information