Sunday, 6 October 2013

27th Sunday (Old Rite: XX Sunday after Pentecost) Rosary Sunday

October – Month of the Holy Rosary. Today, and every Sunday in October we have Devotions, Sermon & Benediction at 5pm.  The rosary is usually recited after every 9am Mass on weekdays.   

Rosary Crusade This Saturday: This is the biggest procession of the year, leaving from Westminster Cathedral at 2.15pm and walking all the way across London to Brompton Oratory where we have hymns, a Sermon (fr CB!), blessing of scapulars and Benediction. Our first communicants (in their special clothes) and our servers lead the way.  We will meet at Westminster Cathedral by the statue (entrance on left-hand side – Ambrosden Avenue) by 2pm.  Children MUST be accompanied by their parents or approved adult.

Family Fast Collection for Syria - Today: This year we are obviously thinking of the devastation and tragedy in Syria.  Over 100,000 people have been killed and millions are in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Over a million Christians have left Syria for Lebanon.  John Gregg from Aid to the Church in Need will be here to make the appeal (John Pontifex Sunday 6pm).   Please be generous.  Saturday week (Oct 19th) there is a special day at Westminster Cathedral Hall to flag up the horrible situation in Syria.  The Patriarch of Damascus will be there and Fr Christopher and Fr Andrawos will represent the clergy of St Bede’s.  Look at the web or talk to John Gregg if you want tickets or information. 

Spanish Civil War Martyrs: will be beatified in Tarragona on Sunday 19th October.  Bishop Pat will be going as several young members of his congregation were martyred and Sister Josefina will be representing our Sisters as they have four martyrs of the same war, to be beatified.  Sister Carmel will be at the main Masses this weekend with literature.

Annual Bazaar: 29/30th November!: Please start to bring in your GOOD items - bottles, fancy goods, jewellery, cake making materials, empty jars for the jam makers, good-as-new toys, religious articles, handmade crafts, homemade jams & chutneys, CDs & DVDs. (We don’t want Jumble, Videos, Encyclopaedias or Electrical goods please).  The next planning meeting is Monday 14th October at 8pm – we hope to see you there!  Please think seriously how YOU can help make a difference to this annual fundraiser which is increasingly challenging!

Welcome back to Fr Simon Leworthy.

FUTURE DATES:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sun 13th - 10.30am African & Caribbean Meeting
Fri 18th  - 10.30am St Bede's School & Nursery Open Morning.
Sun 20th - 12.30pm Annual African & Caribbean Thanksgiving Mass

MASS TIME CHANGES:  no proposed changes at time of posting.

Church Cleaners 11th/12th: Pauline Ajuga, Rose Anunwa & Ms Nazereth Kristos. 

Mothers, Babes & Toddlers Group: will be starting up again on Monday 4th November.  Tell us if you want to help.

Conference for Future Leaders of Catholic Schools: Saturday 9th November 10am – 3pm in Orpington.

Readers: at the back of Church; Rota starts 5/6th October to 28/29th December 2013.
Altar Servers:  October & November rotas have been sent out this week.  If you do not get yours, please leave a message for the Parish Secretary - additional copies will be made available next weekend.

Secondary School & 6th Form Open Days:  The last few open days are below.  If you require Fr Christopher's signatory on the application, please post it through the Presbytery letterbox in an envelope marked clearly with name of child, or alternatively hand to Fr Chris after Mass.  No forms will be sign next week (7th - 12th).

La Retraite – Atkins Road
Open Mornings - Thurs 10th & Fri 11th October 9.30am – 12noon. 
6th Form Open Evening - Wednesday 23rd October 6 – 8pm

Bishop Thomas Grant – Belltrees Grove, Streatham
Open Evening - Thursday 10th October 6-9pm.  
6th Form Open Evening - Monday 21st October 6-9pm

6th Form Open Evening - Wednesday 16th October 5.30-7.30pm
6th Form Open Morning - Saturday 9th November 10am - 12noon

Good Counsel Network - 40 Days for Life: If you can spare an hour to help the Good Counsel Network at 40 Days for Life, please sign up for a slot at or contact Justyna on or 07540 286 688.

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

Half day seminar “Creation; Darwinism; What is a Catholic to believe?”:  FLI has invited Professor Sanford will be speaking with Dr Hugh Owen at 14:30 on the Sunday 27th October 2013 at St George’s Cathedral Hall. St George's Cathedral,  Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HY.  The topic of the event is “Creation; Darwinism what is a Catholic to believe?”

October - Month of the Rosary (outside link): is a beautiful place where one can close their mind to everything around them and simply contemplate Jesus and Mary. It is an uncomplicated format to use, uncluttered by ads or anything else. It is for everyone (individuals, families, groups) to use at no cost. This is God's work, created with love and it purely seeks to enrich people's faith through, what has always been, a beautiful prayer.