Sunday, 13 October 2013

28th Sunday OT (Old Rite: XXI Sunday after Pentecost)

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 throughout the year.

Annual Bazaar - Friday 29th / Saturday 30th November 2013: Don’t forget to put the date in your diaries!   It is a challenge we set ourselves each year to raise the £13000 needed for our annual payment to the Diocese, and we need your help & support to get there! Tomorrow at 8pm, we have our next planning meeting – please come along, with your ideas, volunteer and help St Bede’s meet this challenge!  Donations of good items please - fancy goods; jewellery; cake making materials (flour, sugar, mixed fruit etc), empty jam jars; religious articles; CDs, DVDs & books.  This year we will have the Arts & Crafts stall again, so we need your homemade crafts as well.  Don’t forget the homemade jams & chutneys too that our wonderful summer has helped produce.  We cannot sell Electrical items, and also no jumble, videos or Encyclopaedias please.    

Meville Camille RIP:  Meville’s Requiem will be held on Tuesday at 12.15pm.  Afterwards his body will be flown back to the Seychelles.  There will be no 9am Mass on Tuesday morning.

African & Caribbean Annual Thanksgiving Mass: Next Sunday at the 12.30 Mass, followed by lunch in the school hall.  

St Bede's School: In a Government report due out any day now, St Bede’s School is being named as one of the Top 4 most improving schools! Congratulations to Mrs Davies, Mrs Ostrynska, the staff & pupils for your hard work & commitment.

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

Tues 16th: There will be no 9am Mass.  12.15pm Requiem Mass for Meville Camille.

ACN Collection for Syria: Thank you to everyone to contributed so generously to this collection last weekend.   The Aid to the Church in Need managed to raise in excess of £1800 to have the Syrian refugees.

Church Cleaners 18th/19th: Annie Nongo & Biannie Bilwala. 

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 - copies of October are available in the sacristy.

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

Could you offer someone a home far from home for just a day or two? HOST, a well-established charity, is hoping to hear from people who enjoy making others feel at home, and who would love to meet interesting young adults from other parts of the world who are currently studying at universities in the UK, and who want to understand this country better.
One host wrote: ‘It is a great to welcome these students and make them feel wanted. They get to see a good side of life in Britain in contrast to what they might learn from the media. It is also fun getting to know someone from another country.’  
Invitations can be for a day, a weekend, or 3 days at Christmas. Sharing Christmas with someone who has little idea what Christmas is can be really special – and for the guest, much better than being on a deserted university campus. Invitations are urgently needed from volunteer hosts, no matter how far they live from a university. To find out more, please see or call HOST 020 7739 6292. Thank you.

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

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.

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.

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.
This Wednesday (16th) the talk subject is "Jesus Chrisit: source and summit of all creation" with Fr Hugh McKenzie.   For more information

Lay Initiatives Study Day: Saturday 26th October, at the Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Rd, SW17 9:30am - 4pm. Share & reflect on opportunities & guidelines for Christians in the modern world. Inspired by Frederic Ozanam, St Vincent de Paul Society founder, in his bicentenary, speakers Dr Austin Fagan, Sr Maria Parcher & Rev Dr Chris Dyczek present aspects of spirituality & current social challenges. For enquiries or to register: visit or Tel. 020 8672 7684. Light refreshment only provided. Suggested donation £3. Parking available.

Evolution & Genesis; What are Catholics to Believe? Come and join the debate, lots of opportunity to ask questions and challenge the speakers.  2:45pm Sunday 27th October 2013, St George's Cathedral Hall, (free parking available).  We will have two outstanding speakers, Dr Hugh Owen &  Dr John Sanford to give a half day seminar to reveal the thinking of the Father’s of the Church on Genesis and what modern genetics now shows in relation to the origins of Life on earth.   The event is designed to help Catholics to develop both a Religious and Scientific understanding of the subject and answer difficult questions in the public square. There will be plenty of time given to Questions and Answers as both these men are experts in their field.   Free to attend but all attendees must register with Family Life International via HLI PO Box Lon19503 London SE9 4ZX; e-mail or by phone on 0208 857 9950 ask for Greg.