Sunday, 20 October 2013

29th Sunday OT (World Missions Day) (Old Rite: 22nd Sunday after Pentecost / Dedication of the Cathedral Church)

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 - 29th & 30th NOVEMBER 2013: 
Please start bringing in your good-as-new items!
Bags2theFuture: Last year the drive for ‘Bags to the Future’ was great success! The event helped raise £200 towards our £13,000 goal.  Please take a bag home from the table in the porch and fill it with good quality used clothes.  Bring the bag back when you come to Mass from the 9th – 17th November, leave them in the porch please.    
Please Help! At the Bazaar we run a Father Christmas stall, we would appreciate a male volunteer to play a key role.  If you are interested please call either Chris or Emmeline to discuss further.
Football Help: We need 6 men/big boys to help monitor football in the pen on the playground during the Bazaar.  See fr CB or Harman Ross.
Creche for Children: We need some women to help look after children during the bazaar.  fr CB
Lucky Dip Prizes needed! If you have some nice little good-as-new toys or knick-knacks that children would love, please bring them in! 
Matched Funding Needed:  Do you work in a bank, or corporation that could help us?

UCM Table Top - Raffle Prizes:  There are a number of raffle prizes in the presbytery waiting for collection.  Please check your tickets in case you are a winner!  The numbers are:

  • 6 - 10
  • 11-15
  • 26 - 30
  • 106 - 110
  • 111 - 115
  • 116-119

African & Caribbean Annual Thanksgiving Mass: Today at the 12.30 Mass we welcome Fr Howard Campbell (Chaplain to Brixton Prison) who is here to celebrate the Mass for the African & Caribbean community.  After Mass there will be a shared lunch in the Club as the school kitchens can no longer be used.

The flowers in the Church today: are in honour of little Michelle Carvalho who is waiting for an urgent bone marrow transplant.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Deacon Michael Choppen's Funeral: (who was here) at English Martyrs Church in Streatham on Tuesday 22nd Oct at 11am   

St Bede's School: In a Government report due out St Bede’s School is been selected along with three others as one of the best 100 improved schools in the country.  Congratulations to Mrs Cathy Davies, Mrs Ewa Ostrynska, all the staff & pupils for your hard work & commitment.  Well done St Bede’s!

Little Sisters of the Poor - Autumn Fayre: Saturday 9th November 12noon to 4pm.  Free Admission, St Peter’s Residence, 2a Meadow Road, (off Claylands Rd & Fentiman Rd).  With Christmas gifts, Tombola, cakes, refreshments & stalls galore!

Blessing of Graves (Streatham Park Cemetery): on Remembrance Sunday (10th November) - 3.30pm.  St Bede’s will be leading the prayers at the cemetery on Rowan Road.  Make sure you come and pray for the dead. Afterwards we will bless individual graves.  How wonderful it is to see a crowd of people in a cemetery who have not forgotten their dead! 

FUTURE DATES:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Fri 1st Nov - All Saints Day - which is a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses will held at 7am (Latin); 8am (Convent); 9.30am; 12.30pm (Latin) & 8pm
Sat 2nd Nov - All Souls Day.  Additional Mass times to be confirmed.
Sat 9th Nov - 12pm - 4pm Little Sisters of the Poor Christmas Fayre.

Tues 22nd - No 9am Mass in Church.  There will be 9.30am Mass at St Bernadette's School.  Also there will be a Mass at 4pm to celebrate the retirement of Mrs G Brenthall, Deputy Head of St Bernadette's.
Thurs 31st - There will be no 12.30pm Latin Mass during to a funeral Mass for Sister Gema Arrue, Benediction will be moved to 11.30am
Church Cleaners 25th/26th: Vicki Sabatini, Fernanda Rodrigues & Philomena Dayanc. 

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.

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: 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.

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.

Youth & Family Day: Organised by Fr Stephen Boyle.  Children aged 8-15 years with parents. All welcome, especially those who went on Servers Summertime and the Faith Summer break. Saturday 9th November – St Anslem’s, Dartford.  See poster for more details & details of how to get to the Church. 

'Many Streams One River': A day event organised by various ecclesial Movements in the UK.  Saturday 9th November, Methodist Central Hall near Westminster.  Archbishop Nicholls will open it and Cardinal Cormac will give the concluding talk.  Tickets can be ordered on their website:  See poster for details.