Sunday, 22 December 2013

4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Mass Times:
Christmas Eve: 
6.30pm Children’s Mass.  
8pm (Convent) Misa En Espanol.  
9pm (Latin); Midnight Mass 
11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass.  

Christmas Day: 
8am; 9.30am; 10.45 (Latin) & 12.30pm.  
No Evening Mass.  

Boxing Day: 
9am (Convent); 10am  & 10.45am (Latin).  

New Years Eve: 
10.30pm Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
11.30pm Solemn Te Deum & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Mass at Midnight.

Happy Christmas to all - both to parishioners who keep this place going throughout the year and to our visitors near and far!  A big thanks to all who work hard to prepare St Bede’s for Christmas – our flower arrangers, our Church cleaners, our brass cleaners, our choir and musicians.  Special thanks to all those who do the rotas and to those who read and serve.    I hope all of you have a profound celebration of the real meaning of Christmas and a happy reunion with family and friends afterwards.  Then especially to you Mums have a good rest on Boxing Day!  

Christmas Offerings: In the porch and around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for the St Bede’s priests.  As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, and relies on the Collections at Christmas and Easter, as a significant source of income.  These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish.  Please be generous as your means will allow.

Welcome Back to Fr Andrew: our Christmas preacher on Tuesday night & Wednesday morning 

Welcome to Fr David Gibbons: who is our fourth Advent preacher.  Fr David Gibbons has been Director of the diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec for the last two years.  Previously he was Parish Priest of Camberwell for 11 years.  He was originally an Anglican Minister, and became a Catholic in 1994.  He holds degrees in Classics and in Theology from the Universities of Durham and Oxford, as well as Post-graduate Certificates in Education and in Theology.

Kathleen (Katie) Ryan RIP: Katie passed away on Monday of last week.  Her funeral will be held here on Friday 3rd January at 12.30pm, and reception of the body will be the day before at 4.30pm.

2014 Diocesan Directories on Sale in Porch £3.50 Spiral bound.  £3 standard bound.  Inside Liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish, list of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution.  Buy one today!  There are also some diaries – costing £1.50 each.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Mass Time Changes this week:  
Tues 17th: No 9am Mass in Church.  Requiem for Michelle Ennis at 12.30pm.
Fri 20th: No 9am Mass in Church.  There will be Mass at 9.30 at St Bernadette's School.

Church Cleaners Rota (27th/28th): 
Rosemary Jones & Family and Tricia Johnson and Family.  
The Rota for January – June 2014 has been sent out and a copy is posted on the notice board.

Confirmation Programme: starts on Saturday 11th January at 4.30pm.  The Bishop will come on 11th May 

First Holy Communion Programme: First Mass and Meeting – Sunday 12th January 9.30am.

New Diocesan Diploma in Catechises: A new course for catechists and others who wish to learn about the Catholic faith and how to pass it on to others.  It is being run in collaboration with Maryvale Institute, Birmingham and starts in January/February 2014.  It is a two year course, with four Saturdays a year at the Amigo Hall combined with distance learning study at home.  It is also possible to do the shorter Certificate course too.  More details are available from the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF) in Tooting Bec; their website is or see the poster at the back,

Vacancies:  For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.

Coloma Convent Girls School - for a Part-time Maths Teacher and a Domestic Assistant . Closing Date: ASAP

St Vincent de Paul Society - based in Walworth, SE17.  They required National Young Vicentian Coordinator (Full Time); Membership Development Office (Full Time); and a Youth Administration Assistant (Part Time).  Applications are invited from individuals who can empathise with the Society’s ethos and work.  Closing date: 3rd January; Interviews W/c 20 & 27th January

The Apostleship of the Sea - Legacy Officer based in Central London.  Applicants should have a minimum of two years experience of working in legacy fundraising. This post is part time, salary dependent on skills and experience.  Applications close: 24th January.  Interviews 4th February .