Sunday, 29 December 2013

Holy Family (Old Rite: Sunday within Octave of Advent / St Thomas)

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

Twelve Days of Christmas: lead us traditionally to the Epiphany and the liturgy for the next few weeks is meditating on the mystery of the Word made flesh. The implications of the incarnation are so many.  All of creation is in some sense sanctified by the presence of God made man.  That means that created matter can be a means to the end of union with God.  Icons, statues and pictorial representation are all ways that we can appreciate the mystery of the Kingdom which is beyond pictures.  Nevertheless with the coming of Christmas we can see the face of the Lord.

Happy New Year: to you all.  In this parish we always begin the New Year with a solemn Mass to beseech the Divine Majesty for the graces we need in the New Year.  Each one of us should make a New Year’s resolution to tackle some area in our life which habitually we may neglect.      

Thank You: the Priests thank you for your cards, gifts and Christmas offering.  

Christopher Cheung RIP: There will be funeral service at 11am on Tuesday.

Catherine Ryan RIP: The Requiem Mass will be held on Friday 3rd January at 12.30pm, and reception of the body will be Thursday 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 available - £1.50 each.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 11th: 4.30 - 6pm Confirmation Class followed by Mass.
Sun 12th: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.
Tues 14th: 4.30pm Federation Mass 

Mass Time Changes this week:  
Tues 31st Dec: Funeral (Rites only) of Christopher Cheong at 11.30am.  Exposition, Benediction & Midnight Mass.
Wed 1st Jan: Bank Holiday Mass times apply - 9am Convent; 10am in Church.  No Latin Mass.
Fri 3rd Jan: No 9am Mass.  Requiem for Kathleen (Katie) Ryan at 12.30pm.

Church Cleaners Rota (3rd/4th): Tania Pereira and Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick.   
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.

The World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima: 10th-17th July 2014 (led by Mike Daley/ Rev. Fr. Gerard Kelly).  Prices includes: Return flights from Heathrow, half board in Domus Pacis; Taxes and all coach tours. For itinerary and booking form contact: Oliver Abasolo (WAF Southwark Representative) 02082748261 or 07782661922; or Email:  Poster at back

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 .