Sunday, 5 January 2014

Epiphany of Our Lord (Old Rite: Most Holy Name of Jesus)

Epiphany: This word refers to the twelfth day of Christmas and traditionally the Christmas festivities and decorations remain up until this date.  The word Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek.  At the Nativity no one really knew about the birth of Christ.  When the three wise men came “the whole of Jerusalem” knew that something had happened in Bethlehem.  The visit of the Magi from beyond the confines of Judaism heralded the universality or “Catholicity” of the Church.  We at St Bede’s are a marvellous example of this universality with so many different national origins.  The other important meaning for us is that the feast urges us to carry the beautiful and comforting message of Christianity into the ordinary life of the people we meet!

Christmas Again! According to the Julian calendar (which lags behind our Gregorian calendar), Christmas Day is January 7th.  Our Eritrean & Ethiopian parishioners (in union with the Christians in Egypt) mark this day and some will be up all night.  Our Mass for them will be on January 12th at 12.30pm followed by a reception.

Welcome Back: to our Heads, staff and pupils after the Christmas holidays. We hope you all had a restful break and are ready to start the new term.

First Holy Communion & Confirmation Programmes: our preparations start in earnest next weekend!  

Confirmation - candidates and parents/guardians – should attend the first session next Saturday at 4.30pm followed by Mass at 6pm.  
Then on Sunday all First Communion Candidates should attend 9.30 Mass, and afterwards we will begin their preparations.  It is important for parents & guardians to take an active role in helping their child to prepare for these Sacraments.

'A Day With Mary' ‘A day of instruction, devotion & intercession based on the message given at Fatima in 1917.’ The next event will take place at Westminster Cathedral Saturday 25th January.  The day starts at 9.45 with Entry procession of Our Lady of Fatima, Angelus, and Crowning of Our Lady’s statue and sung Litany, and finishes at 4pm.  For more info, see the poster.  There are three pilgrimages planned for 2014: Holy Land (4-12 April); Fatima (9-14 June) and Italy (9-17 September).  Their website has details of each of these pilgrimages.

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: 4pm Federation Mass
Fri 17th - 4pm Polish Mass

Mass Time Changes this week:  There are no expected changes for this coming week.

2014 Diocesan Directories for sale: £3.50 Spiral bound.  £3 standard bound. Inside Liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish, lists of  Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution.  Buy one today!  There are also some diaries remaining

New Readers Rota: available now at the back of Church.

Church Cleaners Rota - 10th / 11th January: Pauline Ajuga, Rose Anunwa and Ms Nazerth Kristos. 
A copy of the Rota for January – June 2014 is posted on the notice board.

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

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

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 .