Sunday, 16 February 2014

6th Sunday OT (Old Rite: Septuagesima Sunday)

Education Sunday:  Education Sunday is a day of celebration for all those involved in the world of education. For over a century it has been part of an ecumenical celebration in which the Catholic Church participates.  The ecumenical theme for Education Sunday 2014 is 'Going Above and Beyond...'  In our schools, teachers, students and pupils are called to go beyond themselves and to discover Christ and His calling for them to ‘live life to the full’ (Jn 10:10) by growing in wisdom and virtue.  Education Sunday is an opportunity for schools and parishes to come together to celebrate and give thanks for all the students, staff and parents who work so hard in and for Catholic schools.  It is also a chance for us to reflect upon the contribution that Catholic education makes to our communities.  There will be a second collection for the Catholic Education Service this weekend.  This service is the chief negotiating & advisory body on matters affecting all aspects of Catholic education & also helps provide financial assistance for school transport in rural areas.

Happy Half Term: to the staff and pupils at all our schools.  We hope the weather improves for next week!
Confirmation Day Out: Tomorrow (Monday) – please make sure you are at St Bede’s by 9am with a packed lunch and £10. 
Polite Notice: We kindly ask that you do not allow your children to ride scooters or bikes on the grass areas outside the Church.  This is damaging the grass & dragging mud into the Church itself. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Mon 17th - Fri 21st - HALF TERM
Mon 17th - Confirmation Day Out in London.  Please meet at St Bede's Church by 9am
Sun 23rd: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.
Mass Time Changes this week: There are no changes planned at time of posting

Church Cleaners Rota - 21st / 22nd February:  Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett and Rita Ajuga.

Accommodation Needed: A family who attend the Latin American Mass are looking for a house or flat to rent in the area.  If you are able to help, please speak to one of the priests for the contact details.

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2014:

Chartres 2014: 6th – 10th June:  Registrations are now being accepted for the Chartres Pilgrimage!  The cost of this pilgrimage is £260 & £130 for children under 12.  You can pick up a Registration Form from the back of Church, this will need to be completed and returned with a deposit of £30 per person to reserve your place (full payment is required by 25th March).  Further information can also be found on the website,  The programme is expected to be very similar to previous years and Francis & Julie look forward to welcoming back many previous pilgrims as well as those taking the “Leap of Faith” for the first time.

Pilgrimages with 'A Day with Mary': There are three pilgrimages planned: 
  • Holy Land  4th -12th April 
  • Fatima 9th - 14th June
  • Italy 9th - 17th September  
For more information or to book, contact A Day with Mary, PO Box 432, Sutton, SM1 9LF; phone 020 8641 6418; email  There is a link to their website on our blog ( which has more details of each of these pilgrimages

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) 020 8274 8261 or 07782 661 922; or Email:  Poster at back of Church.

Pilgrimage to holy places in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal: led by Fr Linus Clovis in partnership with Tangney Tours.  Shrines include La Salette & Lourdes in France;  Rome, Gennazzano, Orvieto, Viterbo, Assisi, Siena & Genoa in Italy; Burgos & Santiago de Compostella in Spain; Fatima & Santerem in Portugal.  18 Days: 28th July - 14th August, 2014 and costs £1,980.  Accommodation and meals included.
For more informtaion go to

Lourdes & the Shrines of France: is being organised by the Knights of St Columba – 20th to 26th August – and parishioners are warmly welcome to join them on this eventful and exciting journey.  A poster is displayed on the Notice board.  If you would like a brochure with details of itinerary and hotel accommodation, please email George Isabella at or phone 020 8696 9714.

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – August 2014: A golden opportunity to come and join us in prayer.  Further details will be available soon, or you can contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Director, Fr Edward Perera at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lee or Tangney Tours

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

Coloma Girls Covent School - The Governors are looking to appoint a Part Time English Teacher and Full or Part Time Geography Teacher, starting either April or September.  Applications & further details are available from their website or by contacting Mrs S Dawson on 020 8654 6228 ext 229. Closing date: Application requested ASAP.

For the last 11 years, the Catholics Bishops Conference has organised Parliamentary & Public Policy Internships for recently graduated Catholics.  This year we are looking to offer 8 internships: four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster; one in a parliamentary support role within the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat; one in each of the Catholic Agencies (CAFOD & CSAN) in a public policy role; and one in a media internship in Archbishop’s House Westminster.  All internships  run Sept 14 - July 15 & include accommodation & subsistence allowances. The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 26th February; the Assessment days will be 1st & 2nd April