Sunday, 23 February 2014

7th Sunday OT (Old Rite: Sexagesima Sunday)

Fraternal Charity: To ‘keep unity in the bond of peace’ is easy and difficult at the same time.  It is easy because when the heart is truly humble, meek and patient, it bears everything with love, carefully trying to adapt itself to the feelings and desires of others, rather than asserting its own.  It is difficult because, as long as we are here below, self-love always tends to rise and assert its right.  Very often the cause of division among good people is excessive self-assertion:  the desire to do things one’s own way.  Given our limitations, there can be nothing so absolute in our ideas that it cannot give way to the ideas of others.  If our ideas are good, upright and brilliant, those of others may be equally good or even better.  Therefore, it is much wiser, to try and reconcile our views with theirs, rather than to reject them, lest we be obliged to give up our personal ways and views.  This individualism is the enemy of union; it is a hindrance to good works as well as to spiritual progress.

‘Special Sunday’ 10.45 Mass Today: The Ordinary of the Mass will be Missa Simile est Regnum by Tomas Luis de Victoria; Offertorium: Simile est Regnum – Cristobal De Morales, Communion: Sitivir Anima Mea by Giovanni Perluigi Da Palestrina and Salutation of Our Lady: Ave Regina Caelorum – Francisco Guerrero.  Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.

Welcome Back: to the staff and pupils at all our schools – we hope you have all have a rest and all ready to start school again!

Congratulations to Tom Bailey & Lorna Greenway: who were married at St Bede’s last Monday.  The Greenways have lived on Glenfield Road for many years.  

St Bede's  Social Club: are looking for volunteers to help out at the bar.  The requirement is to work on Friday night 8.30– 11.30pm and/or Sunday 12–3pm.  No experience needed as training will be given however you must be over 18.  For further details or to apply please contact Brian McCully or John Juliani.

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers: If you shop in Sainsbury’s, please make sure you collect the Active Kids Vouchers – and if you are not supporting any particular school we could use them very well for St Bede’s & St Bernadette’s Schools.  These vouchers can be dropped into the School Office or through the letterbox of the Presbytery.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Wed 26th: 7.30pm FAITH Talk - Crypt of Our Lady of the Assumption - Warwick Street, London 
Sat 1st: 4.30pm Confirmation Class followed by 6pm Mass
Sun 2nd: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.  Parent Meeting in club.
Wed 5th: Ash Wednesday - see Mass times below.
Thurs 6th: 6pm - 8pm Open Evening - The Laurels (126 Atkins Road)
Fri 7th: 7.30pm First Friday Devotions

Mass Time Changes this week: There are no changes planned at time of posting
Wed 5th: Ash Wednesday (Holy Day of Obligation).  Masses will be at 7am Latin; 8am Convent; 9.30am English; 12.30pm Latin and 8pm English.

Church Cleaners Rota - 28th Feb / 1st March:  Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal and Ngozi Otukwu. Please Note: Baptism at 11am on Saturday

FAITH Movement Talks: A series of talks for adults in London organised by the Faith Movement .  Talks will take place at 7:30pm in the crypt of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Warwick St, London (nearest tube is Piccadilly circus). Please note that the entrance to the crypt is via the basement stairs (next to 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR)
The series is about the purpose of the Church with titles and dates as follows.
Wednesday 26th February: The Church of Jesus Christ: The ‘ecosystem’ of Man - Fr William Massie
Wednesday 12th March 2014: The Church’s Magisterium: Why must it be part of God’s communing with Man? - Fr Mark Vickers
Wednesday 26th March 2014: Why male and female? Why the virginal birth? - Fr Hugh MacKenzie.

National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life: On Wednesday 26th February, please join us in a day of prayer & fasting for the end of abortion & euthanasia in this country, & to safeguard the pro-life movement from all attacks – both worldly & spiritual. Your prayer & fasting is urgently needed.   See for more information.

Singing Lessons, Music Theory & Piano Lessons (for beginners), given by a graduate of “The Murcia Music Conservatory” and “University of Alicante” (Spain). Lessons can be in English or Spanish. For more information see her website and see newsletter for phone & email details. 

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 information 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.

We have no details on the planned Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – August 2014 as yet.  As soon as we do, we will re-establish the link to them on the side bar of this blog.

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

Willing to Serve as a Schools Admission Appeal Panel Member? On behalf of the Governing Bodies of Catholic Schools in the Diocese, the Diocesan Education Commission is currently seeking volunteers to sit on Appeals Panels.  Training will be provided during March & April for those appointed.  Please contact the Commission for an application form & further info - phone 01689 829 331 or email Completed application forms should be sent back to Commission by 7th March.

The Laurels School in Atkins Road, currently have two teaching vacancies.  A Part-Time Teacher of History and Geography and a Part Time Teacher of PE and Girls' Games.  You will be part of a new school and will be given lots of opportunity to develop as the school grows.  You will be expected to show initiative and real commitment to the project.  Please email in the first instance to: For further information you can go to their website.