Sunday, 2 February 2014

Presentation of the Lord (Old Rite: Purification of the BVM)

APF – Mill Hill Mission Thank You & Appeal: This weekend we welcome Fr Denis Treacy MHM to our parish.  Fr Denis will be making the 5-yearly APF – Mill Hill Thank You & Appeal for new members.  He will explain how we can all be involved in the Mission of the Church in our homes and families.  Jesus asks his followers to “go and bring the Good News to all people”.  By responding to Fr Denis’ Appeal this weekend, we can truly be a parish “involved in the Mission of the Universal Church’.  It would be fantastic if every home was involved in this work of the Church by supporting Missionaries throughout the world.

St Blaise - Blessing of Throats:  The traditional blessing of throats will be given tomorrow (Monday) after each Mass.  Our throats are so important for our physical health and of course we use them to speak and we must always seek to the curb the tongue from uncharitable words.  St Blaise was a Bishop and Martyr of the Armenian people; the first nation to declare itself Christian.  Almost a hundred years ago they suffered a horrendous holocaust in which one & a half million of them were killed in present day Turkey, Iraq and Syria.  That began a diaspora of Armenians all over the world and sadly it was to herald other genocidal activity especially in Nazi Germany, Pol Pot’s, Cambodia and most recently in Rwanda. As we receive the blessing of St Blaise let us never forget to pray for our Christian Brothers & Sisters suffering in Syria and the rest of the Middle East not to mention North Korea and other places throughout the world.       

Debriefing for Bazaar: This Tuesday (4th Feb) at 7pm in the club.  Come along and give us your thoughts on what worked & what didn’t!

Chinese New Year 2014: began last Friday (31st January).  To usher in the Year of the Horse you are warmly invited to a special Mass at St Matthew’s, Upper Norwood on Sunday 9th February at 11am.  Red is the Chinese auspicious colour.  In solidarity with our Chinese brothers and sisters, you are invited to wear something red!

‘Beauty & The Beast’: Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham presents ‘Beauty & the Beast’ over 3 evenings – 5, 6 & 7 February at 7pm.  There is a poster on the notice board with more details - and how you can purchase tickets.

Catholic Theatre Company: is presenting two plays for the whole family at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden on Saturday 8th Feb.  The plays are suitable for children aged 4 yrs and upwards – and they aim to support parents, and promote family values.  For more info, visit

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 4th: 7pm Bazaar Debrief in the club
Wed 5th: 7.30pm (Final) FAITH talk,  
Fri 7th: 7.30pm First Friday Devotions.
Sat 8th: 9.30am - 5pm 'A Day with Mary' - St Joseph's, New Malden.
             4.30 - 6pm Confirmation Class.
Sun 9th: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.  African & Caribbean Meeting.
             10.45am - Confirmation Class to attend Latin Mass.
Sat 15th: 10am - 5.30pm 'A Day with Mary' - Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen.

Mass Time Changes this week: No planned changes at time of posting.  

Church Cleaners Rota - 7th / 8th February:  Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome and Alem Araya Zemichael.

A Pilgrimage to Lourdes & the Shrines of France: Organised by The Knights of Columba Council 266 (Streatham) 20th - 26th August.  The pilgrimage will be accompanied by a Spiritual Director and is association with Pax Travel.  The cost is £499 for Adults and £449 for children under 17 at time of departure (price is based on 40 paying pilgrims making the trip).  For further information, please see poster on notice board for contact details of Fergal Keane.

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

2014 Pilgrimages with 'A Day with Mary': see previous postings for details on the three planned pilgrimages - or check out their website - a link to them can be found on the sidebar menu.

The World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima: please see previous blog posting for details of this pilgrimage.

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.

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 Time 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 As Soon As Possible

Catholic Education Service (CES) - CES Religious Education Advisor (England & Wales) - Part Time. The role is based in the Eccleston Square office but may require travel to other areas within England and Wales. Closing date: Friday 14th February. 

The Diocese of Westminster has requested help in advertising for a new Headteacher at Larmenier & Sacred Heart Primary School (W6 8PB) starting September. Prospective candidates should contact the school office for further information or to apply;, the closing Date is Thursday 13th February.