Sunday, 16 March 2014

2nd Sunday of Lent

Walking Through Lent with Pope Francis:  The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.  Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.  With Christ joy is constantly born anew.  Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world.  Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up.  It is an irresistible force.  Often it seems that God does not exist; all around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference and cruelty.  But it is also true that in the midst of darkness something new breaks through, stubbornly yet invincibly.  However dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads.  Each day in our world beauty is born anew; it rises transformed through the storms of history.  Peter, James and John had their special encounter with Jesus when they took time out from their daily concerns.  Take some extra time this week, not to say prayers, but to stop and ponder the people who reflect the light of God’s goodness to you.

The Lenten Preaching: for 2014 will be undertaken by the priests of St Bede’s. 
Lenten Extra Daily Mass:  In the three-fold dimension of Lent (prayer, fasting & almsgiving), the first understands some sort of intensification of our spiritual life.  During Lent we should try to go to at least one extra Mass in the week.  There we have provided for us in a short space of time the Holy word of God, an opportunity to go to Communion, an opportunity to pray, and an opportunity to step out of our normal routine to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet in which to rediscover a better perspective of our lives.  
Lenten Confessions: Saturdays 9.30-10am; 5.30 – 6pm.  Sunday: 9.40 – 10.15am; 11-11.30am.
Stations of the Cross:  Every Sunday during Lent at 5pm

Readers for Saturday 6pm Mass Urgently Needed! If you would be able to read during the Saturday Vigil Mass starting from 5th April, please give one of the priests your details so that we can add you to the rota.

Joyce O'Brien RIP: sadly passed away on Monday 3rd March.  Her funeral will be on Friday at 12noon followed by burial at West Norwood Cemetery.  

Sense and Nonsense on 'Assisted Dying': An Assisted Dying Bill to legalise assisted suicide is currently before Parliament. There is often confusion about what ‘assisted dying’ means. The Bishops' Conference has compiled a briefing note which explains simply and clearly what the issues are, and what the Church says. Copies of this short briefing note from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales are available at the back of the Church or on the website

New Paper - 'The Catholic Voice': which we currently have on a trail basis from Ireland.  It costs £1.50 (available fortnightly) 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 22nd: 4.30pm Confirmation Class followed by 6pm Mass
Sun 23rd: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.  
Wed 26th: 7.30pm FAITH Talk - Crypt of Our Lady of the Assumption - Warwick Street, London 
Mon 31st: 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Fri 21st: No 9am Mass in Church.  At 12pm we will have the Requiem for Joyce O'Brien

Church Cleaners Rota - 21st / 23rd March: Adebayo Family. Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo and Gina Uraih

Spring Clean & Bric-a-Brac Sale: in aid of the Ace of Clubs (helping the homeless) and The Laurels School Bursary Fund on Saturday 22nd March at 12noon at The Laurels School (126 Atkins Road).  Further details can be found on the poster on notice board.

St Thomas the Apostle College is a high achieving boys Catholic school in Southwark, achieving 73% A*-C incl. Maths & English. These outstanding results place us in the top 4 schools in Southwark and make us one of the top performing boys schools in south London. Our recent successes have seen greater demand on places however we would welcome further applications from practising Catholics.  . If you are interested in visiting the school and discussing admissions please contact Indira Sarsoza at the college on 020 7639 0106.

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 March: Why male and female? Why the virginal birth? - Fr Hugh MacKenzie.
Wednesday 30th April: The Sacraments: The sunshine of the soul - Fr Michael-John Galbraith
Wednesday 14th May: The Church as a field hospital - Canon Luiz Ruscillo
Wednesday 28th May: The Eucharist: Fulfilling human nature - Fr David Standen

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

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

Pilgrimage to Lourdes & the Shrines of France is being organised by the Knights of St. Columba – 20th to 26th August 2014 – and parishioners are warmly welcome to join them on this eventful and exiting journey.  A poster is displayed on the Notice Board.  A brochure with details of itinerary and hotel accommodation is available on demand from 020 8696 9714 or email

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd - 29th August by Train or Air.  A golden opportunity to unite in prayer.  Do come and join us.  Further details from: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London, SE1 6HX. Telephone: 07521 519 482 or email: