Sunday, 23 March 2014

3rd Sunday of Lent

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. In a message addressed to Catholics in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Pope Francis said, “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect”. The Church supports high quality care for the dying and protection for the weak and vulnerable. The Church teaches that life is a gift from God (John 10:10) and that suicide is the ultimate inability to accept the gift of life. Although attempting suicide should be treated with compassion rather than with blame, suicide should never be encouraged or promoted. Moreover the Church teaches that deliberately ending or helping to end someone else’s life, even if that person may have requested it, is wrong. Those who take someone else’s life take to themselves the power of life and death, which ultimately belongs to God. 
Copies of this short briefing note can be found on the Bishops' Conference website:

First Confessions: will be next Saturday (30th) at 10am.  Please pray for all the children and parents.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass:  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 – 10.10am; 11-11.30am.
Stations of the Cross:  Every Sunday during Lent at 5pm

Readers for Saturday 6pm Mass Needed! If you would be able to read during the Saturday Vigil Mass (new rota starts 5th April), please give your contact details to one of the priests this weekend so they can be passed onto the co-ordinators.

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 29th: 10am First Confessions.  (Sales of Communion wear will be in the club 9.30-12.30pm)
Sun 30th: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class. Distribution of programme part two.  
Mon 31st: 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
Sat 5th: 10.30am A Day with Mary - St Joseph's, Roehampton
Sat 12th: 10.30am A Day with Mary - Good Shepherd, New Addington
Sun 13th: Palm Sunday.  10am Latin at La Retraite Chapel
Wed 16th: Spy Wednesday - 9am Confirmation candidates to attend Mass of Chrism at Westminster Abbey
Thurs 17th: Maundy Thursday - Masses at 6pm Latin and 8pm English
Fri 18th: Good Friday - 11am Children's Stations of the Cross.  3pm Litany of Our Lord's Death (Latin at La Retraite School Chapel - English at St Bede's Church).  8pm Stations of the Cross and Relic.
Sat 19th: Holy Saturday - 7.30pm Latin at La Retraite Chapel.  8.30pm English
Sun 20th: Easter Sunday - Morning Masses as normal.  No 6pm Evening Mass. 

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

Church Cleaners Rota - 28th / 29th March: Rosemary Jones & Family and Tricia Johnson & Family.

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.  

There are two teaching vacancies at The Laurels School just around the corner from us on Atkins Road and 5 teacher vacancies for Coloma Girls' Convent School.  Aid to the Church in Need is looking for a Area Secretary and if you are interested in Radio, Heaven's Road FM are a new internet radio station who are on the look-out for people (no experience necessary)

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2014:
See our previous posts for details of these pilgrimages
  • A Day with Mary - Fatima 9th - 14th June
  • A Day with Mary - Italy 9th - 17th September
    A Day with Mary, PO Box 432, Sutton, SM1 9LF; phone 020 8641 6418; email  
  • The World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima: 10th-17th July.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  18 Days: 28th July - 14th August. For more information go to
  • Pilgrimage to Lourdes & the Shrines of France Knights of St. Columba – 20th to 26th August.  Tel 020 8696 9714 or email
  • Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd - 29th August by Train or Air.  Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London, SE1 6HX. Telephone: 07521 519 482 or email: