Sunday, 30 March 2014

4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare / Mothering Sunday)

Laetare / Mothering Sunday:  Today we are at the mid point of Lent and Mother Church allows us to relax a little from the fast with flowers on the altar and the organ being played.  The liturgical colour is softened from violet to rose and the Mass begins with the words “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice Jerusalem…).  We contemplate the motherhood of the Church which is exemplified by our Blessed Lady herself.  On this day we honour all Mothers and pray for them whether they are living or dead.  We pay tribute to all of you who have worked hard to bring up children as this is the most important job in human society.  God bless our Mothers!

Special Sunday: Today at 10.45am Mass.  Ordinary: Mass in G (Giovanni B. Casali). Offertory: Ave Maris Stella (Tomas Luis de Vittoria). Communion: Adiranys te. Christe (Orlandus Lassus).  Ave regina caelorum (Josef Rheinberger).Sung by Cantores Missae  with Mr Charles Finch

Lenten Extra:  Don’t forget to review your resolutions every day and to pray for the grace to keep them going!  Don’t forget the daily Masses at St Bede’s.  We also have Rosary after the 9am weekday Mass and Exposition & Adoration on Thursday mornings.  
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 Rota April - June: is now available at the back of Church.  Please pick up your copy today.  

Congratulations: to all those children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
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 - Confirmation candidates to attend Mass of Chrism at Cathedral (11am).  Meet at St Bede's at 9am.  7pm Tenebrae
Thurs 17th: Maundy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper at 6pm Latin and 8pm English
Fri 18th: Good Friday - 11am Stations of the Cross and Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross.  3pm (English).  5.30pm (Latin) Solemn Liturgy of the Passion.
Sat 19th: Holy Saturday - 5.30pm Latin.  8.30pm English
Sun 20th: Easter Sunday - Morning Masses as normal.  No 6pm Evening Mass.
Sat 26/Sun 27th:  Little Sisters of the Poor - will be here to sell raffle tickets for their Summer Fayre.

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

Church Cleaners Rota - 4th / 5th April: Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick & Tania Pereira.

A Day with Mary: Saturday 5th April – St Joseph’s, Roehampton Lane.  The day starts at 10am with procession and Mass and finishes around 5.30pm.  
Saturday 12th April - Good Shepherd Church in New Addington, starting 10am and finishing around 5.40pm.  
For more info, please see the posters on the notice boards or visit their website

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.  Regina Coeli Primary School in South Croydon is looking for a new Headteacher from September.  
We also have adverts for St Vincent de Paul Society who need a part-time Fundraising officer, Aid to the Church in Need who are looking for a Area Secretary for the Southwark Diocese 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: