Sunday, 27 April 2014

2nd Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday (Old Rite: Low Sunday)

Divine Mercy Sunday is a modern Devotion propagated by Blessed Faustina, a Polish Nun, who experienced revelations from our Blessed Lord.  She died before the Second World War & for several decades the revelations were under investigations by the Church authorities.  During the Pontificate of John Paul II, he promoted this devotion which is now spread throughout the world & is recited every day at St Bede’s after the daily Rosary. 

New Saints: ‘A true festival of faith and a ‘festival of holiness’  Today the church rejoices in the Canonisation of two great and beloved Popes, John Paul II and John XXIII.

Gift Aid and Tax Changes: With the increase this month in the Personal Tax Allowance to £10,000, it is expected that a number of taxpayers will be taken out of taxation altogether. If you are in the Gift Aid scheme and this happens to you, please inform Maria Chang, the parish Gift Aid Co-ordinator. All members of the Gift Aid scheme should be aware that they must pay enough income tax to cover the tax rebate we claim on their donations.  

Welcome to the Little Sisters of the Poor who will be selling tickets for their Garden Fete after the Masses today.
Goodbye to Fr Linus Clovis who leaves us on Tuesday.
Thank you to the '12 Apostles' who had their feet washed here on Maundy Thursday;
Harman Ross; Paul Mwambala; Jimmy Connelly; Shaz John; Starr Peters-Macauley; Roderigo Moyano; George Cilia; Ron Gunputrav; John Kobako; Joseph Harker; Raymond Casey & Stuart Casey.

'Not for Sale' Campaign: Modern Slavery can go unseen for months & sometimes years.  It takes place all over the country from quiet villages to large cities.  It is so widespread in the UK that you are likely to have come into contact with a victim of trafficking yourself but would not have recognised them as such.  Many news outlets have portrayed the issue of modern slavery as the sexual exploitation of women; however, its most common form is slave labour. In May, a new Modern Slavery Bill will be presented to Parliament.  By signing our petition, together we can encourage our MP’s to support the Bill and you could help free someone from modern-day slavery.  The petition is on the table in porch.  
Special Marriage Anniversaries: Are you celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th + anniversary this year?  If so, you can apply for an invitation to a special Mass held on Saturday 21st June at St George’s Cathedral.  Put your name on the list at the back of Church or email The deadline for the applications is this Wednesday (30th April).

Thank You: to all those who attend the concert last Tuesday.  Through generous donations, they raised over £200 for St Bede’s.
Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Fri 2nd: 11.30am Requiem (Extraordinary Form) for Blanche Irving.
Sun 11th: 12.30pm Confirmations (Bishop Pat Lynch)
Sun 18th: 12.30pm African & Caribbean Mass followed by lunch in club.
Fri 23 - Sun 25th - Vocations weekend for young women - Broadstairs, Kent

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

Church Cleaners Rota - 25th / 26th April: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum & Adiam Berhane.

Mass for Migrants:  May Bank Holiday Monday (5th) at 11am at Westminster Cathedral and proceeded by a banner procession at 10.30.  The principal celebrant will be Bishop Pat Lynch.  All are welcome to come & join in this wonderful celebration of London’s, & the Catholic Church’s cultural diversity.  Get there early if you want a seat! 

Calling Past Pupils of Coloma Convent Girls' School: The annual reunion luncheon for past pupils of Coloma Convent Girls’ School in Shirley, Croydon takes place at the school on Saturday 10th May.   The event is organised by COGA – the school’s alumnae association – and more details and a ticket booking form are available on   If you are unable to attend this year but would like to be kept up to date with information about next year’s 50th anniversary of the school’s move to Shirley then please email

Feast of St George Preca, Maltese Priest and Founder of SDC who was canonised in 2007 is to be celebrated this month in London on Sunday 11th May at 4pm - Holy Rosary Church, Brixton.  Join us to celebrate the life of this new saint.  Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.  For more information call 0208 768 5159.  

Conscience and the NHS: The Annual Conference of the Catholic Medical Association.  A one day conference on 17th May at Ealing Abbey, followed by the AGM of the Catholic Medical Association on 18th May. Find out more about ‘Conscience’ & how we can remain faithful to our conscience in our workplaces, amidst pressure & challenges not to.  Doctors, nurses, hospital chaplains & all other health care workers are welcome.  For further details see the poster at the back or visit

Vocations Weekend for young women (20s and 30s):  The weekend is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) and the theme is 'Discerning God's Call in my life'.  Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th May in Broadstairs, Kent.   There will be input from the FCJ sisters on different aspects of vowed life, and time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other young women who are also considering a vocation to religious life.  It's an opportunity to live community life for a weekend and meet some sisters!  For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at or visit our website 

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

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2014:
See our previous posts for details of these pilgrimages