Sunday, 6 April 2014

5th Sunday of Lent (Old Rite: Passion Sunday/I Sunday in Passiontide)

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

Masses: Easter Triduum: Please note: all ceremonies will be held at St Bede’s this year!  
Palm Sunday (13th) 9.30am Mass with Procession from School.  10.30am Latin Mass with Procession from St Bede’s School.  All other Masses remain the same.
Spy Wednesday (16th) 11.30am Mass of Chrism at Cathedral.  7pm Tenebrae.  
Maundy Thursday (17th):  6pm (Latin); 8pm (English); Adoration 9.30pm – 6am.  
Good Friday (18th): 11am Stations of the Cross & Relic; 3pm; 5.30pm (Latin).  
Holy Saturday (19th): 5.30pm Latin; 8.30pm English
Easter Sunday (20th): Normal morning Masses time apply - No evening English Mass

The Fifth Sunday of Lent: This week, Passiontide begins, a time especially consecrated to the remembrance and loving contemplation of the sorrows of Jesus.  The veiled crucifix and statues, the absence of the Gloria in the Mass is a sign of mourning by which the Church commemorates Our Lord’s Passion.  Pope St. Leo exhorts us to participate “in the Cross of Christ, in order that we also may do something which will unite us to what He has done for us, for as the Apostle says, ‘if we suffer with Him, we shall be glorified with Him.’”  Therefore, we must not only meditate on Jesus’ sufferings, but also take part in them; only by bearing His Passion in our heart and in our body shall we be able to share in its fruits.  So it is that in the liturgy of this season the Church repeats more insistently than ever: “If you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts.”  The voice of the Lord makes itself heard these days, not by words, but by eloquent testimony of deeds, by the great events of the Passion – a mystery which gives us the most convincing proof of His infinite love for us.

Fr Linus Clovis: arrives at St Bede's on Friday 11th April.  We will be with us over Holy Week and Easter.

Readers Rota April - June: is now available at the back of Church.  Please pick up your copy today.  

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 12th: 10.30am A Day with Mary - Good Shepherd, New Addington
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: 
Fri 11th: 9am Mass will move to 9.40am and will be for the St Bede's Schoolchildren.  There will also be a Mass at St Bernadette's School at 9.30am

Church Cleaners Rota - 11th / 12th April: Pauline Ajuga, Rose Anunwa & Ms Nazereth Kristos.

A Day with MarySaturday 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

Born for This: Southwark Youth Services present: ‘A moving depiction of the Stations of the Cross presented by young people' at St George’s Cathedral on Sunday 6th April at 7:30pm.  Free admission. Appropriate for all ages. For more information contact Southwark Catholic Youth Service on 01227 272900 or

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

Are you registered to vote? Our MEPs are coming up for election on May 22nd along with our local councillors.  The European elections are decided on proportional representation, you pick a party rather than an individual.  There are 8 elected from London & 10 from the South East.  Depending on their portion of the vote each party gets a number of MEPs from their candidates list & so all votes can really count.  If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by May 6th; either by going to your local council offices or downloading a form online at (postal address can be found on there too)

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: