Sunday, 13 April 2014

Palm Sunday (Old Rite: Palm Sunday/II Sunday of Passiontide)

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.  3pm Spanish Mass.  No evening English Mass

Holy Week:  All of our Sacraments, like satellites around their sun, revolve around the Blessed Sacrament - the Holy Eucharist.  In the Liturgy this week, this close dependence is clearly shown: the Easter Vigil is the traditional time for Baptism; on Maundy Thursday (or in this Diocese “Spy” Wednesday) the Bishop consecrates the Chrism and blesses the Holy Oils which are used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination and the Anointing of the Sick.  The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is intimately joined to Good Friday.  We should all enter into the great Three Days to understand better our own personal incorporation into Christ’s Paschal Mystery with all its implications!  Don’t forget to make the most of this Week of weeks.  Put your blessed palm behind your crucifix as a sign of the victory of the Cross.  Make every effort to come to the “Washing of the Feet” on Maundy Thursday evening; the “Kissing of the Cross” on Good Friday and the Solemn Easter Vigil with the fire on Holy Saturday night.  There are loads of opportunities for Confessions so make sure you go before Easter!

Washing of the Feet: We need male volunteers for Maundy Thursday.  Please put your name on the list located on the clipboard at the back of Church

The Good Friday Collection for Holy Places is used to maintain 74 Churches & shrines associated with the life of Jesus.  It also helps the work of the Church in the Holy Land & neighbouring countries by the relief of poverty & suffering.  Parishes, schools, orphanages and medical centres they rely very much on assistance from the Collection, especially at this difficult time.  Gift Aid Donors are asked to place their contribution in one of the spare green envelopes supplied (writing ‘Holy Places’ on front), thereby boosting their donation by an additional 25% tax relief.

Confirmation Candidates: are to be involved in this great week.  On Wednesday they meet at St Bede’s to go to the Mass of Chrism at Cathedral in Southwark.  On Maundy Thursday, they will sit behind the 12 Apostles and do the Offertory Procession.  On Good Friday, they should be here at 2.45pm where they sit in the front row.  On Holy Saturday night, at the 8.30pm Vigil (the first Mass of Easter), they help with tapers to light the candles of the congregation.

Welcome to Fr Linus Clovis: who will be with us over Holy Week and Easter Octave.

Thank you to our new Readers who have generously offered their help for the Saturday Vigil Masses.  

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
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: 
See above for Easter Masses.  There are no Morning Masses on Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Church Cleaners Rota - 18th / 19th April: Biannie Bilwala, Regina Curaj and Legion of Mary.

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 tonight 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

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