Sunday, 4 May 2014

3rd Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: 2nd Sunday after Easter)

May - The month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers and magnificence of colour is dedicated to our Blessed Lady.  St Bernadette of Lourdes said “nothing down here can compare to the beauty which I have seen”.  The natural beauty of spring and summer is a foreshadowing of the Testament; our Blessed Lady is seen in the midst of the Apostles and early Christians praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the same way we follow the example of Mary, Mother of the Lord in praying for the graces that each of us need.

Next Sunday at the 12.30 Mass, Bishop Patrick Lynch will be here for the Confirmations.  On Saturday we will have a preparation day starting at 11.30 & On Sunday, all candidates should be at St Bede’s school by 11.45, for the group photo.

Special Sunday – Today: at 10.45am Mass. Sung by Cantores Missae, under the direction of Charles Finch and financially sponsored by the Latin Mass Society.

African & Caribbean Thanksgiving Mass will be held at 12.30pm on 18th May.  All are welcome to come along.

Gift Aid Scheme: Maria Chang, our Gift Aid co-ordinator will be handing out the new boxes of envelopes.  If you are not yet a participant, please consider joining the scheme as it greatly helps the parish finances – at no cost to you!  If you are a tax payer, the Church can claim back the tax that you paid, increasing any donation that you make by 25% - (or more if you are a higher rate tax payer).  This includes your Mass intention offerings and Easter/Christmas Offerings – so don’t forget to put your gift aid number on these too!
You can pick up a form from the back of Church, speak to Maria or visit our 'Supporting Our Parish' page and download the forms.  The easiest way to give money is through a standing order set-up with your bank.
We would like to thank all parishioners who already participate in the scheme.  It is essential that you notify the Gift Aid Coordinator if stop paying Income Tax – especially in light of recent changes in the personal allowance!

Fatima Presentation at St Anslems: Donal Foley, secretary of the World Apostolate of Fatima, will give an inspiring talk about Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima and their importance for us, on Friday 9th May after the 6.15pm Mass in the New Hall at St Anslem's, Tooting Bec .  The talk will be accompanied by a PowerPoint and DVD presentation.

James Dixon (our former Director of Music) is directing a Chorus Peregrinus Ensemble by Guerrero, Victoria & Mendelssohn on Friday 9th May at 8pm at St James’ Church, Sussex Gardens (nearest tube Lancaster Gate); all welcome, free entry.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Fri 9th: 8pm James Dixon - St James' Sussex Gardens
Sat 10th: 11.30am Confirmation Preparation Day
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
Mon 26th: 12-4pm Little Sisters of the Poor Garden Fete

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

Church Cleaners Rota - 9th & 10th May: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.

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

Family Life International Conference 2014: Saturday 10th May 10am–6pm, at St George’s Cathedral Hall. Visit for more details & to register.  There will be five speakers throughout the day including Fr Linus Clovis.

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:

Pilgrimages with 'A Day with Mary': There are three pilgrimages planned: 
  • Fatima 9th - 14th June
  • Italy 9th - 17th September  
For more information or to book, contact A Day with Mary, PO Box 432, Sutton, SM1 9LF; phone 020 8641 6418; email  There is a link to their website on our blog ( which has more details of each of these pilgrimages

The World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima: 10th-17th July 2014 (led by Mike Daley/ Rev. Fr. Gerard Kelly).  Prices includes: Return flights from Heathrow, half board in Domus Pacis; Taxes and all coach tours. For itinerary and booking form contact: 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 in partnership with Tangney Tours.  Shrines include La Salette & Lourdes in France;  Rome, Gennazzano, Orvieto, Viterbo, Assisi, Siena & Genoa in Italy; Burgos & Santiago de Compostella in Spain; Fatima & Santerem in Portugal.  18 Days: 28th July - 14th August, 2014 and costs £1,980.  Accommodation and meals included.
For more information go to

Pilgrimage to Lourdes & the Shrines of France is being organised by the Knights of St. Columba – 20th to 26th August 2014 – and parishioners are warmly welcome to join them on this eventful and exiting journey.  A poster is displayed on the Notice Board.  A brochure with details of itinerary and hotel accommodation is available on demand from 020 8696 9714 or email

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd - 29th August by Train or Air.  A golden opportunity to unite in prayer.  Do come and join us.  Further details from: Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director, Archbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, London, SE1 6HX. Telephone: 07521 519 482 or email: