Sunday, 25 May 2014

6th Sunday of Easter / St Bede (Old Rite: V 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.

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) is our heavenly patron and today is his feast (Tuesday in the Old Rite). On Tuesday we will celebrate his feast at both Masses.  We pray that he may obtain for us the grace to observe our faith as he did with joy and enthusiasm.  The chronicles of the time testify him being “one of the most observant and happy of Monks”.  May he, in the communion of Saints, by the power of the Holy Spirit teach us this simple lesson: that happiness is the fruit of observance which entails daily discipline.

‘Special Sunday’:  At the 10.45am Mass.  Sung by Cantores Missae, under the direction of Mr Charles Finch and financially sponsored by the Latin Mass Society.

Welcome to Fr Ivor Netto SDB, who will be making the Annual Mission Appeal on behalf of Salesians of Don Bosco.   Please be as generous as you can.

Welcome to God's Church: Max Timothy Davis, son of Jack and Kelly who was baptised last Saturday by Fr Simon.

Little Sisters of the Poor Garden Fete: Tomorrow (Monday) from 12pm to 4pm – in their wonderful gardens of St Peter’s Residence, 2a Meadow Road, Vauxhall, SW8 1QY.  Please see the notice boards for more information.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Mon 26th: 12-4pm Little Sisters of the Poor Garden Fete
Sun 1st: 10.30am UCM Table Table Sale
Fri 6th: 7.30pm First Friday Devotions
Sun 8th: 12.30pm First Holy Communion - Group 1
Sun 22nd: 12.30pm First Holy Communion - Group 2
Sat 28th: 6pm Reunion Mass for our FHC & Confirmation Candidates
Sun 29th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession.

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Mon 26th: Bank Holiday Mass times apply - 9am Convent; 10am English and 10.45am Latin.

African & Caribbean Association: are holding a cake sale today to raise funds towards our annual bazaar.  Please go along to the club after the 9.30 and 10.45am Masses.

UCM Table Top Sale: Next Sunday (1st June) 10.30am – 12.30pm with raffle, good-as-new and cakes for sale.  Please come along and support them.

Half Term: We wish the staff and pupils of all our schools a relaxing and peaceful week.

Church Cleaners Rota - 30th & 31st May: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal and Ngozi Otukwu. Please Note:  Baptisms on Saturday at 11am & 12noon.

Diocesan Evangelisation Conference: ‘Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord’. A one-day conference in each area of the Diocese to reflect on the Papal Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and to discuss the ways of evangelising in our parishes. The South East London area conference will be held on Friday 30th May at St Matthew Academy, Blackheath.  The day begins at 11.30am with registration and coffee and ends with Mass at 4pm.  The day is free and lunch will be provided. 

Archdiocese of Southwark Caritas Roadshow: ‘Being a Church for the Poor’ - Saturday 21st June 10am-3.30pm, St Peter’s Catholic Church, Woolwich.  The day includes workshops, as well as a social action Market Place where local charities & parish based projects have the chance to talk about the work they do in the Archdiocese.  Speakers will include Bishop Pat Lynch & Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of CSAN.  Tea and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.  For further information & to register a place or stall in the Market Place - please contact or phone 020 7633 4974

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

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2014:
Please see previous blog postings for other pilgrimages and their relevant contact details.