Sunday, 1 June 2014

Ascension of Our Lord (Old Rite: Sunday after the Ascension of Our Lord)

From Fr Simon: Upon the return of the Parish Priest this coming Thursday, my adminstration of St Bede’s Parish will come to an end.  I should like to thank the Parish for it support and assistance over the past six months.  In particular I shall mention the other Priests who serve here; our Housekeepers, whose expertise goes far beyond the kitchen; and the Secretarial and Financial staff, who have kept me informed and helped me greatly in the management of the Parish.  With my prayers, SRFL.

Anne Keenan and her family wish to thank everyone who sent Mass and Sympathy cards following the death of John and also contributions to the collection for Trinity Hospice.  So far we have raised over £600 which was greatly appreciated.  John will be greatly missed by us all. May he Rest in Peace. 

Gift Aid Boxes: There are still some Gift Aid boxes which haven’t been collected.  If you still haven’t got yours, please give your name and contact details to one of the Priests and the Gift-Aid co-ordinator will arrange to get them to you.

Would you like to join the Gift Aid Scheme? It is easy to do so and helps us as a parish without any cost to you!  If you are a taxpayer you can join the scheme by completely a ‘Gift Aid Declaration Form’ which you can find in the stand on the table in the porch or you can download one from our blog (under ‘Supporting Our Parish’).  Completed forms can be posted through the presbytery letterbox and our co-ordinator will get in touch with you.  You can donate via a Standing Order directly from your bank.

UCM Table Top Sale - Today: from 10.30 to 12.30pm in the club.  There will be the usual raffle, good-as-new and cakes for sale.  Please come along and support them.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
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
Fri 27th: 5-8pm Federation of St Bede's & St Bernadette's Summer Fayre - St Bede's School
Sat 28th: 6pm Reunion Mass for our FHC & Confirmation Candidates
Sun 29th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession.

Mass Time Changes this week: No planned changes at the time of posting

Welcome back to our schools: We hope you have a restful half-term and are ready to get back.

Church Cleaners Rota - 6th & 7th June: Aster Weldermaria, Yorusaliam Zekristos and Sara Tuccu.  Please Note: FHC Practise Friday 2 – 3pm

St Thomas a Beckett Church: in Wandsworth is holding a Spring Clean Sale today from 11.30am to 4pm in their parish hall to help raise funds for restorations needed to the church.  For more information see the poster at the back of Church. 

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:

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage 2014: Joy of Conversation. Archbishop Peter Smith will lead our 2014 Diocesan Pilgrimage and warmly invites you to join him.  For further details please contact Canon Edward Perera – Tel: 020 8857 5006 or 

Pilgrimages with 'A Day with Mary': The last of the three pilgrimages planned: 
  • 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

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