Sunday, 26 October 2014

30th Sunday OT (Old Rite: OLJC the King)

October - Month of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary is one of the simplest prayers to say.  One can say it anytime and anywhere.  James Foley, who was the first hostage to be killed, testified that the Rosary helped him a lot.  It may be easy to say but it has a huge depth.  Often it is difficult for us to concentrate but let us try to say it with love.  With the five decades we can have five different intentions and Heaven knows how we must pray for peace, the Ebola crisis and for all our own families.  Last October Devotion today at 5pm - Rosary, Benediction and Sermon.

Annual Bazaar (Fri 28th / Sat 29th Nov): 
Less than 5 weeks to go …
UCM Coffee & Cake Sale & Table Top: after 9.30 & 10.45 Masses    
Draw Tickets: have arrived, please be generous and bring the counterfoils back as soon as possible.    
Please bring in your GOOD items: bottles, jams, good-as-new toys, fancy goods, Religious articles, DVD’s, CD’s and your handmade goods.  We do not want electrical items, jumble, videos or books please.  When out shopping why not think of us when you see the ‘Buy-one-get-one-free’ offers – it won’t cost you anything but can help us to raise those extra funds.   
Tombola:  This is a very successful stall on Friday nights but we need more items to be able to continue to have it on Saturdays - so we need your donations for this too!  See Nicky G
Lucky Dip prizes needed: If you have some nice little good-as-new toys or knick-knacks that children would love, please bring them in!  See Fr CB or Harman Ross
Please help!: at the Bazaar we run a Father Christmas stall, we would appreciate a male volunteer to play a key role.  If you are interested please call either Chris or Emmeline Brew-Graves to discuss further (contact details are available from the priests).
Matched Funding: Do you work in a bank, or corporation that could help us?
Next Planning Meeting: Tuesday 11th November 7.30pm – please come along and offer your support & help!   

Bags 2 the Future: As part of our drive to raise funds towards our £14,000 benchmark for our schools, we are repeating our ‘bags 2 the future’ project. Please take a bag or two home with you & start preparing for our collection date of Wed 5th Nov, by putting aside all your good quality second hand adults & children`s clothing, soft toys, shoes, belts & handbags. All items collected are for re-use (so no dirty or wet clothing, single shoes, off cuts of material, mats, carpets, pillows, duvets, bedding, towels, curtains or bric-a-Brac).  You can bring your bags back from today to Tues 4th Nov. Thank you for supporting The St Bede’s Bazaar and related Initiatives.

Congratulations: to Don & Avril Pereira who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday last, we thank them for being such good parishioners here at St Bede’s for most of that time.  Avril also worked at St Bede’s and St Bernadette’s and Don at La Retraite.

Welcome to Andrew Cichy: our new organist and choir director.  

First Communion & Confirmation 2015: Application forms are available after the Masses from fr CB. Applicants should be a parishioner of St Bede’s who usually attend Mass here.  First Communion Applicants are normally in Year 3 and Confirmation applicants should be in at least Year 8.  We want to start making arrangements after the half-term so get your applications in this week!

Adult Baptism / Reception: if you are an adult who would like to think about being received into the Catholic Church for Easter, please contact one of the priests.

Happy Half Term to all our pupils, teachers and staff.  All of us enjoy this week as it gets so quiet and there is much less traffic! 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 1st: All Saints Day
Sun 2nd: All Souls Day  - will be celebrated on Mon 3rd - additional Mass times still to be confirmed
Wed 5th: Bags 2 the future collection
Sun 9th: Remembrance Sunday - 3pm Blessing of the graves at Rowan Road.
Tues 11th: 7.30pm Bazaar meeting
Sat 22nd: 10.30am Towards Advent - Westminster Cathedral Hall
Fri 28th & Sat 29th: Bazaar!  

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

Church Cleaners - 31st/1st Nov: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum and Adiam Berhane.

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

Currently we are listing volunteer vacancies at St Vincent de Paul Society in Elephant & Castle and 2 vacancies for Bishop Challoner School in Bromley.  

Secondary School & Sixth Form Open Days:
For more information on all our local schools and others with our Diocese, please see our notice boards or check out of dedicated 'Open Days & Evenings' page on the sidebar.  
  • St Francis Xavier – Sat 8th Nov 10am-2.30pm – all students must be accompanied by an parent/guardian. 
  • The Laurels School are holding another open day for potential secondary-aged girls on Sat 8th Nov 10am – 12noon.

SPUC: Following the successful SPUC parish mission at St Bede’s some weeks ago, Rhoslyn Thomas, a SPUC employee & parishioner, is organising a leafleting group to spread the pro-life message in this area in time for the next general election (May 2015). The group would meet for a couple of hours every 2 weeks to deliver leaflets to houses. (The time & day will depend on the availability of those who are in the group). Would those who are willing to be a part of the group please contact Rhoslyn on 07837687344 or 

FAITH Movement London Talks: Next talk to be held on Tuesday 4th November.  All welcome 7.30pm in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR – nearest tube Piccadilly Circus.  For more info, please see poster on notice board or visit their website

Towards Advent Festival: is on Saturday 22nd November at Westminster Cathedral Hall (Ambrosen Ave, SW1).  Stalls and displays from a range of Catholic groups and organisations:  DVDs, books, Christmas cards, gifts etc on sale.  Musical Opening 10.30am with the choir of the John Fisher School, Purley.  Talks and workshops during the day:  "Teaching the Faith" "Latin chant:  learn how to sing it!"   The festival is always a happy and popular event.  Refreshments are available all day, and it's a great opportunity for Catholics to meet, socialise, make contacts, and celebrate the life of the Church in Britain.  

From the Centre for Catholic Formation (Tooting Bec):  
Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS).  
This course is open to all wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith, including
·         teachers, trainee teachers, governors and others working in Catholic schools and colleges;
·         parish catechists and those responsible for adult formation;
·         lay people in parish and chaplaincy ministries;
·         for personal interest and formation.
The two-year course for 2014 - 16 on Saturdays commences in November, on 8th November at Tooting Bec and on 15th November at The Angelus Centre, Erith.  For full details, to download the brochure, and to register, please visit  
Makaton Training CourseA two-day course on the Makaton system of symbolic communication with those with special needs.  Tuesdays 18th and 25th November, 9:30am - 4:00pm.  Cost: £85 inc all course material.  Please register at the CCF (020 8672 7684 or

Holiday Exchange:  We have been contacted by a Catholic family who live in Spain.  If you can help and would like to find out more details, please see the poster with photos of the apartment on the notice board.
'I write you from Spain. We are a catholic family that have a request and a offer...
We have a son living in London, and we would like to visit him.  As it's too expensive to stay there, I want to propose you an interchange. If there's some family that can host us (me, German, my wife Mercedes, and my sons Gonzalo, Clara and Andres: 16, 19 and 23 years old).  We can offer an apartment in Cullera, Valencia (in the beach), for a weekend.  Ryanair and Easyjet, flies every day to Valencia from Stansted and Gatwick. Thank you very much.