Sunday, 2 November 2014

All Saints Day (Old Rite: XXI Sunday after Pentecost)

November - Month of Holy Souls. Poppies are for sale in the porch and tomorrow we have 10 Masses in different languages (one in Portguese at 8.15am, just before school).  Show your devotion for your beloved dead by remembering them tomorrow and in your own Masses offered for their souls.

Annual Bazaar (Fri 28th / Sat 29th Nov): Less than 4 weeks to go …
Bags 2 the future: All bags should be returned to us by Tuesday 4th November.  The collection will be made on Wednesday from 9am
Draw Tickets: are available, please take some home; sell them to friends and family and then return the counterfoils and money in a sealed envelope 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
Latin American Bingo:  Saturday 8th November 8pm
Latin American Bistro:  Saturday 22nd November 8pm
Next Planning Meeting: Tuesday 11th November 7.30pm – please come along and offer your support & help!   

APF Boxes:  Please make sure that your name is written on the sticker on the bottom of your red box - if it isn't, we won't be able to return the box to you or credit your donation under your name.  If you handed a box in last week without a name, please let one of the priests know.

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 will be sending out the letters next week so make sure you get those last applications in this weekend.

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.

Annual Blessing of Graves at Streatham Park Cemetery, Rowan Road, 3pm sharp.  From the main gate, proceed along the path ahead; at the end, turn left.  We meet about half way along on the right hand side, beside the new tombs.  Please come prepared for wet weather and slippery conditions underfoot.  Priests will be available afterwards to bless individual graves.  Please not that darkness falls quickly and the cemetery will close at 4pm, so this activity may need to be curtailed.  Also, our priests will need time to return to their parishes for evening Mass.

Congratulations: to Alan Finister & Colleen Carlin of Telford Avenue who just got married in Lufkin in Texas.

Welcome back to our staff & pupils we hope you have had a good rest over the half-term.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
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: 
Fri 7th:  The 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40am and will be for St Bede's School.

Church Cleaners - 7th/8th Nov: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.

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, a vacancy at Coloma Convent Girls School in Croydon 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 Course - A 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