Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November - Month of Holy Souls. Poppies are for sale in the porch.

Annual Bazaar (Fri 28th / Sat 29th Nov): Less than 3 weeks to go …
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 Bistro:  Saturday 22nd November 8pm
Family Bistro & Dinner: Bistro menus and dinner places will be on sale from next week.
Next Planning Meeting: Tuesday 11th November 7pm – please come along and offer your support & help!   
Time is short, let us accelerate the effort!

Goodbye to Fr Christopher Andrews OSB: who returns to Clear Creek Abbey (Oklahoma) tomorrow. We thank him very much for ministering with such zeal for the last year.  This time last year his arrival happened so unexpectedly and quickly and was an answer to prayer.  Let us support in prayer Fr Andrews as he returns to a very different type of life in the monastery!

Annual Blessing of Graves Today 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.

First Communion & Confirmation 2015We will be sending letters out to all those who have applied and organising a start-up meeting for all parents & candidates in the next few weeks.

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.

PARISH LEAFLETING: In the next couple of weeks in the spirit of Evangelisation, we will attempt to leaflet the entire parish.  This will be an invitation to come and join us at Mass and also to advertise the Bazaar, Christmas and the four Advent Preachers.  Can you please volunteer to do either your road, your block of flats or a road or a block that we have no volunteers for.   

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 11th: 7pm Bazaar meeting
Sat 22nd: 10.30am Towards Advent - Westminster Cathedral Hall
Fri 28th & Sat 29th: Bazaar!  

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Mon 10th:  The Latin Mass will be slightly earlier at 6.45am to allow Fr Christopher Andrews to say Mass before he leaves for the airport.

Church Cleaners - 14th/15th Nov: Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran

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.  

FAITH Movement London Talks: Next talk to be held on Tuesday 18th 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

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