Sunday, 21 December 2014

4th Sunday of Advent

Happy Christmas to all - both to parishioners who keep this place going throughout the year and to our visitors near and far!  A big thanks to all who work hard to prepare St Bede’s for Christmas – our flower arrangers, our Church cleaners, our brass cleaners, our choir and musicians.  We give special thanks to all those who do the rotas and to those who read and serve.    I hope all of you have a profound celebration of the Mystery of Christmas and a happy reunion with family and friends afterwards.  Then especially to you Mums have a good rest on Boxing Day! 

Christmas Offerings: In the porch and around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for the St Bede’s priests.  As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, and relies on the Collections at Christmas and Easter, as a significant source of income.  These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish.  Please be generous as your means will allow.

Welcome to Fr Terry Martin: who is our fourth Advent preacher.  Before Ordination, he studied Music at the Royal College of Music.  He is currently Vocations Director for the Arundel & Brighton Diocese and lectures at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh.
Don’t forget to go to Confession as he will be available for all of us this weekend.

Denis Doogan:  On Friday we received the news that Denis had died.  He has lived in this parish for the last 60 years and attended the 6pm Mass on Saturdays.  This day also happened to coincides with the anniversary of his wife, Breege’s death.  RIP.

Ruth Real:  died last Sunday with her husband Michael beside her in their home in Tolworth.  For many years they attended the Latin Mass here and wrote the newsletter for the Association for Catholic Women. The funeral will be on Monday January 5th at 11am at St Raphael’s RIP.

2015 Diocesan Directories & Diaries on Sale Now:  Diaries cost £1.50 each and the Diocesan Directories cost £3 for standard bound and £3.50 for the spiral bound version – these have the liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish in the Diocese and lists of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution within our large Diocese, and also all the statistics and guidelines.  Buy one today! 

Welcome to God's Church: Clare Zoe Fletcher, daughter of Michael and Geethanjali who was baptised by Fr Simon last weekend. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Mass Time Changes this week: see below for Christmas and New Year times

Christmas Mass Times: 
  • Christmas Eve:
    6.30pm Children’s Mass (preceded by carols at 6pm).
    8pm (Convent) Misa En Espanol.
    9pm (Latin) - Mozart's Coronation Mass;
    Midnight Mass (preceded by carols at 11.30pm).  
  • Christmas Day:
    10.45 (Latin)
    12.30pm - with carols
    No Evening Mass.  
  • Boxing Day / St Stephen's: (Bank Holiday)
    9am (Convent);
    10am (English)
    10.45am (Latin).  
  • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Mass times as normal
  • New Years Eve:
    10.30pm Exposition;
    11.30pm Solemn Te Deum & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament;
    followed by Midnight Mass. 
  • New Years Day:
    9am (Convent)
    10am (English)
Parish Leafletting: We still need leafleting for Ardwell Rd, Barhill Rd, Bellasis Ave, Belthorne Cres, Burkewood Cl, Crescent Ln, Elms Cres, Headlam Rd, Kings Ave, Langholme Cl, Maple Cl, Moberley Rd, Morten Cl, Muller Cl, Patio Cl, Rastell Ave, Rathmill Dr, Roseberry Rd, Sanderstead Cl and the houses in Oaklands Est, Olding Hse, Jewell Hse, Quennel Hse, Glanville Hse, Dan Bryant Hse, MacGreggor Hse, and Thornton Gardens.  Have YOU received one through your door?  Please tell me if you have not and please help us to finish this project. 

Church Cleaners - 27th Dec: Tricia & Emma Johnson & Rosemary Nicholas and family 

The rotas for January to June 2015 went out in the post on Thursday.  If you would like access to the online version, please give your email address to one of the priests (currently posted on Google Drive). 

Christmas Carols: Please join the Good Counsel Network on Monday 22nd December at Piccadilly Circus underground station underground station from 4-8pm to sing Christmas carols and raise money to save mothers and babies from abortion! Please contact Good Counsel for more information on 0207 723 1740. 

First Holy Communion: programme begins on Sunday 18th January at 9.30am with the First Mass and Meeting.  First Confessions will be made on Saturday 21st March at 10am and there will be two groups of children making their First Communion - Group 1 on Sunday 7th June at 12.30 Mass and the second group on Sunday 14th June at 12.30 Mass

Confirmation Programme: will begin in February. The Bishop will come on Pentecost Sunday - 24th May

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  are on Christmas holidays now – will start again in January!

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