Sunday, 18 January 2015

2nd Sunday OT (Old Rite: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany)

Bishop Patrick Lynch to visit the Parish next weekend: He would like us to think about three things:  
1. What are the changes in this parish in the last 25 years?  
2. What are the gifts of our parish?  
3. What are the challenges in our parish?  
On Friday he will say the Convent Mass and then visit La Retraite School.  At 11am he will visit St Bernadette and before lunch he will visit The Laurels to see their new Chapel and Tabernacle.  After lunch he will preside in choir for Benediction at 2.30pm and talk to the children afterwards.  After school he will visit the staff of St Bede’s.  At 6pm he will visit the scouts and 8.30 the Union of Catholic Mothers.  
On Saturday he hopes at 9.30 to meet the Parish Financial Committee and review the finances.  At 10 he hopes to meet some parishioners and at 11 the Parish Council.  At 12noon he will review the Parish Registers (Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, Marriage and Death).  At 12.30 he will be with the Sisters for lunch.  In the afternoon he will interview the priests and visit some of the housebound.  In the evening he is to preach at the 6pm and say the 7.30 Mass in Spanish.  
On Sunday he will preach at all the morning Masses, the 10.45 Latin Mass will be a ‘Special Sunday’ (music by Cantores Missae) and he will say the 12.30 Mass which is especially for the African Caribbean Community but all are welcome as people love the music (St Ignatius Caribbean Choir).  After lunch he will visit some more housebound sick and at 5.15 he would like to meet the Catechists.  After 6pm Mass at which he will preach and greet the people we are welcoming the priests of the Deanery for supper to meet the Bishop and to say goodbye to Fr Simon Leworthy (whew!)    

Church Unity Octave: Today marks the beginning of prayer for Christian Unity. It is worth noting that when this week was first established, it began on the 18th January which, in the old calendar, marked the feast of the Chair of St Peter, clearly indicating that the Catholic Church understands Christian unity as a return of all Christians under the See of Peter and the Pope.  In our parish area we have an active Anglican parish comprising of two churches and a strong Evangelical presence at the Bonneville Church of All Nations.  We are also proud of our connections with the Eritrean & Ethiopian Orthodox churches; many of the pupils in our schools are Orthodox, including the children of Fr Yohannes (of St Michael’s in Vauxhall) who have attended our schools.  The week finishes on the 25th January; the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. This emphasises again the need for all Christians to be united to the See of Rome which has as its patrons SS Peter and Paul.  “Father, that they may all be one!”

Fr Simon: is away for his post-Christmas break in Helsinki.  He will be back next weekend.

Congratulations to Tony Frost: on his 90th birthday (we wish you!)

Dana Bobula RIP.  Funeral will be held here at St Bede's on Monday 26th January at 12noon.
Joyce Pryor RIP: (Mother of Giselle Cronin) - Funeral will be held here at St Bede's on Tuesday 27th January at 10am.  The body will be brought into the Church the evening before at 6pm.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Fri 23rd - Sun 25th:  Bishop Pat will be here to visit us.  
Sun 25th: 10.45am Special Sunday.  12.30pm African & Caribbean Celebration
Mon 26th: No 9am Mass - 12noon Requiem of Dana Bobula.  6pm Reception of Joyce Pryor's body into the Church.  
Tues 27th:  No 9am Mass - 11am Requiem for Joyce Pryor. 
Mon 2nd: Fr Simon leaves St Bede's
Tues 10th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Thurs 12th: 9.30 Federation Mass for St Bede's & St Bernadette's
Mon 16 - Fri 20th: Half Term for our schools
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday
Sat 7th: Profession of Sister Carol Cardenas in Madrid
Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 20th: No 9am Mass in Church.  Instead there will be Mass at St Bernadette's School at 9.30am
Thurs 22nd: No 8pm Mass or UCM
Fri 23rd: UCM Mass and meeting at 8pm

Confirmation Programme: will begin at the end of January.  Letters will be going out to all the candidates who have applied with details of the weekly meetings.  

Church Cleaners - 23rd/24th January: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues.

Vocations Weekend for Older Men: The Diocesan Vocations Centre in Whitstable is hosting a weekend for men over 40 to give them the chance to learn more about a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. It will take place from the evening of Friday 23rd and will end with lunch on Sunday 25th January. Places are limited; it is essential that those participating book beforehand. To book a place or for more information please contact the Vocations Director on

Faith Talks: All are welcome to our series of talks on 'The Church and other beliefs' on selected Tuesdays at 7:30pm (next talk is on 27th Jan entitled Scandals in the Church: A way forward by Mgr Keith Barltrop).  Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details  

Ordinariate in bid to buy former Methodist Church: If the Ordinariate - former Anglicans now in full communion with the Catholic Church - is to thrive in the way that Pope Benedict intended when he established it, its groups up and down the country need their own churches to set up as centres of worship and to further the evangelising mission of the whole Catholic Church. An opportunity has now arisen for the Ordinariate’s Torbay Mission to buy a redundant Methodist church in Torquay, Devon. The local Methodist community is keen to sell it to the Ordinariate so that the Christian flame is kept alight there. But to secure its purchase, the Ordinariate needs urgently to raise £150,000; otherwise the church will have to be put on the open market. If the appeal succeeds, it will be the first church the Ordinariate has bought.  Please support this exciting venture with your prayers and by making a donation if you can. The Ordinariate makes a great contribution to the life of the Catholic Church. Further info can be found here or by emailing the leader of the Torbay Ordinariate, Fr David Lashbrooke:

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  Cancelled due to work taking place in the school soft play room and obligations of Katie.  This may start up again in the future - if you are interested in taking over this club - please see fr Christopher.

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

Catholic Parliamentary & Public Policy Interships: Now in its 12th year, this scheme will provide 8 recently graduated Catholics with an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.

Virgo Prep School - 2 teachers required for September 2015