Sunday, 25 January 2015

3rd Sunday OT (Old Rite: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany)

Welcome to Bishop Patrick Lynch  He was born in April 1947 in Cork City, Ireland. He started his primary education in Presentation Convent, Killarney and continued it in St. Fintan's, High school Sutton, Dublin; completing the leaving certificate in Christian Brothers College, Cork in 1964.  On leaving secondary school he entered the novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (The “Picpus Fathers” of which Blessed Damien of Molokai was a member) in Cootehill, Co. Cavan and made a profession of temporary vows in August 1965. He studied Philosophy and theology in the USA, graduating with an M.A. in theology from Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. in 1971. A short period teaching followed in the US after which he returned to Ireland to be ordained a priest in July 1972. Following completion of a diploma in social studies from the Richmond fellowship he was assigned to work in the parish of All Souls, Peterborough. His next move was the parish in Daventry, where he spent nine years, first as assistant priest and then as parish priest. It was at this time he became involved as a team priest in the 'Engaged Encounter Movement'. In 1984 he was transferred to London as director of the formation house of the order. During his time there, he completed a Master’s degree in theology at Heythrop College. In I987 he was appointed parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Acton in the Archdiocese of Westminster where he served for two years as Vicar for Religious. During this time he was one of a number of people instrumental in setting up 'Emmaus House' - Acton Homeless Concern - a parish based project for homeless people. In 1992 he was elected provincial of the Anglo-Irish province of his Congregation. In the course of his six years as Provincial he came in contact with the international dimension of the Congregation in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa and also studied Spanish. He completed his term as provincial in 1998 and came to the Archdiocese of Southwark to the parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead, soon afterwards. His ministry and involvement there with many different migrant communities led to his appointment to the mission commission of the Congregation in the year 2000. Since then he has served as Episcopal Vicar for religious within the Archdiocese. In 2003 he was appointed parish priest of St.Chad's, South Norwood. He was consecrated Bishop by Archbishop Kevin McDonald on 14th February 2006. Bishop Lynch has been to St Bede’s several times previously (for the Inductions of our Heads and the Profession of Sr Micaela), this is his first official visit for a Canonical Visitation.  The Bishop is the Assistant to Archbishop Peter Smith (who came to St Bede’s June 2012 for our Sisters’ Centenary).  Bishop Lynch oversees all the parishes in South East London and our Borough of Lambeth.

This Weekend: Bishop Patrick will preach at all Masses.  He is presiding at the Latin American Mass in Spanish on Saturday evening at 7.30.  On Sunday he is to preside at the African Caribbean celebration at 12.30 at which St Ignatius Caribbean Choir will sing.  The Cantores Missae are singing at the High Mass at 10.45 (“O Magnum Mysterium” by Vittoria and “Sitivit Anima Mea” and the “Alma Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina).

Next Weekend: is Fr Simon Leworthy’s last day.

The Family of the Late Denis Doogan would like to thank all who attended his requiem.  “We would like to thank you for the Mass cards, sympathy cards and donations made in his memory.  A Mass will be said for your intentions”.

Bible Study: This Friday 30th (for five consecutive Fridays), a group will meet at 58A (little house next to club entrance) from 7-8.30pm to read and discuss Revelation. Please read the first 2 chapters of Revelation and, if possible, St. Bede's Commentary on the Apocalypse. Contact Katie Hunt

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Mon 26th: 12noon Requiem of Dana Bobula.  6pm Reception of Joyce Prior's body into the Church.  
Tues 27th:  No 9am Mass - 11am Requiem for Joyce Prior. 
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 27th: No 9am Mass in Church.  Requiem at 10am

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.

Church Cleaners - 30th/31st January: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum and Adiam Berhane

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:

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