Sunday, 4 January 2015

Feast of the Epiphany (Old Rite: Most Holy Name of Jesus)

Thank You: the priests would all like to thank you for your cards, gifts and Christmas offerings.  

Epiphany:  This word refers to the twelfth day of Christmas and traditionally the Christmas festivities and decorations remain up until this date.  The word Epiphany means “manifestation” in Greek.  At the Nativity no one really knew about the birth of Christ.  When the three wise men came “the whole of Jerusalem” knew that something had happened in Bethlehem.  The visit of the Magi from beyond the confines of Judaism heralded the universality or “Catholicity” of the Church.  We at St Bede’s are a marvellous example of this universality with so many different national origins.  The other important meaning for us is that the feast urges us to carry the beautiful and comforting message of Christianity into the ordinary life of the people we meet!

Christmas Again! According to the Julian calendar (which lags behind our Gregorian calendar), Christmas Day is January 7th.  Our Eritrean & Ethiopian parishioners (in union with the Christians in Egypt) mark this day and some will be up all night.  Our Mass for them will be on January 11th at 12.30pm followed by a reception.

Fr Christopher: is in Egypt this week for Coptic Christmas.  He hopes to see Fr Athansius and Fr Romany.

Feast of the Epiphany (Old Rite): Tuesday 6th January - there will be Masses at 7am and at 10.45am (sung).

Ruth Real RIP:  Funeral (old rite) will take place at St Raphael's Church in Surbition on Monday January 5th at 11am.  The address of the Church is Portsmouth Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2NA
Denis Doogan RIP: Funeral will be held at St Bede's on Friday 9th January at 10.30am.  The 9am Mass will be cancelled on this day.  His body will be received into the Church the afternoon before at 4.30pm.
Bunty Brooks RIP:  Funeral will be held on Monday 12th January at St Peter's Church in Shoreham-by-Sea at 11am.  The address of the Church is West Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5WG.  
Dana Bobula:  of New Park Road died on the morning of Christmas Day at Kings College Hospital. RIP.  As soon as arrangements have been made for her funeral we will let you know.

African & Caribbean Association are meeting on Sunday 11th January after the 9:30am Mass.  Their next African & Caribbean Mass will be on Sunday 25th January at 12.30, everyone is welcome to come along. 

Welcome Back to our Heads, staff and pupils after the Christmas holidays. We hope you all had a restful break and are ready to start the new term.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 6th:  Feast of the Epiphany - extra Mass in Tridentine rite at 10.45am
Thurs 8th: 4.30pm Reception of Denis Doogan's body into the Church.  8pm Mass and UCM meeting
Fri 9th:  No 9am Mass - 10.30am Requiem for Denis Doogan. 
Sun 11th: 10.30am African & Caribbean Meeting.  12.30pm Geez Rite Mass for Christmas followed by reception.
Sun 18th: 9.30am Mass followed by meeting for parents of FHC Candidates at 10.30 and the children will begin their weekly classes.
Fri 23rd - Sun 25th:  Bishop Pat will be here to visit us.  12.30pm we will have an African & Caribbean Mass.
Sun 25th: 10.45am Special Sunday.  12.30pm African & Caribbean Celebration

Mass Time Changes this week & upcoming w/c 4th Jan: 
Fri 9th: No 9am Mass.  10.30am Requiem Denis Doogan

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

New Readers Rota - January to March 2015: available now at the back of Church – pick your copy up today!

Church Cleaners - 9th/10th January: Pauline Ajuga, Rose Anunwa and Ms Nazerth Kristos
(The Rota for January – June 2015 has been sent out and a copy is posted on the notice board).

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! 

Mothers & Toddlers Group:  starts again this Tuesday 6th January 9am in the club rooms
Union of Catholic Mothers: back on Thursday 8th January at 8pm

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. 

Current Vacancies:
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