Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Baptism of the Lord (Old Rite: Holy Family, Jesus, Mary & Joseph)

SPUC's White Flower Appeal - this weekend: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. In common with the Catholic Church, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It works to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provide trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause which depends entirely on your support. 

Church Unity Octave: Each year the Church observes eight days’ prayer for Christian unity.  The week runs from the Sunday 18th to 25th January.

Fr Christopherhas seen frs Athanasius, Romany and Andrawes and all send their love and regards to the people of St Bede's, and all three want to return!  Fr CB will be back on Tuesday night please God.

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.  
Joyce Pryor RIP: (Mother of Giselle Cronin) - Funeral will be held here at St Bede's on Tuesday 27th January at 11am.  The body will be brought into the Church the afternoon before.
Dana Bobula RIP.  As soon as arrangements have been made for her funeral we will let you know.

African & Caribbean Association is meeting after 9.30 Mass today.  Their next African and Caribbean Mass will be on Sunday 25th January at 12.30 and Bishop Pat will be the celebrant. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
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.  
Sun 25th: 10.45am Special Sunday.  12.30pm African & Caribbean Celebration
Mon 26th: 4.30pm Reception of Joyce Pryor's body into the Church.  
Tues 27th:  No 9am Mass - 11am Requiem for Joyce Pryor. 

Mass Time Changes this week: 
no changes are planned at time of posting this blog. 

First Holy Communion: programme begins next 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 Programmewill 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 - 16th/17th January: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala and Legion of Mary. 

2015 Diocesan Directories & Diaries - still available:  Diaries cost £1.50 & Diocesan Directories £3 standard or £3.50 for spiral-bound. 

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

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:  Tuesdays 9am in the club rooms
Union of Catholic Mothers: Thursdays 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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