Sunday, 8 February 2015

5th Sunday OT (Old Rite: Sexagesima Sunday)

Heat Problems: Our 100+ year old pipes have rusted away right underneath the floor in the corner of the playroom in the social club.  This is right underneath the old dartboard cupboard.  The leakage has soaked through the concrete like a sponge and unfortunately has begun to damage the floor put in by Peter Wood. Yesterday the men from ‘Mitie’ came to sort out the immediate problem.  However there may be other parts of the piping underneath the club floor which is susceptible to rust.  We may have to have a special collection for the bill.  The pipes and the radiators in the Church thankfully appear to be in good condition. 

Personnel Problems: With the departure of Fr Simon and the Monk; Fr Christopher Andrews we are looking for some priestly help.  Thanks be to God we have Fr Lukasz and we hope he can stay for a while. The Egyptian priests are keen to return but their English is weak for preaching and their Latin non-existent. At the moment efforts are being made to get some help from El Paso, Texas and Vaduz, Liechtenstein.  In the meantime your old PP is trying to cope despite increasing rust like the pipes! 

Fr Leworthy would like to express his thanks for the expressions of affection by the Parishioners of St Bede’s.  He is very grateful for their most generous gifts and promises of prayers.  Fr was glad to have the opportunity of making a formal, yet relaxed, farewell during the shared lunch last Sunday.  He promises to all his well-wishers a remembrance in his prayers and Holy Masses.   

Confirmation Programme 2015: We will begin our Confirmation preparation next Saturday (14th).  All candidates and their parents are asked to come to the initial meeting starting at 4.30pm in the club.  On Wednesday 18th there will be a compulsory day out in London where we will visit the Convent at Tyburn and attend Mass at the Cathedral for Ash Wednesday.  Bishop Patrick will come for the Confirmation Mass at 12.30 on Sunday 24th May.

Bazaar Party & Debrief: On Monday 16th February at 7.30pm we will have a party and debrief on last year’s Bazaar.  Everyone is welcome.  Come and take stock and think about new ideas for 2015.

Goodbye & Thank you: to Fr Michael Rowe of Perth, Australia 

African & Caribbean Meeting: after the 9.30 Mass today

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers: If you shop in Sainsbury’s, please make sure you collect the Active Kids Vouchers – and if you are not supporting any particular school, St Bede’s & St Bernadette Schools are collecting them.  They can be dropped into the School Office or through the letterbox of the Presbytery.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 14th: 4.30pm Confirmation Programme Starts
Mon 16: 7.30pm Bazaar Party & Debrief
Wed 18th: Ash Wednesday - compulsory trip for Confirmation group

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 10th: 9am Mass moved to 9.40am and will be a school's federation Mass.
Thurs 12th: 9am Mass moved to 9.40am and will be a school's federation Mass.  Adoration will be moved to 11am (if there is heat in the Church!)

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.

Bible Study: On Friday nights until 27th February 7-8.30pm, 58A Thornton Road (little house next to club entrance), a group will meet up to read and discuss Revelation. Contact Katie Hunt

Church Cleaners - 13th/14th February: Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran

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

The Laurels School - vacancies for Head of Science and Director of Music starting in September 2015.

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.

St Ignatius of Loyola Play: Inigo, at the White Bear Theatre, Kennington 3rd-28th February.  Tickets cost £15 or £10 for concessions.  No booking fee if you use the web address below or £1.50 if you book your ticket through the box office.  

Urgent Appeal from Good Counsel Network:  Every year at Good Counsel we spend thousands of pounds reaching out to Mums who are set on abortion, and we see many women change their mind and keep their children. We then provide any ongoing support that they really need.  But once in a while we end up with an extra bill. Last week our old boiler finally gave up and stopped working all together, for the last two years it had limped on heating the offices, Chapel and counselling rooms, while making quite a lot of funny noises. So this week we will need to pay £3,600 for a complete overhaul of the heating system including two new boilers. It is not possible to run the building without heat, we cannot expect the Mothers we sit here counselling to sit here in freezing conditions. Anything you can donate at this time would be a great help, you can send a cheque to; The Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel, PO Box 46679, London, NW9 8ZT or you can donate online;

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:

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 10th Feb entitled Are all religions equally valid? by Anna-Marie Treloar). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details