Sunday, 15 February 2015

6th Sunday OT (Old Rite: Quinquagesima Sunday)

Mardi Gras & Lent: In Catholic countries Shove Tuesday is styled ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Carneval’. In the middle Ages it was the moment to use up the fat etc that would not be used during Lent.  Archbishop Peter has sent us a Pastoral letter to help prepare us for Lent and so now is the time before Ash Wednesday to pray and think about our forthcoming Lenten resolutions.  In the Gospel Our Lord teaches us how to (and how not to!) pray, fast and give alms.  These are the three areas of Lent: doing something extra especially in the spiritual life, self denial especially in our intake of food and drink and finally generosity.  Let’s us resolve today to commit to each of these three areas something quite definite and to encourage our children to do the same.  Lent is an old Anglo-Saxon word which means Spring so may the fruits come forth after forty days!

Bazaar Party: We often hold this on Shrove Tuesday and last week we announced it for ‘Shrove Monday’ but because it is half-term we are postponing it for the time being. 

Ash Wednesday: is a day of fasting (one meal only and two snacks at most) and Abstinence (from meat).  The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their 14th year.  The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their 60th year.  Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.

Goodbye & God Bless: to Fr Ricardo Mauti.  He returns back to Argentina after his ‘summer break’ in England.  He has been researching Cardinal Newman (the greatest English theologian after St Bede!)  Fr returns to the Seminary where he is Rector in Santa Fe NW of Buenos Aires 

Confirmation Group: On Wed 18th there will be a compulsory day out in London where we will visit the Convent at Tyburn and attend Mass at the Cathedral.  Meet at Clapham South 9am.Bishop Patrick will come for the Confirmation Mass at 12.30 on Sunday 24th May.

Mothers & Toddlers: Meeting to plan new sessions this Tuesday 11am

Lenten Preachers: Upcoming Preachers are: 22nd Feb – Fr Stephen Langridge.  8th Mar – Fr Michael Creech.  15th Mar – Fr Stephen O.Praem. We are still waiting for a few replies and hopefully will be able to announce the other two preachers next weekend.

Welcome to Fr Colin Marshall:

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

Mass Time Changes this week: 
Wed 18th:  Ash Wednesday - Masses at 7am (Latin) 8am (Convent), 9.30am (English), 12.30pm (Latin) & 8pm. 

Happy Half Term: to the staff and pupils at all our schools

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.

La Retraite Hat-trick of good news for La Retraite RC Girls School as it tops the league tables
La Retraite RC Girls School, in Clapham Park, was extremely happy to top the Lambeth League table for the seventh time in the last eight years. The league tables measure the proportion of pupils achieving the National Benchmark 5 A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.
At 80%, La Retraite was a full 8% clear of the nearest school, 27% ahead of the Lambeth average and 28% ahead of the National average.
The School received a second piece of excellent news when they were awarded £5000 by David Laws, Minister of State for Schools, in the Pupil Premium Awards which celebrate work done to improve the chances of disadvantaged children. The School won one of only 150 awards in the UK for their excellence in supporting such pupils.
They say good things come in threes... La Retraite also learned that it is top of the league table of its family of schools. All schools are also measured against similar schools known as a 'family' of schools; that is, schools in which pupils have near identical attainment from primary schools before they join secondary school. This is a Value Added measurement of performance. Of the 55 secondary schools that La Retraite is measured against, La Retraite came top.
Headteacher, John Conway said: "these are fantastic achievements and are fitting reward for the pupils, their families, the governors of the school and all those working at the school to ensure that the children have the best possible education."

Church Cleaners - 20th/21st February: Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga

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.  

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 24th Feb entitled 'Can I love Christ but not the Church?' - by Sr Andrea Fraile). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). For more details