Sunday, 19 April 2015

3rd Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: II Sunday after Easter)

Special Sunday: at 10.45 Mass today.  Music by Cantores Missae, under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.

Fr Lukasz is away in Poland for his post-Easter break.

Parish Council Meeting:  tomorrow at 7.30pm in the Presbytery.

The Suggestion Box: which has been in the Church porch without a key known to open it has been broken open and removed.  Inside we found three ancient suggestions, £82 in cash, bazaar raffle tickets, Hospice donations given after funerals and most significantly a load of Mass intentions in the brown envelopes going back years.  Please do not put such an important thing as a Mass intention envelope anywhere except the collection, the priest’s hand or the Presbytery letter box (without ringing the bell!)   Some of these Masses will probably have to be sent away.

Clergy Support Fund Campaign - Volunteers needed! The Diocese has asked that all parishes recruit 3 volunteers for a fundraising committee to help raise funds for Clergy Support Fund.  We need people who have good fundraising skills or experience and who would be able on taking on such a project.  On Saturday 9th May 10.30am, the South East Area Representative, Kenneth Atmore is organising a meeting at English Martyrs Hall in Streatham to help lead and instruct on what they would need to do get the campaign under way within our Deanery.  If you are interested in being one of our volunteers, please see Fr Christopher this weekend.  
This fund helps sick and retired priests within our Diocese.  You can find out more about the fund and why they are asking for everyone's help at the following website

SPUC’S Annual Pro-Life Chain: (a peaceful roadside witness holding pro-life banners) will take place in over 50 locations in the UK. The pro-life chains are held every year at this time to commemorate the implementation of the 1967 Abortion Act, which has resulted in the death of over 8 million unborn babies. The London pro-life chain will take place on Blackfriars Bridge from 11am-1pm Saturday 25th April. Your local contact for this chain is Rhoslyn Thomas, who can be contacted on 07837687344. Please come along and bring friends and family with you to commemorate the lost lives of unborn babies. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Mass Time changes for coming week: - no changes planned at time of writing newsletter 

Church Cleaners - 24th/25th April: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues

African & Caribbean Association are holding their first Breakfast Meeting after the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 10th May.  This is the first of what is hoped to be a successful event for the African & Caribbean community within St Bede's.

Current Vacancies:
For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.  
We are currently advertising on behalf of The Laurels School on Atkins Road and Coloma in Croydon.

Family Life Conference: You are invited to attend a conference with challenging talks and presentation from a Catholic perspective on “The family; God’s masterpiece”, by five Catholic speakers on Saturday 2nd May at St George’s Cathedral, Amigo Hall 9.30-6pm  with opportunities to network with other attendees. Please register online or email or by calling 0208 857 9950. 

St George's Hospital Pilgrimage to Lourdes:  26th -29 October - full board, flight and transport. There are still places available for anyone who would like to join them.  You will need to complete the booking form and  send deposit by April 25th.  Please contact Anne D’Silva 07952 494120 for more details. 

Lourdes - 2015 Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) will take place this year from Fri 21st–Fri 28th August. This year’s theme is ‘Joy of Mission', taken from the Evangelii Gaudium. 2015 is a special year for us in the Diocese of Southwark. Archbishop Peter mentioned in the Foreword in this year’s Southwark Directory - “This year marks a milestone on our diocesan journey as we celebrate 50 years as our diocese was raised to an ‘Archdiocese and Metropolitan See’ ”. 

Marriage MoT: All married couples, no matter how long ago they wed, are invited to attend a diocesan marriage-enrichment day on Saturday April 25, from 9.45am to 4.30pm at Holy Cross school, New Malden. It will enable them to explore their relationship more deeply and improve their communication skills. Couples will also gain valuable insights into the call of the Church to the married. Donation: £25 per couple. For details or to book (essential) phone Deacon Philip Pond on 020 8651 2477 or email

'Pray, Play & Tumble': Mondays 10-11.30am starting with prayer and praise in the church followed by refreshments/play time in the parish rooms and an optional session in the school soft room.  Suggested donation: £1.50 per child or sibling group.  Email: (removed for privacy) please check the newsletter or notice board. If you can let Susan know you are coming but otherwise do just turn up at ten.   
CD player needed: the group are in need of a CD player to use during their meetings.  If you have one which you would be able to donate, please speak to Fr CB or contact Susan directly.