Sunday, 26 April 2015

4th Sunday after Easter (Old Rite: III Sunday after Easter)

Gift Aid Envelopes: Maria Chang, our Gift Aid co-ordinator will be handing out the new boxes of envelopes this weekend.  If you are not yet a participant of the Scheme, and you are a tax payer, please consider joining as it greatly helps the parish finances – at absolutely no cost to you!  If you are a basic tax payer, the Church can claim back the tax, increasing any donation that you make by 25% (more if you are a higher rate tax payer).  This also includes your Mass intention and Easter/Christmas Offerings – so don’t forget to put your gift aid number on these too!  We would like to thank all parishioners who already participate in the scheme.     

Thank You: to Fr Tom Lynch who came home last week and helped us out.  He was 30 years old on Monday (he thinks he is old…!).  Thanks also to Mgr Leo, Fr Linus Clovis etc who have helped us in this difficult time trying to find a replacement for fr SL

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage:  Saturday 20th June. If you are celebrating your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+ wedding anniversary this year and would like to attend this very special Mass at St George’s Cathedral, where you can renew your vows, please write your names and address VERY CLEARLY on the form in the Church Porch or email Lisette Ball at so that you can receive an invitation from Archbishop Peter.   Last date for applications is Thursday 30th April 

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.  We are desperate to find some volunteers from St Bede’s to go to this meeting.
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

Youth Mission this July: It has been 15 years since we had our last Mission given by Fr John Edwards SJ (RIP).  A couple of years before that we had a mission given by The Legionaries of Christ and many of you can remember the Missions given by Fr Michael Creech and his brother Fr Terry.  From the 2nd to 12th July we have invited a team from Italy to do a Mission especially directed towards to Youth.  

Armenian Genocide: Let us remember in our prayers the victims of this horrible and cruel extermination which began 100 years this past Friday.  Pray that we can learn from the grim lessons of history.

Altar Servers: The rotas for May & June will be posted online next week.  However we are in need of new Altar Servers to replace those who have now grown up and gone off to college or university.  If you are interested in being an Altar Server, please see fr CB.

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 - 1st / 2nd May: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Moji Balogum & Adiam Berhane

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; Coloma in Croydon and Bishop Challoner in Shortlands.

Altar Servers Rally - Monday 4th May at The Friars, Aylesford Priory Kent.  The annual rally gives the servers of Southwark a wonderful opportunity to collectively acknowledge and celebrate their special Ministry of Service in the Church.  Furthermore, the event encourages servers to socialise with other servers and share and renew their Christian faith, so helping to build God's Kingdom.

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. 

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’ ”. 

'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.