Sunday, 10 May 2015

6th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: V Sunday after Easter)

Welcome to Fr John Garry from St Patrick's Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) who is with us this weekend to make an appeal.  He has had, and continues to have, a wonderful  life as a missionary priest.  He has spent just over 40 years in Africa - 20 years in Kenya, 15 years very difficult circumstances in war torn South Sudan and just over 5 very happy and fulfilling years in a Sudanese Refugee camp in Northern Uganda. Like many missionaries in Africa in the 1970's he was very involved in various development projects that helped raise the dignity of the people he worked with. He has been involved in building schools, dispensaries, food for work projects, famine relief and food distribution, water and agricultural projects etc. But he says his greatest joy was pastoral work and the joy that Christianity brought to peoples live. When his present assignment of making the annual Mission Appeal in parishes is over, he looks forward to returning to the Diocese of Torit in South Sudan. 

May - The Month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers and magnificence of colour is dedicated to our Blessed Lady.  St Bernadette of Lourdes said “nothing down here can compare to the beauty which I have seen”.  The natural beauty of spring and summer is a foreshadowing of the Testament; our Blessed Lady is seen in the midst of the Apostles and early Christians praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit.  In the same way we follow the example of Mary, Mother of the Lord in praying for the graces that each of us need. 

May Processions: Next Sunday (17th May) at 2pm we will be hold our May procession with Rosary, Benediction and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady.  Before this, there will be ‘Bring & Share’ lunch in the club.  Then on Tuesday 19th May we will have our Annual May Procession at St Bernadette’s School starting at 9.30am.

The Laurels School need a Temporary Caretaker urgently (to start within the next week or so if possible).  If you are interested please contact Lara McNanamon ASAP on 020 8674 7229. They would be like the position to be full-time but are happy to discuss part-time if required.  
Spring Fete: Next Saturday 16th May from 12 to 3pm. Lots of see and do: Tombola for both children and adults, cakes, bouncy castle, international food & raffle etc.   Entry is £1 for adults – children are free. 
Open Day: their next Open Day will be on Tuesday 19th May – please see poster at the back of Church. 

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

Ethiopian Martyrs: A letter of condolence and prayer was sent to the Ethiopian Orthodox congregation in Battersea on your behalf on the occassion of the brutal murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Welcome to God's Church: Freya Georgia Anne Voyce, daughter of David & Laura and Pascale Catherine Marie Cilia, daughter of George & Johanna baptised at the end of April and Arthur Grimer, son of Thomas & baptised on Monday by Fr Christopher Basden.

Fr Christopher is away this weekend in Ischia and plans to return on Friday.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 16: 10am - 1pm 'Spreading the Good News as an Encounter with Jesus Christ' - CCF, Tooting Bec.
Sun 17th: Franciscan Sisters from Catford will be here to sell Repository Items.  
2pm May Rosary Procession with Benediction and Vespers to follow.  (preceded by a shared lunch in the club) 
Tues 19th: 9.30am May Procession at St Bernadette School
Sat 23rd: 11.30am Confirmation Preparation Day
Sun 24th: 12.30pm Confirmation Mass with Bishop Patrick Lynch
Sun 31st: Little Sisters of the Poor will be here to do an appeal.  10.45am First Holy Communion (Old Rite)
Sun 7th & Sun 14th: 12.30pm First Holy Communions
Sat 27th: 6pm Reunion Mass for all the Confirmation & FHC Candidates
Sun 28th: 3pm Corpus Christi Procession

Mass Time Changes this week: 

Fri 15th 7.30pm Requiem for Dante Silva 

Church Cleaners - 15th / 16th: Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran.

Evangelisation Seminar at the Centre for Catholic Formation in Tooting Bec.  Saturday 16th May 10am to 1pm.  There is no charge, but you are advised to book at the CCF (020 8672 7684 or

Faith Youth Day: 'Is Jesus Christ just a good guy?" For 11 to 15 year olds.  Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 10.30am to 4.30pm at the John Fisher Schhol in Purley.  The speaker will be Fr Stephen Dingley and there will be activities, games, Confessions, Mass and a hot lunch will be provided.  Forms are provided at the back of Church.

Altar Servers: The rotas for May & June are now available on Dropbox & Google Drive.  

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.

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.  

'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.   

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.

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’ ”.