Sunday, 17 May 2015

Ascension of Our Lord (Old Rite: Sunday after the Ascension of Our Lord)

May - The Month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers & 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 compliments the new life of Easter and foreshadows the life of Pentecost.  In the book of Acts, 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 Procession Today: At 2pm this afternoon there will be a May procession with Rosary, Benediction and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady, (followed by Vespers for those who wish to stay).  On Tuesday 19th at 10am, we will have our May procession at St Bernadette School at which we say the Hail Mary in many different languages.  

Confirmations – 12.30pm Mass Next Sunday: Bishop Patrick Lynch will be here to confirm our 13 candidates.  On Saturday we will have a preparation day starting at 11.30 & on Sunday, all candidates should be at St Bede’s school by 11.45 for the group photo.

Welcome to the Franciscan Sisters from Catford: from the Holy Cross bookshop in Catford who will be selling repository items after some of the Masses this weekend.  

The Laurels School need a Temporary Caretaker urgently required.  If you are interested please contact Lara McNanamon ASAP on 020 8674 7229. They would ideally like someone on full-time hours but are happy to discuss part-time too if required!  

Open Day: their next Open Day will be on Tuesday 19th May – please see poster at the back of Church. 

St Bede the Venerable (673-735) is our heavenly patron and Bank Holiday Monday (25th) is his feast.  As the schools will be on half-term we will celebrate his feast on Friday at the 9.40am Mass.  We pray that he may obtain for us the grace to observe our faith as he did with joy and enthusiasm.  The chronicles of the time testify him being “one of the most observant and happy of Monks”.  May he, in the communion of Saints, by the power of the Holy Spirit teach us this simple lesson: that happiness is the fruit of observance which entails.

World Communion Day: World Communications Day is celebrated today, Ascension Sunday. The theme is 'Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love'. On this day we are encouraged to pray for communications professionals, especially those who work in the media.Please support the second collection which provides the funding for the Catholic Communications Network.  The CCN provides support for the Bishops of England & Wales and the Church more widely in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues.  The office is the central point for media enquiries and plays a key role in developing the public profile of the Church.  It is possible to donate online at: Some commemorative prayer cards for this day have been printed & are available to take away.  Please support the CCN through your prayers & generosity.

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Tues 19th: 9.30am Rosary Procession & Crowning 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: 

Tues 19th:  There will be no 9am Mass in Church due to the Rosary Procession at St Bernadette's.
Fri 22nd: 9am Mass will be moved to 9.40am to allow St Bede's School to attend their Feast day Mass.

Church Cleaners - 22nd/23rd : Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga.

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 School 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.

St John Bosco - Children Summer Camp: The St John Bosco Centre are now taking bookings for this year’s summer camps.  The St Vincent De Paul Society has been running these camps for Catholic children for more than 60 years.  The camps run the following weeks: 25th Jul – 1st Aug & 1st – 8th Aug for boys (8-13 year old) and 8th – 15th August for girls (9-12 year old).   Activities include mountain biking, boating, fishing, climbing, swimming, orienteering, nature study, arts & crafts to name but a few.  Cost is £145 per child.  If you require more info, please see the poster & information sheet at the back. Booking early is advisable.    

Bible Alive available in Audio Version: We have been informed by a parishioner that a charity called Galloways in Preston produces the Bible Alive in an audio version for those who have sight impaired.  It comes on 2 CDs, and is sent approximately 10 days prior to the beginning of the month.  Each day contains one reading and the mediation.  It is free of charge, however a donation is appreciated.  Tel: 01772 744 148

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.

'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 see 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’ ”. 

Lough Derg - A Place of Pilgrimage:  Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary of St Patrick, is very much a living part of Irish Christian Heritage. A unique island, rich in prayer and faith, an island which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St Patrick himself was called to.  For many people Lough Derg provides an opportunity to step back from their lives, to take stock and examine the direction which their lives are taking. For many others it is a time to come closer to God through prayer and reflection.
One Day Retreats are offered on specific dates in May; 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24 & 25. After the Three Day Pilgrimage season One Day Retreats recommence in late August and continue into September. The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May 2015.  Please contact us directly if you wish to find out about the 2015 season or if you wish to organise a group to come to the island for a One Day Retreat or a Group Tour we will be delighted to help you.  Tel/Fax (from UK) 028 68632391.  Or email us: