Sunday, 19 July 2015

16th Sunday Ordinary Time (Old Rite: VIII Sunday after Pentecost)

End of School:  This past Friday was the end of a very long term.  Our teachers and staff are all quite tired and the pupils themselves need a good break.  Many of our pupils go back to Poland, Eritrea, Latin America or Africa during the summer.  In the Gospel today Our Blessed Lord urges the Apostles to get away and have a break (but the account goes on to show that the crowds figured out where they were heading and circumvented their plans!) It gets increasingly difficult in our pressurised society to have a proper “work-life balance”.  We have to fight often to achieve a balance in trying to maintain physical fitness (sport or going to the gym); intellectual awareness (reading and culture) and social life.  Over and above all of this is the necessity to nourish and nurture our spiritual life.  In our grossly materialistic culture, this is often the very thing which is ignored.  Mgr Philip Hallett, a beloved rector of Wonersh would tell his seminarians, “Have a good Holiday but remember … there is no holiday from the spiritual life”.  We thank our Heads, teachers and staff for all their hard work and wish them all a good break!       

Mission Assessment It seems that the Mission team were universally admired and welcomed in the parish.  The children’s play in the park, the sing-songs, the skits and the evening talks were all very well done.  The only problem was that on both the Sundays, the Mission was not really successfully sold and so the response was pretty poor.  Nevertheless seeds have been sown and we pray that they may bear fruit for our parish in the years to come.  

Welcome to Fr Martin Thompson & Fr Harry Heijveld:  The former, you remember was for many years in Albania and is now in Athens, largely supporting Albanian immigrants.  Fr Harry is originally from Holland but for many years has lived in Plymouth.  He was widowed and studied for the priesthood with our own Fr Thomas Lynch at Wonersh and both were ordained in 2013.     

Sebastian our seminarian is off to Poland tomorrow for his holidays.  Please pray for him.

12.30 Mass on Sundays: Next Sunday sees the last 12.30 Mass.  It is with great reluctance that this Mass will be discontinued (although the 12.30 slot will remain for special occasions like First Communions, Confirmations and African Caribbean celebrations.)  The Bishop at his January visitation felt that our numbers simply do not warrant so many Masses.  If they were all full we would not be cancelling one.  We still have many options and much variety so do not give up on St Bede’s just because your favourite time is going.

Assisted Suicide Bill: On Friday 11th Sept, the House of Commons will debate and vote on a Bill to legalise assisted suicide.  This will put the most vulnerable people in our society at risk. Please contact your MP, urging them to attend the debate and vote against the Bill. You can send an e-mail to your MP via the Catholic Bishops’ Conference ( or send a letter by post, a draft of which can be found at the back of the Church.

Future Dates / Mass time Changes:  From Tuesday 28th July to Friday 7th August inclusive, there will be no convent Mass due to the Sisters annual retreat.

Church Cleaners - 24th / 25th: Vicki Sabatini & Fernanda Rodrigues.  (Please note - Baptism at 12noon on Saturday)

Summer Youth Events:
  1. Evangelium Conference 31st Jul-2nd Aug: 18-35 year olds at Oratory School, Reading. Cost £95 or concessions £65. Tel: 01834812643 or email  
  2. Faith Summer Session 3rd–7th Aug:
    A five day conference for young Catholics 16-35 year old. Cost: £175 or £150 concession.  Closing date for applications - Monday 13th July.  
  3. Faith Summer Break 10th–13th Aug An exciting four days for 11-15 year olds. Cost £160. Closing date for applications - Thurs 23rd JulyBoth Faith events are held at Woldingham in Surrey.  You can book online at or complete one of the booking forms that Fr CB has.  
  4. ‘Summertime 2015’ - Altar Servers Summer Break 11th–14th Aug
    for altar servers aged 10-15 at Woldingham, Surrey.  Cost £135.  For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford ( A booking form can be picked up from Fr Chris or downloaded from their website
Pilgrimage to Fatima: 22nd – 28th November including all excursions £629.  Early booking recommended – for further info call Mrs Mozzi on 0208 472 0843 or 07859 027 301.

'Pray, Play & Tumble': Are you a young primary or secondary aged scholar looking to keep your parent/carer inspired over the Summer?  Get them in touch with St Bede's Pray Play and Tumble for praise, fellowship, creativity and light refreshment over the holidays. Days/times may vary.  Possible additional meet ups may be organised for activities in the park depending on interest.  Pre-schoolers are very welcome as usual and should please note that from September our regular term time morning will be on Tuesdays. Contact for details.

Current Vacancies: For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.