Sunday, 6 September 2015

23rd Sunday Ordinary Time (Old Rite: XV Sunday after Pentecost)

Welcome back to Schools: In the last few days our four schools have all reopened and there is a buzz of activity (and traffic!) throughout the parish.  Please God everybody has had a little bit of a break and is now ready to face the new term with energy and zeal!  The Laurels had their Mass here this past Friday, St Bernadette will have theirs on Tuesday and St Bede’s will have theirs on Friday 25th.  

For dates and times of Open Days for Year 7 entry in September 2016 - please CLICK HERE

Welcome to Fr Pawel Sobol: He was born in 1986 in Przemysl (pronounced Pshemish!) in Poland and has 1 brother and 3 sisters.  He was ordained in 2011.  Since then he has been an assistant priest in Besko and Kanczuga.  He worked as a school teacher and was in charge of the biblical and charismatic pastoral groups and also administered the parish website! 

Welcome back to Fr Lukasz Haduch: We are very happy to have Father back with us and we are indeed blessed that these two good priests have been given to us for a two year contract.  Fr LH is working on a PhD in Canon Law and will have to commute to the Faculty in Warsaw.

Assisted Suicide BillThis coming Friday, the House of Commons will debate and vote on whether to legalise Assisted Suicide.  Aside from the morality of taking life before natural death, there is a whole host of issues which this bill will unearth.  75% of doctors in this country are against this bill as is the British Medical Association.  As said before, Catholic moral teaching has never held that we have to use extraordinary means to keep someone alive.  Dying people however, are still human beings and they need the ordinary means of hydration, food and care.  Just like the beginning of life it is so important for our development so the end of life is important for us to prepare to say goodbye and face eternity.   Most Western nations have much to learn about the care of the dying and palliative care urgently needs specialists to cope with our ageing society.  Did you write that letter to your MP? You can send an e-mail to your MP via this link -  As yet there is no response from Chuka Umunna to the letter fr CB wrote on behalf of the whole parish.  We have been asked to have a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Thursday as this is the only thing that might work!  Therefore after the midday Mass on Thursday we will resume Adoration which will continue up until the UCM evening Mass at 8pm.  Sign up Please to do one half hour of Adoration for this most urgent intention.

Fr Tom Lynch: has been appointed as assistant priest at St Saviour’s in Lewisham.  

Fr Simon Leworthy: will move to his new parish in Bridlington when he returns from Australia.  
Fr Mathias Anyip has been at Wandsworth (St Mary Magdalene’s) helping Fr Martin Edwards out & we hope to see him before he leaves this month

African & Caribbean Association: are holding their next breakfast meeting in the club today after the 9.30am Mass to discuss their upcoming events.  There will be a raffle too.

The Choir: are looking for new members.  If you are interested please give your details to one of the priests for us to pass on.  They meet on Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm for rehearsals here at the Church.  

Congratulations: to 

  • Katrina Harrington and David Madeley who were married at St James, Spanish Place by Fr Andrew Southwell on 1st August.  
  • Ashford Clovis and Jacqueline Oke who were married at Brompton Oratory by his Uncle, Fr Linus (with Fr CB in attendance) on Saturday 29th August.
  • Charles Bennett, formerly of Sternhold Avenue who married Lucy Rea in Reading by Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP on Saturday 29th August. 
Welcome to God's Church: Martha Ruth Bailey of Glenfield Road, first child of Thomas and Lorna (Greenway) baptised by Fr Yohanes Benny Suwito Twang on 25th July.    

Church Cleaners Rota - 11th/12th September: Ella Shllaku, Elizabeth Vosas, Maria Eugenia Galvis & Anais Tarelho.  

Helping the Migrants in Calais: On the back page of ‘The Pilgrim’, there is an article regarding ways to help these migrants.  To find out more: email, contact Ben Bano 07887 651117  or visit

'Pray, Play & Tumble':  on Tuesday mornings.  0-5s bring your mums, dads, relatives, carers and friends.  We begin in church at 10am for action praise songs, a bible story, quiet time and short prayers.   The social rooms are open for conveniences and pram parking from 9.30am - 9.55am and then afterwards for play and refreshments.  Optional session in the school soft ball room too for those who wish.  Finish at 12 midday.  Do join us.  Contact email for further details: