Sunday, 13 December 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

For this week's Masses - Click Here
Convent Mass: is now at 8.30am Monday to Saturday

Welcome to Fr Matthew O'Gorman: who is our third Preacher for Advent. Fr Matthew O'Gorman is an old boy of the John Fisher School in Purley. He went to study English Literature at Sussex University after which he worked as an Education Officer for the charity LIFE for five years in London. During this time he started to discern a priestly vocation and was sent to the English College in Rome in 2008. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Southwark in July 2015.  Fr Matthew will be giving First Blessing from 10.30 – 11am
Don’t forget to go to Confession!

Fr Pawel is in Poland until Boxing Day. 

Upcoming Advent Preachers: Our last Advent preacher will be Dr Andrew Pinset, a priest of A&B Diocese and the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University and finally we will have Fr Andrew for Christmas.

Christmas Mass Times: 
  • Christmas Eve:
    6pm Carols followed by 6.30 Children’s Mass.
    8pm (Convent) Misa En Espanol.
    9pm (Latin); 
    11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass.  
  • Christmas Day:
    11am (Latin);
    No Evening Mass.  
  • Boxing Day:
    No Evening Mass
Thank you for the Bazaar: The money received so far from all the various events have now been counted and we managed to make a profit of £10,423. A summary of how each stall did is pinned to the notice boards and copies are available for you to take home.  We still await a couple of donations and will produce our final total in the new Year.
Visit our dedicated page HERE for more details on how you can sign up to support us at St Bede's.  This is an ongoing project - not just for Christmas or Bazaar time.  We hope to be able to raise money in this way for many years to come.

Thank you to our supporters who have already signed up.  We have now raised over £100 through this site and look forward to more being raised over Christmas and as summer holidays for next year are being booked.  This shopping portal is very easy to use, and there are lots of different retailers registered on the site.  If you are a tax payer and tick the gift aid box when you sign up, we will also receive the 25p on the monies raised (and if everyone who has done so far - our total would be £125!)

'Special Sunday' – Today 11am Mass:  Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.  
  • Ordinary: Mass for four voices (William Byrd); 
  • Offertory Ne timeas Maria (Tomas Luis de Victoria); 
  • Communion: Canite tuba (Francisco Guerrero); 
  • Recession: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina). 
Welcome to Jo-Anne Rowney: who is coming to meet young adults with a view of talking about meeting the Pope for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland at the end of July / beginning of August.

Margaret Howard: was visited by Fr Pawel and Fr CB and the new house was blessed.  She sends love to all at Convent and at St Bede’s.

Foundation Governor - St Bede's School: A vacancy on the governing body has arisen and expressions of interests are being sought from practising committed Catholics. The governors of the school work as a team, in close co-operation with the Co-Headteachers and all the staff. The school would benefit from people with skills/experience in the areas listed, though this is not essential (IT, legal, HR, or knowledge of the education sector in any capacity would be an asset but are not required). Anyone interested in the mission of foundation governor should not be put off by a lack of experience. Appropriate training is available during the period of service. Please contact the School Office at or 0208 674 7292 to obtain a governor’s information pack or see Fr Christopher.  The advert can be found on the notice boards or HERE

Laundry of Servers Cassocks: We need some volunteers to take our cassocks home to launder and iron. Please speak to Fr CB today.

Church Cleaners - 18th/19th December: Adebayo Family, Gloria Nwoso, Blessing Osefo, & Gina Uraih.  Please Note:  Baptism on Saturday at noon

We need new cleaners too: Some of our cleaners who have been on the rota for many years no longer attend this Church or are unable to help us any longer. It is usually one Fri eve or Sat morning once every 3 months. Please hand in your details to 1 of the priests.

Light to the Nations: a charity concert in aid of Tyburn Convent and its Mission Foundations will be held at St. James’ Church, Spanish Place on Sat 2nd Jan 2016 at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale at Tyburn Convent or via their website:

St Bede's Social Club: is open on Sundays 12pm to 3pm and Fridays 8.30pm to 11pm.  Games are available - please ask bar staff.

Union of Catholic Mothers: meet every Thursday during term-time.  8pm Mass followed by meeting in the social club. 

'Pray, Play & Tumble': meet on Tuesday mornings 10.15am to 12noon.  Beginning in church 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.  Do join us.  Contact email for further details: