Sunday, 10 January 2016

The Baptism of the Lord (Old Rite: Holy Family Jesus, Mary & Joseph)

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Convent Mass: is now at 8.30am Monday to Saturday

White Flower Appeal: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. In common with the Catholic Church, SPUC defends and upholds the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It works to protect unborn children from abortion and defends the disabled, elderly and incapacitated from euthanasia and assisted suicide. SPUC also provide trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause which depends entirely on your support. 

The Baptism of the Lord: is the solemn inauguration of the Lord’s public ministry and a manifestation of the Blessed Trinity. In the Old Rite it is the octave (a week after) of the Epiphany.

Church Unity Octave: Each year the Church observes eight days’ prayer for Christian unity. The week runs from the Sunday 18th to 25th January.

Welcome back to fr Lukasz: from a very cold Poland (-20c)

Congratulations to Fr Terry Creech: who celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination today at St Mary’s Clapham.

Congratulations to:  Cara Sandillon & Daniel Charlton were married here yesterday by Fr Christopher. Cara is the daughter of Jean Claude and Mary and she and her sister Poppy both went to St Bede’s, St Bernadette’s and La Retraite. The newly weds are going to go live in Portsmouth. We are all very proud of them. Pray for them. 

First Holy Communion programme: begins today at 9.30am with the First Mass and Meeting. The First Confessions will take place on Saturday 5th March and First Communions will take place over two Sundays (5th & 12th) of June.

Easyfundraising: Why not log on to easyfundraising.org.uk/stbedesc to find out more.  
Did you get a new phone for Christmas? Considering recycling your old one? – why not use Easyfundraising, you get the all the cash, they donate a nominal amount to us for the referral thus helping us raise funds without it costing you a single penny!! 
Time to book your summer holiday? Easyfundraising has several airlines and holiday package companies registered with them who will donate money to us just because you have used them. 

Church Cleaners this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala and Mamie Bazabakana. The Rota for the next 6 months has now posted out to all the home addresses.

Save the Date! The World Youth Day is being held in Poland 24th July to 2nd August 2016 with Pope Francis. It is open to all the youth aged 18+ not to be missed! Ask Fr Pawel for application form if you would like to go to this wonderful event.


Crib Offerings:  This year, with the encouragement of Archbishop Peter, all parishes have been asked to donate crib offerings to ‘Friends of the Holy Land’. Every penny will help the poorest Christian families, especially in & around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, with education, employment, health & housing costs and initiatives. THANKS:  so much to Raymond and Caroline Casey who are both architects and have designed both of our cribs. They are really splendid and have enhanced our Christmas

St Bede’s Social Club: Open Sundays 12pm–2.30pm and Fridays 8.30pm–11pm. Games available – Please ask at the bar. 
Union of Catholic Mothers: Thursday during term-time 8pm
Pray, Play & Tumble Group: Tuesdays 10.15 – 12pm. open to all babies and toddlers 0-5 years old (and their parents/carers)