Sunday, 14 February 2016

1st Sunday in Lent

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Stations of the Cross: 5pm Sundays in Lent

Welcome to Fr Martin Edwards: He was born in Beckenham and was educated at the Challoner School and later at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Sensing a vocation he went to the famous Seminary of Econne in Switzerland founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who had been the Superior General of the Holy Ghost Fathers, the Papal delegate and Bishop for all of French West Africa and a unique contributor at the Second Vatican Council. Anticipating full reconciliation with the Holy See which did not happen led Fr Martin providentially to Rome in the mid 80’s. Studying at the English College and the Angelicum (where Fr Andrew is now), he was ordained in 1991. Since then he has served in Tunbridge Wells, Tooting Bec, South Norwood and is now the Parish Priest of St Mary Magdalene’s, Wandsworth East Hill. He is also the national chaplain for Aid to the Church in Need. (Fr CB is in Wandsworth) 

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: St Bede’s has more regular Masses than many a Cathedral and most parishes. These Masses are for YOU, especially in Lent! Make the most of the Bread of Life, the Word of God, some time of peace and a way to achieve the harmony of a balanced life. 

Lenten Reflection: Lenten Reflection: Over the weeks of Lent the Archdiocese of Southwark's Stewardship Team, in collaboration with the diocesan Spirituality Commission, will send daily reflections featuring thoughts, Scripture and prayer. If you would like to receive these please visit  Below is the reflection for today - 1st Sunday of Lent:

1st Sunday of Lent
 14th February 2016

‘Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days.’
Our Sunday Lent readings this year begin with an account of Jesus’ time being tested.  Luke tells us that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan. However, Jesus did not rely on his own human strength to overcome temptation. He relied on the Holy Spirit to give him strength, wisdom, courage, and self-control. We too are given the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness and to be our guide in times of testing.
  • Today, become aware of the choices you make, both small and large, and reflect on your reasons for making them.
  • Are you acting in line with your faith and seeking help from the Holy Spirit, or are you being tempted?
Click here to visit the website of the Diocesan Spirituality commission
Lenten Preachers:  This year’s Lenten preachers will be:  
  • Fr Mark Higgins, newly ordained from St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.  
  • Fr Stephen Boyle from St Anslem's, Dartford.  
  • Fr Yousef (Lebanese Australian) and Fr Louis Marie (Bombay) from the Transalpine Redemptorists in Papa Stronsay.  
  • Our five Preacher has cancelled due to illness – any suggestions of other priests you would like are welcome.   
Special Sunday - 11am Today: Music provided by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.
  • Ordinary: ‘Missa brevis’ by Gabrieli; 
  • Offertory: ‘Super flumina Babylonis’ by Palestrina; 
  • Communion: ‘Domine, non sum dignus’ by Victoria

Requiem for Abbie Cort RIP:  will be held this Friday (19th 12.15pm).  There will be no 9am Mass on this day.

The Requiem for Chrissy Connaughton RIP: will be held on Monday 29th February at 12.15pm here at St Bede's.  There will a reception in the club from 3pm.  (The printed newsletter contains incorrect information)

Welcome back to Fr Pawel

African & Caribbean Meeting:  after the 9.30 Mass today.

Happy Half Term - to all our staff and pupils at our 4 schools.

St Patrick's Night – Saturday 12th March: After such a popular and successful night last year, Mick & Giselle Cronin have kindly offered to organise another St Patrick’s night event this year – with great food & entertainment. So don’t forget to put it in your diary!!  

World Youth Day - 25th July to 1st August: :  Fr Pawel and Fr Stephen Boyle are able to take a group to Poland for this great gathering of young people from all over the world. Pope Francis is to meet the young people and this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Fr CB is offering to help subsidise the cost which is already remarkably cheap £450 all told. This afternoon at 4.30pm Fr Stephen & Fr Pawel will have a meeting to discuss the practicalities. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Open to those aged 16+ and there will a limited spaces available.

Musicians:  in particular wanted for Concerts / Fundraising activities for St Bede’s.  Contact Phil Jones (see noticeboard for phone and email contact details)

Active Kid Vouchers:  It is that time of year again when Sainsburys run their ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’.  Both of our schools are collecting these vouchers so you would like to donate yours, please drop them off at the school or in the envelope at the back of the Church.

Church Cleaners this week: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal and Ngozi Otukwu.

The Laurels School have vacancies for Head of Science and Head of Music teacher required for September 2016.  Please see their website for more information or contact Lara McManamon on 020 8674 7229 or email  Copies of the job adverts can be found on the noticeboards or on our Job Opportunities page.

Exam Invigilator Required: for St Michael’s Catholic College in Bermondsey. They will give full training and all exam invigilators will move alongside qualified teachers. Closing date for applications Friday 19th February 3pm. Please contact Mrs V Ferguson for an application form - email 

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: meet Thursday during term-time 8pm

Pray, Play & Tumble Group: Tuesdays 9.30 – 12pm. open to all babies and toddlers 0-5 years old (and their parents/carers too!).  

Helpers of God's Precious Infants Walsingham Retreat 27 - 30th May:  Please find attached Invite\ Booking Form and Provisional Programme for the retreat in Walsingham.  We have only been able to book 30 places, so if you wish to come (and we hope you do!), please get in touch as soon as you can.

Jubilee Year of Mercy - 8th December 2015 to 20th November 2016.  On 8 December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis opened a Holy Year of Mercy. Pope Francis desires that the year ‘will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!’ (Bull of Indiction 5) The Year will close with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on 20 Nov. 
There are events planned by the Southwark Catholic Youth Service including: 
  • 4–5th March: “24 Hours for the Lord”: Pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. United in adoration and prayer across the world, the 24 hours will start with Mass at 12:30pm. At 7.30pm we will have evening prayer to start a night of music, art, film, prayer and reflection led by SCYS. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available.  Throughout the night we will have activities available in Amigo Hall.
  • 19th March: ‘Born for This’: A powerful and moving depiction of the Stations of the Cross presented by young people from the diocese at Aylesford Priory.  
  • 24th April: 'I Believe':  Pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Join Archbishop Peter Smith for an afternoon of catechesis, testimony, prayer and music. Meet other young catholics as we reflect on the faces of mercy in our lives. 3pm – 5pm, followed by refreshments in The Amigo Hall.  The event is for those Confirmed, or to be Confirmed in the Year of Mercy
  • 26–31st July: World Youth Day event in Krakow, Poland. Open to all young persons 18+ See fr Pawel for application form.
Please note young people under 18yrs need to be accompanied at these events by an adult (leaders/parent/older sibling).  Contact to register your interest, or call 01227 272900.  Visit for more info or to see our other events.