Sunday, 21 February 2016

2nd Sunday of Lent

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Stations of the Cross: 5pm Sundays in Lent

Welcome to Fr Mark Higgins: Fr. Mark Higgins grew up in Carshalton and went to the John Fisher School, Purley. Upon leaving there he studied Politics at Warwick University from which he graduated in 2007. He then spent a year in the English College in Valladolid, Spain, followed by a job at a call centre in Coventry. Thereafter, he spent six years in formation for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary in Wonersh. He was ordained to the priesthood with Fr Matthew O’Gorman (who was an Advent preacher at St Bede’s) in 2015 and appointed as Assistant Priest at St Andrew’s, Thornton Heath.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: During Lent we are encouraged to do something extra spiritually. Weekday Mass is one of the most straightforward and beneficial ways to do this. Advantages? The Blessed Sacrament, the Word of God, some peace and quiet, a challenge and audit for us who hardly have time to think, time to pray  and being with others! Make the most of the many opportunities you have here at St Bede’s.

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 - 2nd Sunday of Lent:

2nd Sunday of Lent
 21st February 2016

‘It is wonderful for us to be here.’
(Luke 9:33)
Today we hear an account of the Transfiguration.  It reminds us of who Jesus is and what love he showed in becoming human.  It leaves us with the simple question – what more could Jesus have done to show the strength of God’s love for humanity?  Over two thousand years, we have perhaps lost a sense of the scale of what God did.  Certainly, for many of us, our response does not truly match the generosity of God and the gifts he has given to us.
  • Today, try to keep God’s generous love in mind and respond in the light of that love.
Click here to visit the website of the Diocesan Spirituality commission

Lenten Preachers:  This year’s Lenten preachers will be:  
  • Fr Stephen Boyle from St Anslem's, Dartford.  
  • Fr Yousef (Lebanese Australian) and Fr Louis Marie (Bombay) from the Transalpine Redemptorists in Papa Stronsay.  
Congratulations to Dominic Malins who was officially appointed as Head of La Retraite two Fridays ago.

First Friday Vigil - 4th/5th March: The Holy Father has asked us to put on this vigil to celebrate the Mercy of God. Exposition on Thursday 3rd will therefore be cancelled and after the Friday Mass at 9 we will expose until the Saturday Mass at 9am. In between there will be the first Friday recollection for ladies at 9.30, the Polish Mass at 3.45, confessions in English, French, Polish and Arabic and devotions led by our Redemptorists from Papa Stronsay. 

The Requiem for Chrissy Connaughton RIP: On Monday 29th February at 12.15pm. There will be a reception in the club on their return from Blackshaw Road.

St Patrick's Night – Saturday 12th March: Following on from the great success of last year, Mick and Giselle Cronin have kindly agreed to put on another ‘St Patrick’s Nite’ in the club on Saturday 12th March. There will be three course meal and entertainment too! For this great night’s food & entertainment, there will be charge of £20 per person (to be confirmed next week) – all profits towards the Bazaar fund. So please see one of the priests or Mick/Giselle to book your place soon!!!  

Confirmation Application Forms: are available from Fr Christopher this weekend. Candidates must be in Year 8 at least and Bishop Patrick Lynch will be coming for this Mass on 3rd July.

Fr Andrawes: is at Buckfast Abbey this weekend on a mini retreat.

World Youth Day - 25th July to 1st August: :  Following on from last week’s meeting with Fr Pawel & Fr Stephen Boyle – please hand your booking forms back in as soon as possible to secure your place on this trip.  

Welcome back to our 4 schools: we hope you have all had a good half-term.

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: Yorusaliam Zekristos, Sara Tuccu and Senayit Halefom.  Please Note:  Baptisms on Saturday from 11am

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.

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

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!).