Sunday, 24 April 2016

5th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: IV Sunday after Easter)

For this week's Masses - Click Here
Solemn Easter Vespers: 5pm Sundays until 15 May

The Gospel of Jesus: is one of the most beautiful and sublime sets of concepts ever written. As a wriggly and distracted child, my Mother told me that the Gospel at Mass would always hit you “right where you are at”. The Word of God is not just another piece of ancient writing; it is the person of Jesus Christ, Our Lord attempting to touch our hearts and minds. Mother of the Word of God, obtain for us the Grace to open our ears and hearts to this saving power. Fr Chris

Fr Pawel: is in Poland this week visiting family - back next Saturday.

UCM Table Top & Cake Sale: Next Sunday (1st May) after the 9.30 & 11am Masses the UCM will be holding a table-top sale with cakes, tea/coffee and raffle.  Please come along and support.

St Bede's Pilgrimage to the Holy Door: at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday 9th July, we leave at 10am from Church. 

World Youth Day – Krakow, Poland: there are still places available on this trip with Fr Pawel & Fr Stephen Boyle to see Pope Francis 25 Jul–1 Aug (18-35 yrs old). The trip costs less than £500. Email:

Foundation Governors - St Bede's School: are looking for some new Governors. You don’t need any experience for the post as there is training available.  Please speak to the school office or give your details to Fr Chris to pass onto the Co-Heads Mrs Ostrynska & Miss Lowney 

The Laurels School Open Event: This Wednesday (27th April) at 10am-12noon and 6-8pm.  See poster or contact the school for more information.

Easyfundraising: Don’t forget to use our Easyfundraising page when you are shopping online.  Your support of our parish through this and the Gift Aid scheme is greatly appreciated.   

Volunteer Mentors Needed: One of the ways our Holy Father, Pope Francis is urging us as Catholics in the Year of Mercy to manifest mercy practically is through practising the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The corporal works include visiting the imprisoned, and the spiritual works include converting sinners and comforting the sorrowful.  Isis Prison in Thamesmead is urgently looking for volunteer mentors to help young imprisoned men returning to the Catholic faith to set spiritual and practical goals for their lives and prepare them for their release.  No experience is required, just a passion for Christ and His teachings.   If you would like more information please contact Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust who are running this mentoring programme on 020 8445 5585 or or see Philip Jones after Mass.

Church Cleaners this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.

Touched by His Merciful Hands - A Youth Event Celebrating the Year of Mercy:  This promising youth event (for 16-35 years old) is taking place at Holy Ghost Church, Balham (Nightingale Square, SW12 8QJ) on Friday, 13th May 2016 at 7:30PM. It is featuring as guest speaker a famous American Speaker, Blogger (, and hobo for Christ called Meg Kilmer-Hunter. She travels the world trying to set it on fire with the love of Christ. She's spoken to audiences from ages one to ninety-eight at churches, schools & retreats across the US and the world, all in between stints on strangers' couches. There will an opportunity for Confession, Eucharistic Adoration and music ministration as well as social time at the end. Come and encounter the merciful Lord in this Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis, meet up with friends and fellow young Catholics. Don’t miss out!!!

Family Life International Conference: On Saturday 7th May at St George’s Cathedral’s Amigo Hall – with challenging talks, presentations from a Catholic perspective and opportunities to network with other attendees. Please register online

SPUC Pro-Life March for Life UK: Saturday 14th May.  A Pro-Life march will be taking place in central Birmingham (  Before the march starts there will Catholic Mass at the Birmingham Oratory (Extraordinary Form) and a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral (Ordinary Form). Two buses will be travelling from central London - the earlier bus arrives in time for the Mass at the Oratory and the 2nd arriving at St Chad’s. To book your place (£15 adult, £10 child & £5 infant return), visit

Evenings of Faith: All are welcome to the forthcoming series of talks organised by the Faith Movement on ‘The Sacraments: Sunshine for the Soul'. Talks take place every other Tuesday from 5th April 2016 at 7:30 pm.  Full details at: . The new venue is St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, London, W2 5DJ except for talks on 19th April and 17th May which are at The Oratory, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP.

Lourdes - 2016 Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (with the Catholic Association) will take place this year from Fri 19th–Fri 26th August.  Prices from £752 by air or £687 by train.  For full details and booking forms contact Southwark Lourdes Pilgrimage Director – Canon Edward Perera (tel: 0208 399 9550 or  Young helpers (17-25) £498 by coach.  Contact John Toryusen 01227 272 900 or