Sunday, 1 May 2016

6th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: Feast of St Joseph, the Worker)

For this week's Masses - Click Here
Rosary during May: 4.30pm (1st / 8th / 15th) 5pm (22nd & 29th)
Solemn Easter Vespers: 5pm Sundays until 15 May

May - The Month of Our Lady: This beautiful month with blossoms, flowers and magnificence of colour is dedicated to our Blessed Lady. St Bernadette of Lourdes said “nothing down here can compare to the beauty which I have seen”. The natural beauty of spring and summer is a reflection of the beauty of the Creator. Also in the book of Acts our Blessed Lady is seen in the midst of the Apostles and early Christians praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the same way we follow the example of Mary, Mother of the Lord in praying for the graces that each of us need. 

Flowers needed for Our Lady's Statue: During the month of May the Statue of Our Lady is on display in the Church. Please bring small posies of flowers to place around her feet.

UCM Table Top & Cake Sale: today 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.

Special Collection for the needy of Ukraine: On the 3rd April, during his Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis asked that all Catholic Churches in Europe take up a special collection for those who are suffering the consequences of violence in Ukraine. He said: “I invite the faithful to join in this initiative with a generous contribution. This act of charity, in addition to alleviating material suffering, seeks to express my personal closeness and solidarity and that of the entire Church.”        

Gift Aid: Maria Chang, our Gift Aid co-ordinator will be handing out the new boxes of envelopes next weekend. If you are not yet a participant of the Gift Aid Scheme, please consider joining as it greatly helps the parish finances – at absolutely no cost to you!  (Your Mass intention stipends and Diocesan Collections are too.) If you are a basic tax payer, we can claim back the tax, increasing any donation that you make by 25% (more if you are a higher rate tax payer).

Welcome back to Fr Pawel: He is in Ramsgate today.

African & Caribbean Association are holding their next meeting on Sunday 8th May after the 9.30am Mass.


The Laurels Spring Fete: On Saturday 21st May 12-3pm - all are welcome! 

Sodality of St Augustine - Monthly Recitation of the Rosary: Starting on Thursday 5th May, the Sodality of St Augustine & LMS group will be reciting the rosary in front of the Blessed Sacrament from 11.30am. This will be followed by Benediction as usual at 12.15 and Mass at 12.30pm. (Next dates: 2nd June & 9th July).   

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: sboyle@clara.co.uk


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 


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.   


Church Cleaners this week: Angelo Ilo, Teresa Ablett & Rita Ajuga.

Thanksgiving Mass for HCPT: Archbishop Peter will be celebrating a Mass in the Cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday at 2pm as part of the HCPT 60th anniversary celebrations.  All are welcome.

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 CCFeltham@hmps.gsi.gov.uk or see Philip Jones after Mass.

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 (www.piercedhands.com), 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 - "Faith and Science": this Saturday (7th May) at St George’s Cathedral’s Amigo Hall.  Speakers include Fr Thomas Crean OP and Fr Pinsent. For more info and to book tickets visit www.conference.flionline.org/ 

SPUC Pro-Life March for Life UK: Saturday 14th May.  A Pro-Life march will be taking place in central Birmingham (www.marchforlife.co.uk).  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 www.spuc.org.uk/get-involved/events/march-for-life-uk-2016

Evenings of Faith: Tuesday 3rd May.  Full details at: faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith . 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 info@olionline.co.uk.  Young helpers (17-25) £498 by coach.  Contact John Toryusen 01227 272 900 or info@scys.org.ukwww.rcsouthwark.co.uk/lourdes.htm.