Sunday, 29 May 2016

Corpus Christi (Old Rite: II Sunday after Pentecost)

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Last May Devotions 5pm today

Corpus Christi: Today (and last Thursday in the Old Rite) we celebrate the greatest of all the Sacraments. Everyday Mother Church offers to feed us with the Bread of Life, the medicine of immortality. As one of the greatest modern English authors says; ''Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.....There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.'' (The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien, no. 43 to his son). May we pray for a greater devotion to the Blessed Eucharist! 

Our Corpus Christi Procession: will take place on Sunday 26th June.

From May to June: The month of Our Lady moves on to the month of the Sacred Heart on Wednesday.  It has been lovely to welcome the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and we are grateful to Matthias Menezes of Norbury and the Rosary Crusade for bringing it here. Today, the last time we have May devotions is at 5pm.  Come and honour Our Lady and then we celebrate the feast of her son on Friday 3rd June  (Sacred Heart). “Love of our Mother will be the breath which will kindle into a living flame the embers of virtue hidden under the ashes of your indifference.” St Josémaria Escriva - In the Way.

Candles for Sale: In order to raise funds to send some of our young adults to World Youth Day in Poland, a couple of ladies from Holy Rosary Church in Brixton will be selling special Year of Mercy candles outside after the Masses this weekend.

Retirement of Louis Desa, Headteacher at Bishop Thomas Grant School since 2001, a former student 1967-1972, and Head of Maths 1992-1997.  To celebrate Mr Desa's long service to the school the Parent Teacher Association are organising a Cheese and Wine Evening in the school Main Hall on Friday 15th July from 7pm-10pm. All parents, staff, and governors both past and present are warmly invited. Former pupils may also request a ticket for this function. Admission will be by ticket only, on a first-come, first-served basis – Please RSVP to Ann Caluori by email:

Happy Half-Term: We wish the staff and pupils of all our schools a relaxing and peaceful week.

First Communions next Sunday: at 12.30pm Mass.  Rehearsal Saturday after morning Confessions.

Church Cleaners this week: Adebayo Family and Gloria Nwoso.  Please Note: Rehearsal for FHC 10-11am on Saturday.

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School: A new CD has just been released by the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.  It is a recording of the Faure Requiem, plus other music by Faure.  Costs priced £12 available from the school - please email or phone 020 7605 0047.  Further details available at: 

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima celebration: Sunday 29th May 5pm at St Matthew’s in West Norwood. All are welcome – please see poster for more information.
Ordination of Bishop Paul Mason: The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Paul Mason will take place at St George’s Cathedral on 31st May, the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop-Elect Paul was born in Tyne & Wear in 1962 and attended St Anslem’s High School in North Shields & Kings College, London and worked for Olivetti in Turin & Hewlett Packard in London. He was one of the young men who attended a vocations day at Wonersh in 1990 run by Fr Stephen L & Fr CB, & was ordained a priest in July 1998. He has been assistant priest at St John the Baptist, Purley (1998-2001), Hospital Chaplain to Guys & St Thomas’ (2001-2012) & Director of Southwark Ongoing Formations (2012-2013). He will join Bishops Patrick Lynch & Paul Hendricks as Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Southwark, succeeding Bishop John Hine.

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.