Sunday, 10 July 2016

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Old Rite: VIII Sunday after Pentecost)

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July - the month of the Precious Blood: The month of June, which is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart, was a washout. The rains were positively tropical! Please God we can now have some sunny and dry weather! Although St Bede’s was built in 1906 and opened for worship on April 27th of that year (do you remember April 27th 2006 when Archbishop Kevin McDonald came for our Centenary, the school hall was full of food and some fantastic cakes – hint hint, next week!)  Why was it that the Church was not solemnly consecrated until July 1st 1969?  Can any of you remember Archbishop Corduroy coming to anoint the walls that day with sacred Chrism? I can’t find anything in the archives about it but of course in those days, you couldn’t consecrate a Church until you had entirely paid for it!   

Mgr Leo's Diamond Jubilee of Ordination: Next Sunday, 12noon in St Bede’s School Hall. There are lists in the Church for you to bring cold salads, hot food and desserts. Mgr Leo will be at the Spanish Mass on Saturday; the next day he will be at the 9.30 and 11am, then we will go into the hall for lunch. Please help by signing up on the lists.

Thank You: to the Gospel Choir of La Retraite who sang magnificently with our own Choir. Thanks for all who supported Mr Malins Induction Mass and all those who helped the Confirmation candidates in their formation and preparation.   

Today is Sea Sunday: when the Church prayers for all those who live & work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically & spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue to work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. 

Special Sunday - Today at 11am Mass: The music is provided by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch: 

Krakow Meeting for World Youth Day - 1pm Today: Fr Stephen Boyle & Fr Pawel will have a meeting today in the club. This is to discuss everything you need to know for 25th!

New Readers for Sunday 6pm Mass Needed: starting from the next rota in September. Interested? Give your contact details to the priests.

Recitation of the Rosary - This Thursday: at 11.30am we will have our next public recitation of the Rosary for the intentions of the LMS Sodality of St Augustine of Hippo.

Reunion Mass & meeting for possible youth club launch: At 6pm Mass today, this year’s Confirmation candidates will receive their certificates at the end of Mass. After Mass we will discuss the launch the St Bede’s Youth Club which we hope start in September only if some of you will offer to help!

Next Week - Year 6 leavers invited to launch possible youth group: On Sunday 17th July we invite our school leavers and their parents to the 6pm Mass and a presentation afterwards in the club.

First Communion Party: Welcome back to all our FHC candidates and their families. After the 9.30 Mass, there will be a party in the club.

African & Caribbean Meeting: after 9.30 Mass today in the Presbytery.

All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Sunday 31st July. Solemn Mass at 12noon and Rosary, Adoration & Benediction at 3.30pm. Chief celebrant is Bishop Patrick Lynch.  Coach leaving from Clapham – contact Lloyd Booker (8675 0607). Adults £15 – Child £12

Summer Events for Youth: 
  1. Evangelium Conference 29-31st Jul: 18-35 year olds at Oratory School, Reading. Cost £120 or £95 for students/unwaged. Visit 01834812643 or email 
  2. Faith Summer Session 1–5th Aug: (£180 or £155 concession – book by 11th July) A five day conference for young Catholics 16-35 year old and 
  3. Faith Summer Break 8th–11th Aug (cost £160 – book by 18th July). An exciting four days for 11-15 year olds. Both Faith events are held at Woldingham in Surrey. You can book online at or complete one of the booking forms from Fr CB. 
  4. 'Summertime 2016’ - Altar Servers Summer Break 9th–12th Aug at Woldingham, Surrey for altar servers aged 10-15. For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford ( Booking form also available from
Can you help?: Anežka Koch from the Czech Republic is eager to come and work for you as an au-pair or something else so as to have a bit of English immersion (available from now until 8th August). She is the daughter of Deacon Hartvig, a German Deacon who is a great friend of Fr Marek Kaleta from Pelpin Diocese who was here at St Bede’s twice in between adventures in Kenya and Aberdeenshire. Please see fr Christopher if you think you might be able to respond. 

Gift Aid forms still not returned: If you signed up to the Gift Aid scheme a little while ago and took a form home - please ensure it is returned as soon as possible - we are unable to claim the tax back without them! You can either contact Marie Chang or leave with one of the priests.

Church Cleaners this week: Ellen Asafu-Agyei & Adiam Berhane   
Also - the secretary apologies for the incorrect dates shown on the latest rota.  A new copy with updated information will be sent out as soon as possible.  

Principles & Practice of Palliative Care in the Year of Mercy: A conference being held on Saturday 30th July at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, organised by the Catholic Medical Association.  It is for all those who work in the medical field as well as those interested in care of the dying. With a line up of international speakers, this conference is for all who want to know more about good palliative care. Visit to book your place.