Sunday, 17 July 2016

16th Sunday Ordinary Time (Old Rite: IX Sunday after Pentecost)

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Monsignor Le0 - Diamond Jubilee of Ordination: Joseph White was born in Malta to nomadic parents on the 20th March 1929. After WWII, he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Friars after having finished his education at St Joseph’s Beulah Hill and was given the name Leo. Seventy years ago religious life and especially the novitiate was austere, strict and full of privations. The coarseness of the rough habit terribly irritated his skin. On 29th July, 60 years ago next week, he was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in the Cathedral of Valetta. In 6 decades of priesthood, there is not much that Mgr has not done, seen or heard. For some years he was a Naval Chaplain; in the early 60s, he was sent to Buga in ‘Valle del Cauca’ in Colombia. For many years he worked amongst the indigenous people here and in Cali and acquired a fluency in Spanish. The next decade found him on the other side of the world, on the Somali border of Kenya where he had to learn Swahili. He was the first Prefect Apostolic of Garissa and a member of the Bishops Conference of Kenya meeting both Pope Paul VI and John Paul II. The next decade found him in Brooklyn and in the mid 90s came to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark where he was part of the team who also looked after the chaplaincy at St Thomas’ Hospital. In the spring of 1997 he came here to St Bede’s joining a newly arrived Fr Andrew Southwell OSB and Fr Victor Reiderer SJ (Fr Hugh Thwaites SJ had left earlier that year). He was the founder of our Latin American Mass in Spanish and did a lot here for immigrants who had just arrived. In 2001 he retired but has always kept in touch with St Bede’s, being the unofficial chaplain to the UCM, for whom he offers Mass every Thursday night. Ten years ago, he celebrated his golden Jubilee here with Julian Gavin, the famous opera singer in attendance. Congratulations Mgr Leo!

Welcome back to Fr Andrew: who will be with us until next Sunday when he will head off to the annual St Catherine’s Trust summer school in Wales.

Welcome back to Fr Martin Thompson: formerly of Albania now in Athens. 

Fr Lukasz H: is in Poland until next Monday (25th).  

Welcome to our Year 6 Leavers - Meeting to launch possible Youth Club: Tonight at our 6pm Mass, we have invited our school leavers and their parents to a presentation on the possible launch of a new St Bede’s Youth Club starting in September. I hope that this will provide the chance for those who are moving onto secondary school in September have a way of remaining in contact and keeping the friends that they have been making since Nursery & Year 1.  We also need adult volunteers to help with the running of the club – so please speak to Fr Chris or Fr Pawel if you are willing to help us out.

Handmaids of Mary Retreat – Wednesday 20th to Friday 29th Inclusive: As our primary schools break up on Tuesday, the Handmaids of Mary Sisters will be on retreat from Wednesday. Therefore there will be no 8.30 Convent Mass during this time.

Change to the Latin Mass time - Monday 25th July: On that day, the Traditional Mass will be at 12noon instead of 7am. On Sunday 24th July, the 11am Mass will be ‘Low Sunday’ Mass due to Fr Andrew, Fr Chris & Fr Lukasz H being away.

Where are all the Red Boxes? Do you have an APF box in your home? Has it been emptied recently? So far this year, we have only had 3! So why not bring it in over the next few weekends and hand to one of the priests. Don’t forget to check that your name and address are on the label on the bottom of the box - so we can return your box to you afterwards! 

New Readers for Sunday 6pm Mass needed: starting from the next rota in September. Interested? Please give your contact details to the priests (name, address, phone number, email) to be passed on.

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

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.

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.