Sunday, 11 September 2016

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Old Rite: XVII Sunday after Pentecost)

Clergy Support Fund
A priest will normally retire from full time parish ministry when he reaches 75 years of age. Many continue to work in some form of ministry. When a priest resigns from his parish ministry or a full time ecclesiastical appointment the Diocesan Finance Office establishes his likely income and needs on an individual basis and ensures he has sufficient financial resources to afford the necessities of life, live in properly heated and adequately maintained accommodation and can pay for some recreation and travel. There are currently 70 retired priests in our Diocese and this number is expected to increase to about 93 by 2018. The costs of supporting them are currently met by the Diocese, partly through an annual contribution from each parish, but the increase in numbers will create more pressure on these costs. A summary of the costs, income and shortfall over five years is given below. Archbishop Peter Smith has therefore identified the need to continue to support sick and retired priests as a major priority for our Diocese. There will be more important news about the campaign in next week’s newsletter. 

Sick and retired diocesan priests – Summary of income and costs
Estimated number of retired priests
Estimated Income
Estimated Expenditure
Cumulative shortfall over 5 years


Clergy Support Team - Volunteers needed: We need you please to volunteer to help with the setup and administration of this campaign. There will be a meeting in the Presbytery this Thursday (15th) at 7pm. Please come along. 

Launch of the New St Bede's Youth Group - Tonight: The first of our sessions starts after the 6pm Mass. Our plan is to run the club for 4 weeks and then assess how it has been received and whether it is feasible to establish a way forward after these sessions. If you want a youth club, then join us; give us ideas (offers to volunteer from parents please!) If you are have any questions then come to our youth club or email Chris Brew Graves

Bazaar - Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November 2016: Please put this important date in your diaries and start thinking seriously about your ideas of how to make this year’s annual Bazaar the best ever. We will have our first preparation meeting soon.

Mass for Fr Hugh Thwaites RIP: Next Saturday (17th Sept) there will be a special Mass for Fr Hugh for his 4th anniversary at 10am at Our Lady & St Peter (fr Philip de Freitas), 15 Victoria Drive, Wimbledon Common, SW19 6AD followed by a picnic. Welcome!

African & Caribbean Meeting: Next Sunday after the 9.30 Mass.

First Communion Reunion Mass: Next Sunday 9.30 Mass with DVD & Photos.

Open Days for Year 7 Entry September 2017: We will post on the notice boards the info on Open Mornings & Evenings as and when we get them. You can also find the information on this blog CLICK HERE to be taken straight to the page.

Welcome to God's Church: Leah Mwambala, daughter of Paul & Shantari; Annabella Ajuga, daughter of Kanayo & Regina baptised by Fr Chris last Saturday and Aaron Kong who was baptised and received into the church by Fr Michael Rowe on Monday. Aaron will make his First Communion today. Confirmation DV in November.

Cleaners for this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala and Maime Bazakana.

Catholic Evidence Guild: Offers weekly courses - study doctrine and apologetics to learn to speak publicly in defence of the Faith. Come support the members at Speaker's Corner by listening to their defences on Sunday afternoons. For more information, contact David Hunt 

SPUC 40 Days for Life: As part of the Autumn 40 Days For Life campaign, a local group will be praying every Saturday from the 1st of October until the 5th of Saturday from 10.30am until 12.30pm outside Marie Stopes abortion centre on Brixton hill. Please come to pray for an end to abortion and to change the hearts and minds of parents who come to abort their children. So far 11,796 babies have been saved worldwide through 40 Days For Life vigils led by normal people like us! For more details, please contact Rhoslyn on 07837687344.