Sunday, 9 October 2016

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Old Rite: XXI Sunday after Pentecost)

Month of the Holy Rosary: Do you remember the sermon from last week about the power of the Rosary? Please don’t forget to pray the Rosary and teach your children how to pray it. Padre Pio said that he never had a grace refused which he asked Our Lady when he prayed her Rosary.  

Bazaar - Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November 2016: Each year we have to pay our “tax” to the Diocese which is now over £16,000. This contributes towards the Schools Commission & the running of our enormous Diocese which covers almost 200 parishes & over 100 schools from Richmond to Dover. We try to get as close to this amount as we can, making about 75%. Please start to bring in bottles of wine/spirits; homemade jams & chutneys, cake making ingredients (flour, sugars, mixed fruit etc), Jewellery, DVD’s and fancy goods. We only want GOOD QUALITY items (no jumble!!) to avoid the time consuming misery of sorting through the rubbish for binning! We need volunteers to hand out & collect Grand Draw tickets. 

Goodbye to Fr Michael Rowe: who leaves us on Wednesday to return to Australia. 

Change to the Latin Mass on Tuesday 11th: There will be no Latin Mass at 7am, instead Mass will be at 7pm with confession before from 6.30pm.  It will be a sung Mass.

Welcome to Fr Don Kettle: who is travelling from Australia to Ireland.

UCM Table Top, Cake Sale & Raffle: Today after the 9.30 & 11am Masses.  Please come along and support them.

Little Sisters of the Poor: Next weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor will be at the Masses to make an appeal for support.  Several people from St Bede’s have been able to go there over the years.  At the moment Pauline Parkinson (who used to come to Mass bent double with a very obedient dog) is there and Philip Clarke who lived there until he died in the summer of 2013 

African & Caribbean Thanksgiving Mass: Next Sunday (16th October) at 12.30pm followed by a shared meal in the club afterwards.  All welcome! Eriteans, Ethopians, Nigerians, Ghanians, Ugandans … Final rehearsal of hymns after 9.30 Mass today!

St Bede's Youth Group: 6.45-8.30pm in the club (basement). Open to those 10 yrs & over – bring your friends, have fun, there is football, table tennis, snacks and time to catch up!  

First Communion Programme 2017 - Application forms can be collected from Fr Chris this weekend.  Must be in Year 3 or above.

Our Front Garden: Thank to you to Richard & Yvonne Windsor who have worked so hard over the last year to tidy and replant the garden outside the Presbytery & Church. Unfortunately some of the children are coming out of Mass / school and are running all over their hard work. Parents please monitor your little ones.  

New Readers Rota - October to December 2016: now available in the Church Porch.  Pick up your copy this weekend!

Calling all Catholic Men: Balham Catenians is expanding! As a circle our aim is to provide a social network which helps Catholic lay men live out their various vocations as husband, father, friend, work colleague, committed Christian and active Catholic!  If you are interested in joining please email our membership secretary Matthew

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. 

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

Accommodation needed: Mature, private sector teacher requires accommodation in Tooting for 3 months (possibly longer).  Budget: £500 pcm incl.  Please see Fr Chris for the contact details.

Little Shop of Horrors - by BTG students: On Wed 19th, Thurs 20th & Fri 21st Oct, BTG students will be performing their show of Little Shop of Horrors at the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich.  Tickets can be purchased at

London Evenings of Faith- September 2016: All are welcome to a series of talks on 'The Church & Society' which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays from 4th October 2016 (subsequent talks are 18 October, 1 November, 15 November, 29 November & 13 December). Talks are held in the Back Room, St Mary's, Moorhouse Rd, Bayswater, W2 5DJ (Tube: Notting Hill). Full dates and details are available at

Catholic Evidence GuildOffers 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