Sunday, 27 November 2016

1st Sunday of Advent

Thank you for the Bazaar: A huge effort has been made by so many of you. Thank you to Harman Ross who co-ordinates the whole process and to the UCM who do the backbone of preparation; to the Latin American community (incredible bingo); to the Latin Mass community;  to the African & Caribbean Society and the Brew-Graves/Townsend for Santa Grotto. Thanks also to the incredible Stefano Taliana and team for the Christmas Dinner last night; to Lourdes Flor Guedes and team who ran the Bistro; to the John family for curry; to Gino Debiasi for the meat lasagne; to La Casita Restaurant, Streatham High Road for the Shepherd’s pie; to Ciullo’s Restaurant, Balham for the vegetable lasagne; to Samara Davis’s mum for the bangers & mash, to Yolanta for the bigos, to Nuala Fernandez, Rachel Edwards and Elizabeth Small for apple pies and Ann Holder and Eunice Wilkins for trifles.  Also thanks to St Bede’s school for the hall; St Bernadette’s staff for coming to the Bistro (and many bottles) & La Retraite for their donation. Finally thanks to YOU behind the scenes, who washed up, baked cakes, sold/bought tickets & supported us generously etc

Grand Draw today: One of the largest components of the Bazaar profit comes from the Grand Draw. At 1pm today in the club we will meet to discover who the lucky winners are! Hope it’s you!

Advent: You and I live in time and space. When we die our souls move into an eternal dimension. Our Blessed Lord quotes the Old Testament and says “Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man the glories the Lord has prepared for those who love him.” We are all like babes in the womb with no understanding of eternity. However Advent is a season which Mother Church uses to remind us, her children, to make the most of the time we have. The Saints, especially Francis of Assisi have exulted in the marvellous beauty of creation – the space in which we now live. Advent warns us to use our hearts to perceive the graces which come to us in time. 2016 years ago our Lord was born; some time in the future he will come again. This month open your heart and perceive his Advent in all the circumstances of our lives!   

Advent Preachers: 

  • Week 1: the Most Revered Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, who sends us a pastoral letter. He was born in Battersea 73 years ago, his home parish being St Mary Magdalene’s, Wandsworth East Hill.  From there he went to Clapham College and was ordained in 1972.  He spent many years at the Diocesan Seminary in Wonersh (even trying to teach fr Christopher some Canon Law) and eventually became Rector.  
  • Week 2: Fr Benedict Kiely, originally from Faversham in Kent (he is a friend of Fr Lukasz).  He became a priest in the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont but now feels called to offer his priestly life for the people of Syria (he is now studying Arabic).  Because of all of this, we will have a second collection that day for Aid to the Church in Need which helps besieged Christians in the Muslim world.   
  • Week 3: Canon Scott Tanner, who was recently ordained for the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign High Priest.  He is a convert, originally from Reading (where he knew Fr Simon Leworthy). He attended the international seminary in Gricigliano, in Florence.  
  • Week 4: Fr Behruz,  He is presently in Paddock Wood, Kent.  
Sung Vespers & Benediction: During Advent we will have Vespers & Benediction on Sundays at 5pm.   

No Youth Club today (Sunday 27th) as we are all worn out with the last few days of the Bazaar .

First Communion Applications - Deadline today: Hand in your form ASAP.  First meeting Sun 11th Dec after 9.30 Mass

New 'Friends of St Bede' needed: the school need some more parents to become “friends of St Bede’s School”.  This is a group of parents which supports the school and co-ordinates socials etc.  

Room Needed: David Gleeson, a 26 year old from Brisbane, Australia who is an Helicopter mechanic is looking for a room to rent.  His contact details can be found on the newsletter (not shown for privacy & security reasons)

Cleaners for this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala & Mamie Bazakana

Helpers of God's Precious Infants - Streatham Vigil:  Next Sunday (4th December) leaving from St Bede's after the 11am Latin Mass.  See poster for more details.

We apologise for the long wait for some Masses: This year we have been very lucky to have so many Mass intentions – however they are outnumbering the days in the year! To date we have sufficient to fill every weekend Mass until the end of the year & some well into 2017 (9.30 in particular has so many intentions waiting - could stretch into Easter!). We thank you for your patience with us.

Does your APF Red Boxes: The end of the financial year for the APF Red boxes is 31st Dec so if you have a box at home & it hasn’t been emptied this year, please bring it to one of the weekend Masses & hand to our priests. We will endeavour to empty, count and return the box to you ASAP (please check the table in the porch for your box). Can you please ensure your name is written on the white label at the bottom so we know who to return it to!  
Silver Jubilee of Fr Francis Lynch (Dominic's brother & Fr Tom's uncle): Twenty five years ago, fr Francis said his first Mass here at St Bede’s as a newly ordained priest.  He will celebrate his Jubilee with Mass on Wed 30th Nov at 6.30pm in his parish, St Gertrude (1 Debnams Rd, Rotherhithe New Rd, SE16 2BB) and there will be a parish celebration on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm.