Sunday, 11 December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday

Welcome to Canon Scott Tanner: Who was ordained in July 2015 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 and now he is serving in the Institute’s house in New Brighton (Dome from Home)

Advent Preachers: we will welcome Fr Behruz Rafat as our final Advent preacher. Fr Andrew Southwell is to return from Rome and will preach for Christmas.

Vespers & Benediction: Sundays 5pm during Advent. Come and experience this beautiful combination of the Psalms of David and the ancient chants of the Church.

St Bede's Youth Club: 6.45pm to 8.30pm Sundays in the Club

Bazaar Result: Yesterday evening, the Latin American community had their dinner and the totals have not yet come in but we are still confident of a stupendous result and again congratulate you all.

Welcome to our First Communicants & their familiesThere will be short meeting after the 9.30 Mass today and the programmes & textbooks will be handed out.  The first Communion class will take place on Sunday 15th January, and the First Communion Mass will be Sunday 11th June 2017. 

Special Sunday - 11am Today: Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch.  The music will be: 
  • Ordinary: Missa Ave maris stella (Victoria); 
  • Offertory Ne timeas Maria (Victoria); 
  • Communion: Canite in tuba (Guerrero); 
  • After the Gospel: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Palestrina). 
Message for our Gift Aiders via Bank Standing Order: Marie Chang, our Gift Aid Co-Ordinator has asked that those who give directly by Standing Order, to please put your Christmas Offerings in an envelope and write your gift aid number on it. If you don’t know your number, you can contact her directly to find out.

Christmas 2016 Masses:  This year we have moved our Christmas Eve Mass times to slightly earlier.    

  • 5.30pm Carols followed by 6pm Children Mass;
  • 8pm Misa en Espanol at La Retraite Convent; 
  • 8pm Latin (Polyphonic Missa Cantata); 
  • 10.30pm Carols followed by 11pm ‘Midnight’ Mass
  • Christmas Day Masses: Morning Masses as usual - 8am, 9.30am & 11am Latin.
    No evening Mass.

The Laurels School Advent Gathering: Wednesday 14th December 7pm here at St Bede’s followed by mulled wine and mince pies at The Laurels School. All are welcome!!

Goodbye to David & Katie Hunt who have lived in the old St Bede’s caretaker’s cottage for the past 2 and half years. In this time we have been privileged to welcome their two new arrivals Felicity and Theresa. They are moving to Orpington and from there they will join the Latin Mass community in Chislehurst. 

Cleaners for this week: Ellen Asafu-Agyei & Adiam Berhane

Volunteers to run Repository on Sundays:  We need some volunteers who can run the Repository between the 9.30 & 11am Masses on Sundays.  If you would like to volunteer – please see Fr CB or LH today.

Parish Diaries: are now available to purchase.  They cost £1.50 each.  Diocesan directories should be here next weekend.

Olivewood Carves:  This weekend a group from Nottingham are here to sell olive wood handcrafts made by Palestinian Christian Families in Bethlehem. You can view samples of their work HERE or visit their facebook page

Papa Stronsay Calendar 2017: available to purchase for £8 from their website:

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)

Guitarist for hire: Giuseppe Bianco is available for tuition, gigs (private events & clubs), arranger and studio sessions. He can be contact at or 07401 255 796.