Sunday, 25 December 2016

The Nativity of the Lord

Christmas Eve Masses:  
  • 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.
Happy Christmas to you all: both to parishioners who keep this place going throughout the year and to our visitors near and far! A big thanks to all who work hard to prepare St Bede’s for Christmas – our flower arrangers, our Church cleaners, our brass cleaners, our choir and musicians. We give special thanks to all those who do the rotas and to those who read and serve. I hope all of you have a profound celebration of the Mystery of Christmas and a happy reunion with family and friends afterwards. Then especially to you Mums have a good rest on Boxing Day!  

Christmas Offerings: In the porch & around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your Christmas Offerings for our 3 priests. As you are aware, a priest does not get a salary as such, & relies on the Collections at Christmas & Easter, as a significant source of income. These two collections are the only ones that are for the priests of the parish. Please be generous as your means will allow. 

The Twelves Days of Christmas: lead us traditionally to the Epiphany and the liturgy for the next few weeks is meditating on the mystery of the Word made flesh. The implications of the incarnation are so many. All of creation is in some sense sanctified by the presence of God made man. That means that created matter can be a means to the end of union with God. Icons, statues and pictorial representation are all ways that we can appreciate the mystery of the Kingdom which is beyond representation. Nevertheless, with the coming of Christmas we can actually see the face of the Lord.

New Year's Eve: In this parish, we always begin the New Year with a solemn Mass to beseech the Divine Majesty for the graces we need in the New Year. Each one of us should make a New Year’s resolution to tackle some area in our life which habitually we may neglect.  We will start at 10.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions; 11.30pm Solemn Te Deum and Benediction followed by a sung Midnight Mass.

Fr Pawel: is in Poland for Christmas with his family.  He plans to return on 3rd January.

Welcome back to Fr Andrew Southwell: who lived here from 1997 to 2012.  He is now studying at the Angelicum in Rome and is working on a Doctorate on the subject of “St Catherine of Siena and the Priesthood”.  He is our Christmas preacher.

Welcome to Mgr Leo White: who lived here from 1997 to 2001. He is now retired and celebrated his 60th anniversary of the priesthood here in July.  He plans to move next door next year.  

New Readers Rota for January - March 2017: which starts next weekend is now available now at the back of Church – pick your copy up today!

2017 Diocesan Directories & Parish Diaries on sale: Diaries cost £1.50 each and the Diocesan Directories cost £3 for standard bound and £3.50 for the spiral bound version – these have the liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish in the Diocese and lists of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution within our large Diocese, and also all the statistics and guidelines. Buy one today! 

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

Volunteers to run Repository on Sundays:  We need some people to sell repository items in between the 9.30 and 11am Masses. If you would be willing to volunteer your time, please speak to one of the priests today.  

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

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

Headteacher Required for September 2017 at St Chad’s Primary School in South Norwood.  Please see the school website for details  Closing date: midnight on 22nd January 2017.  A copy of the advert can be seen on our Jobs Opportunities page.