Sunday, 1 January 2017

Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Old Rite: Sunday in Octave of Christmas)

Happy New Year: Can you believe it – it is 2017!  Back in 1917 was the Russian Revolution which impacted on all of us until recently with the effects of Atheistic communism and the Cold War (now replaced by another demonic threat!) Also in 1917, was the apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, who like any Mother warns us not to squander our time and talents which have been given to us by God.
Our Blessed Lord said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly!”  Most of us admit that we do not enjoy abundant life.  Of course we live in a vale of tears, however there is so much pressure in the modern world that so often all the possibilities for living life to the full are squeezed out.  Therefore in this new year, let us make four resolutions; 1. Some daily spiritual exercise (like reading the scriptures enquiringly or mediating or praying the Rosary).  2. Some daily physical exercise (gym, walking, swimming etc.) 3. Some daily emotional exercise (keeping up with friends, going out, doing things together) 4. Some daily intellectual exercise (reading, films, music etc).  Let us not be blind to the wonder of the sheer variety of gifts the Lord provides!  Fr Christopher B.

Last night Fr Andrew offered the Midnight Mass to see in the New Year 2017 after the “Te Deum” and Benediction.

Thank You: from your priests for the Christmas offerings, presents and cards (please remember to sign intelligibly – we have had a lot of mysterious hieroglyphics which none of us have been able to interpret)

Friday: Feast of the Epiphany (Tridentine):  There will be Latin Mass at 7am & 12.30pm.  Fr Andrew will bless the water at 11.30am.

Saturday - Special Mass at Noon:  to pray for the Prelate of Opus Dei: the Most Revered Javier Echevarria who died before Christmas.  He was one of the last big links with St Josemaria Escriva who was the founder.  We are delighted to have the presence of The Laurels in the parish run by co-operators of Opus Dei as well as having the Kelston Youth Club on Nightingale Lane so close by.    

Next Sunday – Eritrean Celebration:  We celebrate Christmas on 25th December but according to the old Julian calendar (which we gave up over 200 years ago) Christmas day is on 7th January.  The Eritreans along with the Ethiopians, Armenians and the Copts all keep this day.  Fr Kidane is due to come at 12.30 Sunday 8th January.

Crib Offerings:  Archbishop Peter has asked all parishes to donate crib offerings to ‘Friends of the Holy Land’ again this year. Every penny will help the poorest Christian families, especially in & around Bethlehem, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. Therefore we will split the offerings again equally between Good Counsel Network (whom we have sent them to for many years) and Friends of the Holy Land.

Fr Pawel: will be back on Tuesday from his trip in Poland.

St Bede's Youth Club - next Sunday: after 6pm Mass.

Welcome Back: to all our Heads, staff and pupils after the Christmas holidays. We hope you all had a restful break and are ready for the new term! 

Welcome to God's Church: Natalie Kathleen Veronica Lewin Pierson, daughter of Robert & Stephanie baptised by Fr Christopher.

New Readers Rota for January - March 2017: are now available at the back of Church

Cleaners for this week: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu. New Rotas are being sent out now.

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.  

Diocesan Directories & Parish Diaries for sale at the back of Church: Diaries cost £1.50 each and the directories are £3 for standard & £3.50 for spiral bound.

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.