Sunday, 5 March 2017

1st Sunday of Lent

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm

Welcome to Fr Michael Creech:  Many of you know Fr Michael who has preached at St Bede’s many times over the last few decades.  Born in Clapham, he is still jogging and two years ago had a church built in Heathfield, Sussex!   He was brought up locally, and as a boy used to serve Mass at the Convent of La Retraite.  In 1952 he entered the Redemptorists and in 1958 he was ordained to the priesthood.  He says “it was a very different Church and a totally different world!”  For decades he was on the Mission team and there are very few parishes that he has not visited in Britain.  I always tease him that he should write a book about the extraordinary parishes (and their clergy!) that he has met.  In the early 90’s, he began a degree and was so successful, that he was asked to stay on for his Masters and to teach the students.  He was a great help to Fr Dinan in his last years here and helped out at St Bede’s until 1996 when he became PP at St Mary’s.  Since then he was supposed to have retired but with such energy he has just completed his second parish in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.  He is now resident at St Mary’s.  Fr Michael is so kind and friendly so, take this opportunity to make a good confession for Lent!        

Lenten Preachers: 

  • Next week: Fr Neil Brett (Upton Park); 
  • 19th: Fr Bartek Dudek (Walderslade); 
  • 26th (Laetare Sunday): Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve (Toulouse) 
  • 2nd April: Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).
Congratulations: to all those children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass in Presbytery.

St Patrick's Night - Saturday 18th March 7.30pm:  BOOK NOW!!! Ring Mick Cronin to secure your place. The night costs £20 per person and the profits will be split equally between St Bede's and a charity.  

Fr Lukasz is helping fr Eustace out at Holy Rosary in Brixton this Sunday. Fr CB will help them out on Saturday evening.

Monthly OAP Luncheon - Chef(s) needed: We would like to restart this club but we need some volunteers to cook.  Please speak to Fr Chris this weekend if you would like to offer your services!

Gift Aid Scheme: If you didn’t pick up your gift aid envelopes last weekend, please see Marie Chang this week.  If you are an UK taxpayer, and would like to join the gift aid scheme, please speak to Marie, our Gift Aid co-ordinator. It doesn’t cost you a single penny more, you don’t have to do anything extra, but the Inland Revenue will give us 25p extra on every £1 we receive in the collections. You can also find the Gift Aid form by visiting the "Supporting our Parish" page or CLICK HERE

Fr Simon Leworthy's 25th anniversary of Ordination: on Monday 13th March, fr Simon will celebrate 25 years since he was ordained in Australia.  If you would like to send him a card etc, his address is: Our Lady & St Peter’s Rectory, 32 Victoria Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2AT.

New Governor Needed: La Retraite is looking for a new school governor.  Anyone interested in the mission of a governor should not be put off by a lack of experience; appropriate training is available during the period of service.  Any potential governor is initially invited to serve as an Associate Governor, which allows experience of the role before making a more formal commitment.  If you would like to know more about the role and arrange a visit, please contact Valerie Avenell, our school secretary (

Outstanding Masses: A number of the Masses left over from last year and some received this year have now been given to either Mgr Leo or sent to Fr John Bosco in Wales (who visited us a couple of weekends ago).  Some of the Tridentine intentions have been given to Fr Gabriel Diaz as he also needs Masses.

Cleaners for this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael. 

Youth Club: Sundays 6.45-8.30pm in the club.  Open to those aged 10 and older!
St Bede's Social Club: Sundays 12-2pm and Fridays 8-11pm
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM): Thursdays 8pm in term-time only 

Active Kids Vouchers: It is that time of year again when Sainsbury’s run their ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’.  All of our schools are collecting these vouchers so you would like to donate yours, please drop them off at the school or in the envelope at the back of Church.

Upcoming Dates: 
Saturday 18th: St Patrick’s Night.
Monday 27th: 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting
Sunday 9th - Sunday 16th: Holy Week & Easter.
Sunday 11th 1pm First Holy Communions;
Sunday 25th 3pm Corpus Christi Procession.
Sunday 2nd: 12.30pm Confirmations.

Our CTS Stand: There are several new books on the CTS stand located at the back of Church.  Please take the opportunity to look at these and purchase.  There are books for children, about Lent, about Our Lady and Saints as well as some prayer books.  Please place the money in the CTS slot on the wall.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights from London Gatwick with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

London Evenings of Faith- February & March 2017: All are welcome to a series of talks on 'Reasons for believing’ which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays (talks are on 7th March & 21st March). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full dates and details are available at

Lambeth FACE: To aid Lambeth residents with financial support, Metropolitan Housing Trust & Lambeth Council have partnered up to provide a free debt & benefit service called “Lambeth FACE”.  During February & the coming months, they will be holding a number of courses & money workshops to help Lambeth residents.  There are posters displayed at the back of church for following events: “Planning Your Journey” (Wednesday 8th) – Our free interactive workshops are fun and informative, packed with useful tips and techniques to help your money go further and "New Direction" (Wednesday 8th) - a workshop designed for people who have recently entered new employment.