Sunday, 19 March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm
Wednesday: No 9am Mass.  Requiem 10am - Nicole Farrugia

Welcome to Fr Bartek Dudek:  In Catholic countries Shove Tuesday is styled ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Carneval’. In the middle Ages it was the moment to use up the fat etc that would not be used during Lent. Archbishop Peter has sent us a Pastoral letter to help prepare us for Lent and so now is the time before Ash Wednesday to pray and think about our forthcoming Lenten resolutions. In the Gospel, Our Lord teaches us how to (and how NOT to!) pray, fast and give alms. These are the three areas of Lent: doing something extra especially in the spiritual life, self-denial especially in our intake of food and drink and finally generosity. Let’s us resolve today to commit to each of these three areas something quite definite and to encourage our children to do the same. Lent is an old Anglo-Saxon word which means Spring so may the fruits come forth after forty days!

Fr Christopher: is swapping with Fr Bartek this weekend.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: Make the effort to attend one extra Mass each week.  St Bede’s have 3 Masses a day and 5 on Thursdays.

Stations of the Cross:  5pm Sundays and in school on Fridays.

Lenten Reflection: on a Stewardship theme for each day of Lent and Holy Week is available by email. You can sign up following this link (those who subscribe in Advent should receive the emails automatically) 

Lenten Preachers: 
  • Next week:  Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve (Toulouse) 
  • 2nd April: Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).
Zygmunt Haduch RIP: On Friday morning, we received the sad news that Fr Lukasz’s father had passed away.  Fr Lukasz (who was in Merville for the Diocese’s priest retreat) flew home to Poland along with his sister who lives in Paris.  The funeral will take place tomorrow (Monday).  Please keep Fr Lukasz and his family if your prayers.

Happy birthday to Mgr Leo: who celebrates his birthday tomorrow!  He is currently in Malta with his friend, Fr Gino (who celebrates his birthday today) and visiting his family. 

Fr Armand de Mallery: On Saturday, the feast of the Annunciation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr Armand will celebrate a High Mass at 9am.  

Special Sunday next week at 11am Mass.

UCM cake sale & raffle: Next Sunday after the 9.30 Mass, the UCM will be holding a cake sale in the club to raise money for “Hot meal for every child”.    

Cleaners for this week: Arinola Badejo, Temilade Lawal & Ngozi Otukwu.

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 

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!

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 (

Vacancies at BTG School: The school has two vacancies at the moment – Maintenance Officer (required ASAP) and Casual Examination Invigilators.  See the notice boards or CLICK HERE for more information.

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.

Ursuline High School Wimbledon - Celebrating 125 Years (1882-2017): Alumnae Event 13th July 2017 - If you are a former student or know someone who is, who may be interested to learn more, please register your interest email 

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 (the last of these talks will be on 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