Sunday, 2 April 2017

5th Sunday of Lent - (Old Rite) Passion Sunday / I Sunday of Passiontide

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm

Welcome to Fr Barry Hallett:  who was born in Sherborne, Dorset.  He began his education at St Anthony’s Convent (where Fr CB’s Mother and Aunts were all educated).  Fr CB and Fr BH first met in the Christmas of 1979 when the former had just been ordained and the latter was an altar server and seminarian.  He prepared for the priesthood at the English College in Spain in Valladolid and Oscott College in Birmingham. Father has had a long and interesting pastoral career in the Plymouth Diocese including being student chaplain at Plymouth University and also at Poole where our sisters here had a convent. 

Fr Chris: will be in Fr Barry’s parish of Dorchester this weekend and on Monday meets some of his family to bury his aunt’s ashes in her parent’s grave in Mere, Wiltshire.

Passiontide: The statues are all veiled as we approach Holy Week. Let us pray that we can have one last effort at our Lenten resolutions before the joy of Easter. We prepare now to contemplate the Holy Cross and all that that means in our daily lives. St John Vianney, the Parish Priest of Ars said, “all of our troubles come from not loving the Cross!” There is no crown without the Cross, there is no victory without the battle; there is no dawn without the night. We ask Our Blessed Lady of Sorrows to obtain for us the grace and courage to pick up our Cross and to win its’ promised grace!


Extra Lenten Daily Mass: Now that we are in Passiontide, let us intensify our efforts and try to go to Mass at least once in the week.

Welcome back to Fr Lukasz: 

Welcome to Sister Edith: she is from the Cameroons and is to make final profession on Sunday 7th May at 12.30pm.  Archbishop Kevin McDonald (our Archbishop Emeritus) will be presiding at the Mass.

Confirmation Programme 2017: starts next Saturday (8th April) with a meeting for the parents and candidates in the Presbytery at 4.30pm.  The following day, the candidates, along with the FHC candidates, will lead the Palm Sunday procession from St Bede School.

African & Caribbean Meeting - Today: after the 9.30 Mass.

Thank you from the UCM: their cake sale and raffle last Sunday raised over £130.  Thank you to everyone who came along to support them and who baked the cakes.

Can you help? 

  • There are some bad potholes in the path leading up to the church.  Could someone help us to patch these up?  
  • Also we are looking for cook to do an occasional lunch for OAPs.  


Readers Rota - April to June: Now available in the Church Porch – please collect your copy today.

Cleaners for this week: E Shllaku, E Vosas, M Galvis & A Tarelho

Bags for the Future: Have you got clothes and shoes you would like to get rid of? Annually, we like to raise funds using bags to the future.  This method allows us to raise funds, reuse clothes & shoes to benefit those who rely on second hand clothes as their sole option for good quality items and finally build a sustainable future by using our resources to further the circular economy. We will be paid 40p per kg. We collect good quality adults and children’s clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys, no uniforms, duvets, pillows or cushions. As we have limited space, fill your bags and drop these off from Saturday 22nd April, they will be picked up by 9am on Friday 28th.


Youth Club: Sundays 6.45-8.30pm in the club.  Open to those aged 10 and older! (term time only)
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.