Sunday, 18 June 2017

Corpus Christi / (Old Rite) II Sunday after Pentecost

Corpus Christi: Today (and last Thursday in the Old Rite) we celebrate the greatest of all the Sacraments. Everyday Mother Church offers to feed us with the Bread of Life, the medicine of immortality. As one of the greatest modern English authors says; ''Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament.....There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires.'' (The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien, no. 43 to his son). May we pray for a greater devotion to the Blessed Eucharist! 

Next Weekend: We have a Reunion Mass for our FHC families on Saturday 6pm. Then, the next day (Sunday 25th), our First Communicants & Confirmation candidates will all lead the Corpus Christi Procession starting at St Bernadette School at 3pm.  

Annual Day for Life: Each year Day for Life provides an opportunity to reflect on the dignity of every human person, both young and old, and to pray for and support all life from conception to natural death.  This year’s Day for Life provides us with an opportunity to reflect, to pray and to offer practical and emotional support, especially for those who have lost a child and for who women who are anxious about their pregnancy.  In Pope Francis’ Angelus address on the Italian Day for Life in February, he said to the 1000’s gathered in St Peter’s Square, “May no one be left alone and may love defend the sense of life.” Citing the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, he continued: “Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is life, fight for it… Each life is sacred.”  The second collection at this weekend’s Masses enables the church to fun the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (formerly the Linacre Centre), as well as projects that seek to care for life at every stage and in every condition.  For more visit

Welcome to Fr Krzysiek Bienczak: who was born in 1987 and has 4 brothers & 2 sisters.  He was ordained in May 2012 in the Diocese of Przemysl (same Diocese as Frs. Lukasz & Pawel) and has been assistant priest in parish in Wisoka & Zurawica.  He is currently studying Catechetic Theology at Lublin University, and will be with us until the end of July

Fr Pawel: is in Poland visiting his family following his exams.  He will be back in the parish on Wednesday / Thursday.

Special Sunday - Today at 11am Mass: The music is provided by Cantores Missae under the direction of Charles Finch: 

  • Ordinary - Missa Petre ego pro te rogavi (Lobo); 
  • Offertory – Sancta et immaculata virginitas (Morales); 
  • Communion – Sacerdotes Domini (Byrd) 
  • After last Gospel – Salve Regina (Chant)
The Guild of St Clare: is looking for new members.  We are a group of ladies (so far) who look after the vestments and altar linens of the Parish. We meet in the club rooms on the 3rd Saturday of each month after the 9am Mass.  Our next meeting is on 15th July.  We have all had to learn skills so help is available.  Come and see what we do and find out more.  All are welcome.  Susan Gollop 

Federation of St Bede & St Bernadette School Summer Fayre: Every year our two schools come together to organise their annual summer Fayre. This year it will be Friday 30th June 5-8pm at St Bernadette School. Please do come and support them. It is fun for all ages and we will put St Joseph’s statue out that day so that Our Lady will not allow him to get wet!  

Nine Days Prayer in honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help: St Mary’s annual Festival of Faith begins tomorrow Mon 19th & concludes with the great Feast on 27th June.

Cleaners this week: Ella Shllaku, Elizabeth Vosas, Maria Eugenia Galvis & Anais Tarelho.

We need new cleaners: If you would like to volunteer please give the priests your contact details.  

Female Accommodation available: Struan House is a Catholic residence located near Southfields and is run by the Religious of Mary Immaculate for women aged 18-30 years who are in London for work or study.  Rooms start from £110 per week.  Please see the poster for more details.

Summer in the Forest: This is the title of a remarkable new film about the inspirational Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier and the L’Arche communities he founded, being released in the UK on Friday 23 June. The film tells the story of the search for love and friendship by the intellectually disabled members of the the L’Arche communities in France and Bethlehem. It is comic, touching and moving. As one critic said ... ‘it is extremely rare for a film to have the power to change lives - this one really might’. It will be released at Picture House Piccadilly and will be showing for 7 days - and there will be a special screening at Clapham Picture House at 6.30 pm on Thursday 29 June - followed by a Q&A with the film director. Early booking is seriously advised. - for more details of the film.

Annual Martyrs' Walks: Sunday 25th June 1.30pm.  Devotional walk from the Churchyard of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Old Bailey, following the route of Catholic Martyrs to Tyburn.  Concludes at 5pm with Benediction and tea.  No charge for this walk, but donations are welcome.  See poster for more Catholic History Walks.

Summer Events for Youth:
The St John Bosco Childrens (SVP) Summer Camp at Aldham Essex. This is a  activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows :-

·         Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July for Boys
·         Week Two Saturday 29th July  to 5th August for Boys
·         Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August for Girls

It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534 065347 or the girls camp on 07491 811167. More information can be found on the website  or on the poster at the back of the church.

Evangelium Conference 28th – 30th Jul: 18-35 year olds. Visit 01834812643 or email  Costs£120 or £95 for students & unwaged). 

Faith Summer Session: 31st Jul – 4th Aug: 16-35 yrs. Cost £180/Concession £155 (those in financial hardship & wish to apply for a subsidy in order to attend the Faith Summer Session please get in touch with the conference organiser via or 01419 450 393) and 

Faith Summer Break 14–17th Aug. 11-15 yrs.  Cost £160.  Book online for both Summer Session & Summer Break  

Altar Servers Summer Break 8th – 11th Aug for those aged 10-15 years. For more details contact Fr Stephen Boyle at St Anslem’s, Dartford (