Sunday, 16 July 2017

15th Sunday / (Old Rite) VI Sunday after Pentecost

Federation - Breaking News:  This statement was issued this past week.
“We are extremely pleased to let you know that Governors from both St Bede’s & St Bernadette School voted unanimously for the schools to enter into a hard federation, this legally took place on 10th July 2017 when the new Governing Board met, however nothing will change for families until September 2017. 
We would like to assure you that the new Governing board will remain committed to working together effectively, in order to support the best interests of children of both schools”
This is a huge development – when I came her in September 1994 the two schools were under different trusteeships – St Bernadette was owned by the Sisters of La Retraite and St Bede’s was a Diocesan school.  Formerly many of you will remember that the former was a girl’s school (with boys in infants) and the latter was for boys only.  Over 10 years ago after complex legal proceedings La Retraite & St Bernadette came under Diocesan control.  

This federation makes sense.  The 2 schools share the same children and are both in the parish.  Together we can do better than being apart.  I have noticed a real change already – Congratulations – fr Chris

Fr Hugh Simon Thwaites: Centenary of his birth – tomorrow.  What a remarkable priest – Jewish, Anglican, P.O.W, Jesuit, apostle to immigrants, herald of Traditional Mass and much more. R.I.P

Welcome back to Fr Andrew: who will be with us until next Sunday when he will head off to the annual St Catherine’s Trust summer school in Wales. 

Fr Christopher: is in Maine burying the ashes of the old choir-mistress who knew him as a teenager in Tehran, Iran half a century ago.  

Fr Lukasz: is in Poland with his Mother, back in a couple of weeks.  

Fr Pawel's Presentation & Farewell: Sunday 24th September.  He returns from holiday late on Monday 18th and will say goodbye to the schools and UCM in the days after.  On the weekend of 23rd / 24th, he will speak at each Mass and then the presentation will be at 1pm on the Sunday in the context of a shared lunch.    

Sisters Retreat - Tuesday 1st to Wednesday 9th August Inclusive: Every year, our Handmaid of Mary Sisters have a 10 day retreat during the summer.  Therefore there will be no 8.30 Convent Mass during this time.

Where are all the red boxes? Do you have an APF box in your home? Has it been emptied recently? You can bring in any weekend and leave with one of the priests.  Don’t forget to put your name on the bottom of the box - so we can return your box to you afterwards! 

All London Caribbean Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Sunday 30th July. Solemn Mass at 12noon and Rosary, Adoration & Benediction at 3.30pm. Chief celebrant is Bishop Patrick Lynch.  Adults £14 - Children £12.  Coach leaving from Clapham – contact Lloyd Booker.

Latin Mass Society's Pilgrimage to Walsingham: The Latin Mass Society’s annual walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Pilgrims meet at Ely on Thurs 24th and, after Mass early Friday morning, start the walk to Walsingham. Arriving in Walsingham on Sunday 27th, pilgrims will be joined by day pilgrims from around the country. On Friday, Saturday & Sunday there is a sung (normally High) Mass in the Extraordinary Form or Vetus ordo and accompanied by a Gregorian Chant schola of walking pilgrims. Each day we sing or say the Rosary, the Angelus, and a Litany, as well as many other things. There are also periods of quiet reflection and opportunities to talk to one’s fellow pilgrims.  For more information visit:

Cleaners this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala & Mamie Bazakana

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 Events for Youth:
fr Chris has booking forms for most of these events.
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 Break 14–17th Aug. 11-15 yrs.  Cost £160.  Book online for both Summer Session & Summer Break  (booking deadline 24th July)

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 (