Saturday, 20 January 2018

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) III Sunday after Epiphany

Parish Catechises Presentation: This Friday - 26th January 8pm in the club.  Please join Fr Przemek for the second of our Parish Catechises groups where we will continue with the beautiful panoramic programme on “Catholicism” by Fr Robert Barron.  All over the world this attractive series has been translated into scores of different languages and has become universally popular.   Think about coming and trying out this series.  It is a way to enlarge our mind and heart.  It is a way to increase our knowledge and understanding of the Good News of Jesus Christ which sets us free and gives us a huge reason to live and love with energy.  So many of us get caught up in the forest of routine and pressure that we cannot see the wood for the trees and rarely have time to even think (let alone discuss) the amazing reasons for our existence.  Too busy?  Surely not too busy to live and have a life?  What about “the life which is life indeed.”  Make time this coming Friday and step out of that boring routine and try it out!  

Confirmation Application Forms: Last chance to get your application form in this weekend.  Please see Fr Przemek ASAP.  We hope to get the programme and welcome letters out in the next week or two.  Bishop Patrick Lynch will come here for Confirmation on Sunday 27th May.

First Communion Programme 2018: starts next Sunday with the 9.30 Mass.  Afterwards the children will go to their class with Mrs Keane & Mrs Marshall and the parents will have a meeting with fr Christopher.

Fr Christopher is still in Egypt (where he was born) and is planning on returning tomorrow. He has seen fr Athanasius & fr Andrawes (hopes to see fr Yassa as well) to hand over our Family Fast collections for their poor.

Special Sunday - 11am Mass today: Sung by Cantores Missæ under the direction of Mr Charles Finch, our traditional Latin Mass today will include the following music. 
Ordinary: Missa O magnum mysterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria); 
Offertory: O magnum mysterium (Tomas Luis de Victoria); 
Communion: Sitivit anima mea (Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina); and 
After the last Gospel: Alma Redemptoris Mater (Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina).  
Next Special Sunday 18th Feb – 1st Sunday of Lent.

Jeremiah Hourigan RIP: On Tuesday we received the sad news that Jerry had passed away.  He was the School Caretaker of St Bernadette and La Retraite Schools for many years and is very fondly remembered by past pupils and teachers. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family.  

Billy Connaughton RIP: His requiem will take place at St Mary’s in Clapham on Monday 12th February at 12.30pm (time to be confirmed).

Balham Wellness Cafe: A free and friendly informal group for senior local residents and their carers to enjoy tea, cake and social activities.  Thursday 25th January 2-4pm at Balham Baptist Church, 21 Ramsden Road.  To reserve a place please call Tony on 8871 0006.

St Mary Soledad Group: We are starting a group (Mary Soledad) made up of young girls and boys between the ages of 10-18 years.  It will take place at the Handmaids of Mary Convent, every 1st Saturday of the month from 1pm to 4pm.  See poster for more details.

Apostolate for Eucharist Adoration: Brendan Cleary from the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration will be delivering an introductory session to the Apostolate's work at the CCF (Tooting Bec Road) on Sat 3rd Feb 10.30am - 12.30pm as part of the diocesan preparations to the National Eucharistic Congress. They are an Association of Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament, embracing God’s call to weekly Eucharistic Adoration, striving to be a people of prayer, vision and mission, and accepting the challenge to live the Good News of Jesus Christ. This Apostolate is organised, maintained and developed by lay people. For more info visit the CCF or theirs  

Knock Pilgrimage 14-18th March 2018. Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 14th March 2018, celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. £599 per person sharing. Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in 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 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

Foundations of the Faith for the New Evangelisation: This is a distance learning course for 18 months duration with 6 study days and 12 study units to complete.  The study days will take place in beautiful Buckfast Abbey.  This course is especially suitable for Parishioners, Catechists, Parents and Clergy.   Buckfast Abbey 10th February 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit our website  Email:  Phone 01364 645 660

Catholic History Walks: Please see poster for more details.  You can contact or Facebook or see  Cost £5, concessions available.  Please wear suitable footwear and plan for the weather.  Walks may take up to 2 hours.

  • For King and Country - Sunday 4th February 3pm; Wednesday 7th March 2pm; Sunday 15th April 3pm. Starting at Westminster Cathedral
  • Lift up your heads, O Gates! - Monday 12th February 3pm; Wednesday 21st February 2pm; Tuesday 10th April 2pm; Monday 23rd April 6pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, The Borough.
  • The King's Good Servant - Tuesday 20th February 2pm; Sunday 18th March 3pm; Tuesday 1st May 6pm.  Starting at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Chelsea.
  • Southwark and the Borough - Sunday 25th February 3pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, the Borough.
  • The West End - Friday 23rd March 2pm.  Starting at St Patrick's Soho Square.