Saturday, 27 January 2018

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) Septuagesima Sunday

Presentation / Purification: The feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Purification of Our Lady marks the definitive end of the Christmas season. This day, also called Candlemas, could be described as the Christian festival of light.  The candles are blessed and we process with them lighted singing the words of Simeon: (the Nunc Dimittis) “At last all powerful Master you give leave your servant to go in peace, according to your promise. For my eyes, have seen your Salvation which you have prepared for all nations, the LIGHT to enlighten the Gentiles and give glory to Israel, your people.”
How easy it is for us to take for granted the light of Christ which we are privileged to possess. This light however is given us to share!
Cribs: Will be coming down after Friday so please make the most of them this week.

Confirmation Programme 2018: On Monday 12th February, we have our half-term trip to London.  This is an obligation beginning of our programme and you need to bring packed lunch, your oyster/zip card and money for McDonalds in the evening.  

Altar Servers Day Trip: On Tuesday 13th, we will have a day out in London for our Altar Servers.  Please speak to the priests this weekend to put your name down.  Football promised.

Welcome to our First Communicants & their families: We restart our FHC programme today after the 9.30am Mass. Parents and Children’s meetings after Mass. The First Confessions will take place on Saturday 10th March & First Communions will be on Sundays 10th & 17th June.

Billy Connaughton RIP: His Requiem Mass will take place at St Mary’s in Clapham Common on Monday 12th February at 12.30pm.

Jerry Hourigan RIP (Former Caretaker of St Bernadette and La Retraite Schools): His Requiem Mass will take place here at St Bede’s on Friday 16th February at 11.30am.    

News from Former Priests: Fr Simon Leworthy was here for a few days holiday from Sunday to Wednesday.  His parish thrives but being alone in the big Presbytery he misses the community of St Bede’s. (Our Lady & St Peter’s Rectory, 32 Victoria Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2AT).  Fr CB saw Fr Andrawes and Fr Athanasius in Cairo (they both travelled up to see him).  He spoke to Fr Yassa twice on the phone and he asks for prayers for his recently widowed Dad who is very frail.  Fr Lukasz came to the schools for the first day of term and to the UCM (St Teresa’s, Barrow Hill, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8TX).  Fr Pawel has been in Poland for his retreat and is now back (Grove House, Week Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1RH).  Fr Gabriel has been convalescing.         

Calling all Pensioners!  Come along for a light lunch and game of Bingo every Tuesday 12-3pm at Corpus Christie Church hall, 11 Trent Rd, Brixton, London SW2 5BJ. All welcome!

Helpers of God's Precious Infants – Brixton Vigil: will take place on Saturday 10th February starting at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Brixton Rd with 9am Mass & processing to Marie Stopes Centre.

Consultation of Lambeth-Wide Ban on Pro-Life Vigils: Lambeth Council is holding a consultation on whether to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in the borough.  The deadline is Monday 26th February 11pm. You can view the documents on this link:

Cleaners this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.

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.

FESTIVAL OF REMEMBRANCE: REDEMPTORIST FORCES CHAPLAINS: St Mary’s in Clapham on Friday 16th February 6pm.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for children (will go towards supporting the work of force chaplains).  See poster for more information.

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.