Saturday, 3 March 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent

Extra Mass this week
Friday 9th March - 3.45pm
Polish Mass

Welcome to Fr Michael Creech: Many of you know Fr Michael who has preached at St Bede’s many times over the last few decades.  Born in Clapham, he is still going to the gym and only ‘retired’ two years ago at the age of 80!  He was brought up locally, and as a boy used to serve Mass at the Convent of La Retraite.  In 1952 he entered the Redemptorists and in 1958 he was ordained to the priesthood – Diamond jubilee this year!  He says “it was a very different Church and a totally different world!”  For 35 years he was on the Mission team and there are very few parishes that he has not visited in Britain.  I always tease him that he should write a book about the extraordinary parishes (and their clergy!) that he has met.  In the early 90’s, he began a degree and was so successful, that he was asked to stay on for his Masters and to teach the students.  He was a great help to Fr Dinan in his last years here and helped out at St Bede’s until 1996 when he became PP at St Mary’s.  Since then he has run two parishes in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.  He is now resident at St Mary’s.  Fr Michael is so kind and friendly so, take this opportunity to make a good confession for Lent!        

Next Week: Fr Christopher

Cardinal Sarah: the Pope’s man in charge of Worship has lamented (in this week’s Catholic Herald) the contemporary lack of respect for the Blessed Sacrament.  He urges that we receive kneeling and on the tongue. Otherwise he says Communion in the hand, “involves a great dispersion of fragments” of the Host, although small, are still Christ’s body.  In other words our body language expresses our belief.  If we can bow or curtsey in front of the Queen, or similarly towards a Bishop or Pope, how much more should we show humility and adoration towards Our Blessed Lord!

24 Hours for the Lord: In response to the Pope’s request for the people to have the opportunity to have ’24 hours for the Lord’ our Deanery has decided that we will have two churches that will be open for 24 hours and offer Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions.  The two Churches are St Mary’s in Clapham and Holy Redeemer Church / Italian Missions Church (20 Brixton Road).  This event will take place on Fri 9th and will finish on the morning of Sat 10th.  The Blessed Sacrament will  be continuously exposed for 24 hours, with the exception of when Mass is being celebrated, and priests from the deanery will be available at both Churches to hear confessions.  Needless to say this is a big thing in the life of our parish and deanery.  This is also a significant event in our own personal spiritual lives.  Please note this in your diary and make the most of the Blessings that the Lord will shower down during this awesome time.  We would like to appeal t the younger element of our parishes to commit some time during the night either in prayer or being present as a matter of security, so that we can guarantee the safety of everyone in the churches.  

Join us for St Patrick's Night Celebration - Saturday 17th March - BOOK NOW!! 7 for 7.30pm.  All things Irish: 3 Course meal, live music, singing and poetry.  Book in advance £20 per person – phone Mick Cronin or see Fr Christopher.  All proceeds will be split between Parkinson UK, Cancer Research and St Bede’s Bazaar fund. 

First Confessions - Next Saturday (10th) : will be next Saturday at 9.45am & 11.15am followed by a little party in the club afterwards.  Representatives from Simply Perfect will be here too selling First Communion items.

Parish Council Meeting - Postponed to 19th March

Gift Aid Envelopes - Next Weekend: Marie Chang, our wonderful Gift Aid Co-Ordinator will be handing out the new set of gift aid envelope for the tax year April 18-March 19 at the Masses next weekend. 

Joseph McAveety RIP: We were sad to hear the news that Joe had died on Sunday 18th February.  His Requiem Mass will be held here on Monday 12th March at 11.30am.

Antoinetta Galante RIP: also of Hydethorpe Road passed away on Thursday 15th February.  Her Requiem will be held on Tuesday 27th March at 11.30am. 

James Barton Half-Marathon 9th March 2018: My friend James Barton KCHS, currently living and working in Jordan, will run his first half marathon in Jerusalem this Friday 9th March.  James is appealing for sponsorship with all funds raised sent to the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem that supports the Catholic parishes, schools, universities, care homes, social housing and welfare in the Holy Land.  Many of the poor parishes in Jordan are supporting the Catholic refugees fleeing persecution in Syria and Iraq.  You can donate to James via his donation page on, he is the 4th James Barton (Amman, Jordan) under the Crowdfunding pages.  Alternatively you can make a cheque made payable to James Barton and pass it to me and I will forward to James.  Many thanks in advance for your support.     

Congratulations: to Sherikka Anderson formerly of St Bede’s who married Macmillan Ansu-Twum last weekend in Golders Green. 

Chartres Pilgrimage - 18th to 22nd May: The 25th British Pilgrimage leaves London on Friday 18th at 7.30am.  (Mass of Departure in Westminster Cathedral Crypt at 7am). The Registration Form should be completed & returned with a deposit of £50 per person to reserve your place.  Payment in full by 25 March (Palm Sunday) please! We arrive back in London about 8pm on the following Tuesday.  Cost £275 (£140 Children under 12).   Preliminary information is contained in the print outs at the back of Church.  We will have one Youth chapter (ages 13-30) dedicated to St. Alban & one chapter (Our Lady of Walsingham) for everyone else!  Please note that we have been unable to obtain our usual allocation of rooms in our hotel in Chartres and, therefore, there will be very few single rooms available.  A single room in the Paris hotel only will be at a supplement of £30.00.  Further information and updates may be posted to our website,  Please contact us for any further information on

Cleaners this week: Lucia Rojas Calero & Jose Lozano Rojas & Ana Paladines Palacios.

A Day with Mary: at St John Fisher, Cannon Hill Lane, SW20 on Saturday 17th March 9.45am to 5pm.  See poster for more details.

Exam Invigilators Required at Ursuline High School:  14th May to 26th June.  You must be available on any day Monday to Friday during this period (excluding 28th May to 1st June which is half-term).  Sessions are allocated on a rota basis.  £9.75 p/hr for hours worked.  Please contact Maggi Chick for more info maggiec@ursulinehigh, 020 8879 4346.  See posters at the back of Church or CLICK HERE to be taken to our vacancies page. 

St Philomena's 125th Year Celebration Ball: Please join us to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls founded in 1893 by The Daughters of the Cross.  This will be a celebration evening of dining and dancing for parents, staff, Governors, past students and friends of St Philomena's School.  Saturday 7th July 6.30pm to 11pm.  Dress code will be formal.  See poster for more details.

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!

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