Saturday, 10 March 2018

4th Sunday of Lent / (Old Rite) Laetare Sunday - Rose Sunday

Changes to Masses this week
Monday 12th March
11.30am Requiem of Joseph McAveety

Preacher this week: is your home grown Parish Priest. Next week is to be Fr Przemyslaw.  It was lovely to have Fr Creech last week and we look forward to welcoming Fr Andrew Southwell for Holy Week and Easter week.          

Welcome to St Bede's: Fr Gabriel Diaz Patri who has been visiting us for over 15 years has come here to make his base at Clapham Park.  Originally from Argentina of Italian ancestry, he was ordained in 1991. For 10 years he was Parish Priest of a Byzantine Rite Russian Catholic Community in Paris.  He is a liturgical scholar associated with the National University of Cuyo in the Argentine.  He was living in Oxford and more recently in Bedford. 

Welcome to Fr Mark Higgins: Last year he was one of our Lenten preachers and today he is coming to offer the 9.30am English Mass and he is to be Deacon at the Solemn High Mass at 11am.  

Laetare/Mothering: Today we are at the mid-point of Lent and Mother Church allows us to relax a little from the fast with flowers on the altar & the organ being played. The liturgical colour is softened from violet to rose & the Mass begins with the words “Laetare Jerusalem” (Rejoice Jerusalem). We contemplate the motherhood of the Church which is exemplified by our Blessed Lady herself. On this day we honour mothers & pray for them whether they are living or dead. We pay tribute to all of you who have worked hard to bring up children as this is the most important job in human society. God bless Mothers!

Special Sunday - 11am Mass today: Performed by Cantores Missae and Mr Charles Finch.  : Ordinary: ‘Missa Simile et regnum (Victoria); Offertory: ‘Ave maris stella’ (Victoria); Communion: ‘Adoramus te, Christe’ (Lassus) and after Last Gospel: ‘Ave regina cælorum’ (Byrd).

Noise at Mass: We love children at our Masses; they are the future of the Church.  Little children inevitably not always appreciate the Sermon, the music or even the Mass.  If they are vocally unhappy, they need to be taken out.  There are three escape routes; front door, back door and sacristies.  Perhaps we should think about having a Crèche in the club?     

Saturday - St Patrick's Night Celebration BOOK ASAP!! Please book your tickets by no later than this Thursday (15th March) either with Fr Chris or by phoning Mick stating whether you want Soup or Salmon for starter, bacon or lamb for your main.  Cost £20 per person, proceeds will be split between Parkinson UK, Cancer Research and the Bazaar fund.  
Do you know of an Irish Dancer? who could dance at the dinner?  Please phone Mick – free dinner in return!

Congratulations: to the 35 children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass in Presbytery.

Parish Council Meeting: postponed to the 19th March at 7.30pm.  If you have anything you would like to be raised by the Parish Council, the members are:  

  • Marcia Marshall
  • Phyllis Cort
  • Ann Holder
  • John Reddin
  • Marie Chang
  • Maggie Keane
  • Catalina Snowdon 
  • Susana Nwaiwu
  • Fr Christopher 
  • Fr Przemek.

Gift Aid Envelopes: Marie Chang will be handing out the new set of gift aid envelope for the tax year April 18-March 19 at the Masses this weekend, so make sure you pick yours up on your way out.

Outstanding Latin Masses: There is a large backlog of Mass offerings for the Traditional Mass slots.  To help clear this, some of these Masses will be passed on to be said privately by Fr Gabriel unless you state otherwise.

Joseph McAveety RIP: Requiem Mass tomorrow (Monday 12th) at 11.30am
Antoinetta Galante RIP: Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday 27th March at 11.30am

Guild of St Clare: will meet next Saturday after the 9am Mass.  If you would like to group this group of ladies who look after the vestments etc, please speak to Susan Gollop.

Cleaners this week: Tania Pereira, Sue Cranmer-Fitzpatrick & Natalie & Nancy Okoji.  

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.

Vacancies: To find out more about these vacancies, see posters on the notice boards or CLICK HERE to be directed to our Job Opportunities page.
  • Part Time Teachers Required for September 2018 - Drama / Physics & Maths (The Laurels School)
  • Exam Invigilators Required (Ursuline High School): 14th May to 26th June. 
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.

James Barton Half-Marathon 9th March 2018: My friend James Barton KCHS, currently living and working in Jordan, ran his first half marathon in Jerusalem last 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.     

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

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 - 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.