Saturday, 14 April 2018

3rd Sunday of Easter / (Old Rite) II Sunday after Easter

Changes to Masses this Week
Wednesday 18th April
No 9am Mass.  
12noon Requiem Mass for Eileen McGinty
Friday 20th April
No 9am Mass
11.30am Requiem Mass for Nora Christine Egan

Special Sunday - 11am Today: The music for this Mass will be: Ordinary - Missa brevis (Andrea Gabrieli); Offertory – Ego flos campi (Alonso Lobo); Communion – Ego sum panis vivus (Juan Esquivel); After Last Gospel - Regina caeli (Francisco Guerrero).  Music provided by Cantores Missæ under the direction of Charles Finch.  The next Special Sunday will be 20th May – Pentecost Sunday.

Margaret Howard: celebrated 8 decades last week and Clare Corcoran and fr CB represented St Bede’s at the reception in the Catholic Church hall in Rottingdean.  

Lourdes: Mgr Leo, Fr Przemek and 40 others returned safely.

Former Polish Priests: fr Bogdan Buksa (at St Bede’s 2004-05) and Fr Maciek Wygnanski (at St Bede’s 2013-14) were both in touch and the former hopes to visit us next year from Cape Town.

Pray for Vocations: At St Bede’s we are uniquely lucky to have a lot of priests and sisters but elsewhere throughout the land they are an “endangered species”.  This Sunday is “Good Shepherd Sunday” in the Old Rite and next Sunday we mark it in the New Rite Masses.  Our Sisters have asked us to think and pray imaginatively for vocations.  Any ideas?

Welcome Back: to all of our staff and pupils.  We hope you all had a restful Easter break and are ready for the next term!

St Bede's School: Places available for the Nursery - 30 hour full time / 15 hour part time and Reception - full time starting September 2018.  Please contact the school for a tour and/or to apply.  Please see posters for more information.

Dates for the Future:
  • Sunday 22nd: 4.30pm Youth Club begins again.  
  • Friday 4th: 9.30am Recollection for Ladies.
    3.45pm First Friday Polish Mass.  
  • Saturday 5th:  (Convent) 1pm St Mary Soledad group;
    5pm Monthly prayer group.  
  • Thursday 10th: Feast of the Ascension.  
  • Sunday 13th: 9am-6pm FLI Conference (London Oratory).
    12.30pm African & Caribbean Mass.  
  • Wednesday 16th: 10.30am-12pm The Laurels Open Morning. 
  • Saturday 19th: 12-3pm The Laurels Spring Fete 
  • Sunday 27th: 1pm Confirmations. 
  • Sunday 10th & 17th 1pm FHC.  
  • Sat 23rd 6pm Reunion Mass for FHC & Confirmation. 
  • Sunday 24th 3pm Corpus Christi Procession. 
  • Friday 29th: 5-8pm Summer Fayre (St Bede’s School) 

New Data Protection Legislation: As you may all be aware there is some new data protection legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018, which is going to impact on all of us.  One of the responsibilities we will now have to undertake is to know who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the parish.  I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the parish or may have done so in the past and may have some personal information at your home in a file and/or on a PC or laptop.  Please could you let either fr Chris or fr Przemek know if this applies to you so that we can let you know what actions you will need to take going forward.  The Archbishop is encouraging all of us to help implement these changes and we thank you in advance for your co-operation.   

Events at the Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF) Tooting Bec
  • Post-Easter Talks at the Amigo Hall:  Each year the Centre for Catholic Formation hold a series of talks at the Amigo Hall, SE1 7HY, in the weeks of Eastertide. This year, the series’ theme is Eucharist in anticipation of the upcoming National Eucharistic Congress. Entry is free, donations welcome. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Eucharist: Sacrifice and Banquet (12 April); Eucharist and Mission (19 April); Eucharist in Art (26 April); Eucharist and Prayer (3 May) and Eucharist in Scripture (10 May). The talks will also be filmed and will be viewable on the CCF YouTube channel. For more information:  YouTube channel’s URL:
  • The New Evangelization Summit is an annual event hosted in Ottawa, Canada and streamed to venues across North America. This year, for the first time, the event will be shown via video link in both Australia and in the UK, at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec, on Saturday 28 April 2018 (9.30am to 9.30pm). Tickets are £30 and include two meals and printed literature. To book visit  A preview video can be found here:
  • CCF Golden Jubilee: 1968-2018: The Centre for Catholic Formation will be 50 years old this summer and a lecture series has been arranged as part of our celebrations. All are welcome to attend one or all of four evening talks on key themes: Bishop Paul Mason on adult formation (5 June); Dr Caroline Farey on catechesis (8 June); Canon John Udris on GK Chesterton (14 June) and Dr Pia Matthews on Disability Theology (19 June). To book your place: or call 020 8672 7684; email:  NB The talks have a limited capacity (100 spaces) so we advise booking soon. 
  • There will be a Mass (with Archbishop Peter) on Saturday 23 June at 3.30pm at St Anselm’s Church – with refreshments thereafter in the CCF. 

For parishioners keen to receive our information and view the videos/resources we create: The diocesan Centre for Catholic Formation regularly hosts talks, events and training. If you would like to receive information on these events and much more, please consider subscribing to our monthly newsletter: - Like us on Facebook: - Follow us on Twitter: and view our videos here:

Evangelium Conference: takes places on 17th – 19th August this year.  More details and booking information to follow in the next couple of weeks. 

Alcohol Addiction? If you have problems in this department and could use someone to talk to, there is a Catholic man in the area who is a cured alcoholic who helps people who are struggling with this.  See fr CB.

A Day with Mary - Saturday 5th May at Westminster Cathedral.  Sun 20th May at Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.  See posters at back.

They also have a 7 day pilgrimage to Fatima in June.  Costs £585 for twin-room en-suite or £685 for single room en-suite.  See poster for more details.

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage: If you are celebrating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + wedding anniversary this year, please give your names as soon as possible. Please use the form provided at the back of Church and write very clearly so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop to the Mass in June.
Call for participants: My Health Story is a collaborative multi-media project aiming to capture powerful and personal stories of people living with several chronic health conditions in Lambeth and Southwark. We are looking for people who would like to share their story. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a free and enjoyable workshop in late April that will lead to the production of a simple multimedia story.   The project will inform a programme of work by the Charity which aims to improve the lives of people with multiple long term health conditions.  See poster for more information or click here 

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 (Bishop Thomas Grant): Immediate start.
  • Exam Invigilators Required (Ursuline High School): 14th May to 26th June. 
  • Exam Invigilators Required (St Philomena's):  Immediate start.
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.