Saturday, 16 June 2018

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite:) IV Sunday after Pentecost

Changes to this week's Masses
1pm First Holy Communion - Group 2
Saturday (23rd) 
6pm Reunion Mass for FHC & Confirmation Candidates
Next Sunday (24th):  
3pm Corpus Christi Procession

Congratulations to the 15 children who are making their First Holy Communion today.  Thank you to Mrs Maggie Keane and Mrs Marcia Marshall who have run the FHC programme.

Welcome to  Ms Hogan (Head of St Bernadette), Mr Harney (Teacher of Yr 3H), Miss Marriott, Mrs Oborska, Mrs Murphy & Ms Rozwadowska.  We also welcome Mrs Iqbal and Mrs Desai from St Bede’s School who are all here for First Holy Communions.

2nd Collection this weekend - Day for Life: This year the Day for Life will focus on all those who are suffering or have survived human trafficking and modern slavery.  It provides an opportunity to pray, reflect, and to choose the ways in which action, as well as practical and emotional support, can ensure the dignity of human life is upheld at every stage of a person’s life.  As Pope Francis has said, “The trade in human beings violates the God-given dignity of many of our brothers and sisters, and constitutes a true crime against humanity”.  Jesus also tells us, “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NJB). 
Many people do not have a life to the full because they are traded as objects and not recognised as persons.  They have fallen victim to the scourge of human trafficking and modern slavery which are an assault on a person's innate human dignity.  Further information is to be found on Santa Marta website  
The 2nd Collection today for Day for Life enables the Church to fund the Anscombe Bioethics Centre formerly the Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics), as well as projects which work to protect life at every stage and in every condition.  Please visit and encourage others to visit

This Friday - Summer Fayre - St Bede School 4-7pm: Every year our two schools come together to organise their annual summer Fayre. Please do come and support them. It is fun for all ages & we will put St Joseph’s statue out that day so that Our Lady will not allow him to get wet!  

Next Weekend: We have a Reunion Mass for our FHC & Confirmation families on Saturday 6pm. Then, the next day (Sunday 24th), our First Communicants & Confirmation candidates will all lead the Corpus Christi Procession starting at St Bernadette School at 3pm.  

Catherine Hourigan RIP: Catherine (wife of the late Jerry Hourigan – old School-keeper of La Retraite & St Bernadette)  passed away last Saturday.  Both Jerry & Catherine worked in 2 of our schools for many years.  Her Requiem Mass will take place on Friday 6th July at 11.30am.

Exercise Bike Wanted: Do you have an exercise bike at home you don’t use?  Would you donate it to us?  Speak to fr CB.

Nine Days Prayer in Honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help:  St Mary’s annual Festival of Faith begins on Tuesday 19th and concludes with the great Feast on 27th June.

Catholic Young Adults Group at St Mary's, Clapham: We meet every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm, for a bit of food, a glass of wine, and some spiritual input. Come along, and bring a friend! For more information, contact Br Royston Price CSsR via our parish office:

St John's Seminary - Wonersh:  The Seminary, near Guildford, Surrey (which has been involved in the formation of priests for England and Wales for over 125 years) is looking for some help with the cost of redecoration and refurbishment of 30 of its bedrooms, which have received little or no upgrading for 40+ years.  
Many rooms have threadbare carpets and curtains which are close to disintegration.  Some of the beds, mattresses and other furniture began their life in the Junior Seminary at Mark Cross, Sussex - which closed in 1970.  
The Seminary operates on a very tight budget, and there are no funds available for this much-needed work, which would cost in the region of £2,000 per room.  If you can help in any way, please send a cheque made payable to St John's Seminary to: Mgr Gerry Ewing (Vice-Rector), St John's Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 0QX

Cleaners this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.
New Rotas for July to December will be sent out very soon .

A Day with Mary:  Saturday 23rd June at Arundel Cathedral.  We now have a page for A Day with Mary where we will have posters and also on this page is the full 2018 list of venues.  CLICK HERE to be directed to the page.

St Catherine's Trust Summer School: Sunday 29th July to Saturday 4th August at St Augustine’s Abbey in Ramsgate.  Please see John Tennant for more information and to book your place.  

Summer Events for Youth: 
  • Faith Summer Session: 30 Jul – 3 Aug. A 5-day residential Catholic Conference for 16-35 yrs - cost: £185/ concessions £160.  For more information and to book online visit
  • Faith Summer Break 6 – 9 Aug. A full & faith-filled few days for 11-15 yrs - cost to be confirmed.  For more information and to book online visit 
  • Altar Servers Summer Break Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th August: Woldingham, Surrey.  Cost £145.  This is an excellent few days for boy and girl servers aged 10-15.  Meeting in a holiday atmosphere, activities include talks, discussions, prayer, daily Mass, as well as sport, Chessington World of Adventures, Laser Elite, Swimming.  For more details pick up a form, download from, or contact Fr Stephen Boyle.  Tel: 01322 220075, email

  • Evangelium: 17-19 Aug (£120/concession £95).  A residential conference for 18-35yrs on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world.