Saturday, 30 June 2018

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) Most Precious Blood of OLJC

Changes to this week's Masses
Friday 6th July:  
No 9am Mass
9.45am The Laurels School - End of Term Mass
11.30am Requiem - Catherine Hourigan
3.45pm Polish Mass
Saturday 7th July: (Convent) 
2-4pm St Mary Soledad Group (10-18 yrs old) 
5-6pm Prayer Group for Vocations

July - Month of the Precious Blood: Modern man is squeamish about the mention of blood but blood means life and the Precious Blood is the divine life of Christ or the life of Grace which we get in the Sacraments.  In the unreformed calendar, July 1st was the feast of the Precious Blood and on this day, in 1969 our church was consecrated and anointed by Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy.  

Fr Przemyslaw Zgorecki: Sadly the appeal that I sent to the Archdiocese of Poznan did not work as they want their priest back home!   So it is very sad to have to announce that Fr Przemek will have to leave at the end of this month. I know that he and I are both sad as his time with us has been so short.  I am very grateful to him for his priestly work here at St Bede’s and for his kindness.  I hate having to say goodbye again and starting from scratch is a drag.  However now St Bede’s has a loyal friend in Poznan and we hope to see him from time to time in the future.  In two weeks on the 15th July, fr Przemek will preach at all the Masses and formally say goodbye (before the schools close) but he will not depart until the end of the month.            Fr Christopher.

Welcome to Fr Martin Thompson:  who now runs a parish in Durres in Albania.  He is recuperating after surgery this past week.   

Welcome to Sister Olga:  St Elizabeth’s Convent in Belarus will be here to sell icons and articles of piety after the Masses today.

Parish Council Meeting - Tomorrow 7.30pm:  If you would like to raise anything with the council, please put it in writing and place in an envelope ‘for the attention of the Parish Council’.  

Readers Rota July - September: Please collect your copy from the display at the back of Church ASAP

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:

London SW Catholic Young Adults is a social group for young Catholics which meet every month. For further details visit our Facebook page (permanent link on sidebar) or contact Miles on 07790 441242. Our next social evening is on Saturday 7th July from 7.30pm at The Junction, Clapham Junction SW11 1SA.

Knock Pilgrimage: £649 pp sharing.  Price includes flights (with 10kg hand luggage); transfers, 4 nights’ with full Irish Breakfast & 4 Course dinner. All excursions & guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms (supplement £100).  Contact Patricia 01268 762278 or 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

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: Yorusalim Zekristos, Sara Tuccu, Senayit Halefom & Aster Emhazen.  New Rotas have now been sent out.

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 7 - 10 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.  To book visit
  • St John Bosco Children’s Summer Camp at Aldham Essex. For children aged 8-13 yrs and costs £145 p/wk. For more info & to get the application forms, please visit Enquires: boys camp / girls camp
    • 21-28 Jul (boys camp) 
    • 28 Jul–4th Aug (boys camps) 
    • 4-11 Aug (girls camp). 
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