Saturday, 23 June 2018

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Changes to this week's Masses
3pm Corpus Christi Procession (St Bernadette School)
Friday 29th (SS Peter & Paul) 
9.30am Mass for St Bernadette School (in Church)
11am Mass for St Bede's & La Retraite Schools
12.30pm Latin

Corpus Christi Procession - 3pm today: After all the great Feasts of the year ranging from Christmas to Easter to Pentecost ending in the celebration of the sublime Trinity, we come to Corpus Christi (30th May in the Old Rite and 3rd June in the New Rite). In this feast, we see the outpouring of the love of God for us in the Eucharist. The Manna of old kept the first people of God on their way through unexpected and bewildering terrains. Today we honour the Lord by the greatest procession of the year. Our First Communicants and those to be confirmed will lead the way, with accompanying trumpets and drum. Come and honour the Lord passing through your parish! Today the King of Kings comes through our own streets and we should be for at least some of it; walking with or waiting here the Lord. Processions have a meaning in that we walk together in the same direction. In other words, it sums up our whole Christian life which we live with others and for others, always conscious of the direction of our lives which is, of course, the Kingdom of Heaven.

Former Visitor becomes a Cardinal: Some years ago, Bishop Joseph Coutts stayed here from Pakistan.  Just recently he has been named a Cardinal by the Pope.  Please pray for him as the situation there for Christians is very difficult.  

Next Parish Council Meeting: will be on Monday 2nd July at 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’.  

Nine Days Prayer in Honour of Our Mother of Perpetual Help:  St Mary’s annual Festival of Faith concludes this Wednesday 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:

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.

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: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala, Mamie Bazakana & Chinwe Uwalaka.
New Rotas for July to December will be sent out very soon .

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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