Saturday, 7 July 2018

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) VII Sunday after Pentecost

No Changes to this week's Masses

Today is Sea Sunday - 2nd Collection: when the Church prays for all those who live & work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically & spiritually. This annual collection is absolutely vital to enable it to continue to work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers.

Thanksgiving Mass & Party today: Every time Mass is offered; (the very word ‘Eucharist’ means thanksgiving) we thank Almighty God. We give thanks for our life, our loved ones, our blessings and most of all for the Good News of salvation.  Today we thank God for our First Communion Children and for the beautiful way all the ceremonies went, including a wonderful Corpus Christi procession & Confirmation.  Dear parents, the ball is in your hands.  Don’t neglect to nourish and nurture your child’s piety.  Otherwise it can all die and they grow up without the treasure of a living faith.  Pray for our families to be strong.

Welcome to Gabriel Leichnig:   a French Seminarian from the traditional “Institute du Bon Pasteur”.  He was born on the Island of Reunion which is next to Mauritius and has finished his philosophy at their seminary south of Chartres.  He was walking alongside some of you on that famous pilgrimage and is here for 3 weeks exposure to parish life.  Next year he will do a pastoral year in Brazil where the Institute have many vocations.  

Welcome back to Fr Andrew Southwell & Fr Gabriel Diaz on Tuesday.

Do you have any photos of the Corpus Christi Procession? Please send them to our email address .  Thank you. 

Fr Przemek - Next Week: will preach at every Mass.  Then at around 1pm we will have a presentation followed by a shared lunch.  Welcome and bring some food!

A Question to be Asked: On 22nd September 1994 I came to St Bede’s which is 24 years ago.  I have out stayed all of my esteemed predecessors (including Fr Dinan & Fr Salmon) except Fr Thomas Hooley (who officiated at the wedding of Yolanda & Michael Atkinson) and was here from 1909 to 1953 when he died.  I always thought it would be rather nice to aim to beat that record and to stay here until the Lord calls me from this life.  However much I might have wished to die here, I would hate for the parish I love so much to die with me or to decline with my old age.  In our schools we are urged to consider seriously “succession management” and in parish life this is left up to the vagaries of the Diocesan chess board at any given moment.  To spare our unique parish from any sort of succession that would not fit, I have begun a process of dialogue with the Bishops to ensure a continuity here and God willing, a priest who is well anchored in the Tradition but open to initiative, with virtue, learning, energy and youthfulness to boot!  Please pray about all of this.  Fr Christopher B

Welcome to God's Church: Isobelle Winter Utton-Gaant, daughter of Theo & Marie-Claire; Oliver Durban-Otukwu, son of Chinedu & Jaqueline and Joseph Rafel Markus Gerard Portelli, son of Benjamin & Jutta who were all baptised in June. 

Cleaners this week: Tricia & Emma Johnson, Teresa Ablett & Franca Otuo.  
The new rotas have now been sent in the post, if you haven’t received yours, spare copies are at the back of the Church.

Do you have any old glasses lying around at home?  Paula Tolhurst will be leaving a donation box in the church porch where you can leave them.  Once the box is full, she will send them off with a charity to India.

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

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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