Sunday, 17 January 2021

Holy Sacrifice of Mass - facebook.com/bedechurch/ or vimeo.com/event/503520

Masses from St Bede's are live-streamed at the following times.

Sundays: 9.30am English Mass
Mondays - Fridays: 11am English Mass

There are three ways to access live streams

Via Facebook facebook.com/bedechurch/  
You don't have to be a member of Facebook - the page is public and can be viewed by anyone.

or go straight to the Divintas Site
and scroll down the list until you see a red 'LIVE' box


If the Mass doesn't show on this screen - please click on the Divinitas and scroll down to the Mass videos (you will need to click on 'more videos' )- hover over the videos called 'Livestream channel to find the live one - a small red 'Live' box will be in the bottom right-hand corner 

To view the daily Tridentine Mass - please visit the FSSP live link from Warrington - livemass.net/warrington

Saturday, 16 January 2021

2nd Sunday / II Sunday after Epiphany


Dear Parishioners and Families of the Parish,

Do share the news that despite the lockdown the church remains open and public Masses are taking place. The churches are safe and essential. With all the restrictions to our lives there comes a call to a deeper spiritual life, a renewed relationship with Our Lord. We need to pray for our world, our families, those who are sick and those who have died. Let's remember those who cannot come out and those who are afraid and despondent. 

In times of greatest trial, it is always good to turn to Our Blessed Lady. From next week I'm starting a special parish Rosary on Saturday evenings at 5pm. I want to invite you all, young and old, from all parts of the parish to join me at that time in praying for all the intentions we have for the Church and the world, for ourselves and our families. Details and an invitation are enclosed and online.

This is also a time to get to know our faith better. There are various courses online including the Evangelium course each Sunday at 7pm. Next Sunday is being called 'Sunday of the Word of God'. I'm going to be giving five classes over the next five weeks on understanding the Old Testament. Many people struggle to understand the Old Testament, its connection to Christ and its relevance. In this five-part course, I will take you through the Old Testament in stages explaining how to interpret the text and how to gain great inspiration there for our Christian lives. This course is called 'From Creation to Christ - A Journey through the Old Testament Scriptures'. We will use visuals online including masterpieces of art. We'll be making links to great pieces of music and works of literature. The classes will take place at 5pm on the next five Sundays (January 24th, 31st, February 7th, 14th and 21st). I hope you can join me. Details and an invitation are in this newsletter and online. 

The priests are working hard to contact everyone in the parish and to ensure everyone has good support. Please let us know if you are not contacted in the next two weeks or if you may know someone who may have fallen through the cracks. Pleased be above all assured of our prayer each and every day.   Fr Marcus

Parish Rosary on Saturday 23rd January at 5pm 
Meeting ID: 894 1981 9419

'From Creation to Christ - A Journey through the Old Testament Scriptures' - Short Scripture Course with Fr Marcus Holden
Starting 24th January at 5pm and for five weeks
Meeting ID: 815 4604 5318

Parish Surgeries: As we are in Lockdown 3, we are unable to hold our usual parish surgeries. So if you planning on getting married; need to organise your child’s baptism; have school supplementary forms that needs completing, or any other enquiry, please email Fr Paul paulkyne@rcaos.org.uk or call him on 020 8674 3704 (option 3) to arrange a telephone or online appointment.  

Important Message regarding Gift Aid – If you pay tax, please consider signing up to gift aid all your donations, Mass stipends and offerings as we receive an extra 25% from the government when you do that – without costing you a penny more!  There are forms at the back of the church to register your intention to gift aid.  If you wish to set up a standing order the gift aid declaration is on one side of the form.  Also if you use our new card machines, this will also record if you want to gift aid too. 

Crib Offerings:  will be going to Mary’s Meals again this year.  The card machine on the left of the crib has this option available and the candle side on right is for the cash donations.  Alternatively, if you place your crib donation in an envelope you can place it in the collection box at the back of the church too. 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - for all our Catechism Classes (Latin Mass FHC / Confirmation Group; Pre-Confirmation Class of 2020 – and those applying for 2021 intake): Due to the present restrictions we will not be resuming or commencing Catechism classes.  We will let you know as soon as we can when these classes can resume/start.


Sacramental Programmes for 2021:

First Holy Communion: Applications are available at the back of the church or by contacting the parish office.  Please submit your application as soon as possible.  The course is likely to start in late January however no confirmed plans have been made as yet.

Confirmation (Year 9 or above) & Pre-Confirmation (Year 8): Applications are available at the back of the Church or by contacting the Parish Office.  Please submit your application form as soon as possible.  All candidates must complete the pre-confirmation course before they can move onto the full Confirmation programme.

Cleaners Rota this week: Ella Shllaku, Anais Tarelho & Vicki Sabatini. Please note Church in use until 12noon each Saturday.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

The Baptism of Our Lord / Feast of the Holy Family

Dear Parishioners and Families of the Parish,

I wish you again a Happy New Year and a blessed Epiphanytide! The Christmas season lasts until 2nd February (Candlemas) so please keep your spirits up and continue to the celebrate the birth and manifestation of our Saviour.

Almost by a miracle the Masses remain open during this present lockdown and I think the message has got through that our churches are safe and essential. Long may that remain the case. Please use this time once again, with is enforced restrictions to our lives, as a God-given opportunity for advancement in the spiritual life and in the knowledge of our holy faith. All things come to us with a certain definite providence. 

The next two weeks will probably be the most difficult for us regarding the Coronavirus and the diligence we need to have. Fr Paul is working again in the hospital (as there is a great need there) and has informed me of the huge increase in numbers during these last few days. Fr Patrick has been asked to help as a doctor. We are working at present as priests in three separate units to cover all scenarios. Please keep us in your prayers.

Please be mindful to follow all the safety, sanitation and distance guidelines in full (unless you are exempt from certain aspects of them). We have to protect the church and one another. This is a matter of obedience to the Archbishop and to me as parish priest. Everyone has a view on how things should be done for the best, and that is fine, but in the church, we have to follow certain rules, even those we don't agree with (it's about being in a family!). I would especially ask that more people make more use of the 12.15pm Mass which we have established to accommodate an overspill from the 11am Mass (which is very popular). 

Please also make an effort to thank and support our volunteers. Treat them always kindly and with respect. Some churches have had to close due to a lack of volunteers and others have gone ahead without volunteers (risking closure and compromising safety). I am eternally grateful that at St Bede's we have had such a superb and committed team, helping without fuss and with great patience and charity. The Lord will truly bless them.

For those who are sick in the parish, those who are lonely, and those feeling depressed or confused, be assured of our prayers. We are praying for you every day. The priests are making, from this weekend, another round of telephone calls to see how you are and to pray with you. If you might not be on the list or know someone who isn't on the list then please let us know. 

This period I hope will constitute the final difficult few weeks. Please keep going! And please keep praying to Our Lord! I think that in six weeks things will definitely begin to ease to the point where we can find some respite and a definite freedom of operation. In the meantime, I thank you for your perseverance and patience. 

With my prayers and blessings,  Fr Marcus

Donation Plates:  We have installed a new digital donation system into the church.  There are terminals at the entrance to the church and by the crib which will take card payments (contactless up to £45).  Both are now up and full working now.  You will be prompted if you would like to gift aid your donation (except crib offerings), once you have done it once, it will remember for future payments so you won’t have to do it each time! 

You can also donate online using this link or the QR code below or on the notice board – we have now adjusted this to allow for the different categories (Christmas Offerings / General Collection / Donations) as you have on the physical machines.  

Web: https://portal.mydona.com/assets/webPay/index.php?cid=202

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Please gift aid all your donations as we receive an extra 25% from the government when you do that. All Christmas gifts and donations can be gift aided too. We have received some large anonymous donations recently for which we are very grateful. However, people can still gift aid these donations through the office without letting the priest know the identity of the kind donors!


Crib Offerings:  The candle stand on the right hand side will be designated for crib offerings for those who do not wish to use the digital plates.  However we do ask that you do not overload the main candle stand with candles, which could result in an injury to someone or cause a fire.  The Crib Offerings will be going to Mary’s Meals.

Live Streaming our Masses: Sunday 9.30am.  Mon to Fri 11am
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bedechurch/ (you don’t have to be a member or log in to be able to view the videos, the page is public) or Vimeo link https://vimeo.com/event/503520  We apologise for the problems we had last weekend and early this week - we hope these have now been sorted.

Parish Surgeries: As we are in Lockdown 3, we are unable to hold our usual parish surgeries.  So instead please email Fr Paul paulkyne@rcaos.org.uk or call him 020 8674 3704 option 3 to arrange a telephone or online appointment.  These appointments will take place during normal parish surgeries times – Monday mornings and Thursdays evenings.
 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - For all our Catechism Classes (Latin Mass FHC / Confirmation Group; Pre-Confirmation Class of 2020 – and those applying for 2021 intake): Due to the present restrictions we will not be resuming or commencing Catechism classes until at least the end of January (we will review as we go along and keep you informed).

Sacramental Programmes for 2021:

First Holy Communion: Applications are available at the back of the church or by contacting the parish office.  Please submit your application as soon as possible.  The course is likely to start in late January however no confirmed plans have been made as yet.

Confirmation (Year 9 or above) & Pre-Confirmation (Year 8): Applications are available at the back of the Church or by contacting the Parish Office.  Please submit your application form as soon as possible.  All candidates must complete the pre-confirmation course before they can move onto the full Confirmation programme.

Cleaners Rota this week: Yorusaliam Zekrustos, Sara Tuccu, Aster Emhazen and Ghenet Abrha.  Please note Church in use until 12noon each Saturday.