Sunday, 12 March 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm

Welcome to Fr Neil Brett:  He was born outside of Hadrian’s Wall in Gosforth, near Newcastle. He was brought up in a non-Conformist family with a strong habit of prayer and high moral standards and educated at the local Grammar School. At University he took a first degree in education and started teaching in London. Drifting from the faith for a while before finding East-End Anglo-Catholicism, he then realised the need for the Church and Apostolic Succession. Fr Neil was received in 1993 at Farm Street. In the late 1990s he worked in Westcliff on Sea and then took a headship in Portsmouth. Responding to the call of priesthood, he spent 6 years at the English College in Rome and was ordained in 2010. He spent 5 years in Colchester until he was made parish priest of Upton Park 2 years ago.  
Fr Lukasz is swapping with Fr Neil this weekend.

Lenten Extra Daily Mass: Make the effort to attend one extra Mass each week.  St Bede’s have 3 Masses a day and 5 on Thursdays.

Stations of the Cross:  5pm Sundays and in school on Fridays.

Lenten Preachers: 
  • Next week:  Fr Bartek Dudek (Walderslade); 
  • 26th (Laetare Sunday): Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve (Toulouse) 
  • 2nd April: Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).
Join us for our St Patrick's Night Celebration - Next Saturday (18th March) 7.30pm:  Enjoy a 3 course meal and live entertainment. Phone Mick to book the last few places.  The night costs £20 per person and the profits will be split equally between St Bede's and a charity.  

Fr Pawel: will be heading off after the 8am Mass to Warsaw as part of his studies - back on Wednesday evening.  

Fr Lukasz: will at a Priests Conference in Merville, France this week - back on Friday evening.

Fr James Maudesley: It was nice to welcome him this past Thursday.  He said the 12.30 Mass and later gave a talk to the UCM about his imprisonment in Burma and his call to the priesthood.

Monthly OAP Luncheon - Chef(s) needed: We would like to restart this club but we need some volunteers to cook.  Please speak to Fr Chris this weekend if you would like to offer your services!


Active Kids Vouchers: It is that time of year again when Sainsbury’s run their ‘Active Kids Voucher Scheme’.  All of our schools are collecting these vouchers so you would like to donate yours, please drop them off at the school or in the envelope at the back of Church.

Cleaners for this week: Angela Ilo & Teresa Ablett 

Youth Club: Sundays 6.45-8.30pm in the club.  Open to those aged 10 and older!
St Bede's Social Club: Sundays 12-2pm and Fridays 8-11pm
Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM): Thursdays 8pm in term-time only 

New Governor Needed: La Retraite is looking for a new school governor.  Anyone interested in the mission of a governor should not be put off by a lack of experience; appropriate training is available during the period of service.  Any potential governor is initially invited to serve as an Associate Governor, which allows experience of the role before making a more formal commitment.  If you would like to know more about the role and arrange a visit, please contact Valerie Avenell, our school secretary (schsec@laretraite.lambeth.sch.uk


Vacancies at BTG School: The school has two vacancies at the moment – Maintenance Officer (required ASAP) and Casual Examination Invigilators.  See the notice boards or CLICK HERE for more information.

Fr Simon Leworthy's 25th Anniversary of Ordination: tomorrow (13th March).  If you would like to send him a card etc - his parish’s address is: Our Lady & St Peter’s Rectory, 32 Victoria Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2AT.


Ursuline High School Wimbledon - Celebrating 125 Years (1882-2017): Alumnae Event 13th July 2017 - If you are a former student or know someone who is, who may be interested to learn more, please register your interest email Alumnae@uhsw.com. 

London Evenings of Faith- February & March 2017: All are welcome to a series of talks on 'Reasons for believing’ which will take place at 7:30pm on alternate Tuesdays (the last of these talks will be on 21st March). Talks are held in the basement of 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly Circus). Full dates and details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith.



Sunday, 5 March 2017

1st Sunday of Lent

Stations of the Cross - Sundays at 5pm

Welcome to Fr Michael Creech:  Many of you know Fr Michael who has preached at St Bede’s many times over the last few decades.  Born in Clapham, he is still jogging and two years ago had a church built in Heathfield, Sussex!   He was brought up locally, and as a boy used to serve Mass at the Convent of La Retraite.  In 1952 he entered the Redemptorists and in 1958 he was ordained to the priesthood.  He says “it was a very different Church and a totally different world!”  For decades he was on the Mission team and there are very few parishes that he has not visited in Britain.  I always tease him that he should write a book about the extraordinary parishes (and their clergy!) that he has met.  In the early 90’s, he began a degree and was so successful, that he was asked to stay on for his Masters and to teach the students.  He was a great help to Fr Dinan in his last years here and helped out at St Bede’s until 1996 when he became PP at St Mary’s.  Since then he was supposed to have retired but with such energy he has just completed his second parish in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.  He is now resident at St Mary’s.  Fr Michael is so kind and friendly so, take this opportunity to make a good confession for Lent!        

Lenten Preachers: 

  • Next week: Fr Neil Brett (Upton Park); 
  • 19th: Fr Bartek Dudek (Walderslade); 
  • 26th (Laetare Sunday): Deacon Xavier Champagne-Deuve (Toulouse) 
  • 2nd April: Fr Barry Hallett (Dorchester).
Congratulations: to all those children who made their First Confession yesterday.  The second part of the FHC programme will be handed out in the meeting after 9.30am Mass in Presbytery.

St Patrick's Night - Saturday 18th March 7.30pm:  BOOK NOW!!! Ring Mick Cronin to secure your place. The night costs £20 per person and the profits will be split equally between St Bede's and a charity.  

Fr Lukasz is helping fr Eustace out at Holy Rosary in Brixton this Sunday. Fr CB will help them out on Saturday evening.


Monthly OAP Luncheon - Chef(s) needed: We would like to restart this club but we need some volunteers to cook.  Please speak to Fr Chris this weekend if you would like to offer your services!


Gift Aid Scheme: If you didn’t pick up your gift aid envelopes last weekend, please see Marie Chang this week.  If you are an UK taxpayer, and would like to join the gift aid scheme, please speak to Marie, our Gift Aid co-ordinator. It doesn’t cost you a single penny more, you don’t have to do anything extra, but the Inland Revenue will give us 25p extra on every £1 we receive in the collections. You can also find the Gift Aid form by visiting the "Supporting our Parish" page or CLICK HERE


Fr Simon Leworthy's 25th anniversary of Ordination: on Monday 13th March, fr Simon will celebrate 25 years since he was ordained in Australia.  If you would like to send him a card etc, his address is: Our Lady & St Peter’s Rectory, 32 Victoria Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 2AT.

New Governor Needed: La Retraite is looking for a new school governor.  Anyone interested in the mission of a governor should not be put off by a lack of experience; appropriate training is available during the period of service.  Any potential governor is initially invited to serve as an Associate Governor, which allows experience of the role before making a more formal commitment.  If you would like to know more about the role and arrange a visit, please contact Valerie Avenell, our school secretary (schsec@laretraite.lambeth.sch.uk


Outstanding Masses: A number of the Masses left over from last year and some received this year have now been given to either Mgr Leo or sent to Fr John Bosco in Wales (who visited us a couple of weekends ago).  Some of the Tridentine intentions have been given to Fr Gabriel Diaz as he also needs Masses.


Cleaners for this week: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome & Alem Araya Zemichael.