Saturday, 4 November 2017

31st Sunday Ordinary Time (Old Rite: XXII Sunday after Pentecost)

Changes to Masses this week:  
Tuesday 7th: No 9am Mass.  9.30am at St Bernadette School

Bazaar - Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December: We need you to pull out all the stops to help make our annual bazaar a great success.  Our Diocesan Donation for 2017 is over £20,000 so every penny counts!
  • Draw Tickets have arrived – pick yours up today and don’t forget to return the counterfoils and money as soon as possible.
  • Donations of Good quality items please - fancy goods; religious articles; drinks for the Bottle stall & raffle prizes; homemade crafts, jams & chutneys. (Empty jam jars – clean & with lids - and sugar will also be gratefully accepted!!)
  • Please do not bring in electrical items, videos, books or clothes.  (If you have any clothes to donate – see ‘Mary’s Meals Appeal’ in below.  
  • Friday night - Bazaar & Bistro Last year we trailed the bazaar on the Friday night only and it worked so we will do the same this year. 
  • Saturday night - Christmas Dinner As normal we will have our annual Christmas Dinner on the Saturday evening in the club.  
  • Volunteers wanted: If you would like to help with the Bazaar, please speak to Harman Ross. 
  • Latin American: Saturday 16th November.  More info soon.
  • Next Meeting: Tuesday 14th November at 7.30pm.  Everyone welcome

A big Thank You from Mary's Meals: They received 445kg of unwanted clothes (around 89 bags were given) and cash donations of £627.19 coming to a total of £876.39 which will feed 63 children who will not only get fed one good nutritious meal every school day for the whole of the year, they will also get an education too.  Thank You!!

St Bede's Parish Census & Evangelisation Questionnaire: Many years ago, we did a census to get to know our parishioners.  We have now updated our form and we like all our families to complete one this weekend and return it as soon as possible.  
Children's All Saints Celebration: at 11am Mass today followed by a shared lunch.  

Annual Blessing of the Graves - Next Sunday: at Streatham Park Cemetery, Rowan Road at 3pm. Please arrive by 2.45pm and come prepared for wet weather & slippery conditions underfoot. Also darkness falls quickly and the cemetery closes at 4pm so the blessings may have to be curtailed (plus many have to return to say evening Masses!)

Special Sunday - next Sunday 11am Mass: Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday when we remember all those who fought and died in the World Wars and many conflicts since. This Mass will be a ‘Special Sunday’ with Cantores Missae providing the wonderful music and singing. Also at this Mass, we will remember all those parishioners who have died over the past 12 months.

St Bede's Youth Club Rebooted! Starting tonight after the 6pm has finished.  The Youth Club is for anyone aged 10-15 years. 

Red Boxes: The deadline the financial year return for the APF Red boxes is 15th December so if you have a box at home & it hasn’t been emptied this year, please bring it to one of the weekend Masses & hand to our priests – no later than 19th November. We will endeavour to empty, count and return the box to you ASAP (please check the table in the porch for your box). Can you please ensure your name is written on the white label at the bottom so we know who to return it to!  

Good Counsel Blue boxes: It has been a while since these have been counted too.  If you have a full one, please bring it in and we will count it for you and send the money off to Good Counsel.  If you would like your box back, please put a note with your name and attach to the box.

Catholic Legacy Week - 5th to 11th November: Gifts in your Will are a wonderful way to continue to support the Church’s ministry and mission and help meet the needs of future generations.  Do please consider gifts to the Church and Catholic charities next time you update your Will.  For more information pick up a leaflet; contact Your Catholic Legacy on 020 7095 5370; go to or contact Adrian Radford, the Diocesan Financial Controller, by email 

Christmas Concert - St Simon & St Jude's Church: on Sunday 19th November at 3pm in aid of Help 4 Refugee Children.  Tickets available from parish office (8678 9051 or cost £8, children 16 or under free.  There will be refreshments in the church hall afterwards.  See poster for more information. 

Christmas Bazaar at St Simon & St Jude's: Saturday 26th Nov 12.30-2.30pm.  Entrance £1 for adults and children free.  See poster at the back of Church for details.

Cleaners this week: Vicki Sabatini, Fernanda Rodrigues & Welva Mendes

Part Time Gardener Assistant/Caretaker/Minibus Driver (The Laurels): The school is looking to recruit a person who is happy to carry out gardening duties, some caretaking duties and occasional mini-bus driving duties to cover the Clapham, Balham and Central London areas on a split shift basis covering morning & afternoon school runs. However, there may be other driving tasks required too. You must hold a D1 driving license.  Email: or phone 020 8674 7229.  The full advert can be found on the notice boards.