Saturday, 10 February 2018

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) Quinquagesima Sunday

Changes to Mass times this Week
Wednesday 14th February: (Ash Wednesday) 
7am Latin, 8.30am Convent, 9.30am English, 12.30pm Latin & 8pm English 
Friday 16th February
No 9am Mass
11.30am Requiem Mass for Jeremiah (Jerry) Hourigan

Mardi Gras & Lent: In Catholic countries Shove Tuesday is styled ‘Mardi Gras’ or ‘Carneval’. In the middle Ages it was the moment to use up the fat etc. that would not be used during Lent. Archbishop Peter has sent us a Pastoral letter to help prepare us for Lent and so now is the time before Ash Wednesday to pray and think about our forthcoming Lenten resolutions. In Wednesday’s Gospel, Our Lord will teach us how to (and how NOT to!) pray, fast and give alms. These are the three areas of Lent: 1) doing something extra (especially in the spiritual life); 2) self-denial (especially in our intake of food & drink) and 3) generosity (perhaps visiting the elderly or help those in need). Let’s us resolve today to commit to each of these 3 areas something quite definite and to encourage our children to do the same. Lent is an old Anglo-Saxon word which means Spring so may the fruits come forth after forty days!

Lenten Preachers
17/18th Feb: Fr Mark Odion (Trafficking Ministry)
24/25th Feb: Fr Habte Neghassi (SS Simon & Jude); 
3/4th Mar: Fr Michael Creech (St Mary’s); 
9/10th Mar: not found yet

16/17th Mar: Fr Przemyslaw

Tomorrow (Monday 12th) - Confirmation Day out: We will visit Tyburn Convent, Westminster Cathedral, Imperial War Museum and hopefully Mother Teresa’s Sisters in Southwark.  Meet at Clapham South by 9.15am.  This is an obligation beginning of our Confirmation programme and you need to bring packed lunch, your oyster card / travel card and money for McDonalds in the evening.  

Tuesday 13th – Altar Servers Day Out: We will have a day out for all our Altar Servers.  So don’t forget to speak to the priests this weekend to put your name down.  Meet at St Bede’s Church at 9.45am. Bring a football too.  

Requiem Masses this week: 
William (Billy) Connaughton: Monday 12th - St Mary’s in Clapham Common at 12.30pm followed by burial 2.15pm at Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Road and the wake will be held at the Central Golf Centre in Burntwood Lane.  
Jeremiah (Jerry) Hourigan RIP: Friday 16th at 11.30am here at St Bede’s.

St Patrick's Night - Saturday 17th March: Following on from the wonderful ‘St Patrick’s nights’ run by Mick & Giselle Cronin over the last couple of years – they hope to repeat it all again this year.  Put the date in your diaries!!  More details to follow.

The Guild of St Clare: The next meeting will take place in the club next Saturday after the 9am Latin Mass.  Would you like to join?  We are a group of ladies (so far) who look after the vestments and altar linens of the Parish. We meet in the club rooms on the 3rd Saturday of each month after the 9am Mass.  We have all had to learn skills so help is available.  Come and see what we do and find out more.  All are welcome.  Contact Susan Gollop.

St Mary Soledad Group: We are starting a group (Mary Soledad) made up of young girls and boys between the ages of 10-18 years.  It will take place at the Handmaids of Mary Convent, every 1st Saturday of the month from 1pm to 4pm.  See poster for more details.

Prayer Group for Vocations: The Handsmaids of Mary also have a monthly prayer group from 5-6pm on the first Saturday of the month.  

Festival of Remembrance: Redemptorist Forces Chaplains: St Mary’s in Clapham on Friday 16th February 6pm.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for children (will go towards supporting the work of force chaplains).  See poster for more information.

EE Pay-as-you-go Vouchers: Do you use EE/T-Mobile/Orange as your mobile provider?  If so, the parish currently has a £10 and a £25 top-up voucher which are going spare.  Please see one of the priests and it can be yours for £10/£25!

Welcome to God's Church: Louis Maximillian Quail, Son of Michael & Teresa baptised by Fr Christopher last month.

Consultation of Lambeth-Wide Ban on Pro-Life Vigils: Lambeth Council is holding a consultation on whether to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in the borough.  The deadline is Monday 26th February 11pm. You can view the documents on this link:

Cleaners this week: Yorusaliam Zekristos, Sara Tuccu, Senayit Halefom & Aster Emhazen.

Calling all Pensioners!  Come along for a light lunch and game of Bingo every Tuesday 12-3pm at Corpus Christie Church hall, 11 Trent Rd, Brixton, London SW2 5BJ. All welcome!

Help Requested: After a year & half in temporary accommodation, I will be moving into permanent council housing soon, and would be very grateful for donations of any spare household goods, or suggestions as to where I can acquire them cheaply, as I am not working at the moment. Particularly the following items: 
  • Carpets & underlay for 2 large rooms & 1 small hallway
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dining room table & 4 chairs
  • Sofa, 
  • Kitchen utensils,
  • Towels. 
I would also very much appreciate any offers of assistance moving into my flat (date TBC) from anyone with a van. Any help or advice with supplies and/or transport will be very gratefully received. Thank you very much, Maddie (Please see noticeboard or physical newsletters for contact info)

Knock Pilgrimage 14-18th March 2018. Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 14th March 2018, celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. £599 per person sharing. Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £50. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia anytime on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

Catholic History Walks: Please see poster for more details.  You can contact or Facebook or see  Cost £5, concessions available.  Please wear suitable footwear and plan for the weather.  Walks may take up to 2 hours.

  • For King and Country - Sunday 4th February 3pm; Wednesday 7th March 2pm; Sunday 15th April 3pm. Starting at Westminster Cathedral
  • Lift up your heads, O Gates! - Monday 12th February 3pm; Wednesday 21st February 2pm; Tuesday 10th April 2pm; Monday 23rd April 6pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, The Borough.
  • The King's Good Servant - Tuesday 20th February 2pm; Sunday 18th March 3pm; Tuesday 1st May 6pm.  Starting at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Chelsea.
  • Southwark and the Borough - Sunday 25th February 3pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, the Borough.
  • The West End - Friday 23rd March 2pm.  Starting at St Patrick's Soho Square.