This weekend, Our Gift Aid Organiser will speak briefly at all Masses. New envelopes are now available for collection in the room behind Our Lady’s Altar. There are special smaller sets of envelopes for those who give by Standing Order, so that they may take part in Second Collections. Anybody who requires an End of Year letter should email the parish office. You may contact the parish office using the Contact Form on this web site, or else send an email. If you are interested in joining the Gift Aid scheme, at no extra cost to yourself, please ask for details and forms. If you give by Standing Order, and would like to review your payments, this might be a good time to do so. Thank you all for your generosity towards the work of the Church.
The Reconciliation Service, followed by First Confessions, will take place this Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 19:00 in the Church. Please ensure children arrive in good time. Parents and guardians are asked to wait silently and prayerfully in the Retro Chapel, or as otherwise directed. We expect to be in the church for about an hour.
The Polyphony Choir will be joining us at 16:00 on Palm Sunday for Stations of The Cross. Do come along, particularly if you have not been able to make it to Stations at other times during Lent. Pray the Stations of the Cross by St Alphonsus Ligouri, and sing the beautiful verses of the Stabat Mater. Immerse yourself in the journey Christ made from his condemnation to death by Pilate, to his crucifixion, death and entombment. Imagine yourself in the crowd that watched Jesus, and wonder what it must have been like to witness his journey to Calvary.
Following the most informative presentation last weekend from John Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, and the great interest shown in what he had to impart to us, John will be returning to hold a meeting this coming Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 19:30 in the lower hall.
It is proposed to re-establish a SPUC group in our parish. All those who are interested are invited to attend. The meeting is expected to last for a period of between one hour and ninety minutes. John will be able to expand upon what he told us during Masses, provide appropriate literature and keep us up to date on the many attacks upon the sanctity of human life which take place on a daily basis.
Let us embrace the Culture of Life and reject what Pope St John Paul II called the Culture of Death, which seeks to undermine the value of human life at every opportunity.
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy has been updated. The revised wording may be found here. It is important that all parishioners, group leaders and volunteers at St. Bartholomew's are fully aware of all aspects of this most important matter.
Due to the inclement weather, it may be necessary to cancel First Holy Communion and Confirmation sessions. Unless you hear otherwise, they will go ahead as planned. You will be contacted by the organisers should cancellation be necessary.
If you are concerned about any parish group meetings, kindly contact the relevant organisers, since meetings may be cancelled and rearranged on an ad hoc basis
We regret that tonight's First Reconciliation Service for our First Holy Communion Candidates has been cancelled due to the poor weather conditions.
A wonderful tribute to Our Lady, through whom we are encouraged to approach Jesus, (to Jesus through Mary) was held here last Saturday.
The next nearest Day with Mary takes place at St. John Fisher RC Church, Merton, on Saturday
17 March 2018, which is also St Patrick’s Day. Full details are to be found on the poster in the porch.
During the Season of Lent there will be Stations of the Cross at St. Bartholomew's on Sundays at 16:00 (followed by Benediction) and on Fridays at 19:30. Please note 12:00 (Children's) & 20:00 on Good Friday.
Both of these roads are now ONE WAY. Hepworth Road is now One Way DOWNWARDS from Streatham High Road to Ellison Road, whilst Glencairn Road is now One Way UPWARDS from Ellison Road to Streatham High Road. The small section of Glencairn Road between Ellison Road and Sherwood Avenue (where the railway bridge crosses) is not affected.
Please be prepared for this new system, which may well cause some congestion around the Church as people get used to it. There is also a danger that some motorists will drive at speed. Please look out for any children, senior citizens and other vulnerable people who will be unprepared for this. NB: pedal cycles may still travel in each direction on both roads.
Please also take extra care as there are some vehicles which are still facing in what has now become the wrong direction in both these roads. It is still possible that you may encounter another vehicle coming towards you.
On the weekend of 11 February 2018, there will be a second collection for the Poor Parishes of the diocese. Would all those who Gift Aid their offerings kindly note that the blue envelope in your boxes bears the incorrect date of 25 February. Please retrieve the envelope for 25 February, marked “Poor Parishes” and change the date on it. As ever, if you give by Standing Order, your payment to this and indeed any second collections may only be Gift Aided if you use one of the same envelopes, since Standing Orders do not cover such collections. A large number of boxes remain uncollected.
The Polyphony Choir is looking for an organist to accompany them for the Masses and Services they sing at, and for the last two Tuesday evening practices each month. This opportunity may suit a grade 7-8 pianist wishing to extend their keyboard abilities to the pipe organ. Sight-reading skills a huge advantage.
The Choir's Web site may be found here, together with details of the instrument.
A monthly stipend is available, negotiable according to ability.
Please contact Tony Price by email or by 'phone 020 8647 4435 for more details
The Bishops of England and Wales, mindful of the Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress which is due to take place in Liverpool in September this year, have decided to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration across the country. As a result of this initiative, our own Archdiocese of Southwark is putting together a Diocesan Adoration Lay Team in order to promote, expand and consolidate Eucharistic Adoration across the See of Southwark.
You are therefore invited to attend a Special Information Meeting at the Centre for Catholic Formation at 21 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BS on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 11:00 through to 12:15, with registration from 10:00. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend this event, please inform the parish office no later than Wednesday 24 January 2018, as numbers must be given soon after that date. Please see the posters in the porch which contain the necessary information regarding this splendid initiative.
We are most fortunate in this parish to have daily adoration before 10:00 Mass, weekly adoration and Benediction on Sundays, as well as a whole day each Advent and Lent, when we hold our Days of Penitence. It is hoped that such practices will spread across the archdiocese, so that the faithful might have greater access to the Real Presence of Christ, the Bread of Life, placed in the Monstrance upon the altar.
The Prayer for the Church in Southwark, associated with September's Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Conference, Adoremus, which takes place in Liverpool in September this year may be found HERE.
Please be aware that, due to a special event for our First Holy Communion candidates, there will be no Confessions after the 10:00 Mass. Confessions will be heard as usual from 17:00 to 18:00.
First Holy Communion Masses for 2018 have now been allocated. The list is posted on the notice board in the main porch. Please note the date allocated to your child. Please check carefully the spelling of names. If any amendments are required, please let the parish office know.
There will be a very important meeting for all parents at 20:00 on Tuesday 9 January in the lower hall. At this meeting, vital information will be given to you.
A reminder to all potential Confirmation candidates that their application forms should be returned to the Parish Office no later than Sunday 7 January.
Parents, guardians and candidates are reminded of the Introductory Meeting to be held in the lower hall on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 19:30.
Bishop Patrick Lynch will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday, 20 May 2018, at 12:00.
Father Deo, Father Innocent, Deacon Ged and the entire Parish Team hope and pray that you will have a wonderfully holy and happy Christmas and that the New Year will be full of all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
This year, your offerings at the Crib will go to the Southwark Crisis Fund which was launched in November 2015 by the Westminster Catholic Children's Society and Archbishop Peter Smith. The Fund provides one-off grants to support families living in our Southwark Archdiocese where a relatively small amount of funding can make a big difference.
As Catholics we have an Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays AND on Holy Days of Obligation (of which Christmas is one). The options that will fulfil your Obligations at St. Bartholomew’s are:
Saturday evening Mass of Anticipation at 18:15 OR one of the Sunday morning Masses at 08:30, 10:00 or 11:30 (there is no Sunday evening Mass)
Sunday’s Christmas Vigil Mass at 18:00 OR Midnight Mass at 23:30 OR one of Monday’s Christmas Day Masses at 08:30, 10:00 or 11:30
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