Rosary on the Coast takes place around the country on Saturday 29 April 2018. This is an initiative to pray for the revitalisation of the Catholic faith, and that all might foster respect for all human life from conception until natural death. If you are interested in finding out more, and perhaps going along to one of the events, please see the Rosary on the Coast Web site.
We have discovered that some parishioners give regularly both by Standing Order AND weekly envelopes. If you fall into this category, and have not yet been contacted, please get in touch with the Parish Office. This may affect you if you have received a set of second collection envelopes only, and then discovered that the box you were also expecting to collect is not there for you. For anybody affected, we shall need to give you a fresh number, so that your Standing Order and your envelopes bear the same number. It is not possible to have more than one number per donor. We believe this only affects a very small number of you, given that only two people have so far come forward. Many thanks.
As you may all be aware, new General Data Protection Legislation comes into force on 25 May 2018, which is going to affect us all. One of the responsibilities we must now undertake is to both ensure and indeed demonstrate that we know everybody who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the parish, precisely what information they actually hold and in what format/s.
I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the parish, or may have done so in the past, and therefore you may well have some personal information at your home or office, in a file and/or on a PC, phone, laptop or other device. Please could you let either me or the Parish Office know if this applies to you, so that I can let you know what actions you will need to take going forward. The Archbishop is encouraging all of us to help implement these changes, and I thank you in advance for your co-operation
On Good Friday, there will be the traditional collection taken in support of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. Please note that there is NOT a Gift Aid envelope for this purpose. Please be as generous as possible in your support for the upkeep of those places associated with the life, death, Passion and Resurrection of our Blessed Lord round and about Jerusalem
Mass at 10:00 will be followed by Confessions, which will be available throughout the day, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Benediction at 19:00.
Please note that there will be no Confessions on Saturday 31 March.
This begins in the early hours of Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018. Please remember to put all your clocks, watches and various gadgets FORWARD ONE HOUR, to avoid coming to Mass an hour late!
Our Money Sunday talk was cancelled last Sunday due to the low numbers following the inclement weather. This will now most likely take place shortly after Easter Sunday. In the meantime, please do come along to collect your new set of envelopes, including those of you who give by Standing Order.
Anybody who wishes to receive an end-of-year letter is asked to contact the Parish Office by means of our Contact Form or by email, 'phone or in person at the parish office.
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.
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