<![CDATA[St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church Norbury (Streatham) SW16 5DE - Latest News]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:23:17 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Important notice regarding 11:30 Mass on Sundays during October]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:48:46 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/important-notice-regarding-1130-mass-on-sundays-during-octoberPlease note that First Holy Communion Masses will be held as below, and parishioners are respectfully requested not to attend. These Masses will be for First Communicants and their families only. This means that the 11:30 Mass on Sundays is cancelled until further notice and will be reinstated later in the year.
Please also bear in mind that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays remains suspended.

Commencing this Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October, First Holy Communion Masses will take place at 12 Noon on both days. They will continue each weekend on the same basis up to and including Sunday 25th October.
Please await news regarding Confirmations.
<![CDATA[Divine Love Soup Kitchen at English Martyrs, Streatham]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:26:45 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/divine-love-soup-kitchen-at-english-martyrs-streatham]]><![CDATA[Farewell to Father Tomasz]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/farewell-to-father-tomasz
Today we say farewell to Father Tomasz. We thank him for his ministry here at St. Bart’s and wish him well as he continues his priestly mission at Ss. Joseph and Swithun, Bromley.
We shall, on a date to be advised, be welcoming Father Augustine Ghado to our parish.
<![CDATA[School References for September 2021]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2020 13:26:50 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/school-references-for-september-2021Due to COVID19, School References this year will be conducted by phone. (Only in exceptional circumstances, would you need to come to see Father Deo at the presbytery.) Please download and print off the Reference Form and read the clear instructions very carefully.
A separate form must be used for each child for whom you are applying. Please complete the form by hand, not online. You should then send the completed form, along with any School Supplementary Forms, to the Parish Office, or you may post it through the presbytery letter box.
Please email a family photo showing parents or guardians and child/ren to: norbury@rcaos.org.uk (this is to help identify the child in the family context). In the subject box, please put "SCHOOL REFERENCE FORM (+NAME OF CHILD)". If you cannot email a photo, please send a physical photograph which you no longer need, as we cannot undertake to return it. Alternatively, a photocopy of a photo will be sufficient.
Please enclose a correctly stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of forms to you. Unless schools have specifically requested that forms are to be sent by Father Deo, it will be your responsibility to send those forms to them.
Please note that the closing date for receipt of forms is Sunday 11 October 2020.
According to his schedule, Father Deo will call you for a short telephone interview before completing School Reference Forms and arranging their dispatch.
Please note that all information and photos provided will be treated confidentially and will be held strictly in line with current Data Protection Legislation. NB: Please do not worry about Mass attendance during Lockdown. The ongoing situation will be taken into account.
<![CDATA[2020 marks our Parish Centenary Year!]]>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 16:00:04 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/2020-marks-our-parish-centenary-year
In 2008 we celebrated the centenary of the opening of our church. 2020 sees our parish celebrate another centenary.
From 1908, when the church first opened, until 1920 St. Bartholomew’s was a satellite parish administered by English Martyrs, Streatham.
In 1918 Father William Taunton moved from Streatham to Norbury, and 100 years ago, in 1920, St. Bartholomew’s became a canonically independent parish and he become our first Parish Priest.
We have updated and improved our page on the life and martyrdom of St. Bartholomew to mark the occasion. His feast day is celebrated on 24 August.
See A Brief History of St. Bartholomew’s Church
The original Lady Chapel in our church
<![CDATA[New images added to our Church History page]]>Sun, 23 Aug 2020 14:50:43 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/new-images-added-to-our-church-history-page
Explore three wonderful high-resolution images, taken at a Marriage celebrated at St. Bartholomew's in October 1957, that have been added to our Church History page.
<![CDATA[Cathedral Administration Vacancies]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2020 11:45:01 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/cathedral-administration-vacanciesAs a result of a recent restructure the Cathedral team are looking to appoint two part time vacancies.  Reporting to the Cathedral Manager, each job has their own specific responsibilities but some are shared and we would expect them to provide cover for each other. Read more >>>]]><![CDATA[Confessions will be available again from 8 August]]>Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:03:26 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/confessions-will-be-available-again-from-8-augustWe can now announce the reintroduction of Confession. This will be on a first-come-first-served basis from Saturday 8 August, after the 10:00 Mass, from 10:30 until 11:00.
Confessions will be heard in the working sacristy, where the servers normally vest. You will firstly be directed to the Retro Chapel to wait. After you have made your Confession, you should leave immediately and make your penance at home. Please follow social distancing guidelines and any directions you are given by the clergy or stewards.
<![CDATA[Archbishop John Wilson to celebrate Mass online to marking his 1st Anniversary (25 July) and Silver Jubilee of priestly ordination (29 July)]]>Tue, 28 Jul 2020 14:45:50 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/archbishop-john-wilson-to-celebrate-mass-online-to-marking-his-1st-anniversary-25-july-and-silver-jubilee-of-priestly-ordination-29-julyOn Wednesday 29 July Archbishop John Wilson celebrates the twenty fifth anniversary of his ordination as a priest, his Silver Jubilee. In the evening he will be celebrating Mass in St George's Cathedral at 19:00. The Mass will be live-streamed via the Diocesan YouTube Channel, and will be accessible via the following link: https://youtu.be/ljRkwUnz2ZA

Due to restrictions it is not possible for Archbishop John to celebrate his Jubilee in person with family, friends, former parishioners and people from the different dioceses that he has served in. He hopes that the live-stream Mass will enable many people to join him in thanking God for the gift of priesthood and the many other gifts that the Almighty has given to him.

Ad Multos Annos.
<![CDATA[Important notice for our Altar Servers]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:01:37 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/important-notice-for-our-altar-serversWe re-started public Masses last weekend. Whilst this is a much longed-for development, it comes with its own rules and regulations. 
One of the areas that we have been assessing is how best to introduce Altar Serving in a ‘Covid-compliant’ way. Because of social distancing and hygiene guidelines there will only ever be a maximum of one Server on the Sanctuary at each Mass and most of our Altar Server responsibilities simply won’t be possible. In fact, the Altar Server will only have one job: ringing the bell during the Eucharistic prayer (with the bell sanitised between Masses) The server will not have a kneeler. Because of these restrictions, we feel it’s only appropriate for Deacon Ged, the MC or one of our more senior servers to serve Mass. We have drafted a set of guidelines that these Altar Servers must adhere to together. If you would like to serve at Mass and have been serving for at least five years, please contact Jed Murphy, our MC.
<![CDATA[Attending Mass at St. Bartholomew’s - what to expect]]>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 19:49:47 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/attending-mass-at-st-bartholomews-what-to-expectOur church is now open for Mass at the following times:
  • Sundays 08:30, 11:30 & 17:00
  • Mondays to Fridays 10:00
  • Saturdays 10:00 and 18:15 Mass of Anticipation
To maintain this schedule we need enough parishioners to act as stewards / volunteers / cleaners to enable us to conform to COVID19 guidelines. If you are willing and able to help, please email the parish office as soon as possible on norbury@rcaos.org.uk.

Opening the church for Private Prayer has now ceased.

The Obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended by our Bishops until further notice.

On entry to the church please follow the guidance of the stewards at all times.

​It is important that you .....
  • ensure you have a face mask or other suitable face covering that covers your mouth and nose
  • bring a pen with you to enable you to complete a Test & Trace Form unless you have downloaded and completed one prior to leaving home to present on arrival
  • observe social distancing outside the church before and after Mass
  • be aware that there will be no be toilet facilities
  • and.....
<![CDATA[Missio's Summer 2020 edition of Mission Today is available online]]>Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:00:21 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/missions-summer-2020-edition-of-mission-today-is-available-online
Click on the image to read it.
<![CDATA[Guidance for re-opening the church for Masses from Sunday 12 July]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:46:15 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/guidance-for-re-opening-the-church-for-masses-from-sunday-12-july
The Church will be opened for Mass from Sunday 12 July 2020 on:
  • Sundays at 08:30, 11:30 & 17:00
  • Weekdays at 10:00
  • Saturdays at 10:00 and 18:15 (Mass of Anticipation)
At present it will not be possible to open the church for all Masses because we need stewards/volunteers to implement the Covid-19 guidelines which also include cleaning of the church after each Mass. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the parish office as soon as possible at norbury@rcaos.org.uk.
<![CDATA[Pope Francis appoints new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain]]>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:55:23 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/pope-francis-appoints-new-apostolic-nuncio-to-great-britain
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.

Claudio Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy..... Read more >>>
<![CDATA[The resumption of Masses at St. Bartholomew's]]>Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:59:19 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/the-resumption-of-masses-at-st-bartholomewsPicture
We are anticipating the recommencement of public Masses at St. Bartholomew’s on Sunday 12 July. Masses will be celebrated at 08:30, 11:30 and 17:00 (no 10:00 Mass). From Monday 13 July there will be daily Masses at 10:00, and on Saturday 18 July the Saturday Mass of Anticipation at 18:15 will return.

You will be asked to complete a Test & Trace Form when attending. Please see our Newsletter for the latest information.

We are in need of volunteers to act as stewards in order to make these Masses sustainable. You must be 18 or over and not self-isolating or in any at-risk category. Please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to register your availability. Please spread the word to those who might not get to see this request.

Opening for individual private prayer will cease when Masses recommence on 12 July. Until then the church will  open for individual private prayer and thanksgiving between 11:00 and 13:00 on Sunday 5, Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 July.

<![CDATA[Archbishop John celebrates a live-streamed Mass on 4 July]]>Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:01:01 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/archbishop-john-celebrates-a-live-streamed-mass-on-4-july
In spiritual solidarity with all those who are suffering from COVID-19, their families and those who care for them, Archbishop John Wilson will celebrate a national live-streamed Mass in St. George’s Cathedral on Thursday 2 July at 19:00. Visit: http://youtu.be/i9E6KwpYD08
<![CDATA[Archbishops’ Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship]]>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:48:54 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/archbishops-letter-on-resumption-of-collective-worship
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England regarding the resumption of collective worship in England may be read from here, or downloaded as a PDF from here.
<![CDATA[A message to schools from Archbishop John]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2020 21:55:41 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/a-message-to-schools-from-archbishop-johnAs Schools and Colleges in the Archdiocese of Southwark head towards the end of the Academic year, Archbishop John Wilson has recorded a message to staff, pupils, governors and all connected with diocesan education.
<![CDATA[Cardinal welcomes announcement on resuming collective worship]]>Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:17:52 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/cardinal-welcomes-announcement-on-resuming-collective-worship
Cardinal Vincent welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 June that collective acts of worship can resume, saying: 'I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England..... Read more>>>

Details of the arrangements for Masses at St. Bartholomew's will be posted as soon as they have been made.
<![CDATA[Our church is opening for private prayer]]>Sun, 21 Jun 2020 20:17:05 GMThttp://stbartsnorbury.co.uk/latest-news/our-church-is-opening-for-private-prayerWe are delighted to announce that, with effect from Tuesday 23 June, our church will be open for private prayer and thanksgiving between 11:00 and 13:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. We thank the Lord that our church can open its doors once again. Do pop in and be in His sacred presence, even if just for a minute or two, whilst we're open.

A risk assessment has been carried out, and the church made ready.

We now need volunteers to act as stewards in order to make this re-opening sustainable. You must be 18 or over and not self-isolating or in any at-risk category. Please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to register your availability. Please spread the word to those who might not get to see this request.]]>