First Holy Communion Programme 2019 - Tuesday 8 January at 20:00
Introductory meeting for all parents and guardians in the lower hall. It is most important that all parents and guardians attend this meeting. The dates for each child’s First Holy Communion will be given, and the “I Belong” books will be distributed.
The full list of First Holy Communion dates is available, for reference and downloading for printing, here.
Confirmation Programme 2019 - Wednesday 9 January at 19:30
Introductory meeting for all parents, guardians and candidates in the lower hall, at which the Confirmation programme will be announced.
'We are now just a few days away from Christmas.
Huge thanks go to the many people who have helped to decorate the church, the trees and the crib. The Carol Concert given by our Polyphony Choir and brass instruments last Sunday was a resounding success.
Everybody has practised their various roles and all is now ready for the Church to welcome Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, as he enters into history in the humble stable at Bethlehem.
A very happy and blessed Christmas to you all.'
It has come to our attention that our email address book has been hacked into, as a result of which an email, purporting to be from St Bart’s, and claiming to contain a “secure message” was sent to an unknown number of people. If you have received such a communication, please do not open it. If you do open it, and you try to enter an email address and password, they will appear to be rejected, but in fact it will steal your password and mail out to your address book.
If this is the case with you, please change your password without delay. Please note that we shall never send out a “secure message” and you will never be asked to provide a password. Hopefully your security software should prevent you falling for this. Please note that this has had a knock-on effect on all our outgoing emails. If you are expecting a reply, but have not received one, please contact the parish office.
Click here to read the Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Peter Smith for the First Sunday of Advent 2018.
..... to the People of God may be read here. It has been widely available elsewhere since is was published, but is of sufficient importance to bring to your attention should you not have already read it.
..... to Father Michael Jones, Parish Priest here from 1993-2004, who celebrates the Ruby Anniversary of his Ordination on the great feast of Christ the King on Sunday 25 November.
Today there was a special Mass at his parish of St. John Vianney in Bexleyheath to mark the occasion. In a crowded church he spoke, amongst many other things, warmly of his time at St. Bart's and has lost none of his wonderful sense of humour! Among the many members of the clergy on the sanctuary (and in the pews beyond!) were Father Tom Scannell and Father John McGowan (who gave the homily).
Father Tom was a curate here from 1997 to 2000, and retired last month as Parish Priest of Our Lady of Loreto and St. Winefride's, Kew. Father John and his family were Norbury parishioners, and he is a member of the Carmelite Priory Community in Kensington. Also present was Deacon Paul Milligan.
Our Repository is now fully stocked for Christmas.
The shop is manned by volunteers and is open before the Saturday evening Mass and after all the Sunday Masses.
We shall be having a Parish Lenten Mission from 6 to 12 April 2019, given by the Redemptorist Fathers. Details will be given as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please do note in your diaries.
Following on from our successful and prayerful day earlier this year, we are delighted to announce that we shall be hosting another Day With Mary here on Saturday 16 November 2019.
Two wonderful whole-parish events at St. Bartholomew's.
As a further guide to prayer, we now have a Dedications page indicating the subjects that the Church suggests we focus on with our daily and monthly prayers. It is to be found under Thoughts and Prayers at the head of each page.
We acknowledge with gratitude the courtesy of Sam Guzman, The Catholic Gentleman, in permitting us to share them with you.
This day of commemoration of those killed in wars and conflict falls on Sunday 11 November 2018.
The date also marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Great War, as the First World War was known. The Armistice was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
Our 11:30 Mass on 11 November will be attended by our uniformed groups, who will pay tribute to our war dead, with the Plainchant Choir providing fitting solemn music.
John Byrne will be representing our parish in laying a wreath at Streatham War Memorial at the Service of Remembrance which commences at 10:30 the same morning
The Polyphony Choir is seeking an organist of grade six or above, with a desire to improve. Good sight-reading would be an advantage; patience with note bashing, and a good sense of humour would be invaluable!
Most importantly, the ability to fulfil a commitment to two Tuesday evening rehearsals (20:00 to 21:30) each month, and 11:30 Masses on first Sundays (not August) plus Christ the King (11:30), Christmas Carol Concert (14:30), Christmas Midnight (23:30), Maundy Thursday (20:00), Good Friday (15:00) and Easter Vigil (20:30).
The stipend is negotiable according to experience. Practice time on the instrument is available by agreement.
The Choir would welcome anyone interested in filling the position to go along and meet them all. You would be welcome to spend a couple of Tuesdays with them without commitment.
This well renowned choir, which is an integral part of parish life, will celebrate its 50th year in 2019, and enjoys a happy social aspect to its work. You will become part of a great and happy team!
Please contact our Director of Music, Tony Price on 020 8647 4435 or email@example.com for further information on this opportunity.
The programme for our children's 2019 First Holy Communion preparation, their parents' participation, and the Masses that everything culminates in is now available to be consulted HERE.
A large selection of videos from Adoremus 2018 in Liverpool may be found on YouTube by searching for "Adoremus 2018" (including the speech marks).
The launch of Father Innocent's latest book on 8 September was a very successful event, by all accounts, and one that is noted on our Website HERE.
Details of how to purchase the book may also be found.
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Father Innocent, please call and, if necessary leave a message on their answerphones. Please listen carefully to the phone menu, from which you may select either or any priest.
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