..... as our 2019 Parish Mission commences.
Father Charlie and Father Charles will be with us for a week starting with the 18:15 Mass today, and until after the Mission Service on Friday 12 April, and we wish them a happy stay with us at St. Bart's.
Our Mission is outlined below, and full details may be found here.
It is a Mission for all, not just parishioners, and it would be great if you encouraged others to attend.
Archbishop Peter asks your prayers for the repose of the soul of Canon Francis Moran (Mortlake Parish), who died on 29 January. May he rest in peace.
The Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Tuesday 19 February:
16:00: reception of the body at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Mortlake.
19:00: Vigil Mass at St Mary Magdalen's Church, Mortlake.
Wednesday 20 February:
12:30: Funeral Mass at St George's Cathedral, Southwark.
Thursday 21 February:
19:00: Vigil Mass at St Illtyd's Church, Dowlais, Wales.
Friday 22 February:
12:00: Funeral Mass at St Illtyd's Church, Dowlais, Wales; followed by the burial service.
Canon Francis' family are very keen to ensure that people in Southwark know they are very welcome to join them for the services in Wales.
Eileen Cecilia McCarthy
11 July 1930 – 7 February 2019
It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Eileen has passed away
following an illness of several months. She died in Croydon University Hospital.
For those of you who would like to attend her funeral, the details are below.
St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Ellison Road, Norbury SW16 5DE
and then South London Crematorium, Rowan Road, Streatham SW16 5JG
Eileen will be received into the church at 17:00 on Thursday 28 February 2019
and her Funeral Requiem Mass will be at 10:00 on Friday 1 March.
At 11:00 she will be taken to the South London Crematorium for cremation and then guests
are invited to join us at St. Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Ellison Road for refreshments.
Donations, if wished should be made to: SPUC (Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child)
or CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development)
Both of these causes were very dear to Eileen’s heart. Indeed for many years she has volunteered at SPUC in an admin capacity.
These can be made via the Funeral Director:
Alfred Smith, 15 Rowan Road, Streatham SW16 5JF
If you wish to send flowers, they have asked for them to arrive no later than 17:00 on 28 February.
We know though that Eileen’s preference would be donations.
Offers to the Parish Office please. Thank you!!
It is with great sadness that we convey the news that Canon Francis Moran passed away yesterday, Tuesday 29 January, in the presbytery of St. Mary Magdalene Mortlake.
He was the curate here at St. Bartholomew’s from 1993-97.
Francis Moran was born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales in 1961 as part of a large family. In 1989 after Seminary and getting his degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury he was ordained to the Priesthood at St Cecilia’s North Cheam and went on to be Assistant Priest at Ss. Henry & Elizabeth Sheerness and then here at St. Bartholomew’s Norbury before a short time as Administrator of St James the Great in Peckham Rye. He was then appointed Parish Priest at St Catherine’s Chessington during which time he studied for an MA in Contemporary Catholic Theology at Heythrop College.
In early 2004 the Archbishop moved him to St Andrew’s Thornton Heath before moving him again to
St. Mary Magdalene Mortlake in 2017.
We pray for the safe and happy repose of his soul.
May he rest in peace.
After a break of many years, the Friday 20:00 Mass has been reinstated at St. Bartholomew's.
During the stewardship of Father Carolin (1963-99) this became an important Mass for those who were generally unable to attend a weekday Mass due to work, family or other commitments. Hopefully it will once again become a fruitful element of our parish life.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).