Weekly news from across Portsmouth diocese
We are proceeding with a cautious and phased increase in the capacity of our church. You’ll notice that more of the pews and chairs have been moved back at St Bede’s. Safety continues to be our priority and we ask you to book to attend Sunday Mass using the link on our website / Facebook page, wear face masks and maintain social distancing.
This year’s One Million Children Praying the Rosary for Peace and Unity in the World initiative takes place today. This prayer initiative by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) aims to rekindle faith in the power of prayer. The worldwide campaign is an invitation to remember the words of Our Lady of Fatima that the childlike and trusting prayer of the rosary can truly change the world, defeat evil and bring peace. Praying the rosary together with children will strengthen unity in the Church and among peoples. Find out more on the One Million Children Praying the Rosary website https://acninternational.org/millionchildrenprayin…
St Bede’s is now open for private prayer 9am and 2pm Mon – Fri
Every one of us can serve God. If we do not have the physical energy to do things, then we can pray for those who can. Accepting help when is also accepting God’s plan as it allows someone else to serve.
The second collection tomorrow is for World Mission Sunday. You can also donate directly via Missio’s website at https://missio.org.uk/donate/. Your donation ensures Missio can help local missionaries overseas, train future Priests and Sisters, and give hope to the world’s poorest children.
A Rich Man Poor Man meal will be held in the Church Hall on Sat 23rd Oct at 7pm. A two-course planet friendly meal will be served to seven out of eight diners with one in eight receiving soup and bread in solidarity with the one in eight people who go hungry every day. The ‘poor’ will be chosen by lot on the night! Tickets are £16 a head to include a donation to CAFOD. See our newsletter for details of how to book.
Autumn has arrived at St Bede’s 🍂
Thank you so much for your donations to CAFOD this Family Fast Day. Your generous gifts will help people like Ivanilde in the Amazon to protect our common home. You can add your voice to our petition calling for the Prime Minister to show leadership in tackling the climate crisis, by visiting cafod.org.uk/reclaim
Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no 9.30am Mass tomorrow (Tuesday 12th October) at St. Bede’s Church. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
October is the month of the Rosary. Join in the Rosary online using our videos. They’re on the front page of our website.
The Gospel today prompts us to review what we spend our money on. How much of what we spend is focused on our own pleasures and how much we use to help others?
Have you booked for Sunday Mass but are unable to make it? Please cancel your ticket so that more of our fellow parishioners can attend. Instructions are in your Eventbrite email. Thank you!
Jesus does not want us to be childish, but childlike. Jesus is saying that a person’s significance is not gauged by power, strength, influence or status; but by nearness to ‘the kingdom’.
Harvest Family Fast Day – Climate Crisis Appeal: Ivanilde’s story | CAFOD
Jesus does not want a ‘them’ and ‘us’; Jesus wants everyone to belong, Jesus wants everyone to love because everyone belongs to Jesus and Jesus loves everyone
If you would like your child to prepare for First Holy Communion in 2022, enrolment will take place in person on Sat 9th October 10.30 – 11.30 at St Bede’s. Bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate and a fee of £25 (cash or cheque). For more information, or to volunteer as a catechist, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday preparation sessions will take place on 16th Oct, 13th Nov, 11th Dec, 8th Jan 2022, 5th Feb, 5th March, 2nd April, 30th April
First Holy Communion Day Saturday 14th May 2022 12 noon