Saint Chad’s News

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Quote: Humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak, but of the strong (Pope Francis)

Urgent Appeal: Emmanuella Uger born 29th September 2008, schooling at Federal Government Girls College, Nursery and Primary Schools YR3 Gboko, Nigeria. We are urgently appealing for your support to assist her parents in obtaining urgent medical care (see photographs).The parents urgently need £1,000-£1,500.00 to pay for the operation to remove the tumor. All donations are to be forwarded to Fr Bartholomew Zubeviel C.S.Sp & Fr Emmanuel Ahua C.S.Sp and also at the Parish office.

Life In The Spirit Seminars: “Organise Life in the Spirit Seminars to your parishes” Pope Francis speaking to 1000 priests in Rome last year. St Chad's parish is running Life in the Spirit seminars commencing on Monday 9th April and then every Monday in the six weeks to Pentecost Sunday. The seminars will begin at 7.30pm and end at 9.30pm and will include talks on DVD by well-known speakers including Charles Whitehead and Michelle Moran. Sharing in small groups will follow each talk and there will be time to chat with fellow parishioners over refreshments. For more details take a leaflet from the back of the church and register your interest on the sheet provided to give an idea of numbers. This is for the many not the few. It is for the whole parish young and old. It is about personal and parish renewal – a parish mission! So put the dates in your diary straight away!

Music For Migrants’ Mass 2018: Get involved in leading music at the Mass Singers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities unite to enjoy singing music from around the world under the direction of Frances Novillo ( You don’t have to be able to read music. To join the choir, please attend a rehearsal in Amigo Hall – next to the Cathedral entrance on Lambeth Road SE1 on Saturday 14th April 2018 from 2.00pm-5.00pm and on 27th April 2018 from 7.00pm-9.30pm. Let know in advance that you’re coming. Frances would also like to hear as soon as possible from experience capable instrumentalists who would like to join the band to accompany the singing.

Parish Council Meeting: The Parish Council members are reminded of the meeting on 18th April in the parish hall at 7.30pm prompt.

Planning Committee – Big Lunch Meeting: Parishioners are invited to attend the Big Lunch Meeting in the Guild room from 7.30pm on 19th April 2018.

Baptism: Parents and Godparents are required to attend two short meetings in Hall from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on Friday 20th April and 27th April in the Church. Baptisms are on Sunday 27th April.

Annual Edel Quinn Pilgrimage to Aylesford: Legion of Mary invite parishioners to the Annul Edel Quinn Pilgrimage to Aylesford on Saturday 5th May 2018. Programme begins at 11.40 am. Main Celebrant Bishop Paul Hendricks. Coach pick-up’s will be from St Elphege’s Wallington at 8.30am, St Mary’s Church, West Croydon 9.00am and St Andrew’s Thornton Heath at 9.30am. Seat price: Adult £15.00, Child 10.00. Please bring a packed lunch. To reserve a seat please contact Florence Otokito on 07852840229

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): As you may all be aware there is some new data protection legislation coming into force on 25th May 2018, which is going to impact on all of us. One of the responsibilities we will now have to undertake is to know who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the parish. I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the parish or may have done so in the past and may have some personal information at your home in a file and/or on a PC or laptop. Please could you let either me or the (the parish secretary) 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.

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Peter Smith will pay a pastoral visit to St Chad's, South Norwood on Trinity Sunday 27th May 2018. He will be celebrating the 10.30am Mass on that day.

Special Wedding Anniversary? If you are celebrating one this year – your 1st, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th plus – Archbishop Peter would like to invite you to a Mass in celebration of marriage at St George’s Cathedral. It’s on Saturday June 16 at 3pm. Enter your details on the form at the back of the church. We need to receive that back as soon as possible but in any event no later than May 7th. You will then receive a personal invitation from the Archbishop. You can also bring your immediate family. More details from Office for Marriage on 020 8651 2477 or email

St Philomena’s 125th Year Celebration Ball: Hosted by St Philomena’s Parent Association, you are cordially invited to the 125th Anniversary of St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls founded in 1893 by the Daughters of the Cross. This will be a celebration evening of dining and dancing for parents, staff Governors, past students and friends of St Philomena’s School. The celebration will take place on Saturday 7th July 2018 6.30pm-11.00pm set in a marquee on the school grounds. Ticket prices: £50.00 per person to £500 per table of 10. Ticket payments can be made by ParentPay, Cheque or Bank transfer. Please call: 07846363762 or email Please see noticeboard for further information.

St Chad’s Primary School Vacancies: St Chad’s Primary School have vacancies in the following roles: Class Teacher - Closing date: Monday 23rd April 2018 at 12 noon. Relief Caretaker, Closing date: Friday 20th April 2018. Please see notice board for further information.

Repository: Help is wanted for all Masses. Any volunteers greatly appreciated. Your support helps keep the repository shop running, without which we would lose the service. Pop-in and see all the newly arrived Communion and Confirmation gifts.

St Mary’s Catholic High School – Croydon: The school reports a significant increase in the number of successful Year 7 applications from Catholic families this year. If parents are disappointed that they have not been allocated a Catholic school for their child, there are now just a few places available at St Mary’s for September. Please contact the school for further information regarding admission to the school (Tel: 0208 686 3837), or visit the school’s website

Offerings: £1262.61 Thank you, Next Sunday’s Second Collection is for Ecclesiastical Education.

Prayer Room: The small room at the back of the Church is now open for quiet prayer and reflection. At the moment there is an Advent focus inside. Feel free to go and pray inside whenever the Church is open. Mums and Dads maybe take your children inside before Mass or after Mass to help to pray in a different way. Everyone is welcome to use this quiet space.

Reminder: The normal parish office hours are between 9.30am and 12.30pm. But anyone who would like to see the priest in the afternoon outside the office hours should call on Tuesday between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. No appointment necessary.

Please pray for those who have died recently and those who mourn their loss, especially: Denis Rebeiro, Peter Mellor, Ida Solomon, Sylvester Adigwe, Sr Clasita, Chukwu, Sr Rosita Azodo, Sr Helen Onyiuke, Teresa Salami, Boniface Mbatimin, Charles Amalu, Billy Castillo, Fr. Egdehonghon John Ehichioya, Leslie Davies, Ivan D’Cruze, Baby Amelia Jean Alfred, John Murray, Joseph D’Souza, Elizabeth Mgbenwelu, Sr Chetachukwu Mounyili, Sr Maria Chibuifem Ojimba, Joseph Addo, Michael Onyeji, Mr Christopher Egbulefu, Mr Piazza, Gerry Golding, Mamadou Dia, Albert Pires, Elton Gonzales, Kareem Simon, Mark Yeobah-Addjei, Nevan Leuw-Sang, Fr Antony Boateng Mensah, Joseph Dwomoh, Fr Patrick Ndulue, Obiageli Mba, Eunice Ikpeama, Sylvester Yaw Aboagye-Mensah, Octavio Buule and all our deceased relatives and friends. May they rest in peace and all our deceased relatives and friends and all our deceased relatives and friends and all our deceased relatives and friends. May they rest in peace. (If you would like to include names of your deceased relatives please let us know.)

Please pray for all who are sick in the parish, especially: Stella Blake, Alice Berkoh, Cecilia Boakye-Agyeman, Louisa Nyandey, Nigel Blake, Mary Clerkins, William Tawiah, Bridie Carter, Mina Pobee, Leroy Serrette, Julie Hayfron, Esme Brewer, Palm Crescent Jackson, Chevanese Philip, Tom Finnerty, Cori-Matthew Blanc-Phillips, Theresa Mongan, Matthew Mendes, Beth Simon, Emmanuel Yakubu, Anne Beckenham, Margaret Rowland, Shelley Bunter, Adele Dewluish, Maria Stokoe, Annette Smith, Kathleen Crabb, Fredericka Nettey, Kusuma Munavira, Moira Edinburgh, Patricia Mellor, Vernon Sharland, Pat Mostyn, Tim Belgrave, Ted Stevens, Charlie Cowe, Isabella O’Brien. (It would be greatly appreciated if the office could be notified of the recovery of those on this sick list.)

Please note that Father Bartholomew will be available (except in an emergency, when you can ring at any time) from 10.00am to 12.30pm each day, Monday to Friday except Wednesdays, if you wish to speak with them or to book a Mass. Thank you. All enquiries from now onwards should be made during office hours (Monday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm) through the Parish Secretary. thank you.

Please bring all announcements for the Parish Bulletin by the latest Wednesday. Thank you.


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