Saint Chad’s News

3rd Sunday of Advent

Quote:What do you have to fear? Nothing. Whom do you have to fear? No one. Why? Because whoever has joined forces with God obtains three great privileges: omnipotence without power, intoxication without wine, and life without death. (St Francis of Assisi)

Advent is a very special season of the year – and yet it can sometimes pass us by, because we’re so busy preparing for Christmas. For the past couple of years, our diocesan Spirituality Commission has produced a series of short daily emails, to help us focus on the true meaning of Advent. These have been very well received, so we would like to make more people aware of them. To sign up, please visit www.southwarkdsc.org.uk

Christmas Programme: Copies of the 2018 Christmas programme are on the table at the back of the Church. Please pick one as you leave the Church. Details are also on the Services page.

Christmas Offering Envelopes: The Priests' Christmas Offering Envelopes are available at the back of the church.

2019 Parish Diaries: The Parish diaries for 2019 are available, but limited in number. So I am pleading that you drop a minimum of £1.00 when you pick one to enable the parish to cover the cost of them. Thank you Fr Bartholomew.

Travelling Crib: Our travelling crib has begun its journey around our parish families. Mary, Joseph and the donkey will spend one day with a different family, each day in December. At the First Mass of Christmas, they will arrive at our church to be reunited with Baby Jesus. Thank you tall who have agreed to take part.

Carol Singing: Some parishioners who have been committed members of St Chad’s for many years can become isolated from our parish community by being housebound. Last year a small group of us went to their doors to sing Christmas carols, it was received with real joy. Please join us as we take a little piece of St Chad’s to those parishioners who aren’t able to come to our church. We will meet at church at 4.00pm on Sunday 16th December.

St Chad’s Caring Service: St Chad’s Caring Service will be closed from Friday 21st December 2018 to 7th January 2019.

Christians Together South Norwood – Christmas Day Lunch: Christians Together South Norwood are hosting Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day at St Mark’s Church Hall, Albert Road SE25 from 12.30pm to 3.45pm. If you know of anyone who would like an invitation or any volunteers willing to drive or help on the day, please telephone or email Cicelyn Hinds on 0208 656 2474 or email cahinds@btinternet.com See poster for further information.

Parish Office: The Parish Secretary will be out of the office until 19th December

Christmas Offering Envelopes: The Priest’s Christmas Offering Envelopes are available at the back of the church.

Confirmation (Yr8+) 2019: Confirmation Forms are available in the Church porch. Please return completed forms to the Presbytery no later than Sunday 6th January 2019.

R C Diocese of Southwark: ‘Come back to me’ – Teaching and Leading in Catholic Schools Are you a Catholic teacher, middle or senior leader in a community school or academy and are interested in moving to the Catholic educational sector? If so, the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission would like to invite you to one of two twilight sessions: Teaching in and Leading Catholic Schools. The session will include information about the uniqueness of Catholic schools and practical tips in relation to the application and selection process. Twilight run from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 14th January 2019 – Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 6HR. 17th January 2019 – St Francis Catholic Primary School, Queen’s Road, Maidstone ME16 0LB. With my thanks +Peter

Children's Bibles: Thank you so much for the very generous response to our appeal for donations towards the purchase of story bibles for our First Holy Communion families. We received enough to buy more than half of the bibles we need. Many people also took away envelopes to make a donation at another time. Please write 'Children's Bibles ' on the front of the envelope and post your donation through the presbytery door where it will be gratefully received. Thank you.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Trip to Medjugorje on Wednesday 8th May 2019 to 15th May 2019 (8 Days/7Nights) Cost per person £470 (including a deposit of £200.00). For more information please contact Juliet.

Repository: Christmas is coming, come and look at the nativities, candles, cards and much more.

Adoremus 2018 - A National Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage was held at Liverpool from 7th-9th Sept 2018. This Congress was the first of its kind in over 100 years. Thousands of the laity attended, including hundreds of priests and religious and many Bishops. The Southwark Diocese was well represented and from St Chad's Parish, the delegates were Tina Hanson and Chris Henley. In addition to the inspiring experience of being among so many people gathered with the same purpose - namely deepening their understanding of the Eucharist, and the moving acts of worship, delegates had the opportunity to hear some profoundly inspiring speakers. This opportunity is available to anyone who has access to the internet. Videos of all the main (keynote) speakers and many of the workshops and testimonies can be seen by following the links provided on the Parish website and Facebook.

A report by Tina and Chris:

National Eucharistic Congress

"National Eucharistic Congress Liverpool 7-9th Sept 2018
This Congress was the first of its kind in over 100 years. Thousands of people attended including hundreds of priests and religious and many Bishops. Southwark Diocese was well represented and from St Chad's the delegates were Tina Hansen and Chris Henley.
In addition to the inspiring experience of being among so many people gathered with the same purpose - namely deepening their understanding of the Eucharist, and the moving acts of worship, delegates had the opportunity to hear some profoundly inspiring speakers.
This opportunity is available to anyone who have access to the internet. Videos of all the main (keynote) speakers and many of the workshops and testimonies can be seen by following these links.

7th September 2018
Symposium Day
http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Symposium-Day

8th September 2018
Congress Day
http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Congress-Day

9th September 2018
Pilgrimage Day
http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage/Pilgrimage-Day

More resources available for parishes and individuals to engage more deeply with different aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery.
http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Adoremus/index.shtml

We hope that many people give some time to these talks, and you will be touched by them as we have been."

Tina and Chris

Legion Of Mary: We need new members to join Legion of Mary, you are most welcome to attend our meetings on Wednesday at 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the Guild Room auxiliaries can also join until they are ready to commit themselves as a full members.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR): As you may all be aware there is some new data protection legislation that came 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.

St Chad’s Charismatic Renewal: Praise and worship session will take place every MONDAY from 7pm-9pm in the Church. Everyone is welcome!

Gazebos For Hire: St Chad’s Parish pop-up gazebos for hiring @ £10.00 per day. £50.00 deposit refundable on return in good condition.

Parish Email Address: Change Of Parish Email Address norwoodsouth@rcaos.org.uk

Offerings: £976.21 Thank you, November Holy Souls: £412.60. Thank you.

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: Arnold Korlettey Sogbodjor, Michael King, Dave Cook, May Barker, Rose Nnaike, Joseph Domingo, Augustine Boateng, Joseph Domingo, Edme Fidele, Nnaa Rapu, Stella Vaz, Lawrence De Souza, Marie Therese Valapinee, Vibiana Ekwueme, Edmund Chukwude, Onyinyechi Anyim, Kevin Olewunne, Palm Crescent Jackson, Albert Harris, 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, Joseph D’Souza, Elizabeth Mgbenwelu 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: Kings Family, Wilma Humphrey, Stella Blake, Alice Berkoh, Cecilia Boakye-Agyeman, Nigel Blake, Mary Clerkins, William Tawiah, Bridie Carter, Mina Pobee, Leroy Serrette, Julie Hayfron, Esme Brewer, 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 10.30am 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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