Saint Chad’s News

Quote: In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. (St Augustine of Hippo)

Baptism: Parents who have submitted the forms in February are expected to attend two short meetings in the Hall with their Godparents from 7.00pm-8.00pm on Friday 21st and 28th February. Baptism is on Sunday 1st March 2020.

Eucharistic Adoration: A copy of the different times for Eucharistic adoration in the various parishes in Croydon deanery is pasted on the noticeboard.

Pax Christi: Following the Peace Sunday appeal, young people have come forward to learn how they can be peacemakers. If you are an interested teenager or young person and would like to join this group to see what might be done in the parish or your school please contact Tom on 07982 999319 or give your name in to the presbytery. Music Ministry If you are a young person and would like to join the choir for the third Sunday of the month contact Tom on 07982 999319 or give your name in to the presbytery.

Building Disciples For Mission: Saturday 22 February 2020, 10.30am to 4:00pm at the Centre for Catholic Formation, Tooting Bec. A day to equip those with a passion for Evangelisation. With international speaker, Andre Regnier, co-founder of Catholic Christian Outreach ( PART ONE - What does it mean to be a Missionary Disciple? PART TWO - How can we form people as missionary disciples in the parish context? For further information or to book your place. OR - by phone: 020 8672 7684

Chaplaincy Volunteers Required At Croydon University Hospital: We are looking for anyone that can spare ½ a day to a day once a week to visit on the wards or help with admin in the office, or once a month to bring patients to our Sunday service and take them back afterwards. We are offering places free of charge. Training dates are 21st, 28th April and 5th May 2020 at Croydon University Hospital Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care dept. Woodcroft Wing 530 London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE. To join a fabulous team and to get further information please contact Revd Andy Dovey Lead for Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care with Bereavement Services at Croydon University Hospital. Telephone number 0208 401 3105, Mobile 07557 014739 or email

Spiritans Pilgrimage: Parish/Spiritans Pilgrimage to Prague/Poland in summer half-term Friday 22nd to Friday 29th May 2020: Beginning from Prague in Czech Republic, There will also be tours of many sites of interest. The weeklong pilgrimage is open to parishes and communities in London served by the Spiritans at the cost of £650 including flight, lodging, breakfast and dinner. Expression of interest is with £200 deposit before the end of November to enable booking of flights and hotel reservations. Those who need a visa to travel will have to obtain this by themselves, the tour company will provide hotel reservations to support visa application. Contact the Parish Office or Juliet. Please see the noticeboard for further information.

Confirmation – Rite of Welcome: Our Confirmation Candidates will be having their Rite of Welcome on Sunday 23rd February during 10.30am Mass.

Holy Day of Obligation: Ash Wednesday 26th February Masses will be at 9.30am and 7.30pm.

London SW Catholic Social Group: 'London SW Catholic Social Group is a group for Catholic adults living, working or staying in London to meet for regular social and networking events. Please contact us on our Facebook page or For our next event we are meeting on Sunday 1st March for 10.30 sung Latin Mass at St James Spanish Place W1U 3QY, followed by a walk in Regent's Park and lunch afterwards at Pizza Express Baker Street at 2 p.m. We aim to visit a different parish church each month, please join us in exploring new parishes and making new friends. If attending please contact Andrew Law on 07787231798'.

St Chad’s Feast Day: The Feast Day of St Chad this year is on Monday 2nd March 2020, but as a parish community shall celebrate it on Sunday 8th March after the 10.30am Mass in the Parish Hall between 12 and 2.30pm. As usual we are appealing to groups and individuals to donate cooked food and drinks for us to share as a family.

St John The Baptist – Retreat Day: There will be a retreat at St John the Baptist Church in Purley on Wednesday 4th March 2020 based on the “Year of the Word”. Time: 10.00am-3.00pm. The retreat is open to anybody who would like to attend.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: For the past 50 years Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been offering marriage enrichment retreats all around the world. Focused on couples who want to enrich their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage, the retreat offers a unique experience. It’s a chance to explore your relationship at a deeper, more intimate level, regardless of how long you have been together. Thousands of couples in the UK have benefited from a Marriage Encounter weekend retreat, the next retreat is 6th - 8th March in Swindon, why not find out more at

Pilgrimage To Knock Shrine, Ireland: Celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. 16th March 2020. £599.00 per person. Single supplement £100.00. Flight with 10kg bag, 4 nights’ Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. All excursions included. Lunches on days out. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email Knock Pilgrimages ATOL T7613.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages April - Oct 2020: 7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 020 3239 8662 or email MEDJUGORJE: 00387 36 651 518 ENGLAND: 0044 20 3239 8662, Website:

Divine Mercy Prayer Group: Parishioners are welcome to attend the Divine Mercy Prayer Group every Tuesday 7.30pm-8.30pm in the Guild Room.

St Chad’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal Prayer Group: The St Chad’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal prayer group meet every Monday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the church for prayers, praise and worship and bible studies, you are warmly invited to attend. The contact person are Lawrence Egwu

Parish Email Address: Change Of Parish Email Address

Offerings: £773.96 Thank you, Second Collection: Racial Justice £181.64 Thank you. This Sunday’s Second Collection is for Poor Parishes. Thank you.

Archbishop's House Fundraising Volunteer Role: Fundraising Volunteer Role Location: Finance Office, 59 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7JE Hours: Ideally 2 days per week for 6 months – can be flexible This role will involve tasks such as organising the legacy gifts files, inputting data onto a CRM database, mail-merging thank you letters, general administration, scanning and filing, helping to organise events, printing and mailing materials, etc. The role brings opportunities for someone to get a good idea on how a fundraising department works and its various component parts. If you would like to apply please send your CV with a cover note explaining you are interested in this role to Sarah Wood, HR Manager, via email


Please do not block the entrances to the Church particularly the disable entrance. 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: Penelope Berkoh, Sheila Collins, Margaret Rowland, Oscar John Charles, Ugochukwu Ugwujioku, Madame Lucky Otokito, Benvinda Morais, Leroy Serrette, Catherine Ruby Martin, Eugenia Okpala, Archbishop Michael Bowen, Desri John, Sladjana Rankovic, Wilma Humphrey, Bosco Fernandes, Agnes Ubaechu 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: Martin Gardner, Rose Lobo, Michael Hayland, Agnes Harris, Beautilyn Awe, Janet Moore, Lourdes Leitao, Kings Family, Stella Blake, Alice Berkoh, Cecilia Boakye-Agyeman, Nigel Blake, Mary Clerkins, Bridie Carter, Mina Pobee, Julie Hayfron, Esme Brewer, Chevanese Philip, Tom Finnerty, Cori-Matthew Blanc-Phillips, Theresa Mongan, Matthew Mendes, Beth Simon, Emmanuel Yakubu, 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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