Saint Chad’s News
Quote:We are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more. (St Joseph Cafasso, Patron Saint of Prisoners)
Fr Bartholomew will be away to Ghana on a break from 4th September to 14th October 2018. Please contact Fr Emmanuel in his absence for advice for issues that need the priest’s attention.
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 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
8th September 2018
9th September 2018
More resources available for parishes and individuals to engage more deeply with different aspects of the Eucharistic Mystery.
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
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.
Baptism: If you would like your child to be baptised in October, please collect a yellow Baptism form from the Church porch/Presbytery. You will be required to attend two short meetings in the Hall with your godparents from 7.00pm to 8.00pm on Friday 18th and 6th October. Baptism is on Sunday 28th October.
PACT: Prisoners’ Sunday falls this year on the 14th October, and is the day for all of us in the Catholic and Christian community to direct our thoughts and prayers to prisoners, their families and their children. Prisoners’ Sunday is the occasion to make a difference and be there for those who most need our support. There will be a Guest speaker at all Masses.
First Holy Communion 2019: The registration forms for the First Holy Communion programme 2019 will be available from the church porch from Sunday 14th October until Sunday November 4th, which will be the closing date for registration. Please take a form and return it to the Presbytery. The First Holy Communion team will be in touch with you to confirm your registration and to give you information about the programme. The programme will begin in January 2019.
Bishop Thomas Grant School Evening: Bishop Thomas Grant School Sixth Form Open Evening (6.00pm-8.30pm) Monday 15th October.
Funeral Mass: The Funeral Mass of Mr Augustine Boateng will take place on Thursday 18th October at 7.00pm at St Chad’s Church. Parishioners are welcome to attend.
Youth Mass – 4th November 2018: Fr. Emmanuel is encouraging all the Youth (Year 6 to University) to come together again on Sunday, 4th November 2018 to celebrate Mass. Parents are to support and encourage the Youth to attend 2 rehearsals for this Mass. The rehearsal dates are Wednesday 24th November and Friday 2nd November from 6pm to 8pm. All youth programme organising volunteers are to take note and attend. Interested volunteers are also welcome. Thank you.
St Chad’s Baby & Toddler Group: Request for Help St Chad’s Baby & Toddler Group is looking for volunteers to help support the group from 9am-11am on Monday mornings, in the Church Hall. If you can spare some time, either weekly or once or twice a month, please let us know. Without extra support it will be very difficult for the group to reopen. Please call the presbytery or, alternately, ring St Chad’s School on 020 8771 3470 (ask to speak to Mrs Davern). Thank you.
Get Ready For Night Of Light: All children are warmly invited to our annual celebration of the Night of Light at St Chad’s Church on Friday 26th October 5pm – 8pm. We will meet in the church at 5.00pm and later in the hall for fun filled activities, quiz, singing, dancing, games and refreshments. Dress code – Angels, Saints and Biblical characters. Prizes await for best dressed characters.
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: £1744.71 Thank you, Second Collection: PACT-Prisoners’ Sunday £77.81 Thank you, Next Sunday’s Second Collection is for Missio, CAFOD envelopes will be collected the following Sunday..
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: Augustine Boateng, 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: May Barker, 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 10.00am 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.
A selection of old news stories is here.
Please hand in items for the newsletter at the Presbytery by 1.00pm on a Tuesday of each week.