Saint Chad’s News

First Sunday of Advent

News Bulletin

Message from Fr. Bartholomew:

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and still keeping the faith. As the national lockdown is once again eased tomorrow, 2 December, I wish to gladly inform you that the doors of St. Chad’s Church, South Norwood would be opened Thursday, 3 December for our usual public liturgical celebrations. We are going to maintain, observe and respect the 2 m social distancing and the other necessary COVID 19 rules whenever we gather for any celebration.

With regards to the times for Masses, we are returning to the post COVID-19 Mass times.

The daily Mass from Monday to Friday will be at 9:30 am. On Saturday, the daily Mass is still 10:00 am and the Sunday Vigil Mass at 6:30 pm.

On Sunday, the Mass times are; 8:30 am, 10:00 am, 11:30 am & 6:00 pm.

We are looking forward with excitement to seeing you all again.

Find below the parish Advent/Christmas programme.

Fr. Bartholomew.

Christmas Services: Details. Card.

For this week's newsletter, please click here.

For Fr Bartholomew's Weekend Reflection, please click here.

Bishops welcome a return to public worship: Report.

Live on-line streaming of Mass from St. Chad's:

Information: We are glad to inform everyone of you that live-stream of liturgical celebrations at St. Chad’s Church, South Norwood, is now possible. The live-stream pieces equipment have been successfully installed.

All you need to do is go to here:

Although public Mass is not permitted during this lockdown period, the priests still celebrate Mass at 10:00am on daily basis. You are welcome to log in and join.

Live Mass Online

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is recommencing, starting Tuesday 17th November 2020.

Adoration Poster

Here is a report on the last time Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Report.

Important Message from Fr Bartholomew

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are well. I wished I didn’t have to write you about national lockdown. But here I am again.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Friday 30th October, to reintroduce a nationwide lockdown, places of worship are again once affected. Collective worship, with the exception of funerals, will not be permitted from tomorrow Thursday 5th November throughout this period of lockdown until 2nd December.

However, the priests will continue to celebrate Mass at 10.00am on a daily basis for your intentions, protection and general well-being. I have included an excerpt from the Government’s website with some specifications. Wishing you all well and God’s protection.

Keep the faith,
Fr Bartholomew Zubeviel.

PARISH PLEDGE FORM: The Parish Pledge form is available to download here. Alternatively, you can also get a hardcopy after Mass.

Gift Aid Boxes 2020-2021: Gift Aid boxes are available for collection from the Presbytery during office hours or after Mass. Parishioners are reminded to produce their GAD number upon collection. Thank you.

Walking Together Through Grief: Woodside Bereavement Service are offering a support group for anyone bereaved during the Covid19 restrictions. The group will be based at The Waterside Centre near South Norwood Lake. Please ring 0203 256 2009 for further information.

St. Chad’s Parish Offering and Donations Information

Dear Parishioners,

As we no longer pass the collection baskets during Mass for our traditional cash donations for the maintenance and bills of our parish church, you are strongly encouraged to set up a standing order with your bank for your kind and generous weekly offertory and donations including any kind of donations or legacy you wish to make to the church now or leave for the Church in the future.

The parish account details are as follows:

Account name:
St. Chad’s Catholic Church
Bank: NatWest
Branch sort code: 515002
Account #: 95789995

Please contact the parish office through the number below if you need any clarification or further information. Thanks.
Tel: 020 8653 2806

Thank you
Fr. Bartholomew


Hello everyone,

St Chad’s Parish, South Norwood Mass Attendance Pre-Booking & NHS Test and Trace Advice

Please fill the pre-booking form (please click on the link below) or call the number provided (in the Guidelines) to inform Fr Bartholomew and Fr. Pascoal, which Mass you and your family prefer to attend each weekend. There is a limited capacity for each Mass. YOU CAN CHOOSE ONLY ONE TIME. You have to re-book if you change your time. Please note that we are GDPR compliant.

To also manage the risk of the virus re-emerging this information is being collected at the direction of the U.K. Government. It will be kept secure and will be destroyed 21 days after the act of worship.

We shall start celebrating public Mass from the weekend of 18/19 July 2020 beginning with the Sunday Vigil Mass on Saturday evening of the 18th of July.

*You are strongly advised to wear a face covering and ensure you have booked before turning up for Mass. *

Please listen to the directions of the stewards for you and everyone’s safety.

Thank you
Fr. Bartholomew


Re-opening of St. Chad's Church for Private Prayer

The church has reopened the church for private (individual) prayer on Saturdays from 2.00pm to 6pm after a careful risk assessment which was approved by the diocese.

Here are provisional rules to ensure this took place in safety: Link. Please check for the current rules on arrival.

Here is a Report by a Steward entitled 'Welcome Home'. This expl;ains what happened on the first day of opening on Saturday 20th June 2020.

Reflection from Fr. Bartholomew on this Sunday's Readings


Mwaka Mudenda ("Mwaksy") is the new presenter on Blue Peter! Congratulations to Mwaka Mudenda, formerly of St. Chad's and now living in Manchester, on becoming the 39th presenter of the long-running BBC children's TV programme Blue Peter!

Mwaka Mudenda

Mwaka joined the show on 14th May 2020.


"I would like to assure all parishioners that we the Priests still celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist. We always remember and pray for you, especially those who are suffering from the virus infection and all those who booked for Masses in advance, your intentions are prayed for at our Masses." Fr Bartholomew

Baptism: There will be no baptisms until further notice.

St Chad’s Social Club: St Chad’s Social Committee regret that all future events will be cancelled until further notice. If things change we will let you know. We wish you all well and please keep safe. Thank you.

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.

News Archive

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.

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