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2017

“Thank you so much, people of St Chad's, for that wonderful celebration last Sunday (and the Sunday before!) of my 50 years as a priest, the last six among you of this parish. The ordained priest serves and encourages the priesthood (self-offering) of Christ we all share and live through our Baptism. We try to convince people of the love and mercy of God, because we have found it in our own lives, sometimes obscurely. It is all mystery and grace. Thank you for cards and gifts, and for your warm support.” Father David

Fr David Standley, who has been part of St Chad’s Parish community is relocating outside the parish premises. He would be celebrating the 8.30am Mass on Sunday 16th July and 10.30am Mass on 23rd July. There will be a small refreshment for him after the 10.30am Mass on 23rd July. On behalf of all the parishioners I would like to thank Fr David for his availability and dedicated service to St Chad's. We all wish you all the best in your new community. Fr Bartholomew

First Holy Communion Family’s ‘random Act Of Kindness’: The First Holy Communion families of our parish donated over 1000 Easter eggs, which were handed out to people just by Norwood Junction Station on Holy Saturday. People were delighted with their gifts and a few even returned the kindness by giving us cake, drinks and chocolate. Thank you FHC families for your generosity – your loving kindness has spread far and wide this Easter.

2016

Message from Bob and Mary Turner: Thank you for all your good wishes, and special thanks to Fr Bartholomew, Angie and Vincent for the mass on Sunday, the gifts from the parish and the music. We say a fond farewell to all those we have come to know during our years in the parish and with whom we share many memories both happy and sad. We will miss you, but will be back to visit!

Many thanks to all parishioners for your support and generous contributions in different forms toward my birthday and anniversary celebration. May the Good Lord continue to bless you all. Fr Bartholomew

Message from Bob and Mary Turner: Thank you for all your good wishes, and special thanks to Fr Bartholomew, Angie and Vincent for the mass on Sunday, the gifts from the parish and the music. We say a fond farewell to all those we have come to know during our years in the parish and with whom we share many memories both happy and sad. We will miss you, but will be back to visit!

We wish to thank everyone for attending and participating in Father William’s farewell party on 8th May 2016. The event was a massive success and more importantly Father William confirmed he had an excellent time. We are grateful to all who contributed to the celebration of Mass and the celebrations thereafter. Your generous donations and giving up your time to assist in both celebrations are truly appreciated. The Food and drinks provided were more than enough to cover all that attended. The turnout of parishioners is a testimony of how we all feel towards Father William. We at St Chad’s should be very proud of ourselves for the loving and caring community spirit we have and we pray that this continues. We were further blessed with beautiful sunny weather. You will be pleased to know that we were able to raise £1661.43 from the envelope donations but a cheque of £2,000 was given to Fr William with a picture frame of Saint Chad, the Patron of our Church together with a memorable message book. Once again thank you for all your hard work and support. Father Bartholomew and the planning committee.

Fr William

Fr William Damah thanks all parishioners of St Chad's and everybody in the community for the love and concern he received when he came back for his farewell party. May the Good Lord continue to bless you all.

 

2012

The birth of Jesus at Christmas brings in a lot of blessings for us as individuals and also as a parish community. Let us celebrate it with great love, peace and joy. May the New Year meet all of us in good health. On behalf of the Parish staff I wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013. Fr William

Frs. William & Bartholomew would like to say ‘a Big Thank You’ to the Saint Chad’s Nigerian Community for their generous donation of £2,000 which was raised for the Church floor. Well done to you all!

"On behalf of Fr Bartholomew and myself I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to the 300 Club members for their generous donation of £900.00 which has been presented for the Redevelopment of St Chad’s Church, your ongoing support over the 14 years has been greatly appreciated, it is a tremendous effort, well done to you all. Parishioners are welcome to join, please see forms in the church porch." - Fr William

Fr William and Fr Bartholomew would like to say ‘thank you’ to the Parents and Friends of St Chad’s for their donation of £1,350 which was raised from our Summer Fair

Our own Juliette Brobbery was on television. Juliette appeared on Channel 4's 4thought.tv on Wednesday 13th June 2012 talking, wit her husband and sister-in-law, talking about the importance of the Rosary in her life. The programme can be seen on Channel 4 On Demand.

PAF of St Chad’s: St Chad's School PAF would like to thank all that helped and came to this years summer Fete, with all your help we managed to raise nearly £3,600, a big thank you to everyone involved in the day. Raffle prize winners-1st prize: IPad was won by Ticket no. 1286 Howard McLuskey, 2nd Prize: Beats Headphones was won by ticket no. 5170 L Turner and 3rd Prize: Summer Hamper was won by ticket no 8231 Mr. Commins.

St. Chad's Feast Day: The feast day celebration was a great success.

St. Chad's Feast Day - Click for photos

There are some photographs here.

2011

"May the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ bring joy, peace and happiness into your hearts, homes and the entire world. May 2012 be a source of blessings to all families and all members of the St. Chad’s Community. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." Fr William and Bartholomew

"Many thanks for your generous contribution and also for your tremendous effort to the GHANA VOCATIONAL SCHOOL PROJECT of which £8,439.78 was raised. Well done to everyone who participated in this worthy cause."

The Trinity Sunday Caribbean Celebration was a big success. Here are some photographs:

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'The New English Translation of the order mass: From 1st Sunday in September we shall start going through the new order of mass during our week-end masses. Then at Advent it would be fully implemented. I hope you will give attention to this important exercise. Booklets will be on sale in our shop.- Fr William

Nigerian Community: The Holy Ghost Fathers would like to say ‘thank you’ to the Nigerian Community for donating £350.00 which was raised on the Feast Day of Blessed Father Tansi.

Fund Raising For Vocation School In Ghana: The Altar Servers of St Chad's would like to say a ‘big thank you’ to all the congregration who supported them in their fund raising effort, by giving so generously during the second collection a couple of weekends ago. With your help, they have raised £350.00 towards the Vocational School in Ghana. Thank you very much.

"I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Ghanaian Community for supporting the Ghana project with £2000.00 and also the Caribbean Community for £200.00. God bless your efforts." - Fr William

2010

St. Chad's Caribbean Group would like to thank St. Chad's parish, families and friends, for their support at the 'End of Black History Month' event held on Sunday 31st October 2010. With special thanks to Mrs Dalgety, the Ahenfo Cultural Group, the Nigerian Folk Song Performers, Elliott and Mr 'Sweetfoot' for their superb performances. The Caribbean Group raised just over £200.00 which will be given as an initial donation towards the Ghanaian Vocational School.

St. Chad's UCM Cake Sale: 'I would like to thank the UCM Members, Parish community and Parish Priest’s for supporting the cake sale on Sunday 24th October. Special thanks to all the children who assisted and not forgetting those behind the scenes. With your overwhelming support we raised £80.00 of which £40.00 will be donated to the family requested by PAF. Thanks again for your support, and the UCM look forward to further events in the future.' Christine.

'A very big thank you to everyone who took part in the St Chad’s Golf Day at Selsdon Park Golf Club on Saturday 16 October. All 27 players had a good day and even the weather was great! We would also like to say, “A very big thank you to all who attended a very enjoyable race night that evening in the Church Hall. Your generosity during the evening is greatly appreciated”. Both events have raised in excess of £1000.00 towards the target of £6000.00 for the Spiritan Vocational School in Ghana… so thank you very much again.' Fr William

Visit by Pope Benedict XVI: Parishioners attended the Prayer Vigil on the Eve of the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman at Hyde Park on 18th September and and also the Celebration of Mass with the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Cofton Park, Birmingham on 19th September.

Papal Visit

"Heart speaks unto Heart"

Prayer Vigil Service in Hyde Park: Esther Archer sings Psalm

Esther Archer sings Psalm 19

 

Photographs of St. Chad's at the Papal Vigil in Hyde Park:

Parishioners going to the Vigil. Click for more.    Click for more photos

St. Chad's parishioners at the Papal Vigil.
For more, click here.

Many thanks to Margaret Dormer for the photographs. If anyone else has any photos of the Papal visit, I'd be happy to publish them. Please let me know. Thanks, Peter.

 

Chris Henley won the parish competition to design a banner for the parish. The parish banner was paraded before the Vigil Service.

"Heart Speaks unto Heart" parish banner - Click to enlarge    St. Chad's Banner at the Papal Vigil. Click for more photgraphs

Esther Archer, of St. Chad's, sang Psalm 19 during the Papal Prayer Vigil Service in Hyde Park on 18th September 2010.

Esther Archer singing the Psalm

Esther Archer singing the Psalm

Esther Archer sang the Psalm at the Papal Prayer Vigil Service in Hyde Park

"I would like to say a big thank you to all my friends at St. Chad's for their wonderful support and kind messages. I am extremely proud to have been able to represent our Parish at this very special occasion. I decided to wear a piece of traditional Kente cloth from Ghana as a visual representation of St. Chad's, knowing that many attending the event and watching on TV would realise the symbolism. It will take a while for me to come back down to earth and I will certainly never forget this incredible opportunity." - Esther Archer

Watch the Prayer Vigil: On Demand Video.

Papal Visit Official Photographs are here. St. Chad's photographs are here.

 

St Chad's Summer Fair - 10th July: A “big thank you” to everyone who supported this event in any way: by making donations, buying raffle tickets or attending the event. It was a really lovely day and very successful, in total we raised approximately £6,400 which will be shared between St Chad's School and Church.

St Chad’s Caribbean Group organised a very enjoyable Caribbean Feast day on Holy Trinity Sunday, 30th May 2010. This was a fundraising event for St. Chad’s redevelopment fund. Traditional Caribbean food was on sale, with a licensed bar and entertainment: DJ with traditional Caribbean music, Raffle, Prizes and lots more.

Trinity Sunday Caribbean Celebration Trinity Sunday Caribbean Celebration Trinity Sunday Caribbean Celebration

More photos are here.

Sandra Reid,- Chairperson of the Caribbean Group, would like to thank all parishioners, family and friends who supported the Trinity Mass and Celebratory Feast on Sunday 30th May 2010. Special thanks to Father William and Father Bartholomew for their on going support, our dignitaries for their attendance, Coca Cola Company and Bluejay's Restaurant for their kind donations, Don 'Sweetfoot' Caesar for his musical solo, special thanks to Claude, Penny and Cadhene for their musical accompaniment, to Kester for taking the lead in the Mass choir, all the children who took part in the performances, members of the impact group and a very big thank you to the Caribbean Group for their hard work and determination in making this day a spectacular and memorable event.

 

Easter Vigil

The Easter Vigil was a joyful occasion, with a number
of parishioners baptised/received into the Church

Lent Fast Day 2010: Thank you to everyone in your Parish for the help you have given to some of the world’s poorest people, by taking part in ‘give it up!’ during Lent. St Chad’s raised £717.00 in aid of CAFOD. Please continue to pray for help and justice for all people in need, and the success of CAFOD’s work. Your support is so appreciated.

Haiti Appeal Update:

CAFOD

Thanks to your great generosity the cake sale/auction, raffle and "Guess How Many Sweets in the Jar" raised a total of £199.52 for the Haiti earthquake appeal.

Cake Sale and Raffle

Cake Sale and Raffle for Haiti

Added to the money from the 2nd collection on 23rd and 24th January, along with some further donations, we are pleased to be able to send CAFOD a cheque for over £1300. Also many thanks to the Parents and Children of St Chad’s school, who raised £1200 to support Haiti on Mufti day. It is wonderful to see such a great response to our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you. (If you missed the fundraising, you can still give online.)

 

2009

"On behalf of the Parish, I would like to sincerely thank the Parents and Friends of St Chad’s for their generous donation of £3,500, the proceeds have been received from the Summer Fair and Christmas Bazaar. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the Parish community for their support towards these events." - Fr. William.

"On behalf of the Parish Community and on my own behalf, I warmly welcome Fr Bartholomew, our new priest to the Parish." - Fr. William

Fr. Bartholomew Zubeviel C.S.Sp.

Fr. Bartholomew Zubeviel C.S.Sp.

 

Clergy News

Fr. Arbo Lekule, former Assistant Priest at St. Chad's, graduated with a M.Sc. from the University of London's SOAS on Friday 24th July 2009. He will shortly be moving from Petts Wood to Tolworth where he will serve as Assistant Priest at the Parish of Our Lady Immaculate.

 

Young parishioners from St Chad's at Aylesford

Young parishioners from St Chad's at Aylesford

 

Steel band

St Chad’s Caribbean Group: Would like to acknowledge and give thanks to everyone who contributed food and gifts for Holy Trinity Sunday - 7th June 09. In addition to this, we would like to thank Father William for his wonderful support, Deacon John Dal Din, Ms Thelma Lewis MBE & St. Chad’s School for their kind donations, the Endurance Steel Band, Samantha Brown, DJ Pat and St Chad’s Children’s Choir for their entertainment, St. Chad’s Social Committee Club and the St Chad’s Caribbean Group Catering Staff for their hospitality. Special thanks to all the parishioners, family and friends who supported the event. Father William has gratefully received a donation of £395.65 from the St. Chad’s Caribbean Group. Trinity Sunday Caribbean Celebration photos

Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary of his Ordination: We are very pleased that Fr David O'Regan, former Parish Priest of St. Chad's, celebrated his Golden Jubilee with us on Friday 19th June with a Mass in the church. We were pleased to welcome to the happy event many of his relatives and members of his other parishes. Afterwards there was an enjoyable reception in the church hall.

Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary

Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary Fr David O'Regan 50th Anniversary

Fr David O’Regan would like to sincerely thank all parishioners for the wonderful celebration we organised for him on the occasion of his 50th Anniversary in the priesthood. Fr. William

 

 

Steel band

St Chad's Caribbean Group: There are photographs of the successful Trinity Sunday Caribbean celebration here.

2008

St Chad’s Summer Fair: We are pleased to inform you that we have been able to donate to the Church, a cheque for £3579.17, being 50% of the profit raised from the Summer Fair. This event was a massive success and this could not have been achieved without the support of you all. The people who ran stalls, cooked, donated items, sold raffle tickets and, of course, the people who came and spent their money! A massive thanks to you all from the PAF Elect, and special thanks to my fellow members of the Elect Committee, Moira O’Driscoll, Julie Webb and Christ Kitchen who worked so hard! I can’t miss the opportunity to remind you that the XMAS FAIR is fast approaching, Sunday 30th November 2008 and we hope that, particularly in these increasingly difficult times, we can count on your continued support.


PARISH MISSION

St Chad's Mission: Peter and Allegra from Sion Community

THEME: OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS

A BIG THANK YOU…to all those who helped in so many ways to cater for the Sion Community Mission teams. They passed their thanks in a card, here are some of their own words:“Many, many thanks for all the fantastic food. May the Lord reward you a hundredfold”. “Food is God’s love made edible, thanks for giving us so much wonderful love this week, God bless each one of you” and “For the food we thank you, for the care, we bless you, the Lord will smile on you always”.

A thank you too to the many people who have served refreshments after the services, these have been so appreciated by our own parishioners, let’s keep up this great community spirit in St Chad’s!

St Chad's Mission logo Sion Community

 

 

Parish Mission 1st-16th March 2008

St Chad's Mission Logo

THEME: OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS, OPEN HEARTS, OPEN DOORS

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” Hebrews 13 vs 2

Mission Timetable
Mission Poster
Mission Prayer

Sion Community

2007

New Altar - click to enlarge        New Altar - click to enlarge

Photographs of the new altar.

Centenary Mass

Parish Centenary Mass – Friday 26th October:The opening Mass for the Centenary Year took place on Friday 26th October, the Feast of St Chad. The main celebrant was Archbishop Kevin who was be joined by former priests who have served the parish. The new Altar, was blessed.

The “St Chad’s Centenary Book”

Centenary celebration book

Summer Fayre – Thank You. A Big Thank you to all who supported the fair. We raised £5,300 approx to be split between the Parish and the school. Thank you.

Father William and Father Protus would like to thank you for your kind wishes and offerings over Easter. You remain in their prayers with grateful thanks.

2006

Father William and Father Protus would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Father William and Father Protus would like to wish you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas. Their prayers and blessings are with you all.

Father Joe, Father Eddie, Father Fergal and Bishop Pat would like to thank everyone for the wonderful farewell celebrations with the Mass and Presentation you gave them. It was a wonderful evening and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. As always you will remain in their prayers. Thank you.

Message from Fr William: I would like to sincerely thank everybody who helped in diverse ways to make my Induction Mass and Reception such a big success. May God richly bless you all. Father William.

Father William’s Induction Mass – This took place on Sunday 6th August at the 10.30am Mass and was conducted by Bishop Paul Hendricks. There was an enjoyable celebratory shared meal in the Church Hall after the Mass. We are pleased to welcome Father William Damah as our parish priest.

We welcome Fr. William Damah and Fr. Protus Nyatorley of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (The Spiritans). They joined the Parish as our new priests on Monday 26th June.

Fr. William Damah
Fr. Protus Nyatorley
Fr. William Damah
Fr. Protus Nyatorley

Congregation of the Holy Spirit: More information is here and here.