Welcome to St Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, Carshalton Beeches

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the webpage of our parish, St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, Carshalton Beeches. We do hope you will find this website informative, helpful and useful enough to keep you up-to-date with the events and activities in our parish. The site provides you with the history of the parish, a photo gallery, Mass Times, Weekly Reflections, Sunday Homilies, Quarterly Rota, Parish Groups, upcoming Events and our Parish Weekly newsletter.

It is our mission to build our parish into a community of faith and a family of love founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ, where everyone can feel the warmth of brotherliness and share the “Joy of the Gospel.”

You are welcome to be a part of our faith journey at any time.

Thank you, and may God bless you.

Fr. Patrick Udotai    

Father Patrick

Fr. Patrick Dominic Udotai, was born on March 30, 1966; ordained priest for the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Nigeria on May 29, 1993. He had served in various capacities in his home diocese including being Secretary to the bishop of Uyo; Secretary General /Chancellor; Secretary, Priests’ Personnel Board; Notary of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal; School Chaplain and Parish Priest in at least three parishes and was a member of the Catholic Think-Tank Committee on Peace Building & Conflict Resolution for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria before coming to serve in Archdiocese of Southwark, UK. He holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies. He also holds certificates in Conflict Transformation, Conflict Analysis, Catholic Social Teaching and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Since his arrival in the Archdiocese of Southwark in June 2015, he has served in St. Justus Parish, Paddock Wood, Kent as an assistant priest until he arrived here on 17th April, 2016. Fr. Patrick says: “I must acknowledge with gratitude the grace of God that has made it possible for me to be in your midst at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Carshalton Beeches as your priest. In the words of St. Augustine, I say: ‘Like you I am human; with you, I am a Christian and for you, I am a priest.’ I invite you all to cooperate and support me so that together we can build a parish that is both a community of faith and a family of love. And please, pray for me. I shall do same for you with love.”  

Church History

Carshalton Beeches Mass Centre was established by Father Frederick Rhead in 1934, and served from Holy Rosary, Sutton, where Father Rhead was Parish Priest. A temporary chapel with a corrugated roof was built at the same time and blessed by Bishop William Brown, then auxiliary bishop in Southwark. It remained “temporary” for forty seven years! You can read the full church history on our Church History page.

Homilies

“A voice cries in the wilderness: ‘Prepare a way for the Lord; make His path straight.’”

As we gather around the Eucharistic Table of the Lord to celebrate this Second Sunday of Advent, I love to share this poem titled: If Jesus came to your house written by Lois Blanchard Eades:

IF JESUS CAME TO YOUR HOUSE

10th December 2017

“Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”

4th December 2017

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST, THE UNIVERSAL KING

THE KING AS A SHEPHERD

“I was hungry you gave Me to eat …When you did this for the least of your brothers, you did it for Me”

                                                     

29th November 2017