Newsletter May 8th, 2016


Sunday 8th May 2016
The Ascension of the Lord

The Spirit and The Bride

The Church is wedded to Christ in the love of the Spirit and looks forward to
the final fulfilment of that love in the glory of heaven.


Saturday 7 May     9.00am Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie & family)
                                  6.00pm John Harrington RIP (Connie & family)
Sunday 8 May       8.30am Parishioners
                                10.30am Deceased Members of The Lyons Family
Monday 9 May       9.00am Ken & Ann Fairbrass (Carol Dunne)
Tuesday 10 May     7.00pm Welfare of Anne & Brendan Doyle
                                Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wednesday 11 May     10.00am Daniel Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Thursday 12 May     9.00am Eucharistic Service
Friday 13 May          9.00am In Thanksgiving for Aylesford: Gloria & Tony Laws (Friends)
Saturday 14 May     9.00am Win Morden RIP: 10th Anniversary (Friends)
                                  6.00pm Parishioners
Sunday 15 May     8.30am Teresa Li’s Mother (Teresa Li)
                                10.30am Rex Wheatley RIP (Eileen)

Weekly Activities: Reconciliation Times: Sat. 9:30am-10:30am and Sat. 7pm-8pm (Following Masses).

Sick: Audrey O’Hara, Christine White, Olga Bowman, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Elvira Vaz, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, May Jones, Mary Stubbs, Josie Keeley, Una Carpenter, John Harrington, Ida Leitao, John Larkin, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Nora Lenihan, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Mary Lee.

Anniversaries: Frank Henin, Bertram Lemos, James Murrin, Angie Jones, Carrie & Harry Hollis, Bill & Mary Chipperfield, Susan Monkton, Lilian Higgs, Marie Huntington, John Dennis Harrington.

Feast Days: Thurs: St Pancras, Martyr Fri: Our Lady of Fatima Sat: St Matthias, Apostle

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson 10.30am Joseph Ebare.  Copying of Newsletter: John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs L Nencini Parishioner.   Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands ,  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Ann Harris (1) Ivan Pereira (2) Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond (3) Ann Hyde (4) Sun 10.30am Paul Rowland (5) Mary Henden (6) Kathy Connolly (7) John Stanton (8) Dorothy Speed (9).
Washing of Purificators: Patricia McQuaid.   Flower Arranging: Sue and Mary K

Offertory- Gift Aid: £435.75; Loose: £175.42;  Total: £611.17
Second collection: Ukraine Appeal – Gift Aid: £9.20; Loose: £238.22 Total: £247.42          This week’s 2nd collection is for: World Communications
Next week’s retiring collection is for: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

PRAYER AT NOON: Please make a note for your diaries – No Prayer at Noon during May.
The next date will be Friday 10th June at 12noon.

CHURCHES TOGETHER:  Churches in Old Bexley are holding a Quiet Walk of Prayer on Saturday 14th May. Starting at 11am from St Barnabas, Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, visiting each of our member churches – Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, St Mary’s, Bexley, St John Fisher. URC Hurst Road, St James the Great, Blendon, St John the Evangelist, Parkhill Road, and ending at Albany Park Baptist Church.  Our route is less than 4 miles and a walk booklet will be available on the day.  Please feel comfortable to walk at your own pace, individually or in groups, start and join from any of the churches. There will be a picnic space at St John The Evangelist (indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather) so do bring a packed lunch – tea and coffee will be available.  As we walk, we will pray silently for the homes that we pass, the people who live there and their communities, schools, shops and businesses.  Care will be available to return walkers to the various churches. All are welcome. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 01322 553 993.

SUMMER YOUTH DAY: Our Summer Youth Day takes place on 25th June. Join groups from the Diocese and Southwark Catholic Youth Service as we enjoy a day of conversation, games, music, art and drama. The day beings at 10am and concludes with Mass at 6pm. £10pp. Book in advance, Jean 01227 272900. Flame is a fantastic National youth event taking place at the SSE Arena, Wembley on 11th March 2017. Southwark Catholic Youth Service have secured a number of early bird places (£18pp) so please book though us to ensure you are seated with others from the Diocese. Telephone no. as above.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 11th May: Outstanding movie on Pope John Paul I, whose brief papacy lasted only 33 days. He is remembered for his infectious smile, his warm personality and his humble pastoral style. Film employs subtitles. All are welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

HOW WELL DO WE KNOW HIM? YEAR OF MERCY SEMINAR: 7.30pm Wednesday 18th May 2016, in the Parish Hall. The seminar will begin with the DVD talk ‘Who is Jesus?’ by the Rev Nicky Gumble. Everyone invited.

LIFE UK: On Saturday 14th May, the pro-life march for Life UK ( will be taking place in central Birmingham with a Catholic Mass beforehand at the Birmingham Oratory (in the Extraordinary Form) and a Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral (in the Ordinary Form). Two buses will be travelling from central London to the march, the earlier bus (which will pick-up people from Reading at 7am) will arrive in time for the Mass at the Oratory and the second will arrive at St Chad’s. To book your place (£15 adult, £10 child and £5 infant, all return tickets), go to

TEACHING VACANCY: St Joseph’s Junior Primary School is currently looking for a Full Time KS2 Teacher.
For full details please call 020 8653 7195 or email at Closing date 20th May 2016.