Newsletter, Sunday September4th,2016

Sunday 4 September 2016
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ Who Gave Up Everything For Our Sake
We celebrate the self-sacrificing love of Christ, the unfathomable wisdom of God, who was prepared to give up everything out of love for man. In the same spirit St Paul was prepared to send back to Philemon the dear friend of his captivity, Onesimus, a part of his own self.


Sat 3 Sep                 9am Eucharistic Service
                                   6pm Frances, Dan, Fiona, Margaret & Daniel Harrington RIP
                                  (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Sun 4 Sep                 8.30am Parishioners
                                   10.30am Nicole Vousden RIP (Danny & Kay Lyons)
Mon 5 Sep                 9am Beatrice Walliser RIP [Foundation Mass]
Tues 6 Sep                 7pm John Todd RIP: recently died (Anita & Paul Rowland)
                                   followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 7 Sep                 10am Eileen Fulton RIP (Tony & Audrey)
Thurs 8 Sep                9am Eucharistic Service
Fri 9 Sep                   9am All Souls in Purgatory, especially deceased members of the
                                  Foss Family (Gloria & Tony Laws)
Sat 10 Sep                9am Eucharistic Service
                                   6pm Liam Higgins’ Recovery (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Sun 11 Sep                8.30am Parishioners
                                   10.30am Rev.Msgr. Harry Turner: 50 years a Priest (Marie Sullivan)

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, Eileen Weald, Geoff Birch, Maureen Fitzpatrick, John Adams

Leslie Holland, Reg Billington, Geoff Hinton, Kay Gillespie, Amber Foley.
Feast Days:  Sat: St Gregory The Great, Pope.  Thurs: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

ROTAS:   Readers: Sat 6pm Dorothy Cima; Sun 8.30am Larissa O’Halloran; Sun 10.30am Paul Gannaway.  Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.  Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins. Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs R Jameson.  Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Mark Vaz.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Patricia McQuaid (1) Ivan Pereira (2); Sun 8.30am Bridie Haylett (3) Ann Hyde (4) Sun 10.30am John Stanton (5) Marlene Burt (6) Carole Hughes (7) Dorothy Speed (8) Eileen Wheatley (9).  Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.   Flower Arranging: Mary K and Sue

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 28 August 2016
Offertory – Gift Aid: £383.14; Loose; £199.35; Total £582.49
This week’s retiring collection is for: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

CHANGES TO MASS TIMES FOR SUMMER HOLIDAYS: There will be no Saturday morning 9am mass for the months of August and September starting from Sat 20th August. Thank you. Fr Christian.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wed 21st Sept: Part 1 of a 2-part movie on St Rita of Cascia. The patron saint of hopeless situations is immortalised in this deeply inspiring movie. Second part on Wednesday 5th October – watch either or both parts.  Bar open, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Liam Gray has recently been awarded the Legion d’Honneur from France in recognition of his bravery in WW2. You are invited to join him and his family in the Parish Hall after 10.30 Mass on Sunday 2nd October. More details to follow.

THE MEETING PLACE We open again as usual on Wednesday 7th September.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP: Thank you for your kind donation of £178.26. We are now looking for new projects for the coming year (which starts in October). If you know of any small independent projects in any country in the developing world which could benefit from a donation of £1,000, please contact your parish representative Maria Ward on 01322 555553 for more information and an application form. Forms must be returned by the end of September.

DEBT PROBLEMS can happen through a variety of causes. They may result in personal difficulties which can weigh us down but there is help. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a charity completely free to use. Its aim is to help lift the burden of debt and has done so for thousands of others. On Tuesday 20th September at 7.30pm in the Angelus Centre next to Our Lady of the Angels, Bexley Road, Erith DA8 1DN, we are holding an introductory evening to explain how the charity can help. If you wish to come along please email the Erith parish office to register your interest for catering purposes. Please use CAP as the subject line and e-mail

JOB VACANCY:   The Diocesan Education Commission requires a full-time Buildings Officer for January 2017 (an earlier/later start can be negotiated). The successful applicant will be responsible for school buildings across the 173 schools in the Archdiocese of Southwark. Salary £28,000 – £35,000 depending on experience. Please contact Mike Baldwin, Principal Buildings Officer for an informal discussion on 01689 883332. For an application pack please contact Donna Gray at the Education Commission, St Edwards House, St Paul’s Wood Hill, Orpington BR5 2SR. Tel 01689 883341, or email Close date for applications is Monday 12th September at 4.00pm. Interviews will be held on 22nd and 23rd September.

JAZZ NIGHT:   Many thanks to all those who came along to support and enjoy our Jazz Night last Friday.   We had great live music and dancing, whilst raising £104 for the AIC “Saturday Friends”.   Well done everyone.