Newsletter Sunday October 2nd, 2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Faith
Faith gives us a new vision of the world. Without it we see only the darker side of life. We are still slaves. It is faith which liberates us and makes us see the Spirit of power and love at work in our lives.


Sat 1 Oct          9am Alan Hyde RIP (Ann, Matthew & Lucy)
                        6pm Fiona, Frances, Dan, Margaret & Daniel Harrington RIP
                        (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Sun 2 Oct         8.30am Parishioners
                        10.30am Jean-Claude Pontoise RIP (Lyndsay Delpaul)
Mon 3 Oct         9am Peaceful Repose of Kay Gillespie RIP (Bernard & Family)
Tues 4 Oct        7pm Kathleen Bowman: Birthday (Tim Bowman)
                        followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 5 Oct         10am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)
Thur 6 Oct         10.30am Requiem Mass for Olga Bowman
Fri 7 Oct         9am Fr Geoffrey Winchester RIP (OLPG)
                        Followed by First Friday Adoration for one hour.
Sat 8 Oct         9am Alexander & Irena Milanoloski RIP (Mrs Ellsmore)
                        6pm Dr Elias Coutinho RIP: 1st Anniversary (Sylvia Coutinho)
Sun 9 Oct        8.30am Parishioners
                        10.30am Mum & Dad de Groen Family & Friends (Angela Chard)

Audrey O’Hara, Christine White, 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, David Shaw, Clare Kent, Tim Bowman.

Mona Shaw, Doreen Flanagan, Dick Williams, Patrick Higgins, Blanche Anderson, Anthony Melaugh, Marie Morris, Lance Grainger

Feast Days:  Tues: St Francis of Assisi.  Fri: Our Lady of the Rosary – Memorial, Harvest Fast Day
ROTAS:  Readers: Sat 6pm Christine Hand; Sun 8.30am Doune Robinson; Sun 10.30am John Rayer.   Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins. Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs L Nencini.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: John Stanton.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm (1) Rob O’Halloran (2); Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond (3) Peter Whiffen (4); Sun 10.30am Kathy Connolly (5) Marlene Burt (6) Patricia McQuaid (7) Margaret Gillis (8) Dorothy Speed (9). Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.  Flower Arranging: Doune and Graziella

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 25th September 2016
Offertory – Gift Aid: £314.56; Loose; £205.22; Total £519.78
Retiring Collection – Gift Aid £47.50; Loose £162.43; Total £209.93.
Next week’s second collection is for: CAFOD Fast Dayolga-cut-out

OLGA BOWMAN RIP:   Requiem Mass at 10.30am on Thursday 6th October. If you can stay for the reception afterwards in the hall, for catering reasons, it would help if you could confirm by telephoning/texting Francine after 1.30pm on 07743 974349. Also, there will be a vigil for Olga at 4pm on Wednesday 5th October. All welcome.


CELEBRATE WITH LIAM GRAY his award of the Legion d’honneur by the French government as a veteran of the D-Day landings.liam-smaller   Please join us, and members of Liam’s family, after the 1030 Mass this Sunday

Legion d'honneur
Legion d’honneur

Liam was in the Royal Engineers and he and his fellow “sappers” were responsible for putting together and maintaining the Mulberry Harbour which enabled the allied forces to bring ashore much of the equipment and supplies needed to liberate France and eventually end the war. After training on the Isle of Wight Liam’s unit was given the order to prepare for action. He takes up the story:

HARVEST FESTIVAL: On Sunday the 9th October we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival. As usual we are asking for donations of non-perishable items which will be given to the Manna Centre and other local charities. The children may, if they wish, bring their donations to the festival in a box or bag they have decorated themselves with a Harvest theme. The children can then take their gifts to the altar at the offertory.

HARVEST CAKE SALE: The Children’s Liturgy Group will be holding a harvest cake sale on Sunday 9th October after 10.30am mass to raise money for CAFOD. Please help us to make it a success by contributing some cakes. All donations welcome. Thank you for your support.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING:film-poster Wed 5th October: Second part of a 2-part movie (featuring a recap) on St Rita of Cascia. Bar open, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CAFOD SPEAKER will be coming to speak to us on the weekend of 8th/9th October at all masses.

THE 32ND ANNUAL NATIONAL ROSARY CRUSADE OF REPARATION to be held on Saturday 8th October. Assemble outside Westminster Cathedral (Victoria Stn). Procession to Brompton Oratory, London SW7 (Sth Kensington Station). Will end approximately 5.15pm (anticipated mass of Sunday at 6.00pm). Please see noticeboard for poster with more details. For information contact: Francis Carey (01494) 729 223, email

APF RED BOXES/MISSIO – Would anyone who has a red APF box, please empty them and put the cash (in larger coins and notes if possible) or cheques paid to St John Fisher Church in an envelope. If anyone hasn’t got a red box you can still give money to the missions by putting in an envelope and putting in the collection. Please write APF, your name and address on the envelope and put in the collection or hand in at the presbytery, so a receipt can be sent to you. Any problems about APF contact Sue Mantle 01322 558965, or e-mail