Newsletter Sunday October 9th, 2016


Today’s Theme: Thanksgiving

Today we come to give thanks to God and to offer sacrifice to him for having made known to us his salvation and cleansed us from our sins.


Saturday 8th October   9.00 am Alexander and Irena Milanoloski RIP (Mrs Ellsmore)
                                     6.00 pm Dr Elias Coutinho RIP, First Anniversary                                                                 (Sylvia Coutinho)
Sunday 9th October    8.30 am Parishioners
                                   10.30 am Mum and Dad de Groen Family and Friends
                                      (Angela Chard)
Monday 10th October    9.00 am John Haylett RIP (Bridie)
Tuesday 11th October    7.00 pm Private Intention of Marie Sullivan
                                      Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wednesday 12th October    10.00 am Nick Nencini RIP (Paul, Lucy and Louise)
Thursday 13th October    9.00 am Eucharistic Service
Friday 14th October    9.00 am Intentions of Eileen Wheatley (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
Saturday 15th October    9.00 am Intentions of Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
                                   6.00 pm Parishioners
Sunday 16th October    8.30 am Joy and Ormond Davies RIP (Carol Anderson)
                                      10.30 am John Jones RIP (McCarthy Family)

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr James Gavigan, Gladys Norman and Bridget Devlin..

PRAY FOR THE SICK: 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 and Tim Bowman.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, St Paulinus of York, Bishop. Tuesday, St John XXIII, Pope. Wednesday, St Wilfrid, Bishop. Thursday, St Edward the Confessor, King. Friday, St Callistus I, Pope and Martyr. Saturday St Teresa of Jesus (of Avila), Virgin and Doctor of the Church.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £472.60, Loose £156.25, Total £628.85.
Today’s Second Collection is for CAFOD Fast Day.
Next week’s Retiring Collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Peter Wilkes; 10.30am Nkem Emeka-Onah. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Mary Henden (1) Ivan Pereira (2). Sunday 8.30am Peter Hammond (3) Peter Whiffen (4); 10.30am Paul Rowland (5) Kathy Connolly (6) Carole Hughes (7) Patricia McQuaid (8) Eileen Wheatley (9). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks. Front of Church: Mark Vaz. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Philippa Chaplin. Washing of Purificators: Kathy Connolly. Flower Arranging: Theresa and Sue.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2017: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2017. The programme is open to children of St John Fisher Parish who are currently in Year 3 or above (age 7 years+). Please see Angela Underwood or Father Christian or email If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend Mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Christian. Lessons will commence in January 2017. The service will be in June 2017 (date TBC). Further details to follow. Completed forms must be returned no later than 18th December 2016.

OLGA BOWMAN RIP: Tim writes – “I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped Olga over the years – Fr Christian, Eucharistic Ministers, SVP, home visitors, those befriending her during Sunday coffee, all those greeting her arrival, and all those contributing towards her most beautiful Requiem & Vigil, sending condolences, arranging flowers, and especially Mass offerings. Everyone in the parish was truly wonderful to her – there are no exceptions – and I’ve been overwhelmed! I’ve arranged a mass of thanksgiving to be offered with this intention for Sunday 20-November, and if you don’t see me around, it’s because I’m just about to start walking my 4th Camino de Compostela, this time in Olga’s name!”

CELEBRATION WITH LIAM GRAY – THANK-YOU: Liar and his family would like to say a very big ‘thank-you’ to all parishioners, visitors and helpers who came to his celebration last Sunday on the occasion of his being awarded the Legion d’honneur. They really enjoyed every minute.

THE SVP GROUP would like to say thank you to all parishioners for your very generous giving at our recent collection. The amount raised was £209.93

JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY SEMINARS: The fifth parish seminar will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th October in the parish hall beginning with the DVD talk by the Rev Nicky Gumble, ‘Why and How should I read the Bible?’. Please reserve Wednesday 16th Nov for the final seminar.

PRAYER FOR PRISONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES: God of justice, you are always ready to forgive and restore. God of grace and strength show your mercy on all those whose loved ones struggle to build new lives. God of perfect love and mercy, look on us your children as we seek to build your Kingdom in our communities.

CHRIST THE KING SIXTH FORM COLLEGE OPEN DAYS (Saturdays): Lewisham 15th October; St Mary’s 12th November; Aquinas, 26th November. See Poster in porch for details.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING Our next film evening will be on Wed 2nd November when we will show documentaries on the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius of Loyola and on his “co-founder” St Francis Xavier, featuring interviews with world-renowned scholars in the fields of history and theology, as well as stunning scenery from around the world.capture

The films will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open and stall selling home-made crafts with a Christmas theme, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.