Newsletter Sunday October 16th, 2016


Today’s Theme: Christ Always Interceding For Us

Christ who ‘opened his arms on the cross’ is like Moses whose arms were raised in prayer for his people. Today Christ asks us to join him in continual prayer and never to lose heart.

Saturday 15th October 9.00am Intentions of Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
                                     6.00pm Parishioners

Sunday 16th October 8.30am Jack Burton-Bowen (Oonah Wood)
                                     10.30am John Jones RIP (McCarthy Family)

Monday 17th October 9.00am Olga Bowman RIP (Tim Bowman)

Tuesday 18th October 7.00p Eileen & John Meade RIP: Anniversary (Marie Sullivan)
                                     Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 19th October 10.00am Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (Carole Hughes)

Thursday 20th October 9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 21st October 9.00am Olga Bowman RIP (Mary Lee)

Saturday 22nd October 9.00am Olga Bowman (Marlene Burt)
                                     6.00pm David Beattie RIP: 5th Anniversary (Sheila & Family)

Sunday 23rd October 8.30am Parishioners
                                     10.30am John Jones RIP (Danny & Kay Lyons)

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.

Anniversaries: Stan Spicer, Ivor John Burton-Bowen, Clive D’Silva, Nicholas Nencini.

Feast Days:  Sat: St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, St. Richard Gwynn, Martyr.  Sun: St Hedwig, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin.   Mon: St Ignatius of Antioch.   Tues: St Luke.   Wed: Saint John de Brebeuf, St Paul of the Cross, St. Philip Howard died, Tower of London 1595.  Fri: St Ursula.   Sat: St. John Paul II, Pope.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson; Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Marlene Burt.   Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Barnarte. Collection for 8.30 Mass: Mr T Lee.  Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.   Flower Arranging: Lynn & Mary K.   Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm Kathy Connolly (1) Peter Hammond (2);  Sun 8.30am Bridie Haylett (3) Ann Hyde (4); Sun 10.30am John Stanton (5) Mary Henden (6) Carole Hughes (7) Rob O’Halloran (8) Margaret Gillis (9).

Sunday 9th October 2016:     Gift Aid: £319.00 Loose: £206.09 Total:£525.09
Second Collection: CAFOD:   Gift Aid: £ 33.80 Loose: £442.82 Total: £476.62
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

Next week’s is World Mission Sunday and the second collection is for Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission. Many parishioners will remember it as the Association for the Propagation of the Faith – APF – whose red collection boxes have been a feature, over the years, of so many Catholic homes.

OFFERING FOR HARVEST: Please note you can continue to bring Harvest offerings until the end of October. Please see list in porch.

CAFOD HARVEST CAKE SALE: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Cake sale on Sunday. Together we raised a magnificent £131.17 for CAFOD. This money will help CAFOD to continue to provide vital emergency relief and development work in the world’s poorest communities.

ALBANY PARK BAPTIST CHURCH: Please keep our fellow Christians in Albany Park Baptist Church in your prayers as they celebrate their 75th anniversary. There will be a Thanksgiving Communion Service at 6:30pm on Sunday 30th October with a reception afterwards and Reverend Craig Downes says “it would be wonderful to see you there”. As Catholics, we should not receive Communion distributed in Anglican/Protestant services but Rev. Downes is happy to give a blessing if we fold our arms over our chest. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Christian Unity Contact.

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 7years +). 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 to be returned no later than the 18th December 2016.

OLGA BOWMAN RIP: Tim would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped Olga over the years; Father 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 and Vigil, sending condolences, arranging flowers and especially Mass offerings. Everyone in the parish was truly wonderful to her- there were no exceptions. A mass of thanksgiving is to be offered with this intention for Sunday 20 November and if you don’t see Tim about, it’s because he’s just started walking his 4th Camino De Compostela, this time in Olga’s name!
OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 2nd November; documentaries on the founder of the Jesuits, St Ignatius of Loyola and his “co-founder” St Francis Xavier. All Welcome 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.