Newsletter Sunday December 4th 2016


Today’s Theme: Our Baptism with The Holy Spirit and Fire

May the Lord who gave us baptism purify us in our celebration today; for he can brook nothing that lacks integrity and truth.


Sat 3rd December   9.00 am Margaret Kyne and Family (Bridie Haylett)
                                6.00 pm Mick and Elizabeth Minihane RIP
(Eileen Sheehan and Family)
Sun 4th December 8.30 am Parishioners
                               10.30 am Deceased members of the Creasy Family
                               (Ken, Pauline and Helen)
Mon 5th December 9.00 am Alexander and Irena Milanowski RIP                                                       (Danusia Ellsmore)
Tues 6th December 7.00 pm Barry Franklin RIP (Paddy Dennehy)
                Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 7th December 10.00 am Jim, Dan and Julia Harrington RIP
                               (Eileen Sheehan and Family)
Thur 8th December 9.00 am Eucharistic Service
Fri 9th December    9.00 am Wellbeing of Arthur Moss (Carole Hughes)
Sat 10th December    9.00 am For all the Souls in Purgatory especially                                                deceased members of FOSS (Gloria and Tony Laws)
                                 6.00 pm Parishioners
Sun 11th December 8.30 am Carmel and Henricus plus De Fonseka Family
                                     (Anne De Silva)
                              10.30 am Deceased members of the Gray Family (Liam)

FEAST DAYS: Sunday, St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church; St Osmund, Bishop. Monday St John Almond, Martyr. Tuesday St Nicholas, Bishop. Wednesday St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Thursday, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Friday St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Saturday, SS John Roberts, Polydore Plasden, Eustace White, Edmund Gennings and Swithun Wells, Martyrs.

ANNIVERSARIES: Rita Marsh, Sylvia Ann D’Rozario, John Flewitt, Mary Anne Lee and Jennifer North.

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, Eileen Weald, Geoff Birch, Maureen Fitzpatrick, David Shaw, Clare Kent, Liam Gray, Arthur Moss .

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £401.70, Loose £185.49, Total £587.19. Retiring Collections: next week Bexley Deanery Developing World Group. This week Saturday Friends.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand. Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Joseph Ebare. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Anne Harris (1) Peter Whiffen (2). Sunday 8.30am Marlene Burt (3) Ann Hyde (4); 10.30am Kathy Connolly (5) Margaret Gillis (6) Patricia McQuaid (7) John Stanton (8) Rob O’Halloran (9). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray. Front of Church: Paul Rowland. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Philippa Chaplin. Washing of Purificators: Kathy Connolly. Flower Arranging: N/A.

CHURCH CLEANING: The new rota for church cleaning is now available for collection from the cupboard at the back of the church.

AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS will be reporting on how generous donations of last December were used to help homeless people who use The Passage Day Centre to ‘transform their lives’. We will be speaking to you this weekend to let you know what can be achieved this coming year with your help..
Christine Crump, AIC

CHRISTMAS FAYRE Next Saturday 10th December at 10am in the church hall: Appeal for donations & items to sell at our Fayre. We are particularly short of items for the “Bottle Stall” and presents to be given freely to children by Father Christmas on the day.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! Churches Together in Old Bexley will be singing carols on Wednesday 14th December, 6-7pm, outside Cherry Blossom Florist, High Street, Bexley, to remind commuters and passers-by of the real meaning of Christmas. We’re not collecting donations, just singing Christian cheer. Please come and join us – the more voices, instruments, jingle bells and Christmas hats the merrier! Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING –Wednesday 14th December: inspiring movie on BL Duns Scotus, the holy Franciscan priest and theologian who won a famous debate against the Dominicans in the 13th century in defending Our Lady’s great privilege of her Immaculate Conception. Film employs sub-titles. Bar open and stall selling home-made crafts with a Christmas theme. All welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

SVP HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS: If you know someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, please put a note through the Parish Office door, marked ‘SVP’.

CAMINO DE COMPOSTELA: Two social evening dates to note: Friday 20th January (film) and Friday 27th January (presentation). Details to follow from Tim Bowman.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Aylesford Retreat 2017 is Friday 12th May – Sunday 14th May 2017.