Newsletter Sunday December 11th, 2016


Today’s Theme: The Joy of Expectancy

At his coming, Christ fulfilled the expectations of the Prophets.  He made the blind see again, the lame walk, and the lepers clean.  We must not lose heart in face of all the evils of the world, for we too have a glorious expectation.  Come Lord Jesus and save us.


Saturday 10 December   9.00am   For all the holy souls in Purgatory especially                                                                deceased members of FOSS (Gloria & Tony Laws)
                                       6.00pm       Parishioners

Sunday 11 December    8.30am    Carmel & Henricus plus De Fonseka Family                                                               (Anne De Silva)
                                10.30am    Deceased members of the Gray Family (Liam & Family)

Monday 12 December         9.00am       Wellbeing of Tony Frake (Tim Bowman)

Tuesday 13 December         7.00pm       Susie De Sousa RIP (Alex & Dahlia Fernandes)
                                    Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 14 December   10.00am    Sonny, Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 15 December        9.00am      Eucharistic Service

Friday 16 December   9.00am   For all the holy souls in Purgatory especially                                        deceased members of FOSS (Gloria &Tony Laws)                                   

Saturday 17 December          9.00am     Patrick McQuaid RIP Anniversary                                                                       (Seamus, Patricia and Siobain)
                               6.00pm     Maria & Giuseppe Nucera RIP (Graziella & Family)

Sunday 18 December            8.30am     Rita Bertram De Silva RIP (Gregory De Silva)
                                        10.30am    Deceased members of the O’Keefe Family (Iris & Bill)

Feast Days:   Sun. St Damasus I, Pope)   Tues. St Lucy, Virgin and Martyr. Weds. St John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church.

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.

Anniversaries: Walter Trembalaluk, Bernard Fitzjohn, Tom Ryan, Ernie Hildebrand, Myfanwy Hogg.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm  Kathy Fogarty  Sunday 8.30am Larissa O’Halloran 10.30am John Rayer.  .  Collection for 8.30 Mass Mrs R Jameson.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: John Stanton.  Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm Ivan Pereira (1)  Rob O’Halloran (2)   Sun 8.30am Peter Hammon  (3)  Patricia McQuaid (4)   Sun 10.30am Paul Rowland (5) Mary Henden (6) Carole Hughes  (7)  Eileen Wheatley (8)  Molly Robins (9).  Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox.   Washing of Purificators: Molly Robins.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 4th December 2016:       

Offertory                              Gift Aid         £400.20       Loose    £165.63       Total  £565.83

Retiring Collection:  Saturday Friends        £   25.00                     £585.90                  £610.90

This week’s retiring collection is for: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

AIC “SATURDAY FRIENDS”:  Thank you so much for your always generous response in financing our work with the homeless people for this coming year.  Donations at the last count were £610.90.  We will leave the display in the porch for another week.  Below it are leaflets advertising a Passage major fund raising event – a Westminster Carol Service on 16th December – another way to donate and enjoy.  God bless your kindness.  AIC ”Saturday Friends”.

 OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 14 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, preparing the groundwork for the Church’s dogma.  Film employs subtitles.  Bar open and stall selling homemade crafts and with Christmas theme.  All Welcome 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

CAMINO DE COMPOSTELA:  Social evenings. 1)  Fri. 20 Jan: movie about Way of St James; and 2) Fri 27 Jan: presentation. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – SUNDAY 18TH DECEMBER AT 3PM:  This year, the Choir and Liturgy Group children invite you to a Nativity Play with Carols in the church, followed by mince pies and other goodies in the hall afterwards.  Children are asked to come as an angel, a shepherd or a king.

CAN YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?  Can you sight read?  The choir need help in brushing up old favourites and learning new pieces.  If you could help out at choir practices, please let Carol Anderson know on 07913 698 912 or

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!  Churches Together in Old Bexley will be singing carols on Wednesday 14 December, 6-7pm, outside Cherry Blossom Florist, High Street, Bexley, to remind commuters and passers- by of the real meaning of Christmas.  We are 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.

NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO:  31 December –  8 pm – 1 am.  Church Hall.  Bring own nibbles.  Bar open.  Tickets only £10 per adult and £1 per child.  Contact Noel McCarthy on 07813 890 556.