Newsletter Sunday January 22nd, 2017


Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, The Light of the World

The Good News we have heard is like a beacon light which draws men irresista bly to Christ.   We must not be content with lesser lights.


Sat 21 Jan     9am Deceased Members of the Dunne Family (Bridie Haylett)
                      6pm Marnie, Sonny & Tim Anderson (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 22 Jan     8.30am Parishioners
                    10.30am Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (Tim Bowman)

Mon 23 Jan     9am Noel McDonough RIP (Bridie Haylett)

Tues 24 Jan     7pm Josie Keeley RIP (Tim Bowman)
                     Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 25 Jan     10am Thomas Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thu 26 Jan     9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 27 Jan     9am Julia Mansell RIP (Anne Harris)

Sat 28 Jan     9am John Stanley (Stanley Family)
                     6pm Peter O’Neill (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 29 Jan     8.30am Parishioners
                    10.30am Kathleen Murphy RIP: Anniversary (The Murphy Family)

Feast Days: Tues 24 Jan St Francis de Sales, Bishop Wed 25th Jan The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle, Thurs 26 Jan SS Timothy and Titus, Bishops Sat 29th Jan St Thomas Aquinas, Priest

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, Mary Stubbs, Una Carpenter, John Harrington, 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

Fr Vincent Ryan, Michael Dooley, Maudie Thompson, Chris Symmonds, Patrick Stanley, Tom Johnson, Christopher Lynch

ROTAS For w/c Mon 23/1: Readers: Sat 6pm Kathy Fogarty; Sun 8.30am Ann Wilkes; Sun 10.30am Paul Gannaway.   Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.  Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Patricia McQuaid (1) Ivan Pereira (2);  Sun 8.30am Peter Whiffin (3) Ann Hyde (4);  Sun 10.30am Paul Rowland (5) Marlene Burt (6) Peter Hammond (7) Dorothy Speed (8) Carole Hughes (9).   Washing of Purificators: Kathy Connolly.  Flower Arranging: Mary J

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 15 January 2017:
Gift Aid:  £427.00       Loose:  £171.41.    Total:£598.41
Retiring collection Bexley Deanery Developing World Group:   £157.10

IDA LEITAO RIP Sadly we have received the news that Ida has died. Please can you remember her daughter Thelma and son Roland and family and friends in your prayers.

NEW ROTA FOR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS. Please collect your rota (Feb-May) from the Sacristy.

BETHLEHEM NATIVITY GROUP HOLY LAND will visit and give a talk on 4th Feb (6pm mass) and 5th Feb (8.30am and 10.30am masses) to sell olive wood carvings from the Holyland after the mass.

SPUC WHITE FLOWER APPEAL The SPUC Group would like to thank all parishioners for their support during the White Flower Appeal held on 8th January. The amount raised was £240.09.

CHURCH FLOWERS:  img_3078 I hope you all enjoyed the flowers in the church over Christmas. Those of you who buy flowers regularly will have noticed how prices have risen lately. Unfortunately, this is more than the usual seasonal increase and is a result of the falling pound against the euro and the ending of Dutch Government subsidies to their flower producers. During the winter, most of our flowers are imported and even though prices will fall when home-grown varieties are again available they are still expected to be higher than last year. As a result, Fr Christian has agreed that we should once again have a collecting box in the church for those who wish to make a contribution towards the costs. We are using the box mounted in the wall on the left-hand side as you come into church. It is clearly marked “FLOWERS”. Donations for the Holy Souls should be made in the box on the right-hand side as you enter.
Thank you – Sue Murphy

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY On Sunday 22 January at 3pm St John Fisher is hosting the annual service for the Week of Prayer. The service is rotated among the different churches of Churches Together in Old Bexley. It is 8 years since we last hosted the service and two new churches will be joining St John Fisher for the first time – Albany Park Baptist Church and St James North Cray. Cakes for the refreshments afterwards and help in the hall serving tea and coffee would be most welcome. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact (01322 553993).

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENINGcapture Wed 15th Feb: movie on St John Baptist de la Salle, the 17th Century French priest and educator of poor children. All welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.


Fri 27 Jan illustrated presentation of The Camino (The Way of St James) and his own 4 different walking pilgrimages to Santiago by Tim Bowman. All welcome, admission free, bar open, arrivals in Hall from 7pm for 7.30pm start.

JOB VACANCIES Please see noticeboard for job vacancies.