Newsletter Sunday February 5th, 2017


Christ’s Church: A light In The Darkness

The church is a light shining in the darkness of the world. But today’s celebration is overshadowed by a great If. How much more brightly would that light shine if we who are Christian were really like Christ.

Saturday 4 February     9.00am Josie Keeley RIP (Kathy Connolly)
                                          6.00pm John Hubbard RIP (Kathy & Dennis Fogarty)

Sunday 5 February        8.30am Parishioners
                                          10.30am Richard Brady: 1st Anniversary (Diane Melaugh)

Monday 6 February     9.00am Mary Connelly RIP: Birthday (Connelly & Eida Family)

Tuesday 7 February     7.00pm Gilbert Fernandes: Speedy recovery (Alex & Dahlia)
                                          Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 8 February     10.00am Wellbeing of Dannie, Doreen & John Harrington
                                                  (Sheehan Family)

Thursday 9 February         9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 10 February     9.00am Foundation Mass for Virginia Bolton
                                          12 noon Funeral Mass of Ida Leitao

Saturday 11 February     9.00am In Thanksgiving for Helpers at Lourdes (Olga Bowman)
                                          6.00pm Sonny Sheehan RIP: 5th Anniversary (Eileen & Family)

Sunday 12 February     8.30am Parishioners
                                          10.30am Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

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, 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.

Anniversaries: Mr &Mrs Ayres, John Griffiths, Annie Clark, Harry Simmonds.

Feast Days: Sunday 5th, St Agatha Virgin and Martyr. Monday 9th, St Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs. Wednesday 8th, St Jerome Emilliani, St Josephine Bakhita, Virgin. Friday 10th, St. Scholastica, Virgin. Saturday 11th Our Lady of Lourdes.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand, Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett, 10.30am Tony Frake. Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox . Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte . Collection for 8.30 Mass Mrs M Weeks. Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: John Stanton. Flower Arranging: Lyn & Mary K. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm Carol Hughes (1) Peter Whiffin (2) Sun 8.30am Marlene Burt (3) Ann Hyde (4) Sun 10.30am Kathy Connolly (5) Mary Henden (6) Patricia McQuaid (7) Margaret Gillis (8) Paul Rowland (9). Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 1st January 2017:
Offertory Gift Aid £411.45 Loose £220.56 Total £632.01

This week’s retiring collection is for BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP
Next week’s second collection is for RACIAL JUSTICE

SPUC – WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: Received with thanks from the Parishioners of St John Fisher, the sum of £290.09.

ARTHUR MOSS, RIP: Sadly we have received a call from Arthur’s family to say that Arthur passed away last week. Please remember him and all the family in your prayers.

IDA LEITAO, RIP: The Funeral Mass for Ida Leitao will take place on Friday 10th February at 12 noon.

MAY JONES, RIP: The Funeral Mass for May Jones will take place on Friday 24th February at 11 am.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 15th February: capture
Inspirational movie on St John Baptist de La Salle, the 17th century French Priest who reluctantly became involved in educating poor children. His story is one of God’s Providence, of great charity and perseverance, and of a genuine application of the Gospel to daily life in the classroom. His writings are educational classics, and his meditations continue to inspire Catholic educators around the world. Bar open and charity stall. All welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

PARISH EVENTS/FUND RAISING: It has always been the practice that any money raised through events carried out for the parish or in the name of the parish, should go through the accounts of the parish. Previously, organisers of social events of the parish always did this and any profit of the event that were to be paid to a nominated charity was subsequently given to the organiser/s via a parish cheque, to fulfil the ‘intentions of the donor’. This good practice is in line with diocesan regulations and has to remain in place. However, it does not include monies raised by anyone through friends and families for any good cause, in which case the parish was not involved nor their resources used. Therefore, if you are raising funds, and do not want the parish/diocesan regulations to apply, please do it privately without involving the parish/resources. Thanks. Finance Committee.

PARISH EVENTS: The Parish Christmas Fayre, the Parish Year Planner together with some generous donations, raised a total of £500 for the Parish. Our grateful thanks go to Michael Adenuga who organised those activities and to all parishioners who contributed. The money raised to fund the New Year’s Day lunch, which as previously reported, was successful. The costs of this came to £100. The figure is low as some of the parishioners and volunteers who provided the food declined payment. Our thanks are extended to them. The net profit of £400 has been passed to the Finance Committee.