Newsletter Sunday February 19th, 2017

Sunday 19 February 2017

The Love of Our Father

God’s love is so overwhelming, he loves us totally, however hateful, sinful and unworthy we are. There is no way to express this love in our own lives except by modelling ourselves on Christ, the heavenly man, and loving our enemies as he loves them. It is then that we are most like our Father in heaven.


Sat 18 Feb        9am John & Alice Stanton RIP (Eileen Stanton)
                       6pm Sonny Sheehan RIP: 5th Anniversary (Kathy & Dennis Fogarty)
Sun 19 Feb        8.30am Parishioners
                       10.30am Sophie van Leeuwen: Birthday (Tim Bowman)
Mon 20 Feb        9am Josie Keeley RIP (Mary & Vincent Jeyaseelan)
Tues 21 Feb        10am Funeral Mass for Arthur Moss
                       7pm Wellbeing of Wendy Bowman (Tim Bowman)
                       Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 22 Feb        10am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)
Thu 23 Feb        9am Eucharistic Service
Fri 24 Feb        No 9am Mass
                       11.45am Funeral Mass for May Jones
Sat 25 Feb        9am Evelyn & Yvonne RIP (Eileen Stanton)
                       6pm Russell Gray RIP (Tim Bowman)
Sun 26 Feb        8.30am Parishioners
                       10.30am Marjorie Watt RIP (Tony Frake)

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.

Regina Rajanayagam, Stephen Farquhar, Colin Littlejohn, James Bassett, Veronica Anne Moffat, Patrick Feeney, Margaret Bird

Feast Days:   Wed 22 Feb The Chair of St Peter the Apostle

ROTAS For w/c Mon 20/2:   Readers: Sat 6pm Carol Anderson, Sun 8.30am Angela Gillespie,  Sun 10.30am John Rayer.    Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.    Newsletter Typist:  Molly Robins.    Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays:  Giovanni Aletta.    Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday 6 pm Peter Hammond (1) Rob O’Halloran (2) Sun 8.30am Ann Hyde (3) Peter Whiffen (4) Sun 10.30am John Stanton (5) Kathy Connolly (6) Patricia McQuaid (7) Carole Hughes (8) Dorothy Speed (9).   Washing of Purificators:  Molly Robins.   Flower Arranging:  Sue.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 12 February 2017:
Offertory:                                    Gift Aid- £336.10;   Loose – £179.26. Total –  £515.36
Second collection (Racial Justice):             £51.70                    £149.14                 £200.84
Next week’s second collection is for Poor Parishes

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 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 organisers 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. Thank you. Finance Committee

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: Wednesday February 22nd at 8.30pm. Please send your suggestions through the box in the porch, to any members of the Council or to Father Christian.

400 YEAR ANNIVERSARY INVITATION:  The Vincentian family of St Vincent de Paul are celebrating their 400th anniversary this year. 1617 was the year Vincent began involving others in his work with the needy of his time that evolved into organisation of lay people (International Association of Charities or AIC) priests (Congregation of the Mission) and sisters (Daughters of Charity). Later, many other groups took Vincent as their patron including the SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society). In our area, we will all be celebrating on Saturday 25th February in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark at 10.30am Mass with Archbishop Peter Smith, followed by refreshments in Amigo Hall. Many people in our parish have been very generous in supporting AIC and SVP work over many years. We would like to invite you too as our thank you. Just come along if you can. Thank you. Christine Crump, AIC.

A BED FOR THE NIGHT :  The churches in the London Borough of Bexley are providing free night shelter accommodation for homeless men from 22nd January to March 2017. Entrance to the shelters will be by invitation only. If you would like to be considered for a place or would like further information you will need to attend an interview/assessment at Trinity Baptist Church in the Broadway Bexleyheath (opposite the roundabout to Albion Road). These interviews are being held only on: Mondays from 9th January, between 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Friday 13th January between 10.30am to 12.30pm. Telephone 07434 733507. Please do take up this opportunity for an invitation for a hot meal and somewhere to sleep safely during the winter months, we’d love to see you.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER:  Friday March 3rd at St John’s, Parkhill Road at 10.30am. 5000 services will be held in the British Isles on the theme “Am I Being Unfair to You”. The Christian women of the Philippines wrote this service and it has been translated into 1,000 different languages and dialects to be used throughout the whole world, starting at sunrise over the island of Samoa and continuing until sunset off the coast of American Samoa on March 3rd. Everyone is welcome to attend the service at St Johns. Many thanks. Margaret Spicer. 

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wed 15th Mar: outstanding movie on the amazing life of St Anthony of Padua, one of the most popular saints in Christian history. Anthony became renowned for his powerful preaching and miracles that won countless souls to Christ. Bar open and charity stall. All welcome, 7 pm for 7.30 pm start.