Newsletter Sunday May 28th, 2017


Christ’s Eternal Glory

We celebrate today Christ’s ascension to his eternal glory in heaven and express our Christian hope that where he, our Head, has gone before us, we, his Body, will one day follow, to live for ever in the Kingdom of our Father.

Saturday 27 May:   9.00am Wellbeing of Sheila O’Connor
                               (Helen Larkin)
                               6.00pm Bridie, Michael & Brandan Houlihan (Eileen & Family)

Sunday 28 May:   8.30am Parishioners
                               10.30am John & May Jones (Christine & Ken Crump)

Monday 29 May:   9.00am Una Carpenter RIP (Marie Sullivan & Family)

Tuesday 30 May:   6.30pm Vigil for Audrey O’Hara RIP
                               7.00pm Holy Souls
                               Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 31 May:   No 10am Mass
                               11.00am Funeral Mass for Audrey O’Hara

Thursday 1 June:   9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 2 June:   9.00am Angela Fernandes RIP (Brian & Edna)
                               First Friday Adoration at 9:30am for 1 hour.

Saturday 3 June:   9.00am Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick
                               (Carole Hughes)
                               6.00pm Sonny, Patrick & Mary Sheehan (Eileen & Family)

Sunday 4 June:   8.30am Parishioners
                               10.30am Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

Sick:   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, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick.

Anniversaries:   James Murphy, Maureen Dunmall, Mary Chan, Serse Cima, Amy D’Rozario.

Feast Days:   Tuesday: St Luke Kirby, Martyred. Wednesday: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Thursday: St Justin, Martyr. Friday: St Marcellinus and St Peter, Martyrs. Saturday: St Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson, Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson,10.30am Tony Frake.   Photocopying of Newsletter:  Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte. Collection for 8.30 Mass:   Mrs T Li/Ray.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays:  Mark Vaz.   Flower Arranging:   Mary J.    Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday 6 pm Kathy Connelly (1) Sun 8.30am Peter Whiffen (2) Sun 10.30am Paul Rowland (5) Mary Henden (6) Carole Hughes (7) Rob O’Halloran (8) John Stanton (9).   Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.

1) In order to reduce Ministers’ duties, Fr Christian has agreed that only one Minister is required at both Saturday 6pm Mass and Sunday 8.30 am Mass. We hope this will work well for both Ministers and Parishioners.
2) Corpus Christi on Sunday 18th June. Ministers are invited to renew their commitment at the 10.30 am Mass.
3) Ministers please collect your new rota (June to October) from the Sacristy.

UNA CARPENTER RIP:  Sadly we have received news that Una has passed away. Cremation service takes place at Eltham Crematorium on 9th June at 10.15 am. Please remember her, together with her family and friends, in your prayers.

PARISH MISSION:  12TH – 16TH JUNE 2017: St Anselm’s Dartford, 89 West Hill. St Patrick’s Community come to Dartford to give a follow up Mission from 12-16th June. Each night has a different theme with talks from the community, prayers, music and a lot more. John Pidmore will start the mission on Monday. The Mission ends with Mass on Friday. We really encourage you to come to all five nights to get the most out of the Mission. For more details, take a leaflet or telephone 01322 220 075 or see the website:

BEXLEY PENTECOST WALK,  SATURDAY 3 JUNE: Fancy a walk? Churches Together in Old Bexley is celebrating Pentecost and praying for Bexley. On Saturday 3 June everyone is invited to join us on a four mile route – planned with as few uphill’s as possible – to visit and pray in each of the nine member churches. Starting at 10.30am at St Barnabas, Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, DA5 2BB, and ending at our own St John Fisher at approximately 2.30 pm – start and end where you wish or stay in the distance. Bring your own lunch and pray for good weather! Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact. 07963 454 480.

DO YOU LIKE SINGING?:  Chorus members wanted for Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’, part of Churches Together in Old Bexley’s Summer Music Festival. Rehearsals on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 22nd June at 7pm. Performance on Saturday 24th June at 5pm, Albany Park Baptist Church, Stansted Crescent, DA5 3JB. Everyone welcome. No experience needed. Fun guaranteed! Call Craig on 07738 008 783 or email


Our next film evening will be on Wed 14th Jun when we will show an epic movie on Pope Pius XII and the often hidden struggle waged by the Pope and others with him to save Jews from Nazis during WWII.

The film will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission free, light refreshments served, prayer group stall, bar open, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start & latecomers welcome.

OLD BEXLEY & SIDCUP GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS EVENT:  Hope Community School, 167 Rectory Lane, Sidcup. Kent DA14 5BU has been booked for Tuesday 6th June, 7.30pm. All seven candidates have been invited. Event organised and hosted by New Generation Church, Sidcup and open to everyone.