Newsletter Sunday July 2nd, 2017


Today’s Theme: Welcoming Christ

We welcome Christ today as the women of Shunem welcomed the prophet Elisha.   But the Christ we welcome is the Christ who gave his life for others, and our celebration would be a mockery if we were not prepared to welcome him in one another, even in the least of his brethren.


Saturday 1st July  9.00am   Audrey O’Hara RIP (Tim Bowman)
                              6.00pm   Parishioners

Sunday 2nd July    8.30am  John Breen RIP (Diane Melaugh)
                       10.30am Wellbeing of Anna Shepherd (The Choir)

Monday 3rd July    9.00am   Betty Jefferson RIP (Friends)

Tuesday 4th July   7.00pm Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick                                                                                (OLPG)
 Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 5th July 10.00am    Jim, Dan and Julia Harrington
                               (Eileen Sheehan and Family)

Thursday 6thJuly    9.00am  Eucharistic Service

Friday 7th July     9.00am   David Beattie RIP, Birthday                                                        (Katie Ireland and Family)
                       9.30am  First Friday Adoration for one hour

Saturday 8th July   9.00am   Holy Souls
                       6.00pm       Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen and Family)

Sunday 9th July     8.30am   Parishioners
                                10.30am       Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)


ANNIVERSARIES: Tricia Kinnaird and John Jones..

FEAST DAYS: Monday St Thomas, Apostle. Tuesday, St Elizabeth of Portugal. Wednesday St Anthony Zaccaria, Priest. Thursday St Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr. Saturday Our Lady.

PRAY FOR THE 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, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May and Wendy Bowman.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Les Thomas; 10.30am Lota Emeka-Onah.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Peter Whiffen. Sunday 8.30am Bridie. 10.30am Kathy (5) Eileen (6) Carole (7) Margaret (8) Dorothy (9).  Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray.  Front of Church: Mark Vaz.  Typing Newsletter: Ruth Powers.  Photocopying Newsletter: John Stanton.  Washing of Purificators:  Kathy Connolly.  Flower Arranging: Graziella and Sue.

Gift Aid: £424.80, Loose £159.40, Total £584.20.

INVITATION FOR ALL PARISHIONERS: You are cordially invited to a Grand Parish Celebration of Fr Christian’s birthday and PhD graduation on Saturday 15th July in the Parish Hall and Car Park. The day will consist of two sessions – afternoon 2-5pm and evening 7-11pm. The Church Car Park will be closed during the day. See next week’s Newsletter for more information.

CHURCH FLOWERS: Thank you for your continuing donations towards the cost of flowers. And a particular thanks to the generous parishioners who paid for all the flowers used to decorate the church for the First Communion Sunday. We hope you enjoyed them!

NEXT WEEK IS SEA SUNDAY, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. There will be a second collection for the Apostleship of the Sea, the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church. It provides practual and spiritual support for seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please give generously. Gift aid envelopes available in the porch. For more information about its work visit

VOLUNTEERING: The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice (Abbey Wood) need the following:
       Maintenance Support Volunteers to support the team with the maintenance and upkeep of Hospice buildings, based  at the Hospice itself but also supporting the warehouse and retail outlets. In addition to basic DIY, volunteers will also support the team during building projects. Do you have any skills you can offer?
       Driver or Escort for Patient Transport – for morning or afternoon collection of patients to and from the Hospice to attend the Day Hospice, Sharnells. Sharnells runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Commitment: to collect patients from home and transport to Sharnells by 10am and then pick up for return around 3pm. If you can spare one day a week and would like further details, please contact Elaine in the Volunteers’ Department, Thank you!

PARISH EVENTS TEAM INFORMATION, Upcoming events for your diary:
Graduation/Birthday Celebration for the parish by Fr Christian, 15th July 2017.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Summer 2018 – tbc)
Other details soon. Contact Anne 01322 523499 or Fr Christian.

Our next film evening will be on Wed 19th July when we will show an inspiring movie on Abraham the Old Testament patriarch of great faith.
The film will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission free, light refreshments served, bar open, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start & latecomers welcome.