Newsletter Sunday September 3rd, 2017

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ Who Overcame the Reluctance of the Flesh

It comes to us as no surprise that the Prophet Jeremiah should have felt reluctance to offer himself as a living sacrifice to God’s will, because we all experience the same reluctance to accept the cross. But what consolation it is to know that Christ experienced the same reluctance of the flesh and had to struggle to overcome it.

Sat 2 Sept     9am The Moran Family (Dolly Madden)
                         6pm Parishioners

Sun 3 Sept     8.30am Dr Richard McCarthy RIP (Teresa Fan & Family)
                        10.30am Dr Richard McCarthy RIP (Kay & Danny Lyons)

Mon 4 Sept     9am Repose of the soul of Kay Gillespie (Gillespie Family)

Tues 5 Sept     7pm Foundation Mass for Beatrice Walliser RIP
   Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 6 Sept     10am Fiona, Frances, Dan, Margaret & Daniel Harrington RIP
                        (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thur 7 Sept     9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 8 Sept     9am Wellbeing of Jimmy Lenihan (Nora & Michael Moran)

Sat 9 Sept     9am Fr Geoffrey Winchester RIP (OLPG)
                        6pm Holy Souls in Purgatory especially Deceased Members of FOSS
                        (Gloria & Tony Laws)

Sun 10 Sept     8.30am Parishioners
                        10.30am Kathleen & James Murphy RIP (The Murphy Family)

Prayers 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, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett.

Anniversaries:   Raymond Broadbent, Mary Mulraney, Myfanwy Phyllis Matthews, Richard Gamble, Michael Naughton, John Jameson, Lucy Lawson

Feast Days:   Friday The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

ROTAS For w/c 4/9   Readers: Sat 6pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30am Doune Robinson Sun 10.30am Tony Frake.    Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.    Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins .   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks.    Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: John Stanton.    Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Carole;  Sun 8.30am Bridie;  10.30am Kathy (5) Marlene (6) Patricia (7) Mary (8) John (9).   Washing of Purificators: Molly Robins.    Flower Arranging Theresa and Doune

Gift Aid – £381.20, Loose £188.96, Total 570.16.

THE WHITESIDE FAMILY   Peggy and family would like to say thank you to all those parishioners and friends for their help and support at this time and particularly for all your prayers and masses offered for John.

TERRY FROGLEY We are sorry to announce to the sad news of the death of Terry, a parishioner for 25 years, who died on Sunday 27th August 2017.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP Thank you for the collection of £28.62 on Sunday 13th August. If you know of any small, independent projects in any country in the developing world which could benefit from a donation of £1,000, please contact our Parish Representative, Maria Ward, on 01322 555553 / 07802 623571, to get more information and an application form. Forms must be returned by the end of September. We have now successfully completed 7 projects this year.

NEW READERS NEEDED Would you be interested in becoming a Reader? We particularly need readers for Saturdays 6pm Mass. Whether new or experienced, the proclamation of scripture in the Mass is a vital ministry in the life of the church and gives an opportunity to deepen your experience of the Liturgy. Perhaps Sunday Mass readers may like to volunteer for a Saturday evening Mass two or three times a year? Please contact either Father Christian or Kathy Fogarty 07963 454480

SVP AWARENESS MONTH:   St Vincent de Paul said ‘We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God’ (Msgr Malachy Keegan)”.
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL DINNER AND DANCE:   Saturday 9th September 2017 dancing to “Harmonics” live band at St Stephen’s Parish Hall, Deepdene Road, Welling DA16 3QL from 7.00 – 11.00pm. Raffles, licensed bar, food by Maggies Kitchen. Tickets £15, contact 020 8303 4723 or 0208 304 8920. All donations welcomed.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING –Wednesday 27th September: Part 1 of a 2 part movie on the incredible life of St Padre Pio. Second part on Wednesday 11th October. Watch either or both parts.
Bar open and all welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm starts.

PARISH EVENTS TEAM INFORMATION Upcoming events for your diary:-.
1. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Summer 2018) – cancelled. Any new development will be communicated. Contact Paul Rowland or Fr Christian on 01322 524813.
2. Every week, simple ACOL bridge lessons in the church hall on a Friday evening at 7.30pm, followed by some play, convivial conversation and lively bar. Non bridge players welcome for the latter.  Please see note below as we are closed for the next two Fridays.
3. The meeting place meets every Wednesday in the Church Hall 9.30 – 1..30pm. A place of great conviviality, wine, hot drinks and simple lunches. Let us know if you need (or can give) a lift.
Further details from Noel or Tony on 01322 315755 on all of the above.

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN We are closed 8th and 15th September, back in action Friday 22nd September.