Newsletter Sunday October 8th, 2017


The Vineyard of The Lord

The Church rejoices in being the vineyard of the Lord. At the same time
we have cause here for much heart-searching and prayer.


Saturday 7 Oct: 9.00am Terry Frogley RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)
                            6.00pm Eileen & John Meade RIP (Marie & Family)

Sunday 8 Oct: 8.30am Parishioners
                            10.30am Mandy Madden RIP (Dolly Madden)

Monday 9 Oct: 9.00am Wellbeing of Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)

Tuesday 10 Oct: 7.00pm Fr Rene Laurentin RIP (Tim Bowman)
  Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 11 Oct: 10.00am Dannie Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 12 Oct: 9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 13 Oct: 9.00am Holy Souls

Saturday 14 Oct: 9.00am Holy Souls
                            6.00pm Eileen & John Meade RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Sunday 15 Oct: 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, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh, Timmy Lenihan

Feast Days:  Sat: Our Lady of the Rosary Mon: St Denis, Bishop St John Leonardi, Priest Tue: St Paulins of York, Bishop Wed: St John XXIII, Pope Thurs: St Wilfrid, Bishop Fri: St St Edward the Confessor, King.

Anniversaries:  Mona Shaw, Doreen Flanagan, Dick Williams, Patrick Higgins, Blanche Anderson, Anthony Melaugh, Marie Morris, Lance Grainger

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson,  Sunday 8.30am Les Thomas, 10.30am Katherine Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter:  Calen Delpaul.   Newsletter Typist:  Graziella Highland.   Collection for 8.30am Mass:  Mrs M Weeks.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays:  John Stanton.   Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday 6 pm (1) Anne Harris,  Sun 8.30am (2) Anne Hyde, Sun 10.30am (3) John (4) Mary (5) Patricia (6) Kathy (7) Paul.   Washing of Purificators:  Patricia McQuaid.   Flower Arranging: Sue Murphy & Mary Kevan

OFFERTORY COLLECTION:  Sunday 1st Oct 2017   Gift Aid     Loose       Total
                                                                 1st Collection:   £ 399.98    £185.12    £585.10

CAFOD Collection this weekend

JULIA MORGAN RIP:  Sadly, we have received news that Julia Morgan (Mother of Patrick Morgan) has died. Her Funeral Mass will be held at Eltham Well Hall Church of St Thomas More and St John Fisher on Wed 18th October.

PRISONERS’ SUNDAY:  “Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in His strength and in His spirit. Now and every day.”

APF RED BOXES – Missio/Missions: Would anyone who has a red box or who would like to give to the missions, please put money or cheque paid to St John Fisher in an envelope in the collection with your name on it (for our records and APF). Any problems about APF contact Sue Mantle on 01322558965 or email

HARVEST FESTIVAL – Sunday 8th October 2017: Please bring your offerings for The Manna Centre helping the homeless in London. Please see list in church porch for most needed items.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2018.  Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the Church or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme, please speak to Father Christian. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 31st December 2017. The programme will commence in January 2018.  Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parent’s meetings will follow soon.  Please look out for future notices in the parish newsletter.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 11th October: 2nd part of a deeply inspiring movie on the incredible life of St Padre Pio, The Capuchin Friar who had such great spiritual gifts as mystical prayer, bilocation, reading souls and the stigmata. Film reveals the amazing details and events in his life as a boy and throughout his 50 years as a monk, the frequent attacks of the Devil and the persecution he suffered at the hands of people, including those in the Church. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CELEBRATION: St George’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY. 9.45am – 4.45pm, Saturday 4th November 2017. DAVID WELLS Keynote Talk: ‘New People – New Hearts’. The action of the Holy Spirit in the life of a disciple today. Inspired by the words of Pope Francis in his homily at Pentecost 2017, David will look at what it means to be a missionary disciple in today’s anxious world. Further information from Southwark Diocesan Service Team for CCR: Tel. 07976 245685

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN:  Friday Fun Nights 7.30pm – 10.30pmish. Beginners Bridge lessons and bring your own games for young and old. Convivial Bar. These are becoming more popular, though we do not yet have a big enough turnout (20+). If you think this weekly social event is desirable, then do join us. Either for beginner’s bridge or just a chat and a drink. Please note we will be closed on October 13th.

MEETING PLACE:  Continues Wednesdays 9.30am – 1.30pm.

A QUESTIONNAIRE:  from the Parish Events Team is being handed out this weekend.  Please do your best to complete and put in the suggestion box in the porch. Thank you. Anne Rayer.

HALL CLOSURE:  Hall will not be open Friday evenings on the 13th October 2017.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING DAY:  Saturday 14 October 10.30 am – 3.30pm Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road, Bexley DA5 2AY – Free NHS Health Check for 40-74 year olds, Slimming World, Bexley Art Group, talks and activities, light refreshments, free entry and goody bag – everyone welcome. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty

APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS:  Do you have one hour to spare once every six weeks? Would you be willing to give up that time to help clean the church? We are looking for three men or women to make up another group, as our current numbers have reduced. Please contact Carole Hughes on 020 8303 9073 or 07762 731303 if you would like to join us. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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