Newsletter Sunday October 15th, 2017




Saturday 14 October     9.00am Holy Souls
                                         6.00pm Jack Burton-Bowen RIP (Onagh Wood)

Sunday 15 October     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

Monday 16 October     9.00am Holy Souls

Tuesday 17 October    7.00pm Holy Souls
   Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 18 October    10.00am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 19 October    9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 20 October    9.00am Holy Souls

Saturday 21 October     9.00am Holy Souls
                                        6.00pm Elizabeth & Mick Minihan (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sunday 22 October     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am Trudy Custy RIP (Choir)

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.

Anniversaries: Fr James Gavigan, Gladys Norman, Bridget Devlin.

Feast Days: Saturday: Saint Callistus I, Pope & Martyr. Sunday: Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Dr. of the Church. Saint Richard Gwynn, Martyr. Monday: Saint Hedwig, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Tuesday: Saint Ignatius. Wednesday: Saint Luke, Evangelist. Thursday: Saints John de Brebeuf & Issac Jogues, Saint Paul of the Cross, Saint Philip Howard, died, Tower of London 1595.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson. Sunday 8.30am Les Thomas. 10.30am Katherine Benarte. Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox. Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins. Collection for 8.30 Mass Mrs T Li/Ray. Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Mark Vaz. Flower Arranging: Doune & Graziella. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm: Rob. Sun 8.30am Peter Whiffen. Sun 10.30am Kathy (5) Eileen (6) Peter Hammond (7) Margaret (8) Dorothy (9) Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 8/10/17- Gift Aid: £346.60 Loose: £ 193.27 Total: £539.87
2nd Collection- CAFOD: £ 657.90
Retiring Collection this weekend is for the BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP

TERRY FROGLEY: Margaret and family would like to thank Father Christian and Father Modestus for celebrating Terry’s Funeral Mass. Also parishioners and friends for their help and support and their prayers and masses offered for Terry.

A THANK YOU: To Fr. Modestus from the priest and parishioners, wishing him farewell.

THE SVP GROUP: Would like to thank all parishioners who gave so generously to our recent collection. The amount raised was £185.56.

PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM): At the AGM on 19th May 2017, it was agreed that using the hall for free to raise money for charities other than the church by parishioners/groups, incurred a loss for the parish and so a contribution was required to help keep the hall running. Therefore, it has been decided that a donation of a least 20% (before expenses) of £200 and above from such events should be given to the parish to offset some of the bills/expenses incurred (any group can give more if they wish to do so.) If they require to use the bar, they should pay the bar staff. However, groups are free to book the hall/bar through the traditional way and pay the normal charge for hiring the hall (should they not raise up to £200). In this case, they should keep/use all the money raised from their events towards their preferred charity. Brian Fernandes, Chairman Parish Finance Council. Rob O’Halloran, Chairman Parish Council, Fr Christian Onyigbuo, Parish Administrator.

ANNUAL RETREAT TO AYLESFORD: Next year will be Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018. A list is in the porch. Please pay £10 deposit to John Stanton.

ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: This service will be held in the church on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 2.00pm. This will be a time for us to remember those close to us who have died. After the service, refreshments will be served in the Hall. We hope you will be able to join us. Donations of cakes will be gratefully received on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: On two occasions recently, a match was left on a candle. This caused the holder to melt. In the interest of safety, do not leave matches on the candles or leave candles touching.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Our next film evening will be on Wed 15th Nov 2017 when we will show movies on: St John of the Cross, Spanish mystic, reformer of the Carmelites and Doctor of the Church; and St John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, and renowned for his priestly and pastoral work.

The films will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open, charity stall, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.

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 31st December 2017. The programme will commence in January 2018. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates, including parents’ meetings, will follow soon. Please look out for future notices in the parish newsletter.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Weekend 16th December (16th, 17th, 18th) for Christmas Recollection and Carols.

THE GROVE SINGERS: An Autumn Concert. This London based chamber choir will sing songs from Elizabethan times to present day, complemented by poetry readings. St Mary the Virgin Church, Bexley, on Saturday 28th October at 7pm. Tickets £8 including interval refreshments. Tickets available at the door or ring Roger or Sheila Thompson on 01322 522 071. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Extension Fund.

CELEBRATION: ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL: David Wells, Keynote Talk; ‘New People – New Hearts’. The action of the Holy Spirit in the life of a disciple today. David will look at what it means to be a missionary disciple in today’s anxious world. Saturday 4th November 2017 9.45am – 4.45pm. Full itinerary in church porch.

APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Do you have one hour to spare once every 6 weeks? Would you be willing to give 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 0208 303 9073 or 07762 731 303 if you would like to join us.

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: Open 7.30pm every Friday for Bridge and bring your own games for young and old. Convivial Bar.

THE MEETING PLACE: Open Wednesdays 9.30 am – 1.30pm in the church hall.