Newsletter Sunday October 22nd, 2017


Today’s Theme: The Lord of History

God is King. Earthly rulers, political regimes, Cyrus or Caesar, are called by God to reveal something of his power and majesty and his plan for the human race. But they only hold their power for a day. Our concern is not with them but with God whom we worship in this celebration.

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

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

Monday 23rd October 9.00 am Diamond D’Mello RIP (Edna and Brian Fernandes)

Tuesday 24th October 7.00 pm Wellbeing of Tess Truman (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
     Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 25th October 10.00 am Ben van Leeuwen, Birthday (Tim Bowman)

Thursday 26th October 9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 27th October 9.00 am Sister John Bowman RIP (Tim Bowman)

Saturday 28th October 9.00 am Trudy Custy RIP (John and Eileen Stanton)
                                        6.00 pm Ida Thomson RIP (Lindsay Delpaul)

Sunday 17th October 8.30 am Parishioners
                                        10.30 am Lance Grainger RIP, 2nd Anniversary (Madeline & Family)

ANNIVERSARIES: Stan Spicer, Ivor John Burton-Bowen, Clive D’Silva, Nicholas Nencini.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday St John Paul II, Pope. Monday St John of Capistrano, Priest. Tuesday St Anthony Mary Claret, Priest. The Forty Martyrs; SS Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs. Thursday SS Chad and Ced, Bishops. Saturday SS Simon and Jude, Apostles.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £447.70, Loose £156.90, Total £604.60. Bexley Developing World Group £120.78. Second collection this weekend (22/10/17) is for Missio.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh and Timmy Lenihan.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand.   Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson; 10.30am Joseph Ebare.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Ivan.  Sunday 8.30am Bridie. 10.30am Paul (5) Marlene (6)) Carole (7). Rob (8) John (9).   Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jeyaseelan.   Front of Church: Giovanni Aletta.   Typing Newsletter: Ruth Powers.   Photocopying Newsletter: John Stanton.   Washing of Purificators: Kathy Connolly.   Flower Arranging: Teresa and Lynn.

THIS ADVENT 2017, we as a Parish are offering a Special Mass for our youths on 26th November (Christ the King). To this effect we ask any young person (or adult) who can play a musical instrument to talk to Fr Christian or any of the members of the Liturgy Group so we can adjust the liturgy to accommodate them.

ALSO STARTING THIS ADVENT – MONTHLY CHILDREN’S MASS: On the last Sunday of each month the children stay in church for the whole Mass. We will be encouraging the children to take an active part in the service and take over the readings and bidding prayers during these family services. Please speak to Fr Christian or one of the catechists if your child would like to be a reader. Thanks, Fr Christian

ELVIRA VAZ:  Sadly we have received the news that Elvira Vaz passed away on Wednesday. Please remember her and all the family in your prayers.

APF – MILL HILL MISSION THANK YOU AND APPEAL:  This weekend we welcome Fr Donie O’Connor to our Parish. Fr Donie will be making the five-yearly APF-Mill Hill Thank You and Appeal for new members. He will explain how we can all be involved in the Mission of the Church in our homes and families. Jesus asks his followers to “go and bring the Good News to all people”. By responding to Fr Donie’s Appeal this weekend, we can truly be a parish ‘involved in the Mission of the Universal Church’. It would be fantastic if every home was involved in this work of the Church by supporting missionaries throughout the world.

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.

PARISH QUESTIONNAIRE SUGGESTION BOX:  Please accept our appreciation for your prompt response to our survey on the likely events desired by parishioners. We have 70 completed questionnaires so far, and request those who have not yet done so to help with such vital information for our social and spiritual life.

A READERS’ AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS’ DAY OF RECOLLECTION will be held at Streatham on Saturday 11th November. Please see noticeboard for details.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP:  Thank you for your kind donation of £120.78 on Sunday 15th October. Please contact our Parish Representative, Maria Ward, on 01322 555553 if you have any queries.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING, Wed 15th Nov: movies on a) St John of the Cross, mystic, Carmelite reformer, Doctor of the Church; and b) St John Vianney. Patron saint of parish priests and renowned for his pastoral work. Bar open, charity stall, All welcome, 7 for 7.30pm start.