Newsletter Sunday November 5th, 2017


Today’s Theme: God’s Message of Eternal Life

How easy it is for human pride to falsify God’s message, to make capital out of it.
Today let us honour God in humility, sincerity and truth.

Saturday 4th Nov     9.00 am Holy Souls
                           6.00 pm Norberto Iligan and Kevin Decalos Aames RIP (Nenen)

Sunday 5th Nov     8.30 am Parishioners
                               10.30 am Mum and Dad de Groen Family and Friends RIP
                              (Angela Chard)

Monday 6th Nov     9.00 am Patricia Woodhouse RIP (Bill and Rita Woodhouse)

Tuesday 7th Nov     7.00 pm Les Thomas RIP (Tim Bowman)
   Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 8th Nov     10.00 am Trudy Custy RIP (OLPG)

Thursday 9th Nov     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 10th Nov     9.00 am Hazel Birch in Memoriam (Geoff)

Saturday 11th Nov     9.00 am Elvira Vaz RIP (Eileen and John Stanton)
                               6.00 pm Bernadette Willoughby RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 12th Nov     8.30 am Parishioners
                              10.30 am Bridget Harrington RIP (Tony Frake)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am-10.30am, 7pm-8pm (following Masses).

ANNIVERSARIES: Reg Huntington, Christa Frake, Kay Todd.

FEAST DAYS: Tuesday The Dedication of the Cathedral Church of St George. Wednesday St Willibrord, Bishop. Thursday The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Friday St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church. Saturday St Martin of Tours, Bishop.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £390.65 Loose £239.36, Total £630.01.
Retiring Collection for this weekend is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s Second Collection will be for Archbishop’s Administration Fund.

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,  Carol Anderson;  Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Marlene Burt.   Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday 6pm Rob. Sunday 8.30am Bridie. 10.30am Carole (5) Mary (6)) Peter H (7). Dorothy (8) Molly (9).   Collector 8.30am Mass:  Mrs M Lee.   Front of Church: Paul Rowland.   Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland.   Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul.   Washing of Purificators: Patricia McQuaid.   Flower Arranging: Sue (Remembrance Sunday).

THIS ADVENT 2017, we as a Parish are offering a Special Mass for our youth 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. Hopefully if we have enough volunteers we will be able to make this a regular feature on the last Sunday of each month with the children staying 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 RIP:  The Funeral Mass for Elvira will take place on Wednesday 8th November at 10am at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Blackfen.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Please remember to collect your new rota for November to February from the Sacristy. Thanks, Kathy and Patricia

CAFOD HARVEST CAKE SALE: The Children’s Liturgy team would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Cake Sale. A special thank you to all the children who worked so hard baking and decorating a delicious assortment of cakes and bakes for us to sell. Together we raised a fantastic £116.50 for CAFOD. This money will help CAFOD to continue to provide vital emergency relief and development work in the world’s poorest communities.

CEMETERY VISITS FOR NOVEMBER: Sunday 5th November, 2.30pm Sidcup Cemetery. Sunday 12th November, 1.00pm Plumstead Cemetery; 2.30pm Bexleyheath Cemetery and Hillview Cemetery Welling (new date); 3.15pm Erith Cemetery, Brook Street.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018: Application forms are now available. Children must be in Year 3 or above and should attend Mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Please see Angela Underwood for full details of First Holy Communion Programme or speak to Fr Christian. Application forms to be completed and returned not later than 31st December 2017.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING, Wed 15th Nov: movies on a) St John of the Cross, mystic, reformer of the Carmelites, Doctor of the Church, and the greatest poet that Spain has ever known; and b) St John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, renowned for his priestly and pastoral work in the tiny village of Ars in France where, through his personal holiness and sacrifice, he converted not just the entire population of the town, but countless pilgrims from near and far. Bar open, charity stall, All welcome, 7 for 7.30pm start.