Newsletter Sunday November 26th, 2017

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time


Christ is a King on the model of the Homeric kings who called themselves “shepherds of the people”. As a royal shepherd he is leading us to the Kingdom of the Father.


Sat 25 Nov     9am John & Maria Macalinney (Bridie Haylett)
                         6pm Jack Burton-Bowen RIP (Oonagh Wood)
Sun 26 Nov     8.30am Parishioners
                          10.30am Mrs N O’Callaghan RIP: Anniversary (Kay & Danny Lyons)
Mon 27 Nov     9am Ken Stroughair RIP: 1st Anniversary
                                             (Theresa, Elizabeth & Paul Gannaway & Family)
Tues 28 Nov     7pm John Daly RIP (Anne Harris)
   Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 29 Nov     10am Liam, Anne, Marie & Fiona Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Thu 30 Nov     9am Eucharistic Service
Fri 1 Dec         9am Leslie Thomas RIP (Margaret Weeks)
                          Followed by Opening of 24 Hour Adoration
Sat 2 Dec        9am Trudy Custy RIP (Peter & Ann Wilkes)
                          Followed by Close of 24 Hour Adoration
                          6pm Wellbeing of Angela Cox (Oonagh Wood)
Sun 3 Dec        8.30am Parishioners
                          10.30am Violet Gray RIP + Deceased members of The Gray Family (Liam)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am-10.30am and Sat 7pm-8pm (following Masses)

Prayers 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, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey

Anniversaries:  Thomas Joseph Flower, Elizabeth Scott, Pat Underwood, Pat Wilkinson, Noel Horrabin

Feast Days:  Thursday St Andrew, Apostle, Patron of Scotland

ROTAS For w/c Mon 27/11 Readers: Sat 6pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30am Les Thomas Sun 10.30am Paul Gannaway.    Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.    Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Patricia Sun 8.30am Bridie 10.30am Carole (5) Margaret (6) Peter H (7) Patricia (8) Eileen (9).    Washing of Purificators: Molly Robins.  Flower Arranging: Sue (advent wreath)

1st Collection: Gift Aid – £350.80;   Loose – £211.19;   TOTAL: £561.99
This week’s second collection is for Catholic Youth Work.
Next week’s retiring collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.

READERS Following the sad passing of Les Thomas and with Angela Gillespie wishing to step down from the Readers’ Rota, I am planning a revised rota. We need one reader for Christmas Midnight Mass and another Reader for the 10:30am Mass on Christmas Day – please can volunteers contact me on or 07963 454480. A reminder too that if you are unable to read on a designated day please arrange a swap with another reader. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty.

24 HOUR ADORATION Please sign up to assist in our 24 hour Adoration beginning after 9am Mass on Friday 1st December and concluding with 9am Mass on Saturday 2nd December. Please find list in porch.

SVP HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, please put a note through the Parish House door marked “SVP Hampers”.

NEW YEARS FAMILY DISCO – In St John Fisher Hall. Adults £10, Children £2. Licensed bar & disco 8pm to 1am. Bring own nibbles.

FRIDAY SOCIAL CLUB Due to other hall bookings the club will be CLOSED until January 2018. When we re-open in January we will be making a push for the club to be Ecumenical and build on love between the churches and to the community.

ADVENT APPEAL The AIC “Saturday Friends” group in our Parish does rehabilitation work with homeless people. On the weekend of 2/3 December we will make our annual Advent appeal on behalf of our homeless friends, explaining what with your help has been achieved this past year – and what with continued help can be done in 2018. We will also be distributing information on how you can support or volunteer at The Passage. Nearer home, last winter local Christian churches organised Winter Night Shelter facilities in Bexleyheath and Welling. If you would like to find our more or could offer help this coming winter, please contact Melvyn French, Co-ordinator e-mail, Thank you. Christine Crump.   

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wed 6th December: A documentary on the modern-day mystic BL SOLANUS CASEY. Known as a wonder-worker and a powerful instrument of divine healing and hope, he touched countless lives. His untiring attention to the sick and poor brought an unprecedented outpouring of grief at his death in 1957. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm 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.

VOLUNTEER COUNTERS We have had responses for our request for counters, but few more still needed either for Sunday at 12.00 noon or Monday morning. Please speak to Fr. Christian or Brian Fernandes (Chairman). Thanks. Finance Committee.

MEETING PLACE Open Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.