Newsletter Sunday December 3rd, 2017


Today’s Theme: Waiting for The Lord
Our life is a long vigil, waiting for the Lord to be revealed in all his glory. We wait with longing and with ‘joyful hope’, for his Spirit is with us, and we know that God is faithful to his promises


Saturday 2nd Dec     9.00 am Trudy Custy RIP (Peter and Ann Wilkes
                                     6.00 pm Wellbeing of Angela Cox (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 3rd Dec     8.30 am Parishioners
                                   10.30 am Violet Gray RIP, plus deceased members
                                  of the Gray Family (Liam)

Monday 4th Dec     9.00 am Bill Keefe RIP and his Family
                                  (Christine and Kenneth Crump)

Tuesday 5th Dec     7.00 pm Bill Keefe RIP (Tim Bowman)
    Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 6th Dec     10.00 am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen and Family)

Thursday 7th Dec     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 8th Dec     9.00 am Claire Lott RIP (John and Eileen and Kathy)

Saturday 9th Dec     9.00 am Les Thomas RIP (Ann and Peter Wilkes))
                                    6.00 pm Bertram Bernard Smythe RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 10th Dec     8.30 am Parishioners
                                  10.30 am Holy Souls in Purgatory especially deceased
                                  members of FOSS (Gloria and Tony)

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

ANNIVERSARIES: Grace Rose Ferrara, Mary Mulraney, Maria Angerer, Greg Wemyss, Fr Ernest Akorsou, Violet Gray and Maria Williamson.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church; St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury. Tuesday, St John Almond, Martyr. Wednesday, St Nicholas, Bishop. Thursday, St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Friday, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday, St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £376.60 Loose £188.57 Total £565.17.  Second Collection, Catholic Youth Work: Gift Aid £97.12 Loose £139.17 Total £236.29.
This week’s Retiring Collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.
Next week’s Retiring Collection will be for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

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, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey and Marlene Burt.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson.  Sunday 8.30am Angela Gillespie; 10.30am Katherine Bernarte.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Anne Harris.  Sunday 8.30am Ann Hyde. 10.30am Volunteer (5) Mary (6) Patricia (7). Molly (8) Dorothy (9).   Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Front of Church: Ken Crump.   Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland.   Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul.   Washing of Purificators: Patricia McQuaid.

THE MEETING PLACE has once again earned a 5-Star rating from Bexley Council for their excellent standard of food hygiene.  We would like to thank all the staff and supporters for their continued hard work.

ELVIRA VAZ: Mark and family would like to extend their gratitude to the parishioners of St John Fisher for attending the funeral of their mother, Elvira.  Your cards, Masses and/or floral tributes were very much appreciated.

THE AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS GROUP in our parish does rehabilitation work with homeless people who use The Passage Day Centre in central London. This weekend we will make our annual Advent appeal on behalf of our homeless friends explaining what, with your continued help, can be done in 2018. We will also be distributing information on how you can support or volunteer at The Passage, should you want or be able to do so.
Nearer home, last winter local Christian churches organised Winter Night Shelter facilities in Bexleyheath and Welling. If you would like to find out more or could offer help this coming winter, please contact Melvyn French, Co-ordinator: email

SVP HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS: If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, put a note through Presbytery door marked ‘SVP Hampers’.

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.

EVENTS QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS: Thank you for the good response. In summary, there is a strong desire for: Quiz Night – St John Fisher Event – Variety Night – 60s/70s Night. Individual comments indicated that events need to include or focus on the family/children and youth. The Events Team could book say four dates in 2018 for the key events above but would need a team/teams to organise them. Are you willing to be part of such a team? Please let Fr Christian know, or one of the team on 01322 523499 or email And/or come along to our Volunteers Meeting on Friday 12th January 2018, 7.30pm in the Hall.

NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO in St John Fisher Hall. Adults £10. Children £2. Licensed bar and disco. 8pm – 1am. Bring your own nibbles.