Newsletter Sunday December 10th, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

THE JOY OF SALVATION

We celebrate the marvels God has worked for us in sending us His mercy and forgiveness, and calling us to share His glory. We await with joyful hope that ‘Day of the Lord’ when His work in us will be complete.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK:
Saturday 9 December     9.00am Les Thomas RIP (Peter & Ann Wilkes)
                                            6.00pm Bertram Bernard Smythe RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 10 December     8.30am Parishioners
                                            10.30am Holy Souls in Purgatory especially                                                                                          Deceased Members of FOSS

Monday 11 December     9.00am Elvira Vaz RIP (Alvira & Donald Almeida)

Tuesday 12 December     7.00pm Aires Fernandes RIP (Alvira & Donald Almeida)
   Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 13 December     10.00am Dannie & Jim Harrington RIP                                                                                         (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 14 December     9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 15 December     9.00am No Mass

Saturday 16 December     9.00am No Mass
                                            6.00pm Holy Souls in Purgatory especially                                                                                           Deceased Members of FOSS

Sunday 17 December     8.30am Patrick McQuaid RIP (Seamus, Patricia & Siobain)
                                            10.30am Alison Johnson (Mary Lee)
                                            3.00pm Carols & Nativity

Reconciliation Times: Sat. 9:30am-10:30am and Sat. 7pm-8pm (Following Masses).

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, Marlene Burt, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway.

Feast Days: Monday: Saint Damasus I, Pope. Wednesday: Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. Thursday: Saint John of the Cross.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Peter Harris.  Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson.  10.30am Tony Frake.   Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Collection for 8.30 Mass:  Mrs M Lee.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands. Eucharistic Ministers:   Saturday 6 pm: Mary. Sun 8.30am Patricia. Sun 10.30am Kathy (5) Eileen (6) Peter H (7) Dorothy (8) Margaret (9).   Washing of Purificators:  Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 3/12/17:
1st COLLECTION: Gift Aid – £ 427.23 Loose – £ 76.56 TOTAL – £ 603.79
RETIRING COLLECTION for AIC Saturday Friends: £ 668.34

This week’s retiring collection is for BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP

READERS: Following the sad passing of Les Thomas and with Angelia Gillespie wishing to step down from the Reader’s 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 k.fogarty@ntlworld.com or 07963 454 480. The new rota for existing Readers is available in the Sacristy. Thank you for volunteering. A reminder that if you are unable to read on a designated day, please arrange a swap with another Reader. Ann Fogarty.

“AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS”: A very big and sincere thank you for your very generous donation for homeless people following our appeal at the end of Mass last weekend which almost reached £650. This will finance work this coming year. We have no staff costs and our work is voluntary. God bless your kindness.

CHURCH CLEANING: We are very grateful to the parishioners who continue to give their time and energy to keep the church clean. Thank you to new volunteers. Next year’s rota is available from our cupboard in the Sacristy.
DISCOVER CHRISTMAS EVENTS: If you are coming on Friday 15th December and you are there for the meal break, please bring a plate of food/nibbles to share. If you are coming on the Saturday, perhaps something to top up the lunch after the demonstration would also be helpful.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: In Bexley High Street, outside Cherry Blossom Florist on 13th December, 6-7pm. Clergy and parishioners from Churches Together in Old Bexley will be singing carols to help remind villagers of the true meaning of Christmas. We don’t take a collection, just sing for an hour of the Joy of Christmas. All are welcome, the more the merrier, bring along any instruments.

OUR LADY’S FILM GROUP: Our next film evening will be on Wed 24th January (during Christian Unity Octave) when we will show documentaries on a) Shroud of Turin, & b) life of St Augustine of Hippo, the most influential Saint, Father & Doctor of Church (as background to April & May’s 2-part movie).
The films will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.

Friday night social: on Fri 26th January we have a Film Evening Fish-n-Chips Social, bar, and that includes the radical conversion testimony of Mr Robin Mace. Further details & £10 tickets available from Rebecca 07956-111909, rebeccaluton@yahoo.co.uk or at January’s film evening. We hope that all past, present and future attendees of film evenings will attend this overdue reunion and opportunity to discuss past films in depth. Maybe buy extra tickets for friends as Christmas presents?

Lift share: do you know of anyone who would like to come to these events, but needs a lift? Are you in a position to give a lift to others? If so, please contact Helen, our Lift Share Coordinator on 07532-124040; helenmrees2@live.co.uk (and not Tim or St John Fisher Church).

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