Newsletter Sunday January 14th, 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Answering God’s Call

Christ calls each of us by name. In this celebration we listen to what he has to say to us, prepared to use in his service the body that he has given us for the glory of God. We say with him, “This is my body which is given up for you.”


Saturday 13 January:     9.00am Belinda Coutinho RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
                                         6.00pm- Mae Moynihan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 14 January:     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am: John & Rebecca Harris (Carole Hughes)

Monday 15 January:     9.00am-Intention of Anne Marie (Anne Harris)

Tuesday 16 January:     7.00pm-Intentions of Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
    Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group.

Wed 17 January:     10.00am-Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 18 January:     9.00am-Eucharistic Service

Friday 19 January:     9.00am-Wellbeing of Dave Collison (Anne Harris)

Saturday 20 January:     9.00am The Dunne Family RIP (Bridie Haylett)
                                         6.00pm- Dan, John, Jim & Dannie Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sunday 21 January:     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am- Margaret Wallis RIP (Mary Lee)

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 McIntosh, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Marlene Burt, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway

Anniversaries: Erwin Janota, Carol Brooker, Jim Smerdon, Avril D’Silva, Mary Clancy, Anne Ryder, Anthony Gray, Charlotte Seekings, Ida Leito

Feast Days:  Wed: St Anthony, Abbot Fri: St Wulfstan, Bishop Sat: St Fabian, Pope & Martyr. St Sebastian, Martyr.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand,  Sunday 8.30am Peter Wilkes,  10.30am Tony Frake.   Copying of Newsletter: John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm (1) Anne H Sun 8.30am (2) Marlene Sun 10.30am (3) Volunteer (4) Margaret (5) Volunteer (6) Molly (7) Eileen.   Washing of Purificators: Kathy Connolly.   Flower Arranging: Graziella Highland & Lynn Cayford.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 7th January 2018
Gift Aid £ 448.00       Loose £ 237.93   Total £ 685.93
This week’s retiring collection: SPUC White Flower Appeal.
Next week’s retiring collection: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: The Archdiocese of Southwark is setting up a Diocesan Adoration Lay Committee to develop the practice of Eucharistic Adoration throughout the Archdiocese. You are welcome to attend an Information Meeting in The Centre for Catholic Formation, 21 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8BS, on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 11.00am (finishing at 12.15pm). Refreshments served. See poster in the church for further details of how to attend, or contact the Parish Office promptly.

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: SPUC will be holding its annual appeal this weekend.  Please be as generous as you can in supporting us.

YOUTH MEETING:  There is a meeting on 20th January to anyone interested in forming an ecumenical youth group (18-28) to engage in social, charitable or spiritual pursuits.  If interested, please contact Joe Ebare on

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 24th January: (Christian Unity Octave): documentaries on a) Shroud of Turin, & b) St Augustine of Hippo, influential Father & Doctor of Church (as background to April & May’s 2-part movie).  Bar open, all welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm start.  SPECIAL EVENT: Friday 26th Jan: fish-n-chips social evening, bar and testimony of radical conversion of Mr Robin Mace.  We hope that all past, present and future attendees of film evenings will attend. Details and £10 tickets at film evening; or from Rebecca on 07956 111 909 or or Tim Bowman.

THREAT TO CATHOLIC EDUCATION: The Government may be about to renege on its manifesto commitments to remove the 50% cap on Catholic admissions to Free Schools.  It appears that lobbying and letters to MPs have not worked. The Bishops have therefore put an online letter on their website which all Catholics are asked to consider signing. It takes around 3 minutes. Follow the link: and then follow the two steps.  If each member gets 3 to 4 people to sign in addition to themselves, then we will begin to approach the kind of numbers that would make a difference.  Best wishes, David O’Mahony, Chairman Catholic Union.

PARISH SOCIAL EVENTS:  Parishioners have identified a number of activities that they would enjoy.  The Events Team has suggested that these might be spread through the year.  Two of these are relatively fixed: June/July St John Fisher Feast Day and BBQ and 31 December – New Year’s Eve Disco. Others that were well liked and could be planned for each quarter: Quiz, 60/70s Night, Variety Night, Dinner and Dance.  Each event needs a small team to plan the event. All parishioners are invited to a meeting in the hall on Friday 19 January at 7.30pm to see what might be involved and become part of one of the teams. If there is no team for an event, that event will not take place. Bar will be open, light refreshments will be provided.

NORTH WEST KENT LIFE GROUP EVENTS: Coffee Morning with homemade cakes and marmalades. Raffle and Bring & Buy Sale in aid of Life Charity at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 5HJ on Friday 19th January 2018, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Fish ‘n’ Chips Supper at St John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley DA1 1AP in aid of Life Charity on Friday 26th January 2018 at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10.

Contact Rebecca Luton on 07956 111909 or

LOURDES 24th – 31st AUGUST 2018: If you are interested in coming on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as an assisted (sick or disabled) pilgrim or helper, please see poster on porch or visit or call Dr Mellows on 07771 543422 or see Tim Bowman.