Newsletter Sunday February 11th,2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, Friend of Outcast

To bring help to outcast, Jesus himself had to become an outcast and
“stay outside in places where nobody lived”.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 10 – 18 February 2018

Saturday 10 February    9.00am: Foundation Mass for Virginia Bolton
                                          6.00pm: Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 11 February     8.30am: Parishioners
                                         10.30am: Kathleen Murphy RIP: 100th Birthday

Monday 12 February     9.00am: Nicola & Family (Anne Harris)

Tuesday 13 February     7.00pm: Intentions & Wellbeing of Eileen Wheatley
                                                                         (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
       Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group.

Wed 14 February     9.00am: Rose Swink RIP (Tim Bowman)
Ash Wednesday     8.00pm: Juliette & Family (Anne Harris)

Thursday 15 February     9.00am: Eucharistic Service

Friday 16 February     9.00am: Amanda Coutinho RIP (Alex & Dahlia Fernandes)
                                         7.00pm: Stations of the cross

Saturday 17 February     9.00am: Frank, Josie & Charlie Keeley RIP (Eileen & John Stanton)
                                         6.00pm: Anne & Liam, Fiona Marie Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 18 February     8.30am: Parishioners
                                         10.30am: Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)

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, 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, David Collinson.

Anniversaries: Mr & Mrs Ayres, John Griffiths, Annie Clark, Harry Simmonds, Kathleen Murphy.

Feast Days: Sat: St Scholastica, Virgin Wed: Ash Wednesday Thurs: St Claude de la Columbiere, Priest

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson 10.30am Lota Emeka-Onah.   Copying of Newsletter: John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Peter Whiffen Sun 8.30am Marlene Sun 10.30am Kathy, Mary, Patricia, Carole, Dorothy.    Washing of Purificators: Kathy.   Flower Arranging: Sue Murphy (13th Feb: Shrove Tuesday)

Sunday 4th February 2018 Gift Aid: £ 512.70   Loose: £ 193.41     Total:  £ 706.11
This week’s 2nd collection: Poor Parishes
Next week’s retiring collection: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT:   Will be every Friday at 7:00pm.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP:   Thank you for your kind donation of £109.85 on Sunday 2nd January. We will be giving £500 to two further projects this month. The first to buy small livestock (rabbits, goats & pigs) to distribute to poor families in the northern province of Rwanda. The second will be to build toilets for a Church/Meeting Place in a village Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Please contact our Parish representative, Maria Ward, on 01322 555553 if you have any queries.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES:   Please be advised that the first Confirmation Class will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018 from 19.30 – 20.30 in the Presbytery. For the first session, we ask that at least one parent or guardian to attend also. If you have not already given an email address, please can you send your name, your child’s name and your address to we will then be able to send out further details about the classes. The Confirmation Service is booked for Saturday 7th July 2018. We look forward to meeting you all. The Confirmation Team.

LENT COURSE WITH CHURCHES TOGETHER IN OLD BEXLEY:   This year’s course is The Joy of the Gospel which opens up Pope Francis’ inspiring and acclaimed reflections in Evangelli gaudium. As Paula Gooder the author says, “It is the joy of the Gospel that radiates from Pope Francis himself and offers us a beacon of what we might become if only we can take this message seriously”. Join old friends and new at Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Tuesday mornings, 10:00 for 10:30am, from 20th February, and the URC Hurst Road, Thursday evenings, 7:00 for 7:30pm, from 22nd February. On Thursday evening 22nd February, the Anglican Bishop of Rochester, James Longstaff, will lead the group. I have four free copies of the course book to give away, otherwise they’re available from Amazon or Church House Publishing. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 07963 454480 or

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 21st February: Documentary (and short movie) on Blessed John Henry Newman’s life and places in England where he lived and worked – from London to Oxford, from Littlemore to Birmingham. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome, 7pm for 7:30pm start.

DONATE A SAXOPHONE:   A newly formed congregation (Sons of Divine Love, Nigeria) wish to set up their choir/liturgical music. They are requesting a donation of a couple of saxophones. If you can help, please contact me. Fr Christian.

LOURDES 24 – 31 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 in the porch or visit or call Dr Mellows on 07771 543 422 or see Tim Bowman.

CHURCH HEATING:   Following the recent announcement by Fr Christian about the need to raise funds to meet the cost of repairing the heating system, there is more information about the problem on the parish website. Just go to: or go to the website and click on ‘Heating’ on the welcome page.

QUIZ NIGHT: In aid of Life Charity on Saturday 17th February 2018 at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ.