Newsletter Sunday February 18th, 2018


The Good News of the Covenant –

At the beginning of Lent we renew our response to the Covenant, the pact of Love that God made with each of us at our Baptism. Imagine what news it must have been to Noah, alone in a drowned world, when he learned that God’s love had not abandoned, nor ever would abandon, the earth and its creatures.


Sat 17 Feb:    9am Frank, Josie & Charlie Keeley RIP (Eileen & John Stanton)
                      6pm Anne & Liam, Fiona & Marie Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 18 Feb:    8.30 Parishioners
                      10.30 Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)

Mon 19 Feb:     9am Sophie van Leeuwen: Birthday (Tim Bowman)

Tues 20 Feb:     7pm Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)
      Followed by Adoration + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 21 Feb:     10am Bill Keefe RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thu 22 Feb:     9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 23 Feb:     9am Zoe Baker RIP (Bonny Duff)
                         7.30pm Stations of the Cross

Sat 24 Feb:     9am Alice & John Stanton RIP (John & Eileen)
                     6pm Doreen Harrington & Family (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 25 Feb:  8.30am Parishioners
                     10.30am Wellbeing of Tony Speed (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, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, Mary Manners

Anniversaries: Julia Mansell, Sophie Mulvany, Stephen Dixon Amadio Bozzini, Douglas Mann, Jean Sheehan, Edmund Watts, Sonny Sheehan, Richard Brady, Regina Rajanayagam, Stephen Farquhar, Colin Littlejohn, James Bassett, Veronica Anne Moffat, Patrick Feeney, Margaret Bird.

Feast Days: Wednesday: The Chair of St Peter, Apostle

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 19/2)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty, Sun 8.30 Peter Wilkes, Sun 10.30 Ryan Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter:  Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays:  Paul Rowlands.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Kathy, Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond, 10.30am Carole, Marlene, Volunteer, Rob, John. Washing of Purificators: Molly

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS – 11th February 2018
1st: Gift Aid. £424.80 Loose. £228.28 Total. £653.08
2nd (Poor parishes): £14.20 £152.40 £166.60
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s 2nd collection is for CAFOD.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT: Will be every Friday at 7.30pm. Please note new time.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING for Parish Council Members to be held on 21 February 2018 at 8pm. Please send your suggestions through any of the members, via the box provided in the porch, or through Fr Christian. Thank you. Pastoral Council

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND We are now ready for a trip to the Holy Land next year 2019 (within the first quarter). Details to follow later. This notice is for early planning and savings. Thank you. Fr Christian.

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. Join old friends and new at Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Tuesday mornings, 10 for 10.30am, from 20 February, and the URC Hurst Road Thursday evenings 7 for 7.30pm, from 22nd February. On Thursday 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,

CONFIRMATION CLASSES:   Please be advised that the first Confirmation class will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in The Presbytery. For the first session, we ask that at least one parent or guardian also attend. 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 send our further details about the classes.
The confirmation service is booked for Saturday 7th July 2018. We look forward to meeting you all in February. The Confirmation Team.

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. Thank you. Fr Christian.  

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING Wed 21st Feb: Documentary on Blessed John Henry Newman’s life and places in England where he lived and worked. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

A DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR MINISTRIES (Readers & Eucharistic Ministers) will take place on Saturday 10th March at St Stephens, Welling. Please try to make it if you can, as this day has been specially organized at a local church.

THE SPUC GROUP would like to thank all parishioners for their very generous donations to our White Flower Appeal in January. The amount raised was £328.18.