Newsletter Sunday March 25th, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

On this day the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery.

The memorial of this entrance of the Lord takes place at all Masses.

Saturday 24 March:   9.00am Jude Nebo RIP (Fr Christian)
                                      6.00pm    Macelindo Iligan RIP: Anniversary (Nenen)

Sunday 25 March:   8.30am Parishioners
Palm Sunday           10.30am. Wellbeing of Tony & Dorothy Speed (Tony Frake)

Monday 26 March    9.00am Delia Willis RIP (Peter & Ann Wilkes)

Tuesday 27 March    7.00pm Cian Lenihan: 2year old fighting cancer (Sheila Beattie)
   Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group.

Wednesday 28 March    No morning Mass
                                      11.30 Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral

Thursday 29 March    No morning Eucharistic Service
Maundy Thursday 8.00pm Maundy Mass for Beryl Ladell RIP (Mary Lee)

Friday 30 March.    10.30 Children’s Stations of the Cross
Good Friday.     12.00pm Stations of the Cross at St James, North Cray Road
                             3.00pm Solemn Liturgy

Saturday 31 March    No morning Mass
                                    8.00pm Easter Vigil Mass for Parishioners

Sunday 1 April.         8.30am Kitty Edwards (Kate Kennedy)
Easter Sunday.          10.30am. Deceased Members of Bernarte Family
                                             (Venus, Rommel & Family)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am-10.30am and Sat 7pm-8pm (following Masses).
See below for Lenten Services of Reconciliation.

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, George Waller, Peter Dent.

Anniversaries: Father Joe Coleman, Rex Wheatley, Anne Dowling, Leslie Laklia, Barbara Simmons, Jean Nowak, Doreen Corcoran.

Feast Days: Sun: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Thurs: Maundy Thursday Fri: Good Friday Sat: Holy Saturday

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm None Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes 10.30am Joseph Ebare Copying of Newsletter: Calen Delpaul Newsletter Typist: Graziella Highland Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: John Stanton Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday Easter Vigil Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond Sun 10.30am Kathy, Mary, Volunteer, Eileen, Paul Washing of Purificators: Kathy.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION:. Sunday 18th March 2018
1st Collection: Gift Aid £ 414.11. Loose £ 135.61. Total £549.72

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: For washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday and Eucharistic Ministry over the Easter period.

EDIE LIGHTFOOT R.I.P.: Sadly, we have received news that Edie Lightfoot has passed away. Please remember all her family & friends in your prayers. Edie was 97 years old.

LENTEN SERVICES OF RECONCIALITION: Monday 26th March at 7:30pm at Our Lady of the Angels, Erith. Tuesday 27th March at 7:30pm at St Laurence’s, Sidcup.

GIFT AID ENVELOPES: Please collect your ‘Gift Aid’ envelopes from the back of the church. Thank you for all your support.

EASTER OFFERING: Parishioners are reminded that the Easter collection is for your Parish Priest. If you are going away and would still wish to donate, please do so. Gift Aiders can put their special envelopes into any collection before or after Easter. Those who donate to the loose collection, other than on Easter Sunday, will need to place their donations in a separate envelope marked “Easter Offering”, and put it through the offertory collection. Alternatively, it can be posted through the presbytery letterbox. Thank you, Finance Committee.

CHURCH FLOWERS: Is there anyone out there who would enjoy the chance of helping the flower arranging team after Easter – maybe once a month on a Friday or Saturday? Please call me, Sue Murphy 01322 528224 or email

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Our next film evening will be on Wed 25th April when we will show the 1st of a 2-part movie on the life the great St Augustine of Hippo as he rises from his reckless days as a youth to become a most highly influential Father & Doctor of the Church. The second part (including a trailer as recap) will be shown on Wed 9th May. Watch either or both parts.

The film will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, bar open, hot buffet snacks, admission free, all welcome, 7pm for 7.30 pm start.

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS 12:00 NOON – Churches Together in Old Bexley warmly welcome all to follow and pray with Christ. This year to be held in our newest member church, St James North Cray – a beautiful church, one of Foots Cray’s best kept secrets – North Cray Road DA15 5EQ. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact.

NORTH WEST KENT LIFE GROUP EVENTS: Afternoon Tea in aid of Life Charity on Thursday 5th April 2018 at 1pm to 4pm, St Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ.

BARN DANCE FRIDAY 11 MAY 2018 – PETER DENT: To raise money for our church roof maintenance, etc. Please put your name on the list at the door. Tickets – Adults, £5.00, Children, £2.50. Starts at 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Keep the church going.

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.

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.