Newsletter Sunday November 25th, 2018

Today’s Theme: Christ The King

Today we celebrate Christ the universal king. He did not claim to be only the King of the Jews. His kingdom is not an exclusive one. He is king of all on the side of truth who listen to his voice.

First Reading: Daniel 7: 13-14 Second Reading: Apocalypse 1: 5-8
Gospel: John 18: 33-37


Saturday 24th November     10.00 am Father’s Intention
                                                   6.00 pm Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

Sunday 25th November     8.30 am Parishioners
                                               10.30 am Mrs O’Callaghan RIP (Danny and Kay Lyons)

Monday 26th November     10.00 am June Robson (Pat and Percy Burke)

Tuesday 27th November     7.00 pm Jeremy and Mary Hanks (The Burke Family)
        Adoration and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 28th November     10.00 am Deceased Members of the Gray Family (Friends)

Thursday 29th November     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 30th November     10.00 am Joe and Margaret McPartlin (The Burke Family)

Saturday 1st December     10.00 am Maureen Ribbins RIP (Marlene Burt)
                                              6.00 pm Angela Cox RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 2nd December     8.30 am Fr Ernest RIP (Ed and Sheila Jones)
                                              10.30 am Bill Keefe RIP (Iris and Family)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am (following Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass).

ANNIVERSARIES: Grace Rose Ferrara, Mary Mulraney, Maria Angerer, Greg (Wemyss), Fr Ernest Akorsou, Violet Gray and Maria Williamson.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday, St Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr. Wednesday, St Catherine Labouré. Friday, St. Andrew, Apostle. Patron of Scotland; St Cuthbert Mayne, Martyr. Saturday, Our Lady; SS Edmund Campion, Ralph Sherwin and Alexander Briant, Martyrs.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric and Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Peter Dent, Ray Smith, Teresa Fan, Tommy Otte, Christine Hand, Fr John Diver, Sr Angela and Marion Hams.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £411.07, Loose £216.20 Total £627.27.
This week’s Second Collection is for Catholic Youth Work.
Next week’s Retiring Collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson.  Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Ryan Bernarte.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Patricia. Sunday 8.30am Peter H. 10.30am Volunteer, Marlene, Volunteer, Paul, Molly (Host).  Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.  Front of Church: Paul Rowland.  Typing Newsletter: Molly Robins.  Photocopying Newsletter:. Mollie Hobson.  Washing of Purificators: Norma.  Flower Arranging: Sue (Advent Wreath).

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT before the 10am Masses. Begins with the Church’s New Year in Advent: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am.

FANCY A HOLIDAY IN ITALY? Join the parish in Assisi for a week’s half board accommodation with excursions thrown in each day. By doing so you’ll be following in the footsteps of St Francis and St Clare. Costs include flights and an Italian-speaking guide throughout. Come with us in October 2019. Details are in the porch, or contact Carol Anderson on 07913 698912.

SVP HAMPERS: If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, please post a note through the Parish House door marked ‘SVP Hampers’

COME TO HELP DECORATE THE HALL from 7pm on Friday 30th November and meet friends. Bar will be open.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Parish Quiz Night held last weekend was a lively, enjoyable evening, and well attended. Thanks to all those who helped to organise the event, particularly Brian and Edna Fernandes for setting and asking the questions. Over £500 was raised for the Church Maintenance Fund. Thank you for your support.

CHURCH FLOWERS: In keeping with tradition, there are no flowers in the church during Advent which starts next weekend. They will be back in all their glory as we celebrate Christmas. Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind comments about the displays during the past year and for their donations in the ‘Church Flowers’ box at the back of the church. So far this year we have collected just over £150. With costs always rising, especially during the winter months, all contributions are gratefully received. Sue Murphy

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2019: Application forms are now available for eligible children, Year 3 or above, who attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Full details next and subsequent weeks.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING FINALE: Wednesday 5th December: Outstanding movie on the life of St Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers (aka Dominicans), as he struggles to find a cure for the infestation of despair in his homeland. Later, in offering his life in the service of the Church, he is exposed to the greater perils of skewed Christian doctrines, which the Cathari professed to dying people. Bar open, subtitles, all welcome, admission free. Members of the International Association of Charities (AIC), available for those interested in knowing more. 7pm for 7.30 pm start.