Newsletter Sunday December 9th, 2018



We celebrate the marvels God has worked for us in sending us his mercy and forgiveness and calling us to share his glory. We await with joyful hope that ‘Day of the Lord’ when his work in us will be complete.

First Reading: Baruch: 5:1-9 Second Reading: St Paul to the Philippians 1:3-6. 8-11
Gospel: Luke 3: 1-6

Click above to hear Fr Bull’s sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent

Please note the new time for weekday mass will be 10am
Saturday 8 December     10.00 am Holy Souls
                                              6.00 pm Anne Turp RIP (Turp Family)

Sunday 9 December     8.30 am Parishioners
                                         10.30 am Pop & Mam de Groen Family & Friends (Angela Chard)

Monday 10 December     9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                             10.00 am Intentions of Gloria Laws (Tony)

Tuesday 11 December     7.00 pm John Fitzpatrick RIP (OLPG)
       Adoration and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 12 December   9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                             10.00 am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 13 December     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 14 December     9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                         10.00am Intentions of The Fogarty Family (Kathy Connelly)

Saturday 15 December     10.00 am Holy Souls
                                             6.00 pm Dan & Julia Harrington +Patrick & Mary Sheehan

Sunday 16 December     8.30 am Intentions of Teresa Fan (Gill Brooks)
                                         10.30am Mercy Easton RIP (Gloria & Tony Laws)
                                            3.00pm  Carols and Children’s Nativity Play

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

ANNIVERSARIES: Walter Trembaluk, Bernard Fitzjohn, Tom Ryan, Ernie Hildebrand, Myfanwy Hogg.

FEAST DAYS: Monday: Saints: John Roberts, Polydore Plasden, Eustace White, martyred; Saints Edmund Gennings and Swithun Wells, martyred. Tuesday: St Damascus I, Pope. Thursday: St Lucy, virgin and martyr. Friday: St John of the Cross.

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, Marion Hams, David Rogers.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £459.20, Loose £200.23 Total £659.43.
Bexley Deanery: £134.30 plus £7 for Catholic Youth Services from 25th November 2018.
This week’s retiring collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm David Latimer. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett. 10.30am Lota Emeka-Onah. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Patricia. Sunday 8.30am Ann Hyde 10.30am Volunteer, Mary H, Volunteer, Eileen W, Dorothy (Host).  Front of Church: Giovanna Aletta. Typing Newsletter: Ruth Powers. Photocopying Newsletter: Emma Fox. Washing of Purificators: Molly.

AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS: Will, this weekend, make their annual appeal for homeless people who are clients of The Passage Day Centre in central London and use our ‘Saturday Friends’ rehabilitation service. Your donations will be presented in the Offertory procession at Mass next Sunday. Very grateful for your ongoing generosity.

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY: Will be on Sunday 16 December at 3pm. If your child wants to take part, they need to be able to attend Mass on Sunday 9th December at 10.30am to allocate roles and practice and on Sunday 16th December at 10.30 am for rehearsal. Following the Nativity, there will be refreshments in the hall with mulled wine and mince pies. Please come to see and support our children as they perform at the Nativity Play, interspersed with carols.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: Application forms available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2019. Children eligible must be in Year 3 or above and should attend Mass regularly at St John Fisher, Bexley. Application forms are at the back of the Church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend Mass, please speak to Father Doug. Completed forms must be returned no later than 23rd December 2018. The programme will commence on Sunday 13th January 2019. Full details of all relevant dates will follow soon. Finally, we really need new volunteers to help run the programme. If you are interested in helping our children, prepare for this special sacrament, please speak to Angela Underwood.

SVP HAMPERS: If anyone knows someone locally who would benefit, please post a note through the Parish House door marked ‘SVP Hampers’

MOVIE EVENING: Wed 23/1/19 Movie on St Thomas Becket. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CAROL SINGING: Join us outside Blossoms Flower Shop, Bexley High Street this Wednesday, December 12th. at 6-7pm as we sing out the joy of Christ in Christmas.

NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO: 8pm – 1am. Bring own nibbles, bar open, tickets £12 adult, £1 child. Contact Noel McCarthy on 07813890556 / 0208 301 2479

BAPTISMAL COURSES: The schedule of Baptismal Courses for 2019 are shown in the narthex. If you wish to arrange for the baptism of your child, please take note of the dates and contact Andy Watson, on 07786 185016 or at