Newsletter Sunday December 16th, 2018


A day of Festival

Today we sing and shout for joy with Christ, the Lord of Dance, who brings good news of our redemption, and renews us by his love.

1st Reading: Zeph 3:14-18a 2nd Reading: Phil 4:4-7 Gospel Luke 3:10-18

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

Please note the new time for weekday mass is 10am

Sat 15 Dec        10am Holy Souls
                         6pm Dan & Julia Harrington + Patrick & Mary Sheehan
                          (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 16 Dec        8.30am Intentions of Teresa Fan (Gill Brooks)
3rd of Advent     10.30am Mercy Easton RIP (Gloria & Tony Laws)
                            3pm Childrens Nativity

Mon 17 Dec        No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                          No 10am Mass
                          12noon Funeral Mass for Aileen Beckwith

Tues 18 Dec        7pm Patrick McQuaid RIP (Seamus, Siobain & Patricia)
                          Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 19 Dec        9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                             10am Jim, Dannie, Thomas & John Harrington RIP
                             (Eileen Sheehan &Family)

Thu 20 Dec        9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 21 Dec        9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10am Scott’s Mum & Dad (Eileen Wheatley)

Sat 22 Dec        10am Intention of Kathleen Gilmartin (P&PB)
                            6pm Cliff Knight RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sun 23 Dec        8.30am Parishioners
4th of Advent      10.30am Timmy Lenihan (Nora & Michael Moran)

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

Anniversaries: Mary O’Sullivan, Ronald Andrews, May Williams, Patrick McQuaid, Charlotte Seekings.

Prayers 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 & 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, Leigh Richards.

Feast Days: Wednesday: Friday St Peter Canisius, Priest, Doctor of the Church

First Collection: Gift Aid- £451.75 Loose- £228.87. TOTAL – £680.62
Retiring Collection (AIC Saturday Friends) £760.50

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 17/12)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30 Doune Robinson Sun 10.30 Marlene Burt.   Copying of Newsletter John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Rob Sun 8.30am Mary J 10.30am Volunteer, Eileen W, Patricia, Margaret, Molly.   Washing of Purificators: Alvira.   Flower Arranging: Note on 23rd – Christmas Flowers

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY will be on Sunday 16 December at 3pm (NOTE: rehearsal on Sunday 16 December at 10.30am). 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 the Nativity Play, interspersed with carols.

MOVIE EVENING: Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Movie on St Thomas Becket. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY DISCO 8pm to 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Bar open. Tickets £12 adult, £1 child. Contact Noel McCarthy on 07813 890556 / 020 8301 2479.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 Application forms are available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2019. Children eligibile 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.

A SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION FOR ADVENT will be held on Monday evening 17th December at 7pm here at St John Fisher.

MEETING PLACE will be closed over Christmas and New Year – re-opens on 9 January 2019.
Parishioners sending a card to John Bird please note his address is now: Pendleton Court 22 Chaplin Close, Chasely Road, Manchester M6 8PW. He would love to hear from you.

SATURDAY FRIENDS:  APPEAL FOR WORK WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE We are very grateful for last week’s wonderfully generous response of £773.20. You can be sure that every penny will be spent directly on our homeless friends‘ rehabilitation. On the display in the porch you will see how the resources you provide are spent – and some of the touching thank you cards received. Your donations will be presented as part of the Offertory procession at each Mass this weekend. God richly bless your kindness. AIC Bexley ″Saturday Friends″.

HIRE OF HALL I have decided, after many years, to step down from dealing with the hire of our hall. I hope a parishioner can step forward to take over. I will of course be happy to help during the transition period. Thank you. Kay.