Newsletter Sunday December 23rd, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary’s Child: The Prince of Peace

From the least of the clans of Judah, from Mary his lovely handmaid,
God prepared a body for his Christ, who comes to fill the world with his spirit of peace.

First Reading: Micah 5:1 – 4 Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 5 – 10 Gospel: Luke: 1:39 – 45

Please note the new time for weekday masses is 10:00am

Saturday 22 Dec     10:00am Intentions of Kathleen Gilmartin (P & PB)
                                 6:00pm Cliff Knight RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 23 Dec     8:30am Parishioners
4th of Advent     10:30am Timmy Lenihan (Nora & Michael Moran)

Monday 24 Dec     No morning mass
Vigil Mass.                 6:30pm Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie & Family)
Christmas Night     11:00pm Kay Kilcullen (B Kilcullen)

Tuesday 25 Dec     8:30am Parishioners
Christmas Day     10:30am Wellbeing of Dorothy & Tony Speed (Tony Frake)

Wednesday 26 Dec     9:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Boxing Day                 10:00am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 27 Dec     9:00am No Eucharistic Service

Friday 28 Dec     9:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                             10:00am Martin Lacey RIP (unknown donor)

Saturday 29 Dec     10:00am Foundation Mass for Jamie Cowdell
                                 6:00pm Mike Campbell RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 30 Dec     8:30am Intentions of Teresa Fan (Diane Melaugh)
                             10:30am Louise Moore (Mrs Anthony)

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

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

Anniversaries: Amanda Johnson, Joseph Kinley, Bemvinda Fernandes, Dick Fitzpatrick, Jamie Cowdell, Gerry Clark, Marilyn Mullins, Vernon Bunce, Elizabeth Izegbuwa Iroku.

Feast Days: Sun: Fourth Sunday of Advent Tue: The Nativity of the Lord Wed: St Stephen, 1st Martyr Thurs: St John, Apostle & Evangelist Sat: St Thomas of Canterbury, Bishop & Martyr

ROTAS: (29 – 30 Dec)
Readers: Saturday 6:00pm Carol Anderson,  Sunday 8:30am Peter Wilkes,  10:30am Katherine Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Collection for 8:30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6:00pm Kathy Sun 8:30am Peter W Sun 10:30am Kathy, Marlene, Volunteer, Mary H, Margaret.   Washing of Purificators: Barbara.   Flower arrangers: Sue Murphy.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 16th December
Gift Aid: £372.05; Loose: £197.74; TOTAL: £569.79

GREETINGS FROM FR FRANCIS HARTLEY: Fr. Hartley’s brother, John, rang to say that Fr. Hartley would not be able to send Christmas cards, so could we put a note in the newsletter thanking all those who sent him a card.

THE CHRISTMAS TREE in the church this year has again been given in memory of Kathleen Murphy and after the success of the ‘Memory Stars’ last Christmas, the family would again like all parishioners to join in decorating it. Write the names of anyone you’ll be missing this Christmas, not just those who have died but also those who perhaps live too far away, on one of the silver stars and hang them on the tree. There is a box of stars by the tree and hopefully some pens.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS: May we remind you that your Christmas offerings is your personal gift to Fr. Doug. (Easter Day is the other day this coming year that this happens. All other Sunday collections are exclusively for Parish expenses.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP: Thank you for your kind donation of £134.30 on the 2nd December. Please contact our Parish representative, Maria Ward on 01322 555553, if you have any queries.

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 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.

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.

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.