Newsletter March 10th, 2019

First Sunday of Lent

Jesus is Lord

Today we praise God for the marvellous things he did for our fathers, for his mighty hand and outstretched arms. What he did for them he still does for us, in Jesus the Lord who conquered sin and death.

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13

Gospel Luke 4:1-13

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 9 – 17 Mar 2019
Please note the new time for weekday mass will be 10am

Sat 9 Mar 10am Eucharistic Service
6pm Intentions of Doreen Harrington (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 10 Mar 8.30am Teresa Fan RIP (Kate Kennedy)
10.30am John Hughes RIP (Carole & Family)

Mon 11 Mar 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am Mary Connolly RIP (Connolly/Eida Family)

Tues 12 Mar 7pm Eucharistic Service
Followed by Exposition and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 13 Mar 10am Dan & Julia Harrington RIP
+ Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thu 14 Mar 9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 15 Mar 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am John Dunne RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)
7pm Stations of the Cross

Sat 16 Mar 10am Eucharistic Service
6pm John Gerard Lowney (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 17 Mar 8.30am Intentions of Ed & Sheila Jones (OLPG)
10.30am Rex Wheatley RIP (Eileen & Family)

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

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, 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, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Mary Hamilton, Paddy Medhurst, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown.

Anniversaries: Bobby Marshall, Bill & Edie Squirrell, Victor Weeks, Irena Trembaluk, Rita Donnelly, John Hughes.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 3 March 2019
First Collection –    Gift Aid:  £539.00.  Loose:   £259.24.   Total:£798.24
Second Collection (poor parishes)Gift Aid: £133.74. Loose: £167.29 TOTAL:£301.03
This week’s retiring collection – Bexley Deanery Developing World Group
Next week’s retiring collection – CAFOD Fast Day (Lent)

ROTAS:  (week commencing Mon 11/3)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30 Ann Wilkes Sun 10.30 Ryan Bernarte Copying of Newsletter John Stanton Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Mary H Sun 8.30am Bridie 10.30am Kathy Mary H Peter H Eileen W Dorothy Washing of Purificators: Patricia
RIP Sadly, Ed Jones passed away on Tuesday. Please remember Sheila and family in your prayers. Details of the funeral will follow in next week’s newsletter.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Readers for Stations of the Cross throughout Lent Friday evenings at 7pm. Also Apostles for Maundy Thursday Mass and Eucharistic Ministers over Easter weekend. Please sign up if you can. Lists available in the Sacristy.

CAFOD In preparation for the Family Fast Day on Friday 15 March, our Parish CAFOD representative will be talking at Masses this Sunday about the work of CAFOD and how our generosity benefits poorer communities. There will be more information about the Fast Day itself and Fast Day envelopes will be handed out for next Sunday’s collection.

A FIVE WEEK LENT COURSE following Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Mystery of God which seeks to rediscover what it is that draws us so deeply in our search for God and His salvation. Led by Bexley clergy each Tuesday morning from 12 March, 10 for 10.30am, Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road and every Thursday evening from 14 March, 7 for 7.30pm at URC Bexley, Hurst Road. Come for one session or all five. Course booklet downloadable free from ctbi.org.uk/lent at each session, or from Kathy Fogarty.

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS, 12 Noon – follow in the footsteps of and pray with Christ. Hosted by St James, Blendon, Bladindon Drive DA5 3BP.

EASTER SUNDAY, DAWN SERVICE St James North Cray, 3 Holt Close, North Cray Road, DA14 5EQ

QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 6th April 2019 – St John Fisher. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts at 8pm prompt. Licensed Bar, Speed Raffle. (tickets on sale after Mass at weekends). Please book early. £6 per ticket (6 players per table). Bring your own snacks. Cliff Thomas 07769 668644.

FILM EVENING: Wednesday 13 March Part 1 of an entertaining movie (with sub-titles) on St Philip Neri, the famous “Third Apostle of Rome” and leader of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St Philip sought out the abandoned, poor youth of Rome to catechize them in the faith, as well as founding the religious congregation, the Oratory.  Part 2 will be shown on Wednesday March 20th.   On Wed 27th March movie about pilgrims walking The Camino de Compostela. For all events all welcome, admission free, bar open, charity stall, 7pm for 7.30pm start.Philip Neri