Newsletter Sunday September 29th, 2019


First Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7, Second Reading: Timothy: 6: 11 – 16
Gospel: Luke 16: 19-31

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

Today’s Theme: Behold The Man!

It is our purple and fine linen, our life of ease and our love of wealth, that is mocked today by Christ, the centre of our celebration, who in the presence of Pilate stood like a Lazarus covered with sores and wounds and spoke up as a witness for the truth.


Sat 28 Sep     10 am Sean Mahon RIP (Barbara Malony)
                         6pm Louise Delpaul (Lindsay Delpaul)

Sun 29 Sep     8.30 am Alan Hyde RIP (Ann, Lucy & Matthew)
                         10.30am Lance Grainger RIP (Madeline & Family)

Mon 30     Sep 9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Christiana Anim RIP (Ben & Barbara Asaam)

Tues 1 Oct     7 pm Eucharistic Service
                         7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 2 Oct     9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Rex Wheatley RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thu 3 Oct     9 am No Eucharistic Service

Fri 4 Oct     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Kathleen Bowman (Tim Bowman)

Sat 5 Oct     10am Eucharistic Service
                         6pm Anderson Family Living & Dead (Carol Anderson)

Sun 6 Oct     8.30am Parishioners
                         10.30 am Fabian & Florencia del Finado RIP (Venus Bernarte)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass).

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown, Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Jim Henry, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Sister Ursula Hyland.

Anniversaries: Alan Hyde, Mary Connolly, Patricia Bridget Desmond, Anthony Grey, Robert Mantle, Ruth Smith, Lance Grainger.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, 30th St. Jerome, Priest & Dr. of the Church, Tues, 1st St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin & Dr. of the Church, Wed 2nd The Holy Guardian Angels, Fri 4th St. Francis of Assisi.

OFFERTORY: Week Ending 23/9/2019 Gift Aid £407.00, Loose £243.30, Total £ 650.30.

This week’s second collection is for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Next week’s Second Collection is for CAFOD.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Andy Watson. Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Ryan Benarte. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Kathy, Volunteer Sunday 8.30am Volunteer, Peter W. 10.30am Patricia, Margaret, Peter H, Kate U, Eileen (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr. V Jeyaseelan.  Front of Church: Paul Rowland.  Typing Newsletter: Molly Robins.  Photocopying Newsletter: Molly Hobson. Washing of Purificators: Barbara.  Flower Arranging: Graziella & Lynn.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – The Harvest Festival Service will take place on Sunday, 6th October at 10.30 am. Please bring your gifts along to the Church. A collection box will be kept in the entrance porch. All gifts will be donated to the Manna Centre for the homeless. 90% of the foodstuffs they use are donated so all gifts will be gratefully received. For a list of items they currently need please vitis:

YOUR WORD IS LIFE – Southwark Spirituality Commission offers a day to explore prayer using the bible, in this Year of the Word. The day is open to all and will include inputs and workshops. Beginning at 10.30 am on Sunday November 9th at St. John Fisher Church, Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP, it concludes by 3.30 pm – bring a packed lunch – PLEASE book on line at: (where more details are available) or by calling Bexley parish on 01322 559534.

PLEASE PRAY for our fellow Christians of Baldwyns Park Baptist Church who have commissioned their new Minister-in-Training, Martin Williams, so with thanks to the Our Lord all nine members of Church Together in Old Bexley now have clergy. Kathy Fogerty, Parish Christian Unit Contact. READERS – Please note new rota is available for collection in the Sacristy. Kathy Fogarty 07963 454480.

CAFOD – The Family Fast Day is on Friday, 4 October. The focus this year is on clean and accessible water round the world. On the Friday, perhaps have a simple meal and give the cost saved, to CAFOD. CAFOD representatives will be talking at all Masses this weekend to highlight this and CAFOD-giving envelopes will be handed out at all Masses the following weekend 5/6 October. To support this, the Children’s Liturgy Group will be organising a cake sale in the hall after 10.30 Mass on Sunday October 20th.Click above to hear the Cafod appeal made by John Rayer.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE – For our next Gardening Day – Saturday, 5th October for planting rose bushes in memory of loved ones. Please join us for a couple of hours. Weather permitting, we will meet outside the church after the 10 am Mass. Please bring your own gardening tools. For ordering a rose please contact Carole Hughes on 07762 731303 with a minimum donation of £25.

SEPTEMBER IS SVP AWARENESS MONTH – “Charity must never look to the past, but always to the future.” (Blessed Frederic Ozanam). For info. Please see notice board. To contact the SVP Group please post a note to the Parish Office.

APF RED BOXES/MISSIO:– Would anyone who has a red APF box or wishes to donate to the Missions put cash or a cheque payable to St. John Fisher in an envelope. Please put your envelope marked APF, with your name on in the collection or hand in at the Presbytery. Any problems contact Sue Mantle 01322558965 or

CARPET CLEANING – Many, many thanks to those who very generously undertook the shampooing of the carpet in the church this week. Great job!! Father Doug

GARDEN FURNITURE – As Autumn gets underway, some people pack up garden furniture for storage during winter or discard it in favour of renewal in the Spring. If you are thinking of discarding any, please check if Fr. Doug can use it in the Presbytery garden where there isn’t any at present. Thank you. Father Doug