FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)
1st Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5. 2nd Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24: 37-44
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Today’s Theme: The Day of the Lord
Today we rejoice that the night of our long pilgrimage to God’s eternal city, the new Jerusalem, will soon be over. The Lord’s unending Day is dawning. Already, in the words of Isaiah, we see ‘the mountain of the Temple of the Lord’ etched against the eastern sky. Let us wake up and stand ready.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Saturday 30th November 9.00am Holy Souls (Please note new Mass time Saturday am)
6.00pm Fiona, Margaret, Frances, Dan and Daniel
Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan and Family)
Sunday 1st December 8.30am Mary Arden RIP (Sheila Jones)
10.30am Living and Deceased Dunning and Wheatley Families
Monday 2nd December 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Choir)
Tuesday 3rd December 7.00pm Jim Henry RIP (Tim Bowman)
7.30pm Exposition and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wednesday 4th December 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00am Intentions of Sylvia Hams (Tony Frake)
Thursday 5th December 9.00am Eucharistic Service
Friday 6th December No Exposition or 10am Mass
11.00am Funeral Mass for Jim Henry RIP
Saturday 7th December 9.00am Intentions of Josephine and David Collison (Anne Harris)
6.00pm Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie)
Sunday 8th December 8.30am Intentions of Billy Mahoney (Ann Hyde)
10.30am Les Truman RIP (Carole Hughes)
Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am (after Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass)
Anniversaries: Rita Marsh, Sylvia Ann D’Rozario, John Flewitt, Mary Anne Lee and Jennifer North.
PRAY 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 and 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, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps and Ray Blackman..
FEAST DAYS: Tuesday St Francis Xavier, Priest; Day of Prayer for Migrants. Wednesday St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church; St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury. Thursday St John Almond, Martyr. Friday St Nicholas, Bishop. Saturday, St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £454.45. Loose £216.60. Total £671.05.
2nd Collection, Catholic Youth Work Gift Aid £154.93 Loose £93.06. Total £247.99.
ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson; 10.30am Tilly and Ella. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Edna, Volunteer. Sunday 8.30am Bridie, Volunteer. 10.30am Volunteer, Mary H, Volunteer, Rob, Eileen W(Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee. Front of Church: John Stanton. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Kathy.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2020. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood (Children’s Liturgy co-ordinator). If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 22nd December 2019. The programme will commence in January 2020. The First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parents meetings to follow soon.
ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO: 31st DECEMBER 8pm to 1am. £12 per adult, £2 per child, Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTION HUSTINGS arranged by Churches Together in Sidcup Wednesday 4th December at St John’s Church, Church Road, DA14 6BX, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Please arrive in good time, especially if you would like to ask a question. Alternatively, questions can be submitted in advance to the vicar, Revd Cathy Knight-Scott, email@example.com
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCTOBER 2020: Seven night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time – and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further information and book the dates that suit you.
Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AYLESFORD RETREAT 2020: The annual Aylesford Retreat list for 2020 (15-17 May) is now in the porch. To reserve a place please pay £10 deposit. Thank you, John Stanton