Newsletter Sunday December 8th, 2019


Our Baptism With The Holy Spirit And Fire

May the Lord who gave us this baptism purify us in our celebration today; for he can brook nothing that lacks integrity and truth. Then, through the Spirit of our baptism, united in heart and voice, we will be able to give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9
Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 07-15 December 2019

Sat 7 Dec    9am Intentions of Josephine & David Collison
                      (Please note new Mass time Sat Mornings)
                      6pm Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie)

Sun 8 Dec    8.30am Intentions of Billy Mahoney (Ann Hyde)
                      10.30am Les Truman RIP (Carole Hughes)

Mon 9 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Eusebio Vaz RIP (Mark Vaz)

Tues 10 Dec    7pm Intentions of Gloria Laws (Family)
                         7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 11 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Intentions of Iris Keefe (Tony Frake)

Thu 12 Dec    9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 13 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Jim, Danny, Thomas & John Harrington

Sat 14 Dec    9am Jim Henry RIP (Marlene Burt)
                      (Please note new Mass time)
                      6pm Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Sun 15 Dec    8.30am Christopher O’Malley RIP (Michael Coyne)
                      10.30am Deceased members of the Hollis Family
                                            (Eileen & John)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after 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 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, Sister 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, Ray Blackman.

Anniversaries: Walter Trembaluk, Bernard Fitzjohn, Tom Ryan, Ernie Hildebrand, Myfanwy Hogg, Laurence Keefe.

Feast Days: Monday The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Tuesday Saints John Roberts, Eustace White, Edmund Gunnings and Swithin Wells. Wednesday Saint Damascus I, Pope. Thursday Our Lady of Guadalupe, Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Friday Saint Lucy. Saturday Saint John of the Cross.

Gift Aid £452.89       Loose  £293.47    Total  £746.36
Next week’s retiring collection for Deanery.

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 09/12/19)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Carole Anderson Sun 8.30 Sheila Jones Sun 10.30 Tony Frake.   Copying of Newsletter Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks. Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Ann Harris, Peter W.; Sun 8.30am Peter H, Ann Hyde; 10.30am Volunteer, Mary H, Patricia, Kate U, Margaret (Host).   Washing of Purificators: Molly.

SPECIAL MINISTERS – VOLUNTEERS OVER CHRISTMAS: We would be most grateful if any of our Ministers who are able to volunteer over the Christmas week, could sign the list available in the Sacristy. Many thanks, Kathy & Patricia.

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCTOBER 2020: 7 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. 0203 239 8622 or email

EASY FUND RAISING: If you are doing any shopping in the lead up to Christmas PLEASE use easyfunding. This way, you’ll raise FREE donations for St John Fisher Church, Bexley every time you make a purchase! It’s easy, doesn’t cost you anything extra and really helps us out! Top supporters in November: Molly R £5.55 and Carol A £1.03

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: £12 per adult, £2 per child, 8pm to 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: