Newsletter Sunday December 29th, 2019


We celebrate that Holy Family of Nazareth which is the model for all
who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

1st Reading: Ecclesiasticus 3: 2-6, 12-14. 2nd Reading: Colossians 3: 12-21.
Gospel Matthew 2 13-15, 19-23.

Click above to hear Fr. Doug’s sermon.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 28th December 2019 – 5th January 2020

Saturday 28th December   9.00am Tony Crowe RIP (Marlene Burt)
                                               6.00pm Bridie, Michael and Brendan Houlihan RIP
                                               (Eileen Sheehan))

Sunday 29th December   8.30am James and Ellen Connolly RIP (P. Coyne)
                                             10.30am Foundation Mass for Jamie Cowdell RIP

Monday 30th December   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                               10.00am Kit and Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Tuesday 31st December   7.00pm Jeremy Nelson RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
                                               No Exposition or Prayer Group

Wednesday 1st January   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
New Year’s Day                10.00am Elizabeth and Mick Minihane RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Thursday 2nd January   No Mass or Eucharistic Service

Friday 3rd January   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                    10.00am Intentions of Eileen and Family (Eileen Sheehan)

Saturday 4th January   9.00am Mary Lyons RIP (Danny and Kay Lyons)
                                         6.00pm Girish Prabhu RIP (Violet Prabhu and Family))

Sunday5th January   8.30am Stella Mendes RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
Epiphany                10.30am Dorothy Speed & Maureen Fitzpatrick (Carol Anderson)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am (after Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass)

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

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman, Peggy Whiteside and for all those with ongoing poor health.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £441.61. Loose £251.28. Total £692.89.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett; 10.30am Joseph Ebare. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Edna, Volunteer. Sunday 8.30am Peter H, Ann Hyde. 10.30am Volunteer, Margaret, Patricia, Rob, Kate U (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee. Front of Church: John Stanton. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Patricia. Flower Arranging: Doune and Theresa.

NOTE TO ALL VOLUNTEER GROUPS: The rotas will no longer appear in the Newsletter from January 2020. Please refer to your group’s rotas regarding your slot.

CHURCH CLEANING: A big THANK YOU to the small group of parishioners who give up their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2020 is now available for collection from the cupboard.
We would be grateful if more volunteers came forward either to join an existing group or make up a new one. At the moment each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help please ring Carole Hughes on 020 8303 9073

NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO AT ST JOHN FISHER: 8pm until 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Bar open. Tickets only £10 per adult and £1 per child.
Contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479.

COULD YOU TYPE THE NEWSLETTER ONCE A MONTH?   We urgently need one or two additional volunteers. All you need is a knowledge of MS Word and access to a PC or laptop. At present all our typists are female but in the past we have had a number of men on our rota and they have done a very good job. So the post is open to all! If you are willing to help please contact Ruth Powers on or the parish office. Many thanks.

EASY FUNDRAISING: If you are shopping on the internet PLEASE use You will raise FREE donations for St John Fisher Church Bexley every time you make a purchase. It is very easy to become a supporter and doesn’t cost you anything extra. The parish needs many more supporters. After Christmas thoughts turn to holidays. If you are booking online many travel companies and airlines will make generous donations. There are nearly 4000 sellers in the scheme, from M&S, Amazon and John Lewis to and Expedia, as well as insurance companies, energy suppliers, telecomms and many more. If you are not familiar with it do take a few minutes to browse