Newsletter Sunday January 12th, 2020


Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Matthew 3:13-17

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.


Sat 11 Jan    6pm John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Kathy Fogarty)

Sun 12 Jan    8.30am Intentions of The Coyne Family (Jim Connolly)
(Baptism of     10.30am Christiana Anim RIP (Ben & Barbara Asaam)
the Lord)

Mon 13 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Anne, Liam, Marie & Fiona Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Tues 14 Jan    12noon Funeral Mass for Frances Aldridge
                      No 7pm Mass or Prayer Group

Wed 15 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Donald & Alvira Almeida (Tony Frake)

Thurs 16 Jan    9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 17 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Intentions of Pat & Percy Burke (Tony Frake)

Sat 18 Jan    9am Holy Souls
                      6pm Antonio Dos Santos RIP (Sheila & Peter Dos Santos)

Sun 19 Jan    8.30am Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Bridie Haylett)
                      10.30am Derek Harmer RIP (Jo Cunningham)

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

Prayers for the Sick: Tony Laws, David Latimer, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman and for all those with ongoing poor health.

1st Collection £538.75, Loose £415.73, Total £954.48.
Next week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

Sadly, we have heard that Peggy passed away peacefully in hospital on Thursday 2nd January. Please remember her family and friends in your prayers. Funeral mass 2pm Friday 24th January, followed by committal at Kemnal park 3.30pm and reception at church hall.

Sadly, we have heard that David passed away peacefully in a care home in Eastbourne on Tuesday 7th January. Please remember Pat and all the family and friends in your prayers.

VOLUNTEER TYPISTS Following our request in the newsletter, we are glad to announce we have two new typists. Thank you.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18-25 JANUARY At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for unity. During this week congregations and parishes all over the world arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. You are warmly invited to join parishioners from our nine Churches Together in Old Bexley at 3pm on Sunday 19 January for a service hosted by St James the Great, Bladindon Drive, Penhill Road DA5 3BP. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Christian Unity Contact 07963 454480.

ST JOHN FISHER QUIZ NIGHT (FOR CHURCH FUNDS): 8 February 2020, 7-11pm in the hall. Tables of 6 – £8 per person. Raffle and quizzes. Licensed bar and bring your own nibbles. Tickets to be available after Sunday masses or contact Anny Hyde on 07973 656 166.

‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’2 Corinthians 9:7
Over the last couple of weeks you have heard about Stewardship and Planned Giving. We have asked that all parishioners prayerfully reflect on what they contribute to our parish, having taken into consideration the needs of our parish and having reflected on the message of stewardship.
This weekend we ask that all parishioners complete a promise card. These cards will remain private and confidential. Please provide your full contact details and select the method of offertory giving best suited to you. If you pay UK income tax, please sign the Gift Aid declaration (in one name only) so that the parish can claim 25p back from the government for every £1 that you donate, at no extra cost to yourself.
Finally, we thank you for all that you already do for our parish. Without your continued support, this wonderful, living church would not continue to be the spiritual center it is today.
If you have any questions, there will be volunteers available after Mass today.
Thank you – John Rayer

RECRUITMENT OF FOUNDATION GOVERNORS Christ the King Sixth Form are looking for two new Foundation Governors with professional backgrounds in finance. Individuals need to be committed practising Catholics. For more information visit or email

RECRUITMENT OF HEADTEACHER The governors of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake, London SW14 8HE are looking to recruit a Headteacher to take up post in September 2020. For more information, please see the school website – or contact Evelyn Fernandes at for an application pack.”