Newsletter Sunday 19th January, 2020


‘We celebrate the Servant of God who came to do the Father’s will in perfect obedience. Yet he was more than a servant. John the Baptist calls him the Lamb, the chosen one of God’

Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.


Sat 18 Jan   6pm Antonio Dos Santos RIP (Dos Santos)

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

Mon 20 Jan   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Dan & Julia Harrington + Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Tues 21 Jan   7pm Carol Hughes & Family (Fitzpatrick)
                      Followed by Exposition and Our Lady & St Pio Prayer Group

Wed 22 Jan   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Intentions of Choir Members (Choir)

Thurs 23 Jan   9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 24 Jan   No 10am Mass
                    2pm Funeral Mass for Peggy Whiteside

Sat 25 Jan   9am Peter & Susan Murphy & Family (Fitzpatrick)
                       6pm Tom Barrett RIP (Wood)

Sun 26 Jan   8.30am William Stevens RIP (Julie & Steve)
                      10.30am Veronica Morton RIP (Fordham Family)

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.

Anniversaries: Fr Vincent Ryan, Michael Dooley, Maudie Thompson, Chris Symmonds, Patrick Stanley, Christopher Lynch, Tom Johnson, Arthur Moss.

1st Collection Gift Aid £458.90, Loose £300.85, Total £759.75.
2nd Collection, Catholic Children’s Society, Loose £215.76, Total £215.76.
Next week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18-25 JANUARY 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.

DAVID BRAILSFORD RIP The Funeral Service for David Brailsford will take place on Wed 22 Jan at 3pm at Eastbourne Crematorium. Family and friends will meet afterward at The Ship, Eastbourne.

READERS Please collect the new rota from the Sacristy. Thank you for sharing this important Ministry. New readers are always welcome. Contact Kathy Fogarty at

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 available after Sunday masses or contact Anny Hyde on 07973 656166.

‘For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.’ – 1 Chronicles 29: 14-16.
Thank you for taking part in our ‘Planned Giving’ appeal last weekend.
At the back of the church there are addressed envelopes for all parishioners who signed a promise card last week. If you asked for a standing order form (bankers order) or a new batch of donation envelopes, you shall find them inside your addressed envelope. Please take a few minutes to collect your letter when you leave Mass today.
If you are new to the parish, or missing a promise card last weekend, and would like a box of donation envelopes, or to donate to the parish by standing order (Bankers order) or wish to Gift Aid, please complete a promise card at the back of the Church today and post it through our Presbytery letterbox.
Once again, thank you for all that you do. Please keep our parish in your prayers.

Fr Doug’s recent visit to the Centre in Ghana is recorded in photos in a display on the board on the way in to our Hall. Take time to have a look!

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

If you are between 15 and 18 you can submit an article or short video on the topic “Tackling Our Throwaway Culture” to the Columban Missionaries’ competition. Prizes of up to £300.
Details on Notice Board and @ Deadline 14th February

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 at or contact Evelyn Fernandes at for an application pack.