Newsletter Sunday February 23rd, 2020


Love your enemies.

Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1st Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.



Sat 22 Feb    6pm Deceased Members of the Wood Family (Oonagh)

Sun 23 Feb    8.30am David Brailsford RIP (AIC)
                      10.30am John Evans RIP (Choir)

Mon 24 Feb    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Stanley Fernandes RIP (Almeida)

Tues 25 Feb   7pm Mary Connolly RIP (Eida/Connolly)
  Followed by Exposition and Our Lady & St Pio Prayer Group

Wed 26 Feb    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Ash Wednesday   10am Maureen Fitzpatrick (Frake)
                      7.30pm Kathy Connolly (Fitzpatrick)

Thurs 27 Feb   9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 28 Feb    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Alfie Weedon RIP (Hollis)
                      7.30pm Stations

Sat 29 Feb    9am Peggy Whiteside RIP (Morris)
                      6pm Rose McCaughey RIP (Keenan)

Sun 1 Mar     8.30am David Brailsford RIP (Hughes)
                      10.30am Jim Henry RIP (Moffat)

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

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

First Collection £682.95
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s retiring collection will be for Poor Parishes (formerly the Needs of the Diocese).

STATIONS OF THE CROSS during Lent will be held each Friday at 7.30pm. Please see the Volunteers List in the Sacristy if you would like to be one of the readers.

GIVING SOMETHING UP FOR LENT? DOING SOMETHING EXTRA? Why not be sponsored for it and raise funds for our local hospice and our church? Sponsorship forms will be available in the Church Porch next weekend. Contact Carol Anderson on 07913698912 for information.

At St Andrews, we are preparing for the next season of the church year.
New this year is a 5 weeks Lenten Retreat – 1 afternoon a week plus meeting with a spiritual companion once a week. It begins at St. Andrew’s, 99 Belmont Hill, Lewisham, SE13 5DY on Sunday 1st March. Each week, each person attends a meeting with a spiritual companion at a place and time convenient for both. The retreat closes at St Andrew’s on Saturday 4th April. We would like to invite those who like to take this opportunity to make this retreat in daily life.
More information can be found on the website

A DAY WITH MARY – SATURDAY, 29 February 2020 to be held at St Columba, Queenhill Road, Selsdon. Please see posters in the porch or contact Trevor Downs – 020 8641 6418, email: – website:

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER – FRIDAY, 6th MARCH 2020 (formerly Woman’s World Day of Prayer) to be held at 11am at St John Fisher Church, Thanet Road. This Service is celebrated throughout the world each year and involves those of all Christian denominations. This year it is written by the women of Zimbabwe. All Bexley churches are involved and this year it will take place at our Parish. There will be refreshments afterwards in the church hall. You are all warmly invited. Please join us if you are able.

WHAT BIBLICAL TEXT SETS YOUR HEART ON FIRE? This question is central to our Lent course with Churches Together in Old Bexley for 2020. Like St John Fisher, many churches in Britain and Ireland are keeping 2020 as ‘the Year of the Word’, and CTIOB’s Lent course, ‘Opening the Scriptures: Setting our Hearts on Fire”, will help your Lenten reflections. Join old friends and new at Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Tuesday mornings, 10am for a 10.30am start, from 3 March, and URC Hurst Road, Thursday evenings, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, from 5 March. Free course booklet available for download at (text-only sheets available on the day). Questions? Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 07963 454480 or

INTER-FAITH FORUM – Social Justice, Wednesday 4th March 2020 7:30pm. We, at St. John Fisher will be hosting a meeting where representatives of each of the main Faith Traditions will be making a brief presentation of their Faith’s teaching on Social Justice. The Catholic teaching in this area is very rich and it will be interesting to see it in the wider context or forum. Please make it an event you can commit to.
                                                                  Fr. Doug

We welcome parishioners of all ages to join our new Parish Word of Life Group. We will meet monthly to read the words of the Gospel and share experiences on how we have been inspired to put ‘Faith into action’ and live out Jesus’s commandment to love one another, in a spirit of family and unity. The first meeting is scheduled for Sunday 1st of March at 4 pm in the presbytery.
If you wish to join a group or have any questions, please contact Fr Doug or Elisa Puzzolo on Mob: 0756-561-3867 or email: