Newsletter Sunday March 15th, 2020


Today, we celebrate the foolishness of God that is wiser than any human wisdom: the utter folly of his love that allowed the destruction of the temple of the body of his Son.

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17, Corinthians 1:22-25 Gospel John 2:13-25

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.


Sat 14 Mar    9.0 am David Brailsford RIP (Connolly)
6.0 pm Francis Echaverria (Wood)

Sun 15 Mar    8.30am David Brailsford RIP (Jones)
10.30am Jim King RIP (Kevin & Kath Fitzpatrick)

Mon 16 Mar    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am Intentions of Norma Brooker (Frake)

Tues 17 Mar   7.0pm Eucharistic Service
7.30pm Exposition and Our Lady & St. Pio Prayer Group

Wed 18 Mar    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am Marjorie Wat FIP (Frake)

Thur 19 Mar   9.0am Eucharistic Service

Fri 20 Mar    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 am David Brailsford RIP (Morris)
7.30 pm Stations

Sat 21 Mar    9.0am Eucharistic Service
6pm Deceased Members of the Wood Family (Oonagh)

Sun 22 Mar    8.30am Private Intention
10.30am Jim Henry RIP (Lyons)

Reconciliation Times: Sat. 5.30pm (before Mass)

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

First Collection £768.77;  Standing Orders £370.00;  Total £1,138.77
Second Collection – CAFOD £663.24
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

1) The (physical) sign of peace is to be suspended at Mass.
2) Holy Communion from the chalice shall cease to be offered to the lay faithful.
3) Those who normally receive Holy Communion on the tongue should receive on the hand instead. Their doing this represents an act of loving charity to their community.
4) Holy water stoups in churches and chapels are to be emptied.
5) Ministers should wash their hands before distributing Holy Communion. Shared towels should not be used in toilet areas or the sacristy.
6) Shared Mass books should cease to be used.
7) A decision will be made nearer the time as to whether on Good Fiday, the traditional “Veneration of the Cross” is to be observed by a simple genuflection.
The Decree is effective for four weeks after which these requirements shall either be rescinded or renewed. These requirements are also subject to amendment at any point.

SUNDAY MASS Last week a sound recording of  Sunday’s 10.30 Mass was added to the website.   It was hoped to make it a regular feature during the coronavirus restrictions, however given new guidance from the Archbishop this will no longer be possible.


PARISH ANNUAL MEETING: All Parishioners are invited to attend the Parish Annual Meeting after Mass, at about 12.00 this Sunday 15 March, in the Parish Hall.

PLANNED GIVING DRIVE – RESULTS   We should all be very pleased with the response of the Planned Giving in January.  A number of non-taxpayers and taxpayers joined the scheme, many existing planners increased their contributions. We will not know the final figures until April but we are confident that the total weekly collection will have been substantially increased to a figure over £1,000. This should provide our parish with the financial stability it needs for the future.

Many thanks and well done!

JOHN BIRD RIP – Many parishioners will remember John, who had moved to a Nursing Home in Manchester. Sadly, John passed away on 19th February.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: During Lent will be held each Friday at 7.30 pm. 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 available in the Church Porch. Contact Carol Anderson on 07913698912 for information.

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 10.30 am start, from 3 March, and URC Hurst Road, Thursday evenings, 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start, from 5 March. Free course booklet available for download at (text-only sheets available on the day). Questions? Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 07963454480 or

ST. JOSEPH’S – ALMSHOUSE: Situated in Brook Green, Hammersmith in West London, the St. Joseph’s Society was established in 1708 as The Aged Poor Society and is the only Catholic Almshouse in the UK. Occupation is by Trustees’ approval and a monthly maintenance contribution is payable. Residents are responsible for Council Tax and utilities. Eligibility Criteria: Aged 60 and over, of limited means, of Roman Catholic faith, able to live independently. For an inquiry form or further information, contact 02076039817, email: