Newsletter Sunday 5th April, 2020

The newsletter this week will appear as two screen shots to enable anyone to print it out for anyone they know who does not have internet access.
The usual version will appear below.

Palm Sunday

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalm 21, Philippians 2:6-11, Matt 27: 11-54

SERVICES FOR WEEK 5- 12 April 2020
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
Jim Henry RIP (Greenwich Irish Pensioners)

(Please note this video runs for 30mins)


    8.30 a.m. Peggy Dunne (Haylett)

Mon 6 Apr    8.30 a.m. Cancie Fernandes RIP (Mascarenhas)

Tues 7 Apr   8.30 a.m. Peggy Whiteside RIP (Haylett)

Wed 8 Apr    8.30 a.m. David Brailsford RIP (Wilkes)

Thurs 9 Apr    HOLY THURSDAY
      Mass of The Lord’s Supper – on website
      8.00 p.m. Eddie Griffin RIP

Fri 10 Apr    GOOD FRIDAY
      3.00 p.m. SOLEMN LITURGY – on website at 3.00pm

Sat 11 Apr       VIGIL OF EASTER
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
      8.00 p.m. Giuseppe Nucera RIP (Graziella & Family)

Easter Sunday
      Sun 12 Apr 8.30 Maria Watts RIP (Sullivan)

Additionally as Fr Doug prays a Holy Hour between 5 and 6 each evening and all are encouraged to pause for prayer sometime during that hour and participate knowing others are with us in prayer.

Please pray for the souls of :
Mai Phelan Funeral 03rd April
Una Turner Funeral 14th April
Alice Howie Funeral 29th April

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for the NHS workers who care for them
We still have to pay our bills so while our credit is good it is important for us to have some cash coming in.
We are most grateful to all those who contribute by standing order.
A number of parishioners have asked what do with collections not taking place. Our advice is:
• For those using envelopes, please put your donation into the envelope and hold onto it until the lockdown ceases.
• For those who put loose money in the plate, please try to put that money aside and donate it after lockdown
• The above also applies to next week’s collection which is your gift to the Parish Priest.
• If you are experiencing financial difficulty during this crisis please look after yourself first and do let me know so that we can see what help is needed.
We are working on how best to supply you with the boxes of envelopes for the coming year.
Should you wish to contribute to the parish directly from your bank account we would value that. Our details: RCAS St John Fisher Church Bexley Sort code 51 70 16 Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

Holy Week
There is a call worldwide for us as Christians to mark this day by taking some branch, some vegetation from our garden and putting on our front door like an Advent wreath except with a branch for Palm Sunday. Easter is not postponed. Let us announce it.
Also, what about putting a candle in a jam jar and leaving that in the porch on Easter night or at least leaving the porch light on – something, anything!
Our services will be available through the website at the usual times, 8.00 for Thursday’s mass of the Lord’s Supper, 3.00 for the Good Friday Liturgy and 8.00 on Easter Night for an Easter Vigil.

For the “watching” before the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday evening after mass we are encouraged to join the rest of the country by accessing http://www.stchadscathedral it will be a national prayer event.
On Easter Sunday the Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nicholls will be addressing us and the entire nation at 8.10 on Radio 4
It is also possible to engage with His Holiness Pope Francis as he celebrates Easter in Rome.
(I would have called it “Rome alone” – Fr Doug!)

‘Pray As You Go’ for a daily prayer. This is on the web or you can download a free phone app

Prayer of St. Alphonsus
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Please print off this newsletter and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels ok and feels connected to and part of our most holy communion.
God Bless,
Fr Doug

The London Borough of Bexley has set up a phone line to assist people in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you need someone to get shop[p[ing, pick up essentials or to give information, guidance and advice, please call on 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.