Newsletter April 12th, 2020

SUNDAY 12th April, Easter Sunday

“On the first day of the week…”

Readings: Acts10:34, 37-43, Psalm 117, Col 3:1-4, John 20: 1-9

SERVICES FOR WEEK 12- 19 April 2020

Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Giuseppe Nucera RIP (Graziella & Family)

    8.30 a.m. Maria Watts RIP (Sullivan)

Mon 13 Apr    8.30 a.m. Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Tues 14 Apr   8.30 a.m. John Bowman RIP (Bowman)

Wed 15 Apr    8.30 a.m. Eileen Wheatley & Family (Fitzpatrick)

Thur 16 Apr   8.30 p.m. Andrew Smith RIP (Burt)

Fri 17 Apr    8.30 p.m. Pat Dooley RIP (Sullivan)

Sat 18 Apr    8.30 p.m. Ida Thomson (Delpaul)

Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Jim Henry RIP (OLPG)

      8.30 a.m. David Brailsford RIP (Hyde)

Additionally as Fr Doug prays a Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 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 :
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

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.
Happy Easter Everyone!

Dear Parishioners,
What a strange experience we are all having!
I have felt particularly odd celebrating the Easter services in advance. I am no longer sure what ‘being in the moment’ means anymore. Let me take the opportunity though to express my very sincere thanks on behalf of us all to Peter Murphy who works so hard to film and record these services and then to put sound and vision together to provide the production everyone watches.
If you haven’t found the services, then on the website: there are several ways to get there. I find it easiest to go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
You may in fact be reading this newsletter on the website or you may be reading it because I have sent it to you through the list of email addresses I have or you may be reading it because some kind recipient has printed it off and posted it through your door!
If you are on my email list you will also receive my weekly (mid-week) “Ramblings”. If you would like to endure such torment and do not yet do so, just email me at
The main thing, anyway, is that we all keep in touch.
And don’t forget, this weekend, after dark, we invite you to place a lighted candle in a jam-jar or fire proof container outside your door to express our confidence and hope in the Light of the World.
         God Bless,
           Fr Doug

From the Diocesan and Parish finance teams –
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 to do with collections not taking place. The advice is:
• For those using envelopes, please put your donation into an 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 this week’s collection which is your gift to your Parish Priest.
• If you are experiencing financial difficulty during this crisis please look after yourself first.
Should you wish to contribute to the parish directly from your bank account that would be very helpful. Our details: St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 16, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

The number of links and contacts many of us are receiving can be overwhelming, though all are well-meant. We offer a limited number below that we hope may be of use:

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

Easter readings at home – here is a prayer leaflet with some questions for meditation on each of the readings

Our Diocese of Southwark: Loads (!) of information and further links:

Bexley Council Helpline: Bexley has set up a phone line to assist people in need during the pandemic. Whether you need someone to get shopping, pick up essentials or to give information, guidance and advice, please call on 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

Please print off this newsletter and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay. The newsletter is also here as a screenshot to make it easier to print.