Newsletter Sunday May 17th, 2020

6th Sunday of Easter

The Father will send you another Advocate

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17, Psalm 66, 1st Peter 3:15-18, John 14: 15-21

SERVICES FOR WEEK 17th May – 24th May 2020

Sun  17 May 6th SUNDAY of EASTER

Parish Mass  – available to engage with via website at any time of day

Dec Relatives & Friends of Lyons Family (Lyons)

8.30 a.m.                               Serse Cima RIP (foundation)

Mon  18 May 8.30 a.m.                               Jim, Dannie, Thomas & John Harrington (Sheehan)

Tues 19 May 8.30 a.m.                               Bernadette Willoughby RIP (Wood)

Wed 20 May 8.30 a.m.                               Alcie O’Malley RIP (Maura & Family)

Thur 21 May 8.30 p.m. ASCENSION      Jack Bowen (Wood)

Fri    22 May  8.30 p.m.                               Angela Cox RIP (Wood)

Sun  24 May 6th SUNDAY of EASTER

Parish Mass  – available to engage with via website at any time of day

Maureen Watkins (Choir)

8.30 a.m.                               May Feeney RIP (McQuaid)

Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :

May Feeney              Funeral          27th May         10.00
Christine White         Funeral          4th   June       10.00
Eileen Weald

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)

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.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.

We hope to arrange for volunteers to deliver the planned giving envelopes soon.
Direct Bank Payments to St John Fisher Church,  Sort code 51 70 14,   Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.


Our Diocese of Southwark:  Lots of information and further links.

Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398.   The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

Southwark Spirituality Commission reflections Click on this link

Dear Parishioner,

This Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. We will have our parish mass available via the website, as at weekends.

Reopening the church will not be allowed for a while, we are told. As I mentioned in my last Ramblings, it could be in July. When it does occur, a condition will be the ability to clean the church between each gathering. This is what happens in the crematorium chapel between each funeral. Two people clean all the surfaces that might have been in contact with the mourners. We must begin to prepare for this kind of practice. If anyone has access to the cleaning materials necessary for it, do let me know. If we can get the materials together we then need to put together a large list of people willing to give the time to take turns on the task. It is a big commitment, bigger than our regular cleaners have undertaken. So please consider it in the weeks to come.

I feel a bit of weariness has seeped in to our dealing with the crisis and we may not be as enthusiastic in our response as we were at the start. Please renew your commitment to those in isolation and make that phone call or drop in something to read or whatever! This remains a very painful situation for many of our fellow parishioners and neighbours who are alone.

If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website:  go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.

Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at

If you are a Parish Reader and would like to exercise your ministry, and you are in a position to be able to record the readings and send them to Peter Murphy, then please get in touch and we will produce a rota. You should email:

The parish office is open on a limited basis.

Please feel free to contact me by email or by the mobile number overleaf or by using the parish office letter box. If you want a mass to be offered for one of your intentions then use the normal process, writing the details on an envelope with the mass offering. There is availability for masses from now on.
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God Bless             Fr Doug



We have just received the sad news that one of our ex-parishioners e passed away peacefully on Wednesday 13th May at St Aubyn’s Nursing Home, Sidcup.



Join with others in prayer for 30 mins on Saturday 23rd May from 9.30 to 10.00am,

email and she will send you details of how to join.


Cafod are running a virtual Children’s Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 10 – 10.15. Register online through the link below. There are also good resources which relate to the Sunday readings.



Please print off the screenshots of this newsletter and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.