Newsletter Sunday May 24th, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2020

The Father will send you another Advocate

Readings: Acts 1:12-14, 14-17, Psalm 26, 1st Peter 4:13-16, John 17: 1-11

SERVICES FOR WEEK 24th May – 31st May 2020

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)

Mon 25 May 8.30 a.m. St. Bede John and Alice Stanton RIP (Stanton)

Tues 26 May 8.30 a.m. St. Philip Neri John Bowden RIP (Hughes)

Wed 27 May 8.30 a.m. St. Augustine Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan RIP (Sheehan)

Thur 28 May 8.30 p.m. Alison Ede RIP (Hollis)

Fri 29 May 8.30 p.m. St Paul VI Pete Harries RIP (Eida/Connolly)

Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
        Jim Henry RIP (Mary Lee)
        8.30 a.m. Lily Bull RIP (Bull)

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 Funeral 4th June 12.30

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.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS 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 Parishioners,

During this time those who are elderly and vulnerable have taken a prominent place in our thoughts and expressions of good will. We should remember though, how difficult a time that this has also been for young people and for children, many of whom are also ‘vulnerable’. Many are continuing their studies online, and that’s not at all easy and demands real application. Many have been doing examinations too. Not being able to meet up with friends especially at school is a real challenge and hardship. To you we say “Well done and keep at it!” and to everyone else: let’s keep them and their parents (!) in our thoughts and prayers and look for opportunities to support them.

Also please confront the fatigue that is creeping in to efforts to thwart the virus and keep everyone safe. And 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, especially those 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.

If you are on my email list you will have received this newsletter in that way, and you also receive my mid-week “Ramblings”. If you would like to be on my list just email me at

God Bless

We heard on Wednesday that Fr Hartley has been admitted to the Princess Royal University (PRU) hospital in Farnborough. Please keep him in your prayers.

Join with others in prayer for 30 mins on Saturdays from 9.30 to 10.00am,
email and she will send you details of how to join.

With the lockdown many people are hard hit financially at this time. Charities are also being hit with the loss of fundraising events and their income from investments being reduced. But some may find that by staying at home they are not spending and have money to spare. After making sure that our contributions to the parish are being made or reserved, there are a number of Catholic charities to whom one might wish to donate.
CAFOD has a coronavirus appeal on its website to provide funds to the poorest people in the world.
MISSIO’s website contains details of our Pope’s Emergency Fund to help the poor communities. parish CAFOD rep

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 and feels connected.