Newsletter Sunday May 31st, 2020


Receive the Holy Spirit


Readings: Acts 2:1-11, , Psalm 103, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20: 19-23


SERVICES FOR WEEK 31st May – 7th June 2020

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)

Mon 1 June 8.30 a.m. Mary our Mother Kit & Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Sheehan)

Tues 2 June 8.30 a.m. Peter & Sue Murphy (Anderson)

Wed 3 June 8.30 a.m. St. Charles Lwanga Rita Maynard RIP (Sullivan)

Thur 4 June 8.30 p.m. Christ our High Priest Norma Brooker (Frake)

Fri 5 June 8.30 p.m. St Boniface John Bowman RIP (Bowman)

Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Kwame Osei-Kissi RIP (Asaam)
8.30 a.m. Private Intention (Sullivan)
Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :
Christine White Funeral 4th June 10.00
Eileen Weald Funeral 4th June 12.30
John Harrington
Fr Francis Hartley
Fr Edmund Hartley

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,
Very sadly I have to inform you that Fr Francis Hartley died on Thursday morning. Tragically his brother, Fr Edmund Hartley died on Tuesday morning! The third brother, Fr John Hartley remains in residential care but is needless to say, very shaken. Let us keep him in our prayers as we pray for the souls of Frs Francis and Edmund. Details of their funerals are not available at this time. We will in any case have a memorial service for Fr Francis in Church when we are open again.
Fr Francis was Parish Priest here in St John Fisher from 2001 till 2013
Before that he was at Our Lady Help of Christians in Blackheath. I had the privilege of living with him in the presbytery there for a while in 1992 when I was appointed Chaplain to the newly opened Christ the King Sixth Form College. He was a most gracious host and I was inspired by his dedication to his ministry, particularly his parish visiting. May he rest In peace.
Read the tribute below from Carol Anderson, Chair of our Parish Council.

• 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 Fr Doug
Fr Francis took his role as priest, administering the sacraments and visiting the sick, very seriously. He was a great parish visitor going out every day of the week. He promoted marriage and family life and was highly supportive of anyone seeking his help in these matters. He was also a first rate musician and often played the organ in the church. His favourite hymn was ‘All my Hope on God is Founded’. Fr Francis was a humble and faith-full gentleman who will be greatly missed.
Carol Anderson, Chair of Saint John Fisher parish Council

THE PILGRIM – Diocesan Newspaper
You may be familiar with the diocesan newspaper. Take a look at the current issue which is attached alongside this newsletter. Check out the picture of our church on the front page and the article on page 6, (as well as the rest of the content!)

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’s coronavirus appeal is 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. To make it easier use the screenshots below.