Newsletter Sunday June 7th, 2020

The Most Holy Trinity (Year A)

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Readings: Exodus 34:4-6,8-9 , Daniel 3:52-56, 1 Corinthians 13:11-13, John 3: 16-18

SERVICES FOR WEEK 7th June – 14th June 2020

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)
Mon 8 June    8.30 a.m. Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Connolly)
Tues 9 June    8.30 a.m. St. Columba Kathleen Bowman RIP (Bowman)
Wed 10 June    8.30 a.m. Les Truman RIP (Truman)
Thur 11 June    8.30 p.m. St. Barnabas Maureen Fitzpatrick (Wheatley)
Fri 12 June   8.30 p.m. Eileen & Michael Murphy RIP (Sheehan)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Rufina Roque RIP (Bernarte)
8.30 a.m. Maureen & David Watkins (Frake)
Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :
Fr Francis Hartley
Fr Edmund Hartley
Kathleen Bowman Funeral Fri 10 June 11.00

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.

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.

Dear Parishioners,
We continue to pray for Fr Francis Hartley, Parish Priest of St John Fisher 2001 – 2013 who died last week. No details of his funeral have been made known to us yet.

We received notification on Friday evening of the steps that we will need to take in order to get our church open. Not all churches will be able to meet the requirements. Only those who can will be allowed to open. The aim is to open for private prayer ONLY. No services are to occur.

We have not been told when this can happen, merely to be ready for it.
In St. John Fisher the proposal is to open for prayer before the blessed sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching of handles etc.
• A limited number of people would be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household.
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry and exit.
• Everyone will leave the church by the exit through the hall so as not to pass others.
• While face coverings can be reassuring, masks will not be a requirement.
• Given that the virus only lasts on surfaces for a limited time, different seating areas in the church will be used each day. Nevertheless the church will have to be cleansed regularly.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are to be on duty each time the church is open to ensure safe practice.

SO, we need to assemble teams of stewards who (after training) will staff the church during these opening times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and one will be in the church to supervise. They will act on a rota. Without volunteers stepping forward the church cannot open. Anyone willing to take a turn at this should contact me by email or by dropping a note through my door. Please supply contact details and which of the days you could (from time to time) cover.

ALSO, we need teams of cleaners who will take turns to cleanse specific areas of the church like grab rails, handles, and so on a regular basis. Again, anyone willing to take a turn at doing this should contact me by email or by dropping a note through my door. Please supply contact details and which of the three days you could (from time to time) cover.

If there are not sufficient volunteers the church cannot re-open. Please step forward!

• 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 you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• If you want a mass offered then just write the details on an envelope enclosing the mass offering.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at

God Bless        Fr Doug

KATHLEEN BOWMAN RIP. Several parishioners may remember Kathleen, a sister of the late John Bowman and aunt/godmother of Tim. Kathleen died peacefully, in her care home in Bletchley, at 3 PM on Sat 30th May. She was 96. Kathleen’s funeral is scheduled for 11 AM Friday 12th June at Eltham Cemetery at Falconwood. If any parishioner would particularly like to attend, please can they contact Tim on 01322-554823.