Newsletter Sunday June 21st, 2020

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Do Not Be Afraid To Speak Out

Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 68, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10: 26-33

SERVICES FOR WEEK 21st June – 28th June 2020

Sun 21 June 12th SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME
  Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time.
              William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)
          8.30 a.m. Meade Family (Sullivan)

Mon 22 June   8.30 a.m. ST.s John Fisher & Thomas More Fr Francis Hartley RIP
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Tues 23 June   8.30 a.m. Philip Anderson & Family (Anderson)

Wed 24 June   8.30 a.m. Birth of John the Baptist Jim Gallagher RIP (Eida/Connolly)
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Thur 25 June   8.30 a.m Maureen Watkins (Wheatley))

Fri 26 June   8.30 a.m. Joan & Ron Aspeek (Frake)
          10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Sun 28 June ST.s PETER and PAUL
  Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
        Fr.s Francis and Ed Hartley RIP (Frogley)
        8.30 a.m. Private Intention (Morris)

Please pray for the souls of :
Terry Orford Funeral on 6th July at 3.30
Sharon Ryan-Young Funeral on 29th June at 11.45

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.

Dear Parishioners,
We were finally able to open our church this week, though not for public services.
St. John Fisher was and now is open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Strict instructions have been imposed and we were able to follow them with no real difficulties so please feel welcome and safe to join us during this coming week.

• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence before the doors open and conclude after they are locked. There will be no Benediction.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Anyone under 16 must be with an adult.
• A limited number of people will be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household or who are in a ‘Bubble’.
• If there are no vacant spaces you might be asked to wait while Fr Doug encourages someone to leave!
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• 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.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are on duty each time the church is open to ensure this safe practice.

We are very grateful to the teams of stewards who have volunteered to 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 and to usher. They will act on a rota. Without these volunteers stepping forward the church would not have been able to open, and indeed many churches are not open.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will be available on the website in the (now) normal way.

We cannot use our parish prayer intentions book because the virus can be passed from one to another via its surface so I will place at the foot of the sanctuary a basket and anyone who wishes can bring in or send in prayer intentions which those in church will pray for in a general way and which I will offer up in our Sunday Mass. None will be read, let alone read out loud.

• 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

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.