Newsletter Sunday July 12th, 2020

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 64, Rom 8:18-23, Matthew 13:1-23

SERVICES FOR WEEK 11th July – 19th July 2020

Sat 11 July 18.00 Dr Dick McCarthy RIP (Anna & Family)

                        08.30 Keith Perry RIP (Lee)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Hughes)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        John & Eileen Hollis (Frake)

Mon 13 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Patricia McQuaid (Anderson)

Tues 14 July   Norma Booker (Frake)

Weds 15 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St. Bonaventure Carol Anderson (Morris)

Thurs 16 July   Mary of Mt. Carmel Elizabeth Padayachee (Hobson)

Fri 17 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Frank & Josie Keeley (Stanton)

Sat 18 July   18.00 Parish Housebound & Elderly (Crump)

                        08.30 Elvira Flanagan (Fernandez)
                        10.30 Ron & Pat Watkins RIP (Gillespie)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Anita & Paul Rowland (McQuaid)

Please pray for the soul of :
Maurice Birmingham Funeral on 17th July at 11.30

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – 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,

It was marvellous to celebrate our first public masses since lockdown during the week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beforehand at 9.30. I am happy to say that all went well and I think there was both safety and reverence.
But this weekend our Sunday masses are restored.

The Sunday Obligation still does NOT apply so you are still free to stay at home and participate in the virtual mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to. Indeed I would encourage many who gravitate to our busy 10.30 mass on Sundays to attend a different one if possible, at least for the time being. There is a fixed limit to the numbers who can attend.

• Those who do attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. This is important as we will be using the government’s 1 metre+ social distancing rules. It doesn’t need to be a mask. Many are using scarves and other coverings.
• Facial coverings are not needed for weekday masses at the moment.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards. This will take a while longer than usual so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing or bidding prayers.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or whvo is isolating should not attend.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Stewards are on duty at each mass to ensure this safe practice.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

We are very grateful indeed to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you can be available for any of the Sunday masses.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will still be available on the website in the (now) normal way.
• If you haven’t found it yet, then on the website: go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• 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.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at
God Bless

CHURCH CLEANING has recommenced. The cleaning rota will continue as before lockdown for the rest of the year. General cleaning only will be required, as sanitising will be undertaken by the stewards on duty after the Friday and weekend Masses.
Thank you. Carole Hughes

NEWSLETTER NOTICES. There isn’t much activity around and about yet but if there is then let us know and we can include a notice here in the newsletter

Please print off the screenshot 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.