Newsletter Sunday July 19th, 2020

16th Sunday of the Year

Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalm 85, Rom 8:26-27, Matthew 13:24-43

SERVICES FOR WEEK 18th July – 26th July 2020

Sat 18 July    18.00 Parish Housebound & Elderly (Crump)

Sun 19 July    16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Elvira Flanagan (Fernandez)
                        10.30 Ron & Pat Watkins RIP (Gilespie
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

Anita & Paul Rowland (McQuaid)

Mon 20 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Nina Szredski (Anderson)

Tues 21 July    Joyce & Peter Harries RIP(Eida/Connolly)

Weds 22 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St.Mary Magdalene John Whiteside RIP (Fernandes)

Thurs 23 July    St.Bridget Gloria & Tony Laws (Frake)

Fri 24 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St.Sharbel Makhulf Peter Tennant RIP (Anderson)

Sat 25 July    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Kathleen John & Olga Bowman (Creasy)

Sun 26 July 17th    SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Carmela Santofiore-Morardo (Santofiore)
                        10.30 Derek Botterill RIP (Botterill)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
The Parish of St. John Fisher

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,
You will be pleased to hear that just as with the resumption of weekday masses, our first Sunday masses since Lockdown took place with ease, reverence and safety last weekend. The stewards guided everyone through the new arrangements and I could see everyone relax as they grew in confidence. Numbers were of course low and we can now happily look forward to a gradual increase. We were able to accommodate everyone at 2 metres distancing without face coverings, but there is potential for larger numbers at 1 metre+ distancing, i.e. with a face covering
The Sunday Obligation still does NOT apply so you are free to stay at home and participate ‘virtually’ in the mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to.

• Those who attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING, unless you are under 11 years old or have a medical condition that precludes wearing 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.
• 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 dispenser there for those without 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 who 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 are 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 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 if you email me at
God Bless

As we are unable to use our mass books due to the risk of spreading the virus, those of you with smart phones may wish to look at the readings using the internet on your phone. See here:
If you don’t have data, you could download before you leave home.
In the long term you might like to download the app to your phone anyway.
A free trial version is available called Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing from your app store.

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 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.