Newsletter Sunday August 9th, 2020

19th Sunday of the Year

Readings: 1 Kings 19:9. 11-13, Psalm 84, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:22-33

SERVICES FOR WEEK 8th – 16th August 2020
Sat 8 Aug    18.00 Joe Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)
                        08.30 Kathy Lenihan RIP (Beattie)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley (Stanton)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Carol Anderson (Frake)

Mon 10 Aug    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St Lawrence Anne Turp RIP (Turp)
Tues 11 Aug    St Clare Bridget Head RIP (Eda)

Weds 12 Aug    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Dennis Newton Snr (Frake)
Thurs 13    Aug Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

Fri 14 Aug    11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        11.30 John Harrington RIP (Bowman)
Please note the change of mass time on Friday due to a funeral.

Sat 15 Aug    18.00 Elvira Vaz RIP (Vaz)

                        08.30 Dunne Family (Haylett)
                        10.30 Christiana Anim RIP (Asaam)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Sheehan)

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.


You will probably have heard the news that the government has changed its instructions for attendance at church. It now insists that you wear a facial covering whether you are 1m or 2m distanced apart. This is mandatory from now on and applies to weekdays as well. Readers will remove their coverings while proclaiming the Word and replace them afterwards. The priest will wear a covering while offering Holy Communion but not during the rest of mass. Outside the church, coverings can be removed but social distancing still applies.

This change is made in order to keep us even safer and we must accept it in charity. It might remind us to keep praying for the scientists and other researchers who are seeking to develop a vaccine. It should also remind us to keep medics and carers in our prayers as well.

God Bless


• Facial coverings are now also needed for weekday masses.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is shielding should not attend.
• 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

The Sunday Obligation is suspended so you are still free to stay at home and participate spiritually in the mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to.
SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE then click on ‘Sunday Mass’

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS As we are not allowed to place our book of prayer requests on the altar during the Mass we will have a monthly prayer list for anyone who is unwell or undergoing treatment and we will pray at Sunday Mass for those on the list. To get your request for prayer for someone please send an email or post a note to the Parish Office marked ‘Prayer List’. The list will be renewed each month. The August list is still open.

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.

PARISH MASS BOOKS As we are not allowed to use our mass books, those of you with smart phones may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See:
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.

Please print off this newsletter (use the screenshots below) and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.