Newsletter Sunday October 18th, 2020

29th Sunday (A)

Readings: Isaiah; 45:1. 4-6, Psalm 95, Thessalonians 1:1-5, Matthew 22:15-21

SERVICES FOR WEEK 17th – 25th October 2020

Sat 17 Oct    18.00 Oonagh Galvin (Haylett)

Sun 18 Oct    28th Sunday 29A
                        08.30 Elvira Vaz RIP (Vaz)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Asaam)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time.

                        Minihane Family RIP (Sheehan)

Mon 19 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Eileen Stanton (Morris)

Tues 20 Oct    Eileen Wheatley (Frake)

Weds 21 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Martin Dowling RIP (Gillis)

Thurs 22 Oct    St John Paul II Pope Eileen Geoghegan RIP (Sheehan)

Fri 23 Oct    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 David Beattie RIP (Beattie)

Sat 24 Oct    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Frederick Staveley RIP (Botterill)

Sun 25 Oct    30th Sunday 30A
                        08.30 Vincent & Mary Jeyaseelan (Frake)
                        10.30 Ben van Leeuwen (Bowman)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are making weekly offerings to keep the parish functioning.
Last week’s collection £989 (including Standing Orders) .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Extra Collection This week Home Mission, World Communication, Day for Life
Next week Harvest
Oct 31/Nov1 Missio
Nov 7/8 Priest Training Fund
Nov 14/15 Apostleship of the Sea
Nov 21/22 Catholic Education Service, Catholic Youth Service
Nov 28/29 Holy Places
Dec 5/6 Bexley Deanery World Development Projects
Dec 12/13 Peter Pence

Our Diocese of Southwark: Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

There have been so many changes and rumours of change in the rules under which we conduct our ‘social selves’ that it is very easy to feel paralysed and do nothing. Instead we must be disciplined in what we do and while necessarily limiting our aims, we must plan for as normal a future as possible. For instance, it will soon be November, a month during which we traditionally remember loved ones who have died.
We hope to be able to contact everyone in the parish who has suffered a bereavement this year and invite them to attend our special masses during which we will pray for each of those who have died by name and light a candle for them. At those masses we will also be praying for our own loved ones who have died (however long ago) and lighting one large candle for all of them. You will be aware that for these last few years the processing of candles inside churches – except for altar servers carrying acolytes – has been banned. The candles will therefore, like last year, be static on the sanctuary and lit one by one.
Our plans for the phased reopening of our hall are of course now “on hold”.
God Bless

Those who attend must wear a facial covering. (Exemptions apply) and to either use the QR code or give contact details so that we can participate in the government’s track-and-trace scheme.

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE then click on ‘Sunday Mass’, ‘Fr Doug’ or on the link in this newsletter.

We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

A wonderful event postponed since the Easter Vigil is the reception into the Church of Petrea Henry. This takes place at the vigil mass this weekend. Please keep her in your prayers.

This world famous Bible study course is to be made available for free, for 7 Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from November 4th.
“The Bible can be quite intimidating, due to its size and complexity. Many Catholics long to read the Bible, but they don’t know how. The Bible Timeline Study System divides the whole Bible into 12 Periods, easy to understand and memorise. In the course you look through each of the 12 Periods. You will clearly see how the many characters and events in Scripture are related to each other in one unified narrative, from Adam & Eve to Jesus Christ. You will grasp the Big Picture of the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament”
I have registered already! I am sending out the flier to all email recipients of the newsletter. To register though, simply go to Fr Doug

See our plans for the future (above). Meanwhile, you may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See: or download:
Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Universe: 0161 820 5722 http://www.thecatholic
Herald: 0207 448 3607 www

Please print off this newsletter, using 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.
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