Newsletter Sunday November 22nd, 2020

Christ the King

 

Readings: Ezekiel;34:11-12, 15-17 Psalm 22, 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46

 

SERVICES FOR WEEK  21st – 29th November 2020

Fr Doug will continue to say Mass for your intentions privately
Our Church will be open for Private Prayer only on Mon, Wed & Fri 10am – 11am

Sun 22 Nov   CHRIST THE KING
                        (08.30) Sonny Sheehan RIP (Fogarty)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Fr Padraig Regan CM (AIC Saturday Friends)

Mon 23 Nov   (8.30) St Clement Beryl Parry RIP (Lee)
                        10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Tues 24 Nov   (8.30) St Andrew Dung Lac Private Intention (Connolly)

Weds 25 Nov   (8.30) St Catherine of Alexandria Anne & Dennis Newton & family) (Frake)
                        10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Thurs 26 Nov   (8.30) Eileen Geoghegan RIP (Sheehan)

Fri 27 Nov   (8.30) Thanksgiving on Anniversary Fr Doug’s Ordination
                        10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Sun 29 Nov   1st SUNDAY OF ADVENT
                        (08.30) Peggy Lawlor (Kilcullen)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Mrs O’Callaghan RIP (Lyons)

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE
Click on the link above.  There are also links on the ‘Sunday Mass’ and the ‘Fr Doug’ pages on this website

Tony Speed RIP . Please pray for the repose of the soul of Tony who died on Sunday (November 22nd). Please also remember in your prayers Dorothy and all his family.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
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

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.


There is a change in outlook with the progress in vaccine development cheering us all up but the infection rate here in Bexley remains very high and of course we have to be very careful. However, isolation and loneliness can be seriously debilitating too, so we should be alert to the needs of others during this time. Fatigue in this regard is real but we should fight our way past that and recognise the Lord present in all who are suffering. Today’s gospel spells this out for us, I think.

We continue in the hope of a return to Sunday Mass on 5/6 December, the 2nd Sunday of Advent, but we must also be prepared for a potential extension of Lockdown. In the meantime we are not closing the parish, so please feel free to contact me – and if there is any urgent need, please do not hesitate at all! Hopefully we can keep in touch via the newsletter, by our weekly mass on the website and also at church during the week for those venturing out for prayers in church.
God Bless 

CHRISTMAS MASSES
We don’t know what the government is going to decide (nor do they, probably!) but if we are allowed to operate as we were before Lockdown then we will have our usual masses for Christmas but we will ask everyone wishing to attend to register or book in advance. If we exceed our permitted number for any one mass we will arrange for extra masses to be available.
We will wait for the government decision before putting our plan into action, but it might help if you are able to think about your own intentions in advance too.

STEWARDING
We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times.
We still need to steward the church during weekday opening times.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you can help.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
It is good to follow the mass (especially the readings) in a missal if you have one. We all got used to using the Parish Mass Book so…

We have planned from the beginning of Advent (now deferred) to offer everyone the chance borrow their own copy of the parish mass book. None can be available for casual or occasional use but there is nothing stopping everyone keeping and caring for their own. Bring it to mass and take it home each Sunday. The idea is that for a nominal deposit you can take your copy and because there is a series of them running through the year, when the next is due, you return and swap your copy for the next in series or at any time simply return yours and get your deposit back. We will introduce this soon after Return to Mass Sunday.

Or you can follow the mass using the internet. See: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm. or download: Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times
You can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE.
Please go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722
and they will arrange for you. SPECIAL OFFER 3 MONTHS :-£22.00 or 12 Months:- £80.00
The Herald offers a similar scheme:
0207 448 3607 http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

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.