Newsletter Sunday December 20th, 2020

4th Sunday of Advent

Readings: 2 Samuel;7: 1-5, 8-11 16 Psalm 88, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38

SERVICES FOR WEEK 19th – 17th December 2020

Sat 19 Dec 18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Sun 20 Dec   4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT
                        08.30 Patricia Coyne RIP (Ann Hyde)
                        10.30 Brian Keeley RIP (Stanton)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Denis Burke RIP, Anniversary (Burke)

Mon 21 Dec   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 John Stanton (Morris)
                        7.30 PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Tues 22 Dec   Kathy Connolly (Frake)

Weds 23 Dec 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Dick Fitzpatrick RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Thurs 24 Dec   6pm Christmas Eve Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)
                        10pm Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Almeida)

Click on the link above for MIDNIGHT MASS

Fri 25 Dec   9.00 Christmas Day Margaret Kyne (Haylett)
                        10.30 The Speed Family (Anderson)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Anne Fitzpatrick (Fitzpatrick)

Sat 26 Dec   18.00 Polycarp Fernandes (Almeida)

Sun 27 Dec   Holy Family – but still Christmas!!
                        08.30 Peggie Dunne (Haylett)
                        10.30 Alan Boxall RIP (Kilcullen)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Paul Wemyss (Wemyss)

CHRISTMAS CAROLS. As we are not able to hold a Carol Service this year we have put together a selection from our choir. Just click on the link below and sing along! To brighten everything up we’ve also included photos of the Christmas flowers and decorations in the church during the past four years.

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

Your offering at Christmas is your personal gift to the clergy. Thank You in advance!

The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to


I think we have all recognized that tasks that we are used to undertaking have been more difficult of late! Organising a Parish Reconciliation Service has been one such task. But I am pleased to report that a Service has now been arranged for Monday evening at 7.30. Fr Paul Fennessy will be coming from Holy Apostles Church, Swanley to help hear confessions. We will run the same service in Swanley on Wednesday at 7.30 in case Monday is busy for you. Celebrating this sacrament has always been an important part of our personal preparations for Christmas. In the service we will reflect together on God’s mercy, consider our own personal need for forgiveness and then make individual and confidential confessions to the priests on the sanctuary in order to gain penance and absolution.

Masses: Christmas Eve: 6p.m. & 10p.m. and Christmas Day: 9a.m. & 10.30a.m.

Again, thanks to everyone who has reserved places for masses at Christmas. At the 6.00 Christmas Eve mass, stewards will enable individuals or family “bubbles” to be seated 1 metre apart using all our benches. There can therefore be NO KNEELING. The other 3 masses look as if they can be organised in the usual way with 2 metre spacing, which does allow for kneeling.

We want to safely accommodate as many people as possible and so we need to know how many people wish to attend each mass. There are booking forms in church for each of the masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Telephone and emailed bookings will be accepted too. It may be that on the day it is not possible to give safe admission to someone who has not booked in advance. This will depend on numbers.

Archbishop John reminds us: “the Church regards each day in the Octave of Christmas – the 8 days from 25th December until the 1st January, as if it were ‘Christmas Day’. So, if you can’t attend mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, why not go to mass on any of these 8 days with the same sense of joy and solemnity.”

We are not allowed to enjoy communal singing, but we will listen to recorded versions of carols. Masks will continue to be worn.

God Bless

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 can help.

It is good to follow the mass (especially the readings) in a missal if you have one.
We are offering the opportunity to borrow your own copy of the parish mass book. None can be available for casual or occasional use, but it is possible to keep and care for your own. Bring it to mass and take it home each Sunday. For a £10 deposit you can take your copy home and because there is a series of them covering 3 years, when the next is due, you return and swap your copy for the next one in the series, or return it at any time to get your deposit back.

We mourn the loss of Norma Brooker. May she rest in peace. (Funeral on 30th Dec)

Tony Speed RIP. Dorothy writes: My family and I wish to thank all our friends in SJF who have sent cards and condolences and who have kindly arranged for masses to be offered. Thank you and God Bless,                                                       Dorothy Speed

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.