Newsletter Sunday January 17th, 2021


Readings: 1 Samuel; 3:3-10, 19 Psalm 39 1 Corinthians 6:13-15: 17-20, John 1:35-42

SERVICES FOR WEEK 16th – 24th January 2021

Sat 16 Jan   18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Choir)

Sun 17 Jan   2nd SUN (B): PEACE SUNDAY
                        08.30 Peggy Whiteside RIP (SVP)
                        10.30 Danny Lyons (Lyons)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Haylett)

Mon 18 Jan   Tony Speed.RIP (Stanton)

Tues 19 Jan   Deceased Members of Slater & Kilcullen Families

Weds 20 Jan   Jacque Leonard RIP (O’Halloran)

Thurs 22 Jan   St Agnes Holy Souls

Fri 23 Jan   Beth & Mick Minighan RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 25 Jan   3rd SUN (B):
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Tony Moffat, aged 90! (Connolly)

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
Extra Collection This Week: Apostleship of the Sea.

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It is with great reluctance that we have taken the decision to close the church temporarily. This will begin after 10.30 mass this weekend. We remain a safe place to gather and worship thanks to our brilliant stewards who have been working so hard. However, in being open and inviting parishioners to attend we are clearly defying the government, the NHS and the country’s medical experts, who plead with us all to “stay at home”. It is our intention to open up again after the peak of the wave of infections has passed over us in Bexley. We owe it to our heroic doctors and nurses to do all we can in the meantime. Our Sunday Mass will still be available on the website. I not only thank our stewards, but so many others who have improvised so well in their ministries in these difficult times and I thank everyone for cooperating so willingly.

On a different note, last Sunday afternoon as the season of Christmas came to an end I took down my decorations which were for the most part, your greetings cards. It was great to read them again and I am very grateful to you all for sending them. I am deeply grateful as well for your Christmas offering and for other presents besides.

The office is effectively closed but I am not! So, please feel free to ring me if you need to on the parish mobile number, 07394 920 694, or to email me at or to drop things through the front door. I will continue to offer mass each day for your intentions so please feel free to make your requests as usual.

It is nearly a month since mid-winter, and the days are getting longer. The vaccines are being widely distributed. We have much to celebrate and also to look forward to. Let us trust in the Lord but not put him to the test by behaving in any other than responsible ways. Assume you have the virus even without showing symptoms as so many do, and make sure then, that you don’t give it to anyone. “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

As they say on TV, see you after the break.
God Bless

For those of you who may be able to respond, there is an initiative from the Bexley Interfaith Forum to try and supply hot meals to those in need. For it to be realised there is a need for volunteers who might prepare food, cook food and deliver food. If you’d like to know more please contact Fr Doug
Many thanks to everyone who told us how much they enjoyed the Christmas flowers and decorations. My talented helpers, Dorothy Speed, Mary Jeyaseelan and Mary Kevan, did a great job and we really enjoyed doing it! Thanks also to those who donated towards the cost. I should also thank Mary J. for keeping the church supplied with flowers from her garden throughout the Summer and into the Autumn.                                                                     Sue Murphy

A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who give their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 is now available for collection from the cupboard.
We would be grateful if more volunteers came forward to either join an existing group or make up a new one. At the moment, each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people, that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762 731303.

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.