Newsletter Sunday January 31st, 2021


Readings: Deuteronomy; 18:15-20, Psalm 94, 1 Corinthians 7:32-35, Mark 1:21-28

SERVICES FOR WEEK 30th –7th January 2021

Sun 31st Jan 4th SUN (B):
                        Private Intention
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Joan Aspeek, aged 90! (Connolly)

Mon 1 Feb   Joan Aspeek (Hughes)

Tues 2 Feb   Presentation of the Lord Margaret Bates (Haylett)

Weds 3 Feb 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Danny Lyons RIP (Choir)

Thurs 4 Feb   Kay Gray RIP (Kilcullen)

Fri 5 Feb   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St Agatha David White RIP (Fitzpatrick)

Sat 6 Feb   11am Confessions
                        18.00 Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 7 Feb   5th SUN (B):
                        08.30 For The Parish
                        10.30 William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Charlie Back et al RIP

The Services from Wednesday 3rd Feb are public services

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Please note the slight change in our bank account name. .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher – Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code

Extra Collection Next Week: Catholic Association for Racial Justice

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You will probably be following the statistics measuring the infection rates for the virus and note, as I have noted, that the virus was virtually out of control in the Bexley area earlier in the month, but that in this last week in particular our rate has descended and that we are now comparable with our neighbours such as those in the borough of Bromley. It gives me great pleasure therefore to confirm that we will, as planned, reopen on Wednesday 3rd for 9.30 exposition and 10.00 mass.

I am really looking forward to seeing many of you again. I am also looking forward to our diocesan retreat for Lent that we can all engage in together:

The Archbishop is going to be leading a Diocesan Retreat for Lent. Every single person in Southwark is invited to participate in one way or another.
Each Wednesday, starting on Ash Wednesday, there will be a video available. A printed summary will be available at the back of church. If you are shielding and unable to access the material on our website or on-line directly, then ask someone to deliver a copy through your door. There will also be a reflection and prayer exercises for the coming week – should you wish to engage to that degree.

I would also like to explore the possibility of engaging in ‘zoom’ meetings in which some of you will be able to take part in sharing reflections. Let me know if you would like to take part in a follow-up zoom meeting some time during the week, indicating when you might be able to do so on a regular basis through Lent. It is not far away so please plan ahead and think about how much time you might decide to “budget” for such a Lenten sacrifice and then you will be in a position to judge what parts you take on. It is designed to be very flexible. Take on as much or as little as you wish.
For more information click on this link Lenten Retreat to go to the page on this website.

Meanwhile, the office is effectively closed but I am not! So, please feel free to email me at, or to ring me on the parish mobile number, 07394 920 694, or do drop things through the front door.
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 – THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED

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.