Newsletter Sunday February 7th, 2021


Readings: Job; 7:1-4 6-7, Psalm 146, 1 Corinthians 9:16-19 22-23, Mark 1:29-39

SERVICES FOR WEEK 6th February – 14th February 2021

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

Sun 7th February   4th SUN (B):
                        8.30 For The Parish
                        10.30 William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)
                        Web – available anytime

                        Charlie Back et al RIP (Back)

Mon 8 Feb   ad libitum Harrington Family (Sheehan)

Tues 9 Feb   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Sophia Circuitt (Bowman)

Weds 10 Feb   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St Scholastica Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Thurs 11 Feb   Our Lady of Lourdes

Fri 12 Feb   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Lisa Innis RIP (Wood)

Sat 13 Feb   11am Confessions
                        18.00 For The Parish

Sun 14 Feb   6th SUN (B):
                        08.30 Rose Swink RIP (Bowman)
                        10.30 Joan Gilby RIP (Gilby)
                        Web – available anytime Fr Michael Eden TG (Cannon)

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 This Week: Catholic Association for Racial Justice
Next Week: Catholic Education and Youth Services

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Welcome back!
As the peak in the Covid infection rate peaked in Bexley, I felt a little like the People of God must have felt in Egypt, waiting for the Passover – the passing over their homes of God’s angel who left them safe but caused such havoc among the Egyptians. With the church doors closed we kept our heads down till the worst of the danger passed. The virus is still around of course but it is not so threatening as it was and it is a joy to reopen the church without fear of compromising borough-wide restrictions.

With Lent only a short time away, let me recommend once more:

– introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, and led by the Spirituality Commission.
The Archdiocese is offering a retreat experience for the people and parishes of Southwark during Lent, beginning on the first Sunday of Lent and ending in Holy week. For each week of Lent, there will be a video exploring themes connected with the Sunday Gospel. The input will be available in advance rather than live streamed, so that it can be viewed at any time. The video will be accompanied by suggestions for prayer and reflection through the week.
The retreat is open both to individuals and to parish-based groups:
Individuals can make use of the weekly video and material for prayer and reflection.
For parish groups, resources will be provided for a weekly group meeting, where participants can share reflections and take part in a time of common prayer.
For those without an internet connection, parishes can download, print and distribute summaries of the talk and the prayer and reflection exercises for the week. For more information and to register: click on this link Lenten Retreat to go to the page on this website.
It is also available at:

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 each week, indicating when you might be able to do so, on a regular basis through Lent. 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.

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

The Trustees of St Catherine’s wish to appoint committed Catholics to the Governing Body. A new Board of Governors is being appointed. Training and support will be offered. Applicants offering expertise in finance, building, HR, law, education and other relevant experience are warmly encouraged to apply. The Trustees are keen to welcome members from BAME communities, reflecting the ethnic diversity of students and staff. If interested, please contact:
Mr Nick Watkiss, Executive Headteacher
or email for an application form.

A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 is now available for collection from the cupboard. We would be grateful for more volunteers 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.