Newsletter Sunday February 14th, 2021

6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

Readings: Leviticus; 13:1-2 .45-46, Psalm 31, 1 Corinthians 1:10:31-11,1 Mark 1:40-45

SERVICES FOR WEEK 13th February – 21st February 2021

Sat 13 Feb   11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 For The Parish

Sun 14th February   6th SUN (B)
                        08.30 Rose Swink RIP (Bowman)
                        10.30 Joan Gilby RIP (Gilby)
                        Web – available anytime

                        Fr Michael Eden TG (Cannon)

Mon 15 Feb   PKM

Tues 16 Feb   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Kit and Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Sheehan)

Weds 17 Feb     9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
ASH WEDNESDAY   10.00 John Bowman RIP (Bowman)
                            19.30 PKM
                            Stations of The Cross available here on the website:

Fri 19 Feb   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Sophia Circuitt (Bowman)

Sat 20 Feb   11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 John Dyer RIP (Newton)

Sun 21 Feb   FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
                        08.30 For The Parish
                        10.30 Norma Brooker RIP (Hughes)
                        Web – available anytime
                        Tony Moffat TG (Connolly)

FINANCES –
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 Education and Youth Services
Next Week: Poorer Parishes of our Diocese

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
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Was this week “the winter of our discontent”? We have had gales, snow, ice as well as bad news about vaccine effectiveness and holidays abroad. But at least we were victorious in the first cricket test against India!!

I had been noticing several signs of new growth on trees and in plant life and also noting a spring in the steps of many of you who have received a shot of vaccine but the week past reminded me that we have much to endure before we can celebrate Spring which reveals new life in nature and this year perhaps, new life in society. That, I feel, is a theme we are familiar with, as each year we participate in Lent which is a time of facing difficulties and challenges as well as looking forward with hope to Easter and Resurrection. The time we live in is not unprecedented. We, as Christians, have rehearsed this every year. We are in a position to reassure any of our friends or neighbours who are frightened or depressed, that God will see us through to new life beyond. So, with that responsibility in my mind, in my view, we should really engage with Lent as well as we can, not just for own sake but for the sake of all those whom our Christian faith and hope can rub off on.

Lent begins on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, so let me recommend once more:

ARCHDIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK RETREAT FOR LENT
– introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, and led by the Spirituality Commission.
A Retreat for Lent, which you can follow in your own home.
Using the link below, you can watch a short video reflection each week, download prayer materials and other resources which can help you make the best use of whatever time and opportunity you may have during your week.
If you are looking for a way to deepen your life of prayer this Lent, click on http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme where you can also sign up to receive materials directly to your email.

If anyone wants to join a ‘zoom’ meeting to share reflections please let me know.

Meanwhile, the office is effectively closed but I am not! So, please feel free to email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk, or to ring me on the parish mobile number, 07394 920 694, or do drop things through the front door.
God Bless

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS FOR ST CATHERINE’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL, BEXLEYHEATH
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 maureenwilliams70@gmail.com for an application form.

CHURCH CLEANING.
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 screenshot below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.