3rd SUNDAY OF LENT
Readings: Exodus; 20:1-17 Psalm 18, 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25
SERVICES FOR WEEK 6th – 14th March 2021
Sat 6 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 For the Parish
Sun 7 March THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
08.30 Ed Jones RIP (Jones)
10.30 John Hughes RIP (Hughes)
Web – available anytime
Norma Brooker (Frake)
Mon 8 Mar St John of God Donal & Patrick Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)
Tues 9 Mar 9.30 St Frances of Rome Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Connolly)
Weds 10 Mar 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Danny Lyons RIP (Hollis)
Fri 12 Mar 9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Joan Aspeek at 90 (Fitzpatrick)
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 13 Mar 11.00 Confessions
18.00 For the Parish
Sun 14 March FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
08.30 Martin Gilligan (Fitzpatrick)
10.30 Arsenia Rencias RIP (Bernarte)
Web – available anytime Kitty Murphy RIP (Kilcullen)
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: Holy Places
Next Week: Peter’s Pence
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The weather seemed last week to put a bit of a break on our spring seasonal optimism but this week we see the children return to school and family life will return to a bit of normality. We all celebrate this, and congratulate parents everywhere who have had a huge burden to bear, one they didn’t expect, and we congratulate the children too who have coped with this extraordinary time and who have missed out on being in a learning environment with their friends.
The vaccine roll-out continues, and many more are receiving their first jab. Soon, we can expect large numbers to be getting their second jab and over 90% immunity as a result. Where would be now if medical researchers had not developed the vaccines? We thank God this week for so many blessings!
DIOCESAN RETREAT FOR LENT – “Follow Me”
– introduced by Archbishop John Wilson, and led by the Spirituality Commission.
It is not too late to get onboard!!!
This is a retreat which you can follow at home. Using the link below, you can watch a short video reflection each week and then download prayer materials and other resources for the week ahead. Simply click on http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/followme If anyone wants to join our Monday evening ‘zoom’ meeting to share reflections just email Fr Doug.
DANNY LYONS RIP
Kay Lyons and her family wish to warmly thank all who have supported them in prayer, with condolences and through masses for the repose of Danny’s soul.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
With hopeful signs ahead, and our church remaining open for mass, we are now happy to about offer a programme of preparation for those children wishing to join in Holy Communion with God and with the Church. They need to be in year 3 or above and attending mass (obviously!) We will be getting underway soon so please add your name and contact details to the list in the church porch if you want your child to enrol. Some of the programme will have to be delivered at home but as the children are allowed to meet we will bring the programme back to the church and the hall.
This weekend is the deadline for applications.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
To follow the Way of Jesus on his journey to Calvary – and to allow him to join us in our life journeys – is a popular and appropriate devotion to participate in during Lent, both in private and in public. In private, use a prayer book or follow the version Fr Doug has put on the parish website. Publicly, we will be ‘following’ the Way of the Cross after mass on Friday mornings.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AVAILABLE AT ANY TIME
We do appreciate your support for the parish weekly collection, which many of you in any case pay by standing order, but for everyone else, that collection is taken through the baskets by the doors as you enter or leave mass.
The extra collection is taken through the box that is by the glass door entrance from the lobby into the main church. Thank you for your support with these extra collections. We have been slowly catching up on last year’s gaps so that we can justifiably say that we have kept the broader church and its needs in our minds and that we have tried to support as best we can. We are nearly there in terms of catching up and then we can return fully to this year’s rota.
This week’s extra collection, for instance, is for the Holy Places. This collection would have taken place last Good Friday had we been open. It supports the upkeep of the centres of veneration and pilgrimage in the Holy Land as well as supporting Christian schooling in the area. (We will have this year’s collection for the Holy Places, this Good Friday)
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.