SUNDAY 12th December 2021


Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18, Psalm Isaiah12,2-6 Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:10-18.


SERVICES FOR WEEK  11th – 19th December 2021  


Sat      11th Dec  11.00                                     Confessions

                            18.00                                     Zoe Baker RIP (Duff)  


Sun    12th Dec   3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT             

                             08.30                                      Patricia Coyne RIP (Coyne)

                            10.30                                     Nina Szredski (Szredski family)


Mon     13th Dec  09.15         St Lucy               Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00                                     Private Intention (Connolly)


Tues    14th Dec   09.15         St John of the Cross   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00                                     Bill Meade RIP (Sullivan family)


Weds   15th Dec   09.15                                     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00                             Jim Henry RIP (Frake) 


Fri      17th Dec   09.15                                    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.        

                           10.00                                    Patrick McQuaid RIP (McQuaid)


Sat    18th Dec   11.00                                     Confessions

                          18.00                                Peter Pope (Liddiard)


Sun    19th Dec   4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT             

                            08.30                               Intentions of John & Trish (Haylett) 

                            10.30                                     Tony Frake (Choir)



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In church please:

*  Continue to wear masks on Sundays unless you are in space or are exempt. 

*  At weekday masses you only need to wear masks if you are close to someone else. 

* Socially distance 1metre. In other words, keep a space between yourself and others.

* Continue to make your Offertory Contribution on entry.


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The government’s most recent instructions about precautions that we must take in church regarding Covid 19 do not really amount to anything new except some confusing messages about taking masks off while singing! We are not changing any of our procedures at the moment and I will be discussing the matter with the other priests from the deanery in a meeting during the week.

In the meantime please be vigilant at Sunday mass. Remember to wear face coverings and keep a distance from others.

At Christmas we will be able over the 4 masses to accommodate those wishing to attend with safe procedures and good stewarding.

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SPIRITUALITY COMMISSION –  The diocesan spirituality commission has produced a prayerful thought for each day of Advent. To receive them each day as an email free of charge go to and sign up.


CONFIRMATION 2022 – We invite candidates for Confirmation.  This year’s programme will begin (if there are sufficient numbers) in January 2022.  Anyone currently in Year 8 or above is eligible to apply.  Application forms are in the Church Porch.  Deadline is Sunday 19th December 2021.


CAROL SERVICE – SUNDAY, 12th DECEMBER AT 3 PM  The story of the Nativity will be read by the youngsters and carols sung.  Children of all ages, dressed as angels, shepherds or kings are very welcome.  I am sorry that owing to the COVID situation it has been decided not to offer refreshments after the service.


FUNERALS –  Please pray for the repose of the soul of Lucy Nencini. Her funeral service will be on Wednesday, 15th DECEMBER, 2021 at Eltham Crematorium at 2.45 pm.

Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Tess Truman. Her funeral will be here in Church on Friday 7thJanuary at 12.30 pm.


SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION – We have planned to hold our Advent Reconciliation Service on  Tuesday 21st December at 7.00 pm with Fr Paul coming to join us from Sidcup. Please note that the printed newsletter was an earlier draft and should be ignored. 



Christmas Day is a Saturday so here is how it is going to look:

Friday Christmas Eve:                  6.00 and 10.00 p.m

Saturday Christmas Day:             8.30 and 10.30 a.m – no evening mass!

Sunday feast of Holy Family:      8.30 and 10.30 a.m



Bring your own nibbles and the bar will be open. Tickets £10 per adult and £2 per child.  For tickets contact Noel McCarthy on 07813890556 or 02083012479, email


HYMN BOOKS – Please note that hymn books used at mass are only allowed to be touched by one person within a 2 day period.  Therefore, it is really important that you return your book to the foyer after mass and not rely on someone else picking it up afterwards. Thank you for your co-operation.