(CHRISTMAS &) SUNDAY 26th December 2021, HOLY FAMILY 

Readings: 1 Samuel:1 20-22, 24-28, Psalm 83, 1John 3:1-2, 21-24, Luke 2:41-52.


SERVICES FOR WEEK  24th  December 2021 – 2nd January 2022


Fri  24th Dec       CHRISTMAS 

                                     18.00                            Kay Gillespie RIP (Gillespie)

Christmas Night         22.00                             Holland Family (Sheehan)  


Sat  25th Dec               08.30                             Marie Sullivan (Sullivan)

                                     10.30                              Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)


Sun  26th Dec     HOLY FAMILY of Jesus, Mary & Joseph               

                                  08.30                               Sean King (C.Fitzpatrick) 

                                 10.30                                 Tess Truman RIP (Choir)


Mon    27th Dec 09.15         St John Evangelist      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                10.00                                     Demetrio Cagliandro RIP (Phipps)       


Tues   28th Dec  09.15         Holy Innocents           Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                10.00                             Tony Speed RIP (Speed Family)


Weds  29th Dec         09.15         St Thomas (Canterbury)     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                 10.00                             Foundation Mass: Jamie Cowdell


Fri        31st Dec        09.15         St Sylvester 1              Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00                             Iris Keefe RIP (Gillis/Connolly)                      


Sat     1st Jan      NEW YEAR’S DAY

                                  17.30                                    Confessions

                                  18.00                             Teresa & Ray (Li/Sparkes)


Sun    2nd Jan      2nd SUNDAY AFTER NATIVITY             

                                  08.30                                Vincent D’Mello RIP (Coutinho) 

                                  10.30                                     Tony Moffat RIP (Connolly)



All masses are streamed live and can be viewed on this website, via the link. 

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Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with licence# A-633625.  All rights reserved.

Recordings are available there for a week or so. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.



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.

Many thanks for your collection last week      £1,025.17 incl standing orders



The Herald by subscription: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to

The Catholic Post The new monthly Catholic newspaper is available FREE of charge this week. 



In church please:

         Continue to wear facial coverings on Sundays unless you are exempt. 

         Socially distance 1metre. In other words, keep a space between yourself and anyone else.

         Continue to make your Offertory Contribution on entry.


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First of all let me wish you all a very Happy Christmas, filled with the knowledge and awareness of God’s presence in our midst.

I also wish to express my thanks for the Christmas Offering Collection – your personal gift to me. 

Many thanks too to all those responsible for our Christmas celebrations here in Church – I will try and list them all next week! In the meantime, well done and thank you.             Screenshot 2020-04-15 at 15.38.24



Congratulations to Peter Murphy and John Rayer who last week received the Award of the Archdiocese of Southwark – Fideliter Servienti (“to one who faithfully serves”)

The medals were awarded by the Archbishop following the reopening of our church to: –

Peter, who filmed a weekly mass during Lockdown, edited it together with parish readers and singers and posted it on the website. It was a source of unity, communion and strength during those dark days. He proceeded to assemble all that was necessary for livestreaming and installed the system himself. It is so much appreciated by all who are unable to attend mass.

John, who took on board guidelines and laws from the government and from the church hierarchy, interpreted them to our church circumstances and then recruitred and trained a team of stewards who could implement procedures that allowed the church to reopen in safety and with reverence. He has developed the stewardship into a ministry of welcome and is in the process of leading a stewardship spirituality campaign which we hope will breath new life into the parish.


CAFOD Afghanistan Appeal  CAFOD has joined with the Disasters Emergency Committee.  Your generous donations are needed to provide food and winter kits for the harsh winter.  If you can, call 08085 85 88 85 or visit       John Rayner, Parish CAFOD Co-ordinator


“WE MISS YOU”  If you know of anyone who used to attend mass but has not yet returned since Lockdown, why not offer a bit of encouragement. The Church has produced a simple postcard that you might drop through their door. “We miss you” cards can be collected from the foyer.


THE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP This little booklet is available free of charge from the foyer


SOUTHWARK DIRECTORIES A few are available in the shop, or in the presbytery, priced £4


CONFESSIONS  Please note that from the New Year (next Saturday) we will try having confessions before the Saturday evening mass at 5.30 p.m instead of in the morning.



Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2022.  Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above. Application forms can be collected from the church entrance porch or please speak to Father Doug or Ángela Underwood. The programme will commence late January/early February. Completed forms to be returned by 9th January 2022.


FUNERAL  The funeral mass for Tess Truman will take place here at St. John Fisher at 12.30 on Friday 7th January 2022.  As this is a celebration of Tess’ life, please feel free to wear any colour. All are welcome to join the family in the church hall afterwards


NEW YEAR DISCO Cancelled due to Covid