SUNDAY 2nd January 2022
2nd SUNDAY AFTER NATIVITY
Readings: Ecclesiasticus 24;1-2, 8-12, Psalm 147, Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18 John 1:1-18.
SERVICES FOR WEEK 1st January – 9th January 2022
Sat 1st Jan NEW YEAR’S DAY
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)
Mon 3rd Jan 09.15 Beatified Martyrs Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Mary Whelan RIP (Sheehan)
Tues 4th Jan 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Dave Curran RIP (Coutinho)
Weds 5th Jan 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Tess Truman RIP (Stanton)
Thurs 6th Jan EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (HDO)
09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Maureen Fitzpatrick (Hughes)
19.30 Pet & Brendan Kilcullen (Long)
Fri 7th Jan 12.30 Funeral Mass for Tess Truman
Sat 8th Jan. 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Danny Lyons RIP (Morris)
Sun 9th Jan BAPTISM OF THE LORD
08.30 The Back Family
10.30 David Brailsford RIP (Brailsford family)
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE
All masses are streamed live and can be viewed on this website via the link.
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 Christmas Offering last week. I am humbled and grateful.
The Herald by subscription: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe
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.
First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New Year. We look forward with hope and we look back on 2021 with thanksgiving in so many ways and in particular in our parish:
A big ‘thank you’ to all who have been involved with the flowers, the crib, the Christmas tree, the Advent wreath and everything else during this holy season.
Thanks also to all those who have contributed to the life of the parish throughout the year: the parish council and all the groups and activity that they lead or coordinate – including our AIC, our M.C. and altar servers, the teams for baptism, first holy communion, confirmation, and children’s liturgies, our hard working finance team, our gift aid organiser, our premises committee; our offertory collection counters, our stewarding teams at masses, our coffee morning organisers, our events committee, the SVP team, the liturgy committee, our newsletter team, the representatives for diocesan and national charities, our hall staff, our Meeting Point helpers, the church care team, the organist, the choir and their leader, our Eucharistic ministers, shop staff and sacristans, the parish secretary, our readers, the parish registers keeper, the safeguarding team and the person who runs our website and our on-line masses, and who offers other technical support. On behalf of the whole parish, I say a big thank you to you all.
And as we say ‘Goodbye’ to the old year and begin this New Year let me wish you and your families every blessing. We live with great hope in what medical science has come up with, and we live in great debt to the brave doctors, nurses and carers who keep us safe and well. We must continue to pray for them as they look after us under such a terrible strain.
Please note that Thursday is the Feast of the Epiphany and that Christmastime ends next Sunday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
SOUTHWARK DIRECTORIES A few are available in the shop, or in the presbytery, priced £4
CONFESSIONS Please note that from now on confessions will be before the Saturday evening mass at 5.30 p.m instead of in the morning.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2022
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 be at 12.30 on Friday 7th January. Please feel free to wear any colour. All are welcome to join the family in the church hall afterwards
CONGRATULATIONS – Diocesan Awards
Congratulations to Peter Murphy and John Rayer who recently 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.
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