SUNDAY 23rd January 2022
Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-6 8-10. Psalm 18, 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Matt 25:14-29
SERVICES FOR WEEK 22nd – 30th January 2022
Sat 29th Jan. 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Danny Lyons RIP (Lyons)
Sun 30th Jan 3rd SUNDAY
08.30 Maureen Fitzpatrick (Jeyaseelan)
10.30 Anne & Dennis Newton (Frake)
Mon 24th Jan 09.15 St Francis de Sales Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Harrington & Sheehan families (Sheehan)
Tues 25th Jan 09.15 Conversion of St Paul Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)
Weds 26th Jan. 09.15 ss Timothy & Titus Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Maureen Fitzpatrick (Anderson)
Fri 28th Jan. 09.15 St Thomas Aquinas Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Lucy Nencini RIP (Robins/Connolly)
Sat 29th Jan. 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Joy & John Hubbard (Fogarty)
Sun 30th Jan 4th SUNDAY
08.30 Bernie King (Jeyaseelan)
10.30 Brendan & Pet Kilcullen (Kilcullen)
Mon 31st Jan 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Communion Service
Tues 1st Feb CHURCH CLOSED
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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, a big ‘Thank you’ to Larissa and Rob O’Halloran for conducting our part in the Synod process. This must be one of the biggest exercises in listening that the Church has ever undertaken, with Roman Catholics in every part of the world being asked to share their experiences of the Church and to express their hopes and concerns for the future. A summary of the findings here in Bexley is printed below and this is what will be carried forward from here in February to the diocese. A national picture is then to be formed before the international worldwide expression of the Church is gathered in Rome.
You will notice that we are listening to an alternative Gospel this Sunday. This is because we are exploring the spirituality of stewardship over the next few weeks and in particular, its expression in the stewardship of our gifts. Recognising that we are gifted by God is a sacred duty and we will be undertaking a prayerful process of discernment next weekend. Wwe hope thereafter to invite you to further express your giftedness in commitments to serve each other in parish ministries and through these voluntary efforts to offer service to God. Please, please, please engage with it.
PARISH SURVEY FOR THE SYNOD 2021-23: SUMMARY OF RESPONSES
Thank you for those who completed the Synod questionnaire, which contained three questions on Communion, Participation and Mission.
•The gathering in the hall after the 10.30 mass was the most positively mentioned activity outside of the Mass; Suggested improvements centred on connecting with people from outside of the parish, either those whose attendance had lapsed or those who have not yet joined the Churchl
• Most respondents identified the Parish Priest and the Parish Council as effective ways in which to be heard within the parish. There was no suggestion that it was difficult to be heard, should the need arise.
• Young people and housebound/elderly people who could not attend mass were thought to be the least included. It was also felt by some people that those with non-UK heritage were not necessarily included
•. Most people who completed the questionnaire agreed that the Church should spread God’s Word throughout the world, and that believers should reflect the Church’s teaching in their own actions; Many felt that individuals’’ actions in the wider community could effectively demonstrate Catholic values and indirectly evangelise those who we meet;.
We will present a summary of the responses to the Bishop and Synod Team in February.
Larissa and Rob O’Halloran
Completed application forms for the 2022 Confirmation Programme need to be returned to Father Doug or left in the church by Sunday 23 January – This weekend! Please note that after this date no applications will be accepted.
Please could Parishioners renew their car parking permit for 2022. Applications forms are at the back of the Church.