SUNDAY 27th February 2022
Readings: Ecclesiasticus 27:4-7 Psalm 91 1 Corinthians 15:54-58. Luke 6:39-45.
SERVICES FOR WEEK 26th February – 6th March 2022
Sat 26th Feb 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Helen McGlone RIP (K Fitzpatrick)
Sun 27th Feb 8th SUNDAY
08.30 Christine Crump (Hyde)
10.30 Sean King RIP (Staden)
Mon 28th Feb. 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Eileen Wheatley (M Fitzpatrick)
Tues 1st Mar NO SERVICE TODAY
Weds 2nd Mar. 09.15 Ash Wednesday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00am Tony Frake (Choir)
7.30pm Anne, Liam, Fiona + Marie Higgins RIP (Sheehan)
Fri 4th Mar 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Eddie Hensman RIP (Coutinho)
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 5th Mar 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Fiona, Lillie-Mai & Riley (Staden)
Sun 6th Mar FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
08.30 Edward Jones RIP (Jones)
10.30 John Hughes RIP (Hughes)
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE
All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link.
Recordings are available for about two weeks. 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 collections last week: £ 833.60 incl standing orders
Second collection for AIC – Homeless People £ 664.98
This week’s 2nd collection is for. the Sick and Retired Priests Fund
Next week’s 2nd collection is for Poor Parishes
- Please sanitise your hands on entry and wear facial coverings, unless medically exempt
- Holy water stoups are now refilled and the water will be changed each week
- The Sunday Parish Missals are available. Many chose to keep a copy at home and you may continue to do so. Otherwise feel free to return your copy and reclaim the deposit you left.
- A physical sign of peace is allowed but please don’t shake hands – except with family.
- For the time being, Holy Communion must continue to be given under one kind only.
- Your offertory contributions should be made on entry in the baskets at the door.
Here we are, beginning Lent once again, a time to renew our commitment to following the Way of Christ. This is what taking the sign of ashes is all about. If you accept the sign be sure to follow this up by actually making some effort at renewal. Otherwise the sign is empty and some would even say hypocritical. There are plenty of different things we can do, at home alone or together in church. Details of the retreat are below and there is a book of meditations available in the foyer. But whatever you do, don’t do nothing!
A RETREAT FOR LENT:
Make some space to develop your relationship with God this Lent. Sign up for our diocesan ‘retreat at home’ called “Saving Grace”. Every week you will receive an email with links to a 25minute video in which our Archbishop John will introduce the theme and the reading. Chris Chapman will deliver the retreat, with others contributing. You will also receive materials to use in your own prayer and reflection. All you have to have to do is sign up and then set aside what space you can for Saving Grace! Go to https://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/savinggrace.
We will reproduce the weekly material and make copies available in the foyer.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
We will follow the Way of the Cross in church each Friday morning during Lent after mass
THE CLERGY SUPPORT FUND – SECOND COLLECTION
The Clergy Support Fund of the Archdiocese of Southwark provides care for priests in their old age and retirement, and in their time of ill health. This important fund ensures a dignified retirement for our priests, after they have dedicated a lifetime of service to Christ, His Church and His People.
In 2021 it provided care to 71 retired priests, at a cost of £1.25 million. With the number of priests over the age of 65 steadily increasing, so too will the financial obligation to the Archdiocese. We remember of course how our own Fr Francis Hartley was cared for in a retirement home.
VACANCY – PRIESTS’ WELFARE OFFICER
Currently there is a vacancy for a Priests’s Welfare Office. For further details please go to the Diocesan Website – www.rcsouthwark.co.uk
Many thanks to those who have already renewed your parking permit. You should have a sticker for your car windscreen and a padlock key if you think you might need one. If you need either of the above, please contact the parish office, preferably by email.
AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS:
We are very grateful for last week’s wonderfully generous donations. You can be sure that every penny will be spent directly on our homeless Friends’ rehabilitation. On display in the porch, you will see how the resources you provide are spent – and some of the touching thank you cards received. . May God richly bless your kindness. AIC Bexley “Saturday Friends”.
SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER required for Our Lady of Grace Catholic Primary School,
16 Highcombe, Charlton, SE7 7HR for Easter 2022 or sooner NOR:332 – Grade – PO4 (pro-rata 41 weeks per year), Scale – dependent on experience, Hours – 8am to 4;30pm. Tel: 02088582262 or visit www:ourladyofgracecatholicprimaryschool.co.uk