SUNDAY 4th December 2022
2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT, YEAR A
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 71, Romans 15:1-9 Mathew 3:1-12 Page 85
Sat 3rd Dec 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Hammond Macaulay RIP (Cannon)
Sun 4th Dec 2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT
08.30 Thanksgiving Gillespie Family (Gillespie)
10.30 Meade Family RIP (Sullivan)
Mon 5th Dec 09.15 St John Almond Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Norma Brooker RIP (Frake)
Tues 6th Dec 09.15 St Nicholas, Bishop Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 For the Parish
Wed 7th Dec 09.15 St Ambrose, Bishop+Dr.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 In Thanksgiving (Bosser)
Fri 9th Dec 09.15 St Juan Diego Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Philip Walton RIP (Burt)
Sat 10th Dec 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Scott Whatley RIP (Cannon)
Sun 11th Dec 3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT
08.30 Private Intention (Hyde)
10.30 Arsenia Mencias RIP (Bernate)
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE
All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link.
Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.
Many thanks for your offertory collection last week: £997.60 Incl. S.O.s
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.
Card Payment Machine – located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts. The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, select the amount you wish to donate, and tap your card or phone on the card reader.
Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are advisable. Thank you
OUR PARISH HALL
Our hall is available for hire. Please email email@example.com at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you.
Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass
Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday
What can I say? I was thrilled to celebrate my 40th anniversary of priesthood here last weekend. So many people worked hard to make it a spectacular occasion that I shall never forget. All our guests marvelled at the welcome they received and the joy that lasted through the day. I am grateful to all who contributed food for the lunch, and all who worked so very hard with Kay in the kitchen to prepare everything, and in the bar too. I am also grateful to Greystone Pizzeria in Bourne Road for donating the wine. The photograph display was really amazing and in a marvellous way featured so many people in the room!
The mass was enjoyed by all who participated in church AND by those watching the live stream, with many commenting on the dignity and yet ease with which it was celebrated. Well done servers, well done choir, well done ushers. And as ever, our church looked beautiful with its flowers and so on. The mass booklet too was excellent. I think we can be proud of our parish in so many ways!
And so many cards and generous gifts including a very generous collection. I was overcome. I am particularly grateful for the collection of your “3 words”, which I will treasure. Thank you all. God Bless, Fr Doug
NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP
A new bishop is to be ordained for the diocese. He will act in both S.E. and S.W. London. His name is Mgr. Philip Moger, currently the Shrine Director in Walsingham.
SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMME CONTINUES
The last (repeated) session on the Examen is on Monday at 1.00.
About 40 of us have been taking part in this programme of prayer exercises and it has proved to be a helpful, special experience. We are invited to suggest ways that would continue to nurture our spirituality in the parish. If you would like to make a suggestion, there is a box on the porch table for your ideas – by Sunday, 11th. December. Would those involved with our housebound parishioners and the children kindly let them know and invite their views. Christine Crump, Parish Spirituality Committee.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you. We would also like to recruit members to our Conference. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.
Date for the diary: Our own service of carols and readings will be on Sunday 18th December
PARISH FESTIVE OPEN HOUSE
Join us between 11am-3pm on Wednesday 28th December for a cuppa and chat in the church hall. Enjoy good company, tea, coffee and biscuits and a touch of soft jazz. Feel free to bring along any Christmas nibbles/tipples for our ‘sharing’ table. Look forward to seeing you there. Elaine 07941 264011
ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY DISCO
8pm to 1am, tickets £10 per adult & £2 per child
Please see Noel McCarthy in the hall after 10.30 Sunday mass or call him on 07813890556.
A FREE SHORT REFLECTION BROUGHT TO YOU EACH DAY OF ADVENT
Sign up for our free Spirituality Commission ‘daily advent reflections’ to aid your prayer. Every day during advent you will receive an email with a brief thought for the day based on the daily reading. All you have to do is sign up and then set aside a couple of minutes each day to reflect. Sign up via the website here:
http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/ clicking on the Advent Reflection box.
SENIOR CITIZENS ADVENT TEA PARTY: St. Catherine’s Catholic School, Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7QJ Friday, 9th December, 1.30-3.00 pm. RSVP 01322 556333, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIST THE KING SIXTH FORM – A CHAPLAINCY APPRENTICE NEEDED
(Part Time, Part Year) – Start date: January, 2023 – Salary range £12,000 including London Weighting (or applicable minimum wage if aged 20+) – closing date 10am Monday, 12th December 2022. Please see vacancies page of website: https://www.ctk.ac.uk/vacancies/
OUR LADY OF GRACE SCHOOL – TEACHING ASSISTANT REQUIRED
Please see noticeboard and www.ourladyofgracecatholicprimaryschool.co.uk
Required for January 2023. Interview date to be confirmed. Grade: APT&C Scale 2 (£21,783 pro-rata)
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