SUNDAY 18th December 2022
4th SUNDAY of ADVENT, YEAR A
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 23, Romans 1:1-7 Mathew 1:18-24
Sat 17th Dec 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Patrick McQuaid RIP (McQuaid)
Sun 18th Dec 4th SUNDAY of ADVENT
08.30 For the Parish
10.30 Deceased Members of the Choir
16.00 Carol Service
Mon 19th Dec 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Michael Power RIP (Ellis)
Tues 20th Dec 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Edward Przydrozny RIP (Haygart)
19.30 Penitential Service
Wed 21st Dec 09.15 St Peter Canisius Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Bernie King (M Fitzpatrick)
Fri 23rd Dec 09.30 St John of Kanty Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 John White RIP (Gillis/Connolly)
Sat 24th Dec 18.00 Christmas Eve Kay Gillespie RIP (J.Gillespie)
22.00 For the Parish
Sun 25th Dec NATIVITY of THE LORD
08.30 Christmas Day Gerry Lambe RIP (Friends)
10.30 Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE
All masses are streamed live and can be viewed on the website, 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: £803.58 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
I can’t remember a winter this one where the snow has fallen before the leaves have fallen from the trees. The result has been quite spectacular. Last week we were all admiring the beauty of the iced up cobwebs on the railings outside our church. Everything has its own beauty, even though we might not usually see it. And so it is with us. It would be wonderful if we could stand back and see the beauty of someone that we usually see as an enemy or at least as someone difficult to get along with. And maybe we can identify ourselves as persons through whom God’s beauty can shine. Let ‘my soul glorify the Lord’, as Mary prayed.
God Bless, Fr Doug
Our service will be on Tuesday evening at 7.30. Canon Peter and myself will celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All are welcome.
Our service of carols and readings is today Sunday 18th December at 4.00 p.m.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2023
Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2023. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above. Application forms can be collected from the church foyer. The programme will commence late January/early February 2023. Completed forms are to be returned by January 9th 2023
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’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.
A big THANK YOU to the small group of parishioners who give up their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2023 is now available for collection from the cupboard. We would be grateful if more volunteers came forward to either join an existing group or make up a new one. Currently, each group cleans once every 10 weeks for about one hour. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762731303.
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
This event will not be going ahead
FUNERAL OF VERNON ROGERS (Mary Rogers’ husband).
Vernon Rogers died on 7 December after a long illness. For those wishing to attend, the funeral will take place at Eltham Crematorium at 11.45 am on Monday, 9th January.
Please pray for the repose of his soul.
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 p-r