SUNDAY 19th March 2023
FOURTH SUNDAY of LENT, YEAR A
Readings:1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7.10-13, Psalm 22, Ephesians 5: 8-14, Gospel: John 9:1-41
Sat 18th Mar 17.30 Confessions
18.00 For the Parish
Sun 19th Mar THIRD SUNDAY of LENT
08.30 Delia Willis RIP (Wilkes)
10.30 Michael Power RIP (Ellis)
Mon 20th Mar 09.15 St Joseph Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Vernon Rogers RIP (Spicer/Connolly)
Tues 21st Mar 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Rex Wheatley RIP (Wheatley)
Wed 22nd Mar 09.15 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Deacon Michael Baldry RIP (Friends)
Thurs 23rd Mar 08.00 Priest’s intention
Fri 24th Mar 09.15 St Oscar Romero Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10.00 Peter & Sheila Sinclair (Kilcullen)
10.30 Stations of the Cross
Sat 25th Mar 17.30 Confessions
18.00 Marie Lenergan RIP (Staden)
Sun 26th Mar FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT
08.30 For the Parish
10.30 Madeline Grainger (Choir)
LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE
We hope the recent problems with the live stream have now been solved. Click on the link:
Many thanks for your offertory collection last week Incl. S.O.s £1030.00
Last week: AIC £484.39
This week: Poor Parishes of the Diocese
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 screen will read “Please Tap”, and you 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 best for us. 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
We have been told by Archbishop John that we can resume receiving Holy Communion “under both kinds” if we wish to, starting at The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. I propose therefore that we, in this parish, begin to offer the Precious Blood from the chalice at this time. It will depend of course on there being sufficient numbers of our Eucharistic Ministers being happy to administer the Chalice. Also, given post-pandemic sensibilities and concerns about the spreading of disease, let us be clear that no one is obliged to receive Holy Communion from the shared chalice and that Jesus Christ is received sacramentally, whole, and entire, under one kind.
Again, the totality of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord is received in either or both species. It is a matter of your own disposition before the Sacrament.
If it feels more reverent to you, then take the opportunity to receive the Precious Blood from the Chalice. If it makes you feel less reverent, then don’t!
We have a few weeks to think things over.
God Bless, Fr Doug
DIOCESAN LENTEN RETREAT: “Renewed in Hope”
It isn’t too late to sign up to receive the weekly Reflection (video) each Monday. https://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/renewedbyhope
Alternatively, you can participate with other Christians in Bexley in 3 different church locations with the video projected onto a ‘large screen’ and with a time for shared reflection.
Please note that the lunchtime session here is using the readings for the Sunday following but the morning and evening sessions reflect on the previous Sunday’s readings.
Mondays, 1.30 – 3.00 St. John Fisher Hall.
Tuesdays 10.30 – 12.00 URC
Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. St John’s Church
AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS: APPEAL FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
We are very grateful for last week’s wonderfully generous response.
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 “Saturday Friends”.
DAVID WATKINS RIP
Please pray for the soul of David Watkins. His funeral will be in church at 11.00 on April 4th
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
Boxes of Planned Giving Envelopes are now available in the foyer.
Please take your box for the year 2023/2024. Thank you. Edna Fernandes, Gift Aid Organiser
A QUIET DAY FOR HOLY WEEK
Saturday April 1st from 11am to 3pm at Sanctuary, Swanley Village. Come away for a time for space, prayer and reflection as Holy Week approaches. For more information or to book – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07977978536
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
We can be contacted by leaving a message with the Parish Office, a note through the Presbytery Door or using the Parish email address as above.
WORLD YOUTH DAY LISBON
31st July To 7th August 2023 The Archdiocese of Southwark is taking a group of pilgrims (aged 18-35) to World Youth Day. For info visit https://bit.kinsly/WYDSouthwark and www.lisboa2023.org/en/.
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