Newsletter Sunday December 8th, 2019

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR A)

Our Baptism With The Holy Spirit And Fire

May the Lord who gave us this baptism purify us in our celebration today; for he can brook nothing that lacks integrity and truth. Then, through the Spirit of our baptism, united in heart and voice, we will be able to give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9
Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 07-15 December 2019

Sat 7 Dec    9am Intentions of Josephine & David Collison
                      (Please note new Mass time Sat Mornings)
                      6pm Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie)

Sun 8 Dec    8.30am Intentions of Billy Mahoney (Ann Hyde)
                      10.30am Les Truman RIP (Carole Hughes)

Mon 9 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Eusebio Vaz RIP (Mark Vaz)

Tues 10 Dec    7pm Intentions of Gloria Laws (Family)
                         7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 11 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Intentions of Iris Keefe (Tony Frake)

Thu 12 Dec    9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 13 Dec    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Jim, Danny, Thomas & John Harrington

Sat 14 Dec    9am Jim Henry RIP (Marlene Burt)
                      (Please note new Mass time)
                      6pm Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Sun 15 Dec    8.30am Christopher O’Malley RIP (Michael Coyne)
                      10.30am Deceased members of the Hollis Family
                                            (Eileen & John)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sister Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown, Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman.

Anniversaries: Walter Trembaluk, Bernard Fitzjohn, Tom Ryan, Ernie Hildebrand, Myfanwy Hogg, Laurence Keefe.

Feast Days: Monday The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Tuesday Saints John Roberts, Eustace White, Edmund Gunnings and Swithin Wells. Wednesday Saint Damascus I, Pope. Thursday Our Lady of Guadalupe, Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Friday Saint Lucy. Saturday Saint John of the Cross.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 1 December 2019
Gift Aid £452.89       Loose  £293.47    Total  £746.36
Next week’s retiring collection for Deanery.

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 09/12/19)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Carole Anderson Sun 8.30 Sheila Jones Sun 10.30 Tony Frake.   Copying of Newsletter Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks. Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Ann Harris, Peter W.; Sun 8.30am Peter H, Ann Hyde; 10.30am Volunteer, Mary H, Patricia, Kate U, Margaret (Host).   Washing of Purificators: Molly.

SPECIAL MINISTERS – VOLUNTEERS OVER CHRISTMAS: We would be most grateful if any of our Ministers who are able to volunteer over the Christmas week, could sign the list available in the Sacristy. Many thanks, Kathy & Patricia.

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCTOBER 2020: 7 night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further information and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 0203 239 8622 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

EASY FUND RAISING: If you are doing any shopping in the lead up to Christmas PLEASE use easyfunding. This way, you’ll raise FREE donations for St John Fisher Church, Bexley every time you make a purchase! It’s easy, doesn’t cost you anything extra and really helps us out! easyfundraising@e.easyfundraising.org.uk Top supporters in November: Molly R £5.55 and Carol A £1.03

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2020. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood (Children’s Liturgy co-ordinator). If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 22nd December 2019. The programme will commence in January 2020. The First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parents meetings to follow soon.

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO 31st DECEMBER: £12 per adult, £2 per child, 8pm to 1am. Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

Newsletter Sunday December 1st, 2019

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)

1st Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5. 2nd Reading: Romans 13: 11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24: 37-44

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

Today’s Theme: The Day of the Lord

Today we rejoice that the night of our long pilgrimage to God’s eternal city, the new Jerusalem, will soon be over. The Lord’s unending Day is dawning. Already, in the words of Isaiah, we see ‘the mountain of the Temple of the Lord’ etched against the eastern sky. Let us wake up and stand ready.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Saturday 30th November   9.00am Holy Souls (Please note new Mass time Saturday am)
                                                6.00pm Fiona, Margaret, Frances, Dan and Daniel
                                                   Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan and Family)

Sunday 1st December   8.30am Mary Arden RIP (Sheila Jones)
                                          10.30am Living and Deceased Dunning and Wheatley Families
                                                   (Eileen Wheatley)

Monday 2nd December   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                             10.00am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Choir)

Tuesday 3rd December   7.00pm Jim Henry RIP (Tim Bowman)
                                             7.30pm Exposition and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 4th December   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                                10.00am Intentions of Sylvia Hams (Tony Frake)

Thursday 5th December   9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 6th December   No Exposition or 10am Mass
                                             11.00am Funeral Mass for Jim Henry RIP

Saturday 7th December   9.00am Intentions of Josephine and David Collison (Anne Harris)
                                             6.00pm Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie)

Sunday 8th December   8.30am Intentions of Billy Mahoney (Ann Hyde)
                                          10.30am Les Truman RIP (Carole Hughes)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am (after Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass)

Anniversaries: Rita Marsh, Sylvia Ann D’Rozario, John Flewitt, Mary Anne Lee and Jennifer North.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric and Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown, Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps and Ray Blackman..

FEAST DAYS: Tuesday St Francis Xavier, Priest; Day of Prayer for Migrants. Wednesday St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church; St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury. Thursday St John Almond, Martyr. Friday St Nicholas, Bishop. Saturday, St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £454.45. Loose £216.60. Total £671.05.
2nd Collection, Catholic Youth Work Gift Aid £154.93 Loose £93.06. Total £247.99.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson; 10.30am Tilly and Ella.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Edna, Volunteer. Sunday 8.30am Bridie, Volunteer. 10.30am Volunteer, Mary H, Volunteer, Rob, Eileen W(Host).  Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.  Front of Church: John Stanton.  Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland.  Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul.  Washing of Purificators: Kathy.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2020. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood (Children’s Liturgy co-ordinator). If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 22nd December 2019. The programme will commence in January 2020. The First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parents meetings to follow soon.

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR’S EVE FAMILY DISCO:  31st DECEMBER 8pm to 1am.  £12 per adult, £2 per child, Bring your own nibbles. Licensed bar. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556 or 020 8301 2479. Email: noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

ELECTION HUSTINGS arranged by Churches Together in Sidcup Wednesday 4th December at St John’s Church, Church Road, DA14 6BX, 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) Please arrive in good time, especially if you would like to ask a question. Alternatively, questions can be submitted in advance to the vicar, Revd Cathy Knight-Scott, revcathyks@gmail.com

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCTOBER 2020: Seven night stay and airport shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time – and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further information and book the dates that suit you.
Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email: reservations@med-irishcentre.com.

AYLESFORD RETREAT 2020: The annual Aylesford Retreat list for 2020 (15-17 May) is now in the porch. To reserve a place please pay £10 deposit. Thank you, John Stanton

Newsletter Sunday November 24th, 2019

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (C)

We celebrate Christ our anointed King who overcame suffering and death and so brought us out of darkness into his kingdom of light.

1st Reading: Samuel: 5:1-3 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:11-30, Gospel: Luke: 23:35-43

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 23rd NOVEMBER – 1st DECEMBER

Sat 23 Nov.    10am Eucharistic Service
                         6pm John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Eilenn Sheehan)

Sun 24 Nov.    8.30am Larry Fernandes RIP (Alesx & Dahlia Fernandes)
                         10.30am Mrs. O’Callaghan RIP (Danny & Kay Lyons)

Mon 25 Nov.    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10am Intentions of Dorothy Speed (Chior)

Tues 26 Nov.   7pm Eucharistic Service
                         7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 27 Nov.    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10 am Violet & Liam Gray RIP (Friends)

Thu 28 Nov.    9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 29 Nov.    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10am Eileen Murphy RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sat 30 Nov.    9am Holy Souls (Please note new Mass time Sat. mornings)
                         6pm Fiona, Margaret, Frances, Dan & Daniel Harrington RIP
                         (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 1 Dec.    8.30am Mary Arden RIP (Sheila Jones)
                         10.30am Living & Deceased Dunning & Wheatley families
                         (Eileen Wheatley)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30 am (following Mass) and Sat 5.30 pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr. Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown, Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman.

Anniversaries: Grace Rose Ferrara, Mary Mulraney, Maria Angerer, Grey Wemyss, Fr Ernest Akorsou, Violet Gray, Maria Williamson.

Feast Days: Monday St. Catherine of Alexandria, Vir.& Martyr, Saturday: St. Andrew, Apostle (Patron of Scotland).

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 17th Nov. Gift Aid £378.00, Loose £252.63 Total £630.63. Retiring Collection (Deanery) Total £103.25. This week’s second collection.: Catholic Youth Work.

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 25/11)
Readers: Sat 6.00 pm Andy Watson, Sun 8.30 Bridie Haylett, Sun 10.30 Ryan Benarte.   Copying of News Letter Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter typist Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30 am Mass Mr. V. Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowland.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Kathy, Volunteer; Sun 8.30am Volunteer, Mary J; 10.30 am Volunteer, Margaret, Peter H, Mary H, Kate U.   Washing of Purificators: Norma.   Flower Arranging: Sue

SVP HAMPERS – If anyone knows of someone locally who would benefit, please post a note marked “SVP Hampers” through the Presbytery door.

AYLESFORD RETREAT 2020 The annual Aylesford Retreat list for 2020 (15-17 May) is now in the porch. To reserve a place please pay £10 deposit. Thank you. John Stanton.

ST. JOHN FISHER NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO 31 December 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets are now available. Tickets are £12 per adult and £2 per child. Licensed bar but bring your own nibbles. Please contact Noel McCarthy with your ticket requirements on 07813 890556/020 8301 2479 or email noel.mccarthy60@outlook.com

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL – OCT 2020: – 7 Night Stay and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for £266 per person sharing. Book any flight – any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info. And book the dates that suit you. Tel: 020 3239 8662 or email reservations@med-irishcentre.com

CAFOD HARVEST CAKE SALE – Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent Harvest Cake Sale. £107.41 was raised and this money will help CAFOD continue to provide vital emergency relief and development work in the world’s poorest communities. Angela Underwood, The Children’s Liturgy Group.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2020 – Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2020 for children in year 3 or above who attend mass regularly at St. John Fisher Bexley. These are available at the back of the Church (porch) or see Angela Underwood (Children’s Liturgy coordinator). If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme please speak to Father Doug. Closing date for returned completed application forms is 22nd December 2019.The programme commences in January 2020. The First Holy Communion Service will be held in June 2020. Full details of the programme, a list of all relevant dates, parents meetings etc. to follow soon.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP – Thank you for your kind donation of £103.25 on Sunday 17 November. We have contributed to our first project by giving £1,000 to Father Doug to take with him to Ghana. Further info. from our Parish Representative Maria Ward 01322 555553/07802 023571.