Newsletter Sunday January 24th, 2021

3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

Readings: Jonah; 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 24 1 Corinthians 7:29-31:Mark 1:14-20

SERVICES FOR WEEK 24th –31st January 2021

Sun 24 Jan 3rd SUN (B): SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
                        Private Intention
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Tony Moffat, aged 90! (Connolly)

Mon 25 Jan     Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Stanton)

Tues 26 Jan     Anne, Liam, Fiona, Marie, Higgins RIP (Sheehan)

Weds 27 Jan     Eileen Sheehan & Family (Fogarty)

Thurs 28 Jan     Mary Connelly (Connelly)

Fri 29 Jan     Andrew Vine RIP (SVP)

Sun 31 Jan     4th SUN (B):
                        John & Jay Hubbard RIP (Fogarty)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Joan Aspeek, aged 90!

We should be back open on Wednesday of the following week (3rd Feb)

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

As you know we reluctantly took the decision to temporarily suspend public services in our church. Let me emphasise once again that St John Fisher’s remains a safe place to gather and worship thanks to our brilliant stewards who have been working so hard. However, in being open and inviting parishioners to attend we are clearly defying the government, the NHS and the country’s leading medical experts, who plead with us all to “stay at home”. It is our intention to open up again after the peak of the wave of infections has passed over us in Bexley. Our Sunday Mass will still be available on the website. I not only thank our stewards, but so many others who have improvised so well in their ministries in these difficult times and I thank everyone for cooperating so willingly.

Rates do now seem to have peaked, so unless there is a resurgence, we intend to open the doors again from WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3RD starting with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 9.30 with silent private prayer, followed by mass at 10.00.

Some more GOOD NEWS is that the Archbishop is going to be leading a Diocesan Retreat for Lent. Every single person in Southwark is invited to participate in one way or another.
There will be a talk each week based on the Sunday Gospel and available online, or through printed copy available in church (which I am sure can be delivered to those shielding, by helpful neighbours). There will be additional material to assist in prayer and reflection. I would also like to explore the possibility of engaging in ‘zoom’ meetings in which some of you will be able to take part in discussions or in simply sharing your reflections. Watch this space!

Meanwhile, the office is effectively closed but I am not! So, please feel free to ring me if you need to on the parish mobile number, 07394 920 694, or to email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk or to drop things through the front door. I will continue to offer mass each day for your intentions so please feel free to make your requests as usual.

God Bless          

BEXLEY INTERFAITH FORUM
For those of you who may be able to respond, there is an initiative from the Bexley Interfaith Forum to try and supply hot meals to those in need. For it to be realised there is a need for volunteers who might prepare food, cook food and deliver food. If you’d like to know more please contact Fr Doug – THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED

CHURCH CLEANING.
A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who give their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 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. At the moment, each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people, that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762 731303.

Please print off this newsletter, using the screenshots below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.

Newsletter Sunday January 17th, 2021

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME B

Readings: 1 Samuel; 3:3-10, 19 Psalm 39 1 Corinthians 6:13-15: 17-20, John 1:35-42

SERVICES FOR WEEK 16th – 24th January 2021

Sat 16 Jan   18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Choir)

Sun 17 Jan   2nd SUN (B): PEACE SUNDAY
                        08.30 Peggy Whiteside RIP (SVP)
                        10.30 Danny Lyons (Lyons)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Haylett)

Mon 18 Jan   Tony Speed.RIP (Stanton)

Tues 19 Jan   Deceased Members of Slater & Kilcullen Families

Weds 20 Jan   Jacque Leonard RIP (O’Halloran)

Thurs 22 Jan   St Agnes Holy Souls

Fri 23 Jan   Beth & Mick Minighan RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 25 Jan   3rd SUN (B):
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Tony Moffat, aged 90! (Connolly)

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Extra Collection This Week: Apostleship of the Sea.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

It is with great reluctance that we have taken the decision to close the church temporarily. This will begin after 10.30 mass this weekend. We remain a safe place to gather and worship thanks to our brilliant stewards who have been working so hard. However, in being open and inviting parishioners to attend we are clearly defying the government, the NHS and the country’s medical experts, who plead with us all to “stay at home”. It is our intention to open up again after the peak of the wave of infections has passed over us in Bexley. We owe it to our heroic doctors and nurses to do all we can in the meantime. Our Sunday Mass will still be available on the website. I not only thank our stewards, but so many others who have improvised so well in their ministries in these difficult times and I thank everyone for cooperating so willingly.

On a different note, last Sunday afternoon as the season of Christmas came to an end I took down my decorations which were for the most part, your greetings cards. It was great to read them again and I am very grateful to you all for sending them. I am deeply grateful as well for your Christmas offering and for other presents besides.

The office is effectively closed but I am not! So, please feel free to ring me if you need to on the parish mobile number, 07394 920 694, or to email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk or to drop things through the front door. I will continue to offer mass each day for your intentions so please feel free to make your requests as usual.

It is nearly a month since mid-winter, and the days are getting longer. The vaccines are being widely distributed. We have much to celebrate and also to look forward to. Let us trust in the Lord but not put him to the test by behaving in any other than responsible ways. Assume you have the virus even without showing symptoms as so many do, and make sure then, that you don’t give it to anyone. “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

As they say on TV, see you after the break.
God Bless

BEXLEY INTERFAITH FORUM
For those of you who may be able to respond, there is an initiative from the Bexley Interfaith Forum to try and supply hot meals to those in need. For it to be realised there is a need for volunteers who might prepare food, cook food and deliver food. If you’d like to know more please contact Fr Doug
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CHURCH FLOWERS:
Many thanks to everyone who told us how much they enjoyed the Christmas flowers and decorations. My talented helpers, Dorothy Speed, Mary Jeyaseelan and Mary Kevan, did a great job and we really enjoyed doing it! Thanks also to those who donated towards the cost. I should also thank Mary J. for keeping the church supplied with flowers from her garden throughout the Summer and into the Autumn.                                                                     Sue Murphy

CHURCH CLEANING.
A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who give their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 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. At the moment, each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people, that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762 731303.

Please print off this newsletter, using the screenshots below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.

Newsletter Sunday 10th January 2021

Baptism of the Lord

Readings: Isaiah; 42:1-4, 6-7 Psalm 28: Acts 10:34-38, Mark 1:7-11

SERVICES FOR WEEK 9th – 17th January 2021

Sat 9 Jan   18.00 David Brailsford RIP (Brailsford)

Sun 10 Jan   BAPTISM OF THE LORD
                        08.30 Denise Adams RIP (O’Halloran)
                        10.30 Flor Valdez RIP (Bernarte)

                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

                        Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Mon 11 Jan   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Peter Harold Sivyer.RIP (Gardner)

Tues 12Jan   Norma Brooker RIP (Choir)

Weds 13 Jan   9.30 St Hilary Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10am Tony Speed RIP (Wheatley)

Thurs 14 Jan   Lloyd Fernandes (Fernandes)

Fri 15 Jan   9.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Harrington & Sheehan Families (Sheehan)

Sat 16 Jan   11am Confessions
                        18.00 Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Choir)

Sun 17 Jan   2nd SUN (B): PEACE SUNDAY
                        08.30 Peggy Whiteside RIP (SVP)
                        10.30 Danny Lyons (Lyons)
                        Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Haylett)

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams. .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Extra Collection This Week Priest’s Training Fund
Extra Collection Next Week Apostleship of the Sea

Many thanks for your generous Christmas Offering to me. I appreciate it hugely. Fr Doug

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. Special offer 3 months for £22.00 or 12 months for £80.00
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

We are very pleased to be still open for mass. I think the government has recognised:
1 How hard we have worked to provide a safe environment with stewarding, cleansing etc
2 How important and beneficial it is for us to meet, greet and worship in safety.
So, each of us must be extra vigilant to keep safe for the sake of everyone else as well as ourselves. The virus must not be brought to, or caught in St John Fisher. The procedures we have followed so far are more rigorous than in many other parishes and will remain so. I congratulate our excellent stewarding team for caring for us and I thank everyone for your cooperation with them. Remaining open depends on the stewarding and several who are vulnerable have felt it necessary to shield and take themselves off the rota so we do need more! Please contact John (details below) if you can step up.

We are reviewing our provision and are considering reducing weekday masses during the crisis to Tuesday and Thursday, thus reducing the pressures on the stewards Tell us what you think.

God Bless

STEWARDING
We are very grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you can help.

CHURCH FLOWERS:
Many thanks to everyone who told us how much they enjoyed the Christmas flowers and decorations. My talented helpers, Dorothy Speed, Mary Jeyaseelan and Mary Kevan, did a great job and we really enjoyed doing it! Thanks also to those who donated towards the cost. I should also thank Mary J. for keeping the church supplied with flowers from her garden throughout the Summer and into the Autumn. For the next couple of months the Covid restrictions and Brexit are likely to affect the supply of fresh flowers at a reasonable price so I think we will have to make do with artificial ones. We might be able to use houseplants, so, if anyone has any spare, that might be suitable, please send me an email at: contact@stjohnfisherbexley.com
                                                     Sue Murphy

CHURCH CLEANING.
A big thank you to the small group of parishioners who give their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2021 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. At the moment, each group cleans once every six weeks. If we had another group of three or four people, that would change to once every eight weeks. If you think you might be able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 07762 731303.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
For a £10 deposit you can take a copy home and bring it to church each Sunday. There is a series of them covering 3 years, when the next is due, you simply return and swap your copy for the next one in the series, or return it at any time to get your deposit back. Ask a steward if you want one.

READERS:
A new rota is available in the Sacristy for collection. As it says in the Daily Missal “When the scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people” so your reading becomes the voice of God. I would therefore like to thank you for all your efforts. God bless you for your ministry. Should anyone wish to join in this ministry, please contact me: Carol Anderson on 07913 698912 or carolmcanderson@hotmail.com putting ‘Readers’ in the subject line.

Please print off this newsletter, using the screenshots below, and post it through the door of any parishioner you know without electronic access and make sure everyone feels okay and feels connected.