Newsletter Sunday March 24th, 2019

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (C)

First Reading: Exodus 3: 1-8, 13-15; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10: 1-6, 10-12; Gospel: Luke 13: 1-9

Today’s Theme: The Lord of Compassion and Love
We celebrate today the Lord who resolves to free us from our slavery to sin,
if only we will listen to his serious warnings to us to repent.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Please note the new time for weekday mass is 10am

Saturday 23rd March    10.00 am Intentions of Terry Orford 
                                        (Angela and Children’s Liturgy Group).     
                                         6.00 pm Flor Valdez RIP (Venus Bernarte)

Sunday 24th March    8.30 am Ed Jones RIP (AIC Saturday Friends)
                                     10.30 am Mr Pat Knowles (Lorraine and Jason Pryce)

Monday 25th March    No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament or 10am Mass
                                      11.30 am Funeral Mass for Ed Jones

Tuesday 26th March    7.00 pm Michael Frake RIP (Tony)
      Followed by Exposition and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 27th March    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                10.00 am Lawrence Keefe RIP (Maureen Fitzpatrick)

Thursday 28th March    9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 29th March    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                      10.00 am Delia Willis RIP (Peter and Ann Wilkes)
                                      7.00 pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday 30th March    10.00 am Ed Jones RIP (Marlene Burt)
                                            6.00 pm Frogley Family and Friends (Margaret)

Sunday 31st March    8.30 am Ed Jones RIP (Ann, Lucy and Matthew Hyde)
                                      10.30 am Intentions of Maureen Fitzpatrick (Anne Fitzpatrick)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am (following Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass).

ANNIVERSARIES: Fr Joe Colman, Rex Wheatley, Anne Dowling, Leslies Laklia, Barbara Simmons, Jean Nowak and Doreen Corcoran.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday, St Oscar Romero. Monday, The Annunciation of the Lord; St Margaret Clitherow, Martyr.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric and Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Mary Hamilton, Paddy Medhurst, Peter Hogg and Christine Brown.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £459.80, Loose £267.51, Total £727.31.
Second Collection for CAFOD, Gift Aid £21.00, Loose £1316.29, Total £1337.29.
This week’s Second Collection is for St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

CAFOD: On behalf of CAFOD I thank all parishioners for their prayers and contributions for the Family Fast Day. The collection came to a magnificent £1337.29 – and that is without adding on the gift aid rebate and the standing orders by a number of parishioners. These monies will really help those in need. John Rayer

GIFT AID BOXES: Please collect your new Gift Aid boxes for next year. Thank you!

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Peter Harris. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett; 10.30am Tony Frake. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Peter W. Sunday 8.30am Patricia. 10.30am Volunteer, Marlene, Volunteer, Mary H, Margaret (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.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday 6th April 2019, St John Fisher Parish Hall, Thanet Road, Bexley Village. Doors open 7pm. Quiz starts at 8pm prompt. Licensed bar. Speed raffle. Tickets on sale after each Mass at weekends. Please book early. Cliff Thomas 07769 668644. Only £6 per ticket. Six players per table. Bring your own snacks.

CHOOSING LIFE, A Retreat for those seeking a new direction in their lives: Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at Wychcroft House, Bletchingley, Redhill, Surrey RH1 4NE. Led by Christopher Chapman. £150 per person. Includes all meals and drinks. To book contact: wychcroft@southwark. anglican.org 01883 743041

BST: Don’t forget out clocks go forward one hour at 1am on Sunday 31st March.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE, 23rd-30th August 2019: If you are interested in coming on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as an Assisted Pilgrim (requiring assistance with mobility or care, including medical) or even volunteering as a helper, please see Tim Bowman or visit website:
http://www.catholicassociation.co.uk/assisted-pilgrims
Financial Assistance available. Deadline for applications 30th June.

FILM EVENING FINALE: Wednesday 27th March, by popular request a re-showing of an entertaining movie about pilgrims walking the Camino de Compostela (Way of St James) – their encounters, struggles, and how they learn to love strangers and share each other’s hurts. Bar open, charity stall. All welcome, admission free, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Newsletter Sunday March 17th, 2019

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FILM EVENINGS – Wed 20th Mar: Part 2 (including a part 1 recap) of an entertaining movie (with sub-titles) on St Philip Neri, the famous “Third Apostle of Rome” and leader of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St Philip sought out the abandoned, poor youth of Rome to catechise them in the faith, as well as founding the religious congregation, the Oratory. Wed 27th Mar: movie about pilgrims walking The Camino de Compostela. For both events, bar open, charity stall. All welcome, admission free, 7pm for 7.30 pm starts.

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Newsletter March 10th, 2019

First Sunday of Lent

Jesus is Lord

Today we praise God for the marvellous things he did for our fathers, for his mighty hand and outstretched arms. What he did for them he still does for us, in Jesus the Lord who conquered sin and death.

1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13

Gospel Luke 4:1-13

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 9 – 17 Mar 2019
Please note the new time for weekday mass will be 10am

Sat 9 Mar 10am Eucharistic Service
6pm Intentions of Doreen Harrington (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 10 Mar 8.30am Teresa Fan RIP (Kate Kennedy)
10.30am John Hughes RIP (Carole & Family)

Mon 11 Mar 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am Mary Connolly RIP (Connolly/Eida Family)

Tues 12 Mar 7pm Eucharistic Service
Followed by Exposition and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 13 Mar 10am Dan & Julia Harrington RIP
+ Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thu 14 Mar 9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 15 Mar 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10am John Dunne RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)
7pm Stations of the Cross

Sat 16 Mar 10am Eucharistic Service
6pm John Gerard Lowney (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 17 Mar 8.30am Intentions of Ed & Sheila Jones (OLPG)
10.30am Rex Wheatley RIP (Eileen & Family)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 10.30am (following 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 Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Ray Smith, Tommy Otte, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Mary Hamilton, Paddy Medhurst, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown.

Anniversaries: Bobby Marshall, Bill & Edie Squirrell, Victor Weeks, Irena Trembaluk, Rita Donnelly, John Hughes.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 3 March 2019
First Collection –    Gift Aid:  £539.00.  Loose:   £259.24.   Total:£798.24
Second Collection (poor parishes)Gift Aid: £133.74. Loose: £167.29 TOTAL:£301.03
This week’s retiring collection – Bexley Deanery Developing World Group
Next week’s retiring collection – CAFOD Fast Day (Lent)

ROTAS:  (week commencing Mon 11/3)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30 Ann Wilkes Sun 10.30 Ryan Bernarte Copying of Newsletter John Stanton Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Mary H Sun 8.30am Bridie 10.30am Kathy Mary H Peter H Eileen W Dorothy Washing of Purificators: Patricia
RIP Sadly, Ed Jones passed away on Tuesday. Please remember Sheila and family in your prayers. Details of the funeral will follow in next week’s newsletter.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Readers for Stations of the Cross throughout Lent Friday evenings at 7pm. Also Apostles for Maundy Thursday Mass and Eucharistic Ministers over Easter weekend. Please sign up if you can. Lists available in the Sacristy.

CAFOD In preparation for the Family Fast Day on Friday 15 March, our Parish CAFOD representative will be talking at Masses this Sunday about the work of CAFOD and how our generosity benefits poorer communities. There will be more information about the Fast Day itself and Fast Day envelopes will be handed out for next Sunday’s collection.

A FIVE WEEK LENT COURSE following Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Mystery of God which seeks to rediscover what it is that draws us so deeply in our search for God and His salvation. Led by Bexley clergy each Tuesday morning from 12 March, 10 for 10.30am, Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road and every Thursday evening from 14 March, 7 for 7.30pm at URC Bexley, Hurst Road. Come for one session or all five. Course booklet downloadable free from ctbi.org.uk/lent at each session, or from Kathy Fogarty.

GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS, 12 Noon – follow in the footsteps of and pray with Christ. Hosted by St James, Blendon, Bladindon Drive DA5 3BP.

EASTER SUNDAY, DAWN SERVICE St James North Cray, 3 Holt Close, North Cray Road, DA14 5EQ

QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 6th April 2019 – St John Fisher. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts at 8pm prompt. Licensed Bar, Speed Raffle. (tickets on sale after Mass at weekends). Please book early. £6 per ticket (6 players per table). Bring your own snacks. Cliff Thomas 07769 668644.

FILM EVENING: Wednesday 13 March Part 1 of an entertaining movie (with sub-titles) on St Philip Neri, the famous “Third Apostle of Rome” and leader of youth in the 16th century. One of the most popular saints of all time, St Philip sought out the abandoned, poor youth of Rome to catechize them in the faith, as well as founding the religious congregation, the Oratory.  Part 2 will be shown on Wednesday March 20th.   On Wed 27th March movie about pilgrims walking The Camino de Compostela. For all events all welcome, admission free, bar open, charity stall, 7pm for 7.30pm start.Philip Neri