Newsletter Sunday October 13th, 2019

28TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)

First Reading: Kings 5: 14-17. Second Reading: St Paul to Timothy 2: 8-13.
Gospel: Luke 17:11-19.

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

Today’s Theme: Thanksgiving

Today we come to give thanks to God and to offer sacrifice to him for having made known to us his salvation and cleansed us from our sins.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Saturday 12th Oct    10.00am Frances & Andrew Cullen (Barbara Malony)
                                      6.00pm Girish Prabu RIP (Violet & Adrian Prabu)

Sunday 13th Oct    8.30am Annie McCartney (Ann Traynor)
                                  10.30am Brian Morrish RIP (Brenda & Tony Moffat)

Monday 14th Oct    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                  10.00am David & Pat Latimer: 58th Wedding Anni. (Family)

Tuesday 15th Oct    7.00pm Intentions of Margaret Kyne & Fam. (Bridie Haylett)
                                  7.30pm Exposition and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 16th Oct    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                       10.00am Patrick, Donal, Gary & Phillis Sheehan RIP (Sheehans)

Thursday 17th Oct    9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 18th Oct    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                  10.00am Elvira Vaz RIP (Mark Vaz)

Saturday 19th Oct    10.00am Jim O’Brien RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)
                                      6.00pm Dan, Frances, Fiona, Daniel & Margaret (Sheehan Fam.)

Sunday 20th Oct    8.30am Parishioners
                                  10.30am Intentions of Tony & Dorothy Speed (Tony Frake)

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

Anniversaries: Stan Spicer, Ivor John Burton-Bowen. Clive D’Silva, Nicholas Nencini.

FEAST DAYS: Friday: St Luke, Evangelist.

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, Tom Barrett, 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, Jim Henry, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 06/10/2019: Gift Aid: £450.75, Loose: £244.05. Total: £694.80.
2nd Collection (Cafod): Gift Aid: 527.10, Loose: £319.66, Total: 846.66.
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s 2nd collection is for Missio.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm: Kathy Fogarty. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett. 10.30am Tony Franke. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm: Mary H, Peter W. Sunday 8.30am Bridie, Mary J. 10.30am: Volunteer, Eileen, Volunteer, Molly, Paul (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks. Front of Church: Giovanni Aletta. Typing Newsletter: Ruth. Photocopying Newsletter: Emma Fox. Washing of Purificators: Norma. Flower Arranging: Sue and Mary K.

YOUR WORD IS LIFE: Southwark Spirituality Commission offers a day to explore prayer using the bible, in this Year of the Word. The day is open to all and will include inputs and workshops. Beginning at 10.30am on Saturday November 9th, here at St John Fisher Church. It concludes by 3.30pm – bring a packed lunch. Places are limited – PLEASE book on line at http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/events (where more details are available or by calling on 01322 524813.)

CANONISATION OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: There is a pamphlet at the back of the church on the canonisation of John Henry Newman, on 13th October – a gift from the Catenians.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR SPECIAL MINISTERS & READERS: Will be held at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham, on Saturday 16th November 2019. Please see details in porch and sign the list if you are able to attend.

PRAYER FOR PRISONS WEEK 13TH-19TH OCTOBER: Lord, you offer freedom to all people. We pray for those in prison. Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist. Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends, prison staff and all who care. Heal those who have been wounded by the actions of others, especially the victims of crime. Help us to forgive one another, to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ in his strength and in his Spirit, now and every day. Amen.

Newsletter Sunday October 6th, 2019

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (C)

First Reading: Habakkuk 1: 2-3, 2: 2-4, Second Reading: 2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14
Gospel: Luke 17: 5-10

Today’s Theme: Our Faith
Faith gives us a new vision of the world. Without it we see only the darker side of life. We are still slaves. It is faith which liberates us and makes us see the Spirit of power and love at work in our lives.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Saturday 5th October     10.00am Eucharistic Service
                                             6.00pm Anderson Family Living and dead (Carol Anderson)

Sunday 6th October     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am Fabian and Florencia del Finado RIP (Venus Bernarte)

Monday 7th October     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                           10.00am David Bignall RIP (OLPG)

Tuesday 8th October     7.00pm Gloria and Tony Laws (Tony Frake)
                                           7.30pm Exposition and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 9th October     11.00am Funeral Mass for Tom Barrett

Thursday 10th October     No Eucharistic Service

Friday 11th October     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                           10.00am John Underwood RIP (Margaret Frogley)

Saturday 12th October     10.00am Frances and Andrew Cullen (Barbara Malony)
                                             6.00pm Girish Prabu RIP (Violet and Adrian Prabu)

Sunday 13th October     8.30am Annie McCartney (Anne Traynor)
                                             10.30am Brian Morrish RIP (Brenda and Tony Moffat)

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

Anniversaries: Mona Shaw, Doreen Flanagan, Dick Williams, Patrick Higgins, Blanche Anderson, Anthony Melaugh and Marie Morris.

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, Jim Henry, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton and Sr Ursula Hyland.

FEAST DAYS: Monday Our Lady of the Rosary. Wednesday St Denis, Bishop, and Companions, Martyrs; St John Leonardi, Priest; Blessed John Henry Newman, Cardinal. Thursday, St Paulinus of York, Bishop. Friday St John XXIII, Pope. Saturday St Wilfrid, Bishop.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £445.30. Loose £227.78. Total £673.08.
Second Collection (SVP): Gift Aid £37.70. Loose £187.36. Total £225.06.
This week’s Second Collection is for CAFOD Family Fast Day.
Next week’s Retiring Collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson. Sunday 8.30am Larissa/Rob; 10.30am Tilly and Ella. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Anne Harris, Volunteer. Sunday 8.30am Peter H, Ann Hyde. 10.30am Carole, Mary H, Patricia, Rob, Dorothy (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee. Front of Church: John Stanton. Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland. Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Patricia. Flower Arranging: Theresa and Doune

GARDEN FURNITURE: As autumn gets underway, some people pack up garden furniture for storage during winter, or discard it in favour of renewal in the spring. If you are thinking of discarding any please check if Fr Doug can use it in the presbytery garden where there isn’t any at present.

YOUR WORD IS LIFE: Southwark Spirituality Commission offers a day to explore prayer using the bible, in this Year of the World. The day is open to all and will include inputs and workshops. Beginning at 10.30am on Saturday 9th November at St John Fisher Church, Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP, it concludes by 3.30pm – bring a packed lunch. Places are limited – PLEASE book online at http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/events (where more details are available) or by calling Bexley parish on 01322 524813.

CAFOD: Thank you for listening last week to the talk on clean and accessible water. Do bring your envelopes to Mass and if you are a taxpayer, do fill in the gift aid form on the envelope. If you have forgotten your envelope, please ask the ushers for one. Many thanks for your generosity.

KAY LYONS: At the 10.30 mass last weekend I had the chance to thank Kay Lyons formally for all the hard work she has done over decades in overseeing the bookings for our hall. I am happy to do so again in this newsletter. Bookings are now being managed through the parish office. Please think of using our hall for any functions you may have. Fees are £30 per hour or £35 at weekends. Fr Doug

Newsletter Sunday September 29th, 2019

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

First Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7, Second Reading: Timothy: 6: 11 – 16
Gospel: Luke 16: 19-31

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

Today’s Theme: Behold The Man!

It is our purple and fine linen, our life of ease and our love of wealth, that is mocked today by Christ, the centre of our celebration, who in the presence of Pilate stood like a Lazarus covered with sores and wounds and spoke up as a witness for the truth.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK 29th SEPTEMBER, 2019

Sat 28 Sep     10 am Sean Mahon RIP (Barbara Malony)
                         6pm Louise Delpaul (Lindsay Delpaul)

Sun 29 Sep     8.30 am Alan Hyde RIP (Ann, Lucy & Matthew)
                         10.30am Lance Grainger RIP (Madeline & Family)

Mon 30     Sep 9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Christiana Anim RIP (Ben & Barbara Asaam)

Tues 1 Oct     7 pm Eucharistic Service
                         7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 2 Oct     9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Rex Wheatley RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thu 3 Oct     9 am No Eucharistic Service

Fri 4 Oct     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                         10.00am Kathleen Bowman (Tim Bowman)

Sat 5 Oct     10am Eucharistic Service
                         6pm Anderson Family Living & Dead (Carol Anderson)

Sun 6 Oct     8.30am Parishioners
                         10.30 am Fabian & Florencia del Finado RIP (Venus Bernarte)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 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, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Peter Hogg, Christine Brown, Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Jim Henry, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Sister Ursula Hyland.

Anniversaries: Alan Hyde, Mary Connolly, Patricia Bridget Desmond, Anthony Grey, Robert Mantle, Ruth Smith, Lance Grainger.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, 30th St. Jerome, Priest & Dr. of the Church, Tues, 1st St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin & Dr. of the Church, Wed 2nd The Holy Guardian Angels, Fri 4th St. Francis of Assisi.

OFFERTORY: Week Ending 23/9/2019 Gift Aid £407.00, Loose £243.30, Total £ 650.30.

This week’s second collection is for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Next week’s Second Collection is for CAFOD.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Andy Watson. Sunday 8.30am Ann Wilkes; 10.30am Ryan Benarte. Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Kathy, Volunteer Sunday 8.30am Volunteer, Peter W. 10.30am Patricia, Margaret, Peter H, Kate U, Eileen (Host). Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr. V Jeyaseelan.  Front of Church: Paul Rowland.  Typing Newsletter: Molly Robins.  Photocopying Newsletter: Molly Hobson. Washing of Purificators: Barbara.  Flower Arranging: Graziella & Lynn.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – The Harvest Festival Service will take place on Sunday, 6th October at 10.30 am. Please bring your gifts along to the Church. A collection box will be kept in the entrance porch. All gifts will be donated to the Manna Centre for the homeless. 90% of the foodstuffs they use are donated so all gifts will be gratefully received. For a list of items they currently need please vitis: http://www.mannasociety.org.uk

YOUR WORD IS LIFE – Southwark Spirituality Commission offers a day to explore prayer using the bible, in this Year of the Word. The day is open to all and will include inputs and workshops. Beginning at 10.30 am on Sunday November 9th at St. John Fisher Church, Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP, it concludes by 3.30 pm – bring a packed lunch – PLEASE book on line at: http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/events (where more details are available) or by calling Bexley parish on 01322 559534.

PLEASE PRAY for our fellow Christians of Baldwyns Park Baptist Church who have commissioned their new Minister-in-Training, Martin Williams, so with thanks to the Our Lord all nine members of Church Together in Old Bexley now have clergy. Kathy Fogerty, Parish Christian Unit Contact. READERS – Please note new rota is available for collection in the Sacristy. Kathy Fogarty 07963 454480.

CAFOD – The Family Fast Day is on Friday, 4 October. The focus this year is on clean and accessible water round the world. On the Friday, perhaps have a simple meal and give the cost saved, to CAFOD. CAFOD representatives will be talking at all Masses this weekend to highlight this and CAFOD-giving envelopes will be handed out at all Masses the following weekend 5/6 October. To support this, the Children’s Liturgy Group will be organising a cake sale in the hall after 10.30 Mass on Sunday October 20th.Click above to hear the Cafod appeal made by John Rayer.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE – For our next Gardening Day – Saturday, 5th October for planting rose bushes in memory of loved ones. Please join us for a couple of hours. Weather permitting, we will meet outside the church after the 10 am Mass. Please bring your own gardening tools. For ordering a rose please contact Carole Hughes on 07762 731303 with a minimum donation of £25.

SEPTEMBER IS SVP AWARENESS MONTH – “Charity must never look to the past, but always to the future.” (Blessed Frederic Ozanam). For info. Please see notice board. To contact the SVP Group please post a note to the Parish Office.

APF RED BOXES/MISSIO:– Would anyone who has a red APF box or wishes to donate to the Missions put cash or a cheque payable to St. John Fisher in an envelope. Please put your envelope marked APF, with your name on in the collection or hand in at the Presbytery. Any problems contact Sue Mantle 01322558965 or suejmantle@hotmail.com

CARPET CLEANING – Many, many thanks to those who very generously undertook the shampooing of the carpet in the church this week. Great job!! Father Doug

GARDEN FURNITURE – As Autumn gets underway, some people pack up garden furniture for storage during winter or discard it in favour of renewal in the Spring. If you are thinking of discarding any, please check if Fr. Doug can use it in the Presbytery garden where there isn’t any at present. Thank you. Father Doug