Newsletter Sunday May 31st, 2020

Pentecost

Receive the Holy Spirit

 

Readings: Acts 2:1-11, , Psalm 103, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13, John 20: 19-23

 

SERVICES FOR WEEK 31st May – 7th June 2020

Sun 31 May PENTECOST
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Jim Henry RIP (Mary Lee)

8.30 a.m. Lily Bull RIP (Bull)

Mon 1 June 8.30 a.m. Mary our Mother Kit & Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Sheehan)

Tues 2 June 8.30 a.m. Peter & Sue Murphy (Anderson)

Wed 3 June 8.30 a.m. St. Charles Lwanga Rita Maynard RIP (Sullivan)

Thur 4 June 8.30 p.m. Christ our High Priest Norma Brooker (Frake)

Fri 5 June 8.30 p.m. St Boniface John Bowman RIP (Bowman)

Sun 7 June THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
Kwame Osei-Kissi RIP (Asaam)
8.30 a.m. Private Intention (Sullivan)
Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :
Christine White Funeral 4th June 10.00
Eileen Weald Funeral 4th June 12.30
John Harrington
Fr Francis Hartley
Fr Edmund Hartley

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.
Southwark Spirituality Commission reflections Click on this link http://eepurl.com/dcNmsv

Dear Parishioners,
Very sadly I have to inform you that Fr Francis Hartley died on Thursday morning. Tragically his brother, Fr Edmund Hartley died on Tuesday morning! The third brother, Fr John Hartley remains in residential care but is needless to say, very shaken. Let us keep him in our prayers as we pray for the souls of Frs Francis and Edmund. Details of their funerals are not available at this time. We will in any case have a memorial service for Fr Francis in Church when we are open again.
Fr Francis was Parish Priest here in St John Fisher from 2001 till 2013
Before that he was at Our Lady Help of Christians in Blackheath. I had the privilege of living with him in the presbytery there for a while in 1992 when I was appointed Chaplain to the newly opened Christ the King Sixth Form College. He was a most gracious host and I was inspired by his dedication to his ministry, particularly his parish visiting. May he rest In peace.
Read the tribute below from Carol Anderson, Chair of our Parish Council.

• If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• If you are a Parish Reader and would like to exercise your ministry, and you are in a position to be able to record the readings and send them to Peter Murphy, then please get in touch and we will produce a rota. You should email: contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis. Please feel free to contact me by email or by the mobile number overleaf or by using the parish office letter box.
• If you want a mass to be offered for one of your intentions then use the normal process, writing the details on an envelope with the mass offering. There is availability for masses from now on.
• If you are on my email list you will have received this newsletter in that way, and you also receive my mid-week “Ramblings”. If you would like to be on my list just email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless Fr Doug
FR FRANCIS
Fr Francis took his role as priest, administering the sacraments and visiting the sick, very seriously. He was a great parish visitor going out every day of the week. He promoted marriage and family life and was highly supportive of anyone seeking his help in these matters. He was also a first rate musician and often played the organ in the church. His favourite hymn was ‘All my Hope on God is Founded’. Fr Francis was a humble and faith-full gentleman who will be greatly missed.
Carol Anderson, Chair of Saint John Fisher parish Council

THE PILGRIM – Diocesan Newspaper
You may be familiar with the diocesan newspaper. Take a look at the current issue which is attached alongside this newsletter. Check out the picture of our church on the front page and the article on page 6, (as well as the rest of the content!)

CATHOLIC CORONAVIRUS APPEALS
With the lockdown many people are hard hit financially at this time. Charities are also being hit with the loss of fundraising events and their income from investments being reduced. But some may find that by staying at home they are not spending and have money to spare. After making sure that our contributions to the parish are being made or reserved, there are a number of Catholic charities to whom one might wish to donate.
CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal is on its website to provide funds to the poorest people in the world.
MISSIO’s website contains details of our Pope’s Emergency Fund to help the poor communities.
john.rayer@uwclub.net parish CAFOD rep

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

Newsletter Sunday May 24th, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter 2020

The Father will send you another Advocate

Readings: Acts 1:12-14, 14-17, Psalm 26, 1st Peter 4:13-16, John 17: 1-11

SERVICES FOR WEEK 24th May – 31st May 2020

Sun 24 May 6th SUNDAY of EASTER
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
        Maureen Watkins (Choir)

        8.30 a.m. May Feeney RIP (McQuaid)

Mon 25 May 8.30 a.m. St. Bede John and Alice Stanton RIP (Stanton)

Tues 26 May 8.30 a.m. St. Philip Neri John Bowden RIP (Hughes)

Wed 27 May 8.30 a.m. St. Augustine Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan RIP (Sheehan)

Thur 28 May 8.30 p.m. Alison Ede RIP (Hollis)

Fri 29 May 8.30 p.m. St Paul VI Pete Harries RIP (Eida/Connolly)

Sun 31 May PENTECOST
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time of day
        Jim Henry RIP (Mary Lee)
        8.30 a.m. Lily Bull RIP (Bull)

Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :
May Feeney Funeral 27th May 10.00
Christine White Funeral 4th June 10.00
Eileen Weald Funeral 4th June 12.30

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.
Southwark Spirituality Commission reflections Click on this link http://eepurl.com/dcNmsv

Dear Parishioners,

During this time those who are elderly and vulnerable have taken a prominent place in our thoughts and expressions of good will. We should remember though, how difficult a time that this has also been for young people and for children, many of whom are also ‘vulnerable’. Many are continuing their studies online, and that’s not at all easy and demands real application. Many have been doing examinations too. Not being able to meet up with friends especially at school is a real challenge and hardship. To you we say “Well done and keep at it!” and to everyone else: let’s keep them and their parents (!) in our thoughts and prayers and look for opportunities to support them.

Also please confront the fatigue that is creeping in to efforts to thwart the virus and keep everyone safe. And please renew your commitment to those in isolation and make that phone call or drop in something to read or whatever! This remains a very painful situation for many of our fellow parishioners and neighbours, especially those who are alone.

If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org

If you are a Parish Reader and would like to exercise your ministry, and you are in a position to be able to record the readings and send them to Peter Murphy, then please get in touch and we will produce a rota. You should email: contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org

The parish office is open on a limited basis.
Please feel free to contact me by email or by the mobile number overleaf or by using the parish office letter box. If you want a mass to be offered for one of your intentions then use the normal process, writing the details on an envelope with the mass offering. There is availability for masses from now on.

If you are on my email list you will have received this newsletter in that way, and you also receive my mid-week “Ramblings”. If you would like to be on my list just email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless

FATHER FRANCIS HARTLEY
We heard on Wednesday that Fr Hartley has been admitted to the Princess Royal University (PRU) hospital in Farnborough. Please keep him in your prayers.

ONLINE (OR ON THE PHONE) PRAYER AND REFLECTION on Sunday’s Gospel.
Join with others in prayer for 30 mins on Saturdays from 9.30 to 10.00am,
email tkilcullen@live.co.uk and she will send you details of how to join.

CATHOLIC CORONAVIRUS APPEALS
With the lockdown many people are hard hit financially at this time. Charities are also being hit with the loss of fundraising events and their income from investments being reduced. But some may find that by staying at home they are not spending and have money to spare. After making sure that our contributions to the parish are being made or reserved, there are a number of Catholic charities to whom one might wish to donate.
CAFOD has a coronavirus appeal on its website to provide funds to the poorest people in the world.
MISSIO’s website contains details of our Pope’s Emergency Fund to help the poor communities.
john.rayer@uwclub.net parish CAFOD rep

Please print off this newsletter 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 May 17th, 2020

6th Sunday of Easter

The Father will send you another Advocate

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17, Psalm 66, 1st Peter 3:15-18, John 14: 15-21

SERVICES FOR WEEK 17th May – 24th May 2020

Sun  17 May 6th SUNDAY of EASTER

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

Dec Relatives & Friends of Lyons Family (Lyons)

8.30 a.m.                               Serse Cima RIP (foundation)

Mon  18 May 8.30 a.m.                               Jim, Dannie, Thomas & John Harrington (Sheehan)

Tues 19 May 8.30 a.m.                               Bernadette Willoughby RIP (Wood)

Wed 20 May 8.30 a.m.                               Alcie O’Malley RIP (Maura & Family)

Thur 21 May 8.30 p.m. ASCENSION      Jack Bowen (Wood)https://youtu.be/XwzCzSowP0E

Fri    22 May  8.30 p.m.                               Angela Cox RIP (Wood)

Sun  24 May 6th SUNDAY of EASTER

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

Maureen Watkins (Choir)

8.30 a.m.                               May Feeney RIP (McQuaid)

Holy Hour between 5.30 and 6.30 each evening.

Please pray for the souls of :

May Feeney              Funeral          27th May         10.00
Christine White         Funeral          4th   June       10.00
Eileen Weald

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.   I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.

We hope to arrange for volunteers to deliver the planned giving envelopes soon.
Direct Bank Payments to St John Fisher Church,  Sort code 51 70 14,   Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.

Our Diocese of Southwark: www.rcsouthwark.co.uk  Lots of information and further links.

Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398.   The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

Southwark Spirituality Commission reflections Click on this link http://eepurl.com/dcNmsv

Dear Parishioner,

This Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. We will have our parish mass available via the website, as at weekends.

Reopening the church will not be allowed for a while, we are told. As I mentioned in my last Ramblings, it could be in July. When it does occur, a condition will be the ability to clean the church between each gathering. This is what happens in the crematorium chapel between each funeral. Two people clean all the surfaces that might have been in contact with the mourners. We must begin to prepare for this kind of practice. If anyone has access to the cleaning materials necessary for it, do let me know. If we can get the materials together we then need to put together a large list of people willing to give the time to take turns on the task. It is a big commitment, bigger than our regular cleaners have undertaken. So please consider it in the weeks to come.

I feel a bit of weariness has seeped in to our dealing with the crisis and we may not be as enthusiastic in our response as we were at the start. Please renew your commitment to those in isolation and make that phone call or drop in something to read or whatever! This remains a very painful situation for many of our fellow parishioners and neighbours who are alone.

If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: www.stjohnfisherbexley.org  go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.

Also on the website is the ‘photo’ of many of us enjoying coffee after Sunday Mass. It is virtually (!) real. If you want to join us, send your selfie to Peter at contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org

If you are a Parish Reader and would like to exercise your ministry, and you are in a position to be able to record the readings and send them to Peter Murphy, then please get in touch and we will produce a rota. You should email: contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org

The parish office is open on a limited basis.

Please feel free to contact me by email or by the mobile number overleaf or by using the parish office letter box. If you want a mass to be offered for one of your intentions then use the normal process, writing the details on an envelope with the mass offering. There is availability for masses from now on.
If you are on my email list you will have received this newsletter in that way, and you also receive my mid-week “Ramblings”. If you would like to be on my list just email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless             Fr Doug

 

EILEEN WEALD RIP

We have just received the sad news that one of our ex-parishioners e passed away peacefully on Wednesday 13th May at St Aubyn’s Nursing Home, Sidcup.

 

ONLINE (OR ON THE PHONE) PRAYER AND REFLECTION on Sunday’s Gospel.

Join with others in prayer for 30 mins on Saturday 23rd May from 9.30 to 10.00am,

email tkilcullen@live.co.uk and she will send you details of how to join.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Cafod are running a virtual Children’s Liturgy on Sunday mornings from 10 – 10.15. Register online through the link below. There are also good resources which relate to the Sunday readings.

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

 

 

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