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SUNDAY 5th February 2023

FIFTH SUNDAY, YEAR A 

Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

Sat   4th Feb        17.30  Confessions

                         18.00       John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Fogarty) 

Sun  5th Feb          FIFTH SUNDAY, Racial Justice Day        

                         08.30       For the Parish

                         10.30       Edward Przydrozny RIP (Przydrozna)

Mon  6th Feb        09.15  ss Paul Miki + Comp.     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00       Private Intention (Jones)  

Tues  7th Feb       09.15       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00       Harrington family (Sheehan)

Wed    8th Feb     09.15  ss Jerome + Josephine  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00       John Rayer RIP (Morris)

Thurs  9th Feb     08.00       Priest’s intention

Fri     10th Feb     09.15  St Scholastica   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                        10.00        Foundation: Virginia Bolton RIP

Sat    11th Feb    17.30        Confessions

                        18.00       Mrs Zoe Baker RIP (Duff)

Sun   12th Feb        SIXTH SUNDAY                  

08.30       Victor Weeks RIP (Weeks)

                        10.30       William Dawson-Asaam RIP (Asaam)

                                    

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link.

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Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

 

               *************PURSE FOUND. SEE FR DOUG********************

 

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week       £1020.44 Incl. S.O.s 

Next week     Parish St Vincent de Paul Society

  

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine – located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, and you tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are best for us. Thank you

 

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

 

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

 

Dear Parishioners,

We are so blessed to have a wonderful church and there is abeautiful atmosphere of prayer and devotion before mass on weekdays and on Sundays. We are further blessed with a wonderful foyer and also a covered apron outside. Those are great areas to undertake the very important tasks of meeting and greeting. At the moment, many of us – me included – use the church itself to socialise. As we approach Lent might we all make a resolution to leave the church in silence after mass for those who wish to pray and instead, chat with others in the foyer or on the apron.  

God Bless,                  Fr Doug

                                                                                    

DIOCESAN LENTEN RETREAT: “Renewed in Hope”

The retreat format will be similar to last year’s one. There will be a video and then points to ponder along with a written summary. The theme this year is “Renewed in Hope” and it is based on the Sunday readings of Lent. Anyone can sign up to receive it. You will then receive an email each Monday with the “video” input and points to ponder. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/hVT7Dv or via https://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/.

ALTERNATIVELY, you can participate with others in 3 different church locations and share the experience with other Christians in Bexley. (The ‘video’ will be projected onto the ‘large screen’ and there will be time for reflection, prayer and sharing)

Mondays, 1.30 – 3.00 St. John Fisher Hall, beginning 20th February

Tuesdays 10.30 – 12.00 URC (opposite the war memorial) beginning 28th February

Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. St John’s Church beginning 1st March 

 

YOUNG ADULT (18-35) MONTHLY MEETINGS

Facilitated by Sr Anouska fcJ, at FCJ Spirituality Centre, near Euston Station 7-8.30pm

A time of input, prayer and sharing on a new topic each month.  

This month: 16 February – Renewal: What’s the point of Lent?

Each year we live the Lenten season and try to turn our hearts and minds to God by acts of prayer, fasting and good works. But what’s the point? Why does the church give us this time of renewal?

To attend this evening please email: bookings.fcjcentre@fcjhouse-somerstown.co.uk

 

BUILDING A BETTER MARRIAGE – This Saturday morning online session on – February 18 is aimed at couples with average-to-good marriages who would like to improve their relationship further and gain insights into their communication and the call of the Church to the married.  No personal sharing!  Email – Carole on mflkent@rcaos.org.uk or phone 07983 524 727.

 

GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER – SycamOre is an online course exploring our Catholic faith and suitable for individuals and couples alike.  Weekly one-hour session take place through Lent on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm starting on February 28.  For more details or to register, visit the website:  Growing in Faith Together – Agency for Evangelisation and Catechesis (rcaos.org.uk)

 

CELEBRATE PARENTING FOR FAITH – A new online course for those with babies and toddlers, 5 weeks from February 23 – March 23. 8pm, 45 mins.  https://www.celebratetrust.org/-

Marriage preparation courses are available by emailing mflse@arcos.org.uk.

 

A FOUR WEEK INDIVIDUALLY GUIDED RETREAT  

Sun 26th Feb to Sun 26th March 2023  Each week, you are invited to meet with your spiritual accompanier at any of the following: Lewisham, Brockley, Sidcup, West Wickham, Bexley, Swanley, or online.  You can find information about the retreat at welcome@sisters-of-st-andrew.com. Contact us via email or the website

 

LENTEN QUIET DAY

Sat, 4 March 10– 4 , at Srs of St Andrew, Belmont Hill, Lewisham – with Sr. Sigrun.

 

A RESIDENTIAL SILENT RETREAT 

Fri 17 – Sun 19 March: Stepping Stones into Silence, a retreat for beginners with personal accompaniment by a sister (self-catering).  

 

WEEKEND RETREATS

Monday, 13 March, ‘Nothing can be loved at speed’ – 10.30 am for 11.00 start and ends 3.30pm, with Sr. Christiane and/or Sr. Regula. Further information at welcome@sisters-of-st-andrew.com 

Newsletter

SUNDAY 29th January 2023

 FOURTH SUNDAY, YEAR A 

Readings: Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13 Psalm 145 1 Corinthians1:26-31, Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

 

Sat    28th Jan      17.30         Confessions

                18.00          Maire O’Donnell RIP 

Sun   29th Jan         FOURTH SUNDAY  

                           08.30         Private Intention (Wilkes)

        10.30          Wellbeing Andrew Hubble (Hughes)

Mon  30th Jan       09.15         Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00          Wellbeing Fr Michael Jones (Friends)  

Tues  31st Jan       09.15  St John Bosco  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00           In Thanksgiving (Sullivan family)

Wed   1st Feb        09.15         Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                           10.00         Jacqueline Downey (Downey)

Thurs 2nd Feb        08.00 Presentation of the Lord    Priest’s intention

Fri     3rd Feb         09.15  St Laurence of Canterbury Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                           10.00           Ken Crump RIP (Jones)

Sat    4th Feb         17.30          Confessions

                            18.00          John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Fogarty)

Sun   5th Feb          FIFTH SUNDAY, Racial Justice Day                    

                            08.30          For the Parish

                            10.30          Edward Przydrozny RIP (Przydrozna)

                                    

 

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed via the link.

live streamlogo copy

Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week       £973.86 Incl. S.O.s 

 

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine  located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, and you tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are best for us. Thank you

 

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

 

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

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Please notice that Fr Peter is offering mass on Thursday mornings at 8.00. This offers a chance for some to go to a weekday mass before going to work. Others may in any case be ‘early birds’.           

Time passes very quickly and as we enter February, we know that Lent is not far away. That means it is time to look to our diaries and think about how we might prepare for Easter. So…                                                                                     

DIOCESAN LENTEN RETREAT:  “Renewed in Hope”

The retreat will be of a similar format to last year’s one. In the ‘video’, The Archbishop provides an introduction, Chris Chapman offers the main reflection and witness is given by a selection of people, including Fr Doug. There are points to ponder along with a written summary. 

The theme this year is “Renewed in Hope” and it is based on the Sunday readings of Lent.

Anyone can sign up to receive it (via a link in the newsletter or on the website that we will publish nearer the time). You would then receive an email each Monday with the “video” input and prompts for discussion and prayer.

ALTERNATIVELY, you can participate with others in 3 different church locations and share the experience with other Christians in Bexley. (The ‘video’ will be projected onto the ‘large screen’ and there will be time for reflection, prayer and sharing)

Mondays, 1.30 – 3.00 St. John Fisher Hall, beginning 20th February

Tuesdays 10.30 – 12.00 URC (opposite the war memorial) beginning 28th February

Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. St John’s Church beginning 1st March 

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you.  We’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

SCRIPTURE STUDY

‘The Bible in a year programme’ has just begun. It is led by Fr Michael Schmitz. This is freely available on YouTube or Spotify as a Podcast. It follows the format of Jeff Cavin’s Bible Timeline which many of us followed a year or two ago and is in 20-minute daily episodes. 

This year Fr. Michael Schmitz has also started:

“Catechism in a Year (with Fr Michael Schmitz) ” – about 15 minutes daily episodes. Just do a search in YouTube.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK

Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 15th March 2023.  £699.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board.  All entertainment and excursions included.  Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre & National Museum.  Special St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.  Single supplement £150.00.  Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  

 

 

 

Newsletter

SUNDAY 22nd January 2023 

THIRD SUNDAY, YEAR A 

Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 Psalm 26 1 Corinthians1:10-13, 17 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Sat       21st Jan         17.30  Confessions

                                  18.00                                      For the Parish

Sun      22nd Jan        THIRD SUNDAY,                 Sunday of the Word of God        

                                    08.30                                      Wellbeing of Ray & Teresa (Sparkes/Li)

                                   10.30                                      Edward Przydrozny RIP (Haygart)

                                   15.00                                      Unity Service at URC

Mon    23rd Jan           09.15                                      Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                   10.00                                     For the Parish  

Tues    24th Jan          09.15  St Francis de Sales,         Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00                                      Danny Lyons RIP (Lyons)

Wed    25th Jan          09.15  Conversion of St Paul    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00                                      Joe Smyth RIP (Kilcullen)

Fri        27th Jan         09.15  St Angela Merici.           Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                  10.00                                      Julia Mansell RIP (Harris)

Sat       28th Jan        17.30                                      Confessions

                                  18.00                                      Maire O’Donnell RIP (Anon)

Sun      29th Jan         FOURTH SUNDAY,            

                                   08.30                                     Private Intention (Wilkes)

                                   10.30                                      Andrew Hubble (Hughes)

                                    

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

All masses are streamed live and can be viewed on the website, via the link.

live streamlogo copy

Recordings are available. The Sunday sermon is also on the website in printed form.

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week       £1145.26 Incl. S.O.s

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code.

Card Payment Machine – located in the porch, is easy to use. Select a donation amount by pressing one of the amounts.  The card reader screen will read “Please Tap”, and you tap your card or phone on the card reader.  

Gift Aid Please join the GIFT AID scheme – Forms are at the back of the Church. For every £1.00 donated the Parish will receive 25p from the Tax Office. Standing Orders are best for us. Thank you

OUR PARISH HALL

Our hall is available for hire. Please email bexley@rcaos.org.uk at ANY time for enquiries and our hall secretary will get back to you. 

Please join us in the Hall for refreshments after the 10.30 mass

Newsletter: Please copy notices to Fr Doug by previous Wednesday

 Dear Parishioners,

“That they all may be one”, was a prayer of Jesus himself. What a privilege it is for us to have the opportunity to be part of the Father’s answer to this prayer. So, how is it that we can contribute? Perhaps in the past we may have thought that unity can only be achieved when everyone rejoins the Catholic Church. Now there is more mutual respect, and we understand that there are several routes that lead into God’s Kingdom. Our task is to affirm the truths of Christianity but to join together in supporting everyone in their calling to find God. 

                                                                                                God Bless,                  Fr Doug

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 

Churches Together in Old Bexley warmly invite you to celebrate our first joint service since 2019 when we are praying for the great gift of Christian Unity.  We can help promote Christian unity locally by strengthening relationships within the churches and communities of Old Bexley. The Annual Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January and Bexley United Reformed Church, Hurst Road (opposite the War Memorial), is hosting a service at 3pm on Sunday 22 January.  Followed by refreshments and a chance to catch up and meet new friends.  

  Kathy Fogarty. Parish Unity Contact: 07963 454480. 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Members of the St. John Fisher Conference would like to make parishioners aware that anyone who is feeling lonely and would like a visit or a phone call can contact the Parish Office. One of us will then contact you.  We’d also like to recruit new members. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

SCRIPTURE STUDY

‘The Bible in a year programme’ has just begun. It is led by Fr Michael Schmitz. This is freely available on YouTube or Spotify as a Podcast. It follows the format of Jeff Cavin’s Bible Timeline which many of us followed a year or two ago and is in 20-minute daily episodes. 

This year Fr. Michael Schmitz has also started:

“Catechism in a Year (with Fr Michael Schmitz) ” – about 15 minutes daily episodes. Just do a search in YouTube.

CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development 

… are looking for people to give some time and join them in their mission.  This could be achieved by visiting local schools or raising a voice and campaigning for justice or perhaps speaking for CAFOD throughout the diocese.  We believe everybody has unique gifts and talents and we can support you to use these gifts to serve the parish community and our brothers and sisters across the world.  Training and support are provided.  See cafod.org.uk/Volunteer for more information or get in touch with Celeste and Sarah: southwark@cafod.org.uk and let’s transform the world in 2023 together!

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK

Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 15th March 2023.  £699.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full board.  All entertainment and excursions included.  Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre & National Museum.  Special St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.  Single supplement £150.00.  Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  

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