Newsletter Sunday August 2nd,2020

18th Sunday of the Year

Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3, Psalm 144, Rom 8:35, 37-39, Matthew 13:13-21
“… and there were twelve baskets full, left over.”

SERVICES FOR WEEK 1st – 9th August 2020

Sat 1 Aug    18.00 Jeff Plant (Harper)

Sun 2 Aug    18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Elaine Pegg RIP (Traynor)
                        10.30 John & Bridget Harrington RIP (Frake)
Parish Mass –  

 available to engage with via website at any time
The Choir (Anderson)

Mon 3 Aug    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Giulio Venturi (Mantle)

Tues 4 Aug    St John Vianney Sonny Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Weds 5 Aug    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Daniel Hickey RIP (Kennedy)

Thurs 6 Aug    The Transfiguration Newton & Comiskey Families (Frake)

Fri 7 Aug    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Charlotte Carney (Anderson

Sat 8 Aug    18.00 Joe Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 9 Aug    19th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Kathy Lenihan RIP (Beattie)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Stanton)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
Carol Anderson (Frake)

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – 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.

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

You can receive this newsletter by email by contacting me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

Dear Parishioners,
We celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration during this coming week. There are many facets to this historical event – not least of which is that it is an actual historical event. I often think of it as being a glimpse into the future both for Jesus and for the three close friends privileged to be there on Mount Tabor with him and I think it must have been so reassuring for them.

Wouldn’t we like to get a glimpse of how things will be in 6 months’ time? How for instance will it be in church with all doors and windows open (for ventilation) in winter? Masks or not? I frequently ask about a ‘road map’ for parishes, but there doesn’t seem to be one. It goes against my nature to not know where we are headed but there is a lesson for me about living only in the present moment, being grateful and trusting the future to God. “God only knows!” used to be an exclamation of despair for me. Now it is an expression of Faith. How to cope with uncertainty – perhaps a major challenge of this current crisis?
God Bless,

SUNDAY MASS IN ST. JOHN FISHER
• Those who attend MUST BRING A FACIAL COVERING. Depending on numbers attending, you may be invited to remove it before mass begins.
• Facial coverings are not needed for weekday masses at the moment.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

The Sunday Obligation is suspended so you are still free to stay at home and participate spiritually in the mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to.
SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org then click on ‘Sunday Mass’

STEWARDING
We are very grateful indeed to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

PRAYER REQUESTS
As we are not allowed to place our book of prayer requests on the altar during the Mass we will have a monthly prayer list for anyone who is unwell or undergoing treatment and we will pray at Sunday Mass for those on the list. To get your request for prayer for someone please send an email or post a note to the Parish Office marked ‘Prayer List’. The list will be renewed each month. The August list is still open.

NEWSLETTER NOTICES.
There isn’t much activity around and about yet but if there is then let us know and we can include a notice here in the newsletter.

PARISH MASS BOOKS
As we are not allowed to use our mass books, those of you with smart phones may wish to follow the mass using the internet. See: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm.
If you don’t have data, you could download before you leave home.
In the long term you might like to download the app to your phone anyway. A free trial version is available called Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing, from your app store.

Newsletter Sunday July 26th, 2020

17th Sunday of the Year

Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12, Psalm 118, Rom 8:28-30, Matthew 13:44-46
“The gifts we seek”

SERVICES FOR WEEK 25th July – 2nd August 2020

Sat 25 July    18.00 Kathleen, John & Olga Bowman (Creasy)

Sun 26 July    17th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Carmela Santofiore-Morardo (Santofiore)
                        10.30 Derek Botterill RIP (Botterill)
                        Parish Mass – available on website at any time

                        The Parish of St John Fisher

Mon 27 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Christa Frake RIP (Frake)

Tues 28 July    Nicolas Howard (Lee)

Weds 29 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St Martha Carol Read (Hughes)

Thurs 30 July   Joseph Walker

Fri 31 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Marion Evans (Aspeek)

Sat 1 Aug    18.00 Jeff Plant (Harper)

Sun 2 Aug    18th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Elaine Pegg RIP (Traynor)
                        10.30 John & Bridget Harrington RIP (Frake)
                        Parish Mass – available on website at any time
                        The Choir (Anderson)

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – 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.

Dear Parishioners,

As you know the obligation to attend Sunday Mass has been suspended. The wonders of modern technology have though, enabled many people to view mass remotely and participate in a virtual way. Our church is in fact open again so many can, and do come to mass on Sunday. Others still choose for very good reasons to view the mass at home or to come to mass during the week when it is a little less busy and all this is fine. We are dealing with church regulation.
What we shouldn’t lose sight of though is God’s Commandment to “Keep holy the Sabbath Day”.
When many of us were younger shops weren’t even open on Sundays and society supported a different lifestyle on Sundays. Now it remains a challenge for each of us to find ways in which we can be with the Lord and keep the day holy. Family gatherings can be part of this and so can reflection time, so a question: How do you choose to obey the Commandment?

God Bless 

The Sunday Obligation is suspended so you are still free to stay at home and participate spiritually in the mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to.

SUNDAY MASS IN ST. JOHN FISHER
• Those who attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. Depending on numbers attending, you may be invited to remove it before mass begins. It doesn’t need to be a mask. Many are using scarves and other coverings.
• Facial coverings are not needed for weekday masses at the moment.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing or bidding prayers.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE
• If you haven’t found it yet, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click.
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org

STEWARDING
We are very grateful indeed to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

PRAYER REQUESTS
During this time, as we are unable to place our book of prayer requests on the altar during the Mass so we will have a monthly prayer list for anyone who is unwell or undergoing treatment and we will pray at Sunday Mass for those on the list. To get your request for prayer for someone please send an email or post a note to the Parish Office marked ‘Prayer List’. The list will be renewed each month. The August list is now open.

‘NEWSLETTER NOTICES.
There isn’t much activity around and about yet but if there is then let us know and we can include a notice here in the newsletter.

You can receive this newsletter by email by contacting me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

Please print off this newsletter (use 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 July 19th, 2020

16th Sunday of the Year

Readings: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalm 85, Rom 8:26-27, Matthew 13:24-43

SERVICES FOR WEEK 18th July – 26th July 2020

Sat 18 July    18.00 Parish Housebound & Elderly (Crump)

Sun 19 July    16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Elvira Flanagan (Fernandez)
                        10.30 Ron & Pat Watkins RIP (Gilespie
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time

Anita & Paul Rowland (McQuaid)

Mon 20 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Nina Szredski (Anderson)

Tues 21 July    Joyce & Peter Harries RIP(Eida/Connolly)

Weds 22 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St.Mary Magdalene John Whiteside RIP (Fernandes)

Thurs 23 July    St.Bridget Gloria & Tony Laws (Frake)

Fri 24 July    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St.Sharbel Makhulf Peter Tennant RIP (Anderson)

Sat 25 July    11.00 Confessions
                        18.00 Kathleen John & Olga Bowman (Creasy)

Sun 26 July 17th    SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Carmela Santofiore-Morardo (Santofiore)
                        10.30 Derek Botterill RIP (Botterill)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
The Parish of St. John Fisher

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – 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.

Dear Parishioners,
You will be pleased to hear that just as with the resumption of weekday masses, our first Sunday masses since Lockdown took place with ease, reverence and safety last weekend. The stewards guided everyone through the new arrangements and I could see everyone relax as they grew in confidence. Numbers were of course low and we can now happily look forward to a gradual increase. We were able to accommodate everyone at 2 metres distancing without face coverings, but there is potential for larger numbers at 1 metre+ distancing, i.e. with a face covering
The Sunday Obligation still does NOT apply so you are free to stay at home and participate ‘virtually’ in the mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to.

• Those who attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING, unless you are under 11 years old or have a medical condition that precludes wearing a facial covering
This is important as we will be using the government’s 1 metre+ social distancing rules. It doesn’t need to be a mask. Many are using scarves and other coverings.
• Facial coverings are not needed for weekday masses.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards. This will take a while longer than usual so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry. We have a dispenser there for those without their own.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing or bidding prayers.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Stewards are on duty at each mass to ensure this safe practice.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

We are very grateful indeed to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you are available for any of the Sunday masses.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will still be available on the website in the (now) normal way.
• If you haven’t found it yet, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click there.
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• You can receive this newsletter by email if you email me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk
God Bless

PARISH MASS BOOKS
As we are unable to use our mass books due to the risk of spreading the virus, those of you with smart phones may wish to look at the readings using the internet on your phone. See here: https://www.universalis.com/mass.htm.
If you don’t have data, you could download before you leave home.
In the long term you might like to download the app to your phone anyway.
A free trial version is available called Catholic Calendar by Universalis Publishing from your app store.

NEWSLETTER NOTICES. There isn’t much activity around and about yet but if there is then let us know and we can include a notice here in the newsletter

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.