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Newsletter Sunday 19th January, 2020

SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

‘We celebrate the Servant of God who came to do the Father’s will in perfect obedience. Yet he was more than a servant. John the Baptist calls him the Lamb, the chosen one of God’

Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 19-26 Jan 2020

Sat 18 Jan   6pm Antonio Dos Santos RIP (Dos Santos)

Sun 19 Jan   8.30am Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Haylett)
                      10.30am Derek Harmer RIP (Cunningham)

Mon 20 Jan   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Dan & Julia Harrington + Patrick & Mary Sheehan RIP (Sheehan)

Tues 21 Jan   7pm Carol Hughes & Family (Fitzpatrick)
                      Followed by Exposition and Our Lady & St Pio Prayer Group

Wed 22 Jan   9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Intentions of Choir Members (Choir)

Thurs 23 Jan   9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 24 Jan   No 10am Mass
                    2pm Funeral Mass for Peggy Whiteside

Sat 25 Jan   9am Peter & Susan Murphy & Family (Fitzpatrick)
                       6pm Tom Barrett RIP (Wood)

Sun 26 Jan   8.30am William Stevens RIP (Julie & Steve)
                      10.30am Veronica Morton RIP (Fordham Family)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Tony Laws, David Latimer, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman and for all those with ongoing poor health.

Anniversaries: Fr Vincent Ryan, Michael Dooley, Maudie Thompson, Chris Symmonds, Patrick Stanley, Christopher Lynch, Tom Johnson, Arthur Moss.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 12/1/2020
1st Collection Gift Aid £458.90, Loose £300.85, Total £759.75.
2nd Collection, Catholic Children’s Society, Loose £215.76, Total £215.76.
Next week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18-25 JANUARY During this week congregations and parishes all over the world arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. You are warmly invited to join parishioners from our nine Churches Together in Old Bexley at 3pm on Sunday 19 January for a service hosted by St James the Great, Bladindon Drive, Penhill Road DA5 3BP. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Christian Unity Contact, 07963 454480.

DAVID BRAILSFORD RIP The Funeral Service for David Brailsford will take place on Wed 22 Jan at 3pm at Eastbourne Crematorium. Family and friends will meet afterward at The Ship, Eastbourne.

READERS Please collect the new rota from the Sacristy. Thank you for sharing this important Ministry. New readers are always welcome. Contact Kathy Fogarty at k.fogarty@ntlworld.com.

ST JOHN FISHER QUIZ NIGHT (FOR CHURCH FUNDS) 8 February 2020, 7-11pm in the hall. Tables of 6 – £8 per person. Raffle and quizzes. Licensed bar and bring your own nibbles. Tickets available after Sunday masses or contact Anny Hyde on 07973 656166.

PLANNED GIVING – THANK YOU
‘For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.’ – 1 Chronicles 29: 14-16.
Thank you for taking part in our ‘Planned Giving’ appeal last weekend.
At the back of the church there are addressed envelopes for all parishioners who signed a promise card last week. If you asked for a standing order form (bankers order) or a new batch of donation envelopes, you shall find them inside your addressed envelope. Please take a few minutes to collect your letter when you leave Mass today.
If you are new to the parish, or missing a promise card last weekend, and would like a box of donation envelopes, or to donate to the parish by standing order (Bankers order) or wish to Gift Aid, please complete a promise card at the back of the Church today and post it through our Presbytery letterbox.
Once again, thank you for all that you do. Please keep our parish in your prayers.

PADRE PIO REHABILITATION CENTRE
Fr Doug’s recent visit to the Centre in Ghana is recorded in photos in a display on the board on the way in to our Hall. Take time to have a look!

RECRUITMENT OF FOUNDATION GOVERNORS Christ the King Sixth Form are looking for two new Foundation Governors with professional backgrounds in finance. Individuals need to be committed practising Catholics. For more information visit http://www.fea.co.uk/ctk-gov or email jo.johnston@fea.co.uk.

BUDDING YOUNG JOURNALIST COMPETITION
If you are between 15 and 18 you can submit an article or short video on the topic “Tackling Our Throwaway Culture” to the Columban Missionaries’ competition. Prizes of up to £300.
Details on Notice Board and @ http://www.columbancompetition.com. Deadline 14th February

RECRUITMENT OF HEADTEACHER The governors of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake, London SW14 8HE are looking to recruit a Headteacher to take up post in September 2020. For more information, please see the school website at https://www.st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk or contact Evelyn Fernandes at admin@st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk for an application pack.

Newsletter Sunday January 12th, 2020

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Matthew 3:13-17

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 11 – 19 Jan 2020

Sat 11 Jan    6pm John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Kathy Fogarty)

Sun 12 Jan    8.30am Intentions of The Coyne Family (Jim Connolly)
(Baptism of     10.30am Christiana Anim RIP (Ben & Barbara Asaam)
the Lord)

Mon 13 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Anne, Liam, Marie & Fiona Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Tues 14 Jan    12noon Funeral Mass for Frances Aldridge
                      No 7pm Mass or Prayer Group

Wed 15 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Donald & Alvira Almeida (Tony Frake)

Thurs 16 Jan    9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 17 Jan    9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10am Intentions of Pat & Percy Burke (Tony Frake)

Sat 18 Jan    9am Holy Souls
                      6pm Antonio Dos Santos RIP (Sheila & Peter Dos Santos)

Sun 19 Jan    8.30am Deceased Members of Dunne Family (Bridie Haylett)
                      10.30am Derek Harmer RIP (Jo Cunningham)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Tony Laws, David Latimer, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman and for all those with ongoing poor health.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 5/1/2020
1st Collection £538.75, Loose £415.73, Total £954.48.
Next week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

PEGGY WHITESIDE RIP
Sadly, we have heard that Peggy passed away peacefully in hospital on Thursday 2nd January. Please remember her family and friends in your prayers. Funeral mass 2pm Friday 24th January, followed by committal at Kemnal park 3.30pm and reception at church hall.

DAVID BRAILSFORD RIP
Sadly, we have heard that David passed away peacefully in a care home in Eastbourne on Tuesday 7th January. Please remember Pat and all the family and friends in your prayers.

VOLUNTEER TYPISTS Following our request in the newsletter, we are glad to announce we have two new typists. Thank you.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18-25 JANUARY At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for unity. During this week congregations and parishes all over the world arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. You are warmly invited to join parishioners from our nine Churches Together in Old Bexley at 3pm on Sunday 19 January for a service hosted by St James the Great, Bladindon Drive, Penhill Road DA5 3BP. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Christian Unity Contact 07963 454480.

ST JOHN FISHER QUIZ NIGHT (FOR CHURCH FUNDS): 8 February 2020, 7-11pm in the hall. Tables of 6 – £8 per person. Raffle and quizzes. Licensed bar and bring your own nibbles. Tickets to be available after Sunday masses or contact Anny Hyde on 07973 656 166.

PLANNED GIVING – PROMISE CARDS
‘Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’2 Corinthians 9:7
Over the last couple of weeks you have heard about Stewardship and Planned Giving. We have asked that all parishioners prayerfully reflect on what they contribute to our parish, having taken into consideration the needs of our parish and having reflected on the message of stewardship.
This weekend we ask that all parishioners complete a promise card. These cards will remain private and confidential. Please provide your full contact details and select the method of offertory giving best suited to you. If you pay UK income tax, please sign the Gift Aid declaration (in one name only) so that the parish can claim 25p back from the government for every £1 that you donate, at no extra cost to yourself.
Finally, we thank you for all that you already do for our parish. Without your continued support, this wonderful, living church would not continue to be the spiritual center it is today.
If you have any questions, there will be volunteers available after Mass today.
Thank you – John Rayer

RECRUITMENT OF FOUNDATION GOVERNORS Christ the King Sixth Form are looking for two new Foundation Governors with professional backgrounds in finance. Individuals need to be committed practising Catholics. For more information visit http://www.fea.co.uk/ctk-gov/ or email j0.johnston@fea.co.uk

RECRUITMENT OF HEADTEACHER The governors of St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in Mortlake, London SW14 8HE are looking to recruit a Headteacher to take up post in September 2020. For more information, please see the school website – https://www.stmarymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk/ or contact Evelyn Fernandes at
admin@st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk for an application pack.”

Newsletter Sunday January 5th, 2020

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

The Revelation of Christ to the World

1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 2nd Reading: St Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3. 5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 4- 12 Jan 2020

Sat 4 Jan     6.00pm Girish Praha RIP (Violet Prabhu & Family)

Sun 5 Jan     8.30am Stella Mendes RIP (Sylvia Coutinho)
Epiphany     10.30am Dorothy Speed & Maureen Fitzpatrick (Carol Anderson)

Mon 6 Jan     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10.00am Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Tues 7 Jan     7.00pm Joe D’Souza RIP (Alex & Dahlia Fernandes)
                       7.30pm Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio Prayer Group

Wed 8 Jan     9.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10.00am Mae & Tim Monihan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Thurs 9 Jan     9.00am Mass or Eucharistic Service

Fri 10 Jan     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10.00 am Intentions of Eileen & Family (Eileen Sheehan)

Sat 11 Jan     9.00am Christmas Mass: Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
                       6.00pm John & Joy Hubbard RIP (Kathy Fogarty)

Sun 12 Jan     8.30am Intentions of the Coyne Family (Jim Connolly)
                       10.30am Christiana Anim RIP (Ben & Barbara Asaam)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am (after Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Tony Laws, David Latimer, David Brailsford, Colin Anderson, Joe Reape, Giulio Venturi, Anne Newton, Bridie Cripps, Ray Blackman, Peggy Whiteside and for all those with ongoing poor health.

OFFERTORY CHRISTMAS: Gift Aid £1864.00. Loose £1515.97. Total £3379.97.

OFFERTORY 29TH December: Gift Aid £498.40. Loose £293.99. Total £792.39.

ST JOHN FISHER QUIZ NIGHT (FOR CHURCH FUNDS): Saturday 8 February 2020,
7-11pm in the hall. Tables of 6 – £8 per person. Raffle and quizzes. Licensed bar and bring your own nibbles. Tickets to be available after Sunday masses or contact Anny Hyde on 07973 656 166.

VOLUNTEER TYPISTS REQUIRED: We urgently need 1 or 2 typists to assist with producing the newsletter. Commitment is only around 1-2 hours once a month. Proficiency with word and access to a pc are all that is required. If interested, please contact Ruth Powers on ruthmac18@gmail.com or the parish office. Many thanks.

CHURCH CLEANING – A big THANK YOU to the small group of parishioners who give up their free time to help keep our church clean. The rota for 2020 is now available for collection from the cupboard. More volunteers are needed to either join an existing group or make up a new one. Each group cleans once every six weeks. Another group of three or four people, would mean a change to once every eight weeks. If you are able to help, please ring Carole Hughes on 020 8303 90703.

CHURCH FLOWERS – Thank you to everyone for their kind comments about the floral decorations in the church. Also, a particular thanks for those who donated towards the costs and a reminder that if you would like to contribute, there is a box in the wall at the end of the church.

OUR PARISH, OUR NEEDS, OUR RESPONSIBILITY – PLANNED GIVING APPEAL
‘For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?’ – Luke 14:28

Last week our parish embarked on a Planned Giving appeal. Over the coming weeks we ask all parishioners to take this opportunity to prayerfully reflect on their commitment to our parish. Everyone should consider giving something, mindful of their blessings and circumstances.
Today you will hear more about Planned Giving and Stewardship, including why our parish needs financial help to cover our costs. Please take an appeal newsletter.
Our goal is to receive an informed decision from everyone in the parish. Next weekend we shall ask all parishioners to complete a promise card – this will enable our parish to plan ahead with confidence for the future.
If you have any questions, there will be volunteers available after Mass today.
Thank you – John Rayer

AS WE BEGIN THIS NEW YEAR LET ME LOOK FORWARD AND WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES EVERY BLESSING AND LOOK BACK TO THE YEAR PAST AND THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS GIVEN SO MUCH TO THE PARISH:
To the parish council, and to all the groups and activity that they lead or coordinate – including our AIC, our M.C. and altar servers, the teams for baptism, first holy communion, confirmation, and children’s liturgies, our hard working finance team, our gift aid organiser, our premises committee; our offertory collection counters, our welcome teams at masses, our coffee morning organisers, our events committee, the SVP team, the liturgy committee, our newsletter team, the representatives for diocesan and national charities, our hall staff, our meeting point helpers, the church care team, the flower arrangers, the crib and Easter garden builder, the Christmas tree team, the organists, the choir and their leader, our Eucharistic ministers, shop staff and sacristans, the parish secretary, our readers, the parish registers keeper, the safeguarding team and the person who runs our website and offers other technical support, and indeed everyone who has taken part in our parish activity and helped to carry our mission forward.
On behalf of the whole parish I say a big thank you to you all.  And again, a more personal thank you from me for all your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes AND for your generous Christmas Offering, traditionally your gift to your priest.  Fr Doug