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Newsletter Sunday October 15th, 2017

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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 14 October     9.00am Holy Souls
                                         6.00pm Jack Burton-Bowen RIP (Onagh Wood)

Sunday 15 October     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

Monday 16 October     9.00am Holy Souls

Tuesday 17 October    7.00pm Holy Souls
   Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 18 October    10.00am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen & Family)

Thursday 19 October    9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 20 October    9.00am Holy Souls

Saturday 21 October     9.00am Holy Souls
                                        6.00pm Elizabeth & Mick Minihan (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sunday 22 October     8.30am Parishioners
                                        10.30am Trudy Custy RIP (Choir)

Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Elvira Vaz, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh, Timmy Lenihan.

Anniversaries: Fr James Gavigan, Gladys Norman, Bridget Devlin.

Feast Days: Saturday: Saint Callistus I, Pope & Martyr. Sunday: Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Dr. of the Church. Saint Richard Gwynn, Martyr. Monday: Saint Hedwig, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Tuesday: Saint Ignatius. Wednesday: Saint Luke, Evangelist. Thursday: Saints John de Brebeuf & Issac Jogues, Saint Paul of the Cross, Saint Philip Howard, died, Tower of London 1595.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson. Sunday 8.30am Les Thomas. 10.30am Katherine Benarte. Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox. Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins. Collection for 8.30 Mass Mrs T Li/Ray. Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Mark Vaz. Flower Arranging: Doune & Graziella. Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm: Rob. Sun 8.30am Peter Whiffen. Sun 10.30am Kathy (5) Eileen (6) Peter Hammond (7) Margaret (8) Dorothy (9) Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 8/10/17- Gift Aid: £346.60 Loose: £ 193.27 Total: £539.87
2nd Collection- CAFOD: £ 657.90
Retiring Collection this weekend is for the BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP

TERRY FROGLEY: Margaret and family would like to thank Father Christian and Father Modestus for celebrating Terry’s Funeral Mass. Also parishioners and friends for their help and support and their prayers and masses offered for Terry.

A THANK YOU: To Fr. Modestus from the priest and parishioners, wishing him farewell.

THE SVP GROUP: Would like to thank all parishioners who gave so generously to our recent collection. The amount raised was £185.56.

PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM): At the AGM on 19th May 2017, it was agreed that using the hall for free to raise money for charities other than the church by parishioners/groups, incurred a loss for the parish and so a contribution was required to help keep the hall running. Therefore, it has been decided that a donation of a least 20% (before expenses) of £200 and above from such events should be given to the parish to offset some of the bills/expenses incurred (any group can give more if they wish to do so.) If they require to use the bar, they should pay the bar staff. However, groups are free to book the hall/bar through the traditional way and pay the normal charge for hiring the hall (should they not raise up to £200). In this case, they should keep/use all the money raised from their events towards their preferred charity. Brian Fernandes, Chairman Parish Finance Council. Rob O’Halloran, Chairman Parish Council, Fr Christian Onyigbuo, Parish Administrator.

ANNUAL RETREAT TO AYLESFORD: Next year will be Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2018. A list is in the porch. Please pay £10 deposit to John Stanton.

ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: This service will be held in the church on Saturday 4th November 2017 at 2.00pm. This will be a time for us to remember those close to us who have died. After the service, refreshments will be served in the Hall. We hope you will be able to join us. Donations of cakes will be gratefully received on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: On two occasions recently, a match was left on a candle. This caused the holder to melt. In the interest of safety, do not leave matches on the candles or leave candles touching.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Our next film evening will be on Wed 15th Nov 2017 when we will show movies on: St John of the Cross, Spanish mystic, reformer of the Carmelites and Doctor of the Church; and St John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, and renowned for his priestly and pastoral work.

The films will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open, charity stall, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2018. Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher, Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the Church or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme, please speak to Father Christian. Completed application forms must be returned no later than 31st December 2017. The programme will commence in January 2018. Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates, including parents’ meetings, will follow soon. Please look out for future notices in the parish newsletter.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Weekend 16th December (16th, 17th, 18th) for Christmas Recollection and Carols.

THE GROVE SINGERS: An Autumn Concert. This London based chamber choir will sing songs from Elizabethan times to present day, complemented by poetry readings. St Mary the Virgin Church, Bexley, on Saturday 28th October at 7pm. Tickets £8 including interval refreshments. Tickets available at the door or ring Roger or Sheila Thompson on 01322 522 071. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Extension Fund.

CELEBRATION: ST GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL: David Wells, Keynote Talk; ‘New People – New Hearts’. The action of the Holy Spirit in the life of a disciple today. David will look at what it means to be a missionary disciple in today’s anxious world. Saturday 4th November 2017 9.45am – 4.45pm. Full itinerary in church porch.

APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS: Do you have one hour to spare once every 6 weeks? Would you be willing to give that time to help clean the church? We are looking for three men or women to make up another group, as our current numbers have reduced. Please contact Carole Hughes on 0208 303 9073 or 07762 731 303 if you would like to join us.

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN: Open 7.30pm every Friday for Bridge and bring your own games for young and old. Convivial Bar.

THE MEETING PLACE: Open Wednesdays 9.30 am – 1.30pm in the church hall.

Newsletter Sunday October 8th, 2017

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

The Vineyard of The Lord

The Church rejoices in being the vineyard of the Lord. At the same time
we have cause here for much heart-searching and prayer.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 7 – 15 Oct 2017

Saturday 7 Oct: 9.00am Terry Frogley RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)
                            6.00pm Eileen & John Meade RIP (Marie & Family)

Sunday 8 Oct: 8.30am Parishioners
                            10.30am Mandy Madden RIP (Dolly Madden)

Monday 9 Oct: 9.00am Wellbeing of Bernie King (Maureen Fitzpatrick)

Tuesday 10 Oct: 7.00pm Fr Rene Laurentin RIP (Tim Bowman)
  Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 11 Oct: 10.00am Dannie Harrington RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 12 Oct: 9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 13 Oct: 9.00am Holy Souls

Saturday 14 Oct: 9.00am Holy Souls
                            6.00pm Eileen & John Meade RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Sunday 15 Oct: 8.30am Parishioners
                            10.30am Private Intention (Marie Sullivan)

Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Elvira Vaz, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh, Timmy Lenihan

Feast Days:  Sat: Our Lady of the Rosary Mon: St Denis, Bishop St John Leonardi, Priest Tue: St Paulins of York, Bishop Wed: St John XXIII, Pope Thurs: St Wilfrid, Bishop Fri: St St Edward the Confessor, King.

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

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson,  Sunday 8.30am Les Thomas, 10.30am Katherine Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter:  Calen Delpaul.   Newsletter Typist:  Graziella Highland.   Collection for 8.30am Mass:  Mrs M Weeks.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays:  John Stanton.   Eucharistic Ministers:  Saturday 6 pm (1) Anne Harris,  Sun 8.30am (2) Anne Hyde, Sun 10.30am (3) John (4) Mary (5) Patricia (6) Kathy (7) Paul.   Washing of Purificators:  Patricia McQuaid.   Flower Arranging: Sue Murphy & Mary Kevan

OFFERTORY COLLECTION:  Sunday 1st Oct 2017   Gift Aid     Loose       Total
                                                                 1st Collection:   £ 399.98    £185.12    £585.10

CAFOD Collection this weekend

JULIA MORGAN RIP:  Sadly, we have received news that Julia Morgan (Mother of Patrick Morgan) has died. Her Funeral Mass will be held at Eltham Well Hall Church of St Thomas More and St John Fisher on Wed 18th October.

PRISONERS’ SUNDAY:  “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.”

APF RED BOXES – Missio/Missions: Would anyone who has a red box or who would like to give to the missions, please put money or cheque paid to St John Fisher in an envelope in the collection with your name on it (for our records and APF). Any problems about APF contact Sue Mantle on 01322558965 or email suemantle@hotmail.com

HARVEST FESTIVAL – Sunday 8th October 2017: Please bring your offerings for The Manna Centre helping the homeless in London. Please see list in church porch for most needed items.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018: Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2018.  Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the Church or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme, please speak to Father Christian. Completed application forms must be returned no later than the 31st December 2017. The programme will commence in January 2018.  Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parent’s meetings will follow soon.  Please look out for future notices in the parish newsletter.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 11th October: 2nd part of a deeply inspiring movie on the incredible life of St Padre Pio, The Capuchin Friar who had such great spiritual gifts as mystical prayer, bilocation, reading souls and the stigmata. Film reveals the amazing details and events in his life as a boy and throughout his 50 years as a monk, the frequent attacks of the Devil and the persecution he suffered at the hands of people, including those in the Church. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CELEBRATION: St George’s Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY. 9.45am – 4.45pm, Saturday 4th November 2017. DAVID WELLS Keynote Talk: ‘New People – New Hearts’. The action of the Holy Spirit in the life of a disciple today. Inspired by the words of Pope Francis in his homily at Pentecost 2017, David will look at what it means to be a missionary disciple in today’s anxious world. Further information from Southwark Diocesan Service Team for CCR: Tel. 07976 245685

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN:  Friday Fun Nights 7.30pm – 10.30pmish. Beginners Bridge lessons and bring your own games for young and old. Convivial Bar. These are becoming more popular, though we do not yet have a big enough turnout (20+). If you think this weekly social event is desirable, then do join us. Either for beginner’s bridge or just a chat and a drink. Please note we will be closed on October 13th.

MEETING PLACE:  Continues Wednesdays 9.30am – 1.30pm.

A QUESTIONNAIRE:  from the Parish Events Team is being handed out this weekend.  Please do your best to complete and put in the suggestion box in the porch. Thank you. Anne Rayer.

HALL CLOSURE:  Hall will not be open Friday evenings on the 13th October 2017.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING DAY:  Saturday 14 October 10.30 am – 3.30pm Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road, Bexley DA5 2AY – Free NHS Health Check for 40-74 year olds, Slimming World, Bexley Art Group, talks and activities, light refreshments, free entry and goody bag – everyone welcome. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty

APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS:  Do you have one hour to spare once every six weeks? Would you be willing to give up that time to help clean the church? We are looking for three men or women to make up another group, as our current numbers have reduced. Please contact Carole Hughes on 020 8303 9073 or 07762 731303 if you would like to join us. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

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Newsletter Sunday October 1st, 2017

Rosary Sunday

 

Christ Obedient unto Death

 

We celebrate Christ who obeyed his Father’s will not only in word but also in deed. And Christ assures us that it is not too late to turn to God and to do his will.

MASS INTENTIONS  FOR WEEK  30 Sept – 8 Oct 2017

Sat 30 Sep   9am  Kayisha Jestina Gordon (SVP Bexley)
                      6pm Tony Sullivan (Marie & Family)

Sun 1 Oct     8.30am         Parishioners
                      10.30am       David & Mona Shaw (Lynn Cayford)

Mon 2 Oct   9am       Nora Connolly RIP (Eida/Connolly family)

Tues 3 Oct   7pm      In Gratitude for the love and life given to her family
                                     by Kay Gillespie (Gillespie Family)
   Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 4 Oct   10am             Kathleen Bowman: Birthday (Tim Bowman)

Thu 5 Oct     9am               Eucharistic Service

Fri 6 Oct      9am               Holy Souls
                      First Friday Adoration at 9.30am for 1 hour.

Sat 7 Oct      9am               Terry Frogley RIP (Eileen & John Stanton)
                      6pm               Eileen & John Meade RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Sun 8 Oct    8.30am         Parishioners
                      10.30am       Mandy Madden RIP (Dolly Madden)

Sick
Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Elvira Vaz, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Angela Gillespie, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh, Timmy Lenihan

Anniversaries
Alan Hyde, Mary Connolly, Patricia Bridget Desmond, Anthony Gray, Robert Mantle, Ruth Smith, Olga Bowman

Feast Days: Monday The Holy Guardian Angels Wednesday: Memorial St Francis of Assisi Saturday: Our Lady of the Rosary

ROTAS For w/c 2/10  Readers: Sat 6pm Kathy Fogarty,  Sun 8.30am Bridie Haylett , Sun 10.30am Paul Gannaway .   Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.    Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.    Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands.    Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm  Mary Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond  10.30am Paul (5) Kathy (6) Carole (7) John (8) Molly (9). Washing of Purificators:  Molly Robins.    Flower Arranging Mary J

OFFERTORY COLLECTION w/e 24 Sept

1st Collection                 Gift Aid:  £342.70   Loose:   £166.44     Total: £509.14

2nd Collection(SVP)    Gift Aid:    £27.00    Loose:   £158.56     Total: £185.56

This week: There will be a CAFOD speaker. (2nd collection for CAFOD can be taken over 2 weeks 1/10/17 and 8/10/17).

HARVEST FESTIVAL:   Please bring your offerings for The Manna Centre helping the homeless in London. Please see list in church porch for most needed items.

APF RED BOXES – Missio/Missions   Would anyone who has a red box or who would like to give to the missions please put money or cheque paid to St John Fisher in an envelope in the collection with your name on it (for our records and APF). Any problems about APF please contact Sue Mantle on 01322 558965 or email suemantle@hotmail.com

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018:  Application forms are now available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2018.Children eligible for First Communion must be in Year 3 or above and should attend mass regularly at St John Fisher Bexley. Application forms can be collected from the back of the Church or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend mass at this parish but wish your child to join the programme, please speak to Father Christian. Completed application forms must be returned no later than  31st December 2017. The programme will commence in January 2018.Full details of the programme and a list of all the relevant dates including parent’s meetings will follow soon. Please look out for future notices in the parish newsletter.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING DAY Saturday 14 October 10.30 am – 3.30pm Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road, Bexley DA5 2AY – Free NHS Health Check for 40-74 year olds, Slimming World, Bexley art group, talks and activities, light refreshments, free entry and goody bag – everyone welcome. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact.

PARISH EVENTS TEAM INFORMATION  Upcoming events for your diary:-.

  • Friday Fun Nights 7.30pm – 10.30pmish. Beginners Bridge lessons and bring your own games for young and old. Convivial Bar. These are becoming more popular, though we do not yet have a big enough turnout (20+). If you think this weekly social event is desirable then do join us. Either for beginner’s bridge or just a chat and a drink. Please note we will be closed on October 13th.
  • Meeting Place continues Wednesdays 9.30am – 1.30pm.


OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wed 11 Oct: 2nd part of a deeply inspiring movie on the incredible life of St Padre Pio, The Capuchin Friar who had such great spiritual gifts as mystical prayer, bilocation, reading souls and the stigmata. Film reveals the amazing details and events in his life as a boy and throughout his 50 years as a monk. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome 7pm for 7.30pm start.

A QUESTIONNAIRE  from the Parish Events Team is being handed out this weekend.  Please do your best to complete and put in the suggestion box in the porch. Thank you. Anne Rayer.

PARISH EVENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE

The Events Team would like the views and ideas of all parishioners as to what they would like organised in terms of social events.  Parish events are important to strengthen our community and for parishioners, new and old, to meet in a social atmosphere.

Please complete this form and place in the SUGGESTIONS box which is in the porch.  We should be grateful if this could be done as soon as possible and the box will be available for the next four Sundays.  You may also email us via stjfisher@tiscali.co.uk marked “EVENTS TEAM”.

EVENT                                                                       PLEASE TICK

Dinner Dance                                                  ……………………..

Quiz Night                                                                  ……………………..

Variety Night                                                  ……………………..

Summer BBQ                                                 ………………………

St John Fisher Saints Day                               ……………………….

60/70’s Night – circle which ones                   ……………………….

Friday Night Bridge etc.                                              ………………………..

OTHER –        ……………………………………………………………………………..