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Newsletter Sunday December 10th, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

THE JOY OF SALVATION

We celebrate the marvels God has worked for us in sending us His mercy and forgiveness, and calling us to share His glory. We await with joyful hope that ‘Day of the Lord’ when His work in us will be complete.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK:
Saturday 9 December     9.00am Les Thomas RIP (Peter & Ann Wilkes)
                                            6.00pm Bertram Bernard Smythe RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 10 December     8.30am Parishioners
                                            10.30am Holy Souls in Purgatory especially                                                                                          Deceased Members of FOSS

Monday 11 December     9.00am Elvira Vaz RIP (Alvira & Donald Almeida)

Tuesday 12 December     7.00pm Aires Fernandes RIP (Alvira & Donald Almeida)
   Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 13 December     10.00am Dannie & Jim Harrington RIP                                                                                         (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 14 December     9.00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 15 December     9.00am No Mass

Saturday 16 December     9.00am No Mass
                                            6.00pm Holy Souls in Purgatory especially                                                                                           Deceased Members of FOSS

Sunday 17 December     8.30am Patrick McQuaid RIP (Seamus, Patricia & Siobain)
                                            10.30am Alison Johnson (Mary Lee)
                                            3.00pm Carols & Nativity

Reconciliation Times: Sat. 9:30am-10:30am and Sat. 7pm-8pm (Following Masses).

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

Feast Days: Monday: Saint Damasus I, Pope. Wednesday: Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr. Thursday: Saint John of the Cross.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Peter Harris.  Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson.  10.30am Tony Frake.   Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Collection for 8.30 Mass:  Mrs M Lee.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands. Eucharistic Ministers:   Saturday 6 pm: Mary. Sun 8.30am Patricia. Sun 10.30am Kathy (5) Eileen (6) Peter H (7) Dorothy (8) Margaret (9).   Washing of Purificators:  Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 3/12/17:
1st COLLECTION: Gift Aid – £ 427.23 Loose – £ 76.56 TOTAL – £ 603.79
RETIRING COLLECTION for AIC Saturday Friends: £ 668.34

This week’s retiring collection is for BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP

READERS: Following the sad passing of Les Thomas and with Angelia Gillespie wishing to step down from the Reader’s Rota, I am planning a revised rota. We need one Reader for Christmas Midnight Mass and another Reader for the 10.30am Mass on Christmas Day – please can volunteers contact me on k.fogarty@ntlworld.com or 07963 454 480. The new rota for existing Readers is available in the Sacristy. Thank you for volunteering. A reminder that if you are unable to read on a designated day, please arrange a swap with another Reader. Ann Fogarty.

“AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS”: A very big and sincere thank you for your very generous donation for homeless people following our appeal at the end of Mass last weekend which almost reached £650. This will finance work this coming year. We have no staff costs and our work is voluntary. God bless your kindness.

CHURCH CLEANING: We are very grateful to the parishioners who continue to give their time and energy to keep the church clean. Thank you to new volunteers. Next year’s rota is available from our cupboard in the Sacristy.
DISCOVER CHRISTMAS EVENTS: If you are coming on Friday 15th December and you are there for the meal break, please bring a plate of food/nibbles to share. If you are coming on the Saturday, perhaps something to top up the lunch after the demonstration would also be helpful.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: In Bexley High Street, outside Cherry Blossom Florist on 13th December, 6-7pm. Clergy and parishioners from Churches Together in Old Bexley will be singing carols to help remind villagers of the true meaning of Christmas. We don’t take a collection, just sing for an hour of the Joy of Christmas. All are welcome, the more the merrier, bring along any instruments.

OUR LADY’S FILM GROUP: Our next film evening will be on Wed 24th January (during Christian Unity Octave) when we will show documentaries on a) Shroud of Turin, & b) life of St Augustine of Hippo, the most influential Saint, Father & Doctor of Church (as background to April & May’s 2-part movie).
The films will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission is free, light refreshments will be served, bar open, and all are welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.

Friday night social: on Fri 26th January we have a Film Evening Fish-n-Chips Social, bar, and that includes the radical conversion testimony of Mr Robin Mace. Further details & £10 tickets available from Rebecca 07956-111909, rebeccaluton@yahoo.co.uk or at January’s film evening. We hope that all past, present and future attendees of film evenings will attend this overdue reunion and opportunity to discuss past films in depth. Maybe buy extra tickets for friends as Christmas presents?

Lift share: do you know of anyone who would like to come to these events, but needs a lift? Are you in a position to give a lift to others? If so, please contact Helen, our Lift Share Coordinator on 07532-124040; helenmrees2@live.co.uk (and not Tim or St John Fisher Church).

FRIDAY SOCIAL CLUB:  Due to other hall bookings, the club will be CLOSED until January 2018. When we re-open, we will be making a push for the club to be economical and build on the love between the churches and to the community.

Newsletter Sunday December 3rd, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT (B)

Today’s Theme: Waiting for The Lord
Our life is a long vigil, waiting for the Lord to be revealed in all his glory. We wait with longing and with ‘joyful hope’, for his Spirit is with us, and we know that God is faithful to his promises

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Saturday 2nd Dec     9.00 am Trudy Custy RIP (Peter and Ann Wilkes
                                     6.00 pm Wellbeing of Angela Cox (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 3rd Dec     8.30 am Parishioners
                                   10.30 am Violet Gray RIP, plus deceased members
                                  of the Gray Family (Liam)

Monday 4th Dec     9.00 am Bill Keefe RIP and his Family
                                  (Christine and Kenneth Crump)

Tuesday 5th Dec     7.00 pm Bill Keefe RIP (Tim Bowman)
    Followed by Adoration and Our Lady and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 6th Dec     10.00 am Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen and Family)

Thursday 7th Dec     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 8th Dec     9.00 am Claire Lott RIP (John and Eileen and Kathy)

Saturday 9th Dec     9.00 am Les Thomas RIP (Ann and Peter Wilkes))
                                    6.00 pm Bertram Bernard Smythe RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 10th Dec     8.30 am Parishioners
                                  10.30 am Holy Souls in Purgatory especially deceased
                                  members of FOSS (Gloria and Tony)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 9.30am-10.30am, 7pm-8pm (following Masses).

ANNIVERSARIES: Grace Rose Ferrara, Mary Mulraney, Maria Angerer, Greg Wemyss, Fr Ernest Akorsou, Violet Gray and Maria Williamson.

FEAST DAYS: Monday, St John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church; St Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury. Tuesday, St John Almond, Martyr. Wednesday, St Nicholas, Bishop. Thursday, St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Friday, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday, St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £376.60 Loose £188.57 Total £565.17.  Second Collection, Catholic Youth Work: Gift Aid £97.12 Loose £139.17 Total £236.29.
This week’s Retiring Collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.
Next week’s Retiring Collection will be for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, John Edwards, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Ann McDonald, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann Mackintosh, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey and Marlene Burt.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Carol Anderson.  Sunday 8.30am Angela Gillespie; 10.30am Katherine Bernarte.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Anne Harris.  Sunday 8.30am Ann Hyde. 10.30am Volunteer (5) Mary (6) Patricia (7). Molly (8) Dorothy (9).   Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Front of Church: Ken Crump.   Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland.   Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul.   Washing of Purificators: Patricia McQuaid.

THE MEETING PLACE has once again earned a 5-Star rating from Bexley Council for their excellent standard of food hygiene.  We would like to thank all the staff and supporters for their continued hard work.

ELVIRA VAZ: Mark and family would like to extend their gratitude to the parishioners of St John Fisher for attending the funeral of their mother, Elvira.  Your cards, Masses and/or floral tributes were very much appreciated.

THE AIC SATURDAY FRIENDS GROUP in our parish does rehabilitation work with homeless people who use The Passage Day Centre in central London. This weekend we will make our annual Advent appeal on behalf of our homeless friends explaining what, with your continued help, can be done in 2018. We will also be distributing information on how you can support or volunteer at The Passage, should you want or be able to do so.
Nearer home, last winter local Christian churches organised Winter Night Shelter facilities in Bexleyheath and Welling. If you would like to find out more or could offer help this coming winter, please contact Melvyn French, Co-ordinator: email BWNS18@outlook.com

SVP HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS: If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, put a note through Presbytery door marked ‘SVP Hampers’.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wed 6th December: A documentary on the modern-day mystic BL SOLANUS CASEY. Known as a wonder-worker and a powerful instrument of divine healing and hope, he touched countless lives. His untiring attention to the sick and poor brought an unprecedented outpouring of grief at his death in 1957. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

EVENTS QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS: Thank you for the good response. In summary, there is a strong desire for: Quiz Night – St John Fisher Event – Variety Night – 60s/70s Night. Individual comments indicated that events need to include or focus on the family/children and youth. The Events Team could book say four dates in 2018 for the key events above but would need a team/teams to organise them. Are you willing to be part of such a team? Please let Fr Christian know, or one of the team on 01322 523499 or email anne.rayer@uwclub.net And/or come along to our Volunteers Meeting on Friday 12th January 2018, 7.30pm in the Hall.

NEW YEAR FAMILY DISCO in St John Fisher Hall. Adults £10. Children £2. Licensed bar and disco. 8pm – 1am. Bring your own nibbles.

Newsletter Sunday November 26th, 2017

Last Sunday in Ordinary Time

CHRIST THE KING

Christ is a King on the model of the Homeric kings who called themselves “shepherds of the people”. As a royal shepherd he is leading us to the Kingdom of the Father.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 25 NOV –3 DEC 2017

Sat 25 Nov     9am John & Maria Macalinney (Bridie Haylett)
                         6pm Jack Burton-Bowen RIP (Oonagh Wood)
Sun 26 Nov     8.30am Parishioners
                          10.30am Mrs N O’Callaghan RIP: Anniversary (Kay & Danny Lyons)
Mon 27 Nov     9am Ken Stroughair RIP: 1st Anniversary
                                             (Theresa, Elizabeth & Paul Gannaway & Family)
Tues 28 Nov     7pm John Daly RIP (Anne Harris)
   Followed by Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 29 Nov     10am Liam, Anne, Marie & Fiona Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)
Thu 30 Nov     9am Eucharistic Service
Fri 1 Dec         9am Leslie Thomas RIP (Margaret Weeks)
                          Followed by Opening of 24 Hour Adoration
Sat 2 Dec        9am Trudy Custy RIP (Peter & Ann Wilkes)
                          Followed by Close of 24 Hour Adoration
                          6pm Wellbeing of Angela Cox (Oonagh Wood)
Sun 3 Dec        8.30am Parishioners
                          10.30am Violet Gray RIP + Deceased members of The Gray Family (Liam)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 9.30am-10.30am and Sat 7pm-8pm (following Masses)

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

Anniversaries:  Thomas Joseph Flower, Elizabeth Scott, Pat Underwood, Pat Wilkinson, Noel Horrabin

Feast Days:  Thursday St Andrew, Apostle, Patron of Scotland

ROTAS For w/c Mon 27/11 Readers: Sat 6pm Kathy Fogarty Sun 8.30am Les Thomas Sun 10.30am Paul Gannaway.    Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jeyaseelan.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.    Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Patricia Sun 8.30am Bridie 10.30am Carole (5) Margaret (6) Peter H (7) Patricia (8) Eileen (9).    Washing of Purificators: Molly Robins.  Flower Arranging: Sue (advent wreath)

OFFERTORY COLLECTION 19/11/17
1st Collection: Gift Aid – £350.80;   Loose – £211.19;   TOTAL: £561.99
This week’s second collection is for Catholic Youth Work.
Next week’s retiring collection is for AIC Saturday Friends.

READERS Following the sad passing of Les Thomas and with Angela Gillespie wishing to step down from the Readers’ Rota, I am planning a revised rota. We need one reader for Christmas Midnight Mass and another Reader for the 10:30am Mass on Christmas Day – please can volunteers contact me on k.fogarty@ntlworld.com or 07963 454480. A reminder too that if you are unable to read on a designated day please arrange a swap with another reader. Thank you. Kathy Fogarty.

24 HOUR ADORATION Please sign up to assist in our 24 hour Adoration beginning after 9am Mass on Friday 1st December and concluding with 9am Mass on Saturday 2nd December. Please find list in porch.

SVP HAMPERS FOR CHRISTMAS If you know of someone locally who would find it helpful to have a little extra for Christmas, please put a note through the Parish House door marked “SVP Hampers”.

NEW YEARS FAMILY DISCO – In St John Fisher Hall. Adults £10, Children £2. Licensed bar & disco 8pm to 1am. Bring own nibbles.

FRIDAY SOCIAL CLUB Due to other hall bookings the club will be CLOSED until January 2018. When we re-open in January we will be making a push for the club to be Ecumenical and build on love between the churches and to the community.

ADVENT APPEAL The AIC “Saturday Friends” group in our Parish does rehabilitation work with homeless people. On the weekend of 2/3 December we will make our annual Advent appeal on behalf of our homeless friends, explaining what with your help has been achieved this past year – and what with continued help can be done in 2018. We will also be distributing information on how you can support or volunteer at The Passage. Nearer home, last winter local Christian churches organised Winter Night Shelter facilities in Bexleyheath and Welling. If you would like to find our more or could offer help this coming winter, please contact Melvyn French, Co-ordinator e-mail, BWNS18@outlook.com. Thank you. Christine Crump.   

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wed 6th December: A documentary on the modern-day mystic BL SOLANUS CASEY. Known as a wonder-worker and a powerful instrument of divine healing and hope, he touched countless lives. His untiring attention to the sick and poor brought an unprecedented outpouring of grief at his death in 1957. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm 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.

VOLUNTEER COUNTERS We have had responses for our request for counters, but few more still needed either for Sunday at 12.00 noon or Monday morning. Please speak to Fr. Christian or Brian Fernandes (Chairman). Thanks. Finance Committee.

MEETING PLACE Open Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.