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SUNDAY 4th December 2022 

2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT, YEAR A 

Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 71, Romans 15:1-9 Mathew 3:1-12 Page 85

 

Sat    3rd Dec    17.30                                      Confessions

     18.00                                     Hammond Macaulay RIP (Cannon)

 

Sun  4th Dec     2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT  

                         08.30                                     Thanksgiving Gillespie Family (Gillespie)

     10.30                                      Meade Family RIP (Sullivan)

 

Mon  5th Dec      09.15  St John Almond             Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00                                     Norma Brooker RIP (Frake)

 

Tues 6th Dec      09.15  St Nicholas, Bishop          Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

      10.00                                      For the Parish

 

Wed  7th Dec      09.15  St Ambrose, Bishop+Dr.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00                                      In Thanksgiving (Bosser)    

 

Fri     9th Dec     09.15  St Juan Diego               Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00                                        Philip Walton RIP (Burt)                  

 

Sat  10th Dec     17.30                                      Confessions

                           18.00                                      Scott Whatley RIP (Cannon)

 

Sun 11th Dec      3rd SUNDAY of ADVENT               

                          08.30                                      Private Intention (Hyde)

                          10.30                                      Arsenia Mencias RIP (Bernate) 

 

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.

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week:                £997.60  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”, select the amount you wish to donate, and 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 advisable. 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,

What can I say? I was thrilled to celebrate my 40th anniversary of priesthood here last weekend. So many people worked hard to make it a spectacular occasion that I shall never forget. All our guests marvelled at the welcome they received and the joy that lasted through the day. I am grateful to all who contributed food for the lunch, and all who worked so very hard with Kay in the kitchen to prepare everything, and in the bar too. I am also grateful to Greystone Pizzeria in Bourne Road for donating the wine. The photograph display was really amazing and in a marvellous way featured so many people in the room! 

The mass was enjoyed by all who participated in church AND by those watching the live stream, with many commenting on the dignity and yet ease with which it was celebrated. Well done servers, well done choir, well done ushers.  And as ever, our church looked beautiful with its flowers and so on. The mass booklet too was excellent. I think we can be proud of our parish in so many ways! 

And so many cards and generous gifts including a very generous collection. I was overcome. I am particularly grateful for the collection of your “3 words”, which I will treasure.  Thank you all.                                                                                     God Bless,                  Fr Doug

 

NEW AUXILIARY BISHOP

A new bishop is to be ordained for the diocese. He will act in both S.E. and S.W. London. His name is Mgr. Philip Moger, currently the Shrine Director in Walsingham.

 

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMME CONTINUES

The last (repeated) session on the Examen is on Monday at 1.00.

About 40 of us have been taking part in this programme of prayer exercises and it has proved to be a helpful, special experience. We are invited to suggest ways that would continue to nurture our spirituality in the parish. If you would like to make a suggestion, there is a box on the porch table for your ideas – by Sunday, 11th. December. Would those involved with our housebound parishioners and the children kindly let them know and invite their views.                                          Christine Crump, Parish Spirituality Committee.

 

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 would also like to recruit members to our Conference. If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

CAROL SERVICE

Date for the diary: Our own service of carols and readings will be on Sunday 18th December

 

PARISH FESTIVE OPEN HOUSE

Join us between 11am-3pm on Wednesday 28th December for a cuppa and chat in the church hall. Enjoy good company, tea, coffee and biscuits and a touch of soft jazz.  Feel free to bring along any Christmas nibbles/tipples for our ‘sharing’ table.  Look forward to seeing you there. Elaine 07941 264011

 

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY DISCO

8pm to 1am, tickets £10 per adult & £2 per child 

Please see Noel McCarthy in the hall after 10.30 Sunday mass or call him on 07813890556.

 

A FREE SHORT REFLECTION BROUGHT TO YOU EACH DAY OF ADVENT

Sign up for our free Spirituality Commission ‘daily advent reflections’ to aid your prayer. Every day during advent you will receive an email with a brief thought for the day based on the daily reading. All you have to do is sign up and then set aside a couple of minutes each day to reflect.  Sign up via the website here:

 http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/ clicking on the Advent Reflection box. 

 

SENIOR CITIZENS ADVENT TEA PARTY: St. Catherine’s Catholic School, Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7QJ Friday, 9th December, 1.30-3.00 pm.  RSVP 01322 556333, chaplain@stccg.co.uk

 

CHRIST THE KING SIXTH FORM – A CHAPLAINCY APPRENTICE NEEDED 

(Part Time, Part Year) – Start date: January, 2023 – Salary range £12,000 including London Weighting (or applicable minimum wage if aged 20+)  – closing date 10am Monday, 12th December 2022.  Please see vacancies page of website: https://www.ctk.ac.uk/vacancies/

 

OUR LADY OF GRACE SCHOOL – TEACHING ASSISTANT REQUIRED

Please see noticeboard and www.ourladyofgracecatholicprimaryschool.co.uk 

Required for January 2023. Interview date to be confirmed. Grade: APT&C Scale 2 (£21,783 pro-rata)

Newsletter

SUNDAY 27h November 2022 

1st SUNDAY of ADVENT, YEAR A 

Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 121, Romans 13: 11-14 Mark 24: 17-44

 

Sat    26th Nov   17.30          Confessions

                          18.00          John Rayer RIP (Staden)

 

Sun  27th Nov  1ST SUNDAY of ADVENT 

                          08.30         Private Intention (Sullivan)

                          10.30         Mrs O’Callaghan RIP (Lyons)

 

Mon  28th Nov   09.15  St Catherine Laboure   Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00          John Rayer RIP (Wheatley)

 

Tues  29th Nov   09.15  St Cuthbert Mayne+Comp. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00          For the Parish

 

Wed 30th Nov   09.15   St Andrew, Scotland    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00         Tess Truman RIP (Truman Family)             

 

Fri     2nd Dec    12noon       Funeral Mass for Trisha Kelly RIP           

 

Sat    3rd Dec     17.30            Confessions

                          18.00           Hammond Macaulay RIP (Cannon family)

 

Sun  4th Dec    2nd SUNDAY of ADVENT                   

                          08.30           Thanksgiving Gillespie Family (Gillespie)

                          10.30           Meade Family RIP  (Sullivan) 

 

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.

 

FINANCES       

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week:                £903.66        Incl. S.O.s 

Retiring collection for Catholic Youth Service:                             £184.28

 

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”, select the amount you wish to donate, and 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 advisable. 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 thank God with me this weekend for the gift of priesthood as I celebrate my 40th anniversary.

Thank you

God Bless,            Screenshot 2020-04-15 at 15.38.24

 

FR DOUG’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION – 27th NOVEMBER

Thank you to everyone who helped with our parish celebration to mark Fr Doug’s anniversary both in the church and hall.   We haven’t seen such a large number gathering together here in the parish since before lockdown! We were a bit worried we might have forgotten how to celebrate but everyone rose to the occasion!  

Thank you. Carol Anderson.

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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 would also like to recruit members to our Conference as age is catching up with us!  If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMME CONTINUES

Our spirituality committee have organised our programme: Ways into Prayer. Meeting at: 7.30 – 9 on Monday, Nov, 28, and repeated at: 1 – 2.30 on Mondays, Dec 5. 

 

CAROL SERVICE

Date for the diary: Our service of carols and readings will be on Sunday 18th December

 

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY DISCO

8pm to 1am, tickets £10 per adult & £2 per child 

Please see Noel McCarthy in the hall after 10.30 Sunday mass or call him on 07813890556.

 

CLASS TEACHER REQUIRED FOR HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, SE3 9YX

Applications invited from NQT or experienced colleagues.  For information pack contact Samantha Lawrence – SAO via email sao@hfprimary.org  Closing date 2nd December 2022.

 

SALSA LESSONS – Starting November 21st – Doors open at 7.45 with Salsa lessons starting at 8.30.  Cost £10 per session.  See flyer on notice board.

 

ADVENT CALENDARS – Available through the Universe Catholic Weekly – Contact Michelle at : michelle.jones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk

 

CAROL SERVICE – REJOICE, REJOICE EMMANUEL SHALL COME TO YOU

Christmas Carol Service for the Parishes in the deaneries of Bexley; Bromley; Camberwell; Greenwich; Lambeth and Lewisham. On Sunday 11th December, Gaudete Sunday at 7.30 pm at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 103 Woolwich New Road London, Woolwich, SE18 6EF. Principal Celebrant: The Reverend Canon Victor Darlington, Episcopal Vicar for the South East;

 

ALL NATIONS CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC GROUP (ANCCG) – are organizing a “Day of Healing” on Saturday, 26th November at Our Lady of Annunciation, Addiscombe, Croydon from 10am to 4 pm. The programme will start with the Eucharistic Celebration, followed by Word of God, Holy wounds novena, rosary, healing prayer, adoration, confession and praise and Worship.

 

A FREE SHORT REFLECTION BROUGHT TO YOU EACH DAY OF ADVENT

Advent can be such a busy demanding time, but we encourage you to make some space to reflect and pray this advent. Sign up for our free Southwark Diocesan Spirituality Commission ‘daily advent reflections’ to aid your prayer.

Every day during advent you will receive an email with a very brief thought for the day based on the daily reading. It is an opportunity to listen to Gods invitation to you this advent. All you have to do is sign up and then set aside a couple of minutes each day to reflect!! Sign up directly here:

https://southwarkdsc.us11.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=a3e1dce7f8f666e9d64edd867&id=4f880b3b9c 

or via

http://www.southwarkdsc.org.uk/ clicking on the Advent Reflection box.

 

Newsletter

SUNDAY 20th November 2022

 CHRIST THE KING 

Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 121, Colossians 1: 12-20 Luke 23: 35-43 PAGE  167

 

Sat   19th Nov    17.30                    Confessions

                          18.00                    Sean King RIP (King)

 

Sun  20th Nov       CHRIST THE KING 

                          08.30                      Deceased Members of the Li/Sparkes Family

                          10.30                       Tony Speed RIP (Speed)

 

Mon  21st Nov   09.15  Presentation of the    Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00           BVM       Alvira & Donald Almeida (Almeida Family)

 

Tues 22nd Nov  09.15  St Cecilia     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00                       For the Parish

 

Wed 23rd Nov   09.15                        Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                          10.00                       Teresa Gilby (Wheatley)                 

 

Fri    25th Nov    09.15                       Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                         10.00                       Celine Family RIP (Bosser)

 

Sat   26th Nov   17.30                       Confessions

                         18.00                       John Rayer RIP (Staden)

 

Sun  27th Nov       1st SUNDAY of ADVENT               

                         08.30                        Private Intention (Sullivan)

                         10.30                         Mrs O’Callaghan RIP  (Lyons) 

 

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES ON THE WEBSITE

Although we hope that all masses are once again being streamed live we have encountered a new intermittant problem with the St John Fisher channel on YouTube.  Wednesday’s Mass was fine but Friday’s did not appear.  Twenty minutes later it worked perfectly with cleaners and flower arrangers busy at work!  Hopefully we can resolve it  if so this is the link:

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The Sunday sermon is still available on the website in printed form.

 

FINANCES   

Many thanks for your offertory collection last week:               £1082.98        Incl. S.O.s 

Retiring collection for Archbishop’s Appeal Fund:                   £375.08

This week’s retiring collection is for the Catholic Youth Services 

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”, select the amount you wish to donate, and 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 advisable. 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,

I received this mail from Archbishop John, who is in a Bishops’ Conference Meeting in Leeds:

“Dear Doug, I spoke with one of the bishops here who said a member of his family attended Mass recently at St John Fisher’s in Bexley. They were full of praise … for the liturgy and for the parish community. I just wanted to say an enormous thank you. I was very proud to hear this wonderful testimony. Well done.” 

We should all feel affirmed by such a blessing from a visitor; it should lift our spirits and remind us how good it is to welcome visitors to our parish.

God Bless,                  Fr Doug

 

FR DOUG’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION – 27th NOVEMBER

Thanks for the offers to help with the food for the buffet lunch on 27th November.  May I ask that the food be brought into the hall from 9.30-10.15 on the day or after Mass, i.e. 11.30.  If you wish to provide food and haven’t yet put your name down, please contact Kay Lyons on 07817494111.  Thank you. Carol Anderson.

 

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 would also like to recruit members to our Conference as age is catching up with us!  If you can help with visiting and fund raising to support the more vulnerable in our area, please contact the Parish Office.

 

SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMME CONTINUES

Our spirituality committee have organised our programme: Ways into Prayer. Meeting at: 7.30 – 9 on Monday, Nov, 28, and repeated at: 1 – 2.30 on Mondays, Nov 21, Dec 5. 

 

RED WEDNESDAY, – 23rd NOVEMBER – ORGANISED BY AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED

Support suffering and persecuted Christian communities worldwide, by attending Mass at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 21-22 Binney Street, W1K 5BQ on 23 November, Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary at 5.45pm, Holy Mass 6.00pm in the Greek Catholic rite (practicing Catholics may take Holy Communion).  Talk at 7.45pm – 9.00 pm – Persecuted and Forgotten?.  Or attend Mass in your local parish.  See website www.acnuk.org/redwednesday and poster in the foyer.

 

CAROL SERVICE

Date for the diary: Our service of carols and readings will be on Sunday 18th December

 

ST JOHN FISHER NEW YEARS EVE FAMILY DISCO

8pm  to  1am , tickets £10 per adult & £2 per child 

Please see Noel McCarthy in the hall after 10.30 Sunday mass or call him on 07813890556.

 

CLASS TEACHER REQUIRED FOR HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, SE3 9YX

Applications invited from NQT or experienced colleagues.  For information pack contact Samantha Lawrence – SAO via email sao@hfprimary.org  Closing date 2nd December 2022.

 

SALSA LESSONS – Starting November 21st – Doors open at 7.45 with Salsa lessons starting at 8.30.  Cost £10 per session.  See flyer on notice board.

 

ADVENT CALENDARS – Available through the Universe Catholic Weekly – Contact Michelle at 

michelle.jones@universecatholicweekly.co.uk

 

SOCIETY OF FRIENDS OF WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL – UPCOMING EVENTS

22nd November: Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife.  Talk by Alison Weir – 7 pm Cost: £10

23rd November: Cathedral Quiz: with fish and chip supper – 7pm Cost £18

 

CAROL SERVICE – REJOICE, REJOICE EMMANUEL SHALL COME TO YOU

Christmas Carol Service for the Parishes in the deaneries of Bexley; Bromley; Camberwell; Greenwich; Lambeth and Lewisham. On Sunday 11th December, Gaudete Sunday at 7.30 pm at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 103 Woolwich New Road London, Woolwich, SE18 6EF. Principal Celebrant: The Reverend Canon Victor Darlington, Episcopal Vicar for the South East;