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Newsletter Sunday April 11th, 2021

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER

Readings: Acts:4:32-35 Psalm 117, John:5:1-6, John 20:19-31     

 

SERVICES FOR WEEK 10th – 18th April 2021 

Sat      10 Apr           11.00                          Confessions

                                 18.00                          Foundation Mass for Fr Tom Power

Sun     11 Apr          2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER

08.30                          Margaret Bates RIP (Haylett)                     

                                       10.30                           Rommel Bernarte RIP (Bernarte)

            Web – available anytime

 

                 For the Parish

Mon    12 Apr                                              PKM

Tues   13 Apr           09.30  St Martin           Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                                10.00                           Foundation Mass for Virginia Bolton

Weds 14 Apr            09.30                          Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00                          Alison Ede RIP (Hollis)

Fri       16 Apr           09.30                           Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

10.00                          John Robins RIP (Robins)

Sat      17 Apr          11.00                           Confessions

                                18.00                           Sarah Ward RIP (Ward Family)                 

Sun    18 Apr           3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER                        

            08.30                          Krystyna Witulska RIP (Jeyaseelan/Connolly)

                                         10.30                          Jamie Roth RIP (Morris)

            Web – available anytime For the Parish 

 

 

FINANCES 

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher – Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code

Thank you all so much for your Easter Offering which is your personal gift me.

This week there is a special collection for St. George’s Cathedral – Maintenance Fund

            

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS

The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:

Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. £99.00 per year or just £55 for the digital version

The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

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Several of you appreciated the extract from the Passion and Easter poem that I put in the newsletter last week so I thought I would just include two more verses relevant to this week’s gospel :

In the wounds of death, they see new life, 

the defeated Jesus becomes the risen Christ, 

who now holds them with his eyes and says: 

“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.

No more locks doors, no more hiding in fear, 

your mission is to the world, spreading out from here, 

and not in your own power,

but in my Spirit’s way, 

to bring to all the mercy,

I have shown to you this Resurrection day. 

Break through the doors of sin and shame,

and forgive others in my name.” 

 

With this he breathes on them,

igniting the Spirit’s fire,

sparking to life in each disciple and apostle’s desire. 

Filled now with their Lord’s peace, purpose and power,

these men run towards the bolted door, 

and with one pull burst out into the street, 

no longer afraid, no longer in retreat, 

but bold and hungry for souls,

themselves risen from the dead, a radical rebirth,

sent out, empowered, 

to renew the face of the earth.   

God Bless            

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH. – Archbishop John Wilson

On behalf of the Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Southwark, I wish to express my profound sorrow at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
In union with the entire nation, we mourn the loss of not only an esteemed and respected member of the Royal Family, but also a man who exemplified the very best qualities of courage, fortitude and loyalty. Although born into a very different world, his example and witness leave us, here in this present age, with a lasting and enduring legacy of the timeless paradigm of duty and service.
In this season of Eastertide, when we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and his victory over death, we pray that His Royal Highness will rest in peace and rise in glory. We also remember in our prayers Her Majesty the Queen and all members of the Royal Family at this sad time, offering to them our sincerest condolences.

Archbishop John

HEAD TEACHER VACANCY

Following the retirement of our Head Teacher, the Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Old Road, Crayford, DA1 4DZ, wish to appoint an inspirational and dedicated new Head Teacher for this happy and Ofsted rated ’good’ school. Number of children on roll 213, salary range L13 to L21 (£60,073-£71,666), starting in September 2021. Application details and are on the school website www.st-josephs.bexley.sch.uk Closing date Friday  23rd April 2021 at noon.

Please print off this newsletter using 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.

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Newsletter Sunday April 4th, 2021

EASTER SUNDAY

Readings: Acts:10;34.37-43 Psalm 117, Colossians 3:1:4, John 20:1-9  

 

SERVICES FOR WEEK 3rd – 11April 2021 

Sat      3 Apr        20.00                  Easter Vigil For the Parish

Sun  4 April     EASTER SUNDAY

                              08.30                 Fiona Boome RIP (Howie)         

                                    10.30                  Dorothy Speed & Tony Speed RIP (Choir)

    Web – available anytime  https://youtu.be/19f_slV6L4I

 

Bob & Margaret Morris (Frake)

Mon   5 Apr                                                     PKM

Tues   6 Apr         09.30                  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00                   Vincent Jeyaseelan RIP (Keefe)

Weds  7 Apr         09.30                  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                            10.00                  Seamus McDonagh RIP (Haylett)

Fri     9 Apr           09.30                  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                             10.00                  Eida Family (Eida/Connolly)       

Sat   10 Apr          11.00                  Confessions

                            18.00                   Foundation Mass Fr Tom Power                          

Sun 11 Apr      SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Divine Mercy)                        

    08.30                      Margaret Bates RIP (Haylett)

                            10.30                         Rommel Bernarte RIP (Bernarte)

    Web – available anytime   For the Parish 

EASTER SUNDAY MASS ON THE WEBSITE

 

FINANCES – 

Please note the slight change in our bank account name.    .

Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher – Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763

Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code

 

Easter Offering: This Collection is your personal gift to your Parish Priest                         

       

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS

The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:

Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. £99.00 per year or just £55 for the digital version

The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

 

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Easter, Everyone!

 

What a joy it is, this year to celebrate Easter in Church. There have been several features of our liturgies that have had to be curtailed because of Covid, but we have been able to journey with the Lord on the Way that led for him through suffering and death to joy and new life, but which also describes our path and our calling through difficulties, through suffering and yes, even through death to joys and to new life.

 

Let me be the first to thank everyone involved: The stewards, the readers, the cleaners, the altar servers, the sacristans, those who have led the Stations of the Cross and the catechists who led them for the children, those in the music ministry, the filmer and producer of the liturgies for the website, and of course those responsible for the wonderful celebration of Easter through the floral display.

I also offer my personal thanks for your Easter offering, your gift to your priest.

 

Talking of being the first, who was the first to witness and pass on the Good News of Christ’s resurrection? It was Mary of Magdala, and I share a few verses from a poem that takes its title from her name:

 

“I am sending you from this garden of graves,

as the first witness of my power to save,

to heal wounds, defeat death, take sin away

and transform deepest night into radiant day.

Risen and redeeming,

I will be with you always in a new life of grace,

no longer in a human body, limited by time and place,

but alive in the Spirit, God’s gift from above,

who will guide and inspire you in this new way of love.”

 

So Mary of Magdala, faithful and true,

persistent and passionate through and through

arose and dried her eyes,

then leaving behind grief and pain,

she set out as the first to proclaim:

“May heaven be praised,

may God be adored.

Everything is changed 

for I have seen the Lord!”

 

She may well have been the first to say such words but today the challenge is for all of us to be able to say them, as well. 

 

God Bless,             Fr Doug

Please print off 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.

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Newsletter Sunday March 28th, 2021

PALM SUNDAY

Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 21, Philippians 2:6-11, Mark 14:1-15:47

SERVICES FOR WEEK 27th March – 4th April 2021

Sat 27 Mar   11.00 Confessions
                      18.00 John Gerard Lowney RIP (Sheehan)

Sun 28 March    PALM SUNDAY
                      08.30 For the Parish
                      10.30 Sergia Balaqui RIP (Bernarte)
                      Web – available anytime
https://youtu.be/S75gcRELfgg
                      Joan Aspeek @ 90 (Choir)

Mon 29 Mar    PKM
                      19.30 Reconciliation Service

Tues 30 Mar    09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                      10.00 Alice Howie RIP (Howie)

Weds 31 Mar    09.30 note earlier time Danny Lyons RIP (Keefe)
                      10.00 Stations of the Cross

Thurs 1 Apr    20.00 Maundy Thursday Tony Sullivan RIP (Sullivan)

Fri 2 Apr    10.00 In Hall Childrens’ Stations of the Cross
                      15.00 Good Friday Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

                      Also available on the Web at 15.00.
                      https://youtu.be/qj2btKwsO4g

Sat 3 Apr    20.00 Easter Vigil For the Parish

Sun 4 Apr    EASTER SUNDAY
                      08.30 Fiona Boome RIP (Howie)
                      10.30 Dorothy Speed & Tony Speed RIP (Choir)
                      Web – available anytime Bob & Margaret Morris (Frake)

FINANCES –
Please note the slight change in our bank account name. .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher – Bexley, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please put your name and if you use envelopes, your envelope number, as the code
Easter Offering: This Collection is your personal gift to the Parish Priest

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS
The weekly Catholic newspapers can be obtained directly (postage free) by subscription:
Catholic Universe and Catholic Times Go to http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com or ring 0161 820 5722 and they will arrange for you. £99.00 per year or just £55 for the digital version
The Herald has a similar offer: Ring 0207 448 3607 or go to http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe

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This is Holy Week, the week of the Church’s most sacred liturgies that celebrate the great mysteries of Easter, and in particular the resurrection to New Life of Jesus.

Today, Palm Sunday, we recall Jesus entering Jerusalem in an air of triumph, with supporters cheering and waving palms as he passed by on a donkey. This was the way the prophets had foretold that the Messiah would arrive. Jesus certainly got the attention of the Jewish authorities! We go on to listen to the events of his Passion and death.

On Wednesday the Chrism Mass will be celebrated by the Archbishop and clergy of the diocese in our Cathedral. It isn’t open to everyone this year due to Covid. At the mass, which manifests the communion of the clergy with the Archbishop, Priestly Promises are renewed.
Also, the oil of Catechumen for baptism and the oil of the sick for the Anointing of the Sick are both blessed and the oil of Chrism for confirmation and ordination is consecrated. These three sacred oils are then sent to every parish in the diocese for use during the year ahead.

On Holy Thursday, we commemorate Jesus celebrating the Last Supper with his disciples and instituting it as the mass we have come to be familiar with. We will hear that by washing the feet of his disciples he indicated the importance of service to others in the mission of the Church.
After mass we may stay for a while as the Sacrament remains on the altar so as to feel close to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he went after the Last Supper and before his arrest.

On Good Friday, we recall the events of that terrible day in Jerusalem and we marvel at the love Jesus offered us by giving up his life on the cross. We take the opportunity to venerate the cross as a sign of our acceptance of his wonderful gift, and we pray for the needs of the world.

On Holy Saturday, at our Easter Vigil we proclaim the Resurrection of Christ with the singing of the Exsultet before the Easter Candle. We look back, through a vigil of readings at the events that define our history and we read about the day of Easter. We also bless the new baptismal water.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate simply in the masses the resurrection of the Lord!
We anticipate that a large number may wish to be present at least on Good Friday and at the 10.30 mass on Easter Day. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if you do intend to be there, but ONLY FOR THESE 2 SERVICES so that we can take care to space people carefully in the church. The other services should offer plenty of space. Many thanks.
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THANK YOU To:
The parishioner who has kindly begun to clean and smarten up our grounds. Check the car park!

RECONCILIATION SERVICES
We celebrate a Service of Reconciliation on Monday of this week. It begins at 7.30 p.m. with a reflection on scripture and then after an examination of conscience, confessions will be heard by a visiting priest and Fr Doug. There will be a similar service on Tuesday evening, in Swanley at 7.30

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
In private, use a prayer book or follow the service on the website.
Communally, we will follow the Way of the Cross after mass on Wednesday morning.

HEAD TEACHER VACANCY
Following the retirement of our Head Teacher, the Governing Body of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Old Road, Crayford, DA1 4DZ, wishes to appoint an inspirational and dedicated new Head Teacher. Salary range L13 to L21 (£60,073-£71,666), starting in September 2021. Details are on the school website http://www.st-josephs.bexley.sch.uk Closing date Friday 23rd April 2021 at noon.

Please print off this newsletter, using 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.