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Newsletter Sunday January 20th, 2019

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Church’s Bridegroom

The Church rejoices in her Bridegroom who will cherish her, lavish upon her the many gifts of his Spirit, and transform her into a new creation as he transformed water into wine.

First Reading: Isaiah 62:1 – 5 Second Reading: Corinthians 12:4 – 11 Gospel: John 2:1 – 11


Click above to hear Fr Doug’s Sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 19 – 27 January 2019
Please note the new time for weekday masses will be 10:00am

Saturday 19 Jan     10:00am Holy Souls
                                 6:00pm Mae, Tim & Jeremaiah Moynihan RIP
                                                           (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sunday 20 Jan     8:30am Parishioners
                                 10:30am. Intentions of Maureen Fitzpatrick (Choir)

Monday 21 Jan     9:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                 10:00am Peter Kilner RIP (John & Sue)

Tuesday 22 Jan     7:00pm Intentions of Bernie King
                                 Exposition + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 23 Jan     9:30am. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                 10:00am. Anne, Liam, Fiona & Marie Higgins
                                                       (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 24 Jan    9:00am Eucharistic Service

Friday 25 Jan     9:30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                 10:00am Intentions of Molly Doherty (P & PB)

Saturday 26 Jan     10:00am. Parishioners
                                 6:00pm. Jim, Dannie, Thomas & John Harrington RIP
                                                   (Eileen Sheehan & Fam)

Sunday 27 Jan     8:30am Sean Dunne (Mary Lee)
                                 10:30am Alison Johnson RIP (Jonathan & Mary Lee)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 10.30am (following Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass).

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Peter Dent, Ray Smith, Teresa Fan, Tommy Otte, Christine Hand, Fr John Diver, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Mary Hamilton, Paddy Medhurst, Peter Hogg

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

Feast Days: Mon: St Agnes, Virgin & Martyr Tue: St Vincent, Deacon & Martyr Thurs: St Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church Fri: The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle, Feast Sat: St Timothy & Titus, Bishops

ROTAS: (26 – 27 Jan) Readers: Saturday 6:00pm Carol Anderson, Sunday 8:30am Doune Robinson, 10:30am Ryan Bernarte.   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: Paul Rowlands.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6:00pm Carole;  Sun 8:30am Mary J; Sun 10:30am: Kathy, Marlene, Peter H, Patricia, Eileen W.   Washing of Purificators: Molly.   Flower Arranging: Doune & Lynn

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 13th January 2019
1st Collection: Gift Aid: £411.65; Loose: £188.84; Total: £600.49
2nd Collection: Spiritans Appeal: Gift Aid: £54.20; Loose: £303.29; Total: £357.49

WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal next weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalisation of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion getting even worse in this country by decriminalisation.

FANCY A HOLIDAY IN ITALY: Join the Parish in Assisi for a week’s half board accommodation with excursions each day. By doing so you’ll be following in the footsteps of St Francis and St Clare. Costs include flights and an English speaking Italian guide throughout. Come with us 15 – 21 October 2019. There are a few spaces left. Please contact Carol Anderson by Monday 28th January 2019 on 07913 698912.

CAR PARK: Please renew your car park permits for 2019. Application forms and guidance notes are in the porch. Enclose a payment of £10 and submit to the parish office.

MOVIE EVENING: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 (Christian Unity Octave): inspirational movie on St Thomas Becket. Recently appointed, Thomas the new Archbishop of Canterbury, takes his duties seriously and his devotion to God soon brings him into direct conflict with the State and his lifelong friend King Henry II, leading to his assassination and martyrdom in 1170. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome, admission free, 7:00pm or 7:30pm start.

NEW READERS ROTA: Is now available in the Sacristy – if anyone would like to volunteer as a new reader – the more the merrier! – please contact Kathy Fogarty on 07963 454480 or k.fogarty@ntlworld.com

THE OCTAVE FOR THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: Is traditionally observed from the 18th to 25th January 2019 – our nine Churches Together in Old Bexley will be heeding Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one” with a Unity Service hosted by Baldwyn’s Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road, DA5 2Y at 3pm on Sunday 27th January 2019. Please do join us – we have more in common than separates us and everyone is warmly welcome. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Please see noticeboard in the Church Porch.

Newsletter Sunday January 13th, 2019

BAPTISM OF THE LORD

The Father anointed his beloved son, Jesus, with the Holy Spirit and with power, to bring healing and peace to all the nations.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 12-20 JANUARY 2019
Please note the new time for weekday mass is 10am

Sat 12 Jan     10am Eucharistic Service
                       6pm Kit & Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 13 Jan     8.30am Intentions of Peggie Dunne (Bridie Haylett)
                       10.30am Intentions of Tess Truman (Choir)

Mon 14 Jan     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Tom Latimer RIP (Patsy & David)

Tues 15 Jan    7pm Eucharistic Service
                       7.30-8.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament + Our Lady & St Pio’s PG

Wed 16 Jan     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Bridie, Michael, Brendan & James Houlihan RIP
                                              (Eileen Sheehan & Fam.)

Thu 17 Jan     9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 18 Jan     9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                       10am Intentions of Josephine & Michael McGowan (P&PB)

Sat 19 Jan     10am Holy Souls
                       6pm Mae & Tim & Jeremiah Moynihan RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Fam.)

Sun 20 Jan     8.30am Parishioners
                       10.30am Intentions of Maureen Fitzpatrick (Choir)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 10.30am (following Mass) and Sat 5.30pm (before Mass)

Prayers for the Sick: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric & Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Peter Dent, Ray Smith, Teresa Fan, Tommy Otte, Christine Hand, Fr John Diver, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards, Mary Hamilton, Paddy Medhurst.

Anniversaries: Erwin Janota, Carol Brooker, Jim Smerdon, Avril D’Silva, Mary Clancy, Anne Ryder, Anthony Gray, Charlotte Seekings, Ida Leitao.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION – 6 January 2019
Gift Aid: £348.20 ; Loose: £202.40 ; Total: £550.60

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 13/1)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty; Sun 8.30 Bridie Haylett; Sun 10.30 John Rayer.   Copying of Newsletter: John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Ann Harris; Sun 8.30am Ann Hyde; 10.30am Volunteer, Eileen W, Volunteer, Dorothy, Paul.   Washing of Purificators: Kathy. Flower Arranging: Sue and Mary K.

ST LAWRENCE CHARITABLE FUND 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT on Saturday 26 January at 2.30pm performed by Bird College. A concert for 2 hours in the church performing music from shows and films. Refreshments in the hall. Tickets available at £5 on email info@slcf.co.uk or call Joan on 07976 258251 or Arthur on 07754 782296 or Bridget at St Lawrence’s Parish Office 020 8300 2480.

NEW READERS’ ROTA is now available in the Sacristy – if anyone would like to volunteer as a new reader – the more the merrier! – please contact Kathy Fogarty on 07963 454480 or k.fogarty@ntlworld.com.

THE OCTAVE FOR THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY is traditionally observed from the 18th to 25th January – our nine Churches Together in Old Bexley will be heeding Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one” with a Unity Service hosted by Baldwyn’s Park Baptist Church, Dartford Road, DA5 2Y at 3pm on Sunday 27th January. Please do join us – we have more in common than separates us and everyone is warmly welcome. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact.

FILM EVENING: Wednesday 23rd January 2019. (Christian Unity Octave): inspirational movie on St Thomas Becket. Recently appointed, Thomas the new Archbiship of Canterbury, takes his duties seriously and his devotion to God soon brings him into direct conflict with the State and his lifelong friend King Henry II, leading to his assassination and martyrdom. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome, admission free, 7pm or 7.30pm start.

CAR PARK Please renew your car park permits for 2019. Application forms and guidance notes are in the porch. Enclose a payment of £10 and submit to the parish office.

FANCY A HOLIDAY IN ITALY? Join the Parish in Assisi for a week’s half board accommodation with excursions each day. By doing so you’ll be following in the footsteps of St Francis and St Clare. Costs include flights and an Italian speaking guide throughout. Come with us 15-21 October. There are a few spaces left. Please contact Carol Anderson by Friday 18th January on 07913 698012.

Newsletter Sunday January 6th, 2019

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD (C)

Today’s Theme: The Revelation of Christ to the World

We join all the people of the world in worshipping the infant King of the Jews.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Please note the new time for weekday masses is 10:00am
Saturday 5 January    10.00 am Eucharistic Service
                                      6.00 pm John Whiteside RIP (Whiteside Family)

Sunday 6 January    8.30 am Parishioners
Epiphany                10.30 am Deceased Members of Henry Family (Mary & Jim)

Monday 7 January    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                   10.00 am Frank & Josie Keeley RIP (John & Eileen Stanton)

Tuesday 8 January    7.00 pm Eucharistic Service
                              7.30-8.30 pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                               and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 9 January    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                         10.00 am Elizabeth & Mick Minihan RIP
                                             (Eileen Sheehan & Family.)

Thursday 10 January    9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 11 January    9.30 am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                                   10.00 am John & Alice Stanton RIP (John & Eileen)

Saturday 12 January    10.00 am Eucharistic Service
                                      6.00 pm Kit & Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sunday 13 October     8.30 am Intentions of Peggie Dunne (Bridie Haylett)
Baptism of the Lord 10.30 am Intentions of Tess Truman

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am (following Mass) and Saturday 5.30pm (before Mass)

ANNIVERSARIES: Kathleen Russell, Pat D’Silva, Maria Nucera, Barry Haddock, Mary Rose Romeril.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday: The Epiphany of the Lord. Monday: St Raymond of Penyafort. Saturday: St Aelred of Rievaulx

PRAY FOR THE SICK: Christine White, Kevin Harper, Ed Jones, John Bird, Gail Noel, Chris Neal, Tony Speed, Geoffrey Hildebrand, John Underwood, Mary Stubbs, John Harrington, Norma Brooker, Nina Szredski, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric and Iris May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, George Waller, Peter Dent, Ray Smith, Teresa Fan, Tommy Otte, Christine Hand and Fr John Diver, Sr Angela, Marion Hams, Leigh Richards.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £362.00, Loose £207.20, Total £569.20. Christmas Offering: Gift Aid £205.00, Loose £5.00, Total £210.00. Next Week’s second collection is for Spiritan’s Appeal.

ROTAS: Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm: Peter H. Sunday 8.30am: Bridie. 10.30am: Carole, Mary H, Patricia, Paul, Molly (Host). Readers: Saturday 6pm: David L; Sunday 8.30: Larissa, 10.30: Joseph E. Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Weekes. Front of Church: Giovanna Aletta. Typing Newsletter: Venus Bernarte. Photocopying Newsletter: Emma Fox. Washing of Purificators: Norma. Flower Arranging: Mary J and Lynn.

ANNUAL MISSION APPEAL 2019: At St John Fisher 12/13 January. The Rt Rev Peter Smith has invited the Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) to make their annual Mission Appeal in the Diocese of Southwark during the year 2019. These appeals are encouraged by the Bishops Conference as a means to inform parishioners of the churches wider mission. It also gives our priests an opportunity to share their life experiences and offer their ministry

GOA ORPHANAGE: Eileen & John Hollis are returning to Goa on the 26th January. We will be visiting the orphanage where the children are HIV. We have had amazing support from the parish family over the last 12 years. This gives medication, food, clothes and schooling and helped to finance the new building for the older boys. Last year 2 boys moved onto college. Please help if you can – (0208 303 4136, after 10.30 am Mass on Sunday. Thank you.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: Please note that we have a new email address with immediate effect: bexley@rcaos.org.uk.

CAR PARK: Please renew your car park permits for next year or apply for one.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 23rd January: Movie on St Thomas Becket. Recently appointed, the Archbishop of Canterbury takes his duties seriously and his devotion to God brings him into conflict with the State and his lifelong friend King Henry II, leading to his assassination and martyrdom. Bar open, charity stall, subtitles, AIC/SVP follow-up meetings. All welcome, admission free, 7pm for 7.30 pm starts.