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Newsletter Sunday February 18th, 2018

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

The Good News of the Covenant –

At the beginning of Lent we renew our response to the Covenant, the pact of Love that God made with each of us at our Baptism. Imagine what news it must have been to Noah, alone in a drowned world, when he learned that God’s love had not abandoned, nor ever would abandon, the earth and its creatures.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 17 – 25 FEB 2018

Sat 17 Feb:    9am Frank, Josie & Charlie Keeley RIP (Eileen & John Stanton)
                      6pm Anne & Liam, Fiona & Marie Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sun 18 Feb:    8.30 Parishioners
                      10.30 Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)

Mon 19 Feb:     9am Sophie van Leeuwen: Birthday (Tim Bowman)

Tues 20 Feb:     7pm Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)
      Followed by Adoration + Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wed 21 Feb:     10am Bill Keefe RIP (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thu 22 Feb:     9am Eucharistic Service

Fri 23 Feb:     9am Zoe Baker RIP (Bonny Duff)
                         7.30pm Stations of the Cross

Sat 24 Feb:     9am Alice & John Stanton RIP (John & Eileen)
                     6pm Doreen Harrington & Family (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Sun 25 Feb:  8.30am Parishioners
                     10.30am Wellbeing of Tony Speed (The Choir)

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, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison, Mary Manners

Anniversaries: Julia Mansell, Sophie Mulvany, Stephen Dixon Amadio Bozzini, Douglas Mann, Jean Sheehan, Edmund Watts, Sonny Sheehan, Richard Brady, Regina Rajanayagam, Stephen Farquhar, Colin Littlejohn, James Bassett, Veronica Anne Moffat, Patrick Feeney, Margaret Bird.

Feast Days: Wednesday: The Chair of St Peter, Apostle

ROTAS (week commencing Mon 19/2)
Readers: Sat 6.00pm Kathy Fogarty, Sun 8.30 Peter Wilkes, Sun 10.30 Ryan Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter:  Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mrs M Lee.   Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays:  Paul Rowlands.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Kathy, Sun 8.30am Peter Hammond, 10.30am Carole, Marlene, Volunteer, Rob, John. Washing of Purificators: Molly

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS – 11th February 2018
1st: Gift Aid. £424.80 Loose. £228.28 Total. £653.08
2nd (Poor parishes): £14.20 £152.40 £166.60
This week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s 2nd collection is for CAFOD.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT: Will be every Friday at 7.30pm. Please note new time.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING for Parish Council Members to be held on 21 February 2018 at 8pm. Please send your suggestions through any of the members, via the box provided in the porch, or through Fr Christian. Thank you. Pastoral Council

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND We are now ready for a trip to the Holy Land next year 2019 (within the first quarter). Details to follow later. This notice is for early planning and savings. Thank you. Fr Christian.

LENT COURSE WITH CHURCHES TOGETHER IN OLD BEXLEY:   This year’s course is The Joy of the Gospel which opens up Pope Francis’ inspiring and acclaimed reflections in Evangelli gaudium. Join old friends and new at Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Tuesday mornings, 10 for 10.30am, from 20 February, and the URC Hurst Road Thursday evenings 7 for 7.30pm, from 22nd February. On Thursday 22nd February the Anglican Bishop of Rochester, James Longstaff, will lead the group. I have four free copies of the course book to give away, otherwise they’re available from Amazon or Church House Publishing. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 07963 454480, k.fogarty@ntlworld.com.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES:   Please be advised that the first Confirmation class will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in The Presbytery. For the first session, we ask that at least one parent or guardian also attend. If you have not already given an email address, please can you send your name, your child’s name and your address to SJFconfirmation@outlook.com. We will then send our further details about the classes.
The confirmation service is booked for Saturday 7th July 2018. We look forward to meeting you all in February. The Confirmation Team.

DONATE A SAXOPHONE: A newly formed congregation (Sons of Divine love, Nigeria) wish to set up their choir/liturgical music. They are requesting a donation of a couple of saxophones. If you can help, please contact me. Thank you. Fr Christian.  

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING Wed 21st Feb: Documentary on Blessed John Henry Newman’s life and places in England where he lived and worked. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome. 7pm for 7.30pm start.

A DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR MINISTRIES (Readers & Eucharistic Ministers) will take place on Saturday 10th March at St Stephens, Welling. Please try to make it if you can, as this day has been specially organized at a local church.

THE SPUC GROUP would like to thank all parishioners for their very generous donations to our White Flower Appeal in January. The amount raised was £328.18.

Newsletter Sunday February 11th,2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus, Friend of Outcast

To bring help to outcast, Jesus himself had to become an outcast and
“stay outside in places where nobody lived”.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 10 – 18 February 2018

Saturday 10 February    9.00am: Foundation Mass for Virginia Bolton
                                          6.00pm: Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 11 February     8.30am: Parishioners
                                         10.30am: Kathleen Murphy RIP: 100th Birthday

Monday 12 February     9.00am: Nicola & Family (Anne Harris)

Tuesday 13 February     7.00pm: Intentions & Wellbeing of Eileen Wheatley
                                                                         (Maureen Fitzpatrick)
       Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group.

Wed 14 February     9.00am: Rose Swink RIP (Tim Bowman)
Ash Wednesday     8.00pm: Juliette & Family (Anne Harris)

Thursday 15 February     9.00am: Eucharistic Service

Friday 16 February     9.00am: Amanda Coutinho RIP (Alex & Dahlia Fernandes)
                                         7.00pm: Stations of the cross

Saturday 17 February     9.00am: Frank, Josie & Charlie Keeley RIP (Eileen & John Stanton)
                                         6.00pm: Anne & Liam, Fiona Marie Higgins RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 18 February     8.30am: Parishioners
                                         10.30am: Wellbeing of Maureen Fitzpatrick (The Choir)

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, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, JoAnn McIntosh, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Marlene Burt, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collinson.

Anniversaries: Mr & Mrs Ayres, John Griffiths, Annie Clark, Harry Simmonds, Kathleen Murphy.

Feast Days: Sat: St Scholastica, Virgin Wed: Ash Wednesday Thurs: St Claude de la Columbiere, Priest

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Christine Hand Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson 10.30am Lota Emeka-Onah.   Copying of Newsletter: John Stanton.   Newsletter Typist: Ruth Powers.   Collection for 8.30am Mass: Mr T Lee.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Ken Crump.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6 pm Peter Whiffen Sun 8.30am Marlene Sun 10.30am Kathy, Mary, Patricia, Carole, Dorothy.    Washing of Purificators: Kathy.   Flower Arranging: Sue Murphy (13th Feb: Shrove Tuesday)

OFFERTORY COLLECTION:
Sunday 4th February 2018 Gift Aid: £ 512.70   Loose: £ 193.41     Total:  £ 706.11
This week’s 2nd collection: Poor Parishes
Next week’s retiring collection: Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR LENT:   Will be every Friday at 7:00pm.

BEXLEY DEANERY DEVELOPING WORLD GROUP:   Thank you for your kind donation of £109.85 on Sunday 2nd January. We will be giving £500 to two further projects this month. The first to buy small livestock (rabbits, goats & pigs) to distribute to poor families in the northern province of Rwanda. The second will be to build toilets for a Church/Meeting Place in a village Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. Please contact our Parish representative, Maria Ward, on 01322 555553 if you have any queries.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES:   Please be advised that the first Confirmation Class will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018 from 19.30 – 20.30 in the Presbytery. For the first session, we ask that at least one parent or guardian to attend also. If you have not already given an email address, please can you send your name, your child’s name and your address to SJFconfirmation@outlook.com we will then be able to send out further details about the classes. The Confirmation Service is booked for Saturday 7th July 2018. We look forward to meeting you all. The Confirmation Team.

LENT COURSE WITH CHURCHES TOGETHER IN OLD BEXLEY:   This year’s course is The Joy of the Gospel which opens up Pope Francis’ inspiring and acclaimed reflections in Evangelli gaudium. As Paula Gooder the author says, “It is the joy of the Gospel that radiates from Pope Francis himself and offers us a beacon of what we might become if only we can take this message seriously”. Join old friends and new at Baldwyns Park Baptist Church, Tuesday mornings, 10:00 for 10:30am, from 20th February, and the URC Hurst Road, Thursday evenings, 7:00 for 7:30pm, from 22nd February. On Thursday evening 22nd February, the Anglican Bishop of Rochester, James Longstaff, will lead the group. I have four free copies of the course book to give away, otherwise they’re available from Amazon or Church House Publishing. Kathy Fogarty, Parish Unity Contact, 07963 454480 or k.fogarthy@ntlworld.com

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 21st February: Documentary (and short movie) on Blessed John Henry Newman’s life and places in England where he lived and worked – from London to Oxford, from Littlemore to Birmingham. Bar open, charity stall, all welcome, 7pm for 7:30pm start.

DONATE A SAXOPHONE:   A newly formed congregation (Sons of Divine Love, Nigeria) wish to set up their choir/liturgical music. They are requesting a donation of a couple of saxophones. If you can help, please contact me. Fr Christian.

LOURDES 24 – 31 AUGUST 2018:   If you are interested in coming on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as an assisted (sick or disabled) pilgrim or helper, please see poster in the porch or visit http://www.catholicassociation.co.uk or call Dr Mellows on 07771 543 422 or see Tim Bowman.

CHURCH HEATING:   Following the recent announcement by Fr Christian about the need to raise funds to meet the cost of repairing the heating system, there is more information about the problem on the parish website. Just go to: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org/Heating or go to the website and click on ‘Heating’ on the welcome page.

QUIZ NIGHT: In aid of Life Charity on Saturday 17th February 2018 at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ.

Newsletter Sunday February 4th, 2018

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

 CHRIST WHO MAKES US FREE TO SERVE

 

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK:

Saturday 3 February           9.00am            Margaret Kyne & Family (Bridie Haylett)
                                              6.00pm           Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan RIP
                                                                     (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 4 February             8.30am            John & Joy Hubbard RIP
                                                                   (Kathy & Dennis Fogarty)
                                            10.30am         Parishoners

Monday 5 February             9.00am            Julia Mansell RIP (Anne & Brian Harris)

Tuesday 6 February             7.00pm           Margie Watts RIP (Tony Frake)
       Followed by Adoration & Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 7 February        10.00am          Jim & Mae Moynihan RIP
                                                             (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 8 February             9.00am          Eucharistic Service

Friday 9 February                  9.00am          Anne, Brian & Family (Anne Harris)

Saturday 10 February             9.00am          Foundation Mass for Virginia Bolton
                                                    6.00pm         Sonny Sheehan RIP (Eileen Sheehan)

Sunday 11 February                8.30am         Parishioners
                                                  10.30am         Kathleen Murphy RIP: 100th Birthday

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, Eileen Weald, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Eric May, Wendy Bowman, Gracie Maddox, Anne Hastings, Tom Barrett, Joann McIntosh, Timmy Lenihan, John Clarey, Marlene Burt, Tess Truman, Anne Comiskey, Irene Gannaway, David Collison.

Anniversaries:  Mr & Mrs Ayres, John Griffiths, Annie Clark, Harry Simmonds, Kathleen Murphy.

Feast Days:   Monday: St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr. Tuesday: St Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs  Thursday: St Jerome Emiliani, St Josephine Bakhita, Virgin.  Day for victims of trafficking. Saturday: St Scholastica, Virgin.

ROTAS:  Readers: Saturday 6pm Peter Harris Sunday 8.30am  Bridie Haylett 10.30am  Marlene Burt. Photocopying of Newsletter: Emma Fox.    Newsletter Typist: Venus Bernarte.    Collection for 8.30 Mass Mr V Jeyaseelan.  Parishioner Attending To Front of Church on Saturdays: Giovanni Aletta.   Flower Arranging:  Sue.   Eucharistic Ministers Saturday 6 pm:  Ivan.  Sun 8.30am  Peter W.  Sun 10.30am     Volunteer,  Margaret, Volunteer, Mary, Paul (Host).  Washing of Purificators: Norma Brooker.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: 31/12/17:
1st Collection –           Gift Aid: £339.00. Loose:  £208.28.  Total:  £547.68
2nd (Racial Justice) –  Gift Aid: £11.71   Loose:  £182.86   Total:  £194.57

GOA ORPHANAGE:  Thank you very much for the generous donations amounting to an amazing £950.00 from the parish family.  It makes so much difference to these sick children.  I know the Lord will bless you all.  Receipts on our return.  Eileen and John Hollis.

LOURDES: 24-31 AUGUST 2018:  If you are interested in coming on the Catholic Association Pilgrimage as an assisted (sick or disabled) pilgrim or helper, please see poster in the porch or visit www.catholicassociation.co.uk or call Dr Mellows on 07771 543 422.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING:  Wednesday 21st February: on Blessed John Henry Newman’s life and places in England where he lived and worked.  Bar open, all welcome, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

CHURCH HEATING: Following last week’s announcement by Fr Christian about the need to raise funds to meet the cost of repairing the heating system, there is more information about the problem on the parish website.  Just go to: www.stjohnfisherbexley.org/Heating or go the website and click on ‘Heating’ on the welcome page.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES: Please be advised that the first Confirmation Class will be on Thursday 22nd February 2018 from 19.30 – 20.30 in the Presbytery.  For the first session, we ask that at least one parent or guardian to attend also.  If you have not already given an email address, please can you send your name, your child’s name and your address to SJFconfirmation@outlook.com we will then be able to send out further details about the classes.  The Confirmation Service is booked for Saturday 7th July 2018.  We look forward to meeting you all.  The Confirmation Team

EVENTS PLANNING:  The Parish Events Planning Meeting took place on the evening of 19/1/18. There is an urgent need for funds for essential and expensive repairs to the church central heating and roof.  All profits from parish events will go to the Church for this purpose and it is hoped that parishioners will support the events. It was agreed to hold the following events: VARIETY & CABARET EVENING: Probably on 14th April.  ST JOHN FISHER FEAST DAY & BBQ: on 23rd June.  BARN DANCE: in September.  QUIZ: in October/November, and plan for: DINNER & DANCE, 60/70S DISCO, VOLUNTEERS PARTY. Bar will be open, light refreshments will be provided. Recruitment for teams to organise the various events has started and please add your names to the lists in the porch or with Anne Rayer after 10.30 Mass, or at anne.rayer@uwclub.net.  A wide range of talents are required: from preparing or clearing the hall to being able to design and print the tickets needed or to design posters etc. YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU.

QUIZ NIGHT: In aid of Life Charity on Saturday 17th February 2018 at St Anselm’s Parish Centre, 89 West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HJ.