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Newsletter Sunday July 12th, 2020

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

Readings: Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 64, Rom 8:18-23, Matthew 13:1-23

SERVICES FOR WEEK 11th July – 19th July 2020

Sat 11 July 18.00 Dr Dick McCarthy RIP (Anna & Family)

Sun 12 July 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Keith Perry RIP (Lee)
                        10.30 Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Hughes)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        John & Eileen Hollis (Frake)https://youtu.be/hv_5QQhs9Is

Mon 13 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Patricia McQuaid (Anderson)

Tues 14 July   Norma Booker (Frake)

Weds 15 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 St. Bonaventure Carol Anderson (Morris)

Thurs 16 July   Mary of Mt. Carmel Elizabeth Padayachee (Hobson)

Fri 17 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 Frank & Josie Keeley (Stanton)

Sat 18 July   18.00 Parish Housebound & Elderly (Crump)

Sun 19 July 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 Elvira Flanagan (Fernandez)
                        10.30 Ron & Pat Watkins RIP (Gillespie)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                        Anita & Paul Rowland (McQuaid)

Please pray for the soul of :
Maurice Birmingham Funeral on 17th July at 11.30

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

Dear Parishioners,

It was marvellous to celebrate our first public masses since lockdown during the week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.00 with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beforehand at 9.30. I am happy to say that all went well and I think there was both safety and reverence.
But this weekend our Sunday masses are restored.

The Sunday Obligation still does NOT apply so you are still free to stay at home and participate in the virtual mass via the website or attend mass during the week if you want to. Indeed I would encourage many who gravitate to our busy 10.30 mass on Sundays to attend a different one if possible, at least for the time being. There is a fixed limit to the numbers who can attend.

• Those who do attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. This is important as we will be using the government’s 1 metre+ social distancing rules. It doesn’t need to be a mask. Many are using scarves and other coverings.
• Facial coverings are not needed for weekday masses at the moment.
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards. This will take a while longer than usual so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing or bidding prayers.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• Anyone who is unwell or whvo is isolating should not attend.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Stewards are on duty at each mass to ensure this safe practice.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

We are very grateful indeed to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher. They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you can be available for any of the Sunday masses.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will still be available on the website in the (now) normal way.
• If you haven’t found it yet, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk
God Bless

CHURCH CLEANING has recommenced. The cleaning rota will continue as before lockdown for the rest of the year. General cleaning only will be required, as sanitising will be undertaken by the stewards on duty after the Friday and weekend Masses.
Thank you. Carole Hughes

NEWSLETTER NOTICES. There isn’t much activity around and about yet but if there is then let us know and we can include a notice here in the newsletter

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Newsletter Sunday July 5th, 2020

14th Sunday of the Year

Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10, Psalm 144, Rom 8:9, 11-13, Matthew 11:25-30

SERVICES FOR WEEK 5th July – 12th July 2020

Sun 05 July 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
      Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time. 
 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time A

 
      David and Pat Latimer (Frake)
      (privately said) John Harrington RIP (Wheatley)

Mon 06 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 am Terry Orford RIP (Orford/Smith)

Tues 07 July   (privately said) David Beattie RIP (Ireland)

Weds 08 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 am Christine & Ken Crump (Frake)

Thurs 09 July   (privately said) Nosrat Vahabzadch (McQuaid)

Fri 10 July   09.30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
                        10.00 am Iris Keefe (Anderson)

Sat 11 July   6.00 pm Dr Dick McCarthy RIP (Anna & Family)

Sun 12 July 15th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
                        08.30 am Keith Perry RIP (Lee)
                        10.30 am Fr Francis Hartley RIP (Hughes)

Please pray for the souls of :
Terry Orford Funeral on 6th July at 3.30
Maurice Birmingham Funeral on 17th July at 11.30

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.

Dear Parishioners,

It will be a joy to celebrate our first public mass since lockdown on Monday morning, 6th July at 10.00 following exposition of the Blessed Sacrament that begins at 9.30. It will be the same on Wednesday and Friday and then next weekend we will have our usual Sunday masses in church.
The Sunday Obligation still does NOT apply so we are still free to stay at home and participate in the virtual mass via the website or attend mass during the week if we want to. Indeed I would encourage many who gravitate to our busy 10.30 mass on Sundays to attend a different one if possible, at least for the time being.
• Those who do attend MUST WEAR A FACIAL COVERING. This is important as we will be using the government’s 1 metre+ social distancing rules. It doesn’t need to be a mask. Many are using scarves and other coverings.
• Face coverings are not needed for Masses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
• Everyone will be carefully guided to their seats by our stewards. This will take a while longer than usual so please arrive early.
• Hands can be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Mass will be shorter than usual with no singing at any mass.
• The reception of Holy Communion is carefully regulated at a distance and only in the hand.
• There will be a number of changes in the practice of mass and these will be explained at mass.
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Stewards are on duty at each mass to ensure this safe practice.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• If you attend you will be asked to give your name with a contact detail so that we can participate in the track-and-trace scheme that the government is running

We are grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and others will be in the church to supervise and to usher.
They will also help cleanse the church after Sunday masses.
Please ring John Rayer (01322 523499) if you can be available for any of the Sunday masses.

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will be available on the website in the (now) normal way.
• If you haven’t found it yet, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless      

CHURCH CLEANING has recommenced this week in readiness for the church re-opening for Mass from Monday 6 July. The cleaning rota will continue as before lockdown for the rest of the year. General cleaning only will be required, as sanitising will be undertaken by the stewards on duty after the Friday and weekend Masses. The only toilet facilities in use will be the disabled toilet in the hall. Thank you. Carole Hughes

WEDDING BELLS
Congratulations to Richard and Rebecca, who married in our church on Saturday afternoon.

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Newsletter Sunday June 28th, 2020

 

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul 2020

Readings: Acts 12:1-11, Psalm 33, 2Tim 4:6-8, 17-18, Matthew 16:13-19

SERVICES FOR WEEK 28th June – 5th July 2020

Sun 28 June Ss PETER AND PAUL,

Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                            Frs Francis and Ed Hartley RIP (Frogley)
                            8.30 am Private Intention (Morris)

Mon 29 June    8.30 am Pat and Percy Burke (Frake)
                            10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Tues 30 June    8.30 am Holy Souls and deceased FOSS members (Anderson)

Weds 01 July    8.30 am Rita Maynard RIP (Sullivan)
                            10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Thurs 02 July    8.30 am Those Isolating at Home (SVP)

Fri 03 July    8.30 am St Thomas Our Clergy (OLPG)
                            10.00 – 11.00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & Private Prayer

Sun 05 July 14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (A)
Parish Mass – available to engage with via website at any time
                            David and Pat Latimer (Frake)
                            8.30 am John Herrington RIP (Wheatley)

Please pray for the souls of :
Sharon Ryan-Young Funeral on 29th June at 11.45
Terry Orford Funeral on 6th July at 3.30
Maurice Birmingham

Please pray for those who are suffering from Corona virus and for those who care for them

Prayer of St. Alphonsus – (to be used when making spiritual communion)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in this Most Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that. I may unite myself wholly to You now and forever. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

FINANCES – from the Diocesan and Parish finance teams.
Many thanks to all who are delivering weekly offerings .
Direct Bank Payments to RCAS St John Fisher Church, Sort code 51 70 14, Account 01831763
Please ensure you put your name on the transaction code so that we can thank you later.

LINKS AND CONTACTS.
Our Diocese of Southwark: http://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk Lots of information and further links.
Bexley Council Helpline: 020 3045 5398. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm.
Dear Parishioners,
You may be aware that the government is to allow public services to take place in churches from next Weekend, but with very severe restrictions. The conditions imposed will not by any means allow us to “return to normal”.
Our Parish Council is meeting early in the week to discern the best way forward for St. John Fisher and I will report its decisions to you all alongside my mid-week “Ramblings”.
So this week we will be open for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament between 10.00 and 11.00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday just as we have been for these last few weeks.
The weekend again, will be the same as it has been up till now.
We hope to restore weekday masses after that (from July 6th) but serious decisions need to be made about the following weekend, as I say. So watch this space!

For this coming week the following applies to all those wishing to visit the church for private prayer:
• Anyone who is unwell or who is isolating should not attend.
• Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will commence before the doors open and conclude after they are closed. There will be no Benediction.
• Doors will remain open to ensure good ventilation and to avoid touching handles etc.
• Anyone under 16 must be with an adult.
• A limited number of people will be able to enter the church and “take a pew” with social distancing applied except for members of the same household or who are in a ‘Bubble’.
• Hands will need to be cleansed on entry. We have a hand dispenser available for those who do not have their own.
• Votive candles can be lit by taking a light from ones already lit.
• Masks will not be a requirement.
• Given that the virus only lasts on surfaces for a limited time, different seating areas in the church will be used each day.
• There will be no toilet facilities available.
• Two stewards are on duty each time the church is open to ensure this safe practice.

We are grateful to the stewards who have volunteered to staff the church during these opening times. One will be in the porch to give instructions and one will be in the church to supervise and to usher.
Those who volunteered to help cleanse the church will be all-important in the process of opening for Sunday masses!

OUR SUNDAY PARISH MASS will be available on the website in the (now) normal way.

PRAYER INTENTIONS
We cannot use our parish prayer intentions book because the virus can be passed from one to another via its surface so I will place at the foot of the sanctuary a basket and anyone who wishes can bring in or send in prayer intentions which those in church will pray for in a general way and which I will offer up in our Sunday Mass. None will be read, let alone read out loud.

• If you haven’t found the parish mass, then on the website: http://www.stjohnfisherbexley.org go to the Sunday Mass button and click on there.
• If you are a Parish Reader you can exercise your ministry by emailing Peter Murphy on contact@stjohnfisherbexley.org
• The parish office is open on a limited basis.
• You can receive this newsletter by email and also my mid-week “Ramblings” by emailing me at douglasbull@rcaos.org.uk

God Bless

Please print off the screenshots of 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.