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Newsletter Sunday November 11th, 2018

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)

Today’s Theme: God In Whom We Trust

We must not be afraid to give, for Christ gave himself completely and will reward with salvation all those who are waiting for him

First Reading: Kings: 17:10-16 Second Reading: Hebrews 9: 24-28
Gospel: Mark 12: 38-44
Click above to hear Fr Doug’s Sermon

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Saturday 10 November     10.00 am Hazel Mary Birch, In Memoriam (Geoff)
                                              2.00 pm Remembrance Service
                                              6.00 pm Father’s Intention

Sunday 11th November     8.30 am Nicholas Nencini RIP (Lucy)
Remembrance Sunday     10.30 am Pat & Alan Dooley RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Monday 12th November     10.00 am Parishioners

Tuesday 13th November     7 .00 pm Holy Souls
           Adoration and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednes. 14th November     10.00 am Anne, Liam & Marie & Fiona Higgins RIP (Eileen)

Thursday 15th November     9.00 am Eucharistic Service

Friday 16th November     10.00 am Eileen Brown (Nora Horan)

Saturday 17th November     10.00 am Father’s Intention
                                                  6.00 pm Ivor John & Anne Frances Burton-Bowen RIP
                                                                    (Oonagh)

Sunday 18th November         8.30 am Parishioners
                                                  10.30 am Tony Sullivan RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am-11.30am, 7pm-8pm (following Masses).

ANNIVERSARIES: John Lenihan, Sheila Moss, Kay Todd, Stephen Ward, Tony Sullivan, Cath Moriarty, Bridget Harrington.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday: St Martin of Tours. Monday: St Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr. Tuesday: St Frances Xavier Cabrini. Thursday: St Albert the Great, Bishop. Friday: St Edmund of Abingdon, St Margaret of Scotland, Saint Gertrude, Virgin. Saturday: St Hilda, St Hugh of Lincoln, St Elizabeth of Hungary.

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, Fr John Diver, Sr Angela, Marion Hams.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £646.12, Loose £215.92. Total £862.04.
Second Collection for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group: £166.58.
This week’s 2nd collection is for Archbishop’s Administration Fund.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm David Latimer, Sunday 8.30am Doune Robinson; 10.30am Joseph Ebare.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Ann Harris, Sunday 8.30am Peter W,  10.30am Kathy, Mary H, Peter H, Rob, Margaret (Host).   Collector 8.30am Mass: Mr V Jayaseelan.   Front of Church: Giovanna Aletta.   Typing Newsletter: Ruth Powers.   Photocopying Newsletter: Emma Fox.   Washing of Purificators: Barbara.   Flower Arranging: Graziella & Mary J.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA: Are holding a Memorial Mass for all their deceased Brothers of Councils. Welling Council 294 – Woolwich Council 118 – Greenwich Council 123 on Friday 16/11/18 at 8pm. Venue: St John Fisher Church, 141 Kidbrooke Park Road, London SE3 0DZ.

JOHN UNDERWOOD: Our much-loved former parishioner, sends his warmest greetings to all his friends. John now lives at The Sidcup Care Home (Room 1) 2-8 Hatherley Road, Sidcup, DA14 4BG. Personal tel. no. 0208 302 8577. He would be delighted to receive visits (take a Parish Newsletter) and car parking is easy!

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019: Application forms available for the First Holy Communion Programme 2019. Children eligible must be in Year 3 or above and should attend Mass regularly at St John Fisher, Bexley. Application forms are at the back of the Church (porch) or please see Angela Underwood. If you are a new parishioner and/or do not attend Mass, please speak to Father Doug. Completed forms must be returned no later than 23rd December 2018. The programme will commence on Sunday 13th January 2019. Full details of all relevant dates will follow soon. Finally, we really need new volunteers to help run the programme. If you are interested in helping our children, prepare for this special sacrament, please speak to Angela Underwood.

FATHER DOUG’S PRESBYTERY: Fr. Doug is looking for someone to help him clean the Presbytery once a week or once a fortnight for a few hours. If you know a cleaner, are a cleaner, then he’d be grateful to hear from you.

HALLHIRE I have decided, after many years, to step down from dealing with the hire of hall. I hope a parishioner will step forward to deal with it. I will of course be happy to help during the transition period. Kay Lyons

QUIZ NIGHT: Will be on the 17th November 2018. Tickets are being sold at the back of the church after every weekend mass or ring Anne on 01322 523499 for tickets.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Our next film evening will be on Wed 5th Dec when we will show an outstanding movie on St Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (aka Dominicans). Dominic struggles to find a cure for the infestation of despair in his homeland. Later, in offering his life in the service of the Church, he is exposed to the greater perils of skewed Christian doctrines, which the Cathari profess to people of dying hopes.

The film will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission free, sub-titles, bar open, Christmas charity stall & members of AIC on hand. All welcome. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7:30 pm start.

Lift share: do you know of anyone who would like to come to this event, but needs a lift? Are you in a position to give a lift to others? If so, please contact Helen, our Lift Share Coordinator on 07532-124040; helenmrees2@live.co.uk.

Our Lady’s Film Evenings will most likely cease with this film. However, the licences we have to enable us to show films expire at the end of March 2019. To capitalise on this committed expense, I have developed a short programme of films and a presentation for the first quarter of next year.
Finally, thank you greatly for your kind and essential help in promoting Our Lady’s Film Evenings for the 8 years that we have been active and, in advance, for this short programme scheduled for next year. Tim Bowman

Newsletter Sunday November 4th, 2018

THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (B)

Today’s Theme: Christ The Priest of the New Covenant

Through, with and in Christ, we offer the sacrifice of the new covenant which gives perfect glory to the Father and enables us to give him a fitting return of love.

First Reading: Deuteronomy 6: 2-6, Second Reading: Hebrews 7: 23-28, 
Gospel: Mark 12: 28-34

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
Please note the new time for weekday mass is 10am
Saturday 3rd November     10.00 am Holy Souls
                                                  6.00 pm Parishioners
Sunday 4th November     8.30 am Deceased members of the Wilkes/Willis Families
                                                          (Peter and Ann)
                                                  10.30 am Cathy Taylor RIP (Danny and Kay Lyons)
Monday 5th November     10.00 am Steven Fernandes (Alex and Dahlia Fernandes)
Tuesday 6th November     7.00 pm Arthur Da Costa (Alex and Dahlia Fernandes)
   Adoration and Our Lady’s and St Pio’s Prayer Group
Wed 7th November     10.00 am Kit and Hugh O’Reilly RIP (Eileen Sheehan and Family)
Thursday 8th November     9.00 am Eucharistic Service
Friday 9th November     10.00 am Bonny Duff’s Mother RIP (Bonny)
Saturday 10th November     10.00 am Hazel Mary Birch, In Memoriam (Geoff)
                                                  2.00 pm Remembrance Service
                                                  6.00 pm Father’s Intention
Sunday 11th November     8.30 am Nicholas Nencini RIP (Lucy)
Remembrance Sunday      10.30 am Pat and Alan Dooley RIP (Marie Sullivan)

Reconciliation Times: Saturday 10.30am-11.30am, 7pm-8pm (following Masses).

ANNIVERSARIES: Mona Shaw, Harry Dunmall, Ralph Rahim, Joseph Henry Desmond, Simon Connolly and Bill Keefe.

FEAST DAYS: Sunday, St Charles Borromeo, Bishop. Thursday, St Willibrord, Bishop. Saturday, St Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church.

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 and Sr Angela.

OFFERTORY: Gift Aid £388.83, Loose £190.94. Total £579.77.
CAFOD Cake Sale £145.18.
This Week’s Retiring Collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group.
Next week’s Second Collection is for the Archbishop’s Administration Fund.

ROTAS: Readers: Saturday 6pm Peter Harris. Sunday 8.30am Bridie Haylett; 10.30am Tony Frake.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6pm Kathy. Sunday 8.30am Mary J. 10.30am Volunteer, Margaret, Volunteer, Mary H, Eileen W (Host).   Collector 8.30am Mass: Mrs T Li/Ray.  Front of Church: John Stanton.   Typing Newsletter: Graziella Highland.   Photocopying Newsletter: Calen Delpaul. Washing of Purificators: Alvira. Flower Arranging: Sue and Mary K.

CAFOD has written with their thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the Family Fast Day. Your contributions plus the Children’s Liturgy cake sale raised almost £1,000 for CAFOD – and this does not include all those who contribute directly to CAFOD. Many poorer people will benefit from this.

FANCY A HOLIDAY IN ITALY? Join the parish in Assisi for a week’s half board accommodation with excursions thrown in 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 in October 2019. Details are in the porch, or contact Carol Anderson on 07913 698012.

ANNUAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE will be held in St John Fisher Church on Saturday 10th November at 2pm. This will be a time for us to remember those close to us who have died. After the service refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall. We hope you will be able to join us.

DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS will be held at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham SW16 on Saturday 17th November. Registration at 10.30am. Please bring a packed lunch. Mass will be at 3pm with Fr Saju Pinakattu OFM.Cap and Bishop Patrick Lynch. Please see details in porch. We can email our reply if you give your names in the porch if you are able to attend.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING: Wednesday 7th November: Part 2 (including a Part 1 recap) of movie on just-canonized St Pope Paul VI, leader in the Church, as a Priest, Bishop, Cardinal and Pope through one of the most difficult periods in the Church’s history, from the Fascist regime and World War II to the terrorist attacks of the 1960s and 1970s. Bar open, subtitles. All welcome, admission free. Members of the International Association of Charities (AIC), who displayed their Vincentian work at recent film evenings, available for those interested in knowing more. 7pm for 7.30 pm start.

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

Newsletter Sunday 28th October, 2018

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Lord Who Works Marvels

We worship Christ who opens our eyes to see the marvels that he
has done for us as our high priest and mediator with the Father.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7 – 9 Second Reading: Hebrews 5:1 – 6 Gospel: Mark 10:46 – 52

Click above to hear Fr Doug’s sermon

MASS INTENTIONS FOR WEEK 27 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2018
Please note the new time for weekday masses is 10:00am

Saturday 27 Oct: 10:00am Holy Souls
                                6:00pm Jack Burton-Bowen RIP (Oonagh Wood)

Sunday 28 Oct: 8:30am Parishioners
                            10:30am Lance Grainger RIP: 3rd Anniversary (Madeline & Family)

Monday 29 Oct: 10:00am Wellbeing of Anthony Walker (Pat & Percy Burke)

Tuesday 30 Oct: 7:00pm Christa Frake RIP (Tony Frake)
       Adoration and Our Lady & St Pio’s Prayer Group

Wednesday 31 Oct: 10:00am Bridie, Michael & Brendan Houlihan
                                (Eileen Sheehan & Family)

Thursday 1 Nov: ALL SAINTS
Holy Day of       10:00am Deceased Members of the Bexley SVP Group
Obligation             8:00pm Parishioners

Friday 2 Nov:      10:00am David Beattie RIP (Sheila Beattie)

Saturday 3 Nov: 10:00am Holy Souls
                                6:00pm. Parishioners

Sunday 4 Nov:    8:30am. Deceased Members of the Wilkes/Willis Family (Peter & Ann)
                             10:30am. Kathy Taylor RIP (Danny & Kay Lyons)

Reconciliation Times: Sat 10:30am – 11:30am and Sat 7:00pm – 8:00pm (following Masses).

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

Anniversaries: Rose Underwood, Janice Watts, Joe Chambers, Minnie Lynch, Tony Groce, Mary Gosling, David Beattie, Leslie Thomas, Reg Huntington, Christa Frake, Kay Todd

Feast Days: Tue: St Anselm Thurs: All Saints Sat: St Martin de Porres, Religious. St Winefride, Virgin

CEMETERY VISITS 2018:
Saturday 3rd November –  2.30pm Sidcup Cemetery, Footscray Lane, Sidcup.
Sunday 4th November –      2.00pm Kemnal Park Cemetery (A20 entrance).
                                                 2.30pm Hillview Cemetery, Welling.
Sunday 11th November –    1.00pm Plumstead Cemetery (Lodge Hill entrance).
                                                 2.30pm Bexleyheath Cemetery.
                                                 3.15pm Brook Street Cemetery, Erith.

ROTAS: (3 – 4 Nov)
Readers: Saturday 6:00pm Carol Anderson, Sunday 8:30am Larissa O’Halloran, 10:30am Katherine Bernarte.   Copying of Newsletter: Mollie Hobson.   Newsletter Typist: Molly Robins.   Collection for 8:30am Mass: Mrs M Weeks.   Parishioner Attending to Front of Church on Saturdays: Paul Rowlands.   Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday 6:00pm Peter W; Sun 8:30am Ann Hyde; Sun 10:30am Volunteer, Marlene, Peter H, Eileen W, Dorothy.   Washing of Purificators: Molly.   Flower Arranging: Theresa Gilby & Doune Robinson

OFFERTORY COLLECTION: Sunday 21st October 2018
1st Collection: Gift Aid: £408.70. Loose: £161.27. TOTAL: £569.97
2nd Collection (Missio): Gift Aid: £53.00. Loose: 237.36. TOTAL: £290.36
Next week’s retiring collection is for Bexley Deanery Developing World Group

AYLESFORD RETREAT 2019: The annual Aylesford retreat list for 2019 (10 – 12 May) is now in the porch.   £10 deposit, please pay John Stanton.

CAFOD HARVEST CAKE SALE: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Cake Sale on Sunday 7th October. Together we raised a magnificent £145.18 for CAFOD. This is our highest total so thank you for your generosity. This money will help CAFOD to continue to provide vital emergency relief and development work in the world’s poorest communities.

OUR LADY’S FILM EVENING – Wednesday 7th November 2018: Part 2 (including a part 1 recap) of movie on just-canonized ST POPE PAUL VI, leader in the Church as a Priest, Bishop, Cardinal and Pope through one of the most difficult periods in Church’s history – from the Fascist regime and World War II to the terrorist attacks of the 1960s and 1970s. Bar open, sub-titles, all welcome, admission free. Members of International Association of Charities (AIC), who displayed their Vincentian work recent film evenings, available for those interested in knowing more. 7:00pm for 7:30pm start.

QUIZ NIGHT: Will be on the 17th November 2018. Tickets are being sold at the back of the church after every weekend mass or ring Anne on 01322 523499 for tickets.

FR DOUG’S INDUCTION SERVICE Although the church was crowded for the service on Friday, we know that many parishioners were unable to attend so if you do want to listen to the full service you can click below to hear a recording.

The Induction Service is also available from the main menu and if you want to read or hear the latest sermon from Fr Doug that too can be found by clicking on “Fr Doug” in the main menu.